7th March 2013
US: Florist refused to provide flowers for gay couple’s wedding because of her ‘relationship with Jesus Christ’ 25
5:32 PM — A florist in Washington State has refused to provide flowers to a gay couple for their wedding because of her religious beliefs.
Scotland: Christian teacher says being forced to teach about same-sex marriage contributed to a breakdown 33
5:12 PM — A committee of MPs has heard that a Christian teacher in Scotland claims he was forced to teach about same-sex marriage against his wishes – and the stress contributed to a breakdown.
UK: MPs hear of Christian teacher disciplined for refusing to read pro-gay Penguin book to class 52
5:09 PM — A solicitor from the Christian Institute has told a committee of MPs that a primary school teacher was previously disciplined by a head teacher for refusing to read ‘And Tango Makes Three’ – a children’s book about two male penguins looking after a female chick.
US: Judge postpones ruling on lesbian couple’s adoption and equal marriage ban in Michigan
4:42 PM — A judge has posponed making a decision on a potentially groundbreaking case for equal marriage in the state of Michigan, and has said he will wait until the US Supreme Court makes a decision on equal marriage, before he rules.
US: Lesbian adoption case could challenge Michigan state’s equal marriage ban
3:18 PM — A lesbian couple from Detroit have filed a lawsuit in order to try to adopt each other's children by overturning Michigan state's ban on same-sex adoption, which has escalated into a potentially groundbreaking case against the ban on equal marriage in the state.
TUC: Catholic gay teachers could be sacked by their schools for entering into same-sex marriages 19
11:27 AM — The TUC says it’s worried by the fear of gay teachers being sacked at Catholic Schools for entering into same-sex marriages.
6th March 2013
Poll: 53% of people in Minnesota against legalising same-sex marriage 8
7:22 PM — A new poll has revealed that the majority of Minnesotans oppose legalising same-sex marriage - although previous polls have shown support for the measure.
Ann Widdecombe blames Tory Eastleigh by-election defeat on PM’s same-sex marriage stance 45
6:43 PM — Ann Widdecombe says David Cameron’s decision to press ahead with equal marriage explains last month’s Tory defeat in the Eastleigh by-election.
US: Poll finds 97% of legislators who support marriage equality get re-elected 1
6:43 PM — A poll by Freedom to Marry has found that 85% of Republicans who voted to legalise same-sex marriage in their states were re-elected, and 97% of pro-equality legislators from both parties were reelected overall.
Comment: PinkNews founder Benjamin Cohen’s Radio 4 broadcast is not blasphemous 6
12:23 PM — Hannah Buchanan has defended the decision of Benjamin Cohen, the founder of PinkNews, to liken the treatment of gay people in Britain to the crucifixion of Christ in a Radio 4 Easter programme to be broadcast at 8:45pm tonight.
5th March 2013
Poll: Delaware backs same-sex marriage 4
6:27 PM — A new poll revealed that at least half of the voters in Delaware would support legislation that gives marriage rights to same-sex couples.
Sociologist warns that equal marriage will lead to ‘decline’ and ‘instability’ of marriage 70
5:55 PM — A sociologist has told the committee hearing at the House of Commons for the equal marriage bill that the idea of equal marriage, and links to parenthood, were irrelevant.
Equality Network: The Catholic Church needs to separate the issue of sexual orientation and abuse’ 7
4:14 PM — The Equality Network, a Scottish LGBT rights group, says the fundamental problem facing the Catholic Church is its public message on issues of sexual morality, not simply the hypocrisy of any one individual.
Japan: Lesbian pair are first same-sex couple to get married in Tokyo Disney 15
12:13 PM — Two women in Tokyo have become the first gay couple to tie the knot in Disneyland, and say they hope the symbolic ceremony will prompt Japan to think about LGBT discrimination.
4th March 2013
Catholic Archbishop of Glasgow Philip Tartaglia urged to start new dialogue with gay community 79
6:53 PM — The Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, is being asked to meet with members of the LGBT community, in order for the Scottish Catholic Church to start a fresh dialogue on gay equality.
New Zealand: Coroner in gay soldier’s suicide case criticised for anti-marriage equality stance 10
5:55 PM — Doubts have been raised about the decision by coroner Gordon Mantega not to hold an inquest into the death of a soldier who killed himself after confessing his love for a male colleague, after it emerged Mr Mantega strongly opposed same-sex marriage in New Zealand.
Spain: Conservative ministers distance themselves from colleague’s anti-gay ‘survival of species’ argument 15
5:44 PM — Politicians in Spain have been quick to distance themselves from the comments of the Interior Minister, who said that same-sex marriage laws could mean the human race would not be “guaranteed” to survive. Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said last week that, although religious arguments did not hold up in court: “There are rational arguments […]
Vatican inquiry into sexual conduct of Cardinal O’Brien to start once new Pope is appointed 31
4:39 PM — The inquiry by the Vatican into the sexual conduct of Cardinal Keith O'Brien is not likely to begin until after a new Pope is chosen.
UK: Gay rights campaigners call on Cardinal Keith O’Brien to apologise for homophobic bigotry 38
1:16 PM — Britain's leading gay rights campaigners say the former leader of the Scottish Catholic Church who resigned in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations should also apologise for promoting homophobia whilst in office.
2nd March 2013
Ellen writes open letter to the Supreme Court urging it to strike down Proposition 8 3
6:06 PM — American TV host Ellen has made her opinion known to the Supreme Court which, later in March, will begin to take on the case of whether to overturn Proposition 8, California's statewide ban on equal marriage.