23rd May 2012
In Photos: Harvey Milk Street unveiled in San Diego 8
2:08 PM — A street in San Diego, California has been renamed in honour of the gay rights activist, Harvey Milk, on what would have been his 82nd birthday.
Tory Justice Minister, Crispin Blunt, is @Out4Marriage 22
1:43 PM — The Tory MP for Reigate constituency in Surrey, and the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Prisons and Youth Justice, Crispin Blunt, has recorded a video for the @Out4Marriage campaign, adding to the ever-growing collection of videos from celebrities and politicians for the campaign.
Gay superhero in Astonishing X-Men to get married to his partner 24
11:54 AM — The Marvel comic-strip, X-Men, is to feature its first same-sex wedding, as an openly gay superhero proposed to his boyfriend in an issue that went on sale this week.
Nick Clegg warns Tories against backing down on equal marriage 65
11:05 AM — Just as Owen Paterson, the Tory Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, became the first cabinet minister to oppose equal marriage, Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats and the Deputy Prime Minister, has issued a warning to the Conservatives not to back down on the introduction of marriage equality.
Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Owen Paterson, opposed to equal marriage 89
10:42 AM — The Tory MP Owen Paterson, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, has become the first cabinet member to publicly declare his opposition to marriage equality.
22nd May 2012
Croatia may introduce civil partnerships for gay couples 29
4:18 PM — Croatia may introduce legislations to allow same-sex couples to form domestic partnerships, and also to recognise marriages between members of the same-sex performed elsewhere.
Anti-paedophile vigilante who murdered gay man jailed for 18 years 50
3:35 PM — An anti-paedophile vigilante, who murdered a gay man whom he wrongly believed to be a child molester, has been sentenced to 18 years in prison, and told that he may never be released therefrom.
Advertising Standards Authority accused of bias over Lord Smith’s @Out4Marriage video 47
2:54 PM — The anti-equality group, Coalition for Marriage (C4M) and the religious blogger, Archbishop Cranmer, have accused the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) of bias, after its chairman, Lord Smith, recorded and released a video for the @Out4Marriage Campaign, which asks people who support marriage equality to record and disseminate their message on YouTube.
Video: Lady Gaga kisses Marge Simpson 11
1:59 PM — US pop-star and gay-rights campaigner Lady Gaga has shared an on-screen kiss with Marge Simpson, in the latest episode of the longest running cartoon-sitcom on television.
Video: North Carolina Pastor calls for the death of gay and lesbian people 226
11:59 AM — A pastor from North Carolina has been recorded, in opposing President Obama's endorsement of equal marriage, calling for gay men and lesbians to be put in an electrified penitentiary and be ultimately killed off.
War erupts between India’s cricket chief and his gay son 34
11:28 AM — The gay son of India's cricket chief tells Indian newspapers that his father is using his political influence to torture him and his partner, and that this was now 'a fight to the finish.'
Gay couples and women over 40 to receive fertility treatment through NHS 11
10:40 AM — Same-sex couples and women over 40 will be entitled to free in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment through the National Health Service (NHS), for the first time according to guidelines to be published today.
21st May 2012
Zimbabwe rejects gay rights, says gay people will be imprisoned 61
8:44 PM — After meeting with the UN human rights chief, the justice minister of Zimbabwe vowed not to recognise any gay rights, and also rejected allegations that the country has state-sponsored violence.
Bisexual councillor in Thanet fears ‘hate campaign’ 11
8:08 PM — A bisexual councillor in Kent has said that he may be the target of a homophobic campaign, after receiving a hostile voicemail message, the BBC reports.
Dharun Ravi sentenced to 30 days over filming roommate’s gay kiss 113
7:50 PM — A US student who was convicted of using a webcam to secretly film his room-mate sharing a gay kiss, who eventually committed suicide, has been sentenced to 30 days in prison.
20th May 2012
GAP releases pro-gay ad, under fire from One Million Moms 132
10:02 PM — The US clothing retailer GAP has released a new advertising campaign in Los Angeles, which features a gay couple embracing under one t-shirt, and has predictably drawn the wrath of the anti-gay group, One Million Moms.
Kansas: School teacher compares homosexuality to murder 121
9:47 PM — A middle-school teacher in Kansas has courted condemnation from students and gay rights activists after he wrote on his Facebook page that being gay was 'the same as murder.'
US black civil rights group, NAACP, endorses equal marriage 31
9:24 PM — The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has passed a resolution yesterday endorsing equal marriage, two weeks following President Obama's move to do so.
19th May 2012
Republicans hastily add anti-equal marriage coda to a defence bill 54
11:51 PM — In a sign that equal marriage might be made a more prominent issue than previously thought, following President Obama's support for the measure, Republican-led House of Representatives have hastily added a provision on to a large-scale defence bill that would ban equal marriage ceremonies at military chapels.
Malaysia: Muslim lesbian activist launches controversial book 21
8:44 PM — A Canadian Muslim has launched a controversial new book on liberal Islam in Malaysia, where the majority of citizens are Muslim, despite attempts by a government minister to ban the event.