6th December 2013
US: In Washington State 17% of all marriages in the last year were between gay couples 1
2:07 PM — A year ago today same-sex marriages began taking place in Washington State, a month after voters chose at a referendum to legalise it, and since then a large proportion of marriages were between gay couples.
4th December 2013
Australia: ACT equal marriage law could be struck down five days after taking effect 9
6:56 PM — Just five days after the Australian Capital Territory's new equal marriage law comes into effect, it could be deemed unconstitutional in a High Court ruling.
US: Challenge to Utah same-sex marriage ban to return to court 2
3:03 PM — A challenge to the US state of Utah's equal marriage ban is due back in court today.
Anonymous donor pledges to match AUD$20,000 in donations to Australian Marriage Equality 1
2:00 PM — An anonymous donor has pledged to match the next AUD$20,000 (£11,000) in donations to Australian Marriage Equality (AME).
3rd December 2013
Scotland: Independent Celebrants put forward recommended equal marriage bill amendment 6
6:27 PM — Independent Celebrants in Scotland are recommending an amendment to the country's equal marriage bill to allow celebrants to perform legal marriage ceremonies as part of the legislation.
Parliament holds first reception to honour the Jewish LGBT community 5
12:32 PM — The first ever Jewish LGBT event was held in Parliament yesterday, hosted by Mike Freer MP, who noted positive changes within the Jewish community around issues such as equal marriage.
2nd December 2013
Australia: ACT to defend new equal marriage law in imminent High Court hearing 2
8:08 PM — The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) will be forced to defend its newly implemented equal marriage law starting Tuesday as the country's High Court will hear a legal challenge to it.
US: Judge denies lesbian couple divorce, saying Mississippi does not recognise same-sex marriages 3
7:42 PM — A couple in the US state of Mississippi have been denied a divorce in their home state which does not allow or recognise same-sex marriages, as they married in San Francisco, where equal marriage is legal.
US: First same-sex weddings take place in Hawaii
3:27 PM — As the state's equal marriage law came into effect, same-sex couples began to marry today in Hawaii.
LGBT group criticises Croatia for equal marriage ban: ‘Human rights can’t be subjected to majority vote’ 11
12:34 PM — European LGBT rights group ILGA-Europe, has heavily criticised the decision of Croatian voters to choose to ban same-sex marriage in a referendum yesterday, and also came down on MPs for allowing the vote to even take place.
1st December 2013
Croatia: 65% of voters approve same-sex marriage ban 52
9:19 PM — Croatia's constitution will be amended to ban same-sex marriage after 65% of voters chose 'yes' at a referendum.
Croatia: Ban on same-sex marriage likely to pass 6
7:52 PM — In a blow for same-sex marriage advocates in Croatia, early vote results from a referendum indicate that the country will ban same-sex marriage.
Croatia: Hundreds of gay activists stage campaign ahead of imminent same-sex marriage referendum 1
8:57 AM — Hundreds of gay rights supporters in Croatia staged a mass demonstration on Saturday against an imminent referendum which aims to rule out same-sex marriages.
30th November 2013
Nike launches political action committee to push for equal marriage 1
1:20 PM — Nike has launched its own political action committee (PAC) in order to push for equal marriage in Oregon.
Methodist church begins consultation into equal marriage 12
12:48 PM — The Methodist church could soon allow equal marriage, and become the first Christian denomination to do so after launching a consultation on the issue.
29th November 2013
US: Hawaii prepares to conduct first same-sex weddings 2
8:09 PM — The first same-sex marriages will take place in the US state of Hawaii on Monday.
US: Archbishop of New York says Catholic Church has been ‘outmarketed’ on equal marriage 24
7:34 PM — The Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan has said that the Catholic church has been "outmarketed" on equal marriage.
Tory Vice Chair: I feel let down that the NI Secretary avoided raising the question of equal marriage 2
2:42 PM — The Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party has said he is "disappointed" that the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has not discussed the matter of equal marriage with her colleagues in Northern Ireland.
Malta: Catholic bishop claims gay couples do ‘not have a role in society’ 46
2:01 PM — Malta's Auxiliary Bishop has spoken out to express his displeasure at the lack of a clear difference between marriage and civil partnerships in the debate around civil partnerships for same-sex couples in Malta, saying that gay people do "not produce offspring" so do "not have a role in society".
28th November 2013
US: Gay couple become first to marry in Illinois after judge rules because of terminal illness 5
8:03 PM — A same-sex couple became the first in the US state of Illinois to marry, as a judge ruled they should be granted a marriage licence six months early as one of them has terminal cancer.