29th August 2012
Update: New Zealand parliament supports equal marriage 80 votes to 40 39
7:10 PM — The New Zealand Marriage Amendment Bill, which would legalise equal marriage, has passed its first reading with a majority in parliament in support of the change.
New Zealand: a thousand march on Parliament in support of equal marriage 5
2:50 AM — Around a thousand supporters of equal marriage marched through Wellington to push forward on support for a bill which will have its first reading today, and would legalize same-sex marriage.
26th August 2012
Catholic Cardinal calls for objective debate over gay marriage and abortion 51
9:06 PM — An Irish Catholic Cardinal has called for a calm and reasoned debate over gay marriage and abortion, but said the church was not prepared to move their position on the latter.
Same-sex marriage bill to be introduced in France this October 84
5:47 PM — New legislation which will be introduced into the French Parliament as early as October will allow gay couples to marry.
Scottish Catholic Church: Today we can save marriage from ‘subversion’ by gays 87
1:37 PM — The Catholic Church in Scotland has declared today ‘National Marriage Sunday’ and has this morning had a letter read out in 500 Catholic parishes condemning the Scottish government’s plans to legislate for equal same-sex marriage
24th August 2012
Vermont resort settles lawsuit brought after refusing to host lesbian wedding reception 5
12:50 AM — A settlement, including no longer being allowed to host wedding receptions, has been reached by a venue which refused to host a wedding party for a lesbian couples' wedding because of the owners' Catholic beliefs.
23rd August 2012
Bishop of Buckingham: ‘Church should get its head around gay relationships and be @Out4Marriage’ 68
1:04 PM — The Bishop of Buckingham has become the most senior member of the Church of England to join the Out4Marriage campaign to introduce equal same-sex marriage in the UK. But a spokesman for the Church says that his message of equality is not the official view of the Church of England.
22nd August 2012
USA: Chick-fil-A protesters to picket new store openings
11:59 AM — Opponents to new Chick-fil-A stores have said they will picket new store openings across the US, due to the company's opposition to equal marriage.
21st August 2012
Mitt Romney advisor likened being gay to being a drug addict 46
11:40 PM — Mitt Romney's advisor spoke out in opposition to an amendment which would allow civil unions at a Republican assembly, likening being gay to drug use, and polygamy.
13th August 2012
Thousands gather in Dublin for marriage equality march 6
9:59 AM — The fourth Irish March for Marriage took place in Dublin city centre yesterday afternoon. Thousands gathered for a lively demonstration calling for the country to introduce marriage equality.
7th August 2012
US: Gay wedding magazine dubs today National Marriage Equality Day 4
4:50 PM — Equal marriage advocates in the US have dubbed today, 7 August, National Marriage Equality Day following the unofficial Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day last week.
Tory poll: Dropping equal marriage and Lords reforms ‘seventh best election idea’ 73
12:46 PM — A survey by the grassroots Tory website ConservativeHome suggests dropping reform of the House of Lords and equal marriage rights for gay couples ranks seventh among readers in a list of ways to improve the party's chances at the next general election.
6th August 2012
Dallas gay couple stage second marriage protest
10:08 PM — A gay couple in Dallas, Texas, have staged a second sit-in protest over marriage equality. On July 6th, Mark Jiminez and Beau Chandler were led from the Dallas County Clerk Records Building in handcuffs when they refused to leave after being denied a marriage licence.
Australia: Tasmania to legislate for equal marriage rights if federal bill fails 11
4:19 PM — The Parliament of Tasmania may pass equal marriage laws for the island's gay couples after the Australian state's premier announced support for the move.
France: Catholic Church opposes gay adoption in revived national prayer 42
3:20 PM — The Catholic Church in France is reviving a tradition begun in the 17th century of praying for the country on 15 August to hope the government does not listen to "special requests" and to oppose gay adoption.
5th August 2012
Catholic Bishop: Government should make incest legal if it really believes in equality 191
11:23 AM — A senior Catholic Bishop in Scotland has stunned equal rights campaigners by suggesting that if the Scottish Government truly believed in equality it would make incest and polygamy legal.
3rd August 2012
Scotland: SNP activist resigns over ‘undemocratic’ equal marriage decision 38
5:30 PM — Robert Stewart, an SNP volunteer for 22 years has resigned over Scottish party leaders’ decision to push forward on marriage equality for gay couples in Scotland.
US band Train speak out about anti-gay website’s use of song 12
5:12 PM — San Francisco band, Train, are “upset” that their song “Marry Me” was used on a New Zealand website set up in opposition gay marriage.
New Hampshire: Chick-fil-A manager to sponsor gay pride festival 28
1:35 PM — A manager at Chick-fil-A, a company opposed to equal marriage rights for gay couples, has come out as co-sponsor for a gay pride event next week.
Maryland: Poll suggests 54 percent will keep equal marriage at referendum 10
10:47 AM — A poll released by marriage equality advocates in Maryland suggests voters may keep the state's new laws in a ballot later this year, allowing them to come into effect in 2013.