29th August 2013
US: New Mexico lesbian couple denied marriage licence file lawsuit against state 2
6:01 PM — A lesbian couple in the county of Sandoval, New Mexico, has filed a lawsuit after being denied a marriage licence.
US: Hawaii Governor attempts to push lawmakers towards legalising equal marriage 2
3:51 PM — The Governor of the US state of Hawaii on Wednesday moved to push lawmakers into beginning the process of legalising equal marriage.
Rab C Nesbitt star Elaine C Smith: ‘I’ll be so proud when Scotland passes equal marriage’ 6
12:52 PM — Elaine C Smith, best known for playing the long-suffering wife of Rab C Nesbitt in the BBC sitcom of the same name, has recorded a video for the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign.
28th August 2013
Archbishop of Canterbury: ‘My stance against equal marriage can be seen as wicked’ 47
4:35 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has said that his stance against same-sex marriage could be seen as "wicked".
Exclusive: Hardeep Singh Kohli: ‘Gays should suffer marriage like everyone else’ 6
2:49 PM — Scottish writer and broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kohli has said gay people must suffer marriage too, in a tongue-in-cheek interview conducted as part of the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign.
27th August 2013
Walmart extends health insurance benefits to same-sex domestic partners 6
7:56 PM — The largest retailer in the US, Walmart, has announced that it is to offer health insurance benefits to same-sex domestic partners beginning next year.
US: Republican lawmakers consider legal action over New Mexico county issuing same-sex marriage licences 9
4:08 PM — Republican lawmakers in the US state of New Mexico have said they are considering legal action over a judge's decision to make a broad ruling that same-sex couples should not be excluded from being issue marriage certificates.
US: Judge rules that equal marriage must be recognised in state of New Mexico 9
2:02 PM — A judge in the US state of New Mexico has indirectly ruled that equal marriage be made legal, as he ruled that prohibiting same-sex marriages is a form of sexual discrimination.
Kenya criminalises homosexuality but allows for straight polyandry and polygamy 18
12:43 PM — When opponents claim same-sex marriage could lead to polygamy maybe they should look at Kenya – the country criminalises homosexuality – yet two Kenyan men have signed an agreement to marry the same woman.
26th August 2013
Rap star Macklemore: ‘Gay rights are human rights. There is no separation’ 10
3:54 PM — Rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed their pro-equal marriage track “Same Love” alongside Jennifer Hudson and Mary Lambert at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards.
Bishop of Honolulu: Equal marriage could lead to polygamy and incest 85
12:44 PM — The Bishop of Honolulu has warned against attempts to legalise equal marriage in Hawaii.
Exclusive: Texas singer Sharleen Spiteri says It’s Time for equal marriage in Scotland 1
12:04 PM — Scottish musician Sharleen Spiteri is the latest celebrity to speak out in support of equal marriage in Scotland.
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
US: New Mexico county begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite same-sex marriage ban 3
4:42 PM — A county in New Mexico has begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite the state not recognising same-sex marriages.
Exclusive: Coronation Street actor John Michie backs equal marriage for Scotland 4
2:20 PM — Coronation Street star John Michie has voiced his support for equal marriage in Scotland as part of the Equality Network’s It’s Time video campaign.