19th April 2013
Poll: US Republican Senator Rob Portman loses some support over pro-equal marriage stance 1
5:55 PM — Hardline US Republican Senator Rob Portman, who last month reversed his opposition to equal marriage, has lost some support, mainly from members of his own party, a survey has found.
France: MPs come to blows during equal marriage debate in parliament 38
4:00 PM — The equal marriage debate in France has come to blows as French Parliamentarians engaged in a heated debate around the issue.
Video: French filmmaker reaches out to those opposed to equal marriage: ‘Fear not’ 6
2:43 PM — A French filmmaker has posted a YouTube video of himself addressing those in France opposed to legalising equal marriage, in which he reaches out to them, and gives reassurances around common misconceptions linked to same-sex marriage.
18th April 2013
Video: French men stage ‘topless’ anti-equal marriage protest 53
7:19 PM — A group of men in France have declared "No to Gay Marriage" by taking their shirts off in the streets as a demonstration of how the government's push for marriage equality is threatening their freedom.
Peter Tatchell: Being invited to Lambeth Palace by Justin Welby represents LGBT progress 47
7:16 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, reflects on today's meeting with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, leader of the world's 78-million strong Anglican Communion, during which he urged Welby towards an understanding of the gay community.
Video: New Zealand MP: ‘We are only legalising equal marriage, not declaring nuclear war’ 14
4:27 PM — The video of a New Zealand MP's impassioned speech following a vote to legalise equal marriage in the country, has gone viral, as he poked fun at those opposed to the measure, and emphasised its importance.
Vietnam: Health Ministry recommends legalisation of same-sex marriage 1
4:25 PM — Vietnam's Health Ministry has recommended that the country's Law on Marriage and Family be amended to allow for same-sex marriages, saying that the pressure on LGBT people to stay in the closet can have serious health repercussions.
US: Senator claims the media has ‘bamboozled’ the public into thinking gay relationships can be happy 30
1:53 PM — A Republican Senator in Iowa surprised colleagues by using time set aside for free discussion to declare that society, and in particular children, were "bamboozled" by portrayals of fulfilling gay relationships in the media.
France: Prime Minister calls for calm amid tensions over same-sex marriage bill 4
12:07 PM — The French Prime Minister has called for calm as violent protests marred the start of the National Assembly's fast track debate on the marriage equality bill, which may see it become law by the end of this month.
Paraguayan presidential candidate: If my son married a man ‘I would shoot myself in the testicles’ 35
2:57 AM — A hopeful for the Paraguayan presidential race Horacio Cartes, has caused controversy after saying that, if his son were to marry a man, he would "shoot [himself] in the testicles".
Openly gay Australian MP: I doubt an equal marriage bill would currently pass in New South Wales 1
2:03 AM — An openly gay MP in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, has said that she is not convinced that an equal marriage bill would currently be able to pass in the state's parliament.
Andrew Garfield: Of course I support equal marriage, how can you argue against compassion? 6
1:00 AM — British actor Andrew Garfield has come out in strong support of equal marriage, questioning how anybody can "argue against compassion and understanding".
17th April 2013
Over a thousand Australian same-sex couples to travel to New Zealand to wed 8
6:44 PM — According to a survey by an equal marriage advocacy group, over a thousand Australian gay and lesbian couples are to travel to New Zealand in order to get married, now that equal marriage is set to become law there.
Nancy Reagan supports same-sex marriage says daughter Patti Davis 7
5:49 PM — Former First Lady Nancy Reagan supports same-sex marriages, says her daughter Patti Davis.
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.