15th January 2014
New Zealand: Five percent of marriages were between gay couples in first four months of equal marriage 4
5:55 PM — In the first four months of same-sex couples having the legal right to marry in New Zealand, almost 5% of marriages are now between gay couples.
US: Judge throws out Oklahoma same-sex marriage ban 9
1:39 AM — A judge has ruled that the ban on same-sex marriage in the US state of Oklahoma is unconstitutional.
14th January 2014
Poll: Utah residents evenly split on same-sex marriage but strongly support civil unions 4
7:41 PM — Residents of the US state of Utah are evenly split on whether same-sex marriage should be legal or not, according to a new poll.
Video: Indiana official Jim Bopp gets laughed at for saying gay people are ‘intolerant’ 8
7:01 PM — Apparently officials in the US state of Indiana saw the irony when an official in favour of a bill to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions called gay people opposed to the bill "intolerant".
Figures show 7,000 same-sex couples tied the knot in France last year 4
5:16 PM — About 7,000 same-sex couples tied the knot in France last year after equal marriage was legalised in May, the national statistics agency has said.
13th January 2014
US: Indiana committee to decide on bill to ban same-sex marriage
7:27 PM — A bill to ban same-sex marriage in Indiana was being considered in the House of Representatives in the US state today.
US: Virginia officials introduce legislation to repeal same-sex marriage ban
7:17 PM — A group of officials in the US state of Virginia have introduced legislation to repeal its ban on gay couples getting married.
12th January 2014
Anti-gay marriage Catholic Archbishop Vincent Nichols to become Cardinal 55
1:51 PM — The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, who is also known for his vocal opposition to same-sex marriage, is set to be created a Cardinal by Pope Francis next month.
10th January 2014
US Attorney General says Utah gay married couples will be treated as married 4
5:35 PM — The US Attorney General has responded to calls to say Utah married same-sex couples would be treated as married by the federal government, despite a directive from the state Governor that they would not.
9th January 2014
Italian Deputy Prime Minister threatens to pull his party from Government if ‘gay marriage’ is introduced 19
8:00 PM — The Italian Deputy Prime Minister said on Thursday that his party would leave the government if their coalition partner introduces measures for same-sex marriage.
Human rights group asks US Attorney General to recognise Utah gay couples’ marriages
7:43 PM — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has written to the US Attorney General to ask him to ensure that same-sex couples married in the state of Utah are recognised as married for benefits.
US: Officials pick up bill to ban same-sex marriage in Indiana 9
6:46 PM — A bill to ban same-sex marriage in Indiana was filed in the House of Representatives in the US state today.
5th January 2014
Hong Kong: Survey finds 3 in 4 support more civil rights for gay people 1
3:13 PM — A recent Hong Kong survey has found that three out of four locals support more rights for gay people in the region, although only 27 per cent completely agreed that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.
4th January 2014
Utah man on hunger strike for as long as gays can marry 137
12:26 AM — Trestin Meacham has revealed that he has been on a 12 day hunger strike and will continue to fast until gay couples in his home state of Utah are banned from marrying. Mr Meacham said some of his best friends and relatives are gay.
1st January 2014
US: First ever same-sex wedding takes place at historic parade 3
7:38 PM — A gay couple has become the first to marry as part of the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.
31st December 2013
US: First ever gay couple set to marry atop Rose Parade float 3
6:23 PM — A gay couple is to make history as they will on New Year's Day become the first to marry atop a float during the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.
29th December 2013
Malta: Catholic bishop says Pope Francis urged him to ‘speak out’ against same-sex adoption laws 44
2:32 PM — Malta’s Auxiliary Bishop has said that Pope Francis was "shocked" by plans to introduce adoption laws for same-sex couples to the country, urging the bishop to do more to speak out against the legislation.
Gay playwright Alan Bennett: ‘Margaret Thatcher was a seriously flawed human being’ 23
2:04 PM — Gay playwright Alan Bennett has blasted Tory MPs who excuse the actions of the late Baroness Margaret Thatcher, calling her a "seriously flawed human being" whose lack of humour shut her off from humanity.
26th December 2013
US: Utah lawyers to attempt Supreme Court appeal against same-sex marriage 4
11:32 AM — After a federal judge upheld a decision to legalise marriage rights for same-sex couples in the American state of Utah earlier this week, state lawyers have now announced they are attempting to take their case to the Supreme Court.
Feature: The most important international stories of 2013 3
10:40 AM — Having brought you the most important UK and US stories of 2013, it is only natural to follow with the most important international stories of the year too.