5th April 2013
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.
US: Two further Democratic Senators come out for equal marriage 2
4:26 PM — Two further Democratic Senators from conservative states have announced their support for marriage equality in Facebook posts, leaving only four of their colleagues still opposed or unsure.
US: Senator Bill Nelson declares support for marriage equality as ‘God created us all with rights’ 17
3:53 PM — Florida Democrat Bill Nelson has changed his position on same-sex marriage, adding to a recent outbreak of support which has seen the Senate tip in favour of marriage equality.
US: Brendon Ayanbadejo denies being cut by his team for supporting equal marriage 1
1:44 PM — Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker, and equal marriage advocate, Brendon Ayanbadejo, said he does not think he was cut by the team for his open support for equal marriage.
4th April 2013
Video: US pastor claims that equal marriage would be ‘the beginning of the end of America’ 29
10:58 PM — A radio programme broadcast by a Christian law firm has hosted a pastor who claimed that the end of America would ensue if the Supreme Court ruled in favour of equal marriage.
Video: Bryan Fischer calls Bill O’Reilly a ‘pompous, arrogant windbag’ 17
6:16 PM — The American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer, has attacked Fox News host Bill O'Reilly for recent comments during which he said Christians needed to do more than just "thump the bible" to win the equal marriage debate.
Video: Bill O’Reilly in spat with Christian radio host over ‘bible thumpers’ comment 11
3:14 PM — Fox News host Bill O'Reilly has come under fire again from a Fox contributor over comments he made last week during which he said he supported equal marriage and that members of the religious right had to do more than just "thump the bible" to win the debate on same-sex marriage.
3rd April 2013
US: Democratic Senator Tim Kaine shifts to fully support equal marriage 2
5:32 PM — US Senator Timothy Kaine said on Tuesday that "labels are important" when considering the debate around equal marriage, and announced that he had shifted his position to fully support equal marriage.
US: City becomes first in Arizona to allow same-sex civil unions despite warning of attorney general 4
4:16 PM — A city in Arizona has defied legal threats and legalised same-sex civil unions, in a first for the deeply conservative state.
US: Republican chair claims straight people would pretend to be gay to cheat equal marriage law 33
4:06 PM — A Republican chairwoman has claimed that, if equal marriage became legal, straight people would pretend to be gay, and marry each other in order to "abuse" the system.
US Representative: Equal marriage will force churches to hire ‘cross dressers and Satan worshippers’ 29
2:57 PM — During a discussion on the possibility of gun control in the US, a state Representative has compared the issue to equal marriage, claiming that once it is legal, polygamy and bestiality would follow naturally.
US: Conservative group slams Pennsylvania Senator for supporting equal marriage 3
12:32 AM — A day after he announced that he had changed his stance to support equal marriage, US Senator Bob Casey has come under attack from a conservative group who accuse him of going "too far" in a quest to "redefine marriage".
Uruguay: Equal marriage bill passes Senate and is ‘nearly certain’ to become law 18
12:09 AM — The Uruguayan Senate today passed a bill which would allow gay and lesbian couples to marry, and which is expected to be approved and signed into law.
2nd April 2013
US: Republican Senator Mark Kirk comes out in support of equal marriage 10
6:16 PM — Mark Kirk of Illinois is the second Republican Senator to come out in support of equal marriage, and follows Rob Portman, who recently offered his support to same-sex marriage.
‘Ex gay’ preacher to Starbucks: Your business will fail if you ‘thumb your nose’ at God 38
2:55 PM — An 'ex gay' preacher from the US has criticised Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz for his support of equal marriage, and urged Christians to stage a boycott of the coffee giant.
US talk show host condemns ‘fraud’ Bill O’Reilly for supporting equal marriage 44
1:41 PM — A conservative US talk show host has come down heavily on Fox News presenter Bill O'Reilly who last week announced that he had changed his stance to support equal marriage.
Poll: US state of Virginia still marginally opposes equal marriage 5
12:58 AM — A new poll has revealed that, despite rising support for equal marriage overall across the US, voters in the state of Virginia still marginally oppose it.
US: Democratic Senator Bob Casey announces support for equal marriage 2
12:35 AM — Amidst a rush of politicians to support equal marriage across the US, Democratic Senator Bob Casey has announced his support for efforts to legalise it.
1st April 2013
US: Arizona Congressman stands by opposition to equal marriage despite son being gay 19
7:59 PM — A Mormon Arizona Congressman has said that, despite his own son being gay, his stance on equal marriage hadn't "evolved" for him too support it.
US: Boy Scouts of America rejects LGBT centre sponsored application for non-gay troop 2
6:20 PM — The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has rejected an application from a group of scout and church leaders to create a troop, sponsored by an LGBT organisation, to be inclusive of boys whose parents opposed the BSA because of its ongoing ban on gay members.