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  • 21st September 2011

    Tasmanian parliament backs gay marriage 17

    Tasmania's decision puts pressure on federal Labor

    10:22 AM — The Tasmanian parliament's House of Assembly has backed gay marriage, putting pressure on the federal Labor government to follow suit. This is the first time a house in any Australian parliament has voted in favour of marriage equality. Tasmania only voted to legalise homosexuality in 1997.

  • 19th September 2011

    Labour says it will pressure government for gay marriage 36

    A consultation will begin next March

    4:20 PM — Labour says it will pressure the coalition government to ensure that marriage equality is enacted. Shadow equalities minister Yvette Cooper responded to the announcement of a March 2012 consultation on how the change can be implemented.

  • 14th September 2011

    John Barrowman criticises church over gay marriage attacks 68

    John Barrowman said church groups were hypocritical

    1:09 PM — John Barrowman says he's horrified at the Scottish Catholic Church's comments on gay marriage proposals. The Glasgow-born actor, who is in a civil partnership, accused church leaders of "evil", hypocrisy and potentially ruining people's lives.

  • 13th September 2011

    Lib Dems urge Scottish government not to give in to gay marriage threats 21

    Willie Rennie said the government should do what is "right and fair"

    12:07 PM — Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has urged the government not to be swayed by Catholic threats over gay marriage. While the SNP government says it is inclined to back marriage equality, Catholic leaders say it will lose the support of 800,000 Catholics if it presses ahead with the proposals.

  • North Carolina House approves referendum on gay marriage ban 10

    North Carolina is seeking to ban gay marriage

    10:33 AM — North Carolina's House of Representatives have approved a measure for a voter referendum on a gay marriage ban. Although the US state does not currently recognise gay marriage, Republicans are seeking a constitutional ban on the practice, which would prevent courts from ruling for marriage equality.

  • 12th September 2011

    Scottish Catholic Church steps up attack on gay marriage 127

    The Scottish government is minded towards marriage equality

    12:35 PM — The Catholic Church in Scotland has intensified its attacks on proposals to give gay couples the right to marry. Bishop of Paisley Philip Tartaglia, who is expected to become the next Archbishop of Glasgow when Mario Conti steps down, said marriage equality would be "an act of cultural vandalism".

  • 9th September 2011

    Archbishop of Glasgow hits out at ‘foolish’ gay marriage supporters 87

    Archbishop Conti said gay marriage would be 'meaningless'

    10:15 AM — Another Scottish Catholic leader has attacked proposals to bring marriage equality to the country. Mario Conti, the Archbishop of Glasgow, said that allowing gay marriage would be "foolish" and render marriage "meaningless".

  • 8th September 2011

    Maryland Governor: Gay marriage is possible but it will be a long fight 6

    The governor of Maryland, Martin O’Malley supports gay marriage

    12:05 PM — The governor of Maryland, Martin O’Malley as well as the lieutenant governor,  Anthony Brown, have warned that it will be a long fight to win full gay marriage rights with the same legal status as straight married couples but that it is achievable.

  • Scottish Catholic leader attacks gay marriage 102

    Cardinal O'Brien said the plans would be 'strenuously opposed'.

    10:34 AM — The leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, has accused marriage equality campaigners of trying to "rewrite nature". In a strongly-worded attack on same-sex marriage, he said the plans would be "strenuously opposed".

  • 7th September 2011

    Video: ‘Rory’s story’ shows inequalities of civil partnerships in Ireland 16

    The video says civil partnerships are not enough (Photo: ILGA-Europe)

    1:26 PM — A short video clip about a boy and his two mothers shows the consequences of 'discriminatory' civil partnerships in Ireland. Made by Marriage Equality Ireland, the clip, titled 'Rory's Story', shows the family as happy and accepted until the day the law classes them as strangers.

  • 2nd September 2011

    Scottish government launches gay marriage consultation 47

    The government has opened its marriage equality consultation

    1:13 PM — The Scottish government has launched its promised consultation on marriage equality. The SNP-led government says it is considering whether to allow "religious ceremonies for civil partnerships and the possible introduction of same sex marriage".

  • 22nd August 2011

    US bride refused a dress for ‘illegal’ gay wedding 131

    4:55 PM — A US bridal shop has refused to serve an engaged lesbian, though she planned to marry in New York, where gay unions are legal.

  • 16th August 2011

    1,000 gay marriages in Mexico City 5

    Mexico City legalised gay marriage last year.

    3:53 PM — Mexico City's civil registry has announced that 1,000 same-sex marriages have been registered since marriage equality came into law last year.

  • 12th August 2011

    Don’t call me a bigot, says MSP who believes gay relationships aren’t equal 87

    Mr Walker said he had received 'highly abusive' messages

    10:58 AM — An MSP who believes that gay relationships are not in "any way equal" to straight ones says he has been upset by messages calling him a bigot. Bill Walker, the MSP for Dunfermline said gay rights campaigners had "intimidated" him.

  • 61 per cent of Scots support gay marriage 83

    The poll says most Scottish people back marriage equality

    10:34 AM — A large majority of Scottish people now support marriage equality. According to the 2010 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey, published yesterday, 61 per cent of people believe gays and lesbians should have the right to marry.

  • 8th August 2011

    Gay SNP politician calls colleagues ‘bigots’ 66

    Scottish MPs are fighting over the issue of gay marriage

    3:21 PM — A gay SNP politician has hit out at colleagues on the issue of gay marriage, calling them bigots. Alyn Smith, an MEP who was elected in 2004, attacked colleagues who signed a motion on gay marriage, calling them "small" and "mean".

  • 5th August 2011

    Row continues over Scottish MP’s gay marriage remarks 66

    Scottish polls show growing support for marriage equality

    12:03 PM — A row has broken out between SNP politicians over a motion on gay marriage. This week, SNP MSP John Mason tabled a motion which says no one should be “forced to be involved in” gay marriages.

  • American Psychological Association calls for gay marriage 126

    The APA says gay marriage is good for health

    11:07 AM — The world's largest body of psychologists, the American Psychological Association, has called for state and federal officials to lift barriers to marriage equality. Members at the group's annual meeting in Washington voted unanimously on Wednesday to back "full marriage equality for same-sex couples".

  • 4th August 2011

    Nationalist Scottish MP accused of attacking gay rights 53

    John Mason is concerned that people are being 'forced' into involvement in gay unions

    4:54 PM — A Nationalist MSP has been accused of trying to attack gay rights by tabling a motion which says no one should be "forced to be involved in" gay marriages. SNP MSP John Mason tabled the motion ahead of a Scottish government consultation on gay marriage.

  • UK marriage equality consultation delayed 54

    The consultation has been moved to autumn

    12:19 PM — The British government says a consultation on the future of marriage equality and civil partnerships will be held this autumn. Earlier this year, equality minister Lynne Featherstone said the government would begin asking for views on the issue in the summer.

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