12th March 2013
Alan Bennett: I haven’t met anyone who cares for or is against same-sex marriage 30
9:14 AM — The playwright Alan Bennett who is in a civil partnership has said that he does not understand "what all the fuss was about over gay marriage." He has also revealed further details of being "touch up" by an elderly man as child.
US: Minnesota lawmaker under fire for ‘close friend’ who left the ‘gay lifestyle’ comment 6
12:28 AM — A lawmaker opposed to equal marriage in Minnesota has come under fire for using a procedural tactic to introduce a "close friend" who left the "gay lifestyle", during proceedings around the subject of equal marriage.
11th March 2013
US: Colorado House of Representatives passes initial vote in favour of same-sex civil unions 1
11:45 PM — The Colorado House of Representatives have granted initial approval to legislation to introduce civil unions for same-sex couples.
US: Hundreds rally in Texas in support of LGBT rights and equal marriage 1
7:11 PM — Hundreds of LGBT rights advocates have taken to the streets of Texas in support of equal rights for LGBT people, including marriage equality.
US: Religious think tank behind controversial study on same-sex parenting 13
5:30 PM — The American Independent has obtained documents about the "Regnerus study" widely used by conservatives as an argument against same-sex marriage, which shows the study was organised by a religious think tank to coincide with the Supreme Court's deliberations on marriage equality.
Former Westboro Baptist Church member poses for pro-same-sex marriage NOH8 campaign 8
12:59 PM — A former member of the incendiary anti-gay group the Westboro Baptist Church has posed for the pro-same-sex marriage NOH8 photography campaign, saying she wanted to express that the church and her previous actions with them were wrong.
London: Anti-gay marriage protest to take place in Trafalgar Square by French activists 84
12:56 PM — Organisers behind several anti-equal marriage rallies in France plan to stage a protest against the same-sex marriage bill for England and Wales on Sunday 24 March in Trafalgar Square.
10th March 2013
Gay rights activists warn of reintroduction of ‘Section 28 style’ discrimination in Scotland’s schools 35
9:55 PM — Gay rights advocates have voiced concerns that those opposed to equal marriage are trying to "reintroduce Section 28 style discrimination" into Scotland's schools, in an attempt to "roll back equality".
9th March 2013
US Supreme Court Justice tells 11-year-old opposed to Defense of Marriage Act to ‘keep dreaming big’ 10
10:38 PM — A Supreme Court Justice in the US has responded to a letter from a young girl which requested that the Supreme Court strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to help her lesbian parents.
Update: Vote on removal of pro-same-sex marriage Illinois Republican chairman cancelled 10
4:38 PM — A meeting due to take place today to decide the fate of Pat Brady, the Illinois Republican chairman who supported same-sex marriage legislation, has been cancelled.
US: Illinois Republican party chairman may be ousted for same-sex marriage support 5
2:46 PM — Republican party leaders will vote today on whether to oust Illinois chairman Pat Brady from his position, in reaction to statements Mr Brady made in January supporting same-sex marriage.
8th March 2013
Archbishop of Canterbury: The bible is ‘clear’ that gay sex and adoption are wrong 144
3:07 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, has voiced his opposition to equal rights for gay couples to adopt, and has said that the bible is "clear" that only straight, married people should have sex.
Poll: Support for same-sex marriage among US Catholics rises to 54% 8
1:50 PM — A new poll shows support for same-sex marriage among US Catholics continues to rise.
London vicar: ‘Gay marriage is a sin and people can be cured from being gay’ 53
12:37 PM — A vicar from the Dagenham suburb of London has claimed that equal marriage is a sin, and that people can be "cured from being gay.
Bill Clinton: I signed it, but now the Defense of Marriage Act must be overturned 35
2:49 AM — Former US President Bill Clinton, has urged the Supreme Court to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, writing an article which states that, despite signing it himself in 1996, we live in a "different time" and it must be repealed.
Mexico: Supreme Court rules that anti-gay slurs are hate speech 4
1:56 AM — The top court in Mexico has ruled that two words, both anti-gay slurs which are commonly used in the country, are hate speech, and therefore should not be protected as freedom of speech under the constitution.
Trans man announces plans to marry his mother’s best friend on live television 19
1:07 AM — A trans man took to ITV's This Morning programme earlier this week and announced his intention to marry his mother’s best friend. The newly engaged couple found support in the groom-to-be's mother.
7th March 2013
US: Florist refused to provide flowers for gay couple’s wedding because of her ‘relationship with Jesus Christ’ 25
5:32 PM — A florist in Washington State has refused to provide flowers to a gay couple for their wedding because of her religious beliefs.
Scotland: Christian teacher says being forced to teach about same-sex marriage contributed to a breakdown 33
5:12 PM — A committee of MPs has heard that a Christian teacher in Scotland claims he was forced to teach about same-sex marriage against his wishes – and the stress contributed to a breakdown.
UK: MPs hear of Christian teacher disciplined for refusing to read pro-gay Penguin book to class 52
5:09 PM — A solicitor from the Christian Institute has told a committee of MPs that a primary school teacher was previously disciplined by a head teacher for refusing to read ‘And Tango Makes Three’ – a children’s book about two male penguins looking after a female chick.