12th July 2013
US: Pennsylvania attorney general says she won’t defend state ban on equal marriage 5
12:12 AM — The attorney general in the US state of Pennsylvania has said she will not defend the state's ban on equal marriage, following a lawsuit being filed to challenge the ban.
11th July 2013
Rapper Macklemore: ‘Homophobia is still rampant in the hip-hop community’ 4
4:28 PM — Rap star Macklemore has spoken in an interview to say that he thinks "homophobia is still rampant in the hip-hop community", but that "it's getting better".
Video: French topless male protesters stage anti-equal marriage D-Day landing protest 43
3:26 PM — A campaign group formed to protest against recently passed equal marriage legislation in France, has staged a D-Day landing recreation, topless, to show their continued opposition to equal marriage in the country.
Andrew Garfield: I want to play a gay Spider-Man 28
12:49 PM — British actor Andrew Garfield has revealed that he would want a gay or a bisexual Peter Parker in the forthcoming sequel of the Spider-Man franchise.
10th July 2013
Equal marriage bill passes Report Stage in House of Lords 24
11:42 PM — The equal marriage bill for England and Wales has passed through its Report stage in the House of Lords, and is now set for its Third Reading next Monday.
Lord Singh amendment calling for equal marriage referendum withdrawn in Lords debate 16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have meant a referendum on equal marriage, even if the equal marriage bill for England and Wales were to pass, has been withdrawn at Report stage.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Two-tier marriage amendment withdrawn from equal marriage bill 5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Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill which would have differentiated between same-sex and opposite sex marriages, has been withdrawn at Report Stage.
Lord Alli amendment to equalise pensions in equal marriage bill withdrawn 15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Couples) Bill to equalise pension benefits provisions for same-sex couples in the area of survivor benefits, has been withdrawn.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.