13th May 2013
Italy: Rome mayoral candidate pledges to introduce same-sex civil unions 8
4:20 PM — A candidate to become mayor of Rome on Monday promised that he would issue same-sex civil unions in the city, if he is elected.
US: Rainbow flags flown on Minnesota ‘Freedom to Marry Bridge’ ahead of Senate vote on equal marriage 4
4:02 PM — Rainbow flags are being flown in St Paul, Minnesota ahead of today's Senate vote on equal marriage, and the city's mayor has renamed a bridge Freedom to Marry Bridge, in support of the measure.
Cuba: Hundreds protest against homophobia in Havana 5
3:12 PM — Hundreds took to the streets of Cuban capital Havana, in favour of LGBT rights and against homophobia, at the weekend, led by gay rights campaigner Mariela Castro.
NBC’s gay sitcom The New Normal cancelled after just one season 22
2:05 PM — US television network NBC has announced that its new sitcom The New Normal, which features a gay couple and the surrogate mother of their child, has been cancelled after just one season, amidst falling ratings.
Tory MP Nadine Dorries: ‘The gay marriage bill is taking the sex out of marriage’ 90
2:04 PM — Conservative MP Nadine Dorries says the government’s same-sex marriage bill will take the “sex out of marriage” and wonders whether a sister could marry a sister in order to avoid inheritance tax as part of the reform.
Nintendo to ‘fix’ bug which allowed male same-sex relationships in computer game 9
1:44 PM — Computer game giant Nintendo has addressed a "bug" in one of its popular titles, which allowed male same-sex couples to have relationships, get married and have children. Despite calls from users to keep the feature, Nintendo has issued a statement to say it will "fix" the issue.
Tory MP David Burrowes: ‘The same-sex marriage bill resembles the shark in Jaws’ 50
11:54 AM — Conservative MP David Burrowes has reiterated calls for a referendum on same-sex marriage and warns the bill resembles the shark in the 1970s thriller movie, Jaws.
12th May 2013
UK: Anglican church in Burnley pledges to dedicate itself to LGBT inclusiveness 5
5:05 PM — A Church of England congregation in Burnley, Lancashire, in the North West of England, has pledged to work towards an inclusive mission to welcome all worshipers regardless of sexual orientation.
US: Minnesota Senate vote on equal marriage bill imminent 9
3:13 PM — The US state of Minnesota could soon become the twelfth to legalise equal marriage, as on Monday its Senate will vote on a measure to legalise it.
Lancashire Anglican church signs up to LGBT inclusive mission 8
2:59 PM — An Anglican church in Lancashire has become the first in the region to sign up to a mission which aims to be inclusive of all worshippers, including LGBT people.
Christians called to pray at Parliament in opposition to equal marriage bill 58
2:21 PM — Christians are being encouraged to attend organised prayer meetings near the Houses of Parliament this month, in order to oppose the equal marriage bill, and to coincide with its third reading.
11th May 2013
US: Minnesota Republican moved to tears over ‘heartbreaking’ same-sex marriage bill 74
9:03 AM — A Republican from Minnesota's House of Representatives was reported to be brought to tears by the progress of a bill that may see her state become the 12th in the US to legalise same-sex marriage.
Illinois Governor to the House: ‘It’s time to vote’ on our state’s equal marriage bill 3
1:10 AM — Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Thursday called for state lawmakers in the House to vote on, and approve a bill to legalise equal marriage, and said they have had enough time to consider the bill given that it passed in the Senate over two months ago.
10th May 2013
Research group: Tory peer ‘wrong’ to claim study says children ‘do best’ with straight parents 39
2:38 PM — An independent research organisation has denied a claim by Conservative peer Baroness O'Cathain, that one of its studies finds that children "do best" when raised by straight, married parents. She incorrectly cited it in her arguments against equal marriage.
Lord Carey: The Government has ignored minority churches on same-sex marriage 43
1:40 PM — Lord Carey of Clifton told the House of Lords that the Government has painted opponents of marriage equality as a "strange breed of non-relevant dinosaurs" while ignoring minority ethnic communities.
Conservative peer Baroness O’Cathain: ‘The Government should admit same-sex marriage is a mistake’ 47
12:09 PM — Baroness O'Cathain told the House of Lords that "very little more equality is needed" when laying out her opposition to same-sex marriage.
Conservative Lord Fowler: If Parliament values people equally, it must make same-sex marriage legal 33
10:29 AM — Lord (Norman) Fowler, the former Conservative Health Secretary has told fellow peers that they should support equal marriage because: "Parliament should value people equally in the law, and that enabling same-sex couples to marry removes the current inequity."
9th May 2013
Former police chief Lord Dear: Same-sex marriage will provoke backlash against gays 91
10:28 PM — The former Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, Lord (Geoffrey) Dear, Baron of Willersey in the County of Gloucestershire, has told the House of Lords that introducing same-sex marriage could "create such opposition to homosexuals in general that the climate of tolerance and acceptance in this country that we have all championed and supported and seen flourish over recent years could well be set back by decades."
US: Following two-hour debate, Minnesota House passes equal marriage bill 11
9:36 PM — The House in the US state of Minnesota passed a bill to legalise equal marriage on Thursday, with a clear majority in favour.
Ricky Martin writes to Puerto Rican governor in LGBT rights call 3
6:58 PM — Ricky Martin has urged Puerto Rican lawmakers to back measures that would extend adoption and other legal protections to the US territory's LGBT residents.