11th April 2013
US: Volunteer demands reinstatement at Catholic parish which fired him for being gay 1
4:09 PM — A volunteer at a Long Island Catholic parish has demanded reinstatement after being dismissed when the church received an anonymous letter revealing he was gay.
US: Neurosurgeon who linked equal marriage to bestiality pulls out of speaking at diploma ceremony 3
3:32 PM — Dr Benjamin Carson, a neurosurgeon with Johns Hopkins University and a conservative speaker, has pulled out of appearing as commencement speaker at the school's diploma ceremony.
US: Lesbian daughter of New York mafia boss pleads mercy for her ‘supportive’ father 4
2:49 PM — The daughter of a high-ranking New York mafia boss has pleaded for mercy on his behalf, saying he supported her and her same-sex partner and deserves to spend time with their son.
US: Washington state sues florist for refusing to provide service for same-sex wedding 14
2:25 AM — The US state of Washington’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit against a florist which refused to provide flowers to a same-sex wedding.
US: Montana House votes to repeal unconstitutional sodomy law 9
1:52 AM — The House in the US State of Montana has voted in support of a bill to remove a law which makes gay sex a crime.
10th April 2013
Apple CEO Tim Cook tops Out Magazine’s Power List for third year, despite not being ‘out’ 10
11:57 PM — Apple's Chief Executive, Tim Cook has topped the Power List for US magazine Out for the third year in a row, despite not being openly gay.
US: California bill to remove tax-exempt status from Boy Scouts scheduled for first hearing 12
6:19 PM — A California bill which would remove the tax exempt status from youth groups such as the Boy Scouts of America, if they uphold policies excluding gay members, is to undergo its first committee hearing today.
American Decency Association: ‘Television shoves homosexuality down our throats’ 25
5:53 PM — US evangelical organisation the American Decency Association (ADA) has published an article in response to a backlash it received in response to a piece which attacked basketball Magic Johnson for supporting his gay son, and reiterated its stance that he should not support him.
Apple criticised after banning comic because of gay sexual images 22
11:18 AM — Apple has banned the sale of a comic which features two small images of gay sex.
9th April 2013
Rick Santorum: It would be ‘suicidal’ for the Republican Party to support equal marriage 21
5:33 PM — Former US presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has spoken out against the idea that the Republican Party might support equal marriage, and said it would be "suicidal" if it did.
White House press secretary says America’s growing support for equal marriage is a ‘remarkable evolution’ 1
4:45 PM — White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has praised America’s growing support for equal marriage, calling it a "remarkable evolution".
US: Texas may extend legal protections to include gay teenagers 2
2:50 PM — Despite strong opposition from Republican leaders, lawmakers in the US state of Texas may attempt to introduce new legal protections for sexually active gay teens.
8th April 2013
US: Cindy McCain to appear in Proposition 8 play 1
5:47 PM — Cindy McCain, the wife of 2008 Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain, is to appear in a play about Proposition 8, the US state of California's controversial ban on same-sex marriage.
Vatican advisor: Pro-equal marriage Catholics should not take Communion 67
4:20 PM — A legal advisor to the Vatican has said that Catholics who support same-sex marriage should not approach for communion, with the Archbishop of Detroit adding that to do so would be to commit "perjury".
US: Second Illinois GOP lawmaker announces support for equal marriage bill 1
3:58 PM — A second Republican in the Illinois House has announced his support for a bill to legalise equal marriage, and has said that he thinks others will follow.
US: Electronic Arts notes anti-gay campaign as reason for ‘Worst Company in America’ award 12
3:21 PM — Video games company Electronic Arts (EA) is a highly likely contender to win the award for the Worst Company in America, for the second year running, and the company's COO said he thought an anti-gay campaign was partly to blame, but said he was "proud" of the company for supporting issues such as equal marriage.
US: Lady Gaga turned down $1 million to perform at Republican Party convention 1
2:53 PM — According to details of a new lawsuit filed, it has been revealed that Lady Gaga turned down $1 million to perform at the US Republican Party Convention (RNC) in August.
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.