1st May 2013
Scottish Conservatives ex-deputy leader: ‘Scotland’s equal marriage bill must safeguard religious liberties’ 22
2:34 PM — The former deputy leader of the Scottish Conservatives says “it is essential that appropriate safeguards are put in place” to protect religious liberties as part of equal marriage reform in Scotland.
Oxfordshire: Anti-gay marriage activists deliver petition to David Cameron’s constituency office 40
12:18 PM — Same-sex marriage opponents have delivered a postcard petition signed by 288 people to David Cameron’s Witney constituency office in Oxfordshire.
Rhode Island: Same-sex marriage bill heading for final vote 12
10:41 AM — With a final vote on Thursday, Rhode Island is poised to become the tenth US state to allow same-sex couples to marry
29th April 2013
Comment: To Australia’s Prime Minister: Follow the lead of your homeland (Wales) & support marriage equality 23
7:00 PM — Murray Lipp, an Australian citizen living in New York and administrator of the Facebook page ‘Gay Marriage USA’, discusses Australia’s slow progress towards marriage equality in a comment piece for PinkNews.
UK: Ethnic minority church leaders call for same-sex marriage referendum 63
3:12 PM — Leaders representing more than a million British ethnic minority churchgoers have called for a referendum on equal marriage.
Daughter of anti-gay marriage Tory MP makes ‘Misérable Lesbians’ equal rights movie 9
2:04 PM — The daughter of an anti-equal marriage Conservative MP has produced a film in support of gay rights called Misérable Lesbians.
UKIP LGBT group: ‘Extremely angry and disappointed’ by the ‘obnoxious beliefs’ of David Nixon and John Sullivan 86
11:57 AM — UKIP’s affiliated LGBT group has condemned two of the party’s local election candidates for their alleged public displays of homophobia and biphobia.
UKIP blasted over ‘insulting’ and ‘disturbing’ homophobic, biphobic election leaflet 30
10:53 AM — Labour and the Liberal Democrats’ LGBT groups have criticised UKIP over an election leaflet that mocks bisexuals and attacks same-sex marriage.
26th April 2013
Caribbean: Anglican bishops warn against equal marriage and ‘redefining’ human sexuality 29
2:52 PM — Anglican leaders meeting on the Caribbean island of Barbados have warned against efforts to bring equal marriage to the region.
Northern Ireland: Catholic bishops lobby assembly members ahead of equal marriage debate 20
10:48 AM — Catholic bishops in Northern Ireland are writing to assembly members urging them to vote against a motion which would legalise equal marriage.
25th April 2013
George W Bush sidesteps equal marriage discussion in TV interview by saying ‘I’m off the stage’ 17
4:58 PM — Former president George W Bush has refused to discuss equal marriage during a CBS interview.
Peter Tatchell: ‘Lobby the Lords for marriage equality’ 29
12:18 PM — “The biggest uncertainty facing the same-sex marriage bill is how the House of Lords will vote,” Peter Tatchell has warned.
24th April 2013
US: Sheriff warns anti-gay church to stay away from Texas fertiliser blast funerals 27
7:01 PM — The homophobic Westboro Baptist Church has been told to stay away from the funerals of those killed in last week’s fertiliser plant explosion in Texas.
Germany: Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats banned from using Berlin Pride float due to equal marriage stance 41
5:58 PM — Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats won’t be allowed their normal float at this year's gay pride festival in Berlin.
Interview: Scott Mills on love, marriage equality and Eurovision 2013 2
4:51 PM — In an exclusive interview with PinkNews’ Laurence Watts, BBC Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills talks about finding love, his future career plans and presenting this year’s Eurovision on BBC Three.
23rd April 2013
Rhode Island: Senate Republicans throw weight behind same-sex marriage bill 6
6:47 PM — The five Republicans in the Rhode Island Senate are backing equal marriage as a legislative committee prepares for a pivotal vote on the issue.
US: Government says Family Research Council shooter should get 45 years 9
1:53 PM — Prosecutors say Floyd Corkins who planned a mass killing at the headquarters of an anti-gay Christian lobbying group should spend 45 years in prison.
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.
22nd April 2013
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.