21st October 2013
Lesbian sister of Australia’s anti-equal marriage Prime Minister proposes to partner 4
2:40 PM — Christine Forster, the sister of Australia's Prime Minister, has revealed that she has proposed to her partner Virginia Edwards.
Gay couples can now marry in New Jersey 3
11:50 AM — The first same-sex weddings have begun taking place in New Jersey - making it America's 14th state to have legalised equal marriage.
18th October 2013
Italy: Exhibition featuring portraits of same-sex kissing attacked with spray paint 4
3:30 PM — Attackers who damaged an artist's exhibition avoided spray painting images of same-sex kissing - only because they had been hidden from view.
France’s highest court rules mayors cannot refuse to perform same-sex marriages 10
12:15 PM — France's highest court has ruled that mayors cannot refuse to hold same-sex weddings in the country.
16th October 2013
Tory MP with mixed record on gay rights elected deputy speaker 8
7:01 PM — Eleanor Laing, who abstained from this year's vote on equal marriage, claiming people in her constituency still needed time to get used to civil partnerships, has been elected deputy speaker of the Commons.
14th October 2013
UK: Committee to ask minister why pension arrangements remain unequal for gay couples 3
3:49 PM — Pensions Minister Steve Webb will have to explain why the government is continuing to allow same-sex couples to be treated differently from heterosexuals in a select committee appearance later this month.
Equality Network condemns threat to block Scotland’s same-sex marriage bill through courts 14
11:57 AM — The Equality Network has criticised the campaign against equal marriage for "attempting to undermine the democratic process" by threatening legal action in order to block Scotland's same-sex marriage bill.
Malta: Civil unions bill to arrive in Parliament 5
11:33 AM — A bill to introduce civil unions for gay couples in Malta will arrive in the country’s Parliament this week.
11th October 2013
Tony Abbott hints at allowing Australian MPs a conscience vote on equal marriage 5
11:50 AM — Australia’s Prime Minister is keeping his options open on giving MPs a potential conscience vote on equal marriage - although Tony Abbott remains opposed to the reform.
10th October 2013
Australia’s federal government to challenge ACT’s equal marriage law 7
12:01 PM — Australia’s federal government plans to challenge the Australian Capital Territory’s same-sex marriage law in the High court.
8th October 2013
Labour MP Steve Reed appointed Shadow Home Office minister 1
5:55 PM — South London Labour MP Steve Reed has been made a Shadow Home Office minister in the party’s reshuffle.
Survey: More than 60,000 civil partnerships have taken place in the past seven years 10
12:27 PM — More than 60,000 civil partnerships have been formed in the UK since the legislation first came into force, new figures show.
7th October 2013
Tory MP Helen Grant remains equalities minister but with extra responsibility for sport 4
3:44 PM — As part of today’s reshuffle, Conservative MP Helen Grant will remain as a junior equalities minister, but with the added responsibility of being Minister for Sport.
US Mormon Church: Equal marriage is ‘immoral’ in the eyes of God 43
11:36 AM — The leader of the American Mormon Church has restated its opposition to equal marriage.
4th October 2013
George Osborne compares equal marriage to the removal of slavery 37
5:33 PM — At this week’s Tory conference, Chancellor George Osborne told delegates that equal marriage “is a very powerful part of the Conservative story”.
Vociferous equal marriage opponent Nadine Dorries to stand as deputy speaker 19
4:06 PM — Following the resignation of Nigel Evans, Conservative MP Nadine Dorries, who rallied against the same-sex marriage act, is to stand in the contest to be Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.
Scotland: Court hears how antiques dealer allegedly called gay teacher ‘paedophile’ 1
1:18 PM — The trial of an antiques dealer in Scotland, who allegedly branded a teacher a paedophile on Twitter for campaigning for equal marriage rights, has been adjourned.
Ministry of Justice to provide guidance on allowing gay weddings in shared churches 5
12:15 PM — As part of implementing the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, Justice Minister Lord McNally has announced a consultation on same-sex marriages taking place inside religious buildings owned by more than one faith group.
3rd October 2013
MSP John Mason: We don’t force doctors to perform abortions, so why make registrars marry gays? 51
7:01 PM — MSP John Mason believes civil registrars should be able to opt out of marrying gay couples in Scotland – in the same way doctors of faith can refuse to perform abortions.
Scottish Health Secretary: Registrars will not be forced to marry gay couples 56
3:07 PM — Scotland's Health Secretary Alex Neil has told MSPs that registrars who object to same-sex marriages will not be forced to carry them out.