26th February 2013
US: Pro-marriage equality GOP lawmaker dismisses $500,000 threat from anti-gay group 11
2:42 PM — A Republican state Senator from Minnesota who said he would vote for equal marriage and was the target of a new pledge by anti-equality group the National Organization for Marriage to defeat him, has said he will not bow to the financial pressure.
Comment: The priorities of the LGBT community lie away from marriage 42
12:11 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, LGBT activist and SNP member Nathan Sparling says the UK Government has been putting too much of its focus on equal marriage – when the issue of health inequality has a far greater impact on the LGBT community.
25th February 2013
Poll: More New Zealanders support equal marriage than oppose it 3
6:26 PM — A new poll commissioned by a New Zealand group opposed to equal marriage has found that more people support the idea than oppose it.
Peter Tatchell: Anti-gay Cardinal O’Brien was a long-time opponent of gay equality 43
4:24 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has reacted to the resignation of Cardinal Keith O’Brien and says: “In the light of these allegations, his stance looks hypocritical.”
24th February 2013
Tory local chairwoman from PM’s constituency resigns over his support for equal marriage 41
7:40 PM — The chairwoman of a local Conservative Party association which falls inside David Cameron's constituency, has resigned from her post, citing his support for equal marriage as her reason.
US: New Jersey Democrats seek to override Governor’s veto of equal marriage bill 4
6:32 PM — Democrats in the New Jersey legislature have said they will attempt to override Governor Chris Christie's equal marriage veto from last year, and have now agreed to put the question of marriage equality to voters in November, if they cannot override it.
23rd February 2013
Elton John and David Furnish plan to marry in Los Angeles and London 37
6:04 PM — Elton John and David Furnish may be planning several weddings, for when equal marriage is legal in the UK, and in Los Angeles, when it becomes legal there.
US: Gay soldier booed at GOP presidential debate joins Ohio equal marriage effort 5
12:35 AM — An openly gay US soldier who was booed during a Republican presidential debate in 2011 for asking if potential candidates would undo moves towards gay equality, has joined efforts to lift the state of Ohio's ban on equal marriage.
22nd February 2013
Lithuanian President: Talks about civil unions for same-sex couples are too ‘premature’ 10
6:22 PM — The Lituania President has said that she thought that discussions on civil partnerships for gay couples were "premature".
Australia: Gender-discrimination challenge to equal marriage ban thrown out by judge 7
5:00 PM — An Australian judge this week threw out a challenge to the national ban on equal marriage, on the grounds that the law banning same-sex marriage does not discriminate against people based on gender.
Associated Press style guide allows ‘husband’ or ‘wife’ to be used for gay married couples 4
2:12 PM — The Associated Press has updated its guidelines on reporting on same-sex married couples, saying that the words "husband" or "wife" were acceptable, despite sending a memo earlier in February saying "generally" those terms should not be used.
Former Utah Governor: ‘There is nothing conservative about denying equal marriage to gay people’ 7
1:26 PM — A former Republican Governor of Utah has come out in support of equal marriage, urging other Republicans to do the same.
21st February 2013
Newspaper story of ‘historic’ lesbian wedding sparks outrage in rural Mississippi 11
6:26 PM — A newspaper in Mississippi has defended its decision to run a cover story which featured what it called the first equal marriage in its county.
East Surrey and Gloucestershire Tories resign over same-sex marriage bill 37
12:23 PM — Conservative Party members, Michael Keenan of East Surrey and Alan Bensted of Gloucestershire are resigning in protest over the same-sex marriage bill.
Obama considers intervening on Supreme Court equal marriage decision 10
12:07 PM — President Obama is considering intervening on the Supreme Court's decision on Proposition 8, the controversial ruling that banned same-sex marriage in California in 2008.
Puerto Rico: Supreme Court upholds gay adoption ban 2
1:24 AM — The Supreme Court in Puerto Rico voted on Wednesday to uphold a law banning same-sex couples from adopting children.
20th February 2013
Italian centre-right party says ‘Vote with your heart, not with your ass’ 2
6:31 PM — Candidates of Italy’s centre-right party, Fratelli d’Italia, have been criticised for making a homophobic political advertisement on YouTube - which has now been removed.
Labour MP Steve Reed: Gordon Brown was ‘wrong’ not to support same-sex marriage as PM 15
5:21 PM — In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, Steve Reed, Labour's newly elected MP for Croydon North, says Gordon Brown's failure to support marriage equality as PM and Labour leader is a source of regret.
US: Poll shows that half of Illinois residents support equal marriage
4:59 PM — A poll of Illinois residents has found that half of people living in the state supported a bill to legalise equal marriage, with the percentage in opposition to it much lower.
Poll: 59% of Americans oppose the Defense of Marriage Act 4
3:44 PM — A new poll has found that almost two thirds of Americans registered to vote oppose the Defense of Marriage Act, and that just over half support equal marriage for same-sex couples.