Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has signed into law a bill extending marriage rights to same-sex couples, making the home state of President Barack Obama the 16th to allow such unions.
Church of England clergy would be able to recognize and celebrate same-sex marriages and partnerships in church services under proposals that strengthen the church's more open approach to homosexuality.
Australia has celebrated its first same-sex marriages under the threat of a court challenge that could render the unions invalid within days.
Wedding bells rang for the first time for same-sex couples in New Jersey when the state became the 14th in the nation to legalize gay marriage.
The Vatican is asking bishops and parish priests around the world about local views on gay marriage, divorce and birth control ahead of a meeting of bishops next year to discuss Roman Catholic Church teachings related to the family.
Hawaii's governor signed into law a bill extending marriage rights to same-sex couples, capping 20 years of legal and political rancor in a state regarded as a pioneer in advancing the cause of gay matrimony.
Pope Francis urged a delegation of French lawmakers to avoid following only "fashions and ideas of the moment" when legislating, in an apparent reference to the country's legalization of gay marriage last month.
The US Supreme Court struck down a central portion of a federal law that restricted the definition of marriage to opposite-sex couples in a major victory for the gay rights movement.
Gay marriage is to become legal in England and Wales after the lower house of the British parliament approved the final changes on Tuesday to a law that had Prime Minister David Cameron's backing but split his ruling Conservative party.
Ohio Republican US Senator Rob Portman, a longtime opponent of same-sex marriage, said he now believes gays have a right to marry after learning two years ago that his son is gay.
A majority of US Supreme Court justices indicated they could be inclined to strike down a law that denies federal benefits to legally married same-sex couples, a move that would reflect the evolving nationwide sea change in attitudes to gay marriage.
The state Senate approved the bill by a vote of 12-9 yesterday and Governor Jack Markell signed it into law half an hour later.
Members of British Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative party urged him to delay a parliamentary vote this week on gay marriage, warning the issue could weaken the party and harm his chances of re-election.
Britain's parliament voted heavily in favour of legalising gay marriage today, but Prime Minister David Cameron's authority in his own party took a blow as his Conservatives split in two over the measure he had championed.
In President Barack Obama's latest act in support of gay rights, his administration will urge the US Supreme Court to allow same-sex marriages to resume in California, an administration official said today.
Maryland voters approved same-sex marriage while similar measures in Maine and Washington state also appeared on track to pass, marking the first time marriage rights have been extended to same-sex couples by popular vote.
France's President Francois Hollande has weighed this weekend into the war of words between his government and the Catholic Church over holding discussions in schools on the planned legalisation of same-sex marriage.
Several hundred thousand people massed at the Eiffel Tower in Paris to protest against President Francois Hollande's plan to legalise gay marriage and adoption by June.
France's new Socialist government is to legalise marriage and adoption for same-sex couples, Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said on Friday, reflecting a shift in public attitudes in the majority Catholic nation.
Scotland's devolved government said it would legalise same-sex marriage after British Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to push through legislation to enshrine it in law in England despite church and some political opposition.
Roman Catholic bishops and conservative politicians are stepping their campaign against French President Francois Hollande's plan to legalise gay marriage days before his government presents its draft law in cabinet.
Republican Governor Chris Christie vetoed a bill to make New Jersey the seventh US state to legalize same-sex marriage.
The government launched a public consultation process today on its plan to let gay couples marry, giving Christians and others three months to air their strong objections while insisting it would not back down.
A federal appeals court found a law that denies federal benefits to married same-sex couples unconstitutional, in a case with implications for gay marriages across the United States.
A bill to legalize gay marriage in Washington state won final legislative approval on in a vote that moved the state one step closer to becoming the seventh to recognize same-sex nuptials.
Lucky couples have been married each year on Valentine Day's on the top of the Empire State Building for nearly two decades but this year for the first time two same sex couples said "I do" at the iconic New York landmark.
The New Jersey Assembly passed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage, sending the bill to Republican Governor Chris Christie, a possible vice-presidential candidate who has promised to veto the measure.
The mayor of a small French town challenged the country's ban on same-sex marriage by presiding over the wedding of two men, reviving the debate on gay marriage as France's presidential election campaign heats up.
Pope Benedict said today that gay marriage was one of several threats to the traditional family that undermined "the future of humanity itself".
A US appeals court today found California's gay marriage ban unconstitutional in a case that is likely to lead to a showdown on the issue in the US Supreme Court.
The Chamber of Deputies approved the measure after eight hours of debate, with 81 votes in favor out of 87 legislators present. The result was greeted with thunderous applause from around 200 activists watching from the gallery.
When the opponents of gay-marriage take to the streets in Paris on Sunday, their protest will be led neither by politicians nor priests, but by a sassy comedian in a pink T-shirt who goes by the stage name Frigide Barjot.
Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld sent two models dressed as brides alongside his tiny godson down the catwalk in a public show of support for French government plans to legalize same-sex marriage and adoption.
France will see its first gay weddings within days, after French President François Hollande signed a law yesterday authorizing marriage and adoption by same-sex couples and ending months of nationwide protests and wrenching debate.