15th June 2013
Pope Francis urges French delegates not to follow ‘fashionable’ ideas 39
8:22 PM — In a meeting with a delegation of French legislators in the Vatican City today, Pope Francis urged for religion to be considered in lawmaking. While avoiding particular mention of the country's recent legalisation of same-sex marriage, he warned against picking "fashionable" ideas over religious "spirit".
UK: Muslim group seeks mosques for all sexualities 24
5:51 PM — A group called the Inclusive Mosque Initiative are looking to set up Mosques in the UK that would be open to LGBT members and women.
Bermuda: Anti-discrimination law adopted amid equal marriage controversy 5
5:13 PM — A change to Bermuda's Human Rights Act prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of sexuality was passed on Friday, despite concerns that it would override the country's ban on same sex marriage.
Gibraltar LGBT activist awarded OBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours list 3
3:36 PM — The founder of Gibraltar's Equality Rights Group (formerly Gibraltar Gay Rights) has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
German Cabinet adopts bill to give gay couples equal tax benefits 17
2:30 PM — The German cabinet has adopted a bill granting same-sex couples in civil partnerships the same income tax benefit as married opposite-sex couples.
Gay rights opponent Tory MP Edward Leigh knighted in Queen’s Birthday Honours list 56
12:13 PM — Edward Leigh, Conservative MP for Gainsborough, one of the fiercest critics of equal rights for lesbian and gay people, has been awarded a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Lord Tebbit: I wouldn’t have been surprised if Jimmy Savile was homosexual 88
12:04 PM — Lord Norman Tebbit, the former Conservative Party chairman, gave a candid interview defending himself against accusations of homophobia while suggesting Jimmy Savile seemed gay and that same-sex couples who wish to get married should "go and do something else".
Mixed martial arts boss to fighter who linked equal marriage to incest: ‘Leave talking to smart people’ 7
1:16 AM — The head of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), has commented on a recent controversy in which a fighter asked whether equal marriage would lead to incest, by saying that he "should leave talking to smart people" and "stick to finger painting".
TV presenter Clare Balding awarded OBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours list 6
1:00 AM — Broadcaster and journalist Clare Balding has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list just a few weeks after she collected a special BAFTA award to recognise her on-screen contributions to the Olympic and Paralympic games.
Canada: Hockey player apologises after tweeting anti-gay slur about NBA player 2
12:55 AM — A hockey player from the Canadian city of Winnipeg has become embroiled in controversy, as he promptly apologised for tweeting an anti-gay slur, but not before causing offence.
Despite strong intolerance of gays, Pakistan leads in world for gay porn searches 53
12:23 AM — Despite being strongly intolerant of gay and lesbian people, Pakistan leads in the world for the most Google searches for gay porn, according to a recent analysis of search terms.