1st August 2012
Connecticut federal court finds DOMA unconstitutional 7
12:52 PM — A US federal court in Connecticut has become the latest to find the Defense of Marriage Act, which forbids recognition of gay marriages at the national level, unconstitutional.
31st July 2012
‘Vocal minority’ of Tories fear equal marriage will alienate volunteers 67
4:59 PM — The chair of the body which represents volunteers in the Conservative Party and a backbench MP have voiced fears that the government's commitment to marriage equality for gay couples could alienate local activists.
New civil partnerships in the UK up six percent in 2011 19
11:39 AM — The number of civil partnerships entered into in the UK in 2011 was 6,795, an increase of 6.4 per cent on the previous year.
30th July 2012
US: Democrats move to adopt same-sex marriage as official party platform 9
11:32 PM — The US Democrats are expected to back same-sex marriage part of their official party platform. The move comes little more than three months after President Barack Obama confirmed his own personal support for gay couples being granted the right to marry.
US: Catholic diocese backs out of mansion sale on gay wedding fear 54
12:36 PM — An estate agent acting for a Catholic diocese in the US state of Massachusetts accidentally revealed to a gay couple that their purchase of a 44-room estate had fallen through on the anti-gay concerns of the priests.
New Zealand: Prime minister to support MP’s equal marriage bill 16
10:13 AM — New Zealand's prime minister, John Key, has said he will support a member's bill selected for a vote in the House of Representatives that would legalise marriages between two people of the same sex.
29th July 2012
Vietnam considers legal recognition for gay couples 22
9:10 PM — Vietnam's Communist government is considering whether to legalise marriage or civil registration for gay couples. The Justice Ministry is debating whether to include rights for gay couples in an overhaul of marriage laws. It has been suggested that these rights will focus on inheritance, property and adoption of children.
27th July 2012
Video: Cotswolds councillors appeal for equal marriage debate 18
4:40 PM — Liberal Democrat local councillors in the Cotswolds have appealed over a lack of engagement at the local council with the issue of same-sex marriages.
Amazon founders give $2.5m to equal marriage in Washington 42
1:17 PM — The billionaire founders of e-commerce company Amazon have pledged $2.5 million to the fight for equal marriage rights for gay couples in the US state of Washington.
26th July 2012
Video: Dan Savage says marriage is already ‘about love, not gender’ 3
10:31 AM — Author, columnist and founder of the 'It Gets Better Project' Dan Savage has rejected arguments that gay people are seeking to 'redefine marriage', saying it has already effectively gender-neutral.
25th July 2012
Anti-abortion activists say David Cameron will ‘pay’ for same-sex marriage policy 49
5:24 PM — Following Prime Minister David Cameron's speech reaffirming his commitment to allowing gay couples to marry, anti-abortion activists the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (Spuc) says he will get punished at the general election for his pro-equality stance.
David Cameron’s speech to the Downing Street LGBT community reception 15
12:34 PM — A transcript of David Cameron's speech to the LGBT community at Number 10 Downing Street on 24 July 2012 in full.
Scottish government will bring forward equal marriage legislation 107
11:39 AM — Equal marriage advocates have welcomed the Scottish government's much-awaited announcement this morning that it will be bringing forward legislation to allow gay couples to marry and remove current barriers for trans people.
24th July 2012
Republicans join push for marriage equality in Maine 6
10:26 PM — Twenty Republican leaders have joined a Republican group pushing for marriage equality in Maine. At a press conference yesterday, state representative Stacey Fitts explained how he changed his mind on the issue.
23rd July 2012
Northern Ireland: Peer reignites argument over ‘perverse’ equal marriage 46
1:48 PM — After suggesting marriage rights for gay couples were a 'rung on the ladder' to legalising sex with animals, Lord Maginnis has said he is 'disgusted' that a Tory think tank supports the move and will campaign to challenge its private funding streams.
19th July 2012
US: Hangover actor abandons anti-gay Chick-Fil-A 9
11:57 AM — A star of the Hangover films and the Office sitcom, Ed Helms, says he will boycott fast food group Chick-Fil-A over its multi-million dollar support for gay marriage opponents.
18th July 2012
Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond ‘has not changed his mind’ on marriage 118
4:19 PM — Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has confirmed he has not 'changed' his mind about supporting marriage equality between gay and straight couples.
John Barrowman ‘has a problem’ with Cardinal Keith O’Brien 56
2:26 PM — John Barrowman has said he 'has a problem' with the rhetoric of the leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland, Cardinal Keith O'Brien.
Venues which cancelled anti-gay marriage conference ‘like fascists’ 123
11:14 AM — Venues in London which cancelled an anti-gay marriage conference have been accused of exhibiting the behaviour of 'a fascist or Communist regime', after meeting organiser Christian Concern said gay equality advocates were 'right to be scared' of them.
17th July 2012
No further action against councillor who compared gay marriage with bestiality 13
5:50 PM — No disciplinary action is to be taken against a Conservative party local councillor who compared the government's proposals to legalise gay marriage with legalised bestiality.