16th July 2012
US: Lesbian couple hopes engagement will inspire equal marriage activism 3
3:08 PM — A couple from Connecticut are sharing the story of their engagement online in the hope it might inspire others and help change civil marriage laws in the US and beyond.
Scotland: Catholic equal marriage referendum ‘a colossal waste of money’ 113
12:36 PM — The call by Cardinal Keith O'Brien, head of the Catholic Church in Scotland and the most senior Catholic in the UK, for a referendum on equal marriage rights for gay couples has been criticised by advocates of the move.
13th July 2012
Video: Help offered to LGBT victims of forced marriage 24
5:23 PM — The government issued a warning about the dangers of forced marriage, which often involves young people being taken out of the country on what they think are holidays, only to find themselves at risk, with LGBT people at particular risk.
12th July 2012
US: 12 Episcopal bishops speak out against gay blessings 11
9:08 PM — Twelve US Episcopal bishops have spoken out against the church's decision to approve a blessing for gay unions.
York: Attempt to block rainbow flag over Mansion House at Pride 43
3:34 PM — A bid to fly the rainbow flag over the city of York's mansion house on the day of its pride event is in danger after a Conservative councillor tabled a motion to block it.
11th July 2012
Irish prime minister refuses to take view on equal marriage 17
12:15 PM — The Irish prime minister, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he will not be drawn into taking a position on whether marriage should be available to gay couples before a constitutional convention examines the issue.
Northern Ireland: Equal marriage campaign group launched 13
11:13 AM — A new campaigning group, Equal Marriage NI, has been launched to push for marriage equality between gay and straight couples in Northern Ireland.
Vince Cable: ‘Difficult’ to justify gay marriage ban 91
10:31 AM — Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable has said he believes the current system of civil partnerships for gay couples is 'fine', but that it is 'difficult' to justify a ban on gay civil marriages and will support plans to lift it.
10th July 2012
Cotswolds: Anger as council shuts down discussion on equal marriage motion 60
5:46 PM — An angry exchange has taken place at a meeting of the Cotswolds District Council in Gloucestershire after discussion of the issue of marriage for gay couples was quashed by leaders.
US: Episcopal Church bishops approve blessing for gay couples 4
4:48 PM — Leading bishops of the two million-strong Episcopal Church in the US have approved a blessing for the relationships of gay couples.
US: Washington state marriage equality supporters raise $1m in June
2:57 PM — The Washington United for Marriage raised nearly $1 million last month in its bid to keep Washington's recently-passed marriage equality laws on the statute books following news that a public ballot will be held on the issue later this year.
Ireland: 734 civil partnerships since introduction last year 26
1:26 PM — 1,468 gays and lesbians in Ireland have taken advantage of the country's new civil partnerships law, which came into force in 2011.
Polynesia: Anglican Church to take view on gay weddings in 2014 5
10:23 AM — The General Synod of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia has indicated that a decision will not be made on the issue of marriage rights for gay couples until 2014.
9th July 2012
Scotland: Symbolic gay wedding marks ‘final push’ for marriage equality 15
8:09 PM — A symbolic same-sex wedding was held outside the Scottish Parliament on the morning after the leader of the Catholic Church in Scotland “declared war” on equal marriage.
China: Wives of gay men ‘defrauded by support website’ 2
10:52 AM — Fifty wives of gay men in China say a website set up to provide them with support in their marriage has defrauded them, state media reports.
Archbishop of Canterbury questions mandate for equal marriage rights 71
9:52 AM — The outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has questioned the government's mandate for the introduction of equal marriage rights between gay and straight couples.
8th July 2012
Scotland: Catholic Church declares ‘war on gay marriage’ 215
6:55 PM — The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland and the most senior Catholic in the UK has declared “war on gay marriage” pledging to spend another £100,000 in its campaign against equal marriage rights for same-sex couples in Scotland.
5th July 2012
Scotland: Former first minister backs marriage for gay couples 18
2:23 PM — Scotland’s former First Minister, Jack McConnell, has called on the Scottish Government to introduce legislation which would allow gay couples to marry.
4th July 2012
Northern Ireland: Public meeting on equal marriage in Belfast tomorrow 7
4:27 PM — A free public conference will be held tomorrow evening in Belfast to unite supporters of equal marriage rights for gay and straight couples in Northern Ireland into a new campaigning group.
Updated: Scottish government has not delayed marriage equality decision 47
2:13 PM — The Scottish government had erroneously stated earlier today it would announce its decision on same-sex marriage in August, leaving gay rights groups further disappointed by delays. The government has now confirmed a decision will be announced in July. Please see the update in the story.