6th April 2013
US: Senator Mark Pryor undecided on marriage equality and ‘whether being gay is a choice’ 21
3:56 PM — In a radio interview Arkansas Democratic Senator Mark Pryor said he was undecided on equal marriage, and added that he had "never really thought" about whether being gay is a choice or not.
Lib Dem MP tables same-sex marriage bill amendment separating state and religious marriages 74
2:23 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland has submitted an amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill which calls for civil marriage to become completely separate from religious marriage.
5th April 2013
Brendon Ayanbadejo says four gay NFL players may soon come out, all at the same time 6
10:44 PM — American football player and equal rights advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo has said that he thinks several NFL players could come out "sooner than you think", and that he was in talks with four players who might all come out on the same day.
US radio host calls TIME magazine equal marriage cover ‘indecent’ and ‘a perversion’ 47
10:29 PM — Peter LaBarbera of the anti-gay group, Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, has again weighed in on the debate about equal marriage, commenting on a TIME magazine cover featuring a gay kiss, and calling it a "perversion".
Fox News contributor on Jeremy Irons’ father-son marriage comments: ‘Seriously, why not incest?’ 39
6:50 PM — A Fox News host has commented on comments made earlier this week by actor Jeremy Irons, who linked incest to equal marriage, and suggested that supporters of equal marriage will move on to push for polygamous marriage next.
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.