14th April 2013
Irish Constitutional Convention decision welcomed by marriage equality supporters 16
7:39 PM — The Constitutional Convention, which voted in Dublin today to recommend that same-sex marriage be legalised in Ireland, has been applauded by politicians, religious organisations and gay rights groups.
US: Pro-same-sex marriage Illinois Republican party chairman to stay in role for now 2
7:12 PM — The chair of the Illinois Republican Party will remain in his role, having survived a meeting to discuss whether to fire him for his backing of same-sex marriage. However, he could be forced to leave in six weeks time due to a new plan to choose his successor.
South Africa: Government condemns anti-LGBT violence following attack
6:20 PM — The South African Government has stated its opposition to anti-LGBT violence, following an attack on a gay man in Cape Town which left him missing part of one ear.
Ireland: Constitutional Convention votes overwhelmingly in favour of referendum on same-sex marriage 51
1:42 PM — Ireland's Constitutional Convention has voted overwhelmingly in favour of holding a referendum on legalising same-sex marriage in the Constitution.
US: Gay ‘Glee’ actor Jonathan Groff to appear in comedy TV pilot 9
1:22 PM — Jonathan Groff will play a leading role in an upcoming comedy pilot about the lives of three gay men, commissioned for US Cable channel HBO.
11th April 2013
DC reveals transgender character in first for mainstream superhero comics 6
6:08 PM — A supporting character in DC Comics' 'Batgirl' revealed to the main character that she is a trans woman in the most recent issue, with the series' author adding a transgender comic book hero should be introduced in the near future.
Bahrain: Male sex workers sentenced to jail by judge who claims ‘Homosexuality ruins nations’ 10
4:25 PM — The judge in the case of two male sex workers in Bahrain has said he gave them the maximum penalty as a deterrent to others, and a sign that "Homosexuality ruins individuals and nations."
US: Lesbian daughter of New York mafia boss pleads mercy for her ‘supportive’ father 4
2:49 PM — The daughter of a high-ranking New York mafia boss has pleaded for mercy on his behalf, saying he supported her and her same-sex partner and deserves to spend time with their son.
8th April 2013
Zambia: Gay rights activist arrested for ‘inciting indecent activities’ 1
7:07 PM — Zambian activist, Paul Kasonkomona, was arrested on Sunday following a television appearance in which he argued for gay rights.
France: Gay couple beaten in Paris for walking arm in arm 28
5:30 PM — A gay couple were beaten badly in Paris on Saturday, which campaigners say is symptomatic of a 30% rise in homophobic attacks in France since debates on same-sex marriage began.
Vatican advisor: Pro-equal marriage Catholics should not take Communion 67
4:20 PM — A legal advisor to the Vatican has said that Catholics who support same-sex marriage should not approach for communion, with the Archbishop of Detroit adding that to do so would be to commit "perjury".
US: Saturday Night Live opens with Kim Jong Un ‘evolving’ on same-sex marriage 1
2:46 PM — 'Saturday Night Live' satirised the current focus on same-sex marriage in the USA in an opening sketch featuring North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un coming out for marriage equality.
South Africa: Gay couple hope their traditional wedding will inspire the black community 13
12:58 PM — A gay couple in South Africa have married in a wedding ceremony uniting their Zulu and Tswana traditions, which they say they hope will send a message to others that "Being gay is as African as being black."
6th April 2013
Video: Family Research Institute head claims same-sex marriage would shorten lifespan of gay people 39
9:50 PM — The founder of the Family Research Institute has urged the Supreme Court to uphold bans on same-sex marriage in order to prevent harm to gay people, claiming his research shows their lifespans are shortened by long term relationships.
Lord Carey: I will continue to oppose plans to ‘redefine’ marriage 58
7:41 PM — The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord George Carey, has said he will continue to oppose plans to "redefine" marriage, and says that doing so does not detract from his support for government policies on ending poverty.
US: Louisiana Democratic Senator personally for marriage equality but won’t defy the state line against it 14
6:30 PM — Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu has said that while she personally believes in marriage equality she will not support it, out of deference to Louisiana's anti-gay partnerships stance.
Jeremy Irons: My claims about father-son same-sex marriages were mischievous but valid 78
6:02 PM — Jeremy Irons has responded to the outrage caused in an interview in which he said the legalisation of same-sex marriage could lead to fathers marrying their sons, saying he is not anti-gay but that his concerns are "valid".
US: Senator Mark Pryor undecided on marriage equality and ‘whether being gay is a choice’ 21
3:56 PM — In a radio interview Arkansas Democratic Senator Mark Pryor said he was undecided on equal marriage, and added that he had "never really thought" about whether being gay is a choice or not.
US: Neurosurgeon Ben Carson apologises for ‘poorly chosen’ comparison between gay people and pedophiles 16
3:21 PM — Dr Benjamin Carson, a neurosurgeon with Johns Hopkins University and a conservative speaker, has apologised for comments made on Fox News comparing gay people to a pedophilia advocacy group, as well as to bestiality.
Adam Lambert splits from long-term boyfriend Sauli Koskinen 22
2:56 PM — Singer Adam Lambert has split up with Finnish reality TV star Sauli Koskinen, who had been his boyfriend since 2010.