11th May 2013
Illinois Governor to the House: ‘It’s time to vote’ on our state’s equal marriage bill 3
1:10 AM — Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Thursday called for state lawmakers in the House to vote on, and approve a bill to legalise equal marriage, and said they have had enough time to consider the bill given that it passed in the Senate over two months ago.
10th May 2013
Research group: Tory peer ‘wrong’ to claim study says children ‘do best’ with straight parents 39
2:38 PM — An independent research organisation has denied a claim by Conservative peer Baroness O'Cathain, that one of its studies finds that children "do best" when raised by straight, married parents. She incorrectly cited it in her arguments against equal marriage.
Lord Carey: The Government has ignored minority churches on same-sex marriage 43
1:40 PM — Lord Carey of Clifton told the House of Lords that the Government has painted opponents of marriage equality as a "strange breed of non-relevant dinosaurs" while ignoring minority ethnic communities.
Conservative peer Baroness O’Cathain: ‘The Government should admit same-sex marriage is a mistake’ 47
12:09 PM — Baroness O'Cathain told the House of Lords that "very little more equality is needed" when laying out her opposition to same-sex marriage.
Conservative Lord Fowler: If Parliament values people equally, it must make same-sex marriage legal 33
10:29 AM — Lord (Norman) Fowler, the former Conservative Health Secretary has told fellow peers that they should support equal marriage because: "Parliament should value people equally in the law, and that enabling same-sex couples to marry removes the current inequity."
9th May 2013
Former police chief Lord Dear: Same-sex marriage will provoke backlash against gays 91
10:28 PM — The former Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, Lord (Geoffrey) Dear, Baron of Willersey in the County of Gloucestershire, has told the House of Lords that introducing same-sex marriage could "create such opposition to homosexuals in general that the climate of tolerance and acceptance in this country that we have all championed and supported and seen flourish over recent years could well be set back by decades."
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.
Former Republican Governor Charlie Crist announces marriage equality support
5:54 PM — Charlie Crist, the former Governor of Florida, declared his support for marriage equality in what appears to be the latest stage of his evolution from Republican to Democrat politics.
France: Viral outrage caused by anti-equal marriage poster 7
5:28 PM — A poster calling for same-sex marriage opponents to rally in France caused outrage on social media sites over what many claim is a racist depiction of the Justice Minister.
US: Equal marriage supporters and opponents descend on Minnesota ahead of House vote 6
5:16 PM — Groups of supporters and opponents of equal marriage began to head for the House in Minnesota, as it gears up for today's vote on a measure to legalise it.
Video: James Franco gets married to a man in a music video 1
4:24 PM — A new, bizarre music video features Hollywood actors James Franco, Edward Norton and Zach Galifianakis, all getting married to men, in a parody of the Spring Breakers film.
Methodist peer Lord Griffiths: ‘I support gay rights but not same-sex marriage’ 38
3:21 PM — Methodist minister and Labour peer Lord Leslie Griffiths has revealed that, while he supports civil partnerships, he feels marriage equality doesn't offer gay people anything more than the use of the word "marriage".
Rabbi Baroness Neuberger will vote for marriage equality to hold a ‘Moonie-style mass gay wedding’ 7
2:22 PM — Crossbench peer and rabbi Baroness Julia Neuberger has reaffirmed her support for same-sex marriage, stating she is waiting for the day she can hold a "moonie-style mass gay wedding".
Uruguay: President Mujica signs equal marriage into law 5
11:06 AM — Uruguay has become the 12th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage, which was signed into law by President Jose Mujica.
US: Minnesota House appears poised to pass equal marriage bill 2
2:36 AM — Minnesota could be the next US state to legalise equal marriage, as the House will vote on a measure to legalise it on Thursday, a possible signal that its advocates have gathered enough votes for it to pass.
8th May 2013
Stephen Williams: Same-sex marriage is a great social reform but I’m waiting for Prince Charming 13
11:04 PM — Stephen Williams, the openly gay Liberal Democrat MP for Bristol West has named same-sex marriage as one “great social reforms of this Parliament” in his loyal address welcoming the Queen’s Speech.
Northern Ireland: District Council passes motion supporting gay civil marriage 7
3:47 PM — The District Council in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, has passed a Sinn Fein motion in favour of "supporting the same rights and entitlements to civil marriages for all citizens of Fermanagh regardless of race, religion or sexuality."
The New Yorker unveils Mothers’ Day cover art featuring lesbian parents 3
2:08 PM — The New Yorker magazine in the US has unveiled its latest cover, which features an image by a graphic artist, of a lesbian couple waking up on Mothers' Day to gifts from their children.
Poll: 68% approve of equal marriage in the Faroe Islands 6
12:28 AM — A survey has found that, out of the population of the Faroe Islands, more than two thirds support legalising civil marriage for gay couples.
7th May 2013
Delaware Senator Karen Peterson comes out during same-sex marriage vote 8
11:56 PM — Delaware State Senator Karen Peterson came out as a lesbian during her speech to convince colleagues to vote in favour of same-sex marriage.