18th July 2013
New Zealand: Church changes its mind on holding first same-sex wedding 17
1:02 AM — A church in New Zealand has attracted media attention after it went back on its decision to hold one of the country's first same-sex weddings.
Iceland: Mayor of Reykjavík wants to cut ties with Moscow over passage of anti-gay law 22
12:43 AM — The mayor of Iceland's capital city Reykjavic wants to cut cultural and political ties between Moscow and his city over the recent passage of anti-gay legislation in Russia.
US: Bill to lift ban on HIV positive organ donation passes House committee
12:21 AM — A bill which could eventually allow the donation of HIV positive organs to HIV positive recipients has passed the House after having passed the US Senate back in March.
17th July 2013
Catholic Church says equal marriage act was ‘rushed through’ Parliamentary process 64
5:51 PM — The Catholic Church has issued a statement commenting on the passage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act into law, claiming that greater protection for religious groups should have been included.
New Zealand: Airline hopes to hold first same-sex wedding 30,000 ft above the ground 6
5:06 PM — Air New Zealand has announced that it plans to hold the country's first same-sex wedding ceremony at 30,000 ft above the ground.
US: $2 million campaign launched to support equal marriage efforts in Illinois
3:32 PM — Supporters of equal marriage in the US state of Illinois have launched a $2 million (£1.3 million) campaign to legalise equal marriage in the state.
Equal marriage bill for England and Wales given Royal Assent and is now law 184
2:18 PM — The equal marriage bill for England and Wales was today given Royal Assent, and is now officially law.
Placebo lead singer: ‘If gay people are crazy enough to want to get married, it should be allowed’ 12
2:06 PM — Speaking in celebration of the passing of the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, lead singer of the band Placebo has offered the band's support for a global movement towards the legalisation of same-sex marriage.
16th July 2013
Yvette Cooper: It is time to celebrate equal marriage and I hope we can get on and enjoy all the weddings 5
11:08 PM — Labour's Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Minister for Equalities, Yvette Cooper, has expressed her joy at the passage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, which is now on its way to Royal Assent.
Equal marriage bill passes final House of Commons stage and will receive Royal Assent 146
9:21 PM — The equal marriage bill for England and Wales has once again been passed in the House of Commons, and will soon will be given Royal Assent to become law.
Germany: Berlin Mayor files legal complaint against rapper for anti-gay lyrics 19
6:24 PM — A German rapper is the subject of a legal complaint filed by Berlin's mayor, who has accused him of releasing a video containing anti-gay lyrics, and which incites violence.
Sinn Fein criticises Russian Government for passage of anti-gay laws 8
6:08 PM — A spokesman on Foreign Affairs, Trade and Diaspora from Sinn Féin has criticised the Russian Government for introducing anti-gay legislation, including a law banning homosexual "propaganda".
US church announces plans to picket funeral of deceased Glee star Cory Monteith 71
4:37 PM — The adamantly homophobic Westboro Baptist Church has announced plans to picket the funeral of deceased Glee star Cory Monteith.
Adam Levine accuses talent show Idol of stopping people from coming out as gay 2
3:59 PM — Maroon 5 singer and coach of talent show The Voice Adam Levine, has hit out at rival show Idol to say that it discourages aspiring singers from coming out as gay.
Google Play store search links Mickey Mouse game to gay erotic fiction 4
3:09 PM — Users of the Google Play store searching for a Disney game featuring Mickey Mouse were surprised when search results returned included gay erotic fiction.
Cameroon: Prominent gay rights activist burned with an iron and killed 11
2:20 PM — A prominent gay rights and human rights leader in Cameroon has been killed in an alleged anti-gay attack.
15th July 2013
US: California Supreme Court refuses to halt resume of same-sex marriages 12
11:30 PM — The Supreme Court in the US state of California has refused to halt the resume of same-sex marriages in the state, following the US Supreme Court's ruling last month, and a petition filed challenging it.
Milk screenwriter says boycott of Enders Game movie over homophobia is ‘a waste of energy’ 46
11:13 PM — The screenwriter of the Academy Award winning Harvey Milk Biopic, Milk, has called those pushing for a boycott of the Enders Game movie because of homophobia on the part of novellist Orson Scott Card, "misguided".
Dean of Chichester: Being gay is ‘not a choice but a given’ 10
6:35 PM — The Dean of Chichcester held a public talk at Chichester Cathedral last week, which focussed on equal marriage, during which he reflected on the idea that "homosexuality is not a choice but a given", but also that there was no easy solution to religious opposition to equal marriage.
France: Rainbow lights on Eiffel tower for Bastille Day criticised by equal marriage opponents 7
6:14 PM — Bastille Day celebrations at the weekend, which included lighting up the Eiffel Tower in rainbow colours, have come under criticism by opponents to equal marriage in France.