21st October 2013
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie drops challenge to equal marriage law 6
3:59 PM — The Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, has abandoned his legal challenge against the state’s same-sex marriage law – just hours after gay couples began tying the knot.
Lesbian sister of Australia’s anti-equal marriage Prime Minister proposes to partner 4
2:40 PM — Christine Forster, the sister of Australia's Prime Minister, has revealed that she has proposed to her partner Virginia Edwards.
Gay couples can now marry in New Jersey 3
11:50 AM — The first same-sex weddings have begun taking place in New Jersey - making it America's 14th state to have legalised equal marriage.
20th October 2013
US: New Jersey gay couples plan last-minute weddings after Supreme Court ruling
12:38 PM — Several gay couples in New Jersey have organised to gather late Sunday to wed in ceremonies shortly after midnight, after judges ruled earlier this week that banning same-sex couples from marrying broke the state’s constitution.
18th October 2013
New Jersey Supreme Court rules that gay couples can marry from next week 11
8:56 PM — The Supreme Court of the US state of New Jersey has rejected an appeal made by Republican Governor Chris Christie over an earlier ruling that banning same-sex couples from marrying broke the state's constitution.
France: First same-sex couple adopts after equal marriage and adoption law passed 4
7:55 PM — The first gay couple to adopt a child in France has done so five months after a law was passed to allow equal marriage and adoption rights.
US: New Mexico Supreme Court could rule in equal marriage case next week 2
7:40 PM — The Supreme Court in New Mexico is to consider a case which could be potentially ground breaking for the issue of equal marriage in the state.
US: New Jersey cities to issue same-sex marriage licences despite health department directive not to 4
2:27 PM — Some cities in the US state of New Jersey have begun to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples, despite a state health department directive to wait for a Supreme Court ruling on the issue.
France’s highest court rules mayors cannot refuse to perform same-sex marriages 10
12:15 PM — France's highest court has ruled that mayors cannot refuse to hold same-sex weddings in the country.
17th October 2013
US: Oregon to immediately recognise out-of-state same-sex marriages
9:59 PM — Gay couples married out of state will now be able to have their marriages recognised in the state of Oregon, where equal marriage is still banned.
Brazil: Proposed bill would allow church to discriminate against gay couples 17
9:53 PM — A bill has been proposed in Brazil to protect religious organisations which refuse to perform same-sex marriages.
16th October 2013
US: Judge could rule in case challenging Michigan’s equal marriage ban 1
7:41 PM — A federal judge could on Wednesday rule on a ban on equal marriage which was placed in the station constitution by voters.
Tory MP with mixed record on gay rights elected deputy speaker 8
7:01 PM — Eleanor Laing, who abstained from this year's vote on equal marriage, claiming people in her constituency still needed time to get used to civil partnerships, has been elected deputy speaker of the Commons.
Anti-gay marriage MP Nadine Dorries comes bottom in deputy speaker race 15
5:52 PM — Conservative MP Nadine Dorries, who rallied against the same-sex marriage act, has come last in the contest to replace Nigel Evans as one of the House of Commons’ deputy speakers.
US: North Carolina official accepts same-sex marriage applications despite ban
4:46 PM — A county official in the US state of North Carolina has accepted applications for marriage certificates from several same-sex couples.
15th October 2013
US: New Jersey gay couples file brief to Supreme Court that waiting to marry is damaging
7:32 PM — Equal marriage advocates have filed a brief with the New Jersey Supreme Court saying same-sex couples will be done more harm if they are not allowed to marry as of next week.
Proposals to equalise survivor benefits for same-sex married couples to be brought forward next summer 2
2:07 PM — Pensions Minister Steve Webb MP confirmed in the House of Commons that new proposals for civil partnership pensions will be brought forward next July.
US: North Carolina official to accept marriage licence applications from gay couples
12:44 PM — A county official in the US state of North Carolina has said he will accept applications from same-sex couples for marriage licences.
14th October 2013
Lord Smith: Equal marriage had such a large majority because it came from a Tory Government 6
5:19 PM — Britain’s first openly gay MP Lord (Chris) Smith of Finsbury has said that he thought there were advantages to equal marriage being introduced under a Tory Government.
UK: Committee to ask minister why pension arrangements remain unequal for gay couples 3
3:49 PM — Pensions Minister Steve Webb will have to explain why the government is continuing to allow same-sex couples to be treated differently from heterosexuals in a select committee appearance later this month.