24th March 2013
US: Senator who reversed position to support equal marriage finds GOP crowd ‘very respectful’ 5
2:34 AM — US Senator Rob Portman, who came out in support of equal marriage last week, spoke at a Republican Party event this weekend, and said that the audience was "very respectful" of his change in stance.
Bishop of Buckingham: Church of England is ‘hypocritical’ for not blessing civil unions 17
1:52 AM — The Bishop of Buckingham, the Right Reverend Dr Alan Wilson, has criticised the Church of England's refusal to allow blessings for civil partnerships, and said that some parishes were ignoring the ban in order to avoid conflict.
23rd March 2013
US: Queue forms for Supreme Court marriage equality cases four days in advance 4
9:45 AM — People wanting to hear next week's Supreme Court deliberations on equal marriage have begun queueing outside, in the face of freezing temperatures and snow forecasts.
22nd March 2013
Starbucks CEO defends equal marriage backing and tells unhappy shareholder to sell stock 17
6:10 PM — The CEO of Starbucks took to defending the company's decision to back equal marriage, in the face of criticism from a shareholder at the company's shareholders meeting.
21st March 2013
US: Family Research Council tells members to pray that pro-same-sex marriage Supreme Court lawyers are ‘inept’ 22
5:14 PM — Conservative Christian lobby group the Family Research Council have released guides on their website which urge readers to pray that the US Supreme Court maintains anti-equal marriage laws, calling the alternative "an assault against Jesus Christ, Himself."
Taiwan: Gay rights activist to reboot campaign for equal marriage following setback 1
3:22 PM — A gay rights activist in Taiwan has promised to appeal against the country's ban on equal marriage, after being turned down whilst attempting to register to marry his partner.
Archbishop of Canterbury speaks of challenge posed to Church by ‘stunning’ gay couples 51
1:25 PM — Ahead of his formal enthronement in Canterbury Cathedral later today, Archbishop Justin Welby has spoken of the "stunning" gay couples he knows, but says the Church will not back down from its anti-same-sex marriage stance.
20th March 2013
US: Evangelical megapastor comes out in support of equal marriage 19
6:28 PM — An evangelical megapastor and author has come out in support of equal marriage, saying that "fidelity" is the important issue, an that the "death" of the "subculture" opposed to equal marriage is taking place.
US: Supreme Court to release same-day audio recordings from equal marriage cases 4
1:46 AM — In an unexpected move, the US Supreme Court is to release same-day audio recordings of oral arguments given in the two cases around equal marriage, which are due to be taken on next week.
19th March 2013
Finland: 50,000 sign petition in one day forcing lawmakers to consider equal marriage 11
3:40 PM — After taking just one day to gather 50,000 signatures on a petition in order to force lawmakers to consider an equal marriage bill, pensioners delivered the petition to parliament.
Poll: 53% of Americans support equal marriage 3
2:30 PM — A new poll by CNN has found that over half of Americans are in support of equal marriage, but that there are major generational and partisan divides, as well as a gender gap.
US: Poll shows support for nationwide same-sex marriage is at an all-time high 2
1:47 PM — A poll by the Washington Post and ABC News has found that support for same-sex marriage is a "mirror image" of ten years ago, with 58% of the population now supporting it.
18th March 2013
Video: 12-year-old writes to US Supreme Court justice urging strike-down of Proposition 8 7
4:49 PM — A 12-year-old in California has written a letter to a Supreme Court justice, urging him to strike down Proposition 8, the state-wide ban on equal marriage.
Video: Hillary Clinton comes out in support of equal marriage 39
3:29 PM — The former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has officially announced her support for equal marriage in a moving speech in which she calls moves towards equality "breathtaking and inspiring".
Australia: Liberal MP predicts Coalition will ‘evolve’ to support marriage equality 6
12:00 PM — Australian Liberal MP Kelly O'Dwyer has said she predicts the centre-right coalition, which whipped its MPs to vote against equal marriage last year, will become more accepting of same-sex marriage over time.
17th March 2013
US: Top Republican says there is ‘no doubt’ more young party members are pro-marriage equality 3
9:01 PM — The Governor of Wisconsin said on Saturday that he wasn't ruling out a 2016 Presidency bid, then on Sunday told interviewers that young Republicans didn't "resonate" with the party's anti-equal marriage stance.
16th March 2013
US: North Carolina church refuses to marry straight couples until gay couples can marry 12
9:40 PM — A church in the US state of North Carolina, has said that it won't conduct wedding ceremonies for straight couples, until its pastors are able to officiate same-sex weddings as well.
US Christians: A Republican supporting his gay son is like a parent supporting a child who drink drives 106
12:26 PM — A Christian group has mocked a Republican senator who changed his views on same-sex marriage after his son came out, comparing homosexuality to drink driving.
Russian Orthodox group looked to sue US for Alaska to save it from same-sex marriage 22
12:15 PM — A Russian religious conservative group filed a claim in court to sue the US for Alaska, which it bought from Russia in 1867. Their reasoning was they wanted to protect Alaskan Orthodox Christians from the 'sin' of same-sex marriage.
US: Native American tribe hosts first legal Michigan same-sex wedding 2
3:05 AM — The first same-sex wedding ceremony has taken place in the US state of Michigan, following a Native American tribe signing equal marriage into law.