10th April 2013
French Senate approves crucial article of equal marriage bill 23
10:29 AM — France's equal marriage bill clears its first hurdle in the country's Senate.
Blessings for same-sex couples rejected by Church of England 67
2:02 AM — The Church of England has decided not to offer blessings to same-sex couples, and has reiterated its stance that such public acknowledgements are appropriate only for straight marriages.
9th April 2013
Rick Santorum: It would be ‘suicidal’ for the Republican Party to support equal marriage 21
5:33 PM — Former US presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has spoken out against the idea that the Republican Party might support equal marriage, and said it would be "suicidal" if it did.
White House press secretary says America’s growing support for equal marriage is a ‘remarkable evolution’ 1
4:45 PM — White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has praised America’s growing support for equal marriage, calling it a "remarkable evolution".
8th April 2013
Vatican advisor: Pro-equal marriage Catholics should not take Communion 67
4:20 PM — A legal advisor to the Vatican has said that Catholics who support same-sex marriage should not approach for communion, with the Archbishop of Detroit adding that to do so would be to commit "perjury".
US: Second Illinois GOP lawmaker announces support for equal marriage bill 1
3:58 PM — A second Republican in the Illinois House has announced his support for a bill to legalise equal marriage, and has said that he thinks others will follow.
South Africa: Gay couple hope their traditional wedding will inspire the black community 13
12:58 PM — A gay couple in South Africa have married in a wedding ceremony uniting their Zulu and Tswana traditions, which they say they hope will send a message to others that "Being gay is as African as being black."
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
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.
6th April 2013
Video: Family Research Institute head claims same-sex marriage would shorten lifespan of gay people 39
9:50 PM — The founder of the Family Research Institute has urged the Supreme Court to uphold bans on same-sex marriage in order to prevent harm to gay people, claiming his research shows their lifespans are shortened by long term relationships.
Lord Carey: I will continue to oppose plans to ‘redefine’ marriage 58
7:41 PM — The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord George Carey, has said he will continue to oppose plans to "redefine" marriage, and says that doing so does not detract from his support for government policies on ending poverty.
US: Louisiana Democratic Senator personally for marriage equality but won’t defy the state line against it 14
6:30 PM — Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu has said that while she personally believes in marriage equality she will not support it, out of deference to Louisiana's anti-gay partnerships stance.
Jeremy Irons: My claims about father-son same-sex marriages were mischievous but valid 78
6:02 PM — Jeremy Irons has responded to the outrage caused in an interview in which he said the legalisation of same-sex marriage could lead to fathers marrying their sons, saying he is not anti-gay but that his concerns are "valid".
US: Senator Mark Pryor undecided on marriage equality and ‘whether being gay is a choice’ 21
3:56 PM — In a radio interview Arkansas Democratic Senator Mark Pryor said he was undecided on equal marriage, and added that he had "never really thought" about whether being gay is a choice or not.
Lib Dem MP tables same-sex marriage bill amendment separating state and religious marriages 74
2:23 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland has submitted an amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill which calls for civil marriage to become completely separate from religious marriage.
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.