17th July 2012
Scotland: Government decision on marriage expected today 78
11:42 AM — The Scottish government is expected to make a decision later today about whether to bring forward legislation which would allow gay couples to marry when it publishes details of a public consultation today.
Comment: With rare political consensus, Scotland should be next to let gay couples marry 22
10:47 AM — Labour MP for Glasgow North East Willie Bain says equal marriage will ensure LGBT couples are no longer 'separate but equal', but warns that inequality and homophobia will still exist in Scotland.
16th July 2012
ACLU asks Supreme Court to hear lesbian widow’s DOMA case 8
10:19 PM — The Supreme Court has been asked to hear the case of a lesbian widow forced to pay more than $350,000 in federal estate tax after her wife died. The ACLU filed the petition, a writ of certiorari, on behalf of 83-year-old Edith Windsor, who was treated in law as if she and her late wife Thea Spyer were strangers.
US: FDA approves Truvada for HIV prevention 4
10:17 PM — The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Truvada for use in HIV prevention. The drug has been approved for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP, which is the use of antiretroviral drugs to decrease the likelihood of HIV infection in people with a high risk of contracting it.
Texas: Lesbian teenager leaves hospital after shooting 4
10:15 PM — A lesbian teenager in Portland, Texas, has left hospital three weeks after being shot in the head. Mary Kristene Chapa, 19, was seriously injured in the attack while her girlfriend Mollie Olgin, also 19, was killed.
Florida Lt. governor says ‘black women like her’ don’t have lesbian affairs 9
10:13 PM — A Florida lieutenant governor accused of having a lesbian affair with an aide has said that "black women who look like [her]" don't have same-sex relationships.
IDAHO men’s hunger strike ends on twentieth day after health fears
5:09 PM — The founder and two committee members of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia have called off a hunger strike after one was taken to hospital, briefly losing consciousness last week.
Former GaydarRadio news editor says politicians must ‘up their game’ on gay issues 14
4:48 PM — Known as the voice of the evening news on GaydarRadio since February 2010, Scott Roberts told PinkNews.co.uk it was “one of the best jobs in radio” – and he leaves with only one big regret.
Guildford: Council votes against ‘inappropriate’ equal marriage view 31
3:58 PM — Guildford Council in Surrey has voted not to support the government's plans to allow gay and straight couples an equal right to a civil marriage ceremony, saying it would be 'inappropriate' to take a view.
US: Lesbian couple hopes engagement will inspire equal marriage activism 3
3:08 PM — A couple from Connecticut are sharing the story of their engagement online in the hope it might inspire others and help change civil marriage laws in the US and beyond.
Australian Olympic athlete in anti-straight room discrimination claim 38
2:26 PM — An Australian gunman competing at the London Olympics has said it is 'stupid' he and his wife are not allowed to share a room while 'tons of gay couples' representing Australia can.
Bristol ‘full of goodwill’ as Pride parade ends week of celebrations 9
1:07 PM — Despite a grey and dismal start to the day – and a rival march by the English Defence League that claimed to be supporting LGBT rights – Bristol Pride concluded its week-long celebrations on an upbeat note, with a parade and free outdoor festival on College Green, between Council House and Cathedral.
Scotland: Catholic equal marriage referendum ‘a colossal waste of money’ 113
12:36 PM — The call by Cardinal Keith O'Brien, head of the Catholic Church in Scotland and the most senior Catholic in the UK, for a referendum on equal marriage rights for gay couples has been criticised by advocates of the move.
Video: Equal marriage film seeks votes for national awards 6
11:41 AM — Makers of the equal marriage short film Homecoming, which was released earlier this year to support government plans to legalise gay marriages in England and Wales, are appealing for help promoting the film to show in cinemas nationwide.
London: Police continue to appeal over gay sauna death 1
10:45 AM — Police in London are continuing to appeal for information after a body was discovered in a gay sauna in east London early on Wednesday morning.
15th July 2012
US: Lesbian Super-PAC aims to support pro-LGBT and women candidates 4
10:14 PM — A pro-lesbian Super-PAC (political action committee) has been launched to support political candidates in the US who back LGBT and women's rights. L-PAC has already secured high-profile backing from figures such as Billie-Jean King and actress Jane Lynch.
Argentina: Gay couples celebrate second anniversary of marriage law 4
10:11 PM — Gay couples in Argentina are celebrating the second anniversary of a law giving them the right to marry. More than 6,000 gay couples have tied the knot since Argentina's president Christina Fernandez de Kirchner signed the law on July 21st 2010.
Thomson Reuters says Minnesota gay marriage ban ‘would be bad for business’ 6
10:09 PM — One of the world's biggest news outlets, Thomson Reuters, has joined a number of companies in protesting Minnesota's proposed gay marriage ban. In a statement, the firm said the proposed constitutional amendment would not "be good for Thomson Reuters or the business community in the state".
US store Target stocks cards for gay couples 20
10:06 PM — US retailer Target has begun selling greetings cards for same-sex couples. The Star-Tribune reports that cards with messages such as 'Mr & Mr' and 'For two special women' went on sale in mid-June.
14th July 2012
US: Three Atlanta men jailed for anti-gay attack 16
11:59 PM — Three men in the Georgia city of Atlanta, US, have been sentenced to five years in jail and a further five on probation for an assault on a gay man.