31st January 2013
Chris Grayling and Baroness Warsi to vote in favour of same-sex marriage 59
12:35 AM — Tory right-wingers Chris Grayling and Baroness Sayeeda Warsi have said that they will vote in favour of allowing same-sex couples to marry next week.
30th January 2013
President of Cameroon: People may change their minds on ‘crime’ of homosexuality 8
11:55 PM — The President of Cameroon, Paul Biya, said on Wednesday that he could see that attitudes about his country's criminalisation of homosexuality were changing.
LGBT people in French Polynesia follow French equal marriage and adoption debates 6
11:30 PM — Now that the debate on France's equal marriage and adoption law has gone before parliament, French Polynesia has begun watching the early stages closely.
US: Obama’s immigration reform plan aims to support same-sex families 2
4:49 PM — Plans laid out by President Barack Obama for immigration reform, include provisions for recognising same-sex families from different countries, and allowing visas for same-sex couples wishing to live in the US.
Young gay New Zealanders say equal marriage would reduce youth suicides 1
4:30 PM — Young gay men have made submissions to the New Zealand select committee dealing with the equal marriage bill, to say that legalising equal marriage would reduce the number of youth suicides.
UK: Government minister Sayeeda Warsi condemns anti-gay east London ‘Muslim vigilante’ groups 22
4:00 PM — Faith and Communities Minister Sayeeda Warsi has condemned Muslim vigilante groups in east London – some of whom recently targeted a gay man with homophobic abuse.
Surrey Council Tory chairwoman says same-sex marriage is ‘dangerous’ to children – blasts ‘gays in the media’ 96
1:22 PM — The Chair of Surrey County Council spoke of the unknown consequences of equal marriage when interviewed at a Coalition for Marriage event.
Tory MP Anne Milton furious as anti-gay marriage group uses photo without permission 28
10:54 AM — The main group campaigning against equal marriage in the UK has used another Conservative MP’s photograph on its publicity leaflets without her permission.
29th January 2013
David Cameron under pressure to grant tax breaks to win same-sex marriage vote 18
11:42 PM — Prime minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne are reportedly under mounting pressure to give married couples a tax break in order to secure support for their same-sex marriage bill.
Catholic Church: ‘We recognise that gay couples make loving parents but they must be banned from marriage’ 55
9:15 PM — The Catholic Church in England and Wales has made a surprising acknowledgement that same-sex couples make good parents. The statement is included within a document submitted to MPs and Peers urging them vote against same-sex marriage.
Sweden: Married Ugandan men victims of ‘lottery’ asylum system 7
6:05 PM — A gay Ugandan couple were separated in 2008 when one was forced to flee to Sweden. They were reunited by chance and married under Swedish law, but are in danger once more after one had their asylum claim denied.
France: Parliamentary debate over equal marriage begins 7
5:40 PM — Following months of debate and controversy over the issue of equal marriage, proposals to allow it went before the French parliament today.
Zimbabwe: New draft constitution includes equal marriage ban 15
5:12 PM — A new Zimbabwean draft constitution includes a clause banning equal marriage for gay couples.
US: Business coalition formed to push for repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act 5
4:41 PM — A coalition of businesses has formed in support of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, to allow equal marriage rights to same-sex couples federally.
Comment: The power of online activism & social media in the fight for LGBT equality 12
1:38 PM — Murray Lipp, administrator of the Facebook page ‘Gay Marriage USA,’ discusses his experience in maintaining America’s largest independent national equal marriage page on Facebook.
Introducing equal marriage could boost UK economy by £18 million 15
1:06 PM — Ministers speaking in support of equal marriage claimed today that it could give the British economy a boost of as much as £18 million per year.
Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco: Allowing gays to marry ‘is like legalising male breastfeeding’ 139
11:11 AM — Legislating for equal marriage is like legalising male breastfeeding, according to the Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone.
28th January 2013
Philip Hammond denies same-sex marriage incest claims 66
10:33 PM — A spokesman for Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has denied claims that he compared same-sex marriage to incest.
Hawaii: Lawmakers to choose between legalising or banning equal marriage 4
5:46 PM — Hawaiian lawmakers have submitted four pieces of legislation: two legalising and two banning equal marriage.
Irish equality minister supports equal marriage, and calls for reform of gay parenting law 5
3:36 PM — The Irish minister for Justice and Equality has voiced his support for equal marriage for gay couples, and said there is a need to reform and "bring clarity" to issues surrounding gay parenting.