15th February 2013
eHarmony founder: ‘Staff feared for their lives after we were ordered to put up a gay dating site’ 47
7:21 PM — The CEO and founder of dating website eHarmony has said that same-sex marriage had "damaged" his business, and being forced to cater to gay people had resulted in so much anger from Christians he had to hire guards to protect his staff.
Associated Press reaffirms that gay married couples are ‘partners’ rather than ‘husbands’ and ‘wives’ in face of criticism 11
5:44 PM — The Associated Press say that telling their reporters to call same-sex married couples "partners" instead of "husbands" or "wives" reflects existing practice, attracting criticism from LGBT groups.
UK: Equality groups predict some gay married couples will have to fight for pension rights in court 2
5:33 PM — Rights group Liberty has raised concerns that the same-sex marriage bill does not address inequalities in pensions between straight married couples and gay couples in civil partnerships.
Welsh Secretary David Jones: Gay parents cannot provide a ‘safe environment for the upbringing of children’ 25
2:12 PM — Stonewall Cymru has criticised the claims of Welsh Secretary David Jones, who said in an interview that he voted against the same-sex marriage bill because gay parents can't provide a "warm and safe environment" for children.
Survey: Gay teens come out at 16 with a little help from their friends 8
1:42 PM — A survey of 16-25 year olds carried out by the Metro Centre has found that young LGBT people start questioning their sexuality at an average age of 13, and the first people they come out to are their friends.
Belarus: Scare tactics and raids used on gay clubs after LGBT group’s registration rejected 4
11:07 AM — After an unsuccessful attempt to legally register an LGBT rights group, activists in Belarus say they are experiencing raids on gay clubs and other scare tactics.
14th February 2013
Brendan O’Neill: Equal marriage is an elitist campaign with no roots in the public 91
7:02 PM — Journalist Brendan O'Neill appeared before the Public Bill Committee scrutinising the same-sex marriage bill, and used the opportunity to argue that it was "an elitist campaign that doesn't have any traction with the public".
US: Bill backed by Obama proposes to give immigration rights to same-sex partners 4
4:08 PM — The Uniting American Families Bill proposes to "grant same-sex, bi-national couples the same immigration benefits heterosexual couples have long enjoyed."
Lord Pannick: Forcing churches to perform same-sex weddings would be ‘more difficult than parting the Red Sea’ 17
12:41 PM — A top Blackstone lawyer and peer has given evidence to the Public Bill Committee scrutinising the same-sex marriage bill to the effect that succeeding in a court case against a church that refuses to opt-in to same-sex weddings would be legally impossible.
13th February 2013
Thailand: Public hearings on civil unions begin 6
7:01 PM — A series of public hearings in Thailand to discuss the possibility of establishing civil partnerships for gay couples has been taking place in Bangkok.
US: Increase in colleges providing health insurance to trans students
6:48 PM — A growing number of America's top universities are now extending health insurance coverage to transgender students, that's according to campaigners.
US: Obama State of the Union speech calls out to gay service members 3
4:03 PM — President Obama referred to gay soldiers in his State of the Union address last night and said that Americans should be able to get ahead "no matter who they love".
Russia: Coach blames demise of Olympic wrestling on gay conspiracy 68
3:08 PM — The coach of Olympic Russian wrestlers has claimed that the International Olympic Committee's decision to demote wrestling is because its leader has links to "sexual minorities".
US: Senate renews Violence Against Women Act with new protections for gay people 7
1:48 PM — The US Senate has renewed the Violence Against Women Act while expanding it to cover gay, immigrant, and Native American victims - something it failed to do when it went up for a vote in 2011.
UK: Conservative councillor Mormon brothers leave party over equal marriage 56
1:36 PM — Two Mormon councillors in Warwickshire, who are also brothers, have quit the Conservative Party over its support for same-sex marriage.
Germany: Poll finds that 26% of voters would not back a gay Chancellor 22
1:22 PM — A poll of German voters found that more than a quarter of those surveyed opposed both the idea of a gay Chancellor and the idea of an ethnic non-German Chancellor.
UK: Churches ‘priced out’ of offering civil partnerships due to higher licensing costs 3
11:11 AM — It has been revealed that religious institutions are being charged up to 16 times more for a civil partnership licence than a marriage licence by local councils, preventing many from offering services to same-sex couples.
India: Police raid gay party and arrest 22 men 7
10:57 AM — Police in Mumbai have raided a bungalow where a gay party was being held and booked 22 men for indecent behaviour and lacking permissions to hold a party.
11th February 2013
Analysis: A pro-gay Catholic Church leader? Don’t get your Popes up 30
7:22 PM — Of the top contenders for the role of Pope, who would be the least bad for the gay community?
Documents reveal dropped plan for Canadian same-sex wedding bank notes 2
7:08 PM — The bank of Canada considered putting an image of a same-sex wedding on bank notes, revealed by documents shown to the Canadian press.