26th June 2013
Australia’s first lesbian cabinet minister elected Senate leader 5
6:52 PM — Penny Wong has been elected unopposed as leader of the Australian Senate.
Boris Johnson opens Pride with joke about gay men taking their future husbands ‘up the Arcelor’ 30
6:06 PM — The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, praised the organisers of this weekend’s Pride in London festival on Tuesday evening, and also made a risqué joke about gay men taking their husbands up the "Arcelor" on their wedding day.
Another defeat for equal marriage in Northern Ireland in the Stormont Assembly 36
1:31 PM — The Northern Ireland Assembly has voted against recognising the same-sex marriage bill for England and Wales.
Australia: Equal marriage campaigners welcome Julia Gillard’s decision to resign as prime minister 18
12:40 PM — Julia Gillard, who is strongly opposed to equal marriage, has confirmed she will resign as Australia's prime minister in favour of Kevin Rudd.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard loses leadership ballot to equal marriage supporter Kevin Rudd 15
12:08 PM — Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who is strongly opposed to equal marriage, has been ousted as leader of her party by Kevin Rudd.
Tory MP Mike Freer: Gay people are being short-changed when it comes to pensions equality 8
11:22 AM — Conservative MP Mike Freer says it's wrong that gay couples continue to be treated unequally in the area of survivor's benefits.
25th June 2013
Government: Marriage to be recognised in the tax system for gay and straight couples 10
3:47 PM — Treasury Minister David Gauke says the government is "firmly committed" to recognising marriage in the tax system – a move which would benefit those in civil partnerships, heterosexual and same-sex marriages.
Poll: UK support for equal marriage at 55% 18
2:04 PM — A new poll by Ipsos of 16 countries puts support for equal marriage in the UK at 55%.
24th June 2013
US: 67 Congress members take part in NOH8 on The Hill III 1
6:57 PM — Ahead of the US Supreme Court’s decision on the constitutionality of the Defence of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8 ban on equal marriage, the NOH8 Campaign has today released NOH8 portraits for the 67 Members of Congress who took part in its third NOH8 on The Hill event.
Lord Alli withdraws his pensions amendment to the equal marriage bill 26
3:57 PM — Labour peer Lord Alli’s amendment to equalise pension provision for same-sex couples in the area of survivor benefits has been withdrawn.
Nick Clegg: ‘I look forward to one day seeing the rainbow flag fly over every government building’ 9
1:27 PM — Nick Clegg has spoken of his pride at having the rainbow flag soaring above his office in Whitehall and says “I look forward to one day seeing the rainbow flag fly over every government building and above parliaments across the world - maybe Russia, Uganda or Yemen.”
Liberty: Pensions inequality remains in marriage bill 9
12:30 PM — The Director of Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti, writes on how there remains one obstacle to full marriage equality in the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Coalition for Marriage: ‘Quakers, Unitarians and Liberal Jews have unfairly dominated the equal marriage debate’ 61
10:58 AM — Speaking to PinkNews.co.uk, Coalition for Marriage spokesperson Dr Sharon James says Liberal Judaism, the Unitarians and the Quakers have been given “a disproportionate amount of time” in the debate for equal marriage at the expense of “mainstream Christian people”.
21st June 2013
Lord Stoddart urges for potential withdrawal from European Court due to equal marriage bill 56
5:58 PM — Former Labour MP Lord Stoddart says the UK must be prepared to leave the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) if it comes into conflict with the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales.
Scotland: Review on civil partnerships for hetrosexual couples to be announced next week 13
12:17 PM — Plans to allow heterosexual couples to be allowed to have civil partnerships in Scotland are expected to be unveiled next week as part of a review.
Tory MP David Burrowes: The equal marriage bill will lead to an ‘adulterer’s charter’ 87
11:24 AM — Conservative MP David Burrowes has accused the government of creating an “adulterer’s charter” as part of its equal marriage reforms.
20th June 2013
Brighton: Anti-equal marriage ex-Green councillor to debate issue with pro-gay Tory MP 30
7:13 PM — Former Green councillor Christina Summers who resigned from her party in protest at its decision to support equal marriage will debate the issue this evening alongside Conservative MP Simon Kirby.
Tasmanian marriage equality advocates urge state Upper House to revisit equal marriage 4
6:14 PM — Tasmanian marriage equality advocates have called on the state Upper House to revisit same-sex marriage after a bill on the issue was voted down in the Senate this morning.
19th June 2013
Humanist weddings amendment withdrawn from equal marriage bill 18
8:01 PM — An amendment for humanist weddings has been withdrawn from the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill after Baroness Stowell gave reassurances that the government would look again at the matter.
Amendments urging for civil registrars to opt out of equal marriage ceremonies withdrawn from bill 10
7:04 PM — Several amendments to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill seeking to allow civil registrars to opt out of providing same-sex marriages have been withdrawn.