2nd October 2013
David Cameron praises gay tolerance in Tory conference speech 23
12:42 PM — Prime Minister David Cameron listed Britain’s acceptance of people who are gay as one of many reasons to be proud of the country in his keynote speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.
New Jersey state: Equal marriage would cause ‘irreparable harm’ if allowed to go ahead 11
12:08 PM — The administration of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, on requesting that a judge place a stay on the issue of marriage licences to same-sex couples, said equal marriage would cause "irreparable harm" in the state.
US: Military veterans push for equal marriage in Illinois
11:48 AM — Military veterans in the US state of Illinois have joined up with efforts to legalise equal marriage in the state.
Australian trade union: Labor MPs should be forced to vote in favour of equal marriage 4
11:44 AM — The National Secretary of the Australian Workers' Union says he wants Labor MPs to be forced to vote in favour of equal marriage.
1st October 2013
US: Pennsylvania county appeals against ruling to block equal marriage 4
8:03 PM — The Pennsylvania county which was last month ordered to stop issuing marriage licences to same-sex couples, is appealing against the decision.
Video: Julia Gillard notes her ‘dated’ feminist views as reason for opposing equal marriage 38
7:41 PM — Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has made her first public appearance since being ousted as Prime Minister in June, and when asked, blamed her opposition to equal marriage on her 1980s feminist politics.
US: New Jersey Governor appeals against judge ruling that equal marriage be made legal
4:24 PM — The administration of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has, as expected, filed an appeal against a ruling last week that equal marriage be made legal in the state.
Gay former Tory mayor: Same-sex marriage act is a ‘silly and dreadful’ law 60
12:04 PM — Brian Coleman, the gay former Conservative London Assembly Member and ex-mayor of Barnet, has described the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act as a “silly” and “dreadful” piece of legislation.
30th September 2013
Anti-gay group brands TV series ‘dangerous’ for featuring gay couples’ engagement 23
7:51 PM — An anti-gay group in the US has said that hit television series Modern Family, which last week featured a gay couple getting engaged, is "dangerous", because it uses "feelings which mislead" its viewers.
US: New Jersey mayor prepares to marry first same-sex couple after judge’s equal marriage ruling 1
7:02 PM — The mayor of a town in the US state of New Jersey who was one of the first to perform a civil union ceremony back in 2007, said he has plans to marry of the the same couples on 21 October after a judge's ruling that same-sex marriage be made legal, comes into force.
US: Pastor put on ‘trial’ for officiating at his son’s same-sex wedding ceremony 15
6:48 PM — A pastor in the US state of Pennsylvania has been put on "trial", by his congregation after officiating at the same-sex wedding of his son.
US: Gay rights groups hope for swift ruling in Virginia equal marriage case
6:34 PM — A motion was filed on Monday for summary judgement asking the court in Virginia for a swift resolution to the challenge to the state's ban on equal marriage.
George Osborne: Equal marriage is an example of a ‘modern reformed Conservative Party’ 29
3:11 PM — The Chancellor of the Exchequer briefly touched upon same-sex marriage as an example of a “modern reformed Conservative Party” during his conference speech in Manchester.
Scottish Archbishop: Catholics may need ‘two weddings’ as a result of equal marriage plans 37
1:26 PM — The Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh says the introduction of equal marriage in Scotland may mean Catholics will have to exchange their vows twice.
Labour MSP Elaine Smith: Why not legalise polygamy? if gays are allowed to marry 183
11:26 AM — Labour MSP Elaine Smith, who previously claimed she's not homophobic, has been criticised for mentioning polygamy in the debate for equal marriage in Scotland.
David Cameron denies policy regret claims over equal marriage 7
8:47 AM — Prime Minister David Cameron has denied claims that he doubted his decision to strongly back equal marriage legislation for England and Wales, despite opposition from within his own party.
29th September 2013
Video: Head of Barilla pasta apologises after saying he ‘would never feature an ad with a gay family’ 62
1:31 PM — The president of Italian pasta company Barilla has issued a video apology onto Facebook after falling under controversy for saying he would never sanction an advert featuring a gay family.
New book claims David Cameron doubted his support for same-sex marriages after Tory party backlash 33
12:09 PM — A new book published on the "inside story of the coalition government" has claimed that David Cameron's support for same-sex marriage provoked such a backlash from Tory party members that he almost wondered whether it was worth the cost.
‘Historical same-sex wedding’ held in Bedfordshire – ahead of the first ceremonies slated for next year 6
10:57 AM — A local Bedfordshire paper has reported that the council town of Bedford "made history" this weekend by hosting its first ever same-sex marriage ceremony, despite laws passed in July having not yet come into effect.
28th September 2013
US: Major oil and gas company to extend health benefits to same-sex married couples 10
2:08 PM — A major US multinational oil and gas corporation has said it will offer benefits to legally married same-sex couples across the US for the first time, starting next week.