23rd April 2013
Rhode Island: Senate Republicans throw weight behind same-sex marriage bill 6
6:47 PM — The five Republicans in the Rhode Island Senate are backing equal marriage as a legislative committee prepares for a pivotal vote on the issue.
US: Government says Family Research Council shooter should get 45 years 9
1:53 PM — Prosecutors say Floyd Corkins who planned a mass killing at the headquarters of an anti-gay Christian lobbying group should spend 45 years in prison.
Marc Almond: ‘Why would gay couples want to get married in a church that thinks you are a sinner?’ 58
1:09 PM — Marc Almond has questioned same-sex couples who wish to get married in churches that refuse to welcome them “with open arms,” the singer also thinks it’s a mistake to expect religion to modernise.
France: Water cannons deployed in Paris ahead of same-sex marriage vote 35
12:04 PM — Security is being stepped up around France’s National Assembly building in Paris ahead of today's landmark equal marriage vote.
22nd April 2013
Paraguay: Politician who called gay people ‘monkeys’ elected president 10
6:13 PM — Horacio Cartes, who compared gay people to "monkeys" and threatened to remove his private parts if his son married another man, is now Paraguay’s new president.
France: National Assembly speaker urged to delay equal marriage vote in ammunition powder letter 37
5:10 PM — National Assembly Speaker Claude Bartolone has received an envelope containing ammunition powder and a threatening letter calling on him to delay France's equal marriage vote.
France: Gay cabaret dancer beaten unconscious by gang in Nice 38
3:44 PM — A 24-year-old gay man was beaten unconscious at the weekend in the latest apparent homophobic attack in France.
19th April 2013
Australia: Liberal leader Tony Abbott shifts position on party’s same-sex marriage stance 25
11:46 AM — Australia’s opposition leader is suggesting his party will decide its position on equal marriage after September's election.
18th April 2013
French President Francois Hollande condemns anti-gay attacks 17
12:56 PM — President Francois Hollande has condemned displays of homophobic violence in France.
France: 4 people detained over gay bar attack 8
12:00 PM — France’s Interior Ministry says four people have been detained on suspicion of carrying out an attack at a gay bar in Lille.
17th April 2013
Bishop of Chichester to attend Christian LGBT conference in Brighton 8
6:42 PM — The leader of the Church of England in Sussex will attend an LGBT conference in Brighton this weekend.
Nancy Reagan supports same-sex marriage says daughter Patti Davis 7
5:49 PM — Former First Lady Nancy Reagan supports same-sex marriages, says her daughter Patti Davis.
Liturgy for same-sex blessings published by Church of Scotland 5
3:26 PM — For the first time in its 450-year history, the Church of Scotland has published a liturgy – a formal ritual – for the blessing of those in civil partnerships.
Australian PM refuses to support equal marriage despite New Zealand victory 56
2:03 PM — Australia’s Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, says she won’t be dropping her opposition to marriage equality, even though neighbouring New Zealand passed the measure on Wednesday.
New Zealand legalises same-sex marriage 55
11:06 AM — New Zealand has become the 13th country in the world to legalise equal marriage.
16th April 2013
Jeremy Irons: ‘I don’t know the difference between a same-sex marriage and a civil partnership’ 37
3:10 PM — Jeremy Irons says he should have “buttoned” his lip when he joked equal marriage could lead to fathers marrying their sons, although he now admits that he doesn’t know the difference between a same-sex marriage and a civil partnership.
Archbishop of Canterbury to discuss gay rights with Peter Tatchell on Thursday 50
12:33 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is set to discuss gay rights with Peter Tatchell on Thursday at Lambeth Palace.
Paris: Police arrest scores of anti-gay marriage protesters 20
10:36 AM — Around 70 protesters demonstrating against equal marriage have been arrested in Paris.
15th April 2013
Anti-gay marriage protest takes place in Puerto Rico 5
10:51 AM — Hundreds of people have marched in Puerto Rico to demand that the governor approve a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
12th April 2013
South African cardinal: ‘I can’t be accused of homophobia because I don’t know any homosexuals’ 65
6:22 PM — A South African cardinal has rejected accusations that he is homophobic, saying it is impossible because he knows no gay people.