22nd November 2013
Tory MP Peter Bone withdraws bill for referendum on equal marriage 6
3:56 PM — The MP who described equal marriage as “completely nuts” has withdrawn his private member’s bill for a referendum on the issue.
Tory Vice Chair: It’s crazy that gay couples’ marriages will be downgraded on entering Northern Ireland 8
2:10 PM — The Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party has said he thinks it is "ludicrous" that gay married couples travelling to Northern Ireland will not be recognised as married.
Australia: Governor General comes out in support of equal marriage 2
1:10 PM — The Australian Governor General this week indicated her support for equal marriage.
21st November 2013
US: Missouri Governor files order allowing already married same-sex couples to file joint tax returns
7:36 PM — The Governor of the US State of Missouri has written an executive order which allows same-sex couples legally married out of state to file joint tax returns in his state.
US: Arkansas clerk claims equal marriage county lawsuit is actually a state matter 3
7:27 PM — A county clerk from the US state of Arkansas, has said that a lawsuit challenging the state's equal marriage ban, should be filed in state court, rather than by the county itself.
US: Pennsylvania pastor turns down invitation to repent support for equal marriage or be defrocked 11
7:20 PM — A Pennsylvania pastor who found guilty of violating his church's doctrine in a "trial" earlier this week, has rejected 30 days given by the church to repent.
Study: US state equal marriage and adoption bans cause psychological distress to gay men 1
7:10 PM — A study from the University of Michigan has found that gay men hoping to become parents are caused psychological disress brought on by state-wide bans on equal marriage and adoption.
Church of Scotland: We won’t support equal marriage despite historic vote 19
12:53 PM — The Church of Scotland has responded to last night’s decision of the Scottish Parliament to back equal marriage by saying “marriage is between one man and one woman.”
Illinois Governor signs equal marriage into law by quoting Abraham Lincoln 9
10:43 AM — Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed the state's equal marriage bill into law by quoting the words of the 16th President of the United States.
20th November 2013
Comment: Equal marriage passing first stage in Scotland is a victory for all, not just LGBT people 8
8:24 PM — MSP Marco Biagi reflects on the passing of the equal marriage bill in the Scottish Parliament, rejects the idea that the debate was religious against non-religious or left vs right, and celebrates the hope that Scotland will become a beacon of progressive hope.
Equal marriage bill overwhelmingly passes Stage 1 Debate in Scottish Parliament 26
8:11 PM — The Scottish Parliament this evening passed its equal marriage bill through the first stage of debate.
Matthew d’Ancona: ‘Homophobic dinosaurs in the Tory party are far from being extinct’ 7
2:36 PM — Journalist Matthew d’Ancona says the fact that MP Crispin Blunt was forced to undergo a reselection process because a minority of Tory activists in his constituency had a problem with his sexuality should alarm Tory modernisers.
Scottish Health Secretary: I urge all MSPs to back equal marriage in today’s vote 7
1:25 PM — Ahead of a key vote, Scotland’s Health Secretary has urged MSPs to support the country’s same-sex marriage bill.
Scottish Lib Dem leader: Today’s equal marriage vote will be ‘historic’ for Scotland 3
12:38 PM — Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has described today’s vote on equal marriage in the Scottish Parliament as an “historic day for equality in Scotland”.
Live Blog: Scottish Parliament’s Stage 1 Debate on equal marriage 4
12:04 PM — Coverage of this evening's Stage 1 Debate of the Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill in the Scottish Parliament
Scotland prepares for historic parliamentary vote on equal marriage 4
11:23 AM — The Scottish Parliament will later hold a crucial debate and vote on Scotland’s equal marriage legislation.
19th November 2013
Daily Telegraph’s Brendan O’Neill: ‘Gay now means rubbish – get over it’ 106
6:28 PM — Journalist Brendan O'Neill has denied that derogatory uses of the word "gay" are homophobic, saying that youth culture has altered the word so it now means "rubbish, or pathetic, or lame."
US: Anti-gay Chick-fil-A boss handed ‘community empowerment’ equality award 11
5:11 PM — Dan Cathy, the Chick-fil-A CEO publicly opposed to same-sex marriage, has been given an equality award at a gala dinner celebrating Equal Opportunity Day.
US: Indiana interfaith clergy signs open letter against same-sex marriage ban 1
4:33 PM — A coalition of over 300 clergy in Indiana has signed an open letter addressed to lawmakers, calling for a stop to a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriages.
Out on the Street London summit talks ‘return-on equality’ for LGBT friendly businesses 11
3:51 PM — The second inaugural Out on the Street Europe summit is currently underway in London, this year focusing on how LGBT issues relate globally to corporate leadership and employment.