9th October 2012
US: Scout denied Eagle badge invited onto the Ellen Degeneres Show 11
10:33 PM — An 18-year-old Boy Scout from Moraga, California, who was denied the Eagle Scout badge after coming out as gay, despite completing all of the requirements, has been invited onto the Ellen Degeneres Show this Thursday.
Australia: Speaker Peter Slipper quits amid sex scandal
8:46 PM — Australia’s parliamentary Speaker Peter Slipper has resigned after text messages showed he had used sexist and vulgar language in an exchange with a gay former staffer, who is suing him for sexual harassment.
Comment: Lord Carey’s Nazi rhetoric is an insult to history 40
8:28 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Nicolas Chinardet takes the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey to task for comparing the opponents of equal marriage to persecuted Jews in Nazi Germany.
PC Fiona Bone laid to rest in Scotland
7:16 PM — Fiona Bone, the police officer who was murdered in Manchester, has been laid to rest in Moray in north east Scotland.
X Factor’s Lucy Spraggan wanted to be a boy called ‘Max’, says mum 4
5:56 PM — The mother of Lucy Spraggan, the lesbian X Factor contender, has revealed that the singer wore boxers and asked to be called “Max” when she was at primary school.
Former Irish president announces support for equal marriage 15
4:19 PM — Ireland’s former president Mary McAleese says she supports marriage rights for same-sex couples.
Comment: “It was an amazing push for marriage equality” 6
1:43 PM — Despite last week’s equal marriage defeat in the Northern Ireland Assembly, in a comment piece for PinkNews.co.uk, Gary Spedding says there are reasons to be optimistic when it comes to securing LGBT equality in Northern Ireland.
UK: National AIDS Trust celebrates 25th anniversary with special video 38
12:39 PM — The UK’s National AIDS Trust is celebrating its 25th anniversary today with a new campaign film.
UK: Christian Labour MP changes his mind and backs equal marriage 16
11:54 AM — The Labour MP for Huddersfield Barry Sheerman has said he now supports equal marriage rights for same-sex couples after previously being “unsure”.
David Cameron determined to press ahead with equal marriage 39
11:29 AM — Despite Monday’s high-profile anti-equal marriage protest against the backdrop of the Conservative Party Conference, Prime Minister David Cameron remains determined to press ahead with marriage reform.
US: NAACP to launch pro marriage equality radio adverts ahead of Maryland referendum 3
12:48 AM — The National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People in Maryland will launch a series of radio adverts on Tuesday, urging voters to support equal marriage for same-sex couples in the state referendum on 6 November.