6th September 2013
The top 12 strangest arguments against equal marriage from Scotland’s first day of Committee stage 45
5:36 PM — Yesterday the Scottish Parliament held its first evidence session on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill; the legislation that could introduce equal marriage in Scotland.
US: Hawaii democrats to meet Governor to discuss draft equal marriage legislation 1
3:41 PM — House Democrats in the US state of Hawaii are set to meet Governor Neil Abercrombie and the attorney general to discuss draft equal marriage legislation for the state.
US: Pennsylvania state to pay $400 per hour to private lawyer to defend equal marriage ban 3
3:33 PM — The US state of Pennsylvania is to pay at least $400 (£250) an hour to a private law firm who will defend a 1996 state law banning equal marriage in a legal challenge brought against it.
John Barrowman: ‘I didn’t wake up one morning and decide to be gay’ 21
2:37 PM — Addressing fans at a recent science-fiction convention, John Barrowman said that being gay is "not a choice," and that he did not wake up one morning to say, "I'm going to have coffee, eggs, bacon, and I'm going to be gay."
Comment: This week saw a promising start for equal marriage legislation in Scotland 4
1:24 PM — The Equality Network's Tom French reflects on the first day of evidence heard by the Scottish Parliament around equal marriage legislation yesterday, saying it was a promising start to the bill's journey.
US: Radio host says it’s okay to attend gay weddings if you call for the couple to be ‘put to death’ 57
1:11 PM — Radio host Kevin Swanson has said during a broadcast that it is okay for Christians to attend same-sex weddings, as long as they hold up a sigh saying the couple should be put to death.
5th September 2013
US: New Mexico counties appeal to have state Supreme Court rule on equal marriage
7:04 PM — The situation regarding equal marriage in New Mexico is becoming gradually more heated, as a group of counties have filed to ask the state's Supreme Court to rule to give clarification on equal marriage.
Scotland: Parliamentary Committee begins to hear evidence around equal marriage bill 8
5:55 PM — Today, Scotland’s equal marriage bill began its journey through the Scottish Parliament as groups supporting and opposing the measure appeared before the Equal Opportunities Committee to give evidence.
Mexico: Legislator asks authorities to ban same-sex weddings from public spaces 3
5:19 PM — A state legislator in Mexico has come under heavy criticism for calling on authorities to ban same-sex weddings from all public spaces.
US: Minneapolis Mayor takes to the road to promote new equal marriage law 1
2:54 PM — The mayor of the US city of Minneapolis is to hit the road in order to participate in a new ad campaign aiming to draw same-sex couples to the city in order to marry.
US: Batwoman writers abandon DC Comics after lesbian superhero’s wedding is ‘prohibited’ 5
1:47 PM — Two writers for DC Comics' Batwoman have declared they are abandoning their publisher after finding out the lesbian superhero's marriage, first revealed in February, is to be "prohibited" as a storyline.
US: Bakery owners who refused same-sex wedding cake say ‘militant’ gay ‘mafia’ forced them to close 39
11:55 AM — The owners of Sweet Cakes, an Oregon Bakery which recently closed its doors after refusing to provide a wedding cake to a same-sex couple, have accused gay activists of using "militant, mafia-style tactics" to force their business to shut down.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage: Same-sex marriage is ‘illiberal’ because it hurts religious institutions 36
10:41 AM — UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage, who previously claimed he would not expel UKIP members who call gay people "disgusting," says same-sex marriages are "illiberal" and lack "common sense" because religious groups may be forced to perform same-sex weddings.
4th September 2013
Scottish Parliamentary committee to begin hearing evidence around equal marriage bill 9
5:02 PM — On Thursday, the Scottish Parliament will begin hearing evidence around the equal marriage bill for Scotland.
US: Judge rules deceased gay man’s death certificate can list him as married despite equal marriage ban 1
1:36 PM — In a second similar ruling by the same judge, a gay man has won an appeal to have his late husband's death certificate display that he was married, despite a state-wide ban on equal marriage in Ohio.
US: Pennsylvania court to hear arguments in case against clerk who issued same-sex marriage licences
12:41 PM — A court in the US state of Pennsylvania will today begin to 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.
Texas and Mississippi National Guard refuse to process gay couples’ benefits despite Pentagon directive 6
12:25 PM — The National Guard in the US states of Texas and Mississippi have refused to process benefits requests from Tuesday from same-sex couples, despite a directive from the Pentagon to do so.
3rd September 2013
US: Surge of weddings expected as new leave for same-sex military couples to marry kicks in 1
6:30 PM — Beginning on Tuesday, gay members of the US Military are expected to begin emptying their savings, and taking up newly available leave put in place to allow same-sex couples to travel to a state which allows equal marriage.
US: New couple joins battle for equal marriage in Ohio over death certificate listing
5:00 PM — A new plaintiff has joined the lawsuit to have same-sex marriages recognised in the US state of Ohio, despite a ban.
France: Actor Alain Delon says men are meant to ‘woo women’ not ‘pick up guys’ 42
1:51 PM — French actor Alain Delon, who was once described as France's answer to James Dean, has said that being gay is against nature, and that men are here to "love a woman" and not to "flirt with or get picked up by guys."