8th April 2013
US: Saturday Night Live opens with Kim Jong Un ‘evolving’ on same-sex marriage 1
2:46 PM — 'Saturday Night Live' satirised the current focus on same-sex marriage in the USA in an opening sketch featuring North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un coming out for marriage equality.
Bryan Fischer to caller: ‘Get out of gay-friendly church before it destroys your family’ 10
12:47 PM — The American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer, has advised a caller who phoned into his radio programme to "get out" of a church which accepts gay people as it will "destroy" her children.
Video: David Letterman says opposition to equal marriage is ‘beyond embarrassing’ 2
11:56 AM — US television host David Letterman has voiced his annoyance at the equal marriage debate in America, saying it is "beyond embarrassing" that opposition to it remains, and says that it is "absolute stupidity" to oppose it.
7th April 2013
American Decency Association: Magic Johnson is ‘damaging’ his gay son by supporting him 21
9:50 PM — An evangelical Christian group has attacked basketball star Magic Johnson, for speaking out earlier this week in support of his gay son who publicly came out last weekend.
US: Brendon Ayanbadejo speaks to Anderson Cooper about four NFL players coming out 2
8:04 PM — Former Baltimore Ravens player and equal marriage advocate, Brendon Ayanbadejo has expanded on his announcement earlier this week that four NFL players might soon come out as gay.
Poll: US support for equal marriage has grown in all 50 states 3
7:42 PM — Over the past eight years support for equal marriage has grown in all 50 US states by an average of 13.6%, a new poll has found.
Snoop Lion: ‘In the rap world, I don’t know if being gay will ever be acceptable’ 19
5:02 PM — Rap star turned reggae artist Snoop Lion has said that, in the rap music industry, being gay may never be "acceptable" in the way it is for singers.
6th April 2013
Video: Family Research Institute head claims same-sex marriage would shorten lifespan of gay people 39
9:50 PM — The founder of the Family Research Institute has urged the Supreme Court to uphold bans on same-sex marriage in order to prevent harm to gay people, claiming his research shows their lifespans are shortened by long term relationships.
US: Louisiana Democratic Senator personally for marriage equality but won’t defy the state line against it 14
6:30 PM — Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu has said that while she personally believes in marriage equality she will not support it, out of deference to Louisiana's anti-gay partnerships stance.
US: Senator Mark Pryor undecided on marriage equality and ‘whether being gay is a choice’ 21
3:56 PM — In a radio interview Arkansas Democratic Senator Mark Pryor said he was undecided on equal marriage, and added that he had "never really thought" about whether being gay is a choice or not.
US: Neurosurgeon Ben Carson apologises for ‘poorly chosen’ comparison between gay people and pedophiles 16
3:21 PM — Dr Benjamin Carson, a neurosurgeon with Johns Hopkins University and a conservative speaker, has apologised for comments made on Fox News comparing gay people to a pedophilia advocacy group, as well as to bestiality.
Adam Lambert splits from long-term boyfriend Sauli Koskinen 22
2:56 PM — Singer Adam Lambert has split up with Finnish reality TV star Sauli Koskinen, who had been his boyfriend since 2010.
5th April 2013
Brendon Ayanbadejo says four gay NFL players may soon come out, all at the same time 6
10:44 PM — American football player and equal rights advocate Brendon Ayanbadejo has said that he thinks several NFL players could come out "sooner than you think", and that he was in talks with four players who might all come out on the same day.
US radio host calls TIME magazine equal marriage cover ‘indecent’ and ‘a perversion’ 47
10:29 PM — Peter LaBarbera of the anti-gay group, Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, has again weighed in on the debate about equal marriage, commenting on a TIME magazine cover featuring a gay kiss, and calling it a "perversion".
Fox News contributor on Jeremy Irons’ father-son marriage comments: ‘Seriously, why not incest?’ 39
6:50 PM — A Fox News host has commented on comments made earlier this week by actor Jeremy Irons, who linked incest to equal marriage, and suggested that supporters of equal marriage will move on to push for polygamous marriage next.
Stephen Colbert mocks Jeremy Irons for equal marriage incest comments 12
5:52 PM — Political satirist Stephen Colbert mocked Oscar winning actor Jeremy Irons for comments made earlier this week suggesting that fathers might marry their sons in order to avoid inheritance tax, if equal marriage were made legal.
US: University Athletic Director follows basketball coach and is fired for abuse video
5:10 PM — The Athletic Director of Rutgers University has been sacked following the dismissal earlier this week of a basketball coach who was caught on camera subjecting students to homophobic and physical abuse.
US: NFL’s Chris Kluwe and Brendon Ayanbadejo honoured with equality award 1
4:30 PM — NFL players Brendon Ayanbadejo and Chris Kluwe were honoured on Thursday with an award from Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), for their work advocating for the LGBT community.
US: Two further Democratic Senators come out for equal marriage 2
4:26 PM — Two further Democratic Senators from conservative states have announced their support for marriage equality in Facebook posts, leaving only four of their colleagues still opposed or unsure.
US: Senator Bill Nelson declares support for marriage equality as ‘God created us all with rights’ 17
3:53 PM — Florida Democrat Bill Nelson has changed his position on same-sex marriage, adding to a recent outbreak of support which has seen the Senate tip in favour of marriage equality.