12th December 2013
Labour MP Chris Bryant jokes about gay play Tory Boyz in asking about civil partnership conversions 4
4:59 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant today jokingly used a link to a play about gay Conservatives to raise the question of why it is taking the Government possibly up until the end of 2014 to allow conversions from civil partnerships to marriage.
Exclusive: Tory minister Baroness Warsi: I was ‘on the wrong side of history’ on gay rights 79
1:44 PM — Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Baroness Warsi has defended her decision to abstain in this summer's House of Lords vote on the same-sex marriage act for England and Wales, adding that she is "still on a journey" when it comes to issues of gay equality.
Australian High Court bans gay couples from marrying 25
11:06 AM — Australia's High Court has overturned legislation allowing same-sex marriages in the Australian Capital Territory.
11th December 2013
US: Equal marriage supporters to launch Pennsylvania campaign
6:08 PM — Supporters of equal marriage in the US state of Pennsylvania have launched a campaign to legalise it.
Ireland: Justice Minister announces order to recognise foreign same-sex marriages 13
4:11 PM — The Irish Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter, has made an order recognising gay and lesbian couples who married abroad in places where equal marriage became legal in 2013.
Couples in civil partnerships ‘disappointed’ to have to wait longer to convert to marriage 30
2:28 PM — Couples across England and Wales who are already in civil partnerships have expressed disappointment at being told they will have to wait longer than couples who are not, to change to marriage when the law changes in March.
Gloria De Piero: ‘Equal marriage marks an historic point in our country’s journey towards equality’ 4
11:49 AM — Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities Gloria De Piero writes for PinkNews on the announcement of the timetable for same-sex marriage in England and Wales.
10th December 2013
Quakers ‘delighted’ same-sex marriages in England and Wales can take place from end of March 8
5:25 PM — The Religious Society of Friends in Britain, generally known as the Quakers, say they are “delighted” by today’s announcement that the first same-sex weddings in England and Wales can take place from 29 March 2014.
Maria Miller: Equal marriage in England and Wales demonstrates our society’s respect for all 12
4:18 PM — Minister for Women and Equalities Maria Miller, writes for PinkNews on the day that the timetable was announced for introducing equal marriage in England and Wales, to thank all of those involved in the process.
First same-sex weddings will take place on anti-gay rights Lord Tebbit’s birthday 23
3:39 PM — In a humorous twist of fate, the first same-sex weddings in England and Wales are set to take place on the birthday of Lord Norman Tebbit, one of the strongest equal marriage opponents.
Government announces date of first same-sex marriages in England and Wales 33
2:07 PM — The government has finally announced that the first same-sex marriages will be held next March in England and Wales, some time earlier than had been originally expected.
9th December 2013
Rio holds ‘biggest ever’ collective same-sex marriage ceremony 1
6:13 PM — One hundred and thirty same-sex couples have taken part in a mass civil marriage ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.
8th December 2013
US preacher Rick Warren compares the ‘redefinition of marriage’ to George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four 46
11:58 AM — Controversial US pastor Rick Warren has told CNN presenter Piers Morgan that same-sex marriage laws are attempting to "redefine marriage" in a manner similar to the dystopian reversal of meanings in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.
Australia: First same-sex marriages held in ACT despite High Court challenge to equal marriage law 2
11:10 AM — Australia’s first same-sex marriage ceremonies were celebrated on Saturday irrespective of a High Court challenge to the Australian Capital Territory’s equal marriage law.
US: Gay teacher fired from Catholic school after applying to marry his partner 23
10:07 AM — A gay teacher in New Jersey has said he was recently fired from a Catholic school he worked at for 12 years after applying to marry his partner - a move the school said "contradicts the terms of his teaching contract."
6th December 2013
Straight couple announce civil partnership engagement as statement supporting full marriage equality 22
7:31 PM — A straight couple from London have announced their engagement, but have said that they will get civilly partnered rather than married, in order to push for full marriage equality.
US: In Washington State 17% of all marriages in the last year were between gay couples 1
2:07 PM — A year ago today same-sex marriages began taking place in Washington State, a month after voters chose at a referendum to legalise it, and since then a large proportion of marriages were between gay couples.
5th December 2013
Scotland YouGov poll reports 56% support equal marriage 14
11:15 AM — A poll by YouGov shows a majority of Scotland’s population support marriage rights for same-sex couples.
4th December 2013
Australia: ACT equal marriage law could be struck down five days after taking effect 9
6:56 PM — Just five days after the Australian Capital Territory's new equal marriage law comes into effect, it could be deemed unconstitutional in a High Court ruling.
US: Challenge to Utah same-sex marriage ban to return to court 2
3:03 PM — A challenge to the US state of Utah's equal marriage ban is due back in court today.