20th March 2013
US: Gay rights activists paint house opposite Westboro compound rainbow colours 12
1:50 PM — Gay rights activists have painted a small house opposite the compound owned by the adamantly homophobic Westboro Baptist Church in rainbow colours, in a political statement against the controversial church.
US: Supreme Court to release same-day audio recordings from equal marriage cases 4
1:46 AM — In an unexpected move, the US Supreme Court is to release same-day audio recordings of oral arguments given in the two cases around equal marriage, which are due to be taken on next week.
Facebook user suggests site read his text messages to know he was gay 26
1:00 AM — A Facebook user claimed that the site knew he was gay before he ever came out, or share the information, other than in a text message sent to a friend. Reports, however, suggest that an algorithm guessed he was gay from activity on other sites.
19th March 2013
US evangelical group: Glee is ‘poisoning our youth’ with ‘illicit sexuality’ 22
6:31 PM — An evangelical Christian group has attacked US television show Glee, saying that it "promotes homosexuality", and "illicit sexuality".
Video: Gay teen in viral coming out video urges New Jersey Senate committee to ban gay ‘cure’ therapy 6
5:52 PM — A gay teenager from New Jersey gave an impassioned speech to a Senate committee considering a ban on gay conversion therapy in the state, after he started a petition with over 110,000 signatures against the therapy, and his recent coming out video went viral.
Study: The Defense of Marriage Act may have cost the US Government over $6 billion 2
5:10 PM — The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) could cost the federal budget of the US over $6 billion between 2005 and 2014, according to a report which predicted that the federal law, which bans equal marriage, could be costing money.
Finland: 50,000 sign petition in one day forcing lawmakers to consider equal marriage 11
3:40 PM — After taking just one day to gather 50,000 signatures on a petition in order to force lawmakers to consider an equal marriage bill, pensioners delivered the petition to parliament.
Poll: 53% of Americans support equal marriage 3
2:30 PM — A new poll by CNN has found that over half of Americans are in support of equal marriage, but that there are major generational and partisan divides, as well as a gender gap.
US: Carly Rae Jepsen to headline at California gay festival 1
1:16 PM — After cancelling her performance at the Boy Scouts of America's annual jamboee because of the organisation's ban on gay members volunteers and staff, Carly Rae Jepsen has signed up to headline at a gay dance festival in California.
Video: Former US Senator urges Americans to oppose equal marriage for the ‘health’ of the US 12
1:10 AM — Former US Senator Jim DeMint, has taken to YouTube to urge American citizens to fight against equal marriage, saying that the "health" of the US depends on it, and preserve marriage which "existed long before government".
18th March 2013
US: Human rights group alleges Californian school district harbours anti-gay discrimination 1
11:32 PM — The American Clivil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Southern California wrote to a school district demanding that it end discrimination against gay students by administrators and teachers in its high schools.
US Columnist: Obama is waging war on Catholicism with equal marriage ‘Trojan Horse’ 31
5:46 PM — Referring to the election of the new Pope Francis, a columnist from the US has accused President Obama of being "an enemy of the church", and that equal marriage is a "Trojan horse aimed at smashing the family".
Video: 12-year-old writes to US Supreme Court justice urging strike-down of Proposition 8 7
4:49 PM — A 12-year-old in California has written a letter to a Supreme Court justice, urging him to strike down Proposition 8, the state-wide ban on equal marriage.
US: Same-sex health benefits bill passes initial vote in Vermont House
4:09 PM — The House in the US state of Vermont has voted in favour of a bill which requires out-of-state companies to offer equal healthcare benefits to same-sex couples as they offer to opposite-sex couples.
Sports minister Hugh Robertson pushes football clubs to ‘stamp out’ homophobia 4
3:45 PM — Minister for Sport Hugh Robertson, has urged professional football clubs to do more to tackle homophobia in sport, including taking on an anti-homophobia initiative, which a third of clubs have signed up to so far.
Video: Hillary Clinton comes out in support of equal marriage 39
3:29 PM — The former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has officially announced her support for equal marriage in a moving speech in which she calls moves towards equality "breathtaking and inspiring".
US: Poll by anti-gay Christian group shows widespread support for gay rights 10
1:55 PM — A new poll by an anti-LGBT rights Christian campaign group has found that a clear majority of Americans, particularly younger people, support gay rights.
US: California bill would require schools to allow trans students to use appropriate toilets and locker rooms
1:04 PM — Under a newly introduced bill in California, schools would have to allow transgender students to use facilities and participate on sports teams which match their gender identity.
17th March 2013
Westminster chapel could host equal marriage ceremonies 7
9:39 PM — A chapel within the Palace of Westminster may be changed in order to allow equal marriage ceremonies, as part of a proposal by Labour MP Chris Bryant.
Ian McKellen to officiate at Patrick Stewart’s wedding, and has performed civil partnership ceremonies 3
7:58 PM — Sir Ian McKellen has announced that he is to officiate at fellow actor Patrick Stewart's wedding, and said that he has officiated at civil partnership ceremonies before.