26th September 2013
Scottish Parliament told that parents should be able to withdraw kids from equal marriage lessons 31
5:49 PM — MSPs scrutinising the impact of the Scottish Government's Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill have been told that parents should have the right to withdraw children from classes where same-sex marriage is discussed.
Elton John keen to wed after passing of equal marriage bill 8
4:47 PM — Sir Elton John has revealed that he is keen to marry his civil partner David Furnish, describing equal marriage in England and Wales as a "gift."
Former US President George H Bush is official witness for same-sex marriage ceremony 18
8:20 AM — Former President George H Bush and his wife, Barbara, have served as two of the official witnesses at a same-sex marriage ceremony of two long standing friends.
25th September 2013
Catholic US Military Chaplains are banned from conducting gay funerals, weddings, or counselling 48
6:47 PM — Catholic military chaplains are banned form performing funerals, counselling or weddings for gay people.
US: State governor and attorney general given 7 extra weeks to answer challenge to equal marriage ban 1
4:40 PM — A judge has allowed the governor and attorney general of the US state of South Carolina to have seven extra weeks to consider a lawsuit filed against a state-wide ban on equal marriage.
US: Pennsylvania pastor sacked for officiating at same-sex wedding 1
3:00 PM — A pastor in the US state of Pennsylvania has been sacked by his congregation after conducting a same-sex wedding.
24th September 2013
Ed Miliband: ‘Young people led the fight for gay marriage and we should give the vote to 16-year-olds’ 34
4:09 PM — Speaking at the Labour Party Conference today, Ed Miliband suggested that 16 and 17-year-olds should be given the vote because "gay and lesbian young people... won the fight and led the battle for equal marriage in Britain".
US: New Jersey Democrats to attempt override of governor’s veto of equal marriage after election 3
3:04 PM — Democrats in the US state of New Jersey have said they will attempt to override Governor Chris Christie's veto of an equal marriage bill last year, but that they will do so after November's election.
US: Judge rules woman must testify against civil partner in murder trial despite spousal privilege law 5
1:18 PM — A judge in the US state of Kentucky has ruled that the wife of a murder defendant must testify against her civil partner, despite state law exempting spouses from being compelled to testify against each other, because of a lack of legal recognition of same-sex marriages in the state.
US: Catholic College cancels pro-equal marriage lecture citing need for opposing viewpoint 6
12:55 PM — A Catholic college in the US state of Rhode Island has rescinded its invitation to a gay philosophy professor who was to speak in support of equal marriage, just days after the pope called for Catholics to "find a new balance" by refraining from frequent condemnation on gay issues.
23rd September 2013
US: New Jersey could be close to overturning Governor’s veto on equal marriage bill 2
6:28 PM — Advocates of equal marriage in the US state of New Jersey are moving gradually closer to overriding the state Governor's veto of a bill to legalise equal marriage, officials have said.
Video: ‘Bald-headed, fat redneck’ explains why he changed his mind on equal marriage 7
3:36 PM — Speaking at the weekend with the Democratic Party of Georgia's LGBT caucus, the newly elected chairman DuBose Porter of Dublin, spoke of his newfound support for equal marriage.
22nd September 2013
Taiwan: Religious groups fear same-sex marriages could lead to ‘adultery and incest’ 25
10:45 AM — Following recent campaigns in Taiwan pressuring authorities to legalise same-sex unions, religious organisations have sought to fight back, claiming that same-sex marriages could have "severe consequences" for the country, leading to adultery and incest.
21st September 2013
US: Married same-sex couples refused name changes on driving licences in Tennessee 4
6:45 PM — Same-sex couples married out-of-state are being denied name changes on driving licences in the US state of Tennessee.
20th September 2013
Vladimir Putin: ‘Europeans are dying out so why would we want gay marriage?’ 114
1:22 PM — Vladimir Putin has denied that the LGBT community faces discrimination in Russia. Speaking at the Valdai International Discussion Club on Thursday, Mr Putin insisted that there was "no infringement on the rights of sexual minorities" in the country.
19th September 2013
US Archbishop specifcally says Catholic military chaplains cannot perform or endorse same-sex weddings 35
6:56 PM — Catholic military chaplains are not allowed to perform, or participate in, same-sex weddings, or offer counselling to same-sex coupes, the archbishop responsible for the US armed forces has said.
Scotland: Legal experts agree that a legal challenge against churches over equal marriage is unlikely 8
5:51 PM — Legal experts have responded to suggestions that churches which opt out of performing same-sex marriages will face legal challenges, to say that they are unlikely to face lawsuits on human rights grounds.
Australia: PM asks for legal advice over Australian Capital Territory’s equal marriage bill 8
5:15 PM — The Australian Captial Territory's equal marriage bill was tabled today to rapturous applause, but Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned that he is seeking legal advice as to "how far the ACT can go with this."
Australia: Incoming Catholic Archbishop calls for halt to equal marriage legislation 34
5:11 PM — The incoming Catholic Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn has said that he wants a moratorium called to stop the passage of any new laws on same-sex marriage in Australia.
Pope Francis: The Catholic Church is ‘obsessed’ with same-sex marriage and abortion 66
5:07 PM — Pope Francis says the Roman Catholic Church has grown “obsessed” with preaching about abortion, same-sex marriage and contraception – and that he is choosing to avoid discussing those subjects.