12th August 2012
Tammy Smith becomes US’s first openly gay army general 7
6:55 PM — Less than a year after the repeal of the United State’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy that banned openly gay and lesbian people in the US armed forces, Tammy Smith has become the first openly gay US army general.
Australia: Premiers of South Australia and Tasmania promise same-sex marriage 11
11:42 AM — The premiers of South Australia and Tasmania say that they will legislate to introduce same-sex marriage regardless of what Australian federal prime minister Julia Gillard or parliament does.
10th August 2012
Gay diver Matthew Mitcham joins Tom Daley in Olympic semi-final 10
11:54 PM — Australian reigning Olympic 10m platform diving champion Matthew Mitcham has secured a place in the tomorrow's semi-final.
5th August 2012
Elton John: ‘Madonna is a fairground stripper whose career is over compared to Lady Gaga’ 54
10:59 PM — Sir Elton John has continued his long running feud with Madonna by labeling her a “fucking fairground stripper” whose “career is over”. He criticised Madonna’s treatment of Lady Gaga.
Catholic Bishop: Government should make incest legal if it really believes in equality 191
11:23 AM — A senior Catholic Bishop in Scotland has stunned equal rights campaigners by suggesting that if the Scottish Government truly believed in equality it would make incest and polygamy legal.
Singer Mika: If you ask me ‘am I gay?’, I say yeah! 32
10:57 AM — Three years after he told the world that he is bisexual, BRIT award-winning singer and songwriter Mika now says that he is gay.
30th July 2012
US: Democrats move to adopt same-sex marriage as official party platform 9
11:32 PM — The US Democrats are expected to back same-sex marriage part of their official party platform. The move comes little more than three months after President Barack Obama confirmed his own personal support for gay couples being granted the right to marry.
25th July 2012
Anti-abortion activists say David Cameron will ‘pay’ for same-sex marriage policy 49
5:24 PM — Following Prime Minister David Cameron's speech reaffirming his commitment to allowing gay couples to marry, anti-abortion activists the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (Spuc) says he will get punished at the general election for his pro-equality stance.
22nd July 2012
Tabloid claims global Grindr outage caused by overactive Olympic athletes 31
1:53 PM — The arrival of thousands of athletes and their national support staff caused the gay networking app Grindr to crash a British tabloid newspaper claims.
21st July 2012
Florida Family Association: Office Depot helping Lady Gaga ‘turn children gay’ 80
1:12 PM — Office Depot, the US stationer that has partnered with Lady Gaga’s ground breaking Born This Way Foundation has been accused of helping the popstar to turn children gay.
6th July 2012
UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg orders Government to fly pride flag 49
9:12 AM — In a first for central Government, the Cabinet Office is flying a rainbow flag to mark World Pride being held this weekend in London. The iconic flag has been flown on the personal request of Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
1st July 2012
Irish Deputy Prime Minister: ‘Gay marriage is the civil rights issue of this generation’ 15
6:41 PM — The Deputy Prime Minister (Tanaiste) of Ireland, Eamon Gilmore, has told Dublin Pride that the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples the same rights to marry as opposite sex couples.
26th June 2012
London’s World Pride under threat after payment disputes 38
6:29 PM — Pride London's World Pride celebrations are reportedly under threat following a dispute between the organisers and contractors according to the London Evening Standard. Sources close to the organisers told the newspaper that there is 24 hours left to save significant parts of the event after four contractors were reportedly not paid in full for the work that was carried out last year.
24th June 2012
Anti-gay marriage group ‘Keep Marriage Special’ says UK Government will legalise incest next 163
3:12 PM — A new campaign against same-sex couples marrying, Keep Marriage Special, has claimed in glossy leaflets that the next logical step will be legalising incest and polygamy. Out4Marriage has branded the group's claims "extremist and confused".
Australian Salvation Army apologises for spokesman arguing gays should be executed 53
1:02 PM — Following a senior official in the The Australian Salvation Army has apologised after a senior official told an Australian LGBT radio station that gay people should be put to death. The organisation now said " the interview has led to a serious misunderstanding of our teaching and that clarification should have been given during the interview."
23rd June 2012
Audio: Australian Salvation Army chief: ‘Gay people should be put to death’ 192
6:54 PM — In a discussion for Australia's Joy 94.9 FM, a senior official in the Australian Salvation Army suggested that sexually active LGBT people should be put to death. The discussion between LGBT journalists Serena Ryan and Pete Dillon; and Major Andrew Craibe, the Salvation Army’s Territorial Media Relations Director for the Southern Territory in Victoria senior Salvation Army followed the singer Darren Hayes saying that the organisation should be boycotted because of its attitude to homosexuality.
17th June 2012
Anglican Mainstream: Gays marrying will lead to children being taught about ‘eating human faeces’ 180
8:59 AM — Writing about her letter to her MP, Dr Lisa Nolland, lay minister and blogger for Anglican Mainstream, has claimed that legalising same-sex marriage will lead to children being taught risky sexual practises in school, including "eating human faeces".
16th June 2012
Home Office Minister Nick Herbert: Churches should be allowed to marry gay couples 39
10:53 AM — Nick Herbert the Minister for Policing at the Home Office and Ministry of Justice has said that churches that wish to solemnise marriages of gay couples should be allowed to do so. He said the Church of England's current position has made him feel “distant” from his own faith.
14th June 2012
Apple adds gay couples to emoji icons for iPhones and iPads in iOS6 18
7:12 PM — Apple has continued to associate itself with LGBT people with the introduction of same-sex couple related icons or emojis for the next version of its iPhone and iPad operating system, iOS 6.
Exclusive: Home Office website makes equal marriage consultation appear to have closed 24 hours early 29
12:43 AM — The Home Office webpage that used to introduce visitors to the Government's proposals to introduce same sex marriage has been 'archived' and placed into the National Archive during the consultation period and more than 24 hours earlier than had been planned.