14th April 2013
US: Pro-same-sex marriage Illinois Republican party chairman to stay in role for now 2
7:12 PM — The chair of the Illinois Republican Party will remain in his role, having survived a meeting to discuss whether to fire him for his backing of same-sex marriage. However, he could be forced to leave in six weeks time due to a new plan to choose his successor.
Ireland: Constitutional Convention votes overwhelmingly in favour of referendum on same-sex marriage 51
1:42 PM — Ireland's Constitutional Convention has voted overwhelmingly in favour of holding a referendum on legalising same-sex marriage in the Constitution.
13th April 2013
US: Arizona City Council pauses civil partnership bill after lawsuit threatened over same-sex marriage ban 5
4:19 PM — A southern Arizona City Council has been threatened with a lawsuit by the state Attorney General's office for passing legislation to allow civil unions for same-sex couples, and has put the legislation on hold to tweak it in order for it to fit with the state's ban on equal marriage.
Argentina: Catholic priest expelled from church for supporting equal marriage 57
1:20 AM — A Catholic priest in Argentina has been expelled from the church following an investigation after he voiced his support for equal marriage in the country.
US: Republican Party votes to reaffirm opposition to equal marriage and support for Prop 8 28
12:19 AM — The US Republican Party's national committee voted unanimously on Friday to reaffirm its opposition to equal marriage, and to urge the Supreme Court to uphold Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage, and the Defense of Marriage Act.
12th April 2013
US: Delaware lawmakers introduce equal marriage bill 4
4:33 PM — Delaware could be the tenth state in the US to allow same-sex marriage as it became the latest to introduce legislation to legalise equal marriage.
Tony Perkins: ‘Stop giving money to the GOP until it firmly opposes equal marriage’ 16
3:10 PM — Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council has urged Republican Party supporters to stop giving money to the party until it starts "defending core principals", including "protect marriage", as between a man and a woman.
US: Nevada Senate committee approves equal marriage bill 6
2:46 AM — A Senate committee in the US state of Nevada has voted in favour of a bill which could, if voters approved, make a constitutional amendment to allow equal marriage.
11th April 2013
Equal marriage supporter Kid Rock: I’m ‘fucking embarrassed to be a Republican’ 16
5:09 PM — Rock singer Kid Rock has said that he supports equal marriage, and has spoken out to say that he was "fucking embarrassed to be a Republican", because of some party policies.
US: Neurosurgeon who linked equal marriage to bestiality pulls out of speaking at diploma ceremony 3
3:32 PM — Dr Benjamin Carson, a neurosurgeon with Johns Hopkins University and a conservative speaker, has pulled out of appearing as commencement speaker at the school's diploma ceremony.
Uruguay votes to make same-sex marriage legal nationwide 15
8:22 AM — Uruguay is to become the 12th country in the world to make it legal for same-sex couples to marry nationwide after Congress ratified a bill passed last week in the Senate.
US: Washington state sues florist for refusing to provide service for same-sex wedding 14
2:25 AM — The US state of Washington’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against a florist which refused to provide flowers to a same-sex wedding.
10th April 2013
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.
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.