24th July 2012
Republicans join push for marriage equality in Maine 6
10:26 PM — Twenty Republican leaders have joined a Republican group pushing for marriage equality in Maine. At a press conference yesterday, state representative Stacey Fitts explained how he changed his mind on the issue.
US: Hedge fund managers back marriage equality in four states 1
10:23 PM — Pro-Republican hedge fund managers are backing marriage equality efforts in four US states. Marriage equality campaigns in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington have received financial support from hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer and Cliff Asness, the founder of AQR Capital Management, the Financial Times reports.
Brighton: Green councillor ‘accountable to God’ in equal marriage vote 140
9:41 AM — A councillor from Brighton has said she is 'accountable to God above any political party' after becoming the only member of the city council to vote against supporting civil marriage rights for gay couples.
23rd July 2012
Illinois: Republican representatives want to defend gay marriage ban 3
9:59 PM — Two Republican representatives in Illinois, US, have introduced a joint resolution in support of the state's ban on equal marriage. David Reis and Thomas Morrison's resolution says marriage should be restricted to heterosexual couples.
EA Games backs removal of Defence of Marriage Act 5
9:57 PM — Gaming company EA Games has joined the growing list of American companies calling for the anti-gay Defence of Marriage Act to be repealed. Executives said that the law, which bans federal recognition of gay marriages, is unconstitutional and creates problems for companies around discrimination and tax.
Muppets-makers end partnership with Chick-Fil-A over marriage stance 67
5:35 PM — Creators of the Muppets have called off future partnerships with US fast-food chain Chick-Fil-A followings its donations to anti-gay groups and opposition to marriage equality for gay couples.
Video: Dean of St Albans believes God ‘is Out4Marriage too’ 56
2:16 PM — Dr Jeffrey John, the gay Dean of St Albans, has said God would be in favour of government plans to allow gay couples to marry and said the Church of England's opposition "doesn't deserve to be listened to".
Liberia: Senate votes to criminalise gay marriages 29
10:38 AM — The Liberian senate is reported to have approved a bill criminalising gay marriages in the west African state, but it is unclear whether the president would sign it into law.
22nd July 2012
New York celebrates one year of gay marriage 5
9:29 PM — New York will celebrate one year of marriage equality this week. The marriage equality law came into action on July 24th last year, making New York the sixth US state to give gay couples the right to wed. On the first day, 659 gay couples married.
19th July 2012
Chick-fil-A answers to criticism over gay rights 37
11:33 PM — US fast food store Chick-fil-A has released a statement after its chief operating officer declared the company was against marriage equality. On Monday, Dan Cathy told the Baptist Press that the company was “guilty as charged”, when asked about its perceived opposition to equal marriage.
Scotland ‘needs faith opt-out from Westminster’ for equal marriage 192
12:07 PM — The Scottish government will 'need' clarification of the UK-wide Equality Act to ensure religious celebrants are not forced to conduct gay weddings against their will, according to a leaked email.
18th July 2012
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond ‘has not changed his mind’ on marriage 118
4:19 PM — Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has confirmed he has not 'changed' his mind about supporting marriage equality between gay and straight couples.
17th July 2012
No further action against councillor who compared gay marriage with bestiality 13
5:50 PM — No disciplinary action is to be taken against a Conservative party local councillor who compared the government's proposals to legalise gay marriage with legalised bestiality.
Comment: With rare political consensus, Scotland should be next to let gay couples marry 22
10:47 AM — Labour MP for Glasgow North East Willie Bain says equal marriage will ensure LGBT couples are no longer 'separate but equal', but warns that inequality and homophobia will still exist in Scotland.
16th July 2012
Guildford: Council votes against ‘inappropriate’ equal marriage view 31
3:58 PM — Guildford Council in Surrey has voted not to support the government's plans to allow gay and straight couples an equal right to a civil marriage ceremony, saying it would be 'inappropriate' to take a view.
US: Lesbian couple hopes engagement will inspire equal marriage activism 3
3:08 PM — A couple from Connecticut are sharing the story of their engagement online in the hope it might inspire others and help change civil marriage laws in the US and beyond.
Scotland: Catholic equal marriage referendum ‘a colossal waste of money’ 113
12:36 PM — The call by Cardinal Keith O'Brien, head of the Catholic Church in Scotland and the most senior Catholic in the UK, for a referendum on equal marriage rights for gay couples has been criticised by advocates of the move.
Video: Equal marriage film seeks votes for national awards 6
11:41 AM — Makers of the equal marriage short film Homecoming, which was released earlier this year to support government plans to legalise gay marriages in England and Wales, are appealing for help promoting the film to show in cinemas nationwide.
15th July 2012
Argentina: Gay couples celebrate second anniversary of marriage law 4
10:11 PM — Gay couples in Argentina are celebrating the second anniversary of a law giving them the right to marry. More than 6,000 gay couples have tied the knot since Argentina's president Christina Fernandez de Kirchner signed the law on July 21st 2010.
12th July 2012
US: Maryland will vote on marriage equality 11
8:06 PM — Maryland will vote on the issue of marriage equality this November after opponents gathered enough support to challenge the state's new gay marriage law.