11th April 2013
US: Neurosurgeon who linked equal marriage to bestiality pulls out of speaking at diploma ceremony 3
3:32 PM — Dr Benjamin Carson, a neurosurgeon with Johns Hopkins University and a conservative speaker, has pulled out of appearing as commencement speaker at the school's diploma ceremony.
France: Anti-gay Chief Rabbi Gilles Bernheim quits over plagiarism row 7
2:58 PM — France’s Chief Rabbi Gilles Bernheim, who has written essays against equal marriage, has resigned in a plagiarism row.
Anti-homophobia and transphobia protest takes places in Paris 9
1:44 PM — LGBT campaigners in France have protested over the fear that homophobia and transphobia is on the rise in the country.
Uruguay votes to make same-sex marriage legal nationwide 15
8:22 AM — Uruguay is to become the 12th country in the world to make it legal for same-sex couples to marry nationwide after Congress ratified a bill passed last week in the Senate.
US: Washington state sues florist for refusing to provide service for same-sex wedding 14
2:25 AM — The US state of Washington’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against a florist which refused to provide flowers to a same-sex wedding.
10th April 2013
Iceland PM asked to meet with gay rights activists in Chinese visit 2
1:31 PM — Iceland’s Johanna Sigurdardottir, the world’s first openly gay prime minister, has been asked to meet with the parents of gay children in next week's visit to China.
French Senate approves crucial article of equal marriage bill 23
10:29 AM — France's equal marriage bill clears its first hurdle in the country's Senate.
Blessings for same-sex couples rejected by Church of England 67
2:02 AM — The Church of England has decided not to offer blessings to same-sex couples, and has reiterated its stance that such public acknowledgements are appropriate only for straight marriages.
9th April 2013
Rick Santorum: It would be ‘suicidal’ for the Republican Party to support equal marriage 21
5:33 PM — Former US presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has spoken out against the idea that the Republican Party might support equal marriage, and said it would be "suicidal" if it did.
White House press secretary says America’s growing support for equal marriage is a ‘remarkable evolution’ 1
4:45 PM — White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has praised America’s growing support for equal marriage, calling it a "remarkable evolution".
8th April 2013
Vatican advisor: Pro-equal marriage Catholics should not take Communion 67
4:20 PM — A legal advisor to the Vatican has said that Catholics who support same-sex marriage should not approach for communion, with the Archbishop of Detroit adding that to do so would be to commit "perjury".
US: Second Illinois GOP lawmaker announces support for equal marriage bill 1
3:58 PM — A second Republican in the Illinois House has announced his support for a bill to legalise equal marriage, and has said that he thinks others will follow.
US: Saturday Night Live opens with Kim Jong Un ‘evolving’ on same-sex marriage 1
2:46 PM — 'Saturday Night Live' satirised the current focus on same-sex marriage in the USA in an opening sketch featuring North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un coming out for marriage equality.
South Africa: Gay couple hope their traditional wedding will inspire the black community 13
12:58 PM — A gay couple in South Africa have married in a wedding ceremony uniting their Zulu and Tswana traditions, which they say they hope will send a message to others that "Being gay is as African as being black."
Video: David Letterman says opposition to equal marriage is ‘beyond embarrassing’ 2
11:56 AM — US television host David Letterman has voiced his annoyance at the equal marriage debate in America, saying it is "beyond embarrassing" that opposition to it remains, and says that it is "absolute stupidity" to oppose it.
7th April 2013
Poll: US support for equal marriage has grown in all 50 states 3
7:42 PM — Over the past eight years support for equal marriage has grown in all 50 US states by an average of 13.6%, a new poll has found.
Snoop Lion: ‘In the rap world, I don’t know if being gay will ever be acceptable’ 19
5:02 PM — Rap star turned reggae artist Snoop Lion has said that, in the rap music industry, being gay may never be "acceptable" in the way it is for singers.
6th April 2013
Video: Family Research Institute head claims same-sex marriage would shorten lifespan of gay people 39
9:50 PM — The founder of the Family Research Institute has urged the Supreme Court to uphold bans on same-sex marriage in order to prevent harm to gay people, claiming his research shows their lifespans are shortened by long term relationships.
Lord Carey: I will continue to oppose plans to ‘redefine’ marriage 58
7:41 PM — The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord George Carey, has said he will continue to oppose plans to "redefine" marriage, and says that doing so does not detract from his support for government policies on ending poverty.
US: Louisiana Democratic Senator personally for marriage equality but won’t defy the state line against it 14
6:30 PM — Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu has said that while she personally believes in marriage equality she will not support it, out of deference to Louisiana's anti-gay partnerships stance.