20th November 2013
Comment: Equal marriage passing first stage in Scotland is a victory for all, not just LGBT people 8
8:24 PM — MSP Marco Biagi reflects on the passing of the equal marriage bill in the Scottish Parliament, rejects the idea that the debate was religious against non-religious or left vs right, and celebrates the hope that Scotland will become a beacon of progressive hope.
Equal marriage bill overwhelmingly passes Stage 1 Debate in Scottish Parliament 26
8:11 PM — The Scottish Parliament this evening passed its equal marriage bill through the first stage of debate.
Scottish Health Secretary: I urge all MSPs to back equal marriage in today’s vote 7
1:25 PM — Ahead of a key vote, Scotland’s Health Secretary has urged MSPs to support the country’s same-sex marriage bill.
Scottish Lib Dem leader: Today’s equal marriage vote will be ‘historic’ for Scotland 3
12:38 PM — Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has described today’s vote on equal marriage in the Scottish Parliament as an “historic day for equality in Scotland”.
Live Blog: Scottish Parliament’s Stage 1 Debate on equal marriage 4
12:04 PM — Coverage of this evening's Stage 1 Debate of the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill in the Scottish Parliament
19th November 2013
Daily Telegraph’s Brendan O’Neill: ‘Gay now means rubbish – get over it’ 106
6:28 PM — Journalist Brendan O'Neill has denied that derogatory uses of the word "gay" are homophobic, saying that youth culture has altered the word so it now means "rubbish, or pathetic, or lame."
US: Anti-gay Chick-fil-A boss handed ‘community empowerment’ equality award 11
5:11 PM — Dan Cathy, the Chick-fil-A CEO publicly opposed to same-sex marriage, has been given an equality award at a gala dinner celebrating Equal Opportunity Day.
US: Indiana interfaith clergy signs open letter against same-sex marriage ban 1
4:33 PM — A coalition of over 300 clergy in Indiana has signed an open letter addressed to lawmakers, calling for a stop to a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriages.
Russell T Davies to explore ‘modern gay sex lives’ in two new drama series 4
11:39 AM — Queer As Folk and Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies is to return to Channel 4 to launch two new drama series on the contemporary sex lives of gay men.
US: Pastor ‘found guilty’ for officiating at his son’s same-sex wedding ceremony 26
10:24 AM — A Pennsylvania pastor who was put on “trial” by his congregation after officiating at his own son's same-sex wedding has now been found guilty for violating church law.
16th November 2013
US: Federal judge rules that Pennsylvania must defend its ban on equal marriage 3
1:44 PM — A federal judge yesterday rejected arguments that the court has no authority over equal marriage, to say that Pennsylvania must go to trial to defend its ban on equal marriage.
15th November 2013
US: Hawaii judge defies ‘legal challenge’ against same-sex marriage law 3
4:43 PM — A Hawaii judge on Thursday denied a request from a House Republican to issue a temporary block against the state's new law legalising same-sex marriage.
US: Bishop plans ‘exorcism’ for the day Illinois legalises equal marriage 25
2:55 PM — A Catholic bishop in Illinois has planned to hold an "exorcism" for the day the state legalises same-sex marriage.
Pope Francis distributes surveys to Catholics on ‘modern questions’ including gay relationships 48
11:29 AM — Pope Francis has urged members of the Catholic church to fill out surveys on the Vatican's teaching of "modern" topics, including same-sex sexual relationships, in order to gauge whether what the church preaches is still practical in today's society.
14th November 2013
US radio host insists story of homophobic Christian couple was a ‘ruse’ to support ENDA 20
11:31 AM — A US radio host and Fox news contributor has accused the story of a Missouri couple who called a gay waiter "fag" on their bill of being an elaborate "ruse" designed to garner support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.
Australia: New South Wales equal marriage efforts fail as bill is narrowly defeated 10
11:08 AM — A bill to legalise same-sex marriage in the Australian state of New South Wales has failed in a narrow vote of 19 to 21.
13th November 2013
Governor of Hawaii signs equal marriage into law: ‘Another universe is about to change for all time’ 7
9:28 PM — The Governor of Hawaii has signed same-sex marriage into law, just a day after the state's Senate gave the legislation for its approval.
US: Legal group defends photographers who refused same-sex wedding on basis of ‘artistic freedom’ 8
1:19 PM — A New Mexico legal group has asked the Supreme Court to weigh in favour of a wedding photography company that discriminated against a same-sex couple, pleading that "an artist must be free to create work that expresses what he or she believes."
Northern Ireland Health Minister: The ‘natural order’ for having a child is a man and a woman 14
10:37 AM — Edwin Poots has said that while he does not regard being gay as an abomination, he believes the "natural order" for having a child is strictly between a man and a woman.
Obama applauds Hawaii for legalising same-sex marriage
10:08 AM — President Barack Obama has applauded his birthplace Hawaii for becoming the 15th US state to legalise same-sex marriage, saying "I have always been proud to have been born in Hawaii, and today's vote makes me even prouder."