28th March 2013
Bill Maher: Is one of the criteria for being allowed to marry ‘ejaculating in a vagina’? 17
6:35 PM — Television host Bill Maher weighed in on the equal marriage debate when the Supreme Court heard arguments around two cases this week, as he took to Twitter to joke that people might accept equal marriage if they called it by a different name.
US Pastor: Christians will be ‘forced underground’ if Supreme Court allows equal marriage 25
3:26 PM — A US pastor has spoken out against equal marriage following the Supreme Court hearings around it, saying if it is allowed, Christians will be "forced underground", and "their buildings will be taken away from them".
President Obama: There is a ‘strong basis’ for allowing equal marriage 5
1:48 AM — After the US Supreme Court took up two cases around equal marriage this week, President Barack Obama said in an interview that he thought there was a "strong basis" for allowing equal marriage, and the benefits which come with it.
27th March 2013
US: Supreme Court indicates it may strike down the Defense of Marriage Act 5
5:47 PM — The US Supreme Court Justices on Wednesday indicated a possible interest in striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), as it heard arguments around the issue.
Fox News hosts: ‘Tony Perkins has no persuasive argument against equal marriage’ 13
3:02 PM — Fox News presenters Megyn Kelly and Bill O'Reilly surprised viewers by arguing that those opposed to equal marriage, including Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, had no strong arguments against it.
US: Supreme Court takes on arguments around the Defense of Marriage Act 4
2:12 PM — In a second day of landmark hearings, the US Supreme Court is to take on arguments around the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which bans equal marriage across the US.
US: Hundreds of thousands take to social media to support equal marriage 7
2:45 AM — Thousands of social media users have taken to Facebook and Twitter, to change their profile pictures to an altered version of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) logo, in support of equal marriage.
Beyoncé and Madonna come out in support of equal marriage 4
1:46 AM — Beyoncé has joined thousands online in showing her support for equal marriage on her Facebook page, on the first day that the US Supreme Court has taken on two cases challenging same-sex marriage bans.
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.
Tony Perkins: Supreme Court ruling in favour of equal marriage could mean ‘revolution’ 38
5:58 PM — Tony Perkins, the president of the anti-gay Family Research Council has claimed that the US Supreme Court ruling in favour of equal marriage could lead to "revolution".
US: Two Democrats add to count of Senators in favour of equal marriage 3
2:43 PM — The number of Democratic Senators who announced their support for marriage equality this week has risen to three, with Mark Begich and Mark Warner both making statements to that effect.
US: Supreme Court poised to debate same-sex marriage for the first time 4
1:08 PM — The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is set to hear two historic arguments that will decide the legality of same-sex marriage in the US, starting later today.
25th March 2013
US: Senator Claire McCaskill officially announces support for equal marriage 1
2:41 PM — US Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri has announced her official support for equal marriage, and joined the increasing number on both sides of the political spectrum to endorse marriage equality.
US: NFL players make final push for equal marriage: ‘why is common sense not enough?’ 5
12:26 PM — Players in the US National Football League (NFL) have been using their influence to speak out in favour of equal marriage, ahead of the Supreme Court taking on two cases around the issue this week.
23rd March 2013
US: Queue forms for Supreme Court marriage equality cases four days in advance 4
9:45 AM — People wanting to hear next week's Supreme Court deliberations on equal marriage have begun queueing outside, in the face of freezing temperatures and snow forecasts.
21st March 2013
US: Family Research Council tells members to pray that pro-same-sex marriage Supreme Court lawyers are ‘inept’ 22
5:14 PM — Conservative Christian lobby group the Family Research Council have released guides on their website which urge readers to pray that the US Supreme Court maintains anti-equal marriage laws, calling the alternative "an assault against Jesus Christ, Himself."
Cornwall: Anti-gay Christian B&B couple claim they can legally turn away gay couples 113
1:20 PM — Two Christian guesthouse say they can now legally turn away unmarried straight and gay couples.
20th March 2013
US: Supreme Court to release same-day audio recordings from equal marriage cases 4
1:46 AM — In an unexpected move, the US Supreme Court is to release same-day audio recordings of oral arguments given in the two cases around equal marriage, which are due to be taken on next week.
19th March 2013
Study: The Defense of Marriage Act may have cost the US Government over $6 billion 2
5:10 PM — The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) could cost the federal budget of the US over $6 billion between 2005 and 2014, according to a report which predicted that the federal law, which bans equal marriage, could be costing money.
Video: Former US Senator urges Americans to oppose equal marriage for the ‘health’ of the US 12
1:10 AM — Former US Senator Jim DeMint, has taken to YouTube to urge American citizens to fight against equal marriage, saying that the "health" of the US depends on it, and preserve marriage which "existed long before government".