18th February 2013
US: Republican senator attacks Illinois same-sex marriage bill as ‘discriminatory’ towards straight people 31
6:56 PM — Republican Illinois Senator Kyle McCarter took to his Facebook page last week and condemned the state Senate’s 34-21 vote approving a bill to try to legalise same-sex marriage.
Leader of Plaid Cymru: MPs should not vote against equal marriage simply over the size of their postbag 8
6:30 PM — The leader of Plaid Cymru is not impressed by those MPs who voted against this month’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill simply on the basis of the amount of negative letters they received.
Peter Tatchell praises Muslim MPs for supporting equal marriage and blasts anti-gay fatwas 15
5:36 PM — A small number of Islamic clerics, who have been issuing fatwas against the decision of several Muslim MPs to vote in favour of the same-sex marriage bill, have been criticised by Peter Tatchell.
Video: Alaskan Republicans laugh when asked about plans for civil unions 9
3:44 PM — A video has surfaced online, which appears to show members of the Alaskan House Caucus laughing when asked by a member of the press about its plans to legalise civil unions, before saying the issue "never came up" during discussions.
Labour MP Sadiq Khan receives death threats for supporting same-sex marriage 35
12:07 PM — Britain's most senior Muslim MP has received death threats from some hardline Islamic extremists after voting in favour of equal marriage, earlier this month.
17th February 2013
France: Subway shop limits Valentine’s Day offer to straight couples only 39
7:52 PM — The owner of a Subway franchise in the French city of Angers has received heavy criticism for refusing to offer a Valentine's Day special offer to gay couples.
8-year-old writes to the Welsh Secretary to say she has been brought up ‘perfectly well’ by lesbians 87
10:53 AM — An eight-year-old girl has written to the Welsh Secretary David Jones to tell him that she has been brought up "perfectly well" by her two lesbian mothers.
Comment: Most letters to me, a Church of England bishop, are in favour of equal marriage 27
10:23 AM — Alan Wilson, the Bishop of Buckingham, the first Church of England bishop to come Out4Marriage reveals that most of the correspondence that he receives is in favour of same-sex couples marrying.
16th February 2013
Out4Marriage: David Jones, our suitability to parent is not up for discussion in the equal marriage debate 23
1:13 AM — Equal marriage campaign group Out4Marriage has responded to remarks made by the Tory Minister for Wales, who has come under heavy criticism after voicing his views on same-sex parenting.
15th February 2013
eHarmony founder: ‘Staff feared for their lives after we were ordered to put up a gay dating site’ 47
7:21 PM — The CEO and founder of dating website eHarmony has said that same-sex marriage had "damaged" his business, and being forced to cater to gay people had resulted in so much anger from Christians he had to hire guards to protect his staff.
Associated Press reaffirms that gay married couples are ‘partners’ rather than ‘husbands’ and ‘wives’ in face of criticism 11
5:44 PM — The Associated Press say that telling their reporters to call same-sex married couples "partners" instead of "husbands" or "wives" reflects existing practice, attracting criticism from LGBT groups.
UK: Equality groups predict some gay married couples will have to fight for pension rights in court 2
5:33 PM — Rights group Liberty has raised concerns that the same-sex marriage bill does not address inequalities in pensions between straight married couples and gay couples in civil partnerships.
Tory MP Sir Roger Gale: My comments against equal marriage had ‘nothing to do with incest’ 24
4:05 PM — Conservative MP Sir Roger Gale says his latest comments against equal marriage had “nothing to do with incest” during a speech against the government’s marriage reforms.
Sussex Hindu temple to allow equal marriage ceremonies 9
2:50 PM — A Hindu temple in Sussex has been granted a marriage license, and has said that gay couples are welcome to marry there, stating a need to "respect everyone".
US Televangelist: Equal marriage in England and Wales signals ‘the beginning of the end’ 61
2:18 PM — A US Christian televangelist has written that moves towards marriage equality in England and Wales were "alarming", that it could lead to the end of the world, and that "Western civilisation" would end up in hell if it doesn't "wake up."
Welsh Secretary David Jones: Gay parents cannot provide a ‘safe environment for the upbringing of children’ 25
2:12 PM — Stonewall Cymru has criticised the claims of Welsh Secretary David Jones, who said in an interview that he voted against the same-sex marriage bill because gay parents can't provide a "warm and safe environment" for children.
UK: Equality commission says Christian registrars cannot opt out of marrying gay couples 31
1:36 PM — Christian registrars will not be able to opt out of performing marriages for gay couples, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has said.
Conservative MP Crispin Blunt: The moment I came out as gay to my wife was a huge relief 38
9:33 AM — Conservative MP Crispin Blunt, who came out publically as gay in August 2010, has again spoken about the decision in light of last week’s vote by MPs on equal marriage.
Ireland: Kerry County Council to vote on equal marriage 3
2:04 AM — County Kerry councillors are to be asked to back a motion supporting equal marriage, at its next meeting.
14th February 2013
US: Illinois Senate passes equal marriage in Valentine’s Day vote 9
9:23 PM — The Illinois Senate has approved a bill to legalise same-sex marriage - although it still has to pass the House before it becomes law.