8th April 2013
Margaret Thatcher, a controversial figure on gay issues, dies aged 87 247
1:39 PM — Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who was a controversial figure in moves towards equality and who was hailed by some as a gay icon, including the artists Gilbert and George, died of a stroke this morning.
Bryan Fischer to caller: ‘Get out of gay-friendly church before it destroys your family’ 10
12:47 PM — The American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer, has advised a caller who phoned into his radio programme to "get out" of a church which accepts gay people as it will "destroy" her children.
Video: David Letterman says opposition to equal marriage is ‘beyond embarrassing’ 2
11:56 AM — US television host David Letterman has voiced his annoyance at the equal marriage debate in America, saying it is "beyond embarrassing" that opposition to it remains, and says that it is "absolute stupidity" to oppose it.
7th April 2013
American Decency Association: Magic Johnson is ‘damaging’ his gay son by supporting him 21
9:50 PM — An evangelical Christian group has attacked basketball star Magic Johnson, for speaking out earlier this week in support of his gay son who publicly came out last weekend.
MPs accuse David Cameron’s chief whip of expenses ‘blackmail’ over opposition to equal marriage 21
8:53 PM — David Cameron's chief Whip Sir George Young faces allegations of using confidential details of Tory MPs' expenses to "bully" them, and in order to stop them from speaking out against government plans to legalise equal marriage.
US: Brendon Ayanbadejo speaks to Anderson Cooper about four NFL players coming out 2
8:04 PM — Former Baltimore Ravens player and equal marriage advocate, Brendon Ayanbadejo has expanded on his announcement earlier this week that four NFL players might soon come out as gay.
Poll: US support for equal marriage has grown in all 50 states 3
7:42 PM — Over the past eight years support for equal marriage has grown in all 50 US states by an average of 13.6%, a new poll has found.
Snoop Lion: ‘In the rap world, I don’t know if being gay will ever be acceptable’ 19
5:02 PM — Rap star turned reggae artist Snoop Lion has said that, in the rap music industry, being gay may never be "acceptable" in the way it is for singers.
UK’s first youth crime commissioner urged to resign and apologises over homophobic tweets 62
4:29 PM — The UK's first teenage crime commissioner has apologised in the face of calls to resign, despite not having even started in the role, because she posted a string of homophobic, racist and violent tweets.
5th April 2013
Brendon Ayanbadejo says four gay NFL players may soon come out, all at the same time 6
10:44 PM — American football player and equal rights advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo has said that he thinks several NFL players could come out "sooner than you think", and that he was in talks with four players who might all come out on the same day.
US radio host calls TIME magazine equal marriage cover ‘indecent’ and ‘a perversion’ 47
10:29 PM — Peter LaBarbera of the anti-gay group, Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, has again weighed in on the debate about equal marriage, commenting on a TIME magazine cover featuring a gay kiss, and calling it a "perversion".
Fox News contributor on Jeremy Irons’ father-son marriage comments: ‘Seriously, why not incest?’ 39
6:50 PM — A Fox News host has commented on comments made earlier this week by actor Jeremy Irons, who linked incest to equal marriage, and suggested that supporters of equal marriage will move on to push for polygamous marriage next.
Stephen Colbert mocks Jeremy Irons for equal marriage incest comments 12
5:52 PM — Political satirist Stephen Colbert mocked Oscar winning actor Jeremy Irons for comments made earlier this week suggesting that fathers might marry their sons in order to avoid inheritance tax, if equal marriage were made legal.
US: University Athletic Director follows basketball coach and is fired for abuse video
5:10 PM — The Athletic Director of Rutgers University has been sacked following the dismissal earlier this week of a basketball coach who was caught on camera subjecting students to homophobic and physical abuse.
US: NFL’s Chris Kluwe and Brendon Ayanbadejo honoured with equality award 1
4:30 PM — NFL players Brendon Ayanbadejo and Chris Kluwe were honoured on Thursday with an award from Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), for their work advocating for the LGBT community.
US: Brendon Ayanbadejo denies being cut by his team for supporting equal marriage 1
1:44 PM — Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker, and equal marriage advocate, Brendon Ayanbadejo, said he does not think he was cut by the team for his open support for equal marriage.
Rapper Daddy Yankee denies that he is gay after circulation of fake gay kiss photo 5
1:11 PM — Rapper Daddy Yankee has dismissed rumours that he is gay, blaming social media for the rumours, as a photograph which sites claimed was of him kissing another man, circulated earlier this week.
Video: Garbage stops Detroit show to let a fan propose to his boyfriend 22
12:22 AM — At a gig in Detroit at the end of March, rock band Garbage stopped their show to invite two fans up on stage, when one talks about how he knew they were meant to be together, before proposing to his boyfriend.
4th April 2013
Sweden: Two MPs urge government to keep trans infertility requirement for gender reassignment 7
11:40 PM — Two MPs in Sweden have written an argument against the country removing its requirement for transgender people to be "infertile" in order to receive gender reassignment surgery, saying it should keep the requirement, and claiming that many trans people don't want children.
Video: US pastor claims that equal marriage would be ‘the beginning of the end of America’ 29
10:58 PM — A radio programme broadcast by a Christian law firm has hosted a pastor who claimed that the end of America would ensue if the Supreme Court ruled in favour of equal marriage.