21st March 2013
Archbishop of Canterbury to discuss gay rights with Peter Tatchell 28
11:34 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has agreed to meet with Peter Tatchell after the human rights campaigner urged him to support LGBT equality in an open letter.
20th March 2013
Puerto Rico Government signals support for gay adoption 1
3:36 PM — Puerto Rico's government is supporting an effort to overturn a ban on gay couples adopting children.
Reuters poll: 55% of Americans believe gay couples should have equal social security benefits
12:58 PM — Support for equal partnership entitlements for same-sex couples in the US continues to rise, according to a new poll by Reuters.
7th March 2013
TUC: Catholic gay teachers could be sacked by their schools for entering into same-sex marriages 19
11:27 AM — The TUC says it’s worried by the fear of gay teachers being sacked at Catholic Schools for entering into same-sex marriages.
4th March 2013
Comment: Those in civil partnerships need to be aware of what happens to wills 41
5:33 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Daniel Monk, a Reader in Law at Birkbeck University of London, says it is important to remember that civil partnerships revoke existing wills – and that gay couples need to be aware of these key legal issues in between preparing for their big day.
Study: Parental sexuality does not impact on the ability of children to thrive 9
3:02 PM — A UK study into children adopted by same-sex couples has found that those adopted by gay or lesbian parents are just as likely to thrive as those adopted by heterosexual couples.
27th February 2013
60 US companies call on Supreme Court to strike down same-sex marriage bans 4
10:34 AM — Some of America’s largest companies including Apple, Facebook, eBay, Intel, and Morgan Stanley are set to call on the US Supreme Court to strike down laws banning same-sex marriages.
21st February 2013
Comment: ‘Concern’ for the children of gay parents is just 2013′s acceptable face of bigotry 14
5:59 PM — Writing for PinkNews, Christopher Gen argues that "concern" for the children of gay parents is just 2013′s acceptable face of bigotry; he argues that this isn’t a ‘gay rights’ issue – it’s a human rights one.
19th February 2013
Germany: Gay adoption laws strengthened for civil partners 8
11:37 AM — Germany’s highest court ruled today that one member of a civil partnership should be able to adopt their partner’s stepchild or adopted child.
18th February 2013
Malta: Catholic bishop slams homophobic letter that denounces the idea of same-sex love 12
3:50 PM — Malta’s Auxiliary Bishop, Charles Scicluna, has stepped in to condemn a provocative letter written by zealous Catholic churchgoer Joe Zammit who claims there can only be lust and not love between gay people
UK: Anti-abortion group claims extending IVF to gay couples is ‘social engineering’ 22
11:18 AM — The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children has denounced plans to provide gay couples with greater access to IVF treatment and says it amounts to "politically correct social engineering."
15th February 2013
Tory MP Sir Roger Gale: My comments against equal marriage had ‘nothing to do with incest’ 24
4:05 PM — Conservative MP Sir Roger Gale says his latest comments against equal marriage had “nothing to do with incest” during a speech against the government’s marriage reforms.
UK: Equality commission says Christian registrars cannot opt out of marrying gay couples 31
1:36 PM — Christian registrars will not be able to opt out of performing marriages for gay couples, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has said.
14th February 2013
UK: Equality and Human Rights Commission says same-sex marriage bill poses no threat to religious opponents 12
7:07 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission has dismissed claims that the equal marriage poses a threat to religious freedom.
US: Bill backed by Obama proposes to give immigration rights to same-sex partners 4
4:08 PM — The Uniting American Families Bill proposes to "grant same-sex, bi-national couples the same immigration benefits heterosexual couples have long enjoyed."
13th February 2013
Associated Press updates its style guide on whether to call married gay couples ‘husband’ or ‘wife’ 24
10:49 AM — Same-sex couples in marriages or civil partnerships should not be classified as “husband” and “wife” according to the Associated Press’ style guide – unless they already use the terms.
12th February 2013
Stonewall boss: Civil partnerships haven’t reduced homophobia so we need equal marriage 33
5:19 PM — The chief executive of Stonewall says his charity’s support for equal marriage stems from the failure of civil partnership legalisation to reduce homophobia in British society.
6th February 2013
Comment: Equal marriage means gay relationships will stop being dismissed as inferior 8
6:33 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, political commentator Charlotte Henry analyses the significance of this week’s historic Commons vote on equal marriage.
Campaigners urge Australia to ‘catch up’ on same-sex marriage and follow Britain’s lead 5
11:45 AM — An equality organisation in Australia has urged the country’s federal government to follow the lead of the UK Government in legalising same-sex marriages.
5th February 2013
Equalities Minister Helen Grant: Tax breaks for married and civil partnered couples is ‘off the table for now’ 2
11:42 AM — Conservative Equalities Minister Helen Grant says the government will not be offering tax breaks to married and civil partnered couples in next month’s Budget.