7th May 2013
William Hague rejects change of direction on equal marriage to tackle UKIP threat 28
2:29 PM — William Hague has rejected the suggestion that the government should change direction on issues such as equal marriage and immigration, to win back voters lost to UKIP in last week's local elections.
Senior Tory Councillor: It is a shame that some voters have gone to UKIP over equal marriage 15
1:40 PM — A senior Conservative county councillor has expressed disappointment at the fact that ballot papers in last week's local elections were spoiled by voters who voiced their opposition to equal marriage.
US: Delaware Senate to consider equal marriage bill 2
1:26 PM — Lawmakers in the US state of Delaware are to take up a bill to legalise equal marriage on Tuesday, which could potentially make the Diamond State the eleventh to allow same-sex marriage.
UK: Same-sex marriage supporting MPs selected for Queen’s Speech Loyal Address 3
1:21 PM — Two pro-marriage equality MPs have been selected for the Loyal Address during proceedings for tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech.
6th May 2013
Poll: 70% of US millennials support equal marriage 6
5:12 PM — A new poll has found that, in the US, millennials are leading the push towards greater acceptance for equal marriage, which 70% saying the support marriage for same-sex couples.
Tory MPs urge David Cameron to scrap equal marriage bill over UKIP threat 84
2:02 PM — David Cameron, has been urged to scrap the equal marriage bill, in an effort to attempt to win back voters who chose UKIP over his party in last week's local elections.
5th May 2013
Archbishop of San Francisco: Rhode Island’s legalisation of same-sex marriage is an ‘injustice’ 67
5:20 PM — The legalisation of same-sex marriage in the state of Rhode Island prompted condemnation from the Archbishop of San Francisco, who called the law an injustice to children.
Northern Ireland Alliance Party leader: ‘Straight majority shouldn’t decide what counts as anti-gay discrimination’ 8
11:27 AM — The leader of Northern Ireland's Alliance Party, David Ford, has spoken of his support for same-sex marriage, warning that it is dangerous for a majority to tell a minority what is and isn't discrimination.
Australia: Three available seats in Tasmanian Upper House likely to be populated with equal marriage opponents 5
3:30 AM — Equal marriage efforts in Tasmania looked to have taken a blow this week, as three available seats on the Legislative Council were set to be taken by equal marriage opponents.
4th May 2013
Cardinal Keith O’Brien says he couldn’t follow Church’s teachings on homosexuality as he prepares for exile 77
1:49 PM — The former leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, Cardinal Keith O'Brien has admitted that he failed to follow God's teachings after facing accusations of inappropriate sexual conduct with fellow clergymen. A Scottish newspaper has claimed that the Cardinal has been asked by Rome to leave the UK.
Norman Tebbit: Ban on straight civil partnerships is discrimination, ban on gay marriage is not 137
11:23 AM — The former Conservative Party chairman Norman (Lord) Tebbit has told a PinkNews reader that the ban on same-sex marriage is not discriminatory, but the current system of not allowing heterosexual couples to enter into a civil partnership is.
3rd May 2013
UK: Government tells PinkNews no need for Queen’s Speech to mention equal marriage bill 70
7:19 PM — With Parliament already dealing with the issue, there is no need for the Queen to mention same-sex marriage in next week’s speech, a Downing Street source has confirmed to PinkNews.
Rhode Island Bishop warns Catholics against attending gay weddings because it may ‘harm their relationship with God’ 60
6:52 PM — The leader of Rhode Island’s Roman Catholic Diocese has criticised the state’s decision to legalise equal marriage.
US: Iowa Supreme Court rules that birth certificates must name both same-sex parents 3
5:41 PM — The Supreme Court in the US state of Iowa has ruled unanimously that the department of health in the state must name both same-sex spouses as parents, on a child's birth certificate.
Video: Equal marriage parody of Finland’s 2013 Eurovision entry goes viral 3
4:12 PM — An equal marriage themed parody of Finland's 2013 Eurovision entry song, has gone viral online, and has been viewed more times than the original.
UKIP candidate who published homophobic and biphobic flyers defeated in Staffordshire contest 22
4:01 PM — UKIP candidate David Nixon, who distributed leaflets claiming legalising same-sex marriage would lead to explicit “Homosexual Sex Education”, has failed to be elected as the councillor for Stone Rural in Staffordshire.
US: Amendment to cut pay for pro-equal marriage Iowa Supreme Court judges ignored 4
3:33 PM — A proposed bill amendment which would have taken aim at the pay packets of Iowa Supreme Court judges who ruled to allow equal marriage in 2009, has failed in the House.
France: Gay mayor receives bullets in post after giving interview about equal marriage 11
12:46 PM — The mayor of a town in eastern France has made a complaint to police after being sent bullets in the post following an interview he gave during which he discussed equal marriage and adoption.
UKIP candidate who said ‘exercise’ in schools can prevent homosexuality fails to win seat in election 75
11:06 AM — UKIP candidate John Sullivan who claimed regular physical exercise in schools can “prevent homosexuality” has failed to be elected as a councillor for Newent in Gloucestershire.
Rhode Island becomes the 10th US state to allow equal marriage 14
12:38 AM — The US state of Rhode Island on Thursday became the tenth state to allow equal marriage, as its Governor signed the bill into law, after it passed a second vote in the House by a very wide margin.