10th July 2012
US: Episcopal Church bishops approve blessing for gay couples 4
4:48 PM — Leading bishops of the two million-strong Episcopal Church in the US have approved a blessing for the relationships of gay couples.
US: Washington state marriage equality supporters raise $1m in June
2:57 PM — The Washington United for Marriage raised nearly $1 million last month in its bid to keep Washington's recently-passed marriage equality laws on the statute books following news that a public ballot will be held on the issue later this year.
Ireland: 734 civil partnerships since introduction last year 26
1:26 PM — 1,468 gays and lesbians in Ireland have taken advantage of the country's new civil partnerships law, which came into force in 2011.
Poll: Third of gay and trans Canadians in a same-sex marriage 17
12:30 PM — A Canadian poll has suggested that 5 percent of the 34 million people living in Canada identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, and that a third of those are in a gay marriage.
Polynesia: Anglican Church to take view on gay weddings in 2014 5
10:23 AM — The General Synod of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia has indicated that a decision will not be made on the issue of marriage rights for gay couples until 2014.
9th July 2012
Scotland: Symbolic gay wedding marks ‘final push’ for marriage equality 15
8:09 PM — A symbolic same-sex wedding was held outside the Scottish Parliament on the morning after the leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland “declared war” on equal marriage.
Archbishop of Canterbury questions mandate for equal marriage rights 71
9:52 AM — The outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has questioned the government's mandate for the introduction of equal marriage rights between gay and straight couples.
8th July 2012
Scotland: Catholic Church declares ‘war on gay marriage’ 215
6:55 PM — The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland and the most senior Catholic in the UK has declared “war on gay marriage” pledging to spend another £100,000 in its campaign against equal marriage rights for same-sex couples in Scotland.
7th July 2012
New York: Court rejects marriage equality challenge 11
11:34 PM — A New York court has dismissed an evangelical group's challenge to the city's marriage equality laws. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms claimed the state Senate acted illegally when it voted to approve a gay marriage bill last year.
5th July 2012
US: Episcopal Church to debate blessing for gay couples 2
8:12 PM — The Episcopal Church in the US is to debate a blessing rite for gay couples who wish to marry. The church's General Convention starts today in Indianapolis.
Evening Standard backs religious marriage rights for gay couples 14
3:55 PM — The Evening Standard has backed marriage rights for gay couples in religious ceremonies today.
Scotland: Former first minister backs marriage for gay couples 18
2:23 PM — Scotland’s former First Minister, Jack McConnell, has called on the Scottish Government to introduce legislation which would allow gay couples to marry.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg backs religious marriages for gay couples 63
1:03 PM — The deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, has become the most senior figure in the government to voice personal support for religious gay marriage rights today.
4th July 2012
One Washington state anti-equality measure fails 6
10:38 PM — One Washington state voter-initiative to ban equal marriage has failed to gain enough support. Backers of Initiative 1192, which sought to restrict marriage to heterosexual couples, said they had fallen "woefully short" of the number of signatures needed to get their measure on the ballot.
Obama administration asks Supreme Court to hear Defence of Marriage cases 10
7:35 PM — The Obama administration's Department of Justice has asked the Supreme Court to hear two cases against the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA). AP reports that the earliest the cases are likely to be heard is September, with a decision made in June 2013.
Shadow home secretary meets with liberal faith groups on equal marriage 18
4:59 PM — The shadow home secretary hosted a roundtable discussion on equal marriage rights for gay couples in London today, inviting religious figures to discuss their support for religious recognition in the government's plans.
Northern Ireland: Public meeting on equal marriage in Belfast tomorrow 7
4:27 PM — A free public conference will be held tomorrow evening in Belfast to unite supporters of equal marriage rights for gay and straight couples in Northern Ireland into a new campaigning group.
Updated: Scottish government has not delayed marriage equality decision 47
2:13 PM — The Scottish government had erroneously stated earlier today it would announce its decision on same-sex marriage in August, leaving gay rights groups further disappointed by delays. The government has now confirmed a decision will be announced in July. Please see the update in the story.
3rd July 2012
3,000 gay couples marry in New York 5
10:39 PM — In the 12 months since equal marriage was legalised in New York, more than 3,000 gay couples have tied the knot. According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, the number of gay weddings since June 24th 2011 stands at 3,037, not including New York City.
Illinois county clerks’ bid to defend gay marriage ban 9
9:36 PM — Two Illinois county clerks have been granted permission to defend the state's equal marriage ban. The clerks, named as Effingham County Clerk Kerry Hirtzel and Tazewell County Clerk Christie Webb, are being backed by Catholic group The Thomas More Society, which filed a request on their behalf.