30th September 2013
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.
US: New Jersey Governor to appeal against judge’s ruling in favour of equal marriage 31
1:54 PM — The Governor of the US state of New Jersey has said he plans to appeal against a judge's ruling on Friday that the state-wide ban on equal marriage is unconstitutional.
27th September 2013
David Cameron: Gay or straight, married couples will be given a £1000 tranferable tax allowance 75
10:17 PM — The Prime Minister David Cameron has finally announced that he will be offering a tax break to married and civil partnered couples. At least 15,000 same-sex couples will be £200 a year better off as a result.
Judge rules that New Jersey must allow gay couples to marry 13
8:13 PM — A judge in the US state of New Jersey has ruled that the state should allow same-sex couples to marry.
US: Mississippi woman files petition to divorce wife married out of state 5
8:06 PM — A woman in the US state of Mississippi has filed a petition in the state to divorce the wife she married in San Francisco.
US: Judge rules that challenge to Illinois equal marriage ban can proceed 1
7:29 PM — A judge in Cook County, Illinois, has ruled that a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on equal marriage can proceed.
26th September 2013
Scottish Parliament told that parents should be able to withdraw kids from equal marriage lessons 31
5:49 PM — MSPs scrutinising the impact of the Scottish Government's Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill have been told that parents should have the right to withdraw children from classes where same-sex marriage is discussed.
Elton John keen to wed after passing of equal marriage bill 8
4:47 PM — Sir Elton John has revealed that he is keen to marry his civil partner David Furnish, describing equal marriage in England and Wales as a "gift."
Pennsylvania: Gay couples challenge anti-equal marriage law in court 1
11:02 AM — 21 same-sex couples are calling on the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania to declare their marriages valid and the Pennsylvania Marriage Law unconstitutional.
Former US President George H Bush is official witness for same-sex marriage ceremony 18
8:20 AM — Former President George H Bush and his wife, Barbara, have served as two of the official witnesses at a same-sex marriage ceremony of two long standing friends.
25th September 2013
Catholic US Military Chaplains are banned from conducting gay funerals, weddings, or counselling 48
6:47 PM — Catholic military chaplains are banned form performing funerals, counselling or weddings for gay people.
US: State governor and attorney general given 7 extra weeks to answer challenge to equal marriage ban 1
4:40 PM — A judge has allowed the governor and attorney general of the US state of South Carolina to have seven extra weeks to consider a lawsuit filed against a state-wide ban on equal marriage.