30th April 2013
Sarkozy jabs Hollande’s equal marriage policy in rare speaking appearance 20
1:19 PM — While giving a speech in Canada the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy made several oblique jabs at his successor, Francois Hollande, including suggestions that introducing equal marriage during an economic crisis was unwise.
Snoop Lion: There will be an openly gay rap star ‘in the near future’ 2
12:45 AM — Snoop Lion, rap-turned-reggae artist, who has been vocal in supporting gay rights, but who has in the past noted the difficulty faced by a gay rap artist wanting to come out, has said that he thinks "in the near future" it will be much easier.
29th April 2013
Northern Ireland: Protests take place at Assembly as equal marriage measures fail again 11
5:07 PM — Northern Ireland's Assembly on Monday voted narrowly to reject legislation to legalise equal marriage in the country.
Australia: Liberal leader Tony Abbott says no to equal marriage referendum at election 14
4:30 PM — Australia's opposition leader Tony Abbott, has said he does not agree with MP Tony Windsor, who proposed that the issue of equal marriage be put to a vote by Australians on election day in September.
New Zealand: ‘Homophobic’ beer advert causes controversy 32
3:27 PM — A brewery in New Zealand has responded to controversy caused by a billboard containing an advert for one of its beer brands, which has been described by some as "homophobic".
28th April 2013
Northern Ireland: Alliance Party leader ‘treated harshly’ by his church over equal marriage support 10
6:03 PM — Lord Alderdice, the predecessor to David Ford, the current leader of Northern Ireland's Alliance Party, has said that Ford has been treated harshly by his church over his equal marriage support.
France: First wedding trade show for gay male couples takes place in Paris 4
5:44 PM — Just four days after France's Parliament passed a bill to allow equal marriage and adoption for gay couples, the first wedding trade show aimed at gay male couples took place.
Australia: MP calls for election day referendum on equal marriage 30
5:06 PM — An independent Australian MP has proposed that the issue of equal marriage be put to voters in a referendum, as soon as this September, in a move supported by the Green Party.
Japan: Thousands march in Tokyo in support of LGBT rights 3
3:41 PM — Thousands marched in Tokyo this weekend as Japan kicked off its first Rainbow Week, which aims to reach out to LGBT people in the country.
US: Republican donor group lends financial clout to equal marriage efforts 4
2:37 PM — A national group of donors to the US Republican Party is funnelling new money into an effort to lobby Republican lawmakers into voting in favour of legalising equal marriage.
27th April 2013
Northern Ireland: Same-sex marriage motion vetoed by DUP before debate 30
1:01 PM — The DUP has once again blocked progress on same-sex marriage legislation in Northern Ireland, having effectively vetoed it through a 'petition of concern'.
26th April 2013
US: Fourth grade student on equal marriage: ‘If it creeps you out just get over it’ 5
6:22 PM — An essay by a fourth grade student in the US which was posted on the internet has gone viral, as it tells opponents to equal marriage to "get over it", if it "creeps them out".
Vladimir Putin: Russia may change its law to stop foreign gay couples from adopting our orphans 8
4:33 PM — Russian President Vladimir Putin, has confirmed reports that the country may change its agreements for the foreign adoption of Russian children, in the light of France legalising equal marriage, to prevent gay, married couples from adopting.
25th April 2013
US: Nevada Senator who came out during equal marriage debate ‘didn’t expect to’ 4
5:21 PM — A US Senator in the state of Nevada has addressed the fact that he came out during a debate around the state's equal marriage bill, and has said he did not plan to, but that he acted on "impulse".
France: Anti-gay MP accidentally votes in favour of equal marriage 31
3:00 PM — An anti-gay French MP, who strongly opposes equal marriage, accidentally voted in favour of it during a parliamentary debate on Tuesday.
Topless anti-homophobia protesters soak Belgian archbishop with water during debate 30
2:05 PM — Topless activists from human rights protest group FEMEN have demonstrated during a Catholic Church debate in Brussels, Belgium, soaking the country's Catholic leader with water.
Colombia: Senate defies Supreme Court to reject equal marriage bill 25
12:39 AM — The Colombian Senate on Wednesday rejected a bill which would have allowed same-sex couples the right to marry.
24th April 2013
Vatican newspaper: ‘Francois Hollande did not pay attention to French opposition to equal marriage’ 44
11:36 PM — The Vatican's semi-official newspaper has taken a swipe at French President Francois Hollande, claiming that he ignored the "many voices" of French people who opposed equal marriage.
US: Rhode Island Senate passes equal marriage bill 2
11:06 PM — The Senate in the US state of Rhode Island today voted to pass a bill to legalise equal marriage, putting the state in a position to become the tenth to legalise same-sex marriage.
US: Rhode Island Senate to vote on equal marriage bill 3
5:47 PM — The Senate in the US state of Rhode Island is to vote on a bill to legalise equal marriage on Wednesday afternoon.