5th November 2013
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.
US: Texas Supreme Court to take up arguments around equal marriage ban 1
5:19 PM — The Supreme Court in the US state of Texas on Tuesday will hear arguments in a case which could challenge the state's constitutional ban on equal marriage.
Irish Government confirms 2015 equal marriage referendum 29
3:10 PM — Ireland's cabinet has formally agreed to hold a referendum on equal marriage in 2015.
Irish Deputy Prime Minister: ‘We must win a future referendum on equal marriage’ 3
11:57 AM — Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister says the government “must win” a future referendum on equal marriage and concedes that victory is by no means a certainty.
4th November 2013
Marriage tax allowance to benefit 420,000 London married couples and civil partners 9
7:51 PM — The marriage tax allowance which will take effect from 2015, will allow 420,000 Londoners, both gay and straight, to claim a transferrable tax allowance.
Video: Children react to same-sex proposals 18
7:21 PM — This video, uploaded by the Fine Bros, explores the issue of equal marriage, and same-sex relationships, with children, and documents their (mainly quite adorable) reactions to same-sex proposal videos.
Irish Prime Minister warned ‘referendum fatigue’ could threaten result of equal marriage vote 6
3:39 PM — Ireland’s Prime Minister has been warned by some within his party that a referendum on equal marriage could be lost – simply because the Irish people are suffering from “referendum fatigue”.
US: Hopeful to be Maine Governor comes out as gay: ‘I’m not ashamed of who I am’ 1
1:01 PM — A hopeful for the office of Governor in the US state of Maine has come out as gay, saying he wants to counter "whisper campaigns" raising questions about his sexuality.
US: Officials change procedure in Hawaii equal marriage testimony as opponents suspected of cheating
12:45 PM — After thousands of citizens testified at the House in the US state of Hawaii over the weekend, Monday's testimony may be off to a rocky start with allegations of cheating in the queue to speak.
December date set for High Court challenge of Australian Capital Territory’s equal marriage law 6
11:08 AM — A legal challenge against the Australian Capital Territory’s same-sex marriage law will be heard in the country’s High Court less than a week before the first weddings are due to take place.
3rd November 2013
US: Obama urges Hawaii to pass same-sex marriage bill 2
10:20 AM — President Barack Obama has voiced his support for marriage equality in Hawaii, after the state recently approved legislation at senate stage aiming to repeal a ban on same-sex marriage, moving it to the Hawaii House stage for voting.
2nd November 2013
US: Pennsylvania Governor released as defendant in equal marriage lawsuit
4:19 PM — The Governor of the US state of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett, has been swapped out as a defendant in a federal case demanding equal marriage in the state.
1st November 2013
NOW: Comedian Aziz Ansari makes amusing but poignant point about racial stereotypes and homophobia 5
8:05 PM — Hit US comedian Aziz Ansari in a clip for his latest show makes an amusing yet poignant point about racial stereotypes, and homophobia.
US: Nebraska officials convene meeting to discuss equal marriage
7:54 PM — Officials in the US state of Nebraska on Friday conducted a meeting with a view to resolving legal conflicts for same-sex couples qualifying for federal marriage benefits, but whose relationships are not recognised by the state.
Alliance Party says Northern Ireland Equality Commission should have moved sooner on equal marriage 4
6:51 PM — The Northern Ireland Alliance Party Assembly Member, Stephen Farry, has said the country’s Equality Commission should have spoken out in support of equal marriage “much earlier”.
US: New Jersey leaders may not immediately write equal marriage into law
3:31 PM — Legislators in the US state of New Jersey may not seek to write equal marriage into law immediately, despite a court ruling last month legalising it, as doing so could leave gay couples with less rights than if they do nothing.
Vatican launches Catholic survey on gay relationships, equal marriage and other social issues 15
12:26 PM — The Vatican is conducting a worldwide survey on how Catholics interpret social issues such as same-sex marriage, gay relationships and birth control.
31st October 2013
Anti-equal marriage councillor made faith champion for Brighton 24
7:00 PM — A former Green councillor who sided against equal marriage has been appointed a champion of faith groups in Brighton.