24th June 2013
Baroness Deech: If gays can marry, cohabiting sisters should be allowed civil partnerships 110
11:16 PM — The eventual passage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, could lead to cohabiting relatives, or carers, being given the same legal status as married couples, the House of Lords has heard.
Ireland to hold referendum on equal marriage in 2014 101
6:15 PM — The Irish Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore, has announced that the country will hold a referendum on equal marriage next year.
US Supreme Court adds Tuesday as possible day for opinions on equal marriage cases 2
5:41 PM — The US Supreme Court has added Tuesday to the calendar as an extra day on which it could issue opinions on two key equal marriage cases.
US Supreme Court expected to add extra days of announcements as no opinions on equal marriage cases
3:33 PM — Despite reaching the final scheduled day, the US Supreme Court again failed to issue a ruling on two key equal marriage cases, and is now expected to add extra days to give its opinion.
Live blog: Highlights from the House of Lords committee on same-sex marriage 35
3:00 PM — As part of the final day of the committee stage, peers are scrutinising the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill and debating amendments.
US Supreme Court reaches last scheduled day to offer opinion on key equal marriage cases 3
2:23 PM — The US Supreme Court has reached the last scheduled day to make a judgement in two key equal marriage cases, and could possibly issue a ruling imminently.
US: Same-sex wedding held opposite Westboro Baptist Church 5
12:44 PM — A Same-sex wedding was held opposite the adamantly homophobic Westboro Baptist Church last saturday.
Video: Scottish campaign for equal marriage launches ‘It’s Time’ celebrity video campaign 15
12:00 AM — The Scottish Equality Network, the key LGBT group campagining for equal marriage north of the border, has launched a video campaign modelled on the English Out4Marriage campaign to help convince the public and politicians of the need for same-sex marriage.
23rd June 2013
Baroness D’Souza: The vote against Lord Dear’s fatal amendment was a ‘massive defeat’ for him 25
2:11 PM — The Lord Speaker, Baroness D'Souza, said the vote against Lord Dear's anti-equal marriage bill amendment was a "massive, massive defeat" for him, but warned that further "ping-pong" debate on various issues within the bill would be imminent.
22nd June 2013
German foreign minister slams Russia over possible anti-gay adoption ban 4
6:48 PM — Germany's foreign minister has heavily criticised Russian's recently advanced legislation which would ban the adoption of Russian children by foreign same-sex couples.
US: Conservative groups pledge to defy Supreme Court rulings on equal marriage 12
6:27 PM — A coalition of conservative groups in the US have vowed to defy any ruling made by the US Supreme Court next week in favour of equal marriage.
US Supreme Court Justice says the court should not rule on ‘moral’ issues like equal marriage 34
5:37 PM — Less than a week until the US Supreme Court is expected to make rulings in two key equal marriage cases, one of its justices has spoken out to say the court should not be ruling on such an issue.
Tory MPs write ‘alternative queen’s speech’ urging referendum on equal marriage 80
5:02 PM — Conservative MPs have drawn up an 'alternative queen's speech', including policies to hold a referendum on equal marriage, bring back the death penalty, ban the wearing of burkas in public and to rename a public holiday after Margaret Thatcher.
France: Prison sentence for illegal anti-equal marriage protester sparks new protests 13
4:29 PM — Equal marriage opponents in France took to the streets on Friday to protest against the prison term given to a man who was part of an illegal anti-equal marriage demonstration, who fled from police, and gave a false identity when caught.
20th June 2013
Poll: 92% of Nigerians support proposed bill to criminalise same-sex marriage 39
7:05 PM — A new poll has found that 92% of Nigerians are in support of a proposed bill to make same-sex marriages punishable with 14 year prison sentences.
US: Minnesota poll shows slight majority of residents support decision to legalise same-sex marriage 2
5:45 PM — A new poll has found that a small majority of Minnesotans are in favour of the decision by lawmakers to legalise equal marriage earlier this year.
Tory MP Matthew Offord: Equal marriage ‘is an attack on religion’ 68
5:24 PM — Conservative MP Matthew Offord has compared the equal marriage bill to part of what he sees as an anti-religious campaign.
US Supreme Court equal marriage decision expected on Monday, as no decision today 4
3:24 PM — The US Supreme Court failed to announce its opinion on two key equal marriage cases today, and is now expected to do so on Monday, which is the last expected date to make a decision.
US Supreme Court could make ruling on key equal marriage cases today 2
3:04 PM — The US Supreme Court could be about to make a decision on two key equal marriage cases, as it is expected to do so before summer recess, and is running out of allotted decision days
The state of play on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in the House of Lords committee stage 44
1:51 AM — As the House of Lords has just wrapped up Wednesday's second day of debates around the equal marriage bill in its committee stage, here is the simple state of play on the bill.