25th May 2013
Birmingham Pride kicks off with Peter Tatchell leading Equal Love carnival 4
11:54 AM — Birmingham Pride festivities begin today at noon with an 'Equal Love' themed carnival march and will continue over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Obama praises Boy Scouts’ progress but wants gay leaders too 8
11:18 AM — US President Barack Obama has praised the Boy Scouts of America for opening up their membership to gay youth, but reaffirmed his belief that leadership opportunities in the organisation should be available to gay adults.
Former Leeds player Robbie Rogers slated to return as first openly gay footballer 13
10:29 AM — Robbie Rogers, the former Leeds United and Stevenage player who retired from football earlier this year, is set to return to play Major League Soccer in the US.
21st May 2013
Amendments to equal marriage bill on transgender rights withdrawn at request of Equality Minister 19
6:50 PM — Equality Minister Helen Grant asked for amendments on rights for trans people in same-sex couples to be withdrawn in today's House of Commons debate on the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill.
Equal marriage referendum amendment fails to appear in House of Commons 8
6:17 PM — A promised amendment to the UK’s same-sex marriage bill proposing a public referendum on marriage equality was not tabled in the House of Commons debate today.
Humanist wedding amendment withdrawn over concerns of human rights convention breach 17
4:44 PM — An amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill concerning humanist marriage ceremonies was withdrawn during the third and final reading of the bill.
New York: Thousands of protesters condemn murder of ‘gay angel Mark Carson’ 6
11:51 AM — Thousands of people marched in Manhattan on Monday to denounce a rise in violence against LGBT people, and in particular the brutal shooting on Saturday of Mark Carson.
20th May 2013
MPs reject legal protection for religious anti-gay equality beliefs 15
7:37 PM — An amendment proposed by Conservative MP Edward Leigh, a staunch equal marriage opponent, to amend the Equality Act in order to provide further legal protections for those who disagree with allowing gay couples to marry has been defeated by the House of Commons.
Amendment to allow civil registrars to opt-out of same-sex marriages defeated by MPs 32
7:15 PM — An amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill tabled by Conservative MP David Burrowes, urging for registrars to be allowed to opt out of performing marriages for gay couples, has been defeated by the House of Commons.
Video: President Obama tells all-male college ‘Be the best husband to your boyfriend’ 7
6:01 PM — US President Barack Obama delivered a highly inclusive commencement address to students graduating from the all-male Morehouse College this weekend.
Former Australian PM Kevin Rudd reverses anti-marriage equality stance 20
4:55 PM — The former Prime Minister of Australia and self-described 'god-botherer', Kevin Rudd, has stated that after a "re-think" on same-sex marriage he has decided to support it, reversing his previous staunch opposition.
China: 18-year-old IDAHOT activist detained for 12 days
2:32 PM — It has emerged that one of four LGBT marchers detained in the Chinese city of Changsha following Friday's IDAHOT events remains in prison, and has been sentenced to 12 days in jail.
David Burrowes: I oppose all ‘dilutions’ of marriage 12
1:37 PM — Tory MP David Burrowes has once again voiced his opposition to same-sex marriage, and has revealed he will not be voting for an amendment to the bill allowing opposite-sex couples to have civil partnerships either.
Francis Maude: How my late gay brother’s legacy shaped my equal marriage support
12:10 PM — Francis Maude, the Minister for the Cabinet Office and a vocal supporter of LGBT rights in the Conservative Party, has written ahead of today's debate on the same-sex marriage bill about how the loss of his gay brother led him to support marriage equality.
Church of Scotland set to debate ordination of gay clergy 3
10:49 AM — The Church of Scotland is due to debate today whether it will continue to allow the ordination of lesbian and gay ministers. Around 850 ministers will take part in the annual General Assembly in Edinburgh this week.
19th May 2013
Lynne Featherstone: I support opposite-sex civil partnerships but the amendment may be a ‘cynical trap’ 14
7:15 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone has said she supports opposite-sex civil partnerships, but is concerned that proposed amendments to the same-sex marriage bill allowing them are being pushed by marriage equality opponents.
Poll: 73% of MPs support civil partnerships amendment to equal marriage bill 11
7:01 PM — A new ComRes survey of 159 MPs, conducted over the past month, has found overwhelming parliamentary support for the amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, championed by Tim Loughton MP, which would extend civil partnerships to opposite sex couples.
China: IDAHOT activists detained in two cities 4
6:44 PM — LGBT activists marking the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia in two Chinese cities were detained by police.
Archbishop of Canterbury endorses Church’s opposition to opposite-sex civil partnerships 23
6:15 PM — In a u-turn on his previous commitment to supporting civil partnerships for opposite-sex couples, Archbishop Justin Welby has endorsed the Church of England's statement opposing them.
Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans faces third claim of sexual assault
2:20 PM — A man has alleged that he was sexually assaulted by the deputy Speaker of the House of Commons, Nigel Evans. It follows two earlier allegations brought against Mr Evans this month.