11th July 2013
Beyoncé says she is ‘flattered’ at the suggestion that she is a gay icon 2
1:33 PM — Superstar singer Beyoncé has said during an interview that she is "flattered" to be considered by some a gay icon, noting Judy Garland, Cher and Madonna as others, and saying she is "in the company of great women".
10th July 2013
Equal marriage bill passes Report Stage in House of Lords 24
11:42 PM — The equal marriage bill for England and Wales has passed through its Report stage in the House of Lords, and is now set for its Third Reading next Monday.
Lord Singh amendment calling for equal marriage referendum withdrawn in Lords debate 16
11:32 PM — An amendment which would have meant a referendum on equal marriage, even if the equal marriage bill for England and Wales were to pass, has been withdrawn at Report stage.
Equal marriage bill amendment to include cohabiting family members rejected 11
6:51 PM — An amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill which would extend civil partnership rights to cohabiting family members and carers, has been rejected by peers at Report Stage.
Two-tier marriage amendment withdrawn from equal marriage bill 5
5:21 PM — An amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill which would have differentiated between same-sex and opposite sex marriages, has been withdrawn at Report Stage.
Lord Alli amendment to equalise pensions in equal marriage bill withdrawn 15
4:41 PM — An amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill to equalise pension benefits provisions for same-sex couples in the area of survivor benefits, has been withdrawn.
Live Blog: Highlights from the House of Lords Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill 13
3:39 PM — Coverage of today's debate of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) - as part of its report stage in the House of Lords.
Orson Scott Card responds to calls for boycott of Enders Game film with call for ‘tolerance’ 56
12:37 AM — Orson Scott Card, the author of Enders Game, the science fiction novel on which an upcoming film was based, has responded to calls to boycott the film following accusations of homophobia, to ask for "tolerance".
9th July 2013
US: Proposition 8 documentary commissioned by HBO 1
11:59 PM — Five years worth of footage leading up to the Supreme Court's landmark ruling on California's statewide ban on equal marriage, Proposition 8, will be turned into a documentary to air next year.
First ever LGBT youth summer camp launches in the UK 16
5:38 PM — A new summer camp for gay LGBT youths has launched in the UK, the first of its kind, and aims to reach out to teenagers who may have felt isolated or lonely because of their sexuality or gender identity.
Alec Baldwin quits Twitter following accusations of homophobia in spat with journalist 16
5:05 PM — Alec Baldwin has quit Twitter in the wake of a spat he had with a Daily Mail Journalist, after which he was accused of homophobia.
American Civil Liberties Union to challenge equal marriage ban in North Carolina
4:49 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation, has announced that it will challenge the state's ban on equal marriage.
Equal marriage amendment to make those in civil partnerships say vows to ‘convert’ to marriage rejected 12
4:34 PM — An amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, which would have forced couples already in civil partnerships to have a ceremony in order to be legally considered "married", was rejected at Report stage.
Baroness Knight: Registrars opposed to equal marriage are like pacifists during the First World War 39
3:52 PM — Speaking during Report stage of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, Baroness Knight compared those opposed to equal marriage to conscientious objectors during the First World War.
US: Lawsuit filed to challenge Pennsylvania state ban on equal marriage
3:15 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a landmark lawsuit in order to push for equal marriage to be recognised in the US state of Pennsylvania.
Professor Lord Winston and Tory minister Baroness Stowell: Children ‘do better’ with gay parents 33
2:28 PM — Two peers in the House of Lords noted research which finds that children raised by gay couples "do better" than children raised by opposite sex couples.
Humanist wedding review amendment included in equal marriage bill 20
2:43 AM — A Government-introduced amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Marriage) Bill to ensure a full review and public consultation on humanist weddings, has been added to the bill.
Tory minister jokes that she is married to George Clooney but that he has gay affairs, in Lords debate 20
1:38 AM — As the nine hours of debate around equal marriage drew to a close in the House of Lords this evening, the peers began to get inventive in using examples of fantasy marriages to George Clooney, in order to give legal definitions of issues such as adultery.
Lord Dear’s amendment to ‘protect’ teachers from being forced to ‘endorse’ equal marriage defeated 22
12:04 AM — An amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill which would have "protected" teachers from being forced to "endorse" equal marriage, has been defeated in a vote in the House of Lords.
8th July 2013
Canada: Dancer asked to leave ballet school for appearing in gay porn 159
7:10 PM — An aspiring ballet star has been asked to leave the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) after appearing in gay porn, despite beating thousands of other dancers for the spot.