25th March 2013
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.
24th March 2013
US folk singer Michelle Shocked announces talk on ‘gay-bashing’, but not welcome at proposed venue 20
10:10 PM — Singer Michelle Shocked, who caused an outrage last week over a sudden anti-gay tirade during a concert, Tweeted that she would give a talk on gay-bashing this weekend, only for the venue to respond that she wasn't welcome.
US: Top Republican advisor says 2016 presidential candidate may support same-sex marriage 7
9:15 PM — Senior Republican Party advisor Karl Rove has said he could see the party accepting a pro-marriage equality leader by 2016, but predicted the Supreme Court will not deny states the right to make their own decisions on whether to legalise same-sex marriage.
Poll: Ohio voters shift in favour of removing equal marriage ban 3
1:25 PM — A new poll has shown that, since approving a constitutional ban on equal marriage in 2004, more than half of residents of the US state of Ohio now support equal marriage.
US: Senator who reversed position to support equal marriage finds GOP crowd ‘very respectful’ 5
2:34 AM — US Senator Rob Portman, who came out in support of equal marriage last week, spoke at a Republican Party event this weekend, and said that the audience was "very respectful" of his change in stance.
23rd March 2013
US: Mississippi school under fire for alleged bullying of LGBT students by staff 25
11:13 AM — A school in Mississippi has come under fire after reports of LGBT students being bullied by both students and staff emerged.
US: Kentucky Governor vetoes bill protecting right to act based on religious belief following lobbies by LGBT rights groups 34
10:25 AM — The Governor of Kentucky has vetoed a bill proposing legal protection be given to people acting on religious motivations, which activists warned was "a clear and present danger to the gay and lesbian community".
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.
Rick Perry attacks Madonna for GLAAD Awards boy scout costume appearance 12
2:27 AM — Texas Governor Rick Perry has voiced his distaste at Madonna's recent appearance at the GLAAD Awards, which she attended dressed as a boy scout, and spoke out against the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay members.
Sony Pictures co-chairman: Hollywood has to ‘do better’ than allowing anti-gay slurs in films 20
1:55 AM — The co-chairman of Sony Pictures has spoken out about the damaging effect anti-gay slurs and offensive stereotypes can have, emphasising the importance of Hollywood's influence on changing public perception.
22nd March 2013
Starbucks CEO defends equal marriage backing and tells unhappy shareholder to sell stock 17
6:10 PM — The CEO of Starbucks took to defending the company's decision to back equal marriage, in the face of criticism from a shareholder at the company's shareholders meeting.
US: LGBT anti-discrimination law under review before introduction next month 2
5:40 PM — Gay Representative Jared Polis will be responsible for introducing the Employment Non-Discrimination Act to Congress in April. Mr Polis said he is currently working with the LGBT community to create the most inclusive bill possible.
US: New Jersey Governor announces opposition to ‘gay cure’ therapy 7
5:27 PM — The Governor or New Jersey has official announced his opposition to gay conversion therapy, after previously saying he had been undecided on the issue.
US radio host: ‘Mitt Romney could have won more votes if he had more anti-gay ads’ 12
4:32 PM — Speaking for the Family Research Council (FRC), an adamantly anti-gay campaign group, Gary Bauer claimed that, despite many Republican losses, Mitt Romney only won in the state of North Carolina because of an anti-gay ad campaign.
Study: Schools in Colorado considered ‘hostile’ for LGBT students
3:39 PM — A report released this week has found that some schools in the US state of Colorado are considered "hostile" environments for LGBT students.
US: Colorado Governor signs civil unions bill into law 3
2:08 PM — In a historic day for the US state of Colorado, Governor John Hickenlooper signed civil unions into law on Thursday, following several attempts to pass the legislation in recent years.
US: Bill to lift ban on HIV positive organ donation passes Senate committee 7
2:12 AM — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), on Thursday praised a US Senate committee for approving a bill which would allow the donation of HIV positive organs to HIV positive recipients.
US Senator: ‘I’m not gay, so I’m not going to marry one’ 18
1:35 AM — A Republican Senator in the US answered the question of whether his views opposing equal marriage had changed briefly and frankly, saying that they had not.
21st March 2013
US: University pulls state funding from sex education week following Fox News ‘lesbian bondage’ complaint 14
5:25 PM — The University of Tennessee (UT) has made the decision to pull state funding from a week-long sex education event, following a complaint by a Fox News radio host who claimed that it was giving the money to a "lesbian bondage" expert.
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."