1st August 2012
New Zealand: Equal marriage bill ‘likely to pass first reading’ 19
1:30 PM — A member's bill selected for a vote in the New Zealand parliament reportedly has enough support from MPs to pass its first reading.
Connecticut federal court finds DOMA unconstitutional 7
12:52 PM — A US federal court in Connecticut has become the latest to find the Defense of Marriage Act, which forbids recognition of gay marriages at the national level, unconstitutional.
US: Supreme Court asked to hear Proposition 8 appeal 26
11:14 AM — Proponents of Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on gay marriages in the US state of California, have asked the Supreme Court to overturn two lower judgements that it was unconstitutional.
31st July 2012
‘Vocal minority’ of Tories fear equal marriage will alienate volunteers 67
4:59 PM — The chair of the body which represents volunteers in the Conservative Party and a backbench MP have voiced fears that the government's commitment to marriage equality for gay couples could alienate local activists.
New civil partnerships in the UK up six percent in 2011 19
11:39 AM — The number of civil partnerships entered into in the UK in 2011 was 6,795, an increase of 6.4 per cent on the previous year.
30th July 2012
Sarah Palin backs Chick-fil-A 51
11:11 AM — Former Republican Governor of Alaska and television personality Sarah Palin has showed her support for the Chick-Fil-A fast food chain following negative reaction to its stance on gay equality.
New Zealand: Prime minister to support MP’s equal marriage bill 16
10:13 AM — New Zealand's prime minister, John Key, has said he will support a member's bill selected for a vote in the House of Representatives that would legalise marriages between two people of the same sex.
29th July 2012
Vietnam considers legal recognition for gay couples 22
9:10 PM — Vietnam's Communist government is considering whether to legalise marriage or civil registration for gay couples. The Justice Ministry is debating whether to include rights for gay couples in an overhaul of marriage laws. It has been suggested that these rights will focus on inheritance, property and adoption of children.
27th July 2012
Amazon founders give $2.5m to equal marriage in Washington 42
1:17 PM — The billionaire founders of e-commerce company Amazon have pledged $2.5 million to the fight for equal marriage rights for gay couples in the US state of Washington.
26th July 2012
Elton John thanked Jay-Z for marriage equality support 6
11:27 PM — Sir Elton John made a personal phone call to rapper Jay-Z to thank him for his support for marriage equality. In May, Jay-Z announced he agreed with President Obama's position on allowing gay couples to marry, saying: "What people do in their own homes is their business... It's no different than discriminating against blacks. It's discrimination plain and simple."
Equal marriage advocates collect messages for Scottish government ‘thank you’ 45
2:54 PM — Following yesterday's announcement by the Scottish government that it will legislate to recognise marriages between two people of the same sex, equality campaigners are planning a giant 'thank you' card.
Video: Dan Savage says marriage is already ‘about love, not gender’ 3
10:31 AM — Author, columnist and founder of the 'It Gets Better Project' Dan Savage has rejected arguments that gay people are seeking to 'redefine marriage', saying it has already effectively gender-neutral.
25th July 2012
Scottish government reveals marriage consultation figures 35
3:41 PM — Following the announcement that it will bring forward legislation to allow gay couples to marry, the Scottish government has published figures from its public consultation last year.
Exclusive: Out4Marriage says David Cameron personally backs gay religious marriages 31
1:18 PM — Following discussions with the prime minister at a Downing Street reception yesterday, the group Out4Marriage said David Cameron had given the strong impression that he personally supports giving churches and other religious institutions the right to hold gay wedding ceremonies if they chose to do so in England and Wales.
David Cameron’s speech to the Downing Street LGBT community reception 15
12:34 PM — A transcript of David Cameron's speech to the LGBT community at Number 10 Downing Street on 24 July 2012 in full.
Scottish government will bring forward equal marriage legislation 107
11:39 AM — Equal marriage advocates have welcomed the Scottish government's much-awaited announcement this morning that it will be bringing forward legislation to allow gay couples to marry and remove current barriers for trans people.
David Cameron warns Church of ‘repeating Tory mistakes’ with LGBT community 39
11:21 AM — Prime Minister David Cameron has "gently" warned the Church of England not to repeat mistakes he said his party had made by alienating gay people in its opposition to marriage equality for gay couples.
24th July 2012
Republicans join push for marriage equality in Maine 6
10:26 PM — Twenty Republican leaders have joined a Republican group pushing for marriage equality in Maine. At a press conference yesterday, state representative Stacey Fitts explained how he changed his mind on the issue.
US: Hedge fund managers back marriage equality in four states 1
10:23 PM — Pro-Republican hedge fund managers are backing marriage equality efforts in four US states. Marriage equality campaigns in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington have received financial support from hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer and Cliff Asness, the founder of AQR Capital Management, the Financial Times reports.
Brighton: Green councillor ‘accountable to God’ in equal marriage vote 140
9:41 AM — A councillor from Brighton has said she is 'accountable to God above any political party' after becoming the only member of the city council to vote against supporting civil marriage rights for gay couples.