29th April 2013
Australia: Liberal leader Tony Abbott says no to equal marriage referendum at election 14
4:30 PM — Australia's opposition leader Tony Abbott, has said he does not agree with MP Tony Windsor, who proposed that the issue of equal marriage be put to a vote by Australians on election day in September.
New Zealand: ‘Homophobic’ beer advert causes controversy 32
3:27 PM — A brewery in New Zealand has responded to controversy caused by a billboard containing an advert for one of its beer brands, which has been described by some as "homophobic".
UK: Ethnic minority church leaders call for same-sex marriage referendum 63
3:12 PM — Leaders representing more than a million British ethnic minority churchgoers have called for a referendum on equal marriage.
Daughter of anti-gay marriage Tory MP makes ‘Misérable Lesbians’ equal rights movie 9
2:04 PM — The daughter of an anti-equal marriage Conservative MP has produced a film in support of gay rights called Misérable Lesbians.
UKIP blasted over ‘insulting’ and ‘disturbing’ homophobic, biphobic election leaflet 30
10:53 AM — Labour and the Liberal Democrats’ LGBT groups have criticised UKIP over an election leaflet that mocks bisexuals and attacks same-sex marriage.
28th April 2013
Northern Ireland: Alliance Party leader ‘treated harshly’ by his church over equal marriage support 10
6:03 PM — Lord Alderdice, the predecessor to David Ford, the current leader of Northern Ireland's Alliance Party, has said that Ford has been treated harshly by his church over his equal marriage support.
France: First wedding trade show for gay male couples takes place in Paris 4
5:44 PM — Just four days after France's Parliament passed a bill to allow equal marriage and adoption for gay couples, the first wedding trade show aimed at gay male couples took place.
Australia: MP calls for election day referendum on equal marriage 30
5:06 PM — An independent Australian MP has proposed that the issue of equal marriage be put to voters in a referendum, as soon as this September, in a move supported by the Green Party.
Japan: Thousands march in Tokyo in support of LGBT rights 3
3:41 PM — Thousands marched in Tokyo this weekend as Japan kicked off its first Rainbow Week, which aims to reach out to LGBT people in the country.
US: Republican donor group lends financial clout to equal marriage efforts 4
2:37 PM — A national group of donors to the US Republican Party is funnelling new money into an effort to lobby Republican lawmakers into voting in favour of legalising equal marriage.
27th April 2013
Northern Ireland: Same-sex marriage motion vetoed by DUP before debate 30
1:01 PM — The DUP has once again blocked progress on same-sex marriage legislation in Northern Ireland, having effectively vetoed it through a 'petition of concern'.
26th April 2013
US: Fourth grade student on equal marriage: ‘If it creeps you out just get over it’ 5
6:22 PM — An essay by a fourth grade student in the US which was posted on the internet has gone viral, as it tells opponents to equal marriage to "get over it", if it "creeps them out".
Staffordshire: UKIP election leaflet mocks bisexuals and warns of explicit ‘Homosexual Sex Education’ 224
5:23 PM — The name of a UKIP candidate has appeared on an election leaflet that mocks bisexuals, blasts the government’s same-sex marriage bill, and warns that it will lead to explicit “Homosexual Sex Education”.
Vladimir Putin: Russia may change its law to stop foreign gay couples from adopting our orphans 8
4:33 PM — Russian President Vladimir Putin, has confirmed reports that the country may change its agreements for the foreign adoption of Russian children, in the light of France legalising equal marriage, to prevent gay, married couples from adopting.
Caribbean: Anglican bishops warn against equal marriage and ‘redefining’ human sexuality 29
2:52 PM — Anglican leaders meeting on the Caribbean island of Barbados have warned against efforts to bring equal marriage to the region.
Northern Ireland: Catholic bishops lobby assembly members ahead of equal marriage debate 20
10:48 AM — Catholic bishops in Northern Ireland are writing to assembly members urging them to vote against a motion which would legalise equal marriage.
25th April 2013
US: Nevada Senator who came out during equal marriage debate ‘didn’t expect to’ 4
5:21 PM — A US Senator in the state of Nevada has addressed the fact that he came out during a debate around the state's equal marriage bill, and has said he did not plan to, but that he acted on "impulse".
George W Bush sidesteps equal marriage discussion in TV interview by saying ‘I’m off the stage’ 17
4:58 PM — Former president George W Bush has refused to discuss equal marriage during a CBS interview.
France: Anti-gay MP accidentally votes in favour of equal marriage 31
3:00 PM — An anti-gay French MP, who strongly opposes equal marriage, accidentally voted in favour of it during a parliamentary debate on Tuesday.
Topless anti-homophobia protesters soak Belgian archbishop with water during debate 31
2:05 PM — Topless activists from human rights protest group FEMEN have demonstrated during a Catholic Church debate in Brussels, Belgium, soaking the country's Catholic leader with water.