4th January 2013
Illinois: Senate Committee approves same-sex marriage bill
1:13 AM — Although Democrats in the state of Illinois have delayed a full Senate vote that was planned for Thursday to make same-sex marriage legal, the Senate Committee approved the bill a few hours ago.
3rd January 2013
Illinois Democrats delay vote on making same-sex marriage legal 3
9:36 PM — Democrats in the state of Illinois have delayed a vote that was planned for today to make same-sex marriage legal. Senator Heather Steans, Democrat State Senator for Mr Obama's home city of Chicago hoped to answer Governor Pat Quinn’s wish that he can sign into law equal marriage as early as this month.
Gay Catholic Mass organisers: We’re stopping services because we’re victims of our own success 42
6:53 PM — Following reports yesterday that Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols had ruled that masses throughout Soho in central London, designed specifically for gay people must end, the organisers of the masses say that they are ceasing their masses because they are victims of their own success.
Florida lesbian couple win $7,500 after Bank of America refused them a mortgage 4
4:05 PM — The Bank of America has agreed to pay out a lump sum of $7,500 to a couple denied a mortgage based on their sexuality.
Comment: Gay sex needs to be taught in schools regardless of what MPs think 30
3:48 PM — Benjamin Butterworth argues that despite what MPs such as Welsh Conservative David Davies says, you can't indoctrinate teenagers into gay sex. He reveals how he assumed the question 'are you a top or a bottom?' referred to bunk beds when he was first asked.
Tory MP: Gay couples are being treated ‘equally’ – so there’s no need for same-sex marriage 86
1:53 PM — Following a meeting with community religious leaders, Conservative MP John Stevenson says he remains opposed to equal marriage.
UK: Teenage campaigner gathers support for marriage equality on Boxing Day 9
5:22 AM — A gay teenage marriage equality campaigner collected signatures on Boxing Day, after learning that her local MP was to vote against marriage equality, and found that many of his constituents support equal marriage.
Republican Chairman: It is time for people to support marriage equality 12
4:48 AM — A Republican Party chairman has urged lawmakers to get behind a proposal to legalise marriage equality in Illinois.
2nd January 2013
Westboro Baptist Church protest at gay weddings in Maryland 15
5:41 PM — The anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church staged a demonstration against equal marriage in Maryland on Wednesday – with gay couples now legally able to marry in the state.
Lesbian couple celebrate with France’s first baby of 2013 3
4:23 PM — The first baby in France to be born in 2013 was by a lesbian couple, although current inequality means only one of the parents has formal legal recognition.
Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols bans gay masses in Soho 116
12:19 PM — The Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols has announced that masses throughout Soho in central London, designed specifically for gay people, are to end.
Tory MP Henry Smith: I’m against same-sex marriage, but I’m no homophobe 135
10:11 AM — Conservative MP Henry Smith claims he’s “no homophobe” after encountering criticism to his opposition to equal marriage.
1st January 2013
Comment: A lesson on equal marriage for the Archbishop of Westminster by a gay teacher 69
7:43 PM — Gay teacher Richard Queripel explains in an open letter to the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales how wrong he is to use the teaching of marriage in schools as an argument against allowing same-sex couples to get married.
31st December 2012
Maryland: Couples await midnight for state’s first same-sex marriages 7
6:01 PM — Numerous gay couples across Maryland will be celebrating the New Year with a bumper toast as they share the occasion with their marriages, the first to be conducted following the a referendum to legislate for marriage equality.
Archbishop of Chicago: Same-sex marriage ‘violates natural law’ 59
5:35 PM — The Catholic Archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal Francis George, has warned against introducing marriage equality in the state of Illinois because he claims gay couples cannot consummate their unions.
Comment: The leadership of the Catholic Church are hate-fuelled bigots 116
12:29 PM — In light of today’s dramatic announcement that Pope Benedict XVI intends to step down – let us point you to this PinkNews comment piece by Adrian Tippetts – published at the end of last year about the Catholic Church’s leadership.
Catholic Church tells worshippers to bombard MPs with letters telling them to vote against gay equality 96
12:50 AM — For the first time, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has told worshipers to bombard MPs with letters to lobby them to vote against introducing same-sex marriage.
30th December 2012
Catholic think tank: Same-sex marriage denies children the right to be raised by their parents 50
10:30 PM — The Irish Catholic think tank the Iona Institute, has released a video and a document that argues that gay couples should be banned from marrying "for the sake of the children." It also argues that same-sex marriage could lead to children not being brought up by their parents.
Video: The first couples to have same-sex marriages celebrate in Maine 2
2:49 PM — Michael Snell and Steven Bridges of Portland were among the first gay couples to marry in the US state of Maine after same-sex marriage became legal in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Obama calls on home-state of Illinois to make same-sex marriage legal 11
12:32 PM — A spokesman for Barack Obama says that the president has encouraged politicians in his home state to change the law to make marriage equal.