25th October 2012
US: Ex-Maine bishop says voting for equal marriage is ‘unfaithful to Catholic doctrine’ 11
11:23 PM — The former bishop of Maine today released a statement saying that any Catholic who votes in favour of equal marriage “is unfaithful to Catholic doctrine.”
US: 100 Catholics stand up for equal marriage in Maine through newspaper adverts 10
10:53 PM — A pro-marriage equality group in Portland, Maine, is reiterating its support for the referendum on equal marriage in November, by launching a new campaign of newspaper adverts in the state.
23rd October 2012
US: Bill Gates donates $500,000 towards legalising equal marriage in Washington 6
10:24 PM — Microsoft owner, Bill Gates, and his wife Melinda, have personally given $500,000 (£313,000) towards efforts to legalise equal marriage in the state of Washington, pushing the total raised by equal rights advocates to $10.8 million (£6.7 million).
US: New York Mayor donates $500,000 towards equal marriage efforts 7
1:16 AM — The Mayor of New York City has offered $500,000 (£312,000) from his personal fortune towards the push for marriage equality in Maine, Minnesota and Washington.
17th October 2012
US: Suspended university diversity officer demands reinstatement and compensation 20
1:06 AM — The chief diversity officer at Gallaudet University has spoken out, saying she should be reinstated, as well as receiving fair compensation for the embarrassment her suspension caused.
13th October 2012
Update: Diversity officer put on leave for signing petition hires lawyer, hopes to be reinstated 35
2:31 AM — A senior administrator at a Washington university who was put on paid leave, after she signed a petition to send equal marriage to referendum in Maryland, has hired an attorney to represent her, and will address the media next week.
US: Petition started to reinstate diversity officer put on leave for signing marriage ballot 2
2:04 AM — A petition has been started to reinstate a senior administrator at a Washington-based university who was put on paid leave, after she signed a petition to send equal marriage to referendum in Maryland.
11th October 2012
Video: Anti-equal marriage advert ‘Not about Equality’ airs in Washington 10
11:15 PM — With the vote on equal marriage growing ever closer, anti-equal marriage groups have begun to show TV adverts in the state of Washington.
US: Seattle based department store backs equal marriage referendum in Washington
10:46 PM — A large fashion retailer based in the US state of Washington, has joined other large employers in publicly voicing their support for equal marriage, which will be voted on by Washington residents next month.
Rick Santorum: Equal marriage would destroy churches, families and ‘disintegrate’ marriage 55
3:25 AM — Rick Santorum has joined the campaign against equal marriage in the state of Washington, and has said that if it became a reality, churches and families would be destroyed.
9th October 2012
US: NAACP to launch pro marriage equality radio adverts ahead of Maryland referendum 3
12:48 AM — The National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People in Maryland will launch a series of radio adverts on Tuesday, urging voters to support equal marriage for same-sex couples in the state referendum on 6 November.
7th October 2012
France: More officials speak out against equal marriage 7
10:46 PM — The prospect of new legislation allowing gay people in France to marry and adopt has been met with opposition from religious groups as well as several mayors who have spoken out in opposition to the idea.
21st September 2012
US: Freedom to Marry to fundraise in Maryland for equal marriage ballot 1
9:27 PM — A national organisation has joined the effort in Maryland to legalise equal marriage rights in the state, during November's ballot on the issue.
Maine: Opponents of equal marriage receive $250,000 boost 9
8:57 PM — An anti-equal marriage group are flooding money into an organisation in Maine, opposing the change for equal marriage in the state's referendum in November.
19th September 2012
Maryland: Footballer and Governor to host event in support of equal marriage 2
10:26 PM — The Governor of Maryland, Martin O'Malley, has said he will join football player, Brendon Ayanbadejo, to host an event raising money towards legalising equal marriage in the state.
18th September 2012
US: Clergy plan to announce support for equal marriage this week 5
2:14 AM — A group of pastors from across the US are to rally this week in Maryland, in support for equal marriage rights.
30th August 2012
Warning made to US churches that collecting money for anti-equality causes is not allowed 8
9:12 PM — Churches in Washington have been reminded that they are not to act as intermediaries by taking donations for political causes, including a group attempting to overturn the legalisation of equal marriage in the state.
30th May 2012
Maryland: Anti-equality campaigners deliver twice the number of signatures needed for state referendum 23
11:00 PM — Opponents of equal marriage in Maryland have provided more than twice the required number of signatures in order to bring forth a statewide referendum on the issue during November's presidential elections.
12th May 2011
Minnesota Senate approves referendum on gay marriage ban 5
4:05 PM — The Minnesota Senate has given the go-ahead to a 2012 voter referendum on whether the state should have a constitutional ban on gay marriage. The bill, introduced by Republican senator Warren Limmer, passed by 30-27 votes. One Democrat senator, Leory Stumpf, joined Republicans in voting for it.
20th January 2010
Opponents begin campaign to repeal gay marriage in New Hampshire 5
4:46 PM — Three weeks after New Hampshire gay marriage law came into force, opponents are fighting to get it repealed. The House Judiciary committee is holding hearings on two Republican-sponsored measures today.