1st February 2013
‘God-fearing’ Tory Equalities Minister Helen Grant defends same-sex marriage bill 10
3:22 PM — Equalities Minister Helen Grant has responded to critics of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill and pledged her support for it, saying she feels it is "absolutely consistent" with her Christian beliefs and Conservative politics.
US: Mayor holds ‘wedding’ for 13 gay couples to protest against proposed equal marriage ban 3
2:23 PM — The mayor of a city in the US state of Indiana has conducted a symbolic wedding for over a dozen gay and lesbian couples in protest to a proposed ban on civil unions and equal marriage.
Polish MP opposes equal marriage because ‘gays are no use whatsoever to society’ 110
1:40 PM — An Member of Parliament for the right-wing Polish opposition party has made homophobic remarks in a speech at a recent debate around the legalisation of equal marriage in the country.
Tory Northamptonshire MP: ‘I support the love of gay couples but it is unacceptable for them to be able to marry’ 58
1:34 PM — The MP for South Northamptonshire has said that she intends to oppose the equal marriage bill in Tuesday's vote because her constituents find the proposal "deeply wrong".
US: Romney advisor says Republicans need to ‘modernise’ by supporting same-sex marriage 6
10:08 AM — Mitt Romney's advisor in the swing state of Iowa has said that the Republican Party should support same-sex marriage, and claims he has done so himself for 12 years.
Brendon Ayanbadejo: I hope Chris Culliver’s anti-gay NFL comments start a positive discussion 2
1:13 AM — American football player and equal marriage advocate, Brendon Ayanbadejo, has said that he hopes to start a positive dialogue about gay players in the NFL following anti-gay comments by fellow player, Chris Culliver.
31st January 2013
China: ‘Two Old Men’ stream footage of their wedding but are disrupted by son 22
4:57 PM — A gay couple who attracted thousands of fans on a Chinese microblogging site have broadcast footage of their symbolic wedding, but were interrupted by the son of one of the men.
Italy: Gay Governor of Puglia wants to marry his partner in front of his family and community 18
3:21 PM — A gay Italian Governor has said that he would like to have the "right" to get married to his partner in front of his "community and family."
Danny Alexander: I’m @Out4Marriage in Scotland as well as England and Wales 3
3:13 PM — The Chief Secretary to the Treasury has pledged to vote for equal marriage.
Chris Grayling and Baroness Warsi to vote in favour of same-sex marriage 59
12:35 AM — Tory right-wingers Chris Grayling and Baroness Sayeeda Warsi have said that they will vote in favour of allowing same-sex couples to marry next week.
30th January 2013
President of Cameroon: People may change their minds on ‘crime’ of homosexuality 8
11:55 PM — The President of Cameroon, Paul Biya, said on Wednesday that he could see that attitudes about his country's criminalisation of homosexuality were changing.
LGBT people in French Polynesia follow French equal marriage and adoption debates 6
11:30 PM — Now that the debate on France's equal marriage and adoption law has gone before parliament, French Polynesia has begun watching the early stages closely.
US: Obama’s immigration reform plan aims to support same-sex families 2
4:49 PM — Plans laid out by President Barack Obama for immigration reform, include provisions for recognising same-sex families from different countries, and allowing visas for same-sex couples wishing to live in the US.
Young gay New Zealanders say equal marriage would reduce youth suicides 1
4:30 PM — Young gay men have made submissions to the New Zealand select committee dealing with the equal marriage bill, to say that legalising equal marriage would reduce the number of youth suicides.
Surrey Council Tory chairwoman says same-sex marriage is ‘dangerous’ to children – blasts ‘gays in the media’ 96
1:22 PM — The Chair of Surrey County Council spoke of the unknown consequences of equal marriage when interviewed at a Coalition for Marriage event.
29th January 2013
David Cameron under pressure to grant tax breaks to win same-sex marriage vote 18
11:42 PM — Prime minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne are reportedly under mounting pressure to give married couples a tax break in order to secure support for their same-sex marriage bill.
Catholic Church: ‘We recognise that gay couples make loving parents but they must be banned from marriage’ 55
9:15 PM — The Catholic Church in England and Wales has made a surprising acknowledgement that same-sex couples make good parents. The statement is included within a document submitted to MPs and Peers urging them vote against same-sex marriage.
Sweden: Married Ugandan men victims of ‘lottery’ asylum system 7
6:05 PM — A gay Ugandan couple were separated in 2008 when one was forced to flee to Sweden. They were reunited by chance and married under Swedish law, but are in danger once more after one had their asylum claim denied.
France: Parliamentary debate over equal marriage begins 7
5:40 PM — Following months of debate and controversy over the issue of equal marriage, proposals to allow it went before the French parliament today.
Zimbabwe: New draft constitution includes equal marriage ban 15
5:12 PM — A new Zimbabwean draft constitution includes a clause banning equal marriage for gay couples.