5th July 2013
Archbishop of Canterbury: Church opposition to equal marriage was ‘overwhelmed’ by equality supporters 74
7:16 PM — Making his first speech to the General Synod of the Church of England as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has admitted that the Church of England's opposition to equal marriage was "utterly overwhelmed" by those who support equality for same-sex couples.
The PinkNews guide to what happens next for the equal marriage bill 24
6:52 PM — The equal marriage bill for England and Wales is set to return to Parliament next week, here's a simple guide to what happens next in the process.
Pope Francis and Benedict XVI united in their opposition to equal marriage 68
2:50 PM — The Vatican has issued an unprecedented religious text co-written by Pope Francis and his predecessor Benedict XVI in which the two men restate their opposition to equal marriage.
Lord Singh calls for equal marriage referendum in October 29
12:49 PM — Lord Singh of Wimbledon has tabled an amendment to the same-sex marriage bill calling for a referendum on the issue.
Head of civil registrars warns against allowing civil registrars to opt of marrying gay couples 12
12:36 PM — The National Panel for Registration has warned Culture Secretary Maria Miller against allowing civil registrars to opt of marrying same-sex couples.
Lib Dems’ Baroness Williams tables ‘opposite sex marriage’ amendment to equal marriage bill 66
11:16 AM — Baroness Williams has tabled a new amendment urging for a legal separation between same-sex marriages and opposite sex marriages.
4th July 2013
Lord Dear introduces ‘belief in traditional marriage’ amendment to same-sex marriage bill 43
6:38 PM — Lord Dear has introduced a new amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill which could prove fatal to the equal marriage bill for England and Wales by defining marriage as between one man and one woman.
Clifford Chance boss: Law firms could not have held LGBT parties 25 years ago 5
6:18 PM — David Bickerton, the Managing Partner for London of one of the world's largest law firms, Clifford Chance, has spoken to PinkNews.co.uk to discuss how changes in the law positively change society and how his own profession has become a welcoming place for LGBT people to work.
Baroness Deech introduces equal marriage bill amendment to include carers and cohabiting family members 34
6:18 PM — Baroness Deech has introduced an amendment, which would add the provision to include cohabiting family members or carers in the bill to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Ex-Telegraph editor Charles Moore: Will equal marriage lead to people marrying dogs? 63
4:10 PM — Former Telegraph editor Charles Moore has made another attack on the same-sex marriage bill, saying: “I wonder if the law will eventually be changed to allow one to marry one’s dog.”
US: Civil rights groups aim for New Mexico Supreme Court to legalise equal marriage 1
3:11 PM — A campaign to have the Supreme Court in the US state of New Mexico, legalise equal marriage has been started by several civil rights groups.
Equal marriage rap song reaches top 20 in Billboard Hot 100 chart 4
1:53 PM — A rap song which carries a message of strong support for equal marriage, has reached the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
3rd July 2013
US: Supporters call on judge to immediately legalise equal marriage following Supreme Court ruling
10:52 PM — Equal marriage advocates in the US state of New Jersey have called on a state judge to immediately legalise same-sex marriage in the state, following the Supreme Court's strike-down of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
US: New Jersey Governor told to ‘step out of the way’ of vote on equal marriage 5
6:50 PM — A Democratic lawmaker in the US state of New Jersey has called on the state's Governor to "step out of the way", and allow Republican legislators to vote on an equal marriage bill.
Green MP Caroline Lucas tables amendment for equal survivor benefits for gay couples 21
6:41 PM — Green MP Caroline Lucas has tabled an amendment to the Pensions Bill, which would give equal provision of survivor benefits for same-sex couples.
John Barrowman marries his long-term partner Scott Gill 25
6:39 PM — John Barrowman and his partner Scott Gill were married yesterday after a 20-year committed relationship.
Letter warns Queen that equal marriage bill will be ‘nothing short of catastrophic’ to the UK 40
5:07 PM — Four business directors on the Isle of Man have written to the Queen in the hope she will refuse to give the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill its Royal Assent.
2nd July 2013
US radio host: Children ‘suffer the most’ from equal marriage Supreme Court rulings 21
11:40 PM — US Christian radio host Linda Harvey, has attacked the US Supreme Court for its rulings in two key equal marriage cases last week, to call the justices “clueless, immoral leadership”.
Comment: Respect people before beliefs, Maria Miller, and we’d need no consultation 47
9:15 PM — The route to equality is blocked by a political establishment that shows more respect for reactionary religious beliefs about homosexuality than for LGBT people themselves, Adrian Tippetts for PinkNews.co.uk.
Poll: US support for equal marriage at record high in wake of Supreme Court rulings 5
4:37 PM — A poll conducted in the week following the US Supreme Court's ruling in two key equal marriage cases has found that support for same-sex marriage across the US is at a record high.