18th June 2013
Archbishop of York: Would the Church of England rather bless ‘sheep and trees’ than gay couples? 85
12:08 AM — The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu, addressed the question of the Church of England's opposition to equal marriage, and the issue of whether or not it will bless civil unions, asking if the issue has been "given enough space".
17th June 2013
US: Baltimore Pride features mass same-sex wedding
6:30 PM — During this year's Baltimore Pride parade, the city's Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake officiated a mass wedding of over 20 couples, in an emotional and symbolic move.
Ian McKellen, Elton John and David Furnish become new faces of Pride London 3
5:44 PM — Sir Elton John and his civil partner David Furnish, and famed actor Sir Ian McKellen, are the new celebrity faces of Pride in London for 2013.
Study: US media outlets more likely to feature pro-equal marriage viewpoints 3
5:18 PM — According to a new study, news stories in the US are more likely to present pro-equal marriage viewpoints than those in opposition to it.
US: Knox County to add LGBT protections to hiring procedure
2:17 PM — The anti-discrimination act for employment by Knox County in Tennessee, is to be updated in order to protect LGBT people, despite officials say that such discrimination is already not allowed.
New Zealand: Rugby star apologises after tweeting the word ‘fag’ 21
1:30 AM — An All Blacks rugby star in New Zealand has quickly apologised after tweeting that a fellow player was a "fag", following his team's victory on Saturday over France.
Israel: Debate on same-sex civil unions delayed by Prime Minister 10
12:51 AM — After the Israeli Justice Minister announced that she would present a bill to allow same-sex civil partnerships on Sunday, the country's Prime Minister has delayed the debate on the issue.
16th June 2013
Church of Scotland could lose £1 million a year in givings, over gay ordination row 14
2:33 PM — Congregations have begun to resign from the Church of Scotland, with six having already quit, over a recent decision to allow gay ministers to be ordained.
Israel: Justice Minister tables bill to allow same-sex civil unions 12
2:17 PM — Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, has announced that she is on Sunday to present to ministers a bill to allow civil unions for gay couples.
US: Boy Scout leaders reprimanded for marching with gay pride parade 14
1:51 PM — The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has reprimanded two scout leaders who took part in a gay pride parade with several scouts.
15th June 2013
Mixed martial arts boss to fighter who linked equal marriage to incest: ‘Leave talking to smart people’ 7
1:16 AM — The head of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), has commented on a recent controversy in which a fighter asked whether equal marriage would lead to incest, by saying that he "should leave talking to smart people" and "stick to finger painting".
Canada: Hockey player apologises after tweeting anti-gay slur about NBA player 2
12:55 AM — A hockey player from the Canadian city of Winnipeg has become embroiled in controversy, as he promptly apologised for tweeting an anti-gay slur, but not before causing offence.
Despite strong intolerance of gays, Pakistan leads in world for gay porn searches 53
12:23 AM — Despite being strongly intolerant of gay and lesbian people, Pakistan leads in the world for the most Google searches for gay porn, according to a recent analysis of search terms.
14th June 2013
Pro-equal marriage rally to take place on Monday ahead of House of Lords committee stage 8
5:17 PM — Supporters of equal marriage have organised a rally in favour of the bill for England and Wales, which will take place on Monday, the same day the bill goes to the House of Lords for committee stage.
US: Anti-gay congressman accidentally takes wrong door and attends pro-LGBT event 8
4:24 PM — A Republican congressman, who is an adamant defender of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denies equal benefits to married same-sex couples, accidentally attended a pro-gay event when he took the wrong door at Capitol Hill.
Equal marriage bill amendment calls for decision to be made in 2015 referendum 50
3:54 PM — An amendment to the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, calls for a referendum on the issue of equal marriage, and would mean that even if passed at all stages, the law would not come into effect until voters approved it at a referendum.
New straight civil partnerships amendment tabled for equal marriage bill in House of Lords 11
2:50 PM — An amendment has been tabled for the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, which would allow straight couples to enter into civil partnerships, amidst fears that such an amendment could wreck the bill.
Chris Brown starts equality campaign and vows to stand up for gay rights 21
2:11 PM — Singer Chris Brown has surprised fans by starting a campaign which vows to stand up for equality, for gay people, and other minority groups.
Son of US Senator under fire for posting racist and homophobic tweets 12
1:44 PM — A US Republican Senator has come under fire after his 15-year-old son posted homophobic and racist comments on several social media sites.
Lord Carey tables amendment to undermine equal marriage bill by calling for ‘two tiered’ marriage 29
1:18 PM — The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, is seeking to wreck the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, by tabling an amendment suggesting that there be two "tiers" of marriage.