20th June 2013
The state of play on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in the House of Lords committee stage 44
1:51 AM — As the House of Lords has just wrapped up Wednesday's second day of debates around the equal marriage bill in its committee stage, here is the simple state of play on the bill.
US: Florida LGBT groups launch effort to repeal state ban on equal marriage 2
12:21 AM — Two LGBT rights groups in the US state of Florida have launched a joint effort to begin to reverse the state's ban on equal marriage.
19th June 2013
Humanist weddings amendment withdrawn from equal marriage bill 18
8:01 PM — An amendment for humanist weddings has been withdrawn from the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill after Baroness Stowell gave reassurances that the government would look again at the matter.
Amendments urging for civil registrars to opt out of equal marriage ceremonies withdrawn from bill 10
7:04 PM — Several amendments to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill seeking to allow civil registrars to opt out of providing same-sex marriages have been withdrawn.
US: Third Republican Senator comes out in favour of equal marriage 4
5:47 PM — A third Republican US Senator has come out in favour of equal marriage, following the lead of two others earlier this year.
South Australia officially congratulates New Zealand on equal marriage, ahead of introduction of its own bill 2
4:23 PM — The South Australian parliament has passed a motion to officially congratulate New Zealand for passing its same-sex marriage bill earlier this year, ahead of the introduction of its own bill later this week.
Watch LIVE: House of Lords debates same-sex marriage amendments
4:22 PM — Watch peers in the House of Lords during the second day of debates over amendments to the Marriage (Same sex couples) Bill.
Tory MP John Glen criticises Bishop of Salisbury for voicing support for equal marriage 43
1:26 PM — A Conservative MP who is against same-sex marriage has criticised the Bishop of Salisbury for comparing those who oppose the reform to Christians who defended slavery and apartheid.
Humanist weddings and equal marriage pension rights to be debated by peers 9
11:42 AM — Plans for humanist weddings and pension rights for those in same-sex marriages will feature in this afternoon’s House of Lords debate of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
18th June 2013
Poland: Prime Minister backs down and admits opposition to civil unions is too strong 34
6:45 PM — The Prime Minister of Poland has backed down in the face of strong cross-party opposition to civil unions for gay couples, and admitted that the country will not adopt measures to allow it in the near future.
Cindy McCain: By next presidential election, both US parties will support equal marriage 9
4:19 PM — Cindy McCain, the wife of former GOP presidential nominee Senator John McCain, has said she thinks there will be a "major turn", and that both major parties will support equal marriage by the next US presidential election.
Australian Senator Cory Bernardi: ‘I was right to warn that equal marriage could lead to polygamy’ 27
2:10 PM — An Australian senator, who resigned from the opposition’s frontbench after he said that allowing same-sex couples to marry could lead to sanctioning polygamy and even bestiality, says his original comments were correct.
Amendments allowing registrars to opt out of equal marriage withdrawn in House of Lords 25
1:23 PM — As the House of Lords committee stage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill began yesterday, peers debated whether registrars, as public servants, should be allowed to opt out of performing same-sex weddings if they conscientiously objected to them.
Labour MSP Elaine Smith: ‘I’m against equal marriage but don’t call me homophobic’ 66
12:21 PM — Labour MSP Elaine Smith claims she has been subjected to personal attacks after declaring she will vote against Scotland’s same-sex marriage bill.
Equal marriage opponent Lord Dear withdraws bill amendments 20
11:36 AM — Several amendments to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, by equal marriage critic Lord Dear were withdrawn last night – although the former Chief Constable has warned he may re-introduce additional measures seeking greater legal protections for opponents at a later stage.
US: Illinois equal marriage group pledges $500,000 effort to promote same-sex marriage
1:28 AM — An equal marriage advocacy group in the US state of Illinois has announced that it is gearing up for a large-scale campaign to promote same-sex marriage ahead of the 2014 state election.
South Australia to debate motion to formally congratulate New Zealand for marriage equality 8
1:10 AM — The Upper House in South Australia is on Wednesdsay to debate a motion which would formally congratulate New Zealand for legalising equal marriage earlier this year.
US: Advocates hope to get equal marriage question on 2014 Arizona ballot
12:54 AM — Supporters of equal marriage are hoping to get the question of legalising equal marriage on a ballot in the state of Arizona, as soon as 2014, in order to undo a voter-approved constitutional ban on the practice.
Archbishop of York: Would the Church of England rather bless ‘sheep and trees’ than gay couples? 85
12:08 AM — The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu, addressed the question of the Church of England's opposition to equal marriage, and the issue of whether or not it will bless civil unions, asking if the issue has been "given enough space".
17th June 2013
US: Baltimore Pride features mass same-sex wedding
6:30 PM — During this year's Baltimore Pride parade, the city's Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake officiated a mass wedding of over 20 couples, in an emotional and symbolic move.