17th April 2013
Video: New Zealand Parliament breaks into song as equal marriage bill is passed 44
4:09 PM — As the Parliament of New Zealand passed a bill to allow equal marriage in the country, those in attendance of the reading broke into song, once it was announced that it had passed.
France: Newly appointed Archbishop of Paris continues anti-equal marriage legacy 6
3:37 PM — The new Archbishop of Paris, the highest position in French Catholicism, has been appointed, and as the outgoing archbishop used his final speech to voice strong opposition to equal marriage, his replacement holds similar views.
Liturgy for same-sex blessings published by Church of Scotland 5
3:26 PM — For the first time in its 450-year history, the Church of Scotland has published a liturgy – a formal ritual – for the blessing of those in civil partnerships.
Australian PM refuses to support equal marriage despite New Zealand victory 56
2:03 PM — Australia’s Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, says she won’t be dropping her opposition to marriage equality, even though neighbouring New Zealand passed the measure on Wednesday.
New Zealand legalises same-sex marriage 55
11:06 AM — New Zealand has become the 13th country in the world to legalise equal marriage.
16th April 2013
France: Archbishop of Paris warns that equal marriage will lead to a more violent society 87
5:56 PM — France's top Catholic bishop has warned against legalising equal marriage, saying that it could lead to a more violent society.
Poll: 62% of New Jersey residents would vote in favour of equal marriage 3
4:39 PM — A new poll has revealed that almost two-thirds of voters in the US state of New Jersey would vote in favour of legalising equal marriage.
Jeremy Irons: ‘I don’t know the difference between a same-sex marriage and a civil partnership’ 37
3:10 PM — Jeremy Irons says he should have “buttoned” his lip when he joked equal marriage could lead to fathers marrying their sons, although he now admits that he doesn’t know the difference between a same-sex marriage and a civil partnership.
New Zealand expected to give final approval to equal marriage bill 23
2:36 PM — New Zealand's Parliament is on Wednesday expected to give final approval to a bill which would legalise equal marriage in the country.
Archbishop of Canterbury to discuss gay rights with Peter Tatchell on Thursday 50
12:33 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is set to discuss gay rights with Peter Tatchell on Thursday at Lambeth Palace.
Paris: Police arrest scores of anti-gay marriage protesters 20
10:36 AM — Around 70 protesters demonstrating against equal marriage have been arrested in Paris.
Study: Equal marriage could bring $42 million to Minnesota economy over three years 8
1:10 AM — A new study has estimated that, if legalised, equal marriage could bring large economic boosts to the US state of Minnesota.
15th April 2013
US columnist: Gay-inclusive TV shows are part of Satan’s plan to destroy America 52
5:55 PM — A US columnist has appeared on a radio talk show to claim that TV, music and film are all parts of the Devil's plan for the "destruction" of America, and said that equal marriage would mean a Communist government in the US, which would kill its own citizens.
Australia: Liberal leader Tony Abbott reiterates opposition to equal marriage 21
4:55 PM — The leader of the opposition in Australia, Tony Abbott, has clarified his party's opposition to equal marriage during a community forum in Sydney.
French anti-equal marriage movement leader: Hollande wants blood and he will get it 60
1:08 PM — The comedian at the head of France's anti-same-sex marriage movement has lashed out at the government's decision to accelerate the progress of equal marriage legislation, implying that protests may become violent.
Anti-gay marriage protest takes place in Puerto Rico 5
10:51 AM — Hundreds of people have marched in Puerto Rico to demand that the governor approve a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
14th April 2013
Irish Constitutional Convention decision welcomed by marriage equality supporters 16
7:39 PM — The Constitutional Convention, which voted in Dublin today to recommend that same-sex marriage be legalised in Ireland, has been applauded by politicians, religious organisations and gay rights groups.
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.