5th November 2013
Scotland’s Health Secretary calls on MSPs to support equal marriage 1
6:02 PM — In a speech this evening at a reception for the Equality Network, Scotland’s Health Secretary will encourage Members of the Scottish Parliament to vote for equal marriage.
Irish Government confirms 2015 equal marriage referendum 29
3:10 PM — Ireland's cabinet has formally agreed to hold a referendum on equal marriage in 2015.
Irish Deputy Prime Minister: ‘We must win a future referendum on equal marriage’ 3
11:57 AM — Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister says the government “must win” a future referendum on equal marriage and concedes that victory is by no means a certainty.
4th November 2013
Irish Prime Minister warned ‘referendum fatigue’ could threaten result of equal marriage vote 6
3:39 PM — Ireland’s Prime Minister has been warned by some within his party that a referendum on equal marriage could be lost – simply because the Irish people are suffering from “referendum fatigue”.
1st November 2013
Alliance Party says Northern Ireland Equality Commission should have moved sooner on equal marriage 4
6:51 PM — The Northern Ireland Alliance Party Assembly Member, Stephen Farry, has said the country’s Equality Commission should have spoken out in support of equal marriage “much earlier”.
London: Peter Tatchell disrupts orchestral concert of Putin ally 25
4:18 PM — Peter Tatchell disrupted the opening of Valery Gergiev’s new London Symphony Orchestra concert season at the Barbican last night because of Gergiev’s support for Vladimir Putin.
US: Indiana National Guard says benefits were not denied to same-sex couples, just ‘delayed’
4:07 PM — The National Guard of Indiana has said that same-sex couples were not denied benefits following a Pentagon directive, but that the measure was simply delayed.
Vatican launches Catholic survey on gay relationships, equal marriage and other social issues 15
12:26 PM — The Vatican is conducting a worldwide survey on how Catholics interpret social issues such as same-sex marriage, gay relationships and birth control.
31st October 2013
Anti-equal marriage councillor made faith champion for Brighton 24
7:00 PM — A former Green councillor who sided against equal marriage has been appointed a champion of faith groups in Brighton.
Northern Ireland Equality Commission declaration on equal marriage welcomed by Sinn Fein 2
2:23 PM — Criticism of Northern Ireland’s Assembly for failing to make progress on equal marriage has been welcomed by Sinn Féin.
Comment: Could the EU soon have its second openly gay prime minister? 8
11:01 AM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Giles Goodall assesses whether Luxembourg's Xavier Bettel could soon become Europe's second openly gay prime minister.
30th October 2013
Northern Ireland Assembly criticised by Equality Commission for blocking equal marriage 5
6:13 PM — Northern Ireland's Equality Commission has criticised repeated attempts to block progress on equal marriage in the NI Assembly.
Irish Prime Minister: We will make our decision on equal marriage soon 12
11:07 AM — Ireland’s Prime Minister (Taoiseach) has said the cabinet is due to decide by next week its response to the Constitutional Convention's recommendation on legalising civil equal marriage.
29th October 2013
Former Supreme Court chief judge urges Israel to legalise equal marriage 5
2:04 PM — A former president of the Supreme Court of Israel has announced his support for equal marriage and warns Israel's marriage laws are a "clear violation of basic human rights".
28th October 2013
Nancy Pelosi to receive pro-LGBT lifetime achievement award
4:56 PM — US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is receiving an award in recognition of her support for LGBT rights.
LGBT campaigner and Holocaust survivor Sharley McLean dies aged 90 12
11:38 AM — Tributes are being paid to the radical lesbian feminist and campaigner Sharley McLean, who died at the weekend.
Irish Deputy Prime Minister promises equal marriage referendum by 2015 23
10:33 AM — Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister has promised a referendum on same-sex marriage will be held before the next general election.
26th October 2013
Australia: Health Alliance pubicly supports the 13th annual Intersex Awareness Day 3
1:35 PM — The National LGBTI Health Aliiance of Australia has publicly shown its support for Intersex Awareness Day (26th October), which sees intersex activists across the world raise awerness on important issues affecting intersex people.
25th October 2013
US: Waiter receives anti-gay message on Christian couple’s bill – ‘Your fag choices made you lose out’ 77
6:10 PM — A Christian couple in Missouri have stirred up controversy recently, when instead of providing a tip for a gay waiter's "excellent service," they left him a homophobic note on their bill, which condemned his "lifestyle choices" and called him a "fag."
Poll: 67% of Americans believe marriage equality is ‘inevitable everywhere in US’ 13
10:45 AM — Figures in a new Harris Poll show how the recognition of same-sex marriages in the US has led to significant changes in public attitudes.