29th March 2013
David Cameron reshuffles anti-gay marriage Energy Minister John Hayes 14
12:48 PM — In a move designed to please disgruntled Tory backbenchers – many of whom are angry over the government’s equal marriage policy – David Cameron has made John Hayes his senior parliamentary adviser.
US: Legal challenge planned against new Colorado civil unions law in favour of equal marriage 6
2:11 AM — Just a week after civil unions were signed into law in the US state of Colorado, legal action is being planned to challenge the law in favour of equal marriage.
US: San Francisco law professors predict Supreme Court will invalidate Prop 8 and DOMA 7
1:00 AM — Two law professors from San Francisco's Bay Area predicted after two days of hearings around equal marriage, that the Supreme Court would rule to invalidate both Proposition 8 and a the Defense of Marriage Act.
28th March 2013
Bill Maher: Is one of the criteria for being allowed to marry ‘ejaculating in a vagina’? 17
6:35 PM — Television host Bill Maher weighed in on the equal marriage debate when the Supreme Court heard arguments around two cases this week, as he took to Twitter to joke that people might accept equal marriage if they called it by a different name.
Fox News host refuses to apologise for linking equal marriage to bestiality 15
5:32 PM — A Fox News radio host has refused to apologise after causing controversy by tweeting that legalising equal marriage across the US could lead to the legalisation of bestiality.
BBC apologises for naming South African official ‘gay marriage’ in TV news caption 3
4:55 PM — The BBC has apologised for accidently naming a South African civil servant with the name “gay marriage” in a TV news report about a diplomatic conference.
TIME magazine unveils equal marriage cover: ‘Gay marriage already won’ 15
1:38 PM — The cover of the latest edition of TIME magazine has been revealed, which features an image of same-sex couples kissing, accompanied by the text: "Gay marriage already won".
27th March 2013
US: Chick-fil-A franchisee gives free chicken to pro-equal marriage demonstrators 20
11:43 PM — A Californian owner-operator of a branch of chicken restaurant Chick-fil-A, has given out dozens of free coupons for chicken at a pro-marriage equality rally.
New Zealand: Poll shows equal marriage opposition up from last year 14
6:35 PM — A New Zealand poll has shown that support for same-sex marriage has gone down. 48% now oppose same-sex marriage, up from 40.5% last June.
Madonna becomes a billionaire whilst reaffirming support for equal marriage 10
6:19 PM — Madonna recently became a billionaire, new reports have suggested, amidst reaffirming her support for equal marriage, and strongly voicing her ongoing support for LGBT rights.
US: Supreme Court indicates it may strike down the Defense of Marriage Act 5
5:47 PM — The US Supreme Court Justices on Wednesday indicated a possible interest in striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), as it heard arguments around the issue.
US: Bud Light beer comes out in support of equal marriage 1
4:47 PM — As part of a social media campaign to raise awareness and support for equal marriage, US beer company Bud Light, has offered its support to the cause, as the US Supreme Court considers arguments around two cases.
Lord Dear: The same-sex marriage bill could be defeated by peers 80
3:33 PM — The former chief constable of the West Midlands, Lord Dear, has warned of a growing House of Lords rebellion over the same-sex marriage bill.
Fox News hosts: ‘Tony Perkins has no persuasive argument against equal marriage’ 13
3:02 PM — Fox News presenters Megyn Kelly and Bill O'Reilly surprised viewers by arguing that those opposed to equal marriage, including Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, had no strong arguments against it.
US: Supreme Court takes on arguments around the Defense of Marriage Act 4
2:12 PM — In a second day of landmark hearings, the US Supreme Court is to take on arguments around the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which bans equal marriage across the US.
Oxford’s Trinity College criticised for hosting conference by anti-gay Christian Concern 21
1:04 PM — Oxford’s Trinity College has been criticised for agreeing to host a conference organised by the anti-gay group Christian Concern.
Poll: Only 21% of Brits believe churches are welcoming of gay people 9
11:55 AM — A survey by YouGov shows British acceptance towards same-sex families continues to increase, although perceived tolerance among churches is far lower.
US: Hundreds of thousands take to social media to support equal marriage 7
2:45 AM — Thousands of social media users have taken to Facebook and Twitter, to change their profile pictures to an altered version of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) logo, in support of equal marriage.
Beyoncé and Madonna come out in support of equal marriage 4
1:46 AM — Beyoncé has joined thousands online in showing her support for equal marriage on her Facebook page, on the first day that the US Supreme Court has taken on two cases challenging same-sex marriage bans.
26th March 2013
US: Supreme Court justices question proponents of Proposition 8 12
7:18 PM — In today's Supreme Court hearing around Proposition 8, the state of California's ban on equal marriage, the justices questioned the meaning of marriage, and challenged arguments for the ban.