22nd April 2013
France: Couple plan to hold first same-sex wedding in Montpellier 6
3:45 PM — Ahead of the French Parliament's final vote on equal marriage, a couple are planning to wed in the southern city of Montpellier, in a ceremony which is set to prove to be symbolic, in the face of strong opposition to equal marriage.
US: Church considering recognition of same-sex marriages and ordination of gay priests 3
3:03 PM — The national conference of the Community of Christ Church has recommended that it change its policy to recognise same-sex marriages
New Zealand MP who gave viral pro-equal marriage speech invited onto Ellen Show 9
2:17 PM — A New Zealand MP whose powerful speech following the country's vote to legalise equal marriage last week went viral, has been invited onto the Ellen show by host Ellen DeGeneres.
21st April 2013
France: Tens of thousands rally ahead of marriage equality vote 65
9:33 PM — Tens of thousands of demonstrators wore blue and pink to march on Paris in opposition to equal marriage today.
France: Eleventh hour anti-equal marriage protests expected 58
11:18 AM — Demonstrations against the predicted passing of France's equal marriage bill are expected to take place today, with Parisian authorities braced to cope with mass protests.
20th April 2013
US: Second lawsuit filed against florist which refused to serve same-sex wedding couple 34
1:30 AM — A second lawsuit has been filed against a florist in the US state of Washington which refused to provide its services to a same-sex wedding, citing religious objections.
US: Nevada equal marriage bill amended for religious protection ahead of Senate vote 19
12:52 AM — An equal marriage bill in the US state of Nevada has been subject to an amendment to add protections for religious groups, which says none would be forced to perform same-sex marriages.
19th April 2013
Brazil: Court rules that gay couples can marry in Rio de Janeiro state 17
8:38 PM — A court in Rio de Janeiro means that the state is the 11th in Brazil to recognise same-sex marriages, although there are conflicting reports about the way that the judgement will be applied.
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".