8th November 2013
Scottish Equal Opportunities Committee approves equal marriage bill 3
4:17 PM — Legislation to introduce equal marriage in Scotland has been backed by a committee looking into the proposals.
Philip Hammond: I was ‘shocked’ David Cameron legalised equal marriage so quickly 22
3:33 PM — Defence Secretary Philip Hammond was “shocked” by the legalisation of equal marriage for England and Wales – but has conceded that he will eventually be “quite comfortable” with the reform.
Shaun Woodward, MP who defected to Labour from the Tories over gay rights to stand down 7
2:03 PM — Labour MP Shaun Woodward, who was once sacked by William Hague from the Tory party front bench for backing a repeal of Section 28, is to step down from Parliament at the 2015 general election.
Stonewall accused of snubbing Liberal Democrats at awards ceremony 15
1:59 PM — Two senior Liberal Democrat peers have criticised Stonewall for allegedly snubbing their party’s involvement in the campaign for equal marriage, with Lord Rennard saying “the law was passed at Westminster in spite of Stonewall's initial and wrong headed opposition to it.”
Croatia to hold a referendum aiming to rule out same-sex marriage 36
1:26 PM — Croatia, the newest country to join the EU, is set to hold a referendum on whether to allow same-sex marriages later this year.
Comment: The Scottish Government must end the spousal veto and uphold the rights of trans people 12
12:24 PM — With a committee today endorsing Scotland's equal marriage bill, the Equality Network's Tom French says the challenge is to make sure the legislation fully caters for trans and and intersex people.
Singer Sia to donate all proceeds from Eminem collaboration to LGBT charity 9
11:27 AM — Bisexual singer and songwriter Sia has decided to donate all proceeds from her recent collaboration with Eminem to an LGBT charity, after Eminem’s latest single "Rap God" was criticised recently for containing several lines of aggressive, homophobic lyrics.
7th November 2013
Tory MP Mike Freer receives Spectator Award for Parliamentary Speech of the Year 1
4:20 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer has been honoured with the Spectator Award for Parliamentary Speech of the Year.
Baroness Tina Stowell receives Spectator Award for Peer of the Year 2
4:07 PM — Baroness Tina Stowell of Beeston has been given the Spectator award for Peer of the Year in its 2013 Awards.
6th November 2013
Illinois Governor to sign equal marriage into law this month 4
5:56 PM — Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he will sign legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry in the state later this month.
Irish Labour MEP calls for equal marriage referendum to be held next year rather than 2015 10
4:03 PM — Dublin MEP Emer Costello has called for Ireland’s equal marriage referendum to be held on the same day as European and local elections in 2014 – rather than the planned date of 2015.
US: Cardinal who compared Pride to Ku Klux Klan rally says Illinois equal marriage is ‘bad legislation’ 15
3:19 PM — Chicago Cardinal Francis George, who once compared gay rights campaigners to the Ku Klux Klan, has come out in opposition to the recent passing of same-sex marriage in Illinois, calling it "bad legislation."
Same-sex marriage opponent Chris Christie re-elected New Jersey governor 3
12:26 PM — Chris Christie, who fought against the arrival of equal marriage in New Jersey, has been re-elected governor of the state.
Obama: I applaud the Illinois General Assembly for passing equal marriage bill
12:29 AM — President Barack Obama has praised the Illinois General Assembly, on which he used to serve for voting to make same-sex marriage legal.
5th November 2013
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny: I will support and fight for equal marriage 11
11:31 PM — The Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) Enda Kenny has pledged that he will campaign strongly in favour of same-sex marriage in an upcoming referendum.
Illinois House passes bill to make same-sex marriage legal 2
10:18 PM — The Illinois House has voted 61-54 in favour of making same-sex marriage legal.
Illinois vote on equal marriage could take place as soon as today 4
7:26 PM — A vote will take place in the US state of Illinois on Tuesday, on a bill to legalise equal marriage, reports suggest.
US: Hawaii House to hear fifth day of equal marriage testimony in ‘unprecendented’ hearing
7:05 PM — The House Judiciary and Finance Committee will on Tuesday hear a fifth day of testimony around a bill to legalise equal marriage.
Scotland’s Health Secretary calls on MSPs to support equal marriage 1
6:02 PM — In a speech this evening at a reception for the Equality Network, Scotland’s Health Secretary will encourage Members of the Scottish Parliament to vote for equal marriage.
Hawaii police officer: ‘You would have to kill me’ before I would enforce an equal marriage law 18
5:45 PM — Monday's equal marriage debate in the House of Representatives in the US state of Hawaii saw over 5,000 testify both for and against equal marriage, but one police officer shocked with his statement.