10th July 2013
Lord Singh amendment calling for equal marriage referendum withdrawn in Lords debate 16
11:32 PM — An amendment which would have meant a referendum on equal marriage, even if the equal marriage bill for England and Wales were to pass, has been withdrawn at Report stage.
Equal marriage bill amendment to include cohabiting family members rejected 11
6:51 PM — An amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill which would extend civil partnership rights to cohabiting family members and carers, has been rejected by peers at Report Stage.
Two-tier marriage amendment withdrawn from equal marriage bill 5
5:21 PM — An amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill which would have differentiated between same-sex and opposite sex marriages, has been withdrawn at Report Stage.
Lord Alli amendment to equalise pensions in equal marriage bill withdrawn 15
4:41 PM — An amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill to equalise pension benefits provisions for same-sex couples in the area of survivor benefits, has been withdrawn.
Watch LIVE: House of Lords debate same-sex marriage and equal pension rights for gay couples
4:01 PM — The House of Lords are debating the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, in particular equal private pension schemes for gay couples
Live Blog: Highlights from the House of Lords Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill 13
3:39 PM — Coverage of today's debate of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) - as part of its report stage in the House of Lords.
Labour MP Ben Bradshaw: Exeter church ‘banned same-sex couple from worship’ 30
11:57 AM — A same-sex couple were refused permission to worship in a church in Exeter, Labour MP Ben Bradshaw has told the House of Commons.
US state of Indiana will jail gay couples who attempt to marry for 18 months 87
11:03 AM — While the Supreme Court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, the law that denied same-sex couples federal recognition, the US state of Indiana has passed a law that would result in gay couples being jailed for up to 18 months if they attempt to apply for a marriage license.
9th July 2013
US: Proposition 8 documentary commissioned by HBO 1
11:59 PM — Five years worth of footage leading up to the Supreme Court's landmark ruling on California's statewide ban on equal marriage, Proposition 8, will be turned into a documentary to air next year.
American Civil Liberties Union to challenge equal marriage ban in North Carolina
4:49 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation, has announced that it will challenge the state's ban on equal marriage.
Equal marriage amendment to make those in civil partnerships say vows to ‘convert’ to marriage rejected 12
4:34 PM — An amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, which would have forced couples already in civil partnerships to have a ceremony in order to be legally considered "married", was rejected at Report stage.
Baroness Knight: Registrars opposed to equal marriage are like pacifists during the First World War 39
3:52 PM — Speaking during Report stage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, Baroness Knight compared those opposed to equal marriage to conscientious objectors during the First World War.
US: Lawsuit filed to challenge Pennsylvania state ban on equal marriage
3:15 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a landmark lawsuit in order to push for equal marriage to be recognised in the US state of Pennsylvania.
Professor Lord Winston and Tory minister Baroness Stowell: Children ‘do better’ with gay parents 33
2:28 PM — Two peers in the House of Lords noted research which finds that children raised by gay couples "do better" than children raised by opposite sex couples.
Humanist wedding review amendment included in equal marriage bill 20
2:43 AM — A Government-introduced amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Marriage) Bill to ensure a full review and public consultation on humanist weddings, has been added to the bill.
Tory minister jokes that she is married to George Clooney but that he has gay affairs, in Lords debate 20
1:38 AM — As the nine hours of debate around equal marriage drew to a close in the House of Lords this evening, the peers began to get inventive in using examples of fantasy marriages to George Clooney, in order to give legal definitions of issues such as adultery.
Lord Dear’s amendment to ‘protect’ teachers from being forced to ‘endorse’ equal marriage defeated 22
12:04 AM — An amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill which would have "protected" teachers from being forced to "endorse" equal marriage, has been defeated in a vote in the House of Lords.
8th July 2013
WATCH LIVE: House of Lords continues debate on same-sex marriage 8
9:08 PM — The House of Lords is continuing its debate on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill
US: Second high-profile Ohio Republican comes out in support of equal marriage 7
5:58 PM — A second high-profile Republican in the US state of Ohio, the former attorney general, has come out in support of equal marriage.
6th July 2013
Belfast City Hall celebrates Pride in the only part of the UK where gays will be banned from marrying 19
2:51 PM — The City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland, was lit up in rainbow colours last night to coincide with the start of Pride, but it will be the only of the UK's capital cities where same-sex couples will be banned from marrying once the law changes in Westminster and Edinburgh.