6th April 2013
Lib Dem MP tables same-sex marriage bill amendment separating state and religious marriages 74
2:23 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Greg Mulholland has submitted an amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill which calls for civil marriage to become completely separate from religious marriage.
5th April 2013
US: Two further Democratic Senators come out for equal marriage 2
4:26 PM — Two further Democratic Senators from conservative states have announced their support for marriage equality in Facebook posts, leaving only four of their colleagues still opposed or unsure.
US: Senator Bill Nelson declares support for marriage equality as ‘God created us all with rights’ 17
3:53 PM — Florida Democrat Bill Nelson has changed his position on same-sex marriage, adding to a recent outbreak of support which has seen the Senate tip in favour of marriage equality.
Australia: Sydney rainbow crossing to be removed for causing road safety hazard 2
12:44 PM — A road crossing in Sydney's gay precinct which was painted in rainbow colours for the city's 35th Mardi Gras celebrations is set to be torn up later this month.
Former Essex councillor denies resignation was linked to gay ‘porn’ discovered on council laptop 4
11:22 AM — A Liberal Democrat councillor in Newport has denied that his recent resignation was linked to a row earlier this year over his council-owned laptop, which was found to be storing explicit gay porn images.
3rd April 2013
US: City becomes first in Arizona to allow same-sex civil unions despite warning of attorney general 4
4:16 PM — A city in Arizona has defied legal threats and legalised same-sex civil unions, in a first for the deeply conservative state.
Joey Barton makes transphobic ‘ladyboy’ Twitter slur at Brazilian footballer 18
12:11 PM — English footballer Joey Barton, currently playing for Olympique de Marseilles, lashed out with transphobic comments about Brazilian player Thiago Silva on Twitter today.
30th March 2013
Christian group accuses Boris Johnson of ‘cover up’ in gay cure London bus ad battle 27
11:43 PM — A Christian legal group behind an ad campaign for controversial gay cure therapies, the ban on which was upheld by a high court this month, has demanded memos from Boris Johnson in a new bid to prove he acted unlawfully.
US: Students shun top neurosurgeon following anti-gay comments on Fox News 31
10:50 PM — Dr Benjamin Carson, a neurosurgeon at John Hopkins University and conservative speaker, has come under fire for comments made on Fox News in which he compared gay people to a pedophilia advocacy group, as well as to bestiality.
US: Public consultation on hold while Medicare definition of gender reassignment as ‘experimental’ challenged 2
9:55 PM — A consultation on US healthcare programmes covering gender reassignment surgery was quickly halted, with the Department of Health and Human Services saying they must first consider a challenge to Medicare's definition of the surgery as "experimental".
UK: Printer claims working with LGBT magazine would contradict his faith 47
1:14 PM — The editor of an LGBT magazine in Northern Ireland said he was "hurt" by a printer's refusal to work with him on the grounds that he was "not comfortable" associating with the magazine's target audience.
Bishop of Shrewsbury Easter homily plans to attack same-sex marriage as detracting from value of human life 39
12:27 PM — The Bishop of Shrewsbury will address a trinity of controversial topics in his Easter homily at Shrewsbury Cathedral tomorrow.
Northern Ireland: Amnesty warns of future legal battle over marriage inequality 7
11:37 AM — Amnesty International and the Rainbow Project have warned that the Northern Irish government will be subject to "a straightforward legal challenge on the basis of inferior treatment" from its residents, unless it brings its laws in line with the rest of the UK on equal marriage.
Lord Carey: David Cameron’s support for marriage equality has made Christians feel persecuted 107
9:02 AM — The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord George Carey, has attacked David Cameron for his push for same-sex marriage, saying his has fueled "anxieties" among the UK'S Christians.
28th March 2013
US: Kentucky overrules veto on bill protecting actions motivated by religious belief 13
6:04 PM — The Senate and House of Kentucky have voted to override the Governor's veto on a religious freedom law, which opponents worry may protect those who discriminate against LGBT people.
US: Arizona House panel approves amended law targeting trans people 10
4:23 PM — A panel of lawmakers from the Arizona House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to pass a bill which would allow business owners to discriminate against trans people by barring their use of facilities that don't correspond to the gender on their birth certificate.
US: Tennessee’s reintroduced ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill dies 12
12:48 PM — Tennessee's 'Don't Say Gay' bill, which would have required teachers to tell parents if their child confided in them about their sexuality, has died before a House Subcommittee.
Commons Speaker John Bercow joins Stonewall’s Brighton Equality Walk 11
11:08 AM — Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow will join Zoe Lyons, Rylan Clark and Lucy Spraggan in supporting Stonewall's Brighton Equality Walk on 5 May.
26th March 2013
US: Two Democrats add to count of Senators in favour of equal marriage 3
2:43 PM — The number of Democratic Senators who announced their support for marriage equality this week has risen to three, with Mark Begich and Mark Warner both making statements to that effect.
US: Supreme Court poised to debate same-sex marriage for the first time 4
1:08 PM — The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) is set to hear two historic arguments that will decide the legality of same-sex marriage in the US, starting later today.