20th December 2011
New York couple receive wedding congratulations from Barack Obama 22
3:27 PM — A New York gay couple have spoken of their surprise after receiving a letter of congratulation from President Barack Obama following their wedding.
16th December 2011
US study: Equal marriage rights improve health of single gay men 13
10:30 AM — A US study of the effect of equal marriage rights claims gay and bisexual men lead healthier lives when those rights are introduced, regardless of whether they have a partner.
14th December 2011
Australia’s gay finance minister Penny Wong announces daughter’s birth 6
11:14 AM — Penny Wong said her partner Sophie Allouache had given birth to a daughter on Sunday morning, a week after a groundbreaking vote by the Australian Labor Party to formally support equal marriage.
13th December 2011
Sister of former Australian PM leaves Labor over marriage equality “nonsense” 64
12:38 PM — The sister of Australia's former Prime Minister and current Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has officially left the party over what she termed the "utter nonsense" of gay marriage. Loree Rudd said: "I couldn't work for a party that had endorsed homosexuals marrying."
12th December 2011
Scottish church minister compares gay marriage to paedophilia 215
11:00 AM — A Scottish church minister has caused outrage by comparing homosexuality to paedophilia, polygamy and theft. Speaking on a BBC Radio Scotland ‘Call Kaye’ discussion on Friday, the Reverend James Gracie, a minister of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing), said being gay was a "lifestyle choice".
8th December 2011
Video: Rick Perry condemns gays in military while children “cannot celebrate Christmas” 121
11:06 AM — A presidential campaign advert released this week by Rick Perry depicts him saying there is "something wrong with our country" when gays can serve in the military, but children cannot "celebrate Christmas or pray in school".
Australia lifts ban on certificates for gay couples marrying abroad 12
10:25 AM — The Australian government has lifted a ban which hindered the ability of gay couples to marry overseas. Julia Gillard's ministers have reversed a policy which meant gay couples were not able to receive a certificate confirming their eligibility to marry.
7th December 2011
Rick Santorum: “Equal” education about gay life “a hit to family and faith” in US 62
11:04 AM — US presidential candidate Rick Santorum told a group on his campaign trail in Iowa that gay marriage would damage "family and faith" by forcing schools to teach children about gay and straight relationships equally.
6th December 2011
Call for views on gay marriage before Scottish consultation closes 10
11:55 AM — The Equality Network is calling for equal marriage supporters to have their say in the government's public consultation on extending marriage rights to gay couples before Friday's deadline.
60,000 petition Nigerian President not to sign anti-gay law 56
10:19 AM — Activists have delivered a copy of a 60,000-strong global petition addressed to the Nigerian President, urging him not to sign in new laws that target gays. At the end of last month, the Nigerian Senate voted through a bill criminalising gay relationships, with prison sentences of up to 14 years.
5th December 2011
Video: Michele Bachmann says people of Iowa did not want gay marriage 42
12:40 PM — Michele Bachmann has said this week that Iowa did not want the rules which allow gay couples equal marriage rights in the state, and said judges needed to start acting "like judges" and stop telling people "what their laws are".
2nd December 2011
Video: US student, 16, confronts Bachmann on marriage rights 69
12:27 PM — Michele Bachmann tells the 16-year-old student gays have the same rights to marry as straight people: "They can get married: they can marry a man if they're a woman."
25th November 2011
Opponents’ poll finds equal marriage a “low priority” issue in Australia 21
11:58 AM — The Ambrose Centre, which opposes marriage equality, found 49% of people supported gay marriage, compared with 40% against, but that it was only thought to be "very important" by 27% of the population.
22nd November 2011
Spain’s new PM opposes gay marriage laws 48
2:47 PM — Mariano Rajoy's conservative Popular Party has already lodged an appeal in Spain’s Constitutional Court against the country’s 2005 landmark law.
Video: Romney supports “gay rights”, but not gay marriage 46
2:12 PM — Since he began campaigning for the presidency in 2008, and again in 2011, Mitt Romney's support for the LGBT community has waned.
17th November 2011
BBC newsreader Jane Hill confirms plans for civil partnership 63
10:34 AM — Newsreader is planning a civil partnership with her partner, Sara, but has witnessed a backlash to some reports including quotation marks around the word "marriage".
16th November 2011
Shooting finishes on first gay Nepalese film Snow Flowers, dubbed “Brokeback Everest” 13
1:01 PM — Film's star Nisha Adhikari said it would be "a simple love story with a lot of complications", following two lesbians in the Asian country where significant gay rights advances have recently been made.
15th November 2011
Campaigners: Australian PM should represent the 71% of her supporters who want gay marriage 29
2:45 PM — Equal marriage supporters say Julia Gillard should reflect the beliefs of nearly three quarters of her voters, as the prime minister reaffirms her opposition to such a move.
14th November 2011
London campaigners to stage kiss-in over Nigeria’s anti-gay draft law 70
12:19 PM — Organisers say the protests hopes to "kiss homophobia, biphobia and transphobia goodbye" after Nigerian government considers criminal sanctions for those holding unofficial gay weddings.
French mayor performs “militant gay marriage ceremony” 17
9:45 AM — The ceremony, before the 2012 presidential election, is the second held by a town's mayor to attract national attention, with some dismissing it as "provocative".