24th July 2013
US: Two Pennsylvania same-sex couples to receive marriage licences despite state ban on equal marriage 2
3:37 PM — Two lesbian couples in the US state of Pennsylvania have applied for marriage licences, and look set to be issued them, despite a state-wide ban on equal marriage.
Benedict Cumberbatch conducts civil partnership 11
12:02 PM — Benedict Cumberbatch has officiated at a same-sex civil partnership for one of his closest friends.
California’s Supreme Court denies latest bid to halt same-sex marriages in state 6
11:08 AM — For the second time in eight days, California’s highest court has again refused to block same-sex marriages in the state.
23rd July 2013
US: Pennsylvania county agrees to issue same-sex marriage licence 3
11:50 PM — Officials in the third-largest county in Pennsylvania have said same-sex couples will be able to be issued marriage licences, despite a state-wide ban on equal marriage.
US: New York to refund estate tax paid by same-sex spouses under DOMA 8
11:31 PM — The US state of New York has said that same-sex spouses who paid estate taxes under the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), because their marriages were not recognised, will now receive refunds.
US: California county clerks urge court to continue to allow same-sex marriage licences 4
4:58 PM — County clerks in the US state of California have urged courts to continue to allow the issue of same-sex marriage licences, despite calls from some for further clarification on the Supreme Court's Proposition 8 ruling.
US: Judge rules in favour of Ohio married couple in death certificate case 4
2:23 PM — A US District Judge has ruled in favour of a gay married couple in the state of Ohio, who filed a lawsuit in order to have their out-of-state marriage recognised as one of them is terminally ill.
22nd July 2013
France: Gay couple who filed complaint as mayor refused to officiate wedding finally marry 4
7:26 PM — A gay couple who were forced to file an officia complaint as their town's mayor became the first in France to refuse to perform a same-sex wedding, are now married.
Southbank Centre to hold 2014 wedding festival to celebrate first same-sex marriages 4
6:33 PM — In summer 2014, London's Southbank Centre is to hold a huge wedding party in celebration of the first same-sex marriages to take place in England and Wales.
21st July 2013
US anti-gay church holds demonstration calling Her Majesty the Queen of Fags 82
4:51 PM — The adamantly homophobic Westboro Baptist Church has tweeted to attack the Queen for adding her signature to the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, giving it Royal Assent to become law.
Sikh temples told to halt all civil weddings over equal marriage law 60
10:54 AM — Sikh temples have been advised to deregister as venues for civil weddings following the legalisation of same-sex marriage, over fears that they could be legally coerced into marrying same-sex couples.
20th July 2013
Study finds that children of gay parents are generally happier than those with straight parents 48
7:05 PM — A study has found that children growing up with gay parents are on average happier than those raised by straight parents.
US: County clerk seeks to halt the issuing of same-sex marriage licences in California 10
6:28 PM — The San Diego county clerk on Friday filed a petition which seeks a court order to exempt county clerks from issuing marriage licences to gay couples.
US: Lawsuit challenges constitutionality of Ohio’s equal marriage ban 10
5:26 PM — A federal lawsuit has been filed against the US state of Ohio challenging its constitutional ban on equal marriage.
FAQ: Why will same-sex marriage be legal only in England and Wales? And other questions 24
3:59 PM — PinkNews.co.uk has many readers across the UK and the world and so we have been sent in many questions relating to the passing of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act this week. Here are some of the questions and the answers.
19th July 2013
Comment: Northern Ireland could face legal action if our politicians don’t support equal marriage soon 24
11:21 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Gary Spedding speculates on the possible legal problems faced by Northern Ireland unless it begins the processes to allow equal marriage.
Exclusive: Whitehall questions why equal marriage was largely ignored by BBC, Channel 4 and other media 229
5:24 PM — Senior figures close to the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister have expressed surprise to PinkNews.co.uk that BBC News, Channel 4 News and other media outlets failed to give sufficient coverage of this week’s historic passing of same-sex marriage in Parliament.
US: City measure introduced to allow same-sex married couples full marriage benefits 1
4:39 PM — A measure has been introduced in the city of Richmond, Virginia which would allow employees of the city in same-sex marriages to receive the same benefits as straight married couples.
Facebook UK adds ‘feeling Pride’ icon following passing of same-sex marriage act 3
12:47 PM — Facebook has rolled out its 'feeling pride' status icon to users in the UK following the passing into law of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act on Wednesday of this week.
Gay murderers marry in French prison with terrorist Carlos the Jackal as a witness 16
10:58 AM — French media are reporting that the first same-sex marriage has taken place in a prison following France introducing marriage equality.