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.
4th February 2013
Comment: Thank you Prime Minister for supporting equal marriage, it is going to benefit the trans community 22
12:20 PM — Conservative Party member Tara Hewitt has written a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, thanking him for supporting equal marriage in the face of heavy opposition from his party.
Tory MP Caroline Dinenage: Banning gay couples from marrying ‘takes nothing away from their relationship’ 39
10:55 AM — Conservative MP Caroline Dinenage has told a PinkNews reader that the “state has no right” to redefine its meaning of marriage - she is the daughter of ITV regional news presenter Fred Dinenage.
31st January 2013
Wyoming fails to pass domestic partnership rights for gay couples 13
3:59 PM — A bill to extend domestic partnership rights to gay couples in the US state of Wyoming has been defeated.
Philip Hammond admits to raising sibling relationships in same-sex marriage discussion 23
12:54 PM — Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has admitted to raising siblings relationships in last week's discussion about equal marriage with students at a university.
29th January 2013
Finland media boss fined for discriminating against lesbian newspaper editor 3
2:46 PM — The chief executive of one of Finland’s largest media companies has been fined for discriminating on the grounds of sexual orientation.
28th January 2013
Church in Wales hints that one day it may agree to marry gay couples 9
12:50 PM — The Church in Wales has responded to the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) and says the proposals give it scope to consider sanctioning marriages for gay couples in the future.
Church of England: The government has ‘no mandate’ for its same-sex marriage bill 42
11:54 AM — The Church of England has responded to the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) and has complained that it wasn’t given enough time to study the proposals in full ahead of last week’s announcement.