2nd April 2013
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.
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.
1st April 2013
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.
Senior Scottish Episcopal speaks in support of equal marriage and rebukes Lord Carey 26
11:53 AM — One of the most prominent figures in the Scottish Episcopal Church has criticised Lord Carey for attacking equal marriage.
29th March 2013
US: Transgender man told he cannot divorce wife 27
7:52 PM — An Arizona judge has rejected a divorce petition from Thomas Beatie, a transgender father of three.
Ireland: Gay Anglicans reiterate calls for same-sex marriage 9
4:12 PM — Changing Attitude Ireland has made a submission to the Irish Constitutional Convention in support of extending civil marriage to same-sex couples.
David Cameron reshuffles anti-gay marriage Energy Minister John Hayes 14
12:48 PM — In a move designed to please disgruntled Tory backbenchers – many of whom are angry over the government’s equal marriage policy – David Cameron has made John Hayes his senior parliamentary adviser.
28th March 2013
BBC apologises for naming South African official ‘gay marriage’ in TV news caption 3
4:55 PM — The BBC has apologised for accidently naming a South African civil servant with the name “gay marriage” in a TV news report about a diplomatic conference.
27th March 2013
Lord Dear: The same-sex marriage bill could be defeated by peers 80
3:33 PM — The former chief constable of the West Midlands, Lord Dear, has warned of a growing House of Lords rebellion over the same-sex marriage bill.
Oxford’s Trinity College criticised for hosting conference by anti-gay Christian Concern 21
1:04 PM — Oxford’s Trinity College has been criticised for agreeing to host a conference organised by the anti-gay group Christian Concern.
Poll: Only 21% of Brits believe churches are welcoming of gay people 9
11:55 AM — A survey by YouGov shows British acceptance towards same-sex families continues to increase, although perceived tolerance among churches is far lower.
26th March 2013
West Virginia US Senator Jay Rockefeller announces same-sex marriage support 5
6:14 PM — US Senator Jay Rockefeller says he now opposes a federal law banning same-sex marriage.
25th March 2013
UK: Backbench Tories call for same-sex marriage referendum 54
2:32 PM — It's emerged that earlier this month Conservative MPs Tim Loughton and David Burrowes called for a same-sex marriage referendum to be held on the same day as the 2015 general election.
21st March 2013
Kent: LGBT campaigners take part in Archbishop of Canterbury enthronement protest 6
6:19 PM — Several LGBT campaigners have taken part in a demonstration outside Canterbury Cathedral in Kent, amid the enthronement of Justin Welby as Archbishop of Canterbury.
Cardinal O’Brien alleged to have been in long-standing physical relationship with male priest 32
12:28 PM — Cardinal Keith O'Brien allegedly had a long-standing physical relationship with one of the men whose complaints about his conduct sparked his resignation, it is claimed.
20th March 2013
John Partridge: I will never return to Eastenders and I’m happy enough with my civil partnership 34
6:08 PM — Former EastEnders star John Partridge has ruled out returning to the BBC 1 soap and says he doesn’t like being asked if he intends to change his civil partnership into a marriage.
Scottish Government responds to claims that same-sex marriage will lead to Star Wars inspired Jedi marriages 30
4:50 PM — The Scottish Government has responded to claims that plans for equal marriage in Scotland could also pave the way for Star Wars Jedi marriages.