2nd April 2013
US: Republican Senator Mark Kirk comes out in support of equal marriage 10
6:16 PM — Mark Kirk of Illinois is the second Republican Senator to come out in support of equal marriage, and follows Rob Portman, who recently offered his support to same-sex marriage.
Comment: Equal marriage campaigners should rein in their egos and go back to the grassroots 19
3:47 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Chris Ward says equal marriage campaigners should focus on convincing neighbours and their local MPs to support the measure with traditional lobbying methods – rather than relying on online activism.
‘Ex gay’ preacher to Starbucks: Your business will fail if you ‘thumb your nose’ at God 38
2:55 PM — An 'ex gay' preacher from the US has criticised Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz for his support of equal marriage, and urged Christians to stage a boycott of the coffee giant.
US talk show host condemns ‘fraud’ Bill O’Reilly for supporting equal marriage 44
1:41 PM — A conservative US talk show host has come down heavily on Fox News presenter Bill O'Reilly who last week announced that he had changed his stance to support equal marriage.
Irish Catholic bishop: ‘Attempts to equate same-sex unions with marriage will always fail’ 41
11:38 AM — An Irish bishop says same-sex relationships can never be seen as “equal” to heterosexual relationships.
Video: Young boy shouts anti-gay abuse at worshippers from pro-LGBT North Carolina church 21
10:59 AM — Footage has emerged of a child shouting that gay people are going to “hell” outside a church in North Carolina.
Poll: US state of Virginia still marginally opposes equal marriage 5
12:58 AM — A new poll has revealed that, despite rising support for equal marriage overall across the US, voters in the state of Virginia still marginally oppose it.
US: Democratic Senator Bob Casey announces support for equal marriage 2
12:35 AM — Amidst a rush of politicians to support equal marriage across the US, Democratic Senator Bob Casey has announced his support for efforts to legalise it.
1st April 2013
US: Arizona Congressman stands by opposition to equal marriage despite son being gay 19
7:59 PM — A Mormon Arizona Congressman has said that, despite his own son being gay, his stance on equal marriage hadn't "evolved" for him too support it.
US: Boy Scouts of America rejects LGBT centre sponsored application for non-gay troop 2
6:20 PM — The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has rejected an application from a group of scout and church leaders to create a troop, sponsored by an LGBT organisation, to be inclusive of boys whose parents opposed the BSA because of its ongoing ban on gay members.
Snoop Lion on equal marriage: ‘People can do as they please’ 3
4:42 PM — Rapper turned reggae artist Snoop Lion has confirmed that he supports equal marriage, and said that he has "no issues with nobody."
Marie Osmond comes out in support of equal marriage 11
4:02 PM — Marie Osmond, a member of the show business family The Osmonds has said that she supports equal marriage, and cited her daughter as one of the reasons she was in support.
Vice chair of Christians in Parliament urges Lord Carey to focus on global poverty and not on attacking equal marriage 10
3:55 PM — Lord Carey has been criticised for his outspoken attack on David Cameron’s commitment to gay equality by Lord Bates, of Christians in Parliament.
Tory MP Glyn Davies: Same-sex marriage is a ‘bad proposal’ but PM should not change course 24
1:53 PM — Conservative MP Glyn Davies has described same-sex marriage as a “bad proposal”, but says it wouldn’t be sensible for David Cameron to change his mind.
Australia: Liberal leader Tony Abbott rules out supporting equal marriage 6
1:20 PM — Australia’s opposition leader says he will continue to side against equal marriage - an issue which sees him at odds with parts of his family.
31st March 2013
UK: Leading black Pentecostal pastor backs equal marriage for same-sex couples 25
11:45 PM — The Reverend Paul Bailey has become one of the first black church leaders to back the introduction of same-sex marriage in England and Wales.
GOP Senator: ‘It is inevitable that a GOP presidential candidate will support equal marriage’ 4
7:31 PM — A Republican Senator has spoken out to say that, despite being opposed to equal marriage himself, he thinks a future GOP candidate for the US presidency will support same-sex marriage.
Archbishop of Canterbury: The Church of England must be ‘graceful’ in equal marriage row 15
4:44 PM — The new Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, has said that the Church of England must remain "graceful" in its internal disagreements around equal marriage.
Poll: Most believe Church of England is ‘out of touch’ with modern society 37
12:41 AM — More than two-thirds (69%) of the population believe that the Church of England is out of touch with society and half (54%) believe that it does a bad job of providing moral leadership. Almost half disagree with its stance on same-sex marriage.
30th March 2013
Bishop of Shrewsbury Easter homily plans to attack same-sex marriage as detracting from value of human life 39
12:27 PM — The Bishop of Shrewsbury will address a trinity of controversial topics in his Easter homily at Shrewsbury Cathedral tomorrow.