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December 11, 2013

A group of Australian senators from the Liberal, Greens and Labor parties have formed a cross-party working group to work towards the legalization of same-sex marriage in Australia

Senators from the three largest political factions in the Australian Parliament have today announced the formation of a cross-party working group to push for the legalization of same-sex marriage in Australia.

At around 10.30am this morning the Greens' Senator Sarah Hason-Young, Liberal Senator Sue Boyce, and Labor Senator Louise Pratt signed a pledge of co-operation that will form the basis for the working group.

November 22, 2013

Sportswear firm Nike has set up a Political Action Committee fighting fund with seed funding of $280,000 to push for marriage equality in the company’s home state of Oregon

US sportswear firm Nike has entered the political fight over whether to legalize same-sex marriage in the state of Oregon, establishing a Political Action Committee (PAC) fund to fight for reform on the issue.

The company itself gave $100,000 towards the fund, while a group of its top executives donated a pool of $180,000 in funding.

August 26, 2013

Ben & Jerry’s Germany has used social media to attack Russia’s ban on so-called homosexual propaganda, calling on it to ‘tear down this law!’

Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in Germany has taken to social media to attack Russia’s law banning so-called homosexual propaganda to minors which potentially bans any public expression of LGBT identity.

August 25, 2013

PM Rudd pledges bill within 100 days if voted back to power  

As Australia’s Labor Party launched an election campaign blitzkrieg Sunday, showing its support for marriage equality in the hope of wooing the LGBT community, an advocacy group said support for the issue will be key in deciding the vote of around 1.5 million voters.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has pledged to introduce a marriage-equality bill within 100 days if he is voted to power.

August 7, 2013

A new poll shows that allowing same-sex couples to marry is the number one civil rights issue for Australians under 25 with only education and cost of living issues rating higher

35% of Australian voters under 25 will decide who they vote for based on where a candidate stands on marriage equality according to new polling data – representing 3% of Australian voters.

The poll released today by the Australia Institute shows that same-sex marriage is the top civil rights issue for young voters in the upcoming federal election - ahead of climate change, the amount of the national youth allowance payment for young people not in work and the roll out of the Australian Government’s National Broadband Network.

May 24, 2013

Youngest Member of Parliament in Australia increases the pressure on opposition leader Tony Abbott to allow his MPs a free conscience vote on same-sex marriage

A Member of Parliament (MP) from Tony Abbott's socially conservative Liberal party in Australia has opened up about his support for same-sex marriage.

'I support the right of same-sex couples to have their loving and committed relationships recognized in state-sanctioned marriage,' said 23-year-old Wyatt Roy, parliament's youngest MP.

However Roy is currently barred from voting for same-sex marriage legislation because Abbott is not allowing opposition Liberal-National coalition MPs a conscience vote on the matter.

May 2, 2013

Bill has already passed House and Governor Jack Markell has promised to sign into law

Delaware could become the 11th state in the US to legalize gay marriage when its State Senate votes on a marriage equality bill next week.

A committee on Wednesday (1 May) voted to send the bill on to the full Senate for a vote. Senate passage is likely since that legislative body is dominated by Democrats 13-8.

Governor Jack Markell stated last month that he will sign marriage equality into law if it passed both houses of the legislature.

April 23, 2013

Legislation now goes to State Senate for consideration

The Delaware House of Representatives on Tuesday (23 April) voted 23-18 to pass a marriage equality bill that now moves on to the State Senate for consideration.

Senate passage should be promising since that legislative body is dominated by Democrats 13-8.

Governor Jack Markell stated earlier this month that he will sign marriage equality into law if it passed both houses of the legislature.

April 8, 2013

Same-sex marriage has become more widely accepted across the US in the last year.

Support for marriage equality has grown across all 50 US states over the past eight years, a new report has found.

Published by the UCLA's Williams Institute, 'Public Support for Marriage for Same-Sex Couples by State', it found with an average increase of 13.6%. 

March 29, 2013

The Rainbow Project and Amnesty International warn Northern Ireland’s government that it will face court action if it continues to ban same-sex marriage

Amnesty International in partnership with a local LGBT group warned that Northern Ireland's power-sharing government will soon face a human rights legal case over its continual refusal to legalize marriage equality.

In October 2012 members of Northern Ireland's Stormont assembly rejected a motion by the Greens and Sinn Féin to legalize marriage equality.

March 14, 2013

A global meeting of medical student associations has backed marriage equality at a conference in Baltimore in what may be the first time that a global body has voted to support the rights of same-sex couples to marry

The International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA) has endorsed a policy statement in favor of marriage equality at its global conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

The conference voted to support a motion put forward by the Australian Medical Students Association (AMSA).

AMSA president Ben Veness presented the ‘Marriage Equality and Health’ policy statement to the IFMSA General Assembly in Baltimore.

March 5, 2013

Poll result show a large majority of Delaware residents back marriage equality

Delaware residents favor a legislation enacting marriage equality by a large marjority, according to a new poll commissioned by Equality Denver.

The poll, conducted on behalf of Equality Denver by polling firm Global Strategy Group, found a clear over-all majority in the small east coast state.

A clear majority of Delaware residents (54%) support the legalizing gay marriage, while 37% oppose it.

Support was even higher amongst Democrats (65%) and independents (61%).

March 1, 2013

New poll shows 61% now favor marriage equality in the state that passed Proposition 8

A new poll released today shows a record 61% of California voters now approve of gay marriage.

The results come just four years ago after voters in the state passed Proposition 8, a ballot measure that made same-sex marriage illegal in California. The law is being challenged in a case before the US Supreme Court next month.

The latest Field Poll results are a dramatic reversal in public opinion since the first gay marriage poll in the state in 1977. At that time, just 28% favored marriage equality while 59% were against it.

January 27, 2013

Hundreds of thousands protestors have gathered for a mass rally to support marriage equality in Paris, France

Initial estimates indicate that over 250,000 people gathered at the opening of the rally which is expected to reach much bigger numbers by the end of the afternoon, say rally organizers.

Tens of thousands of participants have also been reported in other French cities, such as Lyon and Montpellier.

January 23, 2013

Scottish National Party official quits over the party's leadership support of gay marriage

Andrew Walker has left the Scottish National Party (SNP) stating the one of the reasons was Alex Salmond’s, Scotland’s First Minister and party leader, support of gay marriage.

Walker who resigned also resigned from his post as secretary of the SNP branch in the Western Isles, said that the party's and Salmond’s support of marriage equality ignores Scotland’s ‘majority views’.

December 15, 2012

Two Illinois lawmakers have announced that they will move a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the state following comments by state Governor Pat Quinn that he would like to sign marriage equality into law in the state as soon as January

Illinois looks set to become the next US state to legalize same-sex marriage, with two Democratic lawmakers announcing they will put forward a bill to create marriage equality in the state in 2013.

The move by Senator Heather Steans and Representative Greg Harris follows comments by Illinois state Governor Pat Quinn that he would like to see marriage equality legislation passed in the state as soon as January next year.

November 26, 2012

'We still have a lot of work to do but the momentum is on our side'

It's been nearly three weeks since three US states made history by passing marriage equality laws through a vote of the people.

Now Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, is looking to other US states to add to the nine where same-sex couples can get married.

November 18, 2012

The leading group fighting same-sex marriage in the US may be a spent force financially after it spent millions in a financial year where donations to it dropped by 32 percent

The leading group campaigning against the rights of same-sex attracted Americans to marry has revealed that donations to the group dropped by 32 percent in the financial year leading up to US elections where it spent more than it raised.

In financial year 2011-2012 the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) raised only $6.2 million – down nearly $3 million on its funds raised in financial year 2010-2011.

Three quarters of that $6.2 million came from just two donors.

November 7, 2012

State of Maryland approves same-sex marriage on a public ballot

Maryland says ‘I do’ to marriage equality after a public referendum.

Victory for marriage equality campaigners was declared in Maryland with 57.9% of the public vote in favour and 42.1% against, according to Politico.

October 19, 2012

Rally outside office of independent MLC Adriana Taylor in Hobart, Tasmania today

Tasmanian marriage equality supporters protested outside the office of a legislator who voted against a same-sex marriage law last month.

A marriage equality bill was narrowly defeated in the Tasmanian upper house on 27 September, when eight members of the legislative council (MLCs) opposed the bill to six who supported it.

October 9, 2012

Tune lists the states in the US that allow gay marriage - it's a short song

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Emmy nominated this year for his role on ABC's Modern Family, delighted the crowd at the Human Rights Campaign dinner on Saturday (6 October) in Washington DC with his spirited little song about marriage equality.

He sang: 'These are the states with marriage equality: Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Vermont.'

Then he added: 'Second verse, same as the first.'

But after repeating the verse, he was able to add, with great flourish: 'Washington DC -eeeeeeeeeeeeeee.'

September 4, 2012

The Scottish parliament is likely to debate gay marriage equality within the next parliamentary session, First Minister Alex Salmond has announced

The Scottish government is due to debate same-sex marriage equality within their 2012 to 2013 session, it has been announced.

It will be part of a package of 15 bills brought forward to the Holyrood chamber in Edinburgh over the next 12 months.

First Minister Alex Salmond has just announced details of his legislative program for the next year and paved the way for a referendum in 2014 on Scottish independence from Britain.

Same-sex marriage equality will also be brought forward in a Marriage and Civil Partnership Bill.

August 23, 2012

Australian senators have held a debate on same-sex marriage but the chances of success for a bill remains unclear

A short debate on marriage equality in the Australian Senate has been held but has failed to shed light on the prospects if a vote is held on the issue, with only four senators speaking during the allotted time.

First to speak was the bill’s author, Greens party Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, who told the parliament that the bill had been amended to further address the concerns of religious opponents who feared that they would be made to solemnize marriages that weren’t in accordance with their faith.

August 23, 2012

A poll created by Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft suggests 75% of British people will vote for parties who support marriage equality

A large amount of British people are indifferent or even oblivious to the gay marriage issue, according to a poll published on Wednesday (22 August).

Influential Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft created the poll to dismiss claims Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to push ahead with marriage equality would cost him votes at the next election.

According to the polling data, around 31% of respondents were opposed to gay marriage but within that third of the population only 12% said it would affect their vote.