14th August 2013
Australian opposition leader says equal marriage is just the ‘fashion of the moment’ 23
11:26 AM — Tony Abbott, the leader of Australia's main opposition party and who is vying to become the country's next prime minister, has come under fire for suggesting that same-sex marriage is something that is just in fashion at the moment.
13th August 2013
US: Navy submarine sailor proposes to boyfriend on return from six-month deployment 8
5:11 PM — A submarine sailor in the US Navy proposed to his boyfriend on returning from a six-month deployment this week.
Exclusive: TV presenter Carol Smillie speaks out for equal marriage in Scotland 4
12:23 PM — TV presenter Carol Smillie is the latest celebrity to voice their support for equal marriage in Scotland as part of the Equality Network’s It’s Time video campaign.
Gay Australian Senate leader: I don’t support an equal marriage referendum as the campaign would be too hateful 19
11:49 AM — The leader of the Australian Senate says she's not in favour of a referendum on equal marriage - despite supporting marriage rights for same-sex couples.
Australia: Treasurer says Kevin Rudd’s commitment to equal marriage may offer political advantage 2
12:17 AM — The ACT Deputy Chief Minister and Treasurer Andrew Barr, has predicted that Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's commitment to introduce same-sex marriage could bring with it a political advantage in several seats in next month's election.
12th August 2013
US: Pennsylvania Health Department says issue of same-sex marriage licences ‘risks causing serious harm’ 2
11:49 PM — The decision by a Pennsylvania county clerk to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples could result in a separation of powers violation which "risks causing serious and limitless harm", a filing by lawers for the state Health Department said on Monday.
Nigerian bishops: We’re against equal marriage but empathise with people who live with ‘homosexual tendencies’ 19
5:26 PM — A group of bishops in Nigeria have warned against equal marriage but say they “empathise with people who live with homosexual and gay tendencies”.
Source: Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard considered reversing equal marriage opposition 44
12:25 PM — It’s being reported by an Australian broadcaster that former Prime Minister Julia Gillard was tempted to drop her opposition to equal marriage during her time in office.
11th August 2013
Australia: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd pledges to introduce equal marriage if reelected 10
4:42 PM — The Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd has promised to allow a full conscience vote on equal marriage, should be be re-elected in next month's election.
US: New Jersey judge to hear potentially groundbreaking case on implications of DOMA strike-down
4:15 PM — A New Jersey court case will this week hear oral arguments in a test of the implications of the Supreme Court ruling which struck down key sections of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), to find out what it means for that states.
9th August 2013
Comment: How Scotland’s same-sex marriage bill can be improved for trans and intersex people 25
6:51 PM — Scottish Transgender Alliance Development Officer Nathan Gale explains how Scotland's same-sex marriage bill does not achieve equality for transgender people.
8th August 2013
US: Art gallery refuses to host gay wedding, citing ‘religious beliefs’ as the reason 14
6:07 PM — An art gallery just outside of Des Moines, in the US state of Iowa, has refused to allow a gay couple to hold their wedding at the venue, citing religious beliefs.
Taiwan: Authorities uphold first same-sex transgender marriage 2
3:21 PM — Authorities in Taiwan have agreed not to revoke the marriage status of a local transgender couple, in a move activists have called a "benchmark" ruling.
Exclusive: Alex Salmond says ‘It’s Time’ for equal marriage in Scotland because it’s the ‘right thing to do’ 3
10:59 AM — SNP leader and First Minister Alex Salmond says introducing equal marriage "is the right thing to do" and will be good for Scotland.
7th August 2013
Actress Kristen Bell says she’ll get ‘gay married’ to her male fiance Dax Shepard 6
5:25 PM — After saving her marriage proposal for after the defeat of California's state-ban on equal marriage Proposition 8, actress Kristen Bell has since said she would he happy to get "gay married" to her fiance.
6th August 2013
US: Tennessee city offers equal benefits to same-sex partners of city workers
5:57 PM — The first city in the US state of Tennessee has offered equal benefits to same-sex domestic partners of city workers.
US: Pittsburgh mayor marries same-sex couple issued marriage licence by sued county clerk
4:41 PM — A Pittsburgh-area mayor has officiated at the wedding of a gay couple who were issued their marriage licence by a county clerk who is being sued by the state's Health Department for refusing to stop giving out the licences to same-sex couples.
France: Woman posts ad offering breastfeeding service to babies of gay couples 5
3:05 PM — A woman has posted a classifieds ad on a French website offering to breastfeed babies of gay couples for 100 euros (£86) a day.
Twitter troll ordered to pay equal marriage campaigner £40k for calling her a paedophile 46
12:56 PM — A Twitter troll who branded a teacher a paedophile for campaigning for equal marriage rights has been ordered to pay £40,000 by Scotland's highest civil court.
5th August 2013
Amazon founder and major equal marriage campaign funder Jeff Bezos acquires the Washington Post 7
10:13 PM — The billionaire founder of e-commerce company Amazon Jeff Bezos has agreed to purchase the Washington Post for $250m. He and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos were the largest financial supporters of the state Washington's campaign to secure same-sex marriage.