5th March 2013
Sociologist warns that equal marriage will lead to ‘decline’ and ‘instability’ of marriage 70
5:55 PM — A sociologist has told the committee hearing at the House of Commons for the equal marriage bill that the idea of equal marriage, and links to parenthood, were irrelevant.
Japan: Lesbian pair are first same-sex couple to get married in Tokyo Disney 15
12:13 PM — Two women in Tokyo have become the first gay couple to tie the knot in Disneyland, and say they hope the symbolic ceremony will prompt Japan to think about LGBT discrimination.
4th March 2013
New Zealand: Coroner in gay soldier’s suicide case criticised for anti-marriage equality stance 10
5:55 PM — Doubts have been raised about the decision by coroner Gordon Mantega not to hold an inquest into the death of a soldier who killed himself after confessing his love for a male colleague, after it emerged Mr Mantega strongly opposed same-sex marriage in New Zealand.
Spain: Conservative ministers distance themselves from colleague’s anti-gay ‘survival of species’ argument 15
5:44 PM — Politicians in Spain have been quick to distance themselves from the comments of the Interior Minister, who said that same-sex marriage laws could mean the human race would not be “guaranteed” to survive. Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said last week that, although religious arguments did not hold up in court: “There are rational arguments […]
2nd March 2013
Ellen writes open letter to the Supreme Court urging it to strike down Proposition 8 3
6:06 PM — American TV host Ellen has made her opinion known to the Supreme Court which, later in March, will begin to take on the case of whether to overturn Proposition 8, California's statewide ban on equal marriage.
1st March 2013
Finland: Parliamentary committee narrowly rejects equal marriage bill 29
6:12 PM — The Finnish parliament's Legal Affairs Committee on Wednesday voted narrowly to reject a bill to legalise equal marriage.
US: Obama administration files brief urging Supreme Court to strike down Proposition 8
12:49 PM — The Obama administration filed a brief to the Supreme Court on Thursday evening, urging it to strike down the state of California's ban on equal marriage, a move which has been hailed by equal marriage advocates.
28th February 2013
Obama’s administration to file brief urging Supreme Court to strike down Proposition 8 4
11:16 PM — The Obama administration is to file a brief asking the Supreme Court to strike down California's ban on equal marriage, and to take the view that other, similar bans, are unconstitutional.
Minnesota congressman: homosexuality is an ‘unhealthy sexual addiction’ 47
5:26 PM — Minnesota Republican congressman Glenn Gruenhagen has said that homosexuality is a choice and a form of sexual addiction.
Clint Eastwood joins 100 top Republicans urging Supreme Court to strike down Proposition 8 3
5:05 PM — Clint Eastwood has joined over 100 top Republicans who have signed up to argue that the Supreme Court should overturn Proposition 8, which bans equal marriage in the state of California.
Poll: 61% of Californians support equal marriage 2
3:08 PM — A month before the Supreme Court is to hear evidence around Proposition 8, a new poll has revealed that 61% of Californians support the right of same-sex couple to marry, a record percentage of support.
27th February 2013
US: Study claims ‘same-sex cohabitors’ are less healthy than those in heterosexual marriages 7
6:56 PM — The 'Journal of Health and Social Behavior' says same-sex cohabitors are less healthy than heterosexual married people of the same socioeconomic status however same-sex marriage “may directly and indirectly influence the health of individuals in same-sex unions”.
US: ‘Most conservative Congress member’ denies claim she signed pro-equal marriage brief 3
6:52 PM — Marilyn Musgrove made news today when it was alleged the ultra-conservative former congresswoman had signed an amicus briefing backing same-sex marriage, only for it to emerge the New York Times had made a mistake.
US: Illinois same-sex marriage bill narrowly moves forward 7
5:58 PM — The House Executive Committee barely cleared a bill to legalise same-sex marriage in the US state of Illinois on Tuesday with a 6-5 approval.
26th February 2013
US: 75 leading Republicans call on Supreme Court to strike down same-sex marriage Prop 8 ban 9
6:54 PM — Around 75 leading Republican figures have signed a briefing urging the Supreme Court to strike down Proposition 8, in a move which could have a significant effect on the Republican Party and equal marriage in the US.
First clause of equal marriage bill passes Committee stage in UK Parliament 35
6:12 PM — The first clause of the equal marriage bill has passed in the committee considering it in the UK Parliament today.
Bermuda says no to same-sex marriages 8
4:14 PM — A top Bermuda minister has said the government has ruled out allowing same-sex marriage.
US: Pro-marriage equality GOP lawmaker dismisses $500,000 threat from anti-gay group 11
2:42 PM — A Republican state Senator from Minnesota who said he would vote for equal marriage and was the target of a new pledge by anti-equality group the National Organization for Marriage to defeat him, has said he will not bow to the financial pressure.
25th February 2013
Poll: More New Zealanders support equal marriage than oppose it 3
6:26 PM — A new poll commissioned by a New Zealand group opposed to equal marriage has found that more people support the idea than oppose it.
24th February 2013
Tory local chairwoman from PM’s constituency resigns over his support for equal marriage 41
7:40 PM — The chairwoman of a local Conservative Party association which falls inside David Cameron's constituency, has resigned from her post, citing his support for equal marriage as her reason.