18th February 2013
Leader of Plaid Cymru: MPs should not vote against equal marriage simply over the size of their postbag 8
6:30 PM — The leader of Plaid Cymru is not impressed by those MPs who voted against this month’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill simply on the basis of the amount of negative letters they received.
Video: Alaskan Republicans laugh when asked about plans for civil unions 9
3:44 PM — A video has surfaced online, which appears to show members of the Alaskan House Caucus laughing when asked by a member of the press about its plans to legalise civil unions, before saying the issue "never came up" during discussions.
17th February 2013
France: Subway shop limits Valentine’s Day offer to straight couples only 39
7:52 PM — The owner of a Subway franchise in the French city of Angers has received heavy criticism for refusing to offer a Valentine's Day special offer to gay couples.
8-year-old writes to the Welsh Secretary to say she has been brought up ‘perfectly well’ by lesbians 87
10:53 AM — An eight-year-old girl has written to the Welsh Secretary David Jones to tell him that she has been brought up "perfectly well" by her two lesbian mothers.
Comment: Most letters to me, a Church of England bishop, are in favour of equal marriage 27
10:23 AM — Alan Wilson, the Bishop of Buckingham, the first Church of England bishop to come Out4Marriage reveals that most of the correspondence that he receives is in favour of same-sex couples marrying.
16th February 2013
Out4Marriage: David Jones, our suitability to parent is not up for discussion in the equal marriage debate 23
1:13 AM — Equal marriage campaign group Out4Marriage has responded to remarks made by the Tory Minister for Wales, who has come under heavy criticism after voicing his views on same-sex parenting.
15th February 2013
eHarmony founder: ‘Staff feared for their lives after we were ordered to put up a gay dating site’ 47
7:21 PM — The CEO and founder of dating website eHarmony has said that same-sex marriage had "damaged" his business, and being forced to cater to gay people had resulted in so much anger from Christians he had to hire guards to protect his staff.
Associated Press reaffirms that gay married couples are ‘partners’ rather than ‘husbands’ and ‘wives’ in face of criticism 11
5:44 PM — The Associated Press say that telling their reporters to call same-sex married couples "partners" instead of "husbands" or "wives" reflects existing practice, attracting criticism from LGBT groups.
UK: Equality groups predict some gay married couples will have to fight for pension rights in court 2
5:33 PM — Rights group Liberty has raised concerns that the same-sex marriage bill does not address inequalities in pensions between straight married couples and gay couples in civil partnerships.
Sussex Hindu temple to allow equal marriage ceremonies 9
2:50 PM — A Hindu temple in Sussex has been granted a marriage license, and has said that gay couples are welcome to marry there, stating a need to "respect everyone".
US Televangelist: Equal marriage in England and Wales signals ‘the beginning of the end’ 61
2:18 PM — A US Christian televangelist has written that moves towards marriage equality in England and Wales were "alarming", that it could lead to the end of the world, and that "Western civilisation" would end up in hell if it doesn't "wake up."
Welsh Secretary David Jones: Gay parents cannot provide a ‘safe environment for the upbringing of children’ 25
2:12 PM — Stonewall Cymru has criticised the claims of Welsh Secretary David Jones, who said in an interview that he voted against the same-sex marriage bill because gay parents can't provide a "warm and safe environment" for children.
Ireland: Kerry County Council to vote on equal marriage 3
2:04 AM — County Kerry councillors are to be asked to back a motion supporting equal marriage, at its next meeting.
14th February 2013
Brendan O’Neill: Equal marriage is an elitist campaign with no roots in the public 91
7:02 PM — Journalist Brendan O'Neill appeared before the Public Bill Committee scrutinising the same-sex marriage bill, and used the opportunity to argue that it was "an elitist campaign that doesn't have any traction with the public".
Dr Jeffrey John: Allowing individual parishes to decide on equal marriage ‘more Christian’ 14
6:56 PM — Speaking to the Public Bills Committee on Thursday to give evidence in favour of equal marriage, Dr Jeffrey John, the openly gay Dean of St Albans, said he thought it would be "more Christian" to allow individual parishes to make up their own minds on equal marriage.
Alice Arnold: Homophobia is still rife, just look at Twitter 4
5:36 PM — Speaking to the Public Bills Committee on Thursday to give evidence in favour of equal marriage, Alice Arnold, former BBC broadcaster said she though homophobia would be reduced if same-sex couples could marry.
Video: Green MP Caroline Lucas comes @Out4Marriage and trans inclusion at Parliament 1
2:23 PM — After casting her vote in favour of equal marriage at last Tuesday's vote on it in the House of Commons, Green MP Caroline Lucas gave an impassioned speech to LGBT rights advocates.
Comment: Happy Valentine’s Day from @Out4Marriage! #WillYouMarryMe m’Lord? 8
1:04 PM — James-J Walsh, Campaigns Director for Out4Marriage reflects on giving evidence at the Public Bills Committee for equal marriage, and details what you can do next in the last stages of the move towards marriage equality.
Lord Pannick: Forcing churches to perform same-sex weddings would be ‘more difficult than parting the Red Sea’ 17
12:41 PM — A top Blackstone lawyer and peer has given evidence to the Public Bill Committee scrutinising the same-sex marriage bill to the effect that succeeding in a court case against a church that refuses to opt-in to same-sex weddings would be legally impossible.
13th February 2013
Thailand: Public hearings on civil unions begin 6
7:01 PM — A series of public hearings in Thailand to discuss the possibility of establishing civil partnerships for gay couples has been taking place in Bangkok.