9th September 2013
Exclusive: The Proclaimers say ‘it is vital’ that Scotland legalises equal marriage 2
1:01 PM — Scottish rock band The Proclaimers have urged the Scottish Parliament to back equal marriage in a video recorded as part of the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign.
8th September 2013
South Korea: Gay couple hold first ever public same-sex wedding despite anti-gay law
11:10 AM — Two gay filmmakers staged the first public same-sex wedding in South Korea on Saturday, despite laws which prohibit gay couples from marrying in the country.
Taiwan: Gay activists take part in mass ‘wedding banquet’ for same-sex unions
10:35 AM — More than 1,200 activists in Taiwan took part in a mock “wedding banquet” on Saturday in a bid to press for the legalisation of same-sex unions in the country.
7th September 2013
US: New Mexico Supreme Court agrees to take on equal marriage case
8:23 PM — The Supreme Court in the US state of New Mexico has agreed to decide whether equal marriage should be legal across the state, after several counties began recently issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
The Bishop of Gloucester: ‘The Church of England has to be sorry for its treatment of gay people’ 74
6:49 PM — The Bishop of Gloucester has said he thinks it is time for the Church of England to apologise for its treatment of the gay community.
Australia votes to reject Kevin Rudd and his promise of overturning gay marriage ban 83
12:17 PM — Australia’s Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has lost the general election and with it dash the hopes of Australia introducing same-sex marriage.
6th September 2013
US: New Mexico clerk issuing same-sex marriage licences asks for support for legal case against him 3
6:27 PM — A county clerk from Dona Ana in the US State of New Mexico, the first to begin issuing same-sex marriage licences, has asked for financial support in order to defend himself in a lawsuit from Republican lawmakers.
The top 12 strangest arguments against equal marriage from Scotland’s first day of Committee stage 45
5:36 PM — Yesterday the Scottish Parliament held its first evidence session on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill; the legislation that could introduce equal marriage in Scotland.
US: Hawaii democrats to meet Governor to discuss draft equal marriage legislation 1
3:41 PM — House Democrats in the US state of Hawaii are set to meet Governor Neil Abercrombie and the attorney general to discuss draft equal marriage legislation for the state.
US: Pennsylvania state to pay $400 per hour to private lawyer to defend equal marriage ban 3
3:33 PM — The US state of Pennsylvania is to pay at least $400 (£250) an hour to a private law firm who will defend a 1996 state law banning equal marriage in a legal challenge brought against it.
John Barrowman: ‘I didn’t wake up one morning and decide to be gay’ 21
2:37 PM — Addressing fans at a recent science-fiction convention, John Barrowman said that being gay is "not a choice," and that he did not wake up one morning to say, "I'm going to have coffee, eggs, bacon, and I'm going to be gay."
Comment: This week saw a promising start for equal marriage legislation in Scotland 4
1:24 PM — The Equality Network's Tom French reflects on the first day of evidence heard by the Scottish Parliament around equal marriage legislation yesterday, saying it was a promising start to the bill's journey.
US: Radio host says it’s okay to attend gay weddings if you call for the couple to be ‘put to death’ 57
1:11 PM — Radio host Kevin Swanson has said during a broadcast that it is okay for Christians to attend same-sex weddings, as long as they hold up a sigh saying the couple should be put to death.
5th September 2013
US: New Mexico counties appeal to have state Supreme Court rule on equal marriage
7:04 PM — The situation regarding equal marriage in New Mexico is becoming gradually more heated, as a group of counties have filed to ask the state's Supreme Court to rule to give clarification on equal marriage.
Scotland: Parliamentary Committee begins to hear evidence around equal marriage bill 8
5:55 PM — Today, Scotland’s equal marriage bill began its journey through the Scottish Parliament as groups supporting and opposing the measure appeared before the Equal Opportunities Committee to give evidence.
Mexico: Legislator asks authorities to ban same-sex weddings from public spaces 3
5:19 PM — A state legislator in Mexico has come under heavy criticism for calling on authorities to ban same-sex weddings from all public spaces.
US: Minneapolis Mayor takes to the road to promote new equal marriage law 1
2:54 PM — The mayor of the US city of Minneapolis is to hit the road in order to participate in a new ad campaign aiming to draw same-sex couples to the city in order to marry.
US: Batwoman writers abandon DC Comics after lesbian superhero’s wedding is ‘prohibited’ 5
1:47 PM — Two writers for DC Comics' Batwoman have declared they are abandoning their publisher after finding out the lesbian superhero's marriage, first revealed in February, is to be "prohibited" as a storyline.
US: Bakery owners who refused same-sex wedding cake say ‘militant’ gay ‘mafia’ forced them to close 39
11:55 AM — The owners of Sweet Cakes, an Oregon Bakery which recently closed its doors after refusing to provide a wedding cake to a same-sex couple, have accused gay activists of using "militant, mafia-style tactics" to force their business to shut down.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage: Same-sex marriage is ‘illiberal’ because it hurts religious institutions 36
10:41 AM — UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage, who previously claimed he would not expel UKIP members who call gay people "disgusting," says same-sex marriages are "illiberal" and lack "common sense" because religious groups may be forced to perform same-sex weddings.