16th July 2012
Scotland: Catholic equal marriage referendum ‘a colossal waste of money’ 113
12:36 PM — The call by Cardinal Keith O'Brien, head of the Catholic Church in Scotland and the most senior Catholic in the UK, for a referendum on equal marriage rights for gay couples has been criticised by advocates of the move.
Video: Equal marriage film seeks votes for national awards 6
11:41 AM — Makers of the equal marriage short film Homecoming, which was released earlier this year to support government plans to legalise gay marriages in England and Wales, are appealing for help promoting the film to show in cinemas nationwide.
15th July 2012
Argentina: Gay couples celebrate second anniversary of marriage law 4
10:11 PM — Gay couples in Argentina are celebrating the second anniversary of a law giving them the right to marry. More than 6,000 gay couples have tied the knot since Argentina's president Christina Fernandez de Kirchner signed the law on July 21st 2010.
12th July 2012
US: Maryland will vote on marriage equality 11
8:06 PM — Maryland will vote on the issue of marriage equality this November after opponents gathered enough support to challenge the state's new gay marriage law.
11th July 2012
Irish prime minister refuses to take view on equal marriage 17
12:15 PM — The Irish prime minister, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he will not be drawn into taking a position on whether marriage should be available to gay couples before a constitutional convention examines the issue.
Northern Ireland: Equal marriage campaign group launched 13
11:13 AM — A new campaigning group, Equal Marriage NI, has been launched to push for marriage equality between gay and straight couples in Northern Ireland.
10th July 2012
US: Most Utah voters back legal recognition for gay couples – but not marriage 7
11:55 PM — Polling shows that 71 per cent of Utah voters support some form of legal recognition for gay couples. The survey, by Brigham Young University, found that 43 per cent of respondents thought civil unions should be legal, while 28 per cent wanted full marriage equality.
US: Marriage equality campaign aims to attract young conservatives 1
11:21 PM — A new US marriage equality campaign has been launched for young people who consider themselves Republican, conservative or libertarian. The 'Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry' initiative was launched by national group Freedom to Marry and aims to highlight the bipartisan nature of marriage equality.
Poll: Third of gay and trans Canadians in a same-sex marriage 17
12:30 PM — A Canadian poll has suggested that 5 percent of the 34 million people living in Canada identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, and that a third of those are in a gay marriage.
9th July 2012
Scotland: Symbolic gay wedding marks ‘final push’ for marriage equality 15
8:09 PM — A symbolic same-sex wedding was held outside the Scottish Parliament on the morning after the leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland “declared war” on equal marriage.
Archbishop of Canterbury questions mandate for equal marriage rights 71
9:52 AM — The outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has questioned the government's mandate for the introduction of equal marriage rights between gay and straight couples.
7th July 2012
New York: Court rejects marriage equality challenge 11
11:34 PM — A New York court has dismissed an evangelical group's challenge to the city's marriage equality laws. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms claimed the state Senate acted illegally when it voted to approve a gay marriage bill last year.
6th July 2012
Texas: Dallas gay couple arrested for marriage equality protest 8
11:55 PM — Two gay men in Dallas, Texas, have been arrested after they refused to leave a county clerk's office. The pair, named as Mark Jiminez and Beau Chandler, were protesting the state's ban on marriage equality.
Australia: Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull hits out at anti-gay ‘hypocrisy’ 16
10:38 PM — Australian Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull has attacked anti-gay campaigners as "dripping with the worst sort of hypocrisy". Frontbencher Mr Turnbull, who was delivering a lecture on the Gold Coast, attacked the coalition for its unwillingness to legalise marriage for gay couples, The Age reports.
Brad Pitt’s mother writes anti-gay letter to local newspaper 37
8:30 PM — Brad Pitt's mother has written a letter to a Missouri newspaper attacking Barack Obama on his support for marriage equality. Jane Pitt wrote to the Springfield News-Leader to say Christians should back Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who is against abortion and same-sex marriage.
5th July 2012
Evening Standard backs religious marriage rights for gay couples 14
3:55 PM — The Evening Standard has backed marriage rights for gay couples in religious ceremonies today.
Scotland: Former first minister backs marriage for gay couples 18
2:23 PM — Scotland’s former First Minister, Jack McConnell, has called on the Scottish Government to introduce legislation which would allow gay couples to marry.
4th July 2012
One Washington state anti-equality measure fails 6
10:38 PM — One Washington state voter-initiative to ban equal marriage has failed to gain enough support. Backers of Initiative 1192, which sought to restrict marriage to heterosexual couples, said they had fallen "woefully short" of the number of signatures needed to get their measure on the ballot.
Shadow home secretary meets with liberal faith groups on equal marriage 18
4:59 PM — The shadow home secretary hosted a roundtable discussion on equal marriage rights for gay couples in London today, inviting religious figures to discuss their support for religious recognition in the government's plans.
Northern Ireland: Public meeting on equal marriage in Belfast tomorrow 7
4:27 PM — A free public conference will be held tomorrow evening in Belfast to unite supporters of equal marriage rights for gay and straight couples in Northern Ireland into a new campaigning group.