18th September 2013
US: Four state National Guards refuse to enrol same-sex couples for benefits despite Pentagon directive 6
7:45 PM — Four US state National Guards have said they will not follow a Pentagon directive to enrol same-sex couples in benefit programs, all citing their state-wide bans on equal marriage.
Hillary Clinton: ‘Our communities and institutions are strongest when standing up for equality’ 5
4:27 PM — Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave an impassioned speech emphasising the importance of standing up for gay rights on receiving an honourary doctorate from St Andrews University.
Gay man jailed for attacking husband on wedding day following row about mother-in-laws 10
3:01 PM — A 22-year-old man in the northern French city of Alencon has been jailed for attacking his new husband just hours after tying the knot.
17th September 2013
US: Pennsylvania county to appeal against judge’s order to stop issuing same-sex marriage licences 1
7:36 PM — The county in Pennsylvania recently ordered to stop issuing marriage licences to same-sex couples has said it will file an appeal against the judge's decision.
Exclusive: Lord of the Rings actor Billy Boyd backs equal marriage for Scotland 6
3:37 PM — Actor and musician Billy Boyd is the latest celebrity to speak out in favour of equal marriage in Scotland as part of the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign.
California: 95-year-old war veteran marries boyfriend of 20 years 26
12:11 PM — A 95-year-old World War II veteran has married his boyfriend of 20 years in California. John Banvard, who served in the US military during the Second World War, married his longtime partner Gerard Nadea, 68, in a California Veterans Home.
16th September 2013
US: Louisiana won’t recognise same-sex marriage on state tax returns 13
7:10 PM — The US state of Louisiana’s Department of Revenue has announced it won’t recognise same-sex marriages on state tax returns, despite a new IRS rule that allows legally married gay couples to file joint federal tax returns.
Canada: Waitress ‘humiliated’ gay couple in restaurant by telling them they cannot sit together 26
5:10 PM — A gay couple in Mimico, Toronto have spoken out over an incident where they were "embarrassed" and "humiliated" by a waitress who told them they cannot sit together, accusing them of indecent behaviour and of touching one another.
US: Vice President Joe Biden calls same-sex marriage ‘the issue of our day’ 13
2:28 PM — US Vice President Joe Biden has come back at criticism for his defence of same-sex marriage, saying he "could not remain silent any longer" on what he is now calling "the issue of our day."
Australian Capital Territory government to introduce equal marriage legislation this week 9
1:33 PM — The Australian Capital Territory's government has announced that it will introduce a bill this week to legalise same-sex marriage in the territory.
Scotland: Delegate slams ‘discriminatory views’ of Lib Dems who vote against same-sex marriage 18
11:19 AM — A delegate for the Scottish Liberal Democrats has said that in-party opposition to same-sex marriage is not a matter of free speech, and that "discriminatory views" cannot be defended or justified through religious "belief in a sky being."
Mexico: First openly gay mayor sworn into office in conservative Zacatecas 2
10:40 AM — The first openly gay mayor in Mexico, who made history when he was elected in July, has been sworn in at a ceremony in Fresnillo, Zacatecas - a city known for its anti-gay conservative values and drug-related warfare.
15th September 2013
Lib Dems’ Baroness Williams defends opposition to same-sex marriage as an ‘issue of conscience’ 71
10:12 AM — Liberal Democrat peer Shirley Williams, who previously called the same-sex marriage debate a "conflict between equality and liberty," has defended her position after being challenged by an openly gay Church of Scotland minister.
13th September 2013
WATCH: How an adorable guy proposed to his boyfriend thanks to a flash mob in a Home Depot store 34
5:18 PM — A gay couple have become engaged in spectacular fashion at an unusual location in Salt Lake City, a Home Depot store.
Ireland: Education Minister launches new policy to combat anti-gay and anti-trans bullying in schools 11
2:33 PM — The Irish Minister for Education and Skills has launched new procedures to target anti-gay and anti-trans bullying in all Irish primary and post-primary schools.
Scottish singer Michelle McManus: ‘I’m Catholic and I support equal marriage’ 25
2:02 PM — Scottish singer Michelle McManus has said she disagrees with the Catholic Church’s opposition to equal marriage, in a video recorded for the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign.
Azerbaijan: First ever gay pride ‘mini rally’ held in country capital with no arrests or harassment 4
11:35 AM — In what is believed to be the first ever pride celebration in Azerbaijan, a group of gay marchers recently paraded a "mini rally" through the capital city Baku, with no arrests, reports of harassment, or violence at the demonstration.
12th September 2013
US: Pennsylvania judge orders clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples 5
6:51 PM — A Pennsylvania judge has ordered a Philadelphia clerk to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Church of Scotland clarifies ‘there are no plans to stop weddings’ over same-sex marriage dispute 5
3:54 PM — Clarifying a statement made earlier today that the Church of Scotland was reviewing "whether it’s worth continuing to offer marriages in Scotland," the Church has said it is not in fact stopping weddings, but is simply exploring the "way it should continue" celebrating marriages.
US: Teacher suspended for showing Macklemore’s ‘Same Love’ music video to class 7
12:52 PM — A teacher in North Carolina was suspended after showing a group of students the music video for Macklemore's 'Same Love,' a song which supports same-sex marriage and gay equality.