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".
18th March 2013
Video: 12-year-old writes to US Supreme Court justice urging strike-down of Proposition 8 7
4:49 PM — A 12-year-old in California has written a letter to a Supreme Court justice, urging him to strike down Proposition 8, the state-wide ban on equal marriage.
US: Same-sex health benefits bill passes initial vote in Vermont House
4:09 PM — The House in the US state of Vermont has voted in favour of a bill which requires out-of-state companies to offer equal healthcare benefits to same-sex couples as they offer to opposite-sex couples.
16th March 2013
Video: US House Speaker says he ‘can’t imagine’ his position on equal marriage will ‘ever change’ 21
2:43 AM — In an interview, the United States House Speaker John Boehner has said that he "can't imagine" he would "ever" change from his current stance in opposition to equal marriage.
Supreme Court grants Obama administration the right to argue same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional 13
12:02 AM — President Obama's administration has been granted the opportunity to argue to the US Supreme Court that California's Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
13th March 2013
Obama: Banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional 10
3:46 PM — US President Barack Obama says he cannot imagine a state's same-sex marriage ban being constitutional.
11th March 2013
US: Religious think tank behind controversial study on same-sex parenting 13
5:30 PM — The American Independent has obtained documents about the "Regnerus study" widely used by conservatives as an argument against same-sex marriage, which shows the study was organised by a religious think tank to coincide with the Supreme Court's deliberations on marriage equality.
8th March 2013
Bill Clinton: I signed it, but now the Defense of Marriage Act must be overturned 35
2:49 AM — Former US President Bill Clinton, has urged the Supreme Court to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, writing an article which states that, despite signing it himself in 1996, we live in a "different time" and it must be repealed.
Mexico: Supreme Court rules that anti-gay slurs are hate speech 4
1:56 AM — The top court in Mexico has ruled that two words, both anti-gay slurs which are commonly used in the country, are hate speech, and therefore should not be protected as freedom of speech under the constitution.
7th March 2013
US: Lesbian adoption case could challenge Michigan state’s equal marriage ban
3:18 PM — A lesbian couple from Detroit have filed a lawsuit in order to try to adopt each other's children by overturning Michigan state's ban on same-sex adoption, which has escalated into a potentially groundbreaking case against the ban on equal marriage in the state.
2nd March 2013
Ellen writes open letter to the Supreme Court urging it to strike down Proposition 8 3
6:06 PM — American TV host Ellen has made her opinion known to the Supreme Court which, later in March, will begin to take on the case of whether to overturn Proposition 8, California's statewide ban on equal marriage.
US: NFL players Kluwe and Ayanbadejo file Supreme Court brief in support of equal marriage 4
1:28 AM — Two top NFL players, both equal rights advocates, have filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court, urging it to strike down Proposition 8, the Californian ban on equal marriage.
1st March 2013
Obama: If I were a Supreme Court judge, I’d remove laws banning same-sex marriage 24
6:15 PM — President Obama has said that if he sat on the US Supreme Court, he would most likely rule that same-sex marriage bans are unconstitutional.
27th February 2013
US: ‘Most conservative Congress member’ denies claim she signed pro-equal marriage brief 3
6:52 PM — Marilyn Musgrove made news today when it was alleged the ultra-conservative former congresswoman had signed an amicus briefing backing same-sex marriage, only for it to emerge the New York Times had made a mistake.
Canadian male former drug using prostitute criticised for handing out homophobic leaflets 14
4:22 PM — The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that William Whatcott broke human rights laws when he decided to hand out flyers calling gay men paedophiles and sodomites.
60 US companies call on Supreme Court to strike down same-sex marriage bans 4
10:34 AM — Some of America’s largest companies including Apple, Facebook, eBay, Intel, and Morgan Stanley are set to call on the US Supreme Court to strike down laws banning same-sex marriages.
22nd February 2013
US: Lawyers urge Supreme Court to remove all bans on equal marriage nationwide 3
6:32 PM — Two attorneys have filed a brief with the US Supreme Court, adding their view to the pile of those weighing in on what position the court should take on bans on same-sex marriages.
21st February 2013
Puerto Rico: 200,000 rally against gay rights 6
5:21 PM — A demonstration against equal rights for gay people in Puerto Rico earlier this week saw hundreds of thousands of people turn up.
Obama considers intervening on Supreme Court equal marriage decision 10
12:07 PM — President Obama is considering intervening on the Supreme Court's decision on Proposition 8, the controversial ruling that banned same-sex marriage in California in 2008.