11th November 2013
John Major: Gay marriage has proved ‘toxic’ for the Tories because some like ‘to change slowly’ 45
6:22 PM — Former prime minister Sir John Major says grassroots Tories were right to feel “unsettled” by “bewildering” changes such as equal marriage, but warns there’s “no choice but to deal with this new world."
Exclusive: Scottish Tories claim SNP Govt slow to legalise equal marriage due to referendum 7
3:03 PM — Legalising equal marriage in Scotland has taken longer than in England because the SNP government has diverted all resources to its pro-independence campaign, the leader of the Scottish Conservatives has claimed.
8th November 2013
Labour peer Lord Alli: David Cameron ‘changed the centre ground’ by legalising equal marriage 8
7:45 PM — Labour peer Lord Alli paid tribute to David Cameron and Tony Blair for their role in progressing LGBT equality in Britain at last night's Stonewall Awards.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
5th November 2013
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.
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
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”.
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.
1st November 2013
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”.
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.
Northern Ireland Equality Commission declaration on equal marriage welcomed by Sinn Fein 2
2:23 PM — Criticism of Northern Ireland’s Assembly for failing to make progress on equal marriage has been welcomed by Sinn Féin.
30th October 2013
Northern Ireland Assembly criticised by Equality Commission for blocking equal marriage 5
6:13 PM — Northern Ireland's Equality Commission has criticised repeated attempts to block progress on equal marriage in the NI Assembly.
Irish Prime Minister: We will make our decision on equal marriage soon 12
11:07 AM — Ireland’s Prime Minister (Taoiseach) has said the cabinet is due to decide by next week its response to the Constitutional Convention's recommendation on legalising civil equal marriage.
29th October 2013
Former Supreme Court chief judge urges Israel to legalise equal marriage 5
2:04 PM — A former president of the Supreme Court of Israel has announced his support for equal marriage and warns Israel's marriage laws are a "clear violation of basic human rights".