6th November 2013
Irish Labour MEP calls for equal marriage referendum to be held next year rather than 2015 10
4:03 PM — Dublin MEP Emer Costello has called for Ireland’s equal marriage referendum to be held on the same day as European and local elections in 2014 – rather than the planned date of 2015.
Same-sex marriage opponent Chris Christie re-elected New Jersey governor 3
12:26 PM — Chris Christie, who fought against the arrival of equal marriage in New Jersey, has been re-elected governor of the state.
5th November 2013
Scotland’s Health Secretary calls on MSPs to support equal marriage 1
6:02 PM — In a speech this evening at a reception for the Equality Network, Scotland’s Health Secretary will encourage Members of the Scottish Parliament to vote for equal marriage.
Irish Government confirms 2015 equal marriage referendum 29
3:10 PM — Ireland's cabinet has formally agreed to hold a referendum on equal marriage in 2015.
Irish Deputy Prime Minister: ‘We must win a future referendum on equal marriage’ 3
11:57 AM — Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister says the government “must win” a future referendum on equal marriage and concedes that victory is by no means a certainty.
4th November 2013
Irish Prime Minister warned ‘referendum fatigue’ could threaten result of equal marriage vote 6
3:39 PM — Ireland’s Prime Minister has been warned by some within his party that a referendum on equal marriage could be lost – simply because the Irish people are suffering from “referendum fatigue”.
December date set for High Court challenge of Australian Capital Territory’s equal marriage law 6
11:08 AM — A legal challenge against the Australian Capital Territory’s same-sex marriage law will be heard in the country’s High Court less than a week before the first weddings are due to take place.
1st November 2013
Alliance Party says Northern Ireland Equality Commission should have moved sooner on equal marriage 4
6:51 PM — The Northern Ireland Alliance Party Assembly Member, Stephen Farry, has said the country’s Equality Commission should have spoken out in support of equal marriage “much earlier”.
Vatican launches Catholic survey on gay relationships, equal marriage and other social issues 15
12:26 PM — The Vatican is conducting a worldwide survey on how Catholics interpret social issues such as same-sex marriage, gay relationships and birth control.
31st October 2013
Anti-equal marriage councillor made faith champion for Brighton 24
7:00 PM — A former Green councillor who sided against equal marriage has been appointed a champion of faith groups in Brighton.
Northern Ireland Equality Commission declaration on equal marriage welcomed by Sinn Fein 2
2:23 PM — Criticism of Northern Ireland’s Assembly for failing to make progress on equal marriage has been welcomed by Sinn Féin.
30th October 2013
Northern Ireland Assembly criticised by Equality Commission for blocking equal marriage 5
6:13 PM — Northern Ireland's Equality Commission has criticised repeated attempts to block progress on equal marriage in the NI Assembly.
Irish Prime Minister: We will make our decision on equal marriage soon 12
11:07 AM — Ireland’s Prime Minister (Taoiseach) has said the cabinet is due to decide by next week its response to the Constitutional Convention's recommendation on legalising civil equal marriage.
29th October 2013
Former Supreme Court chief judge urges Israel to legalise equal marriage 5
2:04 PM — A former president of the Supreme Court of Israel has announced his support for equal marriage and warns Israel's marriage laws are a "clear violation of basic human rights".
28th October 2013
Irish Deputy Prime Minister promises equal marriage referendum by 2015 23
10:33 AM — Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister has promised a referendum on same-sex marriage will be held before the next general election.
25th October 2013
Northern Ireland DUP politician tells children homosexuality is ‘an abomination’ 69
6:16 PM — A Northern Ireland DUP Assembly Member has told children at a school that homosexuality is “an abomination”.
David Cameron pledges support to Crispin Blunt in reselection fight 5
3:25 PM — A whole raft of senior Tories, including David Cameron and George Osborne, say they hope Crispin Blunt is reselected as the parliamentary 2015 Tory candidate for Reigate in Surrey.
Poll: 67% of Americans believe marriage equality is ‘inevitable everywhere in US’ 13
10:45 AM — Figures in a new Harris Poll show how the recognition of same-sex marriages in the US has led to significant changes in public attitudes.
24th October 2013
Yvette Cooper: It was our job in Parliament to make equal marriage about joy 1
9:26 PM — Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has paid tribute to her political counterparts after being named Politician of the Year at last night's PinkNews Awards.
Tory MP Mike Freer speaks of delight at winning PinkNews Award 1
6:59 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer says he was thrilled to win Parliamentary Speech of the Year at the PinkNews Awards.