30th August 2013
US: IRS announces recognition of same-sex marriages for federal tax purposes 10
2:28 PM — The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS), has announced that same-sex couples who are legally married will now be recognised for federal tax purposes, irrespective of their home state's legal position on equal marriage.
29th August 2013
US: Republican lawyers draw comparison with child marriage in case against equal marriage clerk 11
7:29 PM — Attorney's for Pennsylvanian Governor, Tom Corbett have argued that granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples is no different than if the state were to issue licenses to children.
US: New Mexico GOP slams judge for ‘reckless’ ruling to allow equal marriage 5
6:41 PM — A Republican US Representative has heavily criticised a New Mexico judge's ruling earlier this week which paved the way to the legal recognition of same-sex marriage in the state.
US: New Mexico lesbian couple denied marriage licence file lawsuit against state 2
6:01 PM — A lesbian couple in the county of Sandoval, New Mexico, has filed a lawsuit after being denied a marriage licence.
US: Hawaii Governor attempts to push lawmakers towards legalising equal marriage 2
3:51 PM — The Governor of the US state of Hawaii on Wednesday moved to push lawmakers into beginning the process of legalising equal marriage.
27th August 2013
Walmart extends health insurance benefits to same-sex domestic partners 6
7:56 PM — The largest retailer in the US, Walmart, has announced that it is to offer health insurance benefits to same-sex domestic partners beginning next year.
US: Republican lawmakers consider legal action over New Mexico county issuing same-sex marriage licences 9
4:08 PM — Republican lawmakers in the US state of New Mexico have said they are considering legal action over a judge's decision to make a broad ruling that same-sex couples should not be excluded from being issue marriage certificates.
US: Judge rules that equal marriage must be recognised in state of New Mexico 9
2:02 PM — A judge in the US state of New Mexico has indirectly ruled that equal marriage be made legal, as he ruled that prohibiting same-sex marriages is a form of sexual discrimination.
25th August 2013
US: Conservative churches change by-laws to avoid lawsuits from gay couples 21
2:50 PM — A growing number of US churches, worried they might be sued by gay couples, are changing their by-laws to reflect the view that the Bible allows only marriage between one man and one woman.
France: Far-right mayor refuses to officiate at same-sex wedding 53
2:03 PM — A far-right mayor in the south of France has refused to officiate at the wedding of a lesbian couple, despite the government's recently passed same-sex marriage law.
Survey: Homophobic discrimination still ‘expected’ by a majority of gay UK citizens 14
12:20 PM — A new survey has revealed that despite the recent passing of same-sex marriage in England and Wales, a large majority of gay Britons still live in fear of discrimination.
Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks: I am not heartless, I understand gay people’s fears 66
11:32 AM — The outgoing Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks, recently spoke in an interview about his reason for abstaining from the same-sex marriage debate earlier this year, and said he understands the fears that many gay people have.
24th August 2013
Macmillan Dictionary revises definition of ‘marriage’ to include same-sex couples 13
6:56 PM — Macmillan Dictionary has become the first dictionary in Britain to revise the definition of marriage to include same-sex couples.
23rd August 2013
Uruguay: First gay couple registered to marry wed and ‘celebrate love’ of new equal marriage law 6
6:24 PM — The first gay couple to register to marry in Uruguay when a new equal marriage law took effect on 5 August, have married as gay rights activists celebrate in the country.
22nd August 2013
Video: Anti-equal marriage group says government expecting people to ‘change their religious beliefs’ 48
12:40 PM — One of the UK's largest campaign groups against equal marriage has released a video outlining its plans for the future, including being on "high alert", and claiming that it is required to "help people who are in difficulty because of their convictions about marriage".
20th August 2013
US: Amusement park cancels wedding contest after protest as it excluded gay couples 3
7:09 PM — A US amusement park has cancelled a wedding contest following a protest by a gay couple who complained as it excluded same-sex couples.
US: Pennsylvania court to hear arguments in case stop clerk from issuing same-sex marriage licences 1
5:45 PM — A court in the US state of Pennsylvania will next month hear arguments around the case of a county clerk who is being sued by the state because he issued marriage licences to same-sex couples.
US: Hawaiian faith leaders sign resolution calling on passage of equal marriage law 6
3:49 PM — More than a dozen faith leaders in Hawaii have signed a resolution calling on lawmakers to pass a law to legally recognise same-sex marriages.
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 19
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.