23rd October 2013
US: Gay couple move from Virginia to Maryland to adopt – then back again 1
3:49 PM — A gay couple from Virginia have gone to extraordinary lengths to adopt, after they moved from their home state to Maryland and then back again in order to bypass laws explicitly banning same-sex adoption.
Australian PM Tony Abbott warns gay couples against marrying in the ACT 28
12:26 PM — Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned anyone planning to marry under a new regional same-sex marriage law to wait for legal action to conclude.
Hong Kong: Equal Opportunities chair says same-sex civil unions are ‘feasible’ 2
11:08 AM — The chair of the Hong Kong's leading human rights body has said that while same-sex marriage remains a "contentious" subject in the region, civil unions for gay couples are a "feasible" alternative.
22nd October 2013
US: Gay couple defy Oklahoma same-sex marriage ban by marrying with Native American tribe 3
8:34 PM — A gay couple in the US state of Oklahoma have defied their state's ban on equal marriage, and lack of recogition of out-of-state same-sex marriages by marrying with a Native American tribe.
Anti-gay activists label New Jersey Governor ‘failure’ for dropping equal marriage challenge 6
5:31 PM — Governor Chris Christie’s decision to throw in the towel in his fight against equal marriage in New Jersey has infuriated America's leading anti-same-sex marriage group.
US: Man who challenged Ohio state ban on recognising same-sex marriage dies aged 47 1
4:50 PM — A man who, along with his husband, challenged the state of Ohio's ban on equal marriage, with a view to having his marriage recognised on his death certificate, has died.
Australian Capital Territory legalises equal marriage 11
9:32 AM — The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has become Australia's first state to introduce marriage rights for same-sex couples.
21st October 2013
US: Tennessee lawsuit challenges state ban on equal marriage 2
7:01 PM — With the world's media distracted by New Jersey's legalisation of equal marriage today, a lawsuit to challenge the state of Tennessee's ban on equal marriage was also filed.
Poll: New Jersey residents in shift towards acceptance of equal marriage 1
6:41 PM — A poll released today indicates a shift in the opinion of voters in the US state of New Jersey towards a stronger acceptance of equal marriage.
Australia: ACT equal marriage bill to be altered in face of high court challenge by government 9
6:12 PM — The equal marriage bill for the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) is to be altered in order to protect it against a High Court challenge by the Australian federal government.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie drops challenge to equal marriage law 6
3:59 PM — The Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, has abandoned his legal challenge against the state’s same-sex marriage law – just hours after gay couples began tying the knot.
Lesbian sister of Australia’s anti-equal marriage Prime Minister proposes to partner 4
2:40 PM — Christine Forster, the sister of Australia's Prime Minister, has revealed that she has proposed to her partner Virginia Edwards.
Gay couples can now marry in New Jersey 3
11:50 AM — The first same-sex weddings have begun taking place in New Jersey - making it America's 14th state to have legalised equal marriage.
20th October 2013
US: New Jersey gay couples plan last-minute weddings after Supreme Court ruling
12:38 PM — Several gay couples in New Jersey have organised to gather late Sunday to wed in ceremonies shortly after midnight, after judges ruled earlier this week that banning same-sex couples from marrying broke the state’s constitution.
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.