3rd October 2013
US: Equal marriage bill to be introduced in Pennsylvania 1
12:35 PM — Two state lawmakers from Philadelphia are to introduce a bill to legalise same-sex marriage in the US state of Pennsylvania. Brian Sims and Steve McCarter, both Democrat members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, will formally announce the introduction of the Pennslyvania Marriage Equality Act during news conference at 10am local time (3pm BST).
2nd October 2013
South Carolina National Guard changes benefit applications to federal offices due to equal marriage ban
7:39 PM — The National Guard in the US state of South Carolina has issued a benefit card to a same-sex couple, and is directing benefit applications to federal installations to avoid a conflict with a law banning equal marriage in the state.
Sister of Australian PM says he may be beginning to see equal marriage ‘in a slightly different way’ 8
4:25 PM — The sister of Tony Abbott, the Prime Minister of Australia, has said he may be "shifting" his stance on equal marriage, despite conceding that he may never vote in favour of it.
US: Kentucky Attorney General defends equal marriage ban but admits it puts gay couples at disadvantage 1
1:28 PM — The Attorney General in the US state of Kentucky has defended the state's equal marriage ban, despite his office admitting that overturning it would grant equal legal protections to same-sex couples.
New Jersey state: Equal marriage would cause ‘irreparable harm’ if allowed to go ahead 11
12:08 PM — The administration of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, on requesting that a judge place a stay on the issue of marriage licences to same-sex couples, said equal marriage would cause "irreparable harm" in the state.
US: Military veterans push for equal marriage in Illinois
11:48 AM — Military veterans in the US state of Illinois have joined up with efforts to legalise equal marriage in the state.
1st October 2013
US: Pennsylvania county appeals against ruling to block equal marriage 4
8:03 PM — The Pennsylvania county which was last month ordered to stop issuing marriage licences to same-sex couples, is appealing against the decision.
Video: Julia Gillard notes her ‘dated’ feminist views as reason for opposing equal marriage 38
7:41 PM — Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has made her first public appearance since being ousted as Prime Minister in June, and when asked, blamed her opposition to equal marriage on her 1980s feminist politics.
US: New Jersey Governor appeals against judge ruling that equal marriage be made legal
4:24 PM — The administration of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has, as expected, filed an appeal against a ruling last week that equal marriage be made legal in the state.
30th September 2013
Anti-gay group brands TV series ‘dangerous’ for featuring gay couples’ engagement 23
7:51 PM — An anti-gay group in the US has said that hit television series Modern Family, which last week featured a gay couple getting engaged, is "dangerous", because it uses "feelings which mislead" its viewers.
US: New Jersey mayor prepares to marry first same-sex couple after judge’s equal marriage ruling 1
7:02 PM — The mayor of a town in the US state of New Jersey who was one of the first to perform a civil union ceremony back in 2007, said he has plans to marry of the the same couples on 21 October after a judge's ruling that same-sex marriage be made legal, comes into force.
US: Pastor put on ‘trial’ for officiating at his son’s same-sex wedding ceremony 15
6:48 PM — A pastor in the US state of Pennsylvania has been put on "trial", by his congregation after officiating at the same-sex wedding of his son.
US: Gay rights groups hope for swift ruling in Virginia equal marriage case
6:34 PM — A motion was filed on Monday for summary judgement asking the court in Virginia for a swift resolution to the challenge to the state's ban on equal marriage.
David Cameron denies policy regret claims over equal marriage 7
8:47 AM — Prime Minister David Cameron has denied claims that he doubted his decision to strongly back equal marriage legislation for England and Wales, despite opposition from within his own party.
29th September 2013
Video: Head of Barilla pasta apologises after saying he ‘would never feature an ad with a gay family’ 62
1:31 PM — The president of Italian pasta company Barilla has issued a video apology onto Facebook after falling under controversy for saying he would never sanction an advert featuring a gay family.
New book claims David Cameron doubted his support for same-sex marriages after Tory party backlash 33
12:09 PM — A new book published on the "inside story of the coalition government" has claimed that David Cameron's support for same-sex marriage provoked such a backlash from Tory party members that he almost wondered whether it was worth the cost.
‘Historical same-sex wedding’ held in Bedfordshire – ahead of the first ceremonies slated for next year 6
10:57 AM — A local Bedfordshire paper has reported that the council town of Bedford "made history" this weekend by hosting its first ever same-sex marriage ceremony, despite laws passed in July having not yet come into effect.
28th September 2013
US: Major oil and gas company to extend health benefits to same-sex married couples 10
2:08 PM — A major US multinational oil and gas corporation has said it will offer benefits to legally married same-sex couples across the US for the first time, starting next week.
US: New Jersey Governor to appeal against judge’s ruling in favour of equal marriage 31
1:54 PM — The Governor of the US state of New Jersey has said he plans to appeal against a judge's ruling on Friday that the state-wide ban on equal marriage is unconstitutional.
27th September 2013
David Cameron: Gay or straight, married couples will be given a £1000 tranferable tax allowance 75
10:17 PM — The Prime Minister David Cameron has finally announced that he will be offering a tax break to married and civil partnered couples. At least 15,000 same-sex couples will be £200 a year better off as a result.