18th January 2013
Oxford Union ‘gay parenting’ debate: PinkNews founder Benjamin Cohen’s winning speech 11
2:09 PM — In an Oxford Union debate on Thursday evening about gay parenting, a motion in support of the principle was passed by a large majority. Here is the winning speech, delivered to the packed house.
Comment: ‘Offended by marriage equality': the admission of a lost argument 102
10:51 AM — A number of MPs recently have stated they will oppose marriage equality because they don't want to 'offend' religious people. It is not merely anti-democratic, but anti-faith, writes Adrian Tippetts for PinkNews.
17th January 2013
France: Elle magazine releases ‘marriage for all’ pro-equality issue 6
5:22 PM — The French edition of Elle Magazine has come out in support of equal marriage in France, amidst a heated debate on the issue by featuring a lesbian couple getting married, on its cover.
Italian PM Mario Monti opposes equal marriage and same-sex adoption rights 20
2:39 PM — Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has said he opposes same-sex marriage and adoption rights for gay people.
US: NFL player Chris Kluwe to receive award for his support of gay rights and equal marriage 3
1:04 PM — Pro-gay NFL player, Chris Kluwe, is to be honoured by an LGBT community group, for being an advocate of equal rights and equal marriage for the LGBT community.
New Zealand pastor accused of trying to rig equal marriage poll 18
12:53 PM — The head of an evangelical church in Auckland has been discovered attempting to rig a cabinet minister's poll on a pending equal marriage bill.
16th January 2013
Massachusetts: Pro-gay Episcopal bishop to step down
7:13 PM — The outspoken pro-gay bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts says he plans to retire in 2014.
US: Pentagon backs Army base decision to allow lesbian to be barred from spouses’ club 4
4:31 PM — The Pentagon has backed army leaders at a North Carolina base who chose not to intervene in the case of the wife of a lesbian service member who was denied admittance into a spouses' club.
Video: Hundreds protest against Rhode Island hearings on equal marriage 14
3:56 PM — As Rhode Island held hearings on whether to legalise equal marriage for same-sex couples, hundreds of demonstrators turned out to protest against the potential change at hearings
Taiwan: Gay couple suing state for ban on equal marriage may withdraw their case
2:37 PM — A gay couple in Taiwan who filed a lawsuit last year after being rejected in their application for marriage, protested what they called the "passive" attitude of the justice system, and said they might withdraw their case.
Paris: Anti-equal marriage protesters ordered to pay €100,000 clean-up cost 42
2:29 PM — The Mayor of Paris Bertrand Delanoe has imposed a hefty cleaning bill on the organisers of a march opposing same-sex marriage.
One million leaflets being handed out against equal marriage in marginal seats 51
1:28 PM — One million leaflets against government's plans to legalise marriage equality are being sent out to voters in constituencies marginal on the issue by an anti-equal marriage campaign group which has deemed the plans "undemocratic".
Elton John ‘overwhelmed with excitement’ over birth of second son 2
12:39 PM — Sir Elton John and David Furnish have welcomed their second child, and said they were "overwhelmed with happiness and excitement".
Majority of MPs indicate that they will vote for same-sex marriage in England and Wales 31
8:13 AM — A majority of MPs in the House of Commons have indicated that they intend to vote for the introduction of same-sex marriage in England and Wales.
HBO’s Girls creator Lena Dunham said she won’t marry until gay people can 2
1:33 AM — Lena Dunham, star of HBO series, Girls, said at the Golden Globes that she was not engaged, despite wearing a diamond ring, and vowed that she won't marry until gay people can.
David Cameron given warning that church ban on equal marriage ‘legally challenge-able’ 48
12:51 AM — David Cameron has been sent a letter containing legal advice warning that churches could be sued under human rights laws, if they refused to perform equal marriages.
Chuck Hagel supports equal benefits for same-sex military couples
12:37 AM — The all but appointed defence secretary, Chuck Hagel, has said that he supports equal benefits for same-sex military couples in a letter to Senator Barbara Boxer who questioned his previous stance on LGBT rights, before she would endorse him for the post.
15th January 2013
Rhode Island State House prepares for equal marraige vote 2
7:16 PM — The diminutive American state of Rhode Island is set to stage a debate on whether to legalise equal marriage for same-sex couples, with a vote to be held by the House of Representatives later this month.
Maryland: Anti-gay Republican blames same-sex marriage for alcohol abuse 32
7:05 PM — A Republican Maryland politician says legislators who voted for the state’s same-sex marriage bill contributed to his alcohol abuse.
Australia to keep anti-gay discrimination to protect ‘freedom’ of religious groups 47
6:24 PM — Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has reportedly given her word to religious groups that they will have the “freedom” under a new rights bill, to discriminate against gay people, and other people deemed sinners.