6th March 2013
Ann Widdecombe blames Tory Eastleigh by-election defeat on PM’s same-sex marriage stance 45
6:43 PM — Ann Widdecombe says David Cameron’s decision to press ahead with equal marriage explains last month’s Tory defeat in the Eastleigh by-election.
US: Poll finds 97% of legislators who support marriage equality get re-elected 1
6:43 PM — A poll by Freedom to Marry has found that 85% of Republicans who voted to legalise same-sex marriage in their states were re-elected, and 97% of pro-equality legislators from both parties were reelected overall.
Comment: PinkNews founder Benjamin Cohen’s Radio 4 broadcast is not blasphemous 6
12:23 PM — Hannah Buchanan has defended the decision of Benjamin Cohen, the founder of PinkNews, to liken the treatment of gay people in Britain to the crucifixion of Christ in a Radio 4 Easter programme to be broadcast at 8:45pm tonight.
5th March 2013
Poll: Delaware backs same-sex marriage 4
6:27 PM — A new poll revealed that at least half of the voters in Delaware would support legislation that gives marriage rights to same-sex couples.
Sociologist warns that equal marriage will lead to ‘decline’ and ‘instability’ of marriage 70
5:55 PM — A sociologist has told the committee hearing at the House of Commons for the equal marriage bill that the idea of equal marriage, and links to parenthood, were irrelevant.
Equality Network: The Catholic Church needs to separate the issue of sexual orientation and abuse’ 7
4:14 PM — The Equality Network, a Scottish LGBT rights group, says the fundamental problem facing the Catholic Church is its public message on issues of sexual morality, not simply the hypocrisy of any one individual.
Japan: Lesbian pair are first same-sex couple to get married in Tokyo Disney 15
12:13 PM — Two women in Tokyo have become the first gay couple to tie the knot in Disneyland, and say they hope the symbolic ceremony will prompt Japan to think about LGBT discrimination.
4th March 2013
Catholic Archbishop of Glasgow Philip Tartaglia urged to start new dialogue with gay community 79
6:53 PM — The Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, is being asked to meet with members of the LGBT community, in order for the Scottish Catholic Church to start a fresh dialogue on gay equality.
New Zealand: Coroner in gay soldier’s suicide case criticised for anti-marriage equality stance 10
5:55 PM — Doubts have been raised about the decision by coroner Gordon Mantega not to hold an inquest into the death of a soldier who killed himself after confessing his love for a male colleague, after it emerged Mr Mantega strongly opposed same-sex marriage in New Zealand.
Spain: Conservative ministers distance themselves from colleague’s anti-gay ‘survival of species’ argument 15
5:44 PM — Politicians in Spain have been quick to distance themselves from the comments of the Interior Minister, who said that same-sex marriage laws could mean the human race would not be “guaranteed” to survive. Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said last week that, although religious arguments did not hold up in court: “There are rational arguments […]
Vatican inquiry into sexual conduct of Cardinal O’Brien to start once new Pope is appointed 31
4:39 PM — The inquiry by the Vatican into the sexual conduct of Cardinal Keith O'Brien is not likely to begin until after a new Pope is chosen.
UK: Gay rights campaigners call on Cardinal Keith O’Brien to apologise for homophobic bigotry 38
1:16 PM — Britain's leading gay rights campaigners say the former leader of the Scottish Catholic Church who resigned in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations should also apologise for promoting homophobia whilst in office.
2nd March 2013
Ellen writes open letter to the Supreme Court urging it to strike down Proposition 8 3
6:06 PM — American TV host Ellen has made her opinion known to the Supreme Court which, later in March, will begin to take on the case of whether to overturn Proposition 8, California's statewide ban on equal marriage.
US: NFL players Kluwe and Ayanbadejo file Supreme Court brief in support of equal marriage 4
1:28 AM — Two top NFL players, both equal rights advocates, have filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court, urging it to strike down Proposition 8, the Californian ban on equal marriage.
1st March 2013
Obama: If I were a Supreme Court judge, I’d remove laws banning same-sex marriage 24
6:15 PM — President Obama has said that if he sat on the US Supreme Court, he would most likely rule that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional.
Finland: Parliamentary committee narrowly rejects equal marriage bill 29
6:12 PM — The Finnish parliament's Legal Affairs Committee on Wednesday voted narrowly to reject a bill to legalise equal marriage.
UKIP leader Nigel Farage: ‘David Cameron needs to stop talking about gay marriage’ 65
5:17 PM — UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage says David Cameron can only win back traditional Tory voters if he stops talking about issues such as same-sex marriage.
Scotland’s gay Tory leader Ruth Davidson splits from her partner 14
3:07 PM — Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson has split up with her partner of five years, a spokesman has confirmed.
US: Obama administration files brief urging Supreme Court to strike down Proposition 8
12:49 PM — The Obama administration filed a brief to the Supreme Court on Thursday evening, urging it to strike down the state of California's ban on equal marriage, a move which has been hailed by equal marriage advocates.
Fifth male priest alleges Cardinal O’Brien of ‘inappropriate behaviour’ 52
12:25 PM — It has emerged that a fifth claim of “inappropriate behaviour” towards a male priest has been made against the former leader of the Scottish Catholic Church.