8th June 2013
US: Same-sex military partners to receive limited benefits from September 9
9:24 AM — The Pentagon has announced that benefits for the spouses of military personnel in same-sex relationships will begin from 1 September. However, they will not be able to receive housing or healthcare benefits, leading many to feel that the changes are inadequate.
6th June 2013
Angela Merkel told to equalise tax benefits for gay couples by Constitutional Court 21
1:50 PM — Germany’s highest court says gay couples are entitled to the same tax benefits as married heterosexuals in a ruling which threatens to deepen rifts within Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.
4th June 2013
Vladimir Putin says he will sign gay adoption ban but claims ‘there is no discrimination’ in Russia 25
6:23 PM — President Vladimir Putin says he will back a ban on foreign same-sex couples from adopting Russian children, but denies it amounts to homophobic discrimination.
3rd June 2013
Former Tory cabinet ministers urge Lords to back equal marriage 8
1:17 PM — Several former Conservative cabinet ministers – including three former health secretaries – have given their firm backing to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in an open letter to The Times.
31st May 2013
Barnardo’s: House of Lords support for equal marriage ‘will have a positive effect for children’ 8
4:51 PM — Barnardo’s Chief Executive Anne Marie Carrie is urging peers in the House of Lords to support the Marriage (Same Sex Couple) Bill.
30th May 2013
Comment: Marriage equality is the mark of a civilised society 15
10:42 AM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Adrian Tippetts makes an open plea to members of the House of Lords to support the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in next week's second reading debate.
29th May 2013
US: Louisiana bill would block gay couples from surrogate parenting 4
1:36 AM — A bill introduced in the Senate, in the US state of Louisiana will block gay, and unmarried couples from being able to become parents by using surrogates, by requiring that all parents using such a process, are married.
28th May 2013
UK: Anti-gay Christians lose appeal at European Court of Human Rights 77
5:45 PM — Two Christians, who claim that they were fired because they wouldn't work with gay couples, have lost their latest and final anti-discrimination case at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
Italy: Culture committee chairman proposes bill on gay civil unions 5
11:22 AM — A centre-right Italian politician proposes to introduce a bill this week that would recognise the civil rights of gay couples in same-sex relationships.
22nd May 2013
Scottish Lib Dem leader urges Scotland to follow England’s lead on equal marriage 10
4:44 PM — Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has urged the Scottish Government to press ahead with plans to introduce equal marriage in light of last night’s vote at Westminster.
21st May 2013
MPs to debate humanist marriage ceremonies 13
11:00 AM — The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill is to receive a third and final Commons reading later today, with MPs set to vote on an amendment concerning humanist marriage ceremonies.
16th May 2013
Government to consider abolishing civil partnerships or opening up to straight couples 68
8:48 PM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller says a future government plans to review civil partnerships from 2018 – which could mean possibly extending them to heterosexuals – or abolishing them.
15th May 2013
Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather tells Catholic newspaper ‘I never went into politics to tackle equal marriage’ 59
12:01 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Sarah Teather says voting against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in February was “an extremely difficult choice” and says equal marriage "wasn't one of those issues that I went into politics to tackle".
Culture Secretary Maria Miller to allow military chaplains to opt out of providing same-sex marriages 18
11:12 AM — Culture Secretary and Minister for Equalities, Maria Miller, says the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill will be amended to allow chaplains in hospitals, prisons, universities and the armed forces, to opt out of providing same-sex marriages.
8th May 2013
Gay equality critic Nadine Dorries reinstated as Conservative MP 20
5:47 PM — Equal marriage critic Nadine Dorries has been reinstated as a Conservative MP, having been suspended by the party following her appearance on the TV reality show I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here.
Gay Israeli MP Nitzan Horowitz to run for mayor of Tel Aviv
11:22 AM — Gay Israeli MP Nitzan Horowitz has formally announced his intention to run for mayor of Tel Aviv.
1st May 2013
Rhode Island: Same-sex marriage bill heading for final vote 12
10:41 AM — With a final vote on Thursday, Rhode Island is poised to become the tenth US state to allow same-sex couples to marry
24th April 2013
Germany: Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats banned from using Berlin Pride float due to equal marriage stance 41
5:58 PM — Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats won’t be allowed their normal float at this year's gay pride festival in Berlin.
23rd April 2013
‘Vive la France!’ as campaigners celebrate equal marriage victory 40
5:56 PM — Campaigners are celebrating the news that France has become the 14th nation in the world to legalise marriage rights for same-sex couples and Justice Minister Christiane Taubira says the first weddings could be held as soon as June.
16th April 2013
Archbishop of Canterbury to discuss gay rights with Peter Tatchell on Thursday 50
12:33 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is set to discuss gay rights with Peter Tatchell on Thursday at Lambeth Palace.