25th August 2013
US: Conservative churches change by-laws to avoid lawsuits from gay couples 21
2:50 PM — A growing number of US churches, worried they might be sued by gay couples, are changing their by-laws to reflect the view that the Bible allows only marriage between one man and one woman.
France: Far-right mayor refuses to officiate at same-sex wedding 53
2:03 PM — A far-right mayor in the south of France has refused to officiate at the wedding of a lesbian couple, despite the government's recently passed same-sex marriage law.
Survey: Homophobic discrimination still ‘expected’ by a majority of gay UK citizens 14
12:20 PM — A new survey has revealed that despite the recent passing of same-sex marriage in England and Wales, a large majority of gay Britons still live in fear of discrimination.
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks: I am not heartless, I understand gay people’s fears 66
11:32 AM — The outgoing Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks, recently spoke in an interview about his reason for abstaining from the same-sex marriage debate earlier this year, and said he understands the fears that many gay people have.
24th August 2013
Macmillan Dictionary revises definition of ‘marriage’ to include same-sex couples 13
6:56 PM — Macmillan Dictionary has become the first dictionary in Britain to revise the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples.
23rd August 2013
Uruguay: First gay couple registered to marry wed and ‘celebrate love’ of new equal marriage law 6
6:24 PM — The first gay couple to register to marry in Uruguay when a new equal marriage law took effect on 5 August, have married as gay rights activists celebrate in the country.
22nd August 2013
Video: Anti-equal marriage group says government expecting people to ‘change their religious beliefs’ 48
12:40 PM — One of the UK's largest campaign groups against equal marriage has released a video outlining its plans for the future, including being on "high alert", and claiming that it is required to "help people who are in difficulty because of their convictions about marriage".
20th August 2013
US: Amusement park cancels wedding contest after protest as it excluded gay couples 3
7:09 PM — A US amusement park has cancelled a wedding contest following a protest by a gay couple who complained as it excluded same-sex couples.
US: Pennsylvania court to hear arguments in case stop clerk from issuing same-sex marriage licences 1
5:45 PM — A court in the US state of Pennsylvania will next month hear arguments around the case of a county clerk who is being sued by the state because he issued marriage licences to same-sex couples.
US: Hawaiian faith leaders sign resolution calling on passage of equal marriage law 6
3:49 PM — More than a dozen faith leaders in Hawaii have signed a resolution calling on lawmakers to pass a law to legally recognise same-sex marriages.
19th August 2013
Mexico: Politician rejects equal marriage as ‘gay people don’t look each other in the eye during sex’ 66
12:34 PM — A Mexican congresswoman has come under heavy criticism for saying that gay people should not be allowed to marry because they do not face each other during sex
New Zealand’s first same-sex weddings take place 19
12:29 AM — New Zealand's first same-sex weddings are taking place, eight months after the country ended the ban on gay couples marrying.
18th August 2013
US: Hawaii Congressional Delegates: Gay couples ‘should not have to wait’ for equal marriage 1
12:00 AM — Hawaii's congressional delegation has issued statements urging the immediate introduction of legislation to allow legal recognition of same-sex marriage.
15th August 2013
US: New Jersey judge pushed to allow equal marriage in DOMA test case 1
6:10 PM — A New Jersey court case will today begin to hear oral arguments in a test of the implications of the Supreme Court ruling which struck down key sections of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), to find out what it means in that state.
Church leaders in Scotland push for conscience clause in equal marriage legislation 29
1:16 PM — The Free Church of Scotland is calling on the Scottish Government to include a conscience clause to give greater protections to celebrants who are opposed to equal marriage.
Katy Perry tells Australia’s opposition leader ‘I wouldn’t vote for you because you oppose equal marriage’ 5
12:52 PM — Katy Perry has told Australia's opposition leader Tony Abbott that she wouldn't vote for him because of his opposition to equal marriage.
14th August 2013
Gay US military personnel to be granted leave to marry in states where equal marriage is legal 1
5:38 PM — The Pentagon has announced that same-sex couples in the US military will be able to get up to ten days leave in order to marry in a state where equal marriage is legal.
13th August 2013
US: Navy submarine sailor proposes to boyfriend on return from six-month deployment 8
5:11 PM — A submarine sailor in the US Navy proposed to his boyfriend on returning from a six-month deployment this week.
Australia: Treasurer says Kevin Rudd’s commitment to equal marriage may offer political advantage 2
12:17 AM — The ACT Deputy Chief Minister and Treasurer Andrew Barr, has predicted that Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's commitment to introduce same-sex marriage could bring with it a political advantage in several seats in next month's election.
12th August 2013
US: Pennsylvania Health Department says issue of same-sex marriage licences ‘risks causing serious harm’ 2
11:49 PM — The decision by a Pennsylvania county clerk to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples could result in a separation of powers violation which "risks causing serious and limitless harm", a filing by lawers for the state Health Department said on Monday.