1st June 2013
Video: Illinois equal marriage bill sponsor breaks down in tears during vote delay announcement 9
3:48 AM — Upon announcing that the equal marriage bill for the US state of Illinois would not be called for vote on Friday, the bill's sponsor Representative Greg Harris broke down in tears during his impassioned speech.
31st May 2013
President Obama: Legalising equal marriage in Illinois is ‘the right thing to do’ 1
12:58 PM — With only one day left before the current Illinois legislative session ends, President Barack Obama has said that legalising equal marriage in the state is something he "deeply supports" and the "right thing to do".
24th May 2013
US: Nevada Assembly passes resolution to repeal ban on equal marriage 2
12:23 AM — The Nevada Assembly today passed a resolution which could eventually lead to a repeal of the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
US: Boy Scouts of America lifts national ban on gay youth members 18
12:04 AM — The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) on Thursday ended its long-time ban on gay youth members, after its national council voted to lift the national ban.
22nd May 2013
Diane Abbott: ‘Momentous’ equal marriage bill will improve the lives of so many 8
12:47 AM — Shadow public health minister Diane Abbott made an impassioned speech in the lead up to the vote on the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, following its third reading today, in which she described it as "a momentous piece of legislation".
19th May 2013
Government considers watered down same-sex marriage bill to minimise Tory rebellion 133
11:57 AM — The government is reported to be attempting to compromise with the 150 Tory MPs set to oppose the same-sex marriage bill, by considering amendments giving protection to "conscientious objectors".
13th May 2013
US: State of Minnesota legalises equal marriage as bill passes in Senate 25
10:19 PM — Minnesota is to become the twelfth US state to legalise equal marriage, as its Senate today voted in favour of a measure to make same-sex marriage legal.
12th May 2013
US: Minnesota Senate vote on equal marriage bill imminent 9
3:13 PM — The US state of Minnesota could soon become the twelfth to legalise equal marriage, as on Monday its Senate will vote on a measure to legalise it.
9th May 2013
US: Following two-hour debate, Minnesota House passes equal marriage bill 11
9:36 PM — The House in the US state of Minnesota passed a bill to legalise equal marriage on Thursday, with a clear majority in favour.
8th May 2013
US: LA Boy Scouts chapter breaks with national policy and wants to include gay leaders
5:52 PM — The Western Los Angeles County branch of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is the latest chapter to go against the BSA's proposed policy, which would lift its ban on gay members, but maintain its ban on gay leaders and staff.
Puerto Rico: Amnesty urges lawmakers to take ‘historic’ steps to protect LGBT people
3:02 PM — Amnesty International is urging lawmakers in Puerto Rico to end discrimination against LGBT people, as two bills are due for debate this week.
7th May 2013
US: Minnesota House appears likely to pass equal marriage bill 3
3:56 PM — A bill to legalise equal marriage in the US state of Minnesota, will go to the State House floor on Thursday, possibly suggesting that its advocates have gathered enough votes for it to pass.
3rd May 2013
Rhode Island becomes the 10th US state to allow equal marriage 14
12:38 AM — The US state of Rhode Island on Thursday became the tenth state to allow equal marriage, as its Governor signed the bill into law, after it passed a second vote in the House by a very wide margin.
29th April 2013
Australia: Liberal leader Tony Abbott says no to equal marriage referendum at election 14
4:30 PM — Australia's opposition leader Tony Abbott, has said he does not agree with MP Tony Windsor, who proposed that the issue of equal marriage be put to a vote by Australians on election day in September.
28th April 2013
Australia: MP calls for election day referendum on equal marriage 30
5:06 PM — An independent Australian MP has proposed that the issue of equal marriage be put to voters in a referendum, as soon as this September, in a move supported by the Green Party.
23rd April 2013
French Parliament passes same-sex marriage and adoption in final vote 69
4:11 PM — France has become the 14th nation in the world to legalise same-sex marriage, as their Parliament passed it in a final vote after months of debate and heated protest.
12th February 2013
France: National Assembly expected to pass equal marriage bill 2
3:03 PM — France could take another step closer to legalising marriage equality, as its National Assembly is set to vote on a measure to legalise it this afternoon.
5th February 2013
MPs complain of ‘vitriolic’ abuse from anti and pro-equal marriage supporters 6
3:39 PM — MPs have remarked on the "deeply unpleasant" nature of emails they have received over same-sex marriage, with one anonymous MP claiming some have decided to vote in favour because of the "appalling" opposition fervor.
Tory MP John Whittingdale: ‘Same-sex marriage will cause distress to many’ 32
11:00 AM — Conservative MP John Whittingdale has confirmed that he plans to vote against same-sex marriage, saying it will "cause distress to many".
16th January 2013
One million leaflets being handed out against equal marriage in marginal seats 51
1:28 PM — One million leaflets against government's plans to legalise marriage equality are being sent out to voters in constituencies marginal on the issue by an anti-equal marriage campaign group which has deemed the plans "undemocratic".