7th August 2012
US: Delaware governor says state could legalise marriage equality in 2013 3
10:40 PM — The governor of Delaware is confident that his state will legalise marriage equality in 2013. Jack Markell, a Democrat, told the Huffington Post that work on legislation "probably will" start as soon as the next session.
US: Gay wedding magazine dubs today National Marriage Equality Day 4
4:50 PM — Equal marriage advocates in the US have dubbed today, 7 August, National Marriage Equality Day following the unofficial Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day last week.
6th August 2012
US Congress ‘lags behind’ public on marriage equality 6
10:13 PM — Research suggests that US Congress members lags behind the public on marriage equality. According to a database compiled by Human Rights Campaign, only 34 per cent of Congress supports marriage equality, compared to polls which suggest more than 50 per cent of Americans back the rights of gay couples to marry.
US: Gay rights group donates $1m to marriage equality efforts
10:06 PM — US gay rights group Human Rights Campaign has donated $1m to marriage equality efforts in four states. Campaign groups in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington will each receive $250,000.
Australia: Tasmania to legislate for equal marriage rights if federal bill fails 11
4:19 PM — The Parliament of Tasmania may pass equal marriage laws for the island's gay couples after the Australian state's premier announced support for the move.
France: Catholic Church opposes gay adoption in revived national prayer 42
3:20 PM — The Catholic Church in France is reviving a tradition begun in the 17th century of praying for the country on 15 August to hope the government does not listen to "special requests" and to oppose gay adoption.
3rd August 2012
Scotland: SNP activist resigns over ‘undemocratic’ equal marriage decision 38
5:30 PM — Robert Stewart, an SNP volunteer for 22 years has resigned over Scottish party leaders’ decision to push forward on marriage equality for gay couples in Scotland.
US band Train speak out about anti-gay website’s use of song 12
5:12 PM — San Francisco band, Train, are “upset” that their song “Marry Me” was used on a New Zealand website set up in opposition gay marriage.
New Hampshire: Chick-fil-A manager to sponsor gay pride festival 28
1:35 PM — A manager at Chick-fil-A, a company opposed to equal marriage rights for gay couples, has come out as co-sponsor for a gay pride event next week.
Comment: Christians, we should have been first to back equal marriage 66
11:34 AM — Mastin Kipp, founder of The Daily Love, says Jesus' message was 'about Love, not rules and regulations', and argues Christians should be the first to let their neighbours marry.
Maryland: Poll suggests 54 percent will keep equal marriage at referendum 10
10:47 AM — A poll released by marriage equality advocates in Maryland suggests voters may keep the state's new laws in a ballot later this year, allowing them to come into effect in 2013.
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.