19th October 2012
President Obama vows to protect LGBT rights in Daily Show appearance 22
9:28 PM — Taking aim at his Republican rival Mitt Romney, President Obama has said in a TV interview that he will not allow the US Constitution to be used to restrict the rights of LGBT Americans.
France delays equal marriage debate 13
6:54 PM — French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has reportedly confirmed that the country's draft equal marriage bill will now be introduced at the later date of 7 November 2012.
Attorney general apologises for suggesting gay people are a bit ‘weird’ 41
2:06 PM — The Conservative frontbencher Dominic Grieve has been accused of using “language of the 19th century” during an Oxford Union debate with the Labour MP Chris Bryant.
US: Court official faces same-sex marriage fraud charges 1
2:01 AM — An investigation has been launched into the case of a court official from Iowa, who allegedly filed false documents saying she had married a same-sex couple from Florida, despite never having met the men, who had never travelled to Iowa for a ceremony.
18th October 2012
Manchester: Christian equal marriage Facebook case begins 37
10:03 PM — A Christian man in Manchester who was demoted after questioning the merits of religious same-sex marriages on his private Facebook page has taken his employer to court.
Gay Tory MP blasts equal marriage policy 82
8:17 PM — Conor Burns, the gay Conservative MP for Bournemouth West, Branksome East and Alderney, says the gay community has expressed “no clamour” of support for the right to marry.
UK: Equal marriage film director turns his attention to same-sex parenting 11
11:20 AM — Film director Mike Buonaiuto, whose equal marriage film Homecoming became a huge online success, has now turned his attention to the issue of same-sex parenting.
17th October 2012
Lynne Featherstone wins Attitude’s ‘Politician of the Year’ award 4
6:44 PM — Lynne Featherstone says she is “absolutely delighted” to have been named “Politician of the Year” at last night’s awards ceremony by Attitude magazine in central London.
16th October 2012
Video: LGBT celebrities rally around Obama ahead of TV debate 8
5:19 PM — Ahead of tonight’s second presidential debate in New York several of America’s biggest LGBT celebrities have come together to endorse Barack Obama’s re-election bid in a new campaign video.
UK: Labour MP Chris Bryant to introduce ten minute equal marriage bill 63
4:03 PM — Labour MP Chris Bryant’s decision to introduce a ten minute rule bill on equal marriage in the House of Commons has been described as the “first shot” in the parliamentary battle for marriage equality.
UK: Church weddings possible in 10 years, says gay dean 22
10:55 AM — It could take 10 years for same-sex marriages to be approved by the Church of England – that’s according to Dr Jeffrey John, the gay Dean of St Albans.
In Photos: US members of Congress supporting the NOH8 campaign 7
12:53 AM — The NOH8 campaign, which uses celebrities to highlight the ban on same-sex marriage in states across America, has released a series of photos, showing 26 members of the US Congress, supporting its campaign.
15th October 2012
Simon Callow: I have a ‘right’ to marriage 32
7:13 PM — Actor and theatre director Simon Callow believes the recent outbursts of Lord Carey and former Tory MP Ann Widdecombe on the subject of equal marriage illustrates how the two are living in the past.
Tracey Emin: The church should embrace gay people 27
2:32 PM — Tracey Emin has spoken of her support for equal marriage and believes there should always be a separation of the church and state.
Former SNP leader says equal marriage is a step towards ‘fascism’ 70
10:54 AM — The former leader of the Scottish National Party Gordon Wilson has once again criticised the leadership of the SNP for supporting equal marriage.
12th October 2012
New York mayor gives $250,000 to Maryland equal marriage campaign 6
4:17 PM — New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has donated $250,000 (£155,430) to the campaign that is fighting to keep equal marriage in the US state of Maryland.
Yvette Cooper: ‘Get on with legalising same-sex marriage’ 76
11:41 AM — Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities Yvette Cooper says David Cameron needs to “show a bit of backbone” over the issue of equal marriage.
11th October 2012
Comment: ‘Tory support for gay rights is a victory for Labour’ 40
10:22 PM — In a comment piece for PinkNews.co.uk, Labour’s London Assembly Member Tom Copley, responds to Ben Howlett’s claims that the Labour Party has lost its LGBT crown.
Comment: ‘Conservatives are the true party of equality’ 53
10:22 PM — In a comment piece for PinkNews.co.uk, Ben Howlett, the chairman of Conservative Future claims his party now eclipses Labour when it comes to LGBT equality.
10th October 2012
France sets date to say ‘oui’ for equal marriage 26
9:25 PM — France has named October 31 as the date when a draft law authorising equal marriage will be approved by government ministers.