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Amendments allowing registrars to opt out of equal marriage withdrawn in House of Lords 25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.
US: Illinois equal marriage group pledges $500,000 effort to promote same-sex marriage
1:28 AM — An equal marriage advocacy group in the US state of Illinois has announced that it is gearing up for a large-scale campaign to promote same-sex marriage ahead of the 2014 state election.
South Australia to debate motion to formally congratulate New Zealand for marriage equality 8
1:10 AM — The Upper House in South Australia is on Wednesdsay to debate a motion which would formally congratulate New Zealand for legalising equal marriage earlier this year.
US: Advocates hope to get equal marriage question on 2014 Arizona ballot
12:54 AM — Supporters of equal marriage are hoping to get the question of legalising equal marriage on a ballot in the state of Arizona, as soon as 2014, in order to undo a voter-approved constitutional ban on the practice.
Archbishop of York: Would the Church of England rather bless ‘sheep and trees’ than gay couples? 85
12:08 AM — The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu, addressed the question of the Church of England's opposition to equal marriage, and the issue of whether or not it will bless civil unions, asking if the issue has been "given enough space".
17th June 2013
US: Baltimore Pride features mass same-sex wedding
6:30 PM — During this year's Baltimore Pride parade, the city's Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake officiated a mass wedding of over 20 couples, in an emotional and symbolic move.
Study: US media outlets more likely to feature pro-equal marriage viewpoints 3
5:18 PM — According to a new study, news stories in the US are more likely to present pro-equal marriage viewpoints than those in opposition to it.
Maria Miller tables Public Order Act amendment protecting critics of equal marriage 67
11:15 AM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller will propose that the Public Order Act be amended to protect critics of same-sex marriage in today's House of Lords committee on the same-sex marriage bill.
Israel: Debate on same-sex civil unions delayed by Prime Minister 10
12:51 AM — After the Israeli Justice Minister announced that she would present a bill to allow same-sex civil partnerships on Sunday, the country's Prime Minister has delayed the debate on the issue.
16th June 2013
Israel: Justice Minister tables bill to allow same-sex civil unions 12
2:17 PM — Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, has announced that she is on Sunday to present to ministers a bill to allow civil unions for gay couples.
15th June 2013
Pope Francis urges French delegates not to follow ‘fashionable’ ideas 39
8:22 PM — In a meeting with a delegation of French legislators in the Vatican City today, Pope Francis urged for religion to be considered in lawmaking. While avoiding particular mention of the country's recent legalisation of same-sex marriage, he warned against picking "fashionable" ideas over religious "spirit".
Bermuda: Anti-discrimination law adopted amid equal marriage controversy 5
5:13 PM — A change to Bermuda's Human Rights Act prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of sexuality was passed on Friday, despite concerns that it would override the country's ban on same sex marriage.
Gay rights opponent Tory MP Edward Leigh knighted in Queen’s Birthday Honours list 56
12:13 PM — Edward Leigh, Conservative MP for Gainsborough, one of the fiercest critics of equal rights for lesbian and gay people, has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Lord Tebbit: I wouldn’t have been surprised if Jimmy Savile was homosexual 88
12:04 PM — Lord Norman Tebbit, the former Conservative Party chairman, gave a candid interview defending himself against accusations of homophobia while suggesting Jimmy Savile seemed gay and that same-sex couples who wish to get married should "go and do something else".
14th June 2013
Pro-equal marriage rally to take place on Monday ahead of House of Lords committee stage 8
5:17 PM — Supporters of equal marriage have organised a rally in favour of the bill for England and Wales, which will take place on Monday, the same day the bill goes to the House of Lords for committee stage.
Equal marriage bill amendment calls for decision to be made in 2015 referendum 50
3:54 PM — An amendment to the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, calls for a referendum on the issue of equal marriage, and would mean that even if passed at all stages, the law would not come into effect until voters approved it at a referendum.
In meeting with Archbishop of Canterbury, the Pope does not specify marriage as between man and woman 11
3:15 PM — Pope Francis addressed the same-sex marriage issue on Friday in the Vatican, telling the Archbishop of Canterbury he wants to work together to promote family values "based on marriage."
New straight civil partnerships amendment tabled for equal marriage bill in House of Lords 11
2:50 PM — An amendment has been tabled for the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, which would allow straight couples to enter into civil partnerships, amidst fears that such an amendment could wreck the bill.