21st May 2013
UKIP Councillor: ‘Most gays are heterophobic’, and ‘have no rights to marry in church’ 37
5:08 PM — A newly elected UK Independence Party Councillor has been discovered to have posted homophobic and xenophobic comments on Facebook prior to being elected, including claims that "most gays are heterophobic", and that gay people have "no rights to marry in church".
David Burrowes MP tells schoolgirl: ‘I am a supporter of traditional marriage. Get over it!’ 32
4:41 PM — Tory MP David Burrowes has responded to a letter sent by a PinkNews reader, in which he was asked to clarify how he could oppose equal marriage, but still assert that he was not "anti gay", to say that he is against equal marriage, and to "Get over it!".
London beaten gay couple urge politicians to beware of legitimising anti-gay attitudes 9
3:51 PM — Two men who were subjected to a suspected homophobic robbery in London, are urging politicians to change language used during the debate around equal marriage, for fear that homophobic attitudes are being legitimised by negative comments.
Lib Dem Deputy Leader Simon Hughes: ‘I struggled with the issue of sexuality since I was a teenager’ 31
2:24 PM — The Deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats Simon Hughes, has spoken during the debate around the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, to say that he "struggled with the issue of sexuality", for years.
Openly gay NBA player Jason Collins honoured with courage award
12:52 PM — Jason Collins, the NBA star who came out as gay earlier this month to a huge amount of media attention, and became the first openly gay player in a US major team sport, has received a courage award from leading gay-straight alliance organisation GLSEN.
Manager: Fined and suspended mixed martial arts fighter ‘doesn’t feel remorse’ for homophobic tweet 20
2:12 AM — The manager of a mixed martial arts fighter who was fined $20,000 and suspended for three months for a tweet in which he referred to a fellow fighter as a "fag", has said he is not remorseful for the slur.
20th May 2013
Lib Dem MPs encouraged to vote for Labour amendment to equal marriage bill
6:14 PM — Liberal Democrat MPs are being encouraged to vote in favour of a Manuscript Amendment to the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill, which would start an immediate consultation on civil partnerships for straight couples.
Brittney Griner: University basketball coach told me not to come out 1
5:42 PM — Recently out, openly lesbian US basketball star Brittney Griner, has spoken out to say that her college basketball coaches asked her not to come out, in case it damaged the reputation of the team for prospective recruits.
Gay Tory MP Nick Herbert: MPs should vote for Labour amendment to equal marriage bill 3
5:27 PM — Conservative MP Nick Herbert has circulated an email urging MPs to vote in favour of a Manuscript Amendment to the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill, which would start an immediate consultation on civil partnerships for straight couples.
Human Rights Watch urges Zambia to drop charges in sodomy case
4:53 PM — The Human Rights Watch has urged authorities in Zambia to release two men who were arrested and charged on allegations of sodomy earlier in May.
Speaker John Bercow announces MP’s office searched investigating a ‘serious arrestable offence’
3:48 PM — The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, has made an announcement that an MP's office at Westminster, was searched at the weekend, during an investigation of a "serious arrestable offence".
Downing Street: Equal marriage is the Prime Minister’s ‘paramount concern’ 13
2:21 PM — David Cameron is in full support of equal marriage, and the matter of whether the Government supports equal marriage is not in question, a Downing Street spokesman has confirmed.
Downing Street will decide tactics for equal marriage bill after vote on straight civil partnership amendment 42
12:51 PM — The Government may withdraw its support for the pending equal marriage bill for England and Wales, if an amendment to allow civil partnerships to straight couples passes.
18th May 2013
US: Owner of florist sued for refusing same-sex wedding files lawsuit against state 33
4:10 PM — The owner of a florist which is the subject of two lawsuits for refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding, has filed a lawsuit against Washington state, claiming her religious beliefs are being violated.
Mixed martial arts fighter fined $20,000 and suspended for three months for anti-gay slur 5
3:50 PM — A mixed martial arts fighter in the Ultimate Fighting Championship has been fined a substantial amount, and suspended for three months, for tweeting the word "fag".
France: President Francois Hollande signs equal marriage bill into law 10
3:20 PM — French President Francois Hollande, has signed into law a bill which allows equal marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples.
Gay MP Mike Freer accuses fellow Tories of attempting to “derail” equal marriage bill 10
2:58 PM — Openly gay Conservative MP Mike Freer has spoken out to say that he thinks other Tory MPs are trying to "derail" the equal marriage bill, and that an amendment to allow opposite-sex civil partnerships could undermine it.
Church of England: Allowing straight civil partnerships would ‘introduce confusion’ 30
2:40 PM — The Church of England has released a statement expressing its opposition to suggestions that the government may amend the equal marriage act to allow civil partnerships for opposite-sex couples.
Georgia: Prime Minister denounces violence against IDAHOT rally 5
2:23 PM — Georgia's Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishili has condemned violence against a peaceful LGBT rally yesterday in Tbilisi, and called for tolerance, respect, and the right to freedom of expression for all.
17th May 2013
Poll: 7 in 10 Russians are against the ‘justification and display of homosexuality’ 33
7:17 PM — Over 70% of Russians are against justification and public display of homosexual relations, with only 12% in favour, a new poll has found.