15th April 2013
Australia: Liberal leader Tony Abbott reiterates opposition to equal marriage 21
4:55 PM — The leader of the opposition in Australia, Tony Abbott, has clarified his party's opposition to equal marriage during a community forum in Sydney.
Ecuador: Former presidential candidate barred from politics for saying ‘gays are immoral’ 5
4:21 PM — A former Ecuadorian presidential candidate who was previously fined for making homophobic comments has been banned from political activity for a year.
US: Major League Soccer player apologises for using homophobic slur
3:54 PM — A Major League Soccer player in the US has apologised for using a homophobic slur against another player during a recent match, before being sent off for two separate incidents.
13th April 2013
US: Arizona City Council pauses civil partnership bill after lawsuit threatened over same-sex marriage ban 5
4:19 PM — A southern Arizona City Council has been threatened with a lawsuit by the state Attorney General's office for passing legislation to allow civil unions for same-sex couples, and has put the legislation on hold to tweak it in order for it to fit with the state's ban on equal marriage.
GLAAD announces that Drew Barrymore will present 24th annual Media Awards 2
3:58 PM — GLAAD the LGBT media advocacy organisation has announced that Hollywood actor Drew Barrymore will present its 24th annual Media Awards in Los Angeles next weekend.
Duncan James: Liberty X’s Michelle Heaton hates me joking that she turned me gay 4
3:37 PM — Duncan James, of the boy band Blue, said he had joked to Michelle Heaton of Liberty X that she turned him gay, and she was upset that people might actually believe it was true.
Canada: Parents start campaign to remove ‘high risk’ status for gay organ donors, after son’s death 9
2:15 AM — A couple from Canada have started a petition to urge the government to change a federal law which classifies gay people as high-risk, when it comes to organ donation, following the death of their son.
Rapper Azealia Banks says A$AP Rocky should ‘come out of the closet’ for commenting on lipstick 14
1:53 AM — Rapper Azealia Banks, who has been involved in controversy in the past for using homophobic slurs, has again taken to Twitter during a feud with fellow rapper A$AP Rocky, and said the straight artist should "come out of the closet" because he insulted her lipstick.
Argentina: Catholic priest expelled from church for supporting equal marriage 57
1:20 AM — A Catholic priest in Argentina has been expelled from the church following an investigation after he voiced his support for equal marriage in the country.
US: Republican Party votes to reaffirm opposition to equal marriage and support for Prop 8 28
12:19 AM — The US Republican Party's national committee voted unanimously on Friday to reaffirm its opposition to equal marriage, and to urge the Supreme Court to uphold Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage, and the Defense of Marriage Act.
12th April 2013
US magazine editor: ‘There is a gay agenda and it’s working overtime to send millions to hell’ 43
5:49 PM — A US magazine editor has written a response to what she claimed were “threats” and “intimidation” from members of the “gay agenda”, since she wrote a previous piece saying that if there are gay players in the NFL, they shouldn’t come out.
Radio 1 Chart Show will not play full Margaret Thatcher song during official chart show 43
5:11 PM — BBC Radio 1 has announced that it will not play the full version of Ding Dong the Witch is Dead during Sunday's Official Chart Show, amidst controversy over a campaign to get it to number one following Margaret Thatcher's death.
US: Delaware lawmakers introduce equal marriage bill 4
4:33 PM — Delaware could be the tenth state in the US to allow same-sex marriage as it became the latest to introduce legislation to legalise equal marriage.
Tony Perkins: ‘Stop giving money to the GOP until it firmly opposes equal marriage’ 16
3:10 PM — Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council has urged Republican Party supporters to stop giving money to the party until it starts "defending core principals", including "protect marriage", as between a man and a woman.
US: Nevada Senate committee approves equal marriage bill 6
2:46 AM — A Senate committee in the US state of Nevada has voted in favour of a bill which could, if voters approved, make a constitutional amendment to allow equal marriage.
US: National Hockey League announces formal partnership with anti-homophobia organisation 4
2:23 AM — The National Hockey League has become the first major professional team sport in the US to announce a formal partnership with You Can Play, an advocacy group aiming to reduce homophobia.
Study: Support for equal marriage boosted by television portrayal of gay couples 41
1:55 AM — A poll has found that in the US, more people say their perception of gay people has been positively influenced by television's portrayal of them, than say it has had a negative impact.
11th April 2013
US radio host and GOP guest: Gay ‘lifestyle’ should be treated like drug addiction and alcoholism 25
5:36 PM — Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council this week hosted Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema, and the pair both agreed on their opposition to the homosexual "lifestyle", which they said should be treated like drug or alcohol addiction.
Equal marriage supporter Kid Rock: I’m ‘fucking embarrassed to be a Republican’ 16
5:09 PM — Rock singer Kid Rock has said that he supports equal marriage, and has spoken out to say that he was "fucking embarrassed to be a Republican", because of some party policies.
US: Man arrested and given restraining order for refusing to leave partner’s hospital bedside 43
4:44 PM — An arrest was made this week in Missouri of a gay man who refused to leave the hospital bedside of his partner, and a restraining order has now been made against him preventing him from visitation.