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.
Updated: Scottish government fails to reach equal marriage decision 191
4:45 PM — The Scottish government has not reached a decision today on whether to pursue marriage equality for gay couples, frustrating advocates of the move.
Scotland: Government decision on marriage expected today 78
11:42 AM — The Scottish government is expected to make a decision later today about whether to bring forward legislation which would allow gay couples to marry when it publishes details of a public consultation today.
Comment: With rare political consensus, Scotland should be next to let gay couples marry 22
10:47 AM — Labour MP for Glasgow North East Willie Bain says equal marriage will ensure LGBT couples are no longer 'separate but equal', but warns that inequality and homophobia will still exist in Scotland.
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.