18th October 2013
New Jersey Supreme Court rules that gay couples can marry from next week 11
8:56 PM — The Supreme Court of the US state of New Jersey has rejected an appeal made by Republican Governor Chris Christie over an earlier ruling that banning same-sex couples from marrying broke the state's constitution.
France: First same-sex couple adopts after equal marriage and adoption law passed 4
7:55 PM — The first gay couple to adopt a child in France has done so five months after a law was passed to allow equal marriage and adoption rights.
US: New Mexico Supreme Court could rule in equal marriage case next week 2
7:40 PM — The Supreme Court in New Mexico is to consider a case which could be potentially ground breaking for the issue of equal marriage in the state.
US: New Jersey cities to issue same-sex marriage licences despite health department directive not to 4
2:27 PM — Some cities in the US state of New Jersey have begun to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples, despite a state health department directive to wait for a Supreme Court ruling on the issue.
17th October 2013
US: Oregon to immediately recognise out-of-state same-sex marriages
9:59 PM — Gay couples married out of state will now be able to have their marriages recognised in the state of Oregon, where equal marriage is still banned.
Brazil: Proposed bill would allow church to discriminate against gay couples 17
9:53 PM — A bill has been proposed in Brazil to protect religious organisations which refuse to perform same-sex marriages.
16th October 2013
US: Judge could rule in case challenging Michigan’s equal marriage ban 1
7:41 PM — A federal judge could on Wednesday rule on a ban on equal marriage which was placed in the station constitution by voters.
Tory MP with mixed record on gay rights elected deputy speaker 8
7:01 PM — Eleanor Laing, who abstained from this year's vote on equal marriage, claiming people in her constituency still needed time to get used to civil partnerships, has been elected deputy speaker of the Commons.
US: North Carolina official accepts same-sex marriage applications despite ban
4:46 PM — A county official in the US state of North Carolina has accepted applications for marriage certificates from several same-sex couples.
15th October 2013
US: New Jersey gay couples file brief to Supreme Court that waiting to marry is damaging
7:32 PM — Equal marriage advocates have filed a brief with the New Jersey Supreme Court saying same-sex couples will be done more harm if they are not allowed to marry as of next week.
Proposals to equalise survivor benefits for same-sex married couples to be brought forward next summer 1
2:07 PM — Pensions Minister Steve Webb MP confirmed in the House of Commons that new proposals for civil partnership pensions will be brought forward next July.
US: North Carolina official to accept marriage licence applications from gay couples
12:44 PM — A county official in the US state of North Carolina has said he will accept applications from same-sex couples for marriage licences.
14th October 2013
Lord Smith: Equal marriage had such a large majority because it came from a Tory Government 6
5:19 PM — Britain’s first openly gay MP Lord (Chris) Smith of Finsbury has said that he thought there were advantages to equal marriage being introduced under a Tory Government.
Equality Network condemns threat to block Scotland’s same-sex marriage bill through courts 14
11:57 AM — The Equality Network has criticised the campaign against equal marriage for "attempting to undermine the democratic process" by threatening legal action in order to block Scotland's same-sex marriage bill.
Malta: Civil unions bill to arrive in Parliament 5
11:33 AM — A bill to introduce civil unions for gay couples in Malta will arrive in the country’s Parliament this week.
12th October 2013
US: New Jersey Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal against equal marriage by Governor
2:17 PM — The Supreme Court in the US state of New Jersey has agreed to take on the appeal against equal marriage by the Governor's administration.
11th October 2013
Former Jersey Shore star to New Jersey Governor: Allow equal marriage or ‘I will come after you’ 1
7:32 PM — Former cast-member of the popular Jersey Shore television series JWoww has warned New Jersey Governor Chris Christie that she will "come after him", over his opposition to equal marriage.
New Jersey Governor: One judge should not force state to recognise equal marriage 5
7:08 PM — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's administration has argued against a decision last month by a judge to say that she should not alone be allowed to force the state to recognise equal marriage.
Tony Abbott hints at allowing Australian MPs a conscience vote on equal marriage 5
11:50 AM — Australia’s Prime Minister is keeping his options open on giving MPs a potential conscience vote on equal marriage - although Tony Abbott remains opposed to the reform.
10th October 2013
US: Judge to decide within a month whether case against Pennsylvania equal marriage ban to go ahead
4:23 PM — The judge presiding over a lawsuit challenging Pennsylvania's ban on equal marriage has said he will decide within a month whether the case will go to trial next year.