14th May 2013
France: Watchdog reports 27% spike in homophobia leading up to equal marriage debate 7
2:57 PM — A leading gay rights watchdog has reported that, in 2012 leading up to the French Parliament's approval of a bill to allow equal marriage and adoption, homophobic attacks and slurs increased by over a quarter.
13th May 2013
US: State of Minnesota legalises equal marriage as bill passes in Senate 25
10:19 PM — Minnesota is to become the twelfth US state to legalise equal marriage, as its Senate today voted in favour of a measure to make same-sex marriage legal.
Poll: Two thirds of Americans wrongly think a majority in the US oppose equal marriage 9
5:16 PM — A new poll has found that despite there being 53% of Americans who support legal recognition of equal marriage, two thirds of US citizens hold the perception that overall the US public is opposed to same-sex marriage.
Italy: Rome mayoral candidate pledges to introduce same-sex civil unions 8
4:20 PM — A candidate to become mayor of Rome on Monday promised that he would issue same-sex civil unions in the city, if he is elected.
US: Rainbow flags flown on Minnesota ‘Freedom to Marry Bridge’ ahead of Senate vote on equal marriage 4
4:02 PM — Rainbow flags are being flown in St Paul, Minnesota ahead of today's Senate vote on equal marriage, and the city's mayor has renamed a bridge Freedom to Marry Bridge, in support of the measure.
Cuba: Hundreds protest against homophobia in Havana 5
3:12 PM — Hundreds took to the streets of Cuban capital Havana, in favour of LGBT rights and against homophobia, at the weekend, led by gay rights campaigner Mariela Castro.
NBC’s gay sitcom The New Normal cancelled after just one season 22
2:05 PM — US television network NBC has announced that its new sitcom The New Normal, which features a gay couple and the surrogate mother of their child, has been cancelled after just one season, amidst falling ratings.
Tory MP Nadine Dorries: ‘The gay marriage bill is taking the sex out of marriage’ 90
2:04 PM — Conservative MP Nadine Dorries says the government’s same-sex marriage bill will take the “sex out of marriage” and wonders whether a sister could marry a sister in order to avoid inheritance tax as part of the reform.
Nintendo to ‘fix’ bug which allowed male same-sex relationships in computer game 9
1:44 PM — Computer game giant Nintendo has addressed a "bug" in one of its popular titles, which allowed male same-sex couples to have relationships, get married and have children. Despite calls from users to keep the feature, Nintendo has issued a statement to say it will "fix" the issue.
Hong Kong: Transgender woman wins right to marry boyfriend in landmark case 4
11:15 AM — Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal has ruled in favour of a trans woman seeking the right to marry her boyfriend, ending her three year legal battle.
12th May 2013
UK: Anglican church in Burnley pledges to dedicate itself to LGBT inclusiveness 5
5:05 PM — A Church of England congregation in Burnley, Lancashire, in the North West of England, has pledged to work towards an inclusive mission to welcome all worshipers regardless of sexual orientation.
US: Minnesota Senate vote on equal marriage bill imminent 9
3:13 PM — The US state of Minnesota could soon become the twelfth to legalise equal marriage, as on Monday its Senate will vote on a measure to legalise it.
Christians called to pray at Parliament in opposition to equal marriage bill 58
2:21 PM — Christians are being encouraged to attend organised prayer meetings near the Houses of Parliament this month, in order to oppose the equal marriage bill, and to coincide with its third reading.
11th May 2013
US: Minnesota Republican moved to tears over ‘heartbreaking’ same-sex marriage bill 74
9:03 AM — A Republican from Minnesota's House of Representatives was reported to be brought to tears by the progress of a bill that may see her state become the 12th in the US to legalise same-sex marriage.
Illinois Governor to the House: ‘It’s time to vote’ on our state’s equal marriage bill 3
1:10 AM — Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on Thursday called for state lawmakers in the House to vote on, and approve a bill to legalise equal marriage, and said they have had enough time to consider the bill given that it passed in the Senate over two months ago.
10th May 2013
Research group: Tory peer ‘wrong’ to claim study says children ‘do best’ with straight parents 39
2:38 PM — An independent research organisation has denied a claim by Conservative peer Baroness O'Cathain, that one of its studies finds that children "do best" when raised by straight, married parents. She incorrectly cited it in her arguments against equal marriage.
Lord Carey: The Government has ignored minority churches on same-sex marriage 43
1:40 PM — Lord Carey of Clifton told the House of Lords that the Government has painted opponents of marriage equality as a "strange breed of non-relevant dinosaurs" while ignoring minority ethnic communities.
Conservative peer Baroness O’Cathain: ‘The Government should admit same-sex marriage is a mistake’ 47
12:09 PM — Baroness O'Cathain told the House of Lords that "very little more equality is needed" when laying out her opposition to same-sex marriage.
Conservative Lord Fowler: If Parliament values people equally, it must make same-sex marriage legal 33
10:29 AM — Lord (Norman) Fowler, the former Conservative Health Secretary has told fellow peers that they should support equal marriage because: "Parliament should value people equally in the law, and that enabling same-sex couples to marry removes the current inequity."
9th May 2013
Former police chief Lord Dear: Same-sex marriage will provoke backlash against gays 91
10:28 PM — The former Chief Constable of West Midlands Police, Lord (Geoffrey) Dear, Baron of Willersey in the County of Gloucestershire, has told the House of Lords that introducing same-sex marriage could "create such opposition to homosexuals in general that the climate of tolerance and acceptance in this country that we have all championed and supported and seen flourish over recent years could well be set back by decades."