29th September 2013
‘Historical same-sex wedding’ held in Bedfordshire – ahead of the first ceremonies slated for next year 6
10:57 AM — A local Bedfordshire paper has reported that the council town of Bedford "made history" this weekend by hosting its first ever same-sex marriage ceremony, despite laws passed in July having not yet come into effect.
28th September 2013
US: Major oil and gas company to extend health benefits to same-sex married couples 10
2:08 PM — A major US multinational oil and gas corporation has said it will offer benefits to legally married same-sex couples across the US for the first time, starting next week.
US: New Jersey Governor to appeal against judge’s ruling in favour of equal marriage 31
1:54 PM — The Governor of the US state of New Jersey has said he plans to appeal against a judge's ruling on Friday that the state-wide ban on equal marriage is unconstitutional.
27th September 2013
David Cameron: Gay or straight, married couples will be given a £1000 tranferable tax allowance 75
10:17 PM — The Prime Minister David Cameron has finally announced that he will be offering a tax break to married and civil partnered couples. At least 15,000 same-sex couples will be £200 a year better off as a result.
Judge rules that New Jersey must allow gay couples to marry 13
8:13 PM — A judge in the US state of New Jersey has ruled that the state should allow same-sex couples to marry.
US: Mississippi woman files petition to divorce wife married out of state 5
8:06 PM — A woman in the US state of Mississippi has filed a petition in the state to divorce the wife she married in San Francisco.
US: Judge rules that challenge to Illinois equal marriage ban can proceed 1
7:29 PM — A judge in Cook County, Illinois, has ruled that a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on equal marriage can proceed.
26th September 2013
Scottish Parliament told that parents should be able to withdraw kids from equal marriage lessons 31
5:49 PM — MSPs scrutinising the impact of the Scottish Government's Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill have been told that parents should have the right to withdraw children from classes where same-sex marriage is discussed.
Elton John keen to wed after passing of equal marriage bill 8
4:47 PM — Sir Elton John has revealed that he is keen to marry his civil partner David Furnish, describing equal marriage in England and Wales as a "gift."
Pennsylvania: Gay couples challenge anti-equal marriage law in court 1
11:02 AM — 21 same-sex couples are calling on the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania to declare their marriages valid and the Pennsylvania Marriage Law unconstitutional.
Former US President George H Bush is official witness for same-sex marriage ceremony 18
8:20 AM — Former President George H Bush and his wife, Barbara, have served as two of the official witnesses at a same-sex marriage ceremony of two long standing friends.
25th September 2013
Catholic US Military Chaplains are banned from conducting gay funerals, weddings, or counselling 48
6:47 PM — Catholic military chaplains are banned form performing funerals, counselling or weddings for gay people.
US: State governor and attorney general given 7 extra weeks to answer challenge to equal marriage ban 1
4:40 PM — A judge has allowed the governor and attorney general of the US state of South Carolina to have seven extra weeks to consider a lawsuit filed against a state-wide ban on equal marriage.
US: Pennsylvania pastor sacked for officiating at same-sex wedding 1
3:00 PM — A pastor in the US state of Pennsylvania has been sacked by his congregation after conducting a same-sex wedding.
Interview: They are GLAAD to meet you 4
2:17 PM — On a recent trip to New York City, PinkNews’ Scott Roberts dropped by the offices of GLAAD – an organisation campaigning for stronger LGBT inclusion by the US media industry.
24th September 2013
Ed Miliband: ‘Young people led the fight for gay marriage and we should give the vote to 16-year-olds’ 34
4:09 PM — Speaking at the Labour Party Conference today, Ed Miliband suggested that 16 and 17-year-olds should be given the vote because "gay and lesbian young people... won the fight and led the battle for equal marriage in Britain".
US: New Jersey Democrats to attempt override of governor’s veto of equal marriage after election 3
3:04 PM — Democrats in the US state of New Jersey have said they will attempt to override Governor Chris Christie's veto of an equal marriage bill last year, but that they will do so after November's election.
US: Judge rules woman must testify against civil partner in murder trial despite spousal privilege law 5
1:18 PM — A judge in the US state of Kentucky has ruled that the wife of a murder defendant must testify against her civil partner, despite state law exempting spouses from being compelled to testify against each other, because of a lack of legal recognition of same-sex marriages in the state.
US: Catholic College cancels pro-equal marriage lecture citing need for opposing viewpoint 6
12:55 PM — A Catholic college in the US state of Rhode Island has rescinded its invitation to a gay philosophy professor who was to speak in support of equal marriage, just days after the pope called for Catholics to "find a new balance" by refraining from frequent condemnation on gay issues.
23rd September 2013
US: New Jersey could be close to overturning Governor’s veto on equal marriage bill 2
6:28 PM — Advocates of equal marriage in the US state of New Jersey are moving gradually closer to overriding the state Governor's veto of a bill to legalise equal marriage, officials have said.