19th August 2013
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 18
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.
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.
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.
13th August 2013
US: Navy submarine sailor proposes to boyfriend on return from six-month deployment 8
5:11 PM — A submarine sailor in the US Navy proposed to his boyfriend on returning from a six-month deployment this week.
Australia: Treasurer says Kevin Rudd’s commitment to equal marriage may offer political advantage 2
12:17 AM — The ACT Deputy Chief Minister and Treasurer Andrew Barr, has predicted that Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's commitment to introduce same-sex marriage could bring with it a political advantage in several seats in next month's election.
12th August 2013
US: Pennsylvania Health Department says issue of same-sex marriage licences ‘risks causing serious harm’ 2
11:49 PM — The decision by a Pennsylvania county clerk to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples could result in a separation of powers violation which "risks causing serious and limitless harm", a filing by lawers for the state Health Department said on Monday.
11th August 2013
Australia: Prime Minister Kevin Rudd pledges to introduce equal marriage if reelected 10
4:42 PM — The Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd has promised to allow a full conscience vote on equal marriage, should be be re-elected in next month's election.
US: New Jersey judge to hear potentially groundbreaking case on implications of DOMA strike-down
4:15 PM — A New Jersey court case will this week 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 for that states.
8th August 2013
US: Art gallery refuses to host gay wedding, citing ‘religious beliefs’ as the reason 14
6:07 PM — An art gallery just outside of Des Moines, in the US state of Iowa, has refused to allow a gay couple to hold their wedding at the venue, citing religious beliefs.
Taiwan: Authorities uphold first same-sex transgender marriage 2
3:21 PM — Authorities in Taiwan have agreed not to revoke the marriage status of a local transgender couple, in a move activists have called a "benchmark" ruling.
7th August 2013
Actress Kristen Bell says she’ll get ‘gay married’ to her male fiance Dax Shepard 6
5:25 PM — After saving her marriage proposal for after the defeat of California's state-ban on equal marriage Proposition 8, actress Kristen Bell has since said she would he happy to get "gay married" to her fiance.
6th August 2013
US: Tennessee city offers equal benefits to same-sex partners of city workers
5:57 PM — The first city in the US state of Tennessee has offered equal benefits to same-sex domestic partners of city workers.
US: Pittsburgh mayor marries same-sex couple issued marriage licence by sued county clerk
4:41 PM — A Pittsburgh-area mayor has officiated at the wedding of a gay couple who were issued their marriage licence by a county clerk who is being sued by the state's Health Department for refusing to stop giving out the licences to same-sex couples.
France: Woman posts ad offering breastfeeding service to babies of gay couples 5
3:05 PM — A woman has posted a classifieds ad on a French website offering to breastfeed babies of gay couples for 100 euros (£86) a day.
5th August 2013
Amazon founder and major equal marriage campaign funder Jeff Bezos acquires the Washington Post 7
10:13 PM — The billionaire founder of e-commerce company Amazon Jeff Bezos has agreed to purchase the Washington Post for $250m. He and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos were the largest financial supporters of the state Washington's campaign to secure same-sex marriage.
James Bond actor Ben Whishaw confirms he is gay and ‘proud to be’ in a civil partnership 25
1:22 PM — British film actor Ben Whishaw has confirmed in an interview that he is gay, and that he entered into a civil partnership in 2012.
4th August 2013
US: County clerk withdraws legal challenge to resumption of same-sex marriage in California 3
5:45 PM — A clerk in the county of San Diego who had moved against the resumption of the issue of same-sex marriage licences in California, has withdrawn a legal bid to stop them from taking place.
3rd August 2013
Cosby show star tweets to come out as gay and says she is grateful for equal marriage 7
4:31 AM — Former Cosby Show star Raven Symone, who played 3-year-old Olivia in the 1980s sitcom, has revealed that she is gay in a statement about equal marriage.