16th March 2013
US Political Action Committee: ‘Senator’s son may die of AIDS because he accepted that he is gay’ 29
11:29 PM — A political action committee (PAC) has written that by accepting his son's sexuality, Ohio Senator Rob Portman, is putting him at risk of dying "from AIDS", "or oral cancer". It went on to compare homosexuality with cocaine addiction.
Bishop of Liverpool: Can the Church of England continue to deny blessings for same-sex unions? 26
10:23 PM — The Bishop of Liverpool, James Jones, went against the official line of the Church of England and said the church should be offering blessing services for gay couples' unions.
US: North Carolina church refuses to marry straight couples until gay couples can marry 12
9:40 PM — A church in the US state of North Carolina, has said that it won't conduct wedding ceremonies for straight couples, until its pastors are able to officiate same-sex weddings as well.
Video: Doctor claims promiscuity is a legitimate reason to discriminate against LGBT people 49
4:12 PM — A committee considering anti-discrimination laws in America have heard evidence that employers should be able to choose straight people over LGBT people because gay men are promiscuous and make "inappropriate models" for children.
Canada: Gay-straight alliance bill is as disrespectful as a ‘right to eat pork’ Jewish student group, say religious opponents 32
3:11 PM — A bill requiring all schools to allow gay-straight alliances in Canada's Manitoba province has come under fire from religious groups, who say it might as well require Jewish students to advocate for the right eat pork.
Canada: Lawyer says bisexuality shouldn’t have been a factor in client’s murder conviction 8
1:40 PM — A lawyer in Canada is appealing the murder conviction of a bisexual man who killed a male friend who sexually assaulted him. The judge convicting him said he could not have committed a crime of passion since sexual contact with men should have been "normal" for him.
US Christians: A Republican supporting his gay son is like a parent supporting a child who drink drives 106
12:26 PM — A Christian group has mocked a Republican senator who changed his views on same-sex marriage after his son came out, comparing homosexuality to drink driving.
Russian Orthodox group looked to sue US for Alaska to save it from same-sex marriage 22
12:15 PM — A Russian religious conservative group filed a claim in court to sue the US for Alaska, which it bought from Russia in 1867. Their reasoning was they wanted to protect Alaskan Orthodox Christians from the 'sin' of same-sex marriage.
US: Native American tribe hosts first legal Michigan same-sex wedding 2
3:05 AM — The first same-sex wedding ceremony has taken place in the US state of Michigan, following a Native American tribe signing equal marriage into law.
Video: US House Speaker says he ‘can’t imagine’ his position on equal marriage will ‘ever change’ 21
2:43 AM — In an interview, the United States House Speaker John Boehner has said that he "can't imagine" he would "ever" change from his current stance in opposition to equal marriage.
Anti-homophobia group works with baseball minor leagues following use of anti-gay slur
2:09 AM — The founder of an anti-homophobia sports organisation has spoken to the minor league teams of a baseball team involved in a controversy last year, when a player wore an anti-gay slur on his face.
Supreme Court grants Obama administration the right to argue same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional 13
12:02 AM — President Obama's administration has been granted the opportunity to argue to the US Supreme Court that California's Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.