25th August 2013
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.
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.
Essex gay dads say local church supports them in gay wedding legal fight 105
6:03 PM — A gay couple in Essex have launched a legal challenge to the Church of England’s ban on same-sex marriage and say they have the support of their local parish.
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.
Exclusive: Comedian Susan Calman speaks out for equal marriage in Scotland
10:47 AM — Susan Calman is the latest celebrity to speak out in support of equal marriage in Scotland as part of the Equality Network’s It’s Time video campaign.
19th August 2013
Isle of Man: Douglas Council given civil partnerships licence 7
4:51 PM — Douglas Borough Council has become the Isle of Man's first local authority to receive approval to hold civil partnerships ceremonies for same-sex couples.
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.
16th August 2013
Lib Dem Baroness Barker: I regret that Parliament failed to make the marriage bill trans inclusive 6
2:55 PM — Speaking to Diva magazine, gay Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Liz Barker says it's wrong that trans people still require their spouse’s consent before they can have their gender legally recognised.
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.
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.
Exclusive: The Daily Record newspaper backs equal marriage in Scotland 6
12:21 PM — The Daily Record, one of Scotland's largest selling tabloid newspapers, is supporting the campaign to legalise equal marriage in Scotland.
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.