23rd June 2013
Baroness D’Souza: The vote against Lord Dear’s fatal amendment was a ‘massive defeat’ for him 25
2:11 PM — The Lord Speaker, Baroness D'Souza, said the vote against Lord Dear's anti-equal marriage bill amendment was a "massive, massive defeat" for him, but warned that further "ping-pong" debate on various issues within the bill would be imminent.
22nd June 2013
German foreign minister slams Russia over possible anti-gay adoption ban 4
6:48 PM — Germany's foreign minister has heavily criticised Russian's recently advanced legislation which would ban the adoption of Russian children by foreign same-sex couples.
US: Conservative groups pledge to defy Supreme Court rulings on equal marriage 12
6:27 PM — A coalition of conservative groups in the US have vowed to defy any ruling made by the US Supreme Court next week in favour of equal marriage.
US Supreme Court Justice says the court should not rule on ‘moral’ issues like equal marriage 34
5:37 PM — Less than a week until the US Supreme Court is expected to make rulings in two key equal marriage cases, one of its justices has spoken out to say the court should not be ruling on such an issue.
Tory MPs write ‘alternative queen’s speech’ urging referendum on equal marriage 80
5:02 PM — Conservative MPs have drawn up an 'alternative queen's speech', including policies to hold a referendum on equal marriage, bring back the death penalty, ban the wearing of burkas in public and to rename a public holiday after Margaret Thatcher.
France: Prison sentence for illegal anti-equal marriage protester sparks new protests 13
4:29 PM — Equal marriage opponents in France took to the streets on Friday to protest against the prison term given to a man who was part of an illegal anti-equal marriage demonstration, who fled from police, and gave a false identity when caught.
20th June 2013
Poll: 92% of Nigerians support proposed bill to criminalise same-sex marriage 39
7:05 PM — A new poll has found that 92% of Nigerians are in support of a proposed bill to make same-sex marriages punishable with 14 year prison sentences.
US: Minnesota poll shows slight majority of residents support decision to legalise same-sex marriage 2
5:45 PM — A new poll has found that a small majority of Minnesotans are in favour of the decision by lawmakers to legalise equal marriage earlier this year.
Tory MP Matthew Offord: Equal marriage ‘is an attack on religion’ 68
5:24 PM — Conservative MP Matthew Offord has compared the equal marriage bill to part of what he sees as an anti-religious campaign.
US Supreme Court equal marriage decision expected on Monday, as no decision today 4
3:24 PM — The US Supreme Court failed to announce its opinion on two key equal marriage cases today, and is now expected to do so on Monday, which is the last expected date to make a decision.
US Supreme Court could make ruling on key equal marriage cases today 2
3:04 PM — The US Supreme Court could be about to make a decision on two key equal marriage cases, as it is expected to do so before summer recess, and is running out of allotted decision days
The state of play on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in the House of Lords committee stage 44
1:51 AM — As the House of Lords has just wrapped up Wednesday's second day of debates around the equal marriage bill in its committee stage, here is the simple state of play on the bill.
US: Florida LGBT groups launch effort to repeal state ban on equal marriage 2
12:21 AM — Two LGBT rights groups in the US state of Florida have launched a joint effort to begin to reverse the state's ban on equal marriage.
19th June 2013
US: Third Republican Senator comes out in favour of equal marriage 4
5:47 PM — A third Republican US Senator has come out in favour of equal marriage, following the lead of two others earlier this year.
South Australia officially congratulates New Zealand on equal marriage, ahead of introduction of its own bill 2
4:23 PM — The South Australian parliament has passed a motion to officially congratulate New Zealand for passing its same-sex marriage bill earlier this year, ahead of the introduction of its own bill later this week.
Watch LIVE: House of Lords debates same-sex marriage amendments
4:22 PM — Watch peers in the House of Lords during the second day of debates over amendments to the Marriage (Same sex couples) Bill.
Tory MP John Glen criticises Bishop of Salisbury for voicing support for equal marriage 43
1:26 PM — A Conservative MP who is against same-sex marriage has criticised the Bishop of Salisbury for comparing those who oppose the reform to Christians who defended slavery and apartheid.
18th June 2013
Poland: Prime Minister backs down and admits opposition to civil unions is too strong 34
6:45 PM — The Prime Minister of Poland has backed down in the face of strong cross-party opposition to civil unions for gay couples, and admitted that the country will not adopt measures to allow it in the near future.
Cindy McCain: By next presidential election, both US parties will support equal marriage 9
4:19 PM — Cindy McCain, the wife of former GOP presidential nominee Senator John McCain, has said she thinks there will be a "major turn", and that both major parties will support equal marriage by the next US presidential election.
Amendments allowing registrars to opt out of equal marriage withdrawn in House of Lords 25
1:23 PM — As the House of Lords committee stage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill began yesterday, peers debated whether registrars, as public servants, should be allowed to opt out of performing same-sex weddings if they conscientiously objected to them.