16th January 2013
One million leaflets being handed out against equal marriage in marginal seats 51
1:28 PM — One million leaflets against government's plans to legalise marriage equality are being sent out to voters in constituencies marginal on the issue by an anti-equal marriage campaign group which has deemed the plans "undemocratic".
Elton John ‘overwhelmed with excitement’ over birth of second son 2
12:39 PM — Sir Elton John and David Furnish have welcomed their second child, and said they were "overwhelmed with happiness and excitement".
Majority of MPs indicate that they will vote for same-sex marriage in England and Wales 31
8:13 AM — A majority of MPs in the House of Commons have indicated that they intend to vote for the introduction of same-sex marriage in England and Wales.
HBO’s Girls creator Lena Dunham said she won’t marry until gay people can 2
1:33 AM — Lena Dunham, star of HBO series, Girls, said at the Golden Globes that she was not engaged, despite wearing a diamond ring, and vowed that she won't marry until gay people can.
David Cameron given warning that church ban on equal marriage ‘legally challenge-able’ 48
12:51 AM — David Cameron has been sent a letter containing legal advice warning that churches could be sued under human rights laws, if they refused to perform equal marriages.
Chuck Hagel supports equal benefits for same-sex military couples
12:37 AM — The all but appointed defence secretary, Chuck Hagel, has said that he supports equal benefits for same-sex military couples in a letter to Senator Barbara Boxer who questioned his previous stance on LGBT rights, before she would endorse him for the post.
15th January 2013
Rhode Island State House prepares for equal marraige vote 2
7:16 PM — The diminutive American state of Rhode Island is set to stage a debate on whether to legalise equal marriage for same-sex couples, with a vote to be held by the House of Representatives later this month.
Australia to keep anti-gay discrimination to protect ‘freedom’ of religious groups 47
6:24 PM — Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has reportedly given her word to religious groups that they will have the “freedom” under a new rights bill, to discriminate against gay people, and other people deemed sinners.
Indonesia: Lesbian couple forced to flee after pretending to be straight in order to get married
4:56 PM — Despite equal marriage being illegal in Indonesia, a lesbian couple managed to obtain a marriage license by pretending that one of them was male.
US: Activists apply for unattainable marriage licenses in Southern states to push for equality
5:58 AM — Gay couples in two North Carolina cities lined up at government counters to ask for marriage licenses they knew would be denied, in an effort to push the US South towards marriage equality, despite opposition being strong.
14th January 2013
UK: Anti-gay marriage group uses MP’s photo without permission 13
6:56 PM — The main group campaigning against equal marriage in the UK has used a Conservative MP's photograph on its publicity leaflets without her permission.
Exclusive: MPs to vote on same-sex marriage bill before Valentine’s Day 40
5:48 PM — PinkNews understands that MPs will debate and vote on the government’s equal marriage plans for England and Wales before next month’s Valentine’s Day.
Church of England considering in-church blessings for ‘celibate’ gay couples 43
1:40 PM — Reports have suggested that the Church of England plans to consider allowing gay couples to have their civil partnerships blessed in churches.
13th January 2013
France: 340,000 protest against equal marriage rights in Paris 102
5:06 PM — Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Paris protest against the country’s upcoming bill which would allow equal marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples.
Vatican: Topless women demonstrate for equal marriage rights during Pope’s weekly prayer 32
4:54 PM — A Ukrainian feminist group have protested topless at St Peter's Square for gay rights, as Pope Benedict XVI gave his weekly prayer.
12th January 2013
Thousands of French lesbians travel to Belgium for artificial insemination 7
11:03 PM — Thousands of French lesbians couples are believed to have travelled to Belgium in order to conceive babies, through artificial insemination, which is not available in their home country.
Malta: Labour government would grant civil partnerships and trans identity law if elected 9
9:45 PM — The leader of the Labour party in the Maltese House of Representatives has said his party would allow gay couples to have civil unions, a gender identity law for trans people, and that he would appoint a minister for civil rights and equality.
A thousand Catholic priests fear that equal marriage marks a return to ‘centuries of persecution’ 293
1:44 AM — More than a thousand Catholic priests have signed a letter saying that if equal marriage is legalised it could threaten religious freedom in a way last seen during "centuries of persecution" of Catholics in Britain.
Illinois Republican party chairman refuses to resign over same-sex marriage support 12
12:45 AM — The Chairman of the Republican Party (GOP) in the state of Illinois has rejected calls for him to resign for supporting same-sex marriage.
11th January 2013
France: Comedian who claims to be pro-gay plans to rally 200,000 against equal marriage 32
5:55 PM — An anti-equal marriage movement in France, which has organised a rally this weekend hoping to bring out 200,000 demonstrators, has found a leader in a comedian who has denied accusations of homophobia.