23rd April 2013
Marc Almond: ‘Why would gay couples want to get married in a church that thinks you are a sinner?’ 58
1:09 PM — Marc Almond has questioned same-sex couples who wish to get married in churches that refuse to welcome them “with open arms,” the singer also thinks it’s a mistake to expect religion to modernise.
France: Water cannons deployed in Paris ahead of same-sex marriage vote 35
12:04 PM — Security is being stepped up around France’s National Assembly building in Paris ahead of today's landmark equal marriage vote.
Paraguay’s new President apologises for saying he would ‘shoot himself’ if his son were gay 14
1:12 AM — The newly elected Paraguayan President who said he would "shoot himself in the testicles", if his son got married to a man, has apologised for the comments.
22nd April 2013
Malta: Gay and trans council appointed to advise on introduction of same-sex civil partnerships 11
8:55 PM — A consultative council has been appointed by the ruling Labour government to give recommendations and prepare upcoming legislation relating to LGBT people.
Paraguay: Politician who called gay people ‘monkeys’ elected president 10
6:13 PM — Horacio Cartes, who compared gay people to "monkeys" and threatened to remove his private parts if his son married another man, is now Paraguay’s new president.
Bill Clinton: My daughter Chelsea helped me change to support gay rights 9
5:15 PM — In his acceptance speech at the GLAAD Media Awards last weekend, former US President Bill Clinton, noted his daughter's part in his change in stance on the issue of equal marriage.
France: National Assembly speaker urged to delay equal marriage vote in ammunition powder letter 37
5:10 PM — National Assembly Speaker Claude Bartolone has received an envelope containing ammunition powder and a threatening letter calling on him to delay France's equal marriage vote.
Northern Ireland: Equal marriage legislation to be debated by Assembly 8
4:59 PM — A motion calling for legislation in Northern Ireland to allow for same sex marriage will be debated by the Stormont Assembly on the 29th April 2013.
France: Couple plan to hold first same-sex wedding in Montpellier 6
3:45 PM — Ahead of the French Parliament's final vote on equal marriage, a couple are planning to wed in the southern city of Montpellier, in a ceremony which is set to prove to be symbolic, in the face of strong opposition to equal marriage.
France: Gay cabaret dancer beaten unconscious by gang in Nice 38
3:44 PM — A 24-year-old gay man was beaten unconscious at the weekend in the latest apparent homophobic attack in France.
US: Church considering recognition of same-sex marriages and ordination of gay priests 3
3:03 PM — The national conference of the Community of Christ Church has recommended that it change its policy to recognise same-sex marriages
New Zealand MP who gave viral pro-equal marriage speech invited onto Ellen Show 9
2:17 PM — A New Zealand MP whose powerful speech following the country's vote to legalise equal marriage last week went viral, has been invited onto the Ellen show by host Ellen DeGeneres.
21st April 2013
France: Tens of thousands rally ahead of marriage equality vote 65
9:33 PM — Tens of thousands of demonstrators wore blue and pink to march on Paris in opposition to equal marriage today.
France: Eleventh hour anti-equal marriage protests expected 58
11:18 AM — Demonstrations against the predicted passing of France's equal marriage bill are expected to take place today, with Parisian authorities braced to cope with mass protests.
20th April 2013
US: Second lawsuit filed against florist which refused to serve same-sex wedding couple 34
1:30 AM — A second lawsuit has been filed against a florist in the US state of Washington which refused to provide its services to a same-sex wedding, citing religious objections.
US: Nevada equal marriage bill amended for religious protection ahead of Senate vote 19
12:52 AM — An equal marriage bill in the US state of Nevada has been subject to an amendment to add protections for religious groups, which says none would be forced to perform same-sex marriages.
19th April 2013
Brazil: Court rules that gay couples can marry in Rio de Janeiro state 17
8:38 PM — A court in Rio de Janeiro means that the state is the 11th in Brazil to recognise same-sex marriages, although there are conflicting reports about the way that the judgement will be applied.
Poll: US Republican Senator Rob Portman loses some support over pro-equal marriage stance 1
5:55 PM — Hardline US Republican Senator Rob Portman, who last month reversed his opposition to equal marriage, has lost some support, mainly from members of his own party, a survey has found.
France: MPs come to blows during equal marriage debate in parliament 38
4:00 PM — The equal marriage debate in France has come to blows as French Parliamentarians engaged in a heated debate around the issue.
Video: French filmmaker reaches out to those opposed to equal marriage: ‘Fear not’ 6
2:43 PM — A French filmmaker has posted a YouTube video of himself addressing those in France opposed to legalising equal marriage, in which he reaches out to them, and gives reassurances around common misconceptions linked to same-sex marriage.