27th March 2013
Fox News hosts: ‘Tony Perkins has no persuasive argument against equal marriage’ 13
3:02 PM — Fox News presenters Megyn Kelly and Bill O'Reilly surprised viewers by arguing that those opposed to equal marriage, including Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, had no strong arguments against it.
US: Supreme Court takes on arguments around the Defense of Marriage Act 4
2:12 PM — In a second day of landmark hearings, the US Supreme Court is to take on arguments around the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which bans equal marriage across the US.
Oxford’s Trinity College criticised for hosting conference by anti-gay Christian Concern 21
1:04 PM — Oxford’s Trinity College has been criticised for agreeing to host a conference organised by the anti-gay group Christian Concern.
26th March 2013
US: Supreme Court justices question proponents of Proposition 8 12
7:18 PM — In today's Supreme Court hearing around Proposition 8, the state of California's ban on equal marriage, the justices questioned the meaning of marriage, and challenged arguments for the ban.
West Virginia US Senator Jay Rockefeller announces same-sex marriage support 5
6:14 PM — US Senator Jay Rockefeller says he now opposes a federal law banning same-sex marriage.
US conservative women’s group: Starbucks discriminates against straight people by supporting gay rights 82
2:58 PM — A conservative women's group in the US has published a scathing article about coffee chain Starbucks, and the company's support for equal marriage, suggesting that it discriminates against straight people by doing so.
US: Two Democrats add to count of Senators in favour of equal marriage 3
2:43 PM — The number of Democratic Senators who announced their support for marriage equality this week has risen to three, with Mark Begich and Mark Warner both making statements to that effect.
US: Supreme Court poised to debate same-sex marriage for the first time 4
1:08 PM — The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is set to hear two historic arguments that will decide the legality of same-sex marriage in the US, starting later today.
25th March 2013
Rush Limbaugh falsely claims equal marriage has failed every time at referendum 23
11:29 PM — US conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has falsely claimed that every time equal marriage has been on a ballot in the US it has been defeated.
US: Senator Claire McCaskill officially announces support for equal marriage 1
2:41 PM — US Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri has announced her official support for equal marriage, and joined the increasing number on both sides of the political spectrum to endorse marriage equality.
UK: Backbench Tories call for same-sex marriage referendum 54
2:32 PM — It's emerged that earlier this month Conservative MPs Tim Loughton and David Burrowes called for a same-sex marriage referendum to be held on the same day as the 2015 general election.
Son of US Senator who changed stance to support equal marriage reflects on coming out 4
2:18 PM — The gay son of Senator Rob Portman, has written a column reflecting on coming out as a college freshman, a decision which led to his father controversially reversing his decision to support equal marriage.
UK: Trafalgar Square protest speech claims same-sex marriage will lead to ‘colonialism again’ 70
12:24 AM — Anglican Mainstream's Chris Sugden, speaking at Sunday's anti-equal marriage protest in Trafalgar Square, claimed legalisation of same-sex marriage would lead to 'colonialism'.
24th March 2013
US: Top Republican advisor says 2016 presidential candidate may support same-sex marriage 7
9:15 PM — Senior Republican Party advisor Karl Rove has said he could see the party accepting a pro-marriage equality leader by 2016, but predicted the Supreme Court will not deny states the right to make their own decisions on whether to legalise same-sex marriage.
France: Scuffles with police ensue as 300,000 march against marriage equality 17
8:39 PM — An estimated 300,000 anti-marriage equality protesters marched through Paris today. Police used tear gas on crowds who tried to break through to the Champs Elysees, which they had been banned from marching on.
Hundreds of pro and anti same-sex marriage campaigners protest at Trafalgar Square 71
4:24 PM — Hundreds of pro and anti equal marriage campaigners have met in a noisy protest at Trafalgar Square in central London that is still ongoing.
Poll: Ohio voters shift in favour of removing equal marriage ban 3
1:25 PM — A new poll has shown that, since approving a constitutional ban on equal marriage in 2004, more than half of residents of the US state of Ohio now support equal marriage.
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.