8th March 2013
Bill Clinton: I signed it, but now the Defense of Marriage Act must be overturned 35
2:49 AM — Former US President Bill Clinton, has urged the Supreme Court to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, writing an article which states that, despite signing it himself in 1996, we live in a "different time" and it must be repealed.
Mexico: Supreme Court rules that anti-gay slurs are hate speech 4
1:56 AM — The top court in Mexico has ruled that two words, both anti-gay slurs which are commonly used in the country, are hate speech, and therefore should not be protected as freedom of speech under the constitution.
Trans man announces plans to marry his mother’s best friend on live television 19
1:07 AM — A trans man took to ITV's This Morning programme earlier this week and announced his intention to marry his mother’s best friend. The newly engaged couple found support in the groom-to-be's mother.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 […]
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.
1st March 2013
Finland: Parliamentary committee narrowly rejects equal marriage bill 29
6:12 PM — The Finnish parliament's Legal Affairs Committee on Wednesday voted narrowly to reject a bill to legalise equal marriage.
US: Obama administration files brief urging Supreme Court to strike down Proposition 8
12:49 PM — The Obama administration filed a brief to the Supreme Court on Thursday evening, urging it to strike down the state of California's ban on equal marriage, a move which has been hailed by equal marriage advocates.
28th February 2013
Obama’s administration to file brief urging Supreme Court to strike down Proposition 8 4
11:16 PM — The Obama administration is to file a brief asking the Supreme Court to strike down California's ban on equal marriage, and to take the view that other, similar bans, are unconstitutional.
Minnesota congressman: homosexuality is an ‘unhealthy sexual addiction’ 47
5:26 PM — Minnesota Republican congressman Glenn Gruenhagen has said that homosexuality is a choice and a form of sexual addiction.
Clint Eastwood joins 100 top Republicans urging Supreme Court to strike down Proposition 8 3
5:05 PM — Clint Eastwood has joined over 100 top Republicans who have signed up to argue that the Supreme Court should overturn Proposition 8, which bans equal marriage in the state of California.
Poll: 61% of Californians support equal marriage 2
3:08 PM — A month before the Supreme Court is to hear evidence around Proposition 8, a new poll has revealed that 61% of Californians support the right of same-sex couple to marry, a record percentage of support.