14th May 2012
Britain’s Got Talent-winning dog ‘has gay lover’ 12
2:36 PM — One half of the double-act which won Britain's Got Talent on Saturday night says her co-star harbours an attraction for a male cocker spaniel.
MPs declaring early support for equal marriage outnumber opponents three to one 6
2:09 PM — Of the members of Parliament to have made early public statements on marriage equality, those who are likely in principle to vote for the government's proposals to allow gay couples to marry outnumber opponents three to one.
Thousands expected to join Suffolk Pride after year’s absence 3
12:49 PM — Suffolk's LGB&T Network hopes to celebrate the region's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals when the event returns this June.
Stephen Twigg, first openly gay man to be elected as an MP comes @Out4Marriage 4
12:34 PM — Stephen Twigg, the first openly gay man to be elected to the UK's House of Commons, has declared his support for marriage equality in the Out4Marriage campaign.
Equal marriage campaigns ‘demonise the backward working class’, commentator claims 76
12:13 PM — A commentator for a British online magazine has said campaigners 'demonise' the working class by supporting equal marriage rights for gay and straight couples.
Church of Ireland Synod: Gay relationships cannot be ‘normative’ 68
10:37 AM — The General Synod of the Church of Ireland has passed a motion confirming its opposition to the recognition of gay marriages and describing straight unions as the only 'normative' context for a sexual relationship.
13th May 2012
Newsweek names Obama as the first ‘gay’ president 76
9:07 PM — Within days of President Obama formally declaring his support for equal marriage, the American magazine Newsweek has named him the first 'gay' president in its front cover.
UK is the ‘best place in Europe’ to be gay 96
2:40 PM — For all the anti-equality campaigns by some politicians and right-wing religious groups, United Kingdom has been chosen as the best place in Europe for gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in terms of legal rights, according to a study by the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) Europe.
Tory MP Craig Whittaker continues to argue that letting gays marry could lead to three-ways or polygamy 79
1:00 PM — Consecrative MP for Caulder Valley, Craig Whittaker says he worries that changing the law to allow gay couples to marry could lead to legalisation recognising three-way relationships or polygamy.
Tory ministers Philip Hammond and Tim Loughton come out against equal marriage for gay couples 88
12:07 PM — Two senior Conservative ministers have come out against prime minister David Cameron's plans to introduce equal marriage for same sex and opposite sex couples. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the plans were "too controversial" while Families Minister Tim Loughton told a constituent that marriage must only be between a "man and a woman".
12th May 2012
Update: ‘Homophobic’ woman from Nebraska ‘has mental health problems’ 151
11:22 PM — A woman who made startlingly graphic and homophobic comments during an anti-discrimination legislative hearing in Lincoln Nebraska, the video of which went viral within days, has been described as 'having mental health problems' and being diagnosed with schizophrenia.
North Carolina Governor denounces Amendment One 36
6:32 PM — The Governor of North Carolina, Democrat Beverly "Bev" Perdue, has denounced the recent passage of Amendment One, which outlaws all civil unions outside heterosexual marriage, which she said made the state "look like Mississipi."
Australia: Victims of a Facebook hate group sue the military 7
5:25 PM — Just as Australian military marks the twentieth anniversary of making it possible for gay men and women to serve openly in the military, the victims of a Facebook hate page that revealed and threatened gay members serving therein, have filed a law suit over the army's handling of the scandal.
Law Society bans anti-equality conference organised by World Congress of Families 67
4:12 PM — The Law Society, which represents solicitors in England and Wales, has banned a conference organised by the World Congress of Families, an organisation that considers only a heterosexual marriage as the centre of a "natural family."
Four Iranian men due to be hanged for sodomy 203
1:49 PM — Iran court sentence four men from the town of Choram, in the Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province, to death by hanging for sodomy. Four men named 'Saadat Arefi', 'Vahid Akbari', 'Javid Akbari' and 'Houshmand Akbari' are due to be executed shortly after their verdict was approved recently by high court judges, according to a report from the Human Rights Activist News Agency (HRANA) in Iran.
11th May 2012
Costa Rica: Vice Presidents endorse equal rights for gay couples 4
10:58 PM — The vice presidents of Costa Rica, Alfio Piva and Luis Liberman have said, in an interview with Amelia Rueda, that gay couples deserve the same rights as heterosexuals, though they stopped short of endorsing equal marriage.
Poll: 51% of Americans agree with Obama’s support of equal marriage 13
9:46 PM — More than half of Americans have said that they approve of President Obama's support for equal marriage, though 60% of the respondents also said that this announcement would have no bearing on their voting decisions, according to a Gallup/USA Today poll released this evening.
Video: ‘Insanely homophobic’ public hearing on anti-discrimination in Lincoln, Nebraska 143
8:34 PM — A startlingly homophobic and inaccurately graphic video of a woman testifying at non-discrimination ordinance hearings in Lincoln, Nebraska, has gone viral in the LGBT blogosphere, within a day of its being put online.
Man who put up ‘gay free zone’ posters in London sentenced over al-Qaida material 65
6:13 PM — Mohammed Hasnath, the man fined for putting up stickers in east London declaring it a 'gay free zone' has been jailed for possessing material from terrorist group al-Qaida.
University of Wolverhampton students to host equal marriage support day 44
5:18 PM — Students at the University of Wolverhampton who launched an 8,500-strong petition in favour of marriage equality for gay and straight couples will be holding an awareness day next week.