24th July 2013
US: Two Pennsylvania same-sex couples to receive marriage licences despite state ban on equal marriage 2
3:37 PM — Two lesbian couples in the US state of Pennsylvania have applied for marriage licences, and look set to be issued them, despite a state-wide ban on equal marriage.
US: Homophobic speech at City Council meetings prompts response from human rights group 21
3:05 PM — Homophobic language used in the city of Richmond, California, has prompted action from the city's Human Relations Commission, but has also raise issues around free speech.
US radio host: All gays should resign from their jobs for being ‘perverse’ 45
2:30 PM — US radio host Bryan Fischer, has weighed in on controversy surrounding New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Wiener, who was caught for a second time sending inappropriate images, to say that all gay people should resign, as homosexuality is "perverse".
Montenegro: Anti-gay demonstrators cause violence at first ever pride event, and chant ‘kill the gays’ 6
1:38 PM — Rocks and bottles were thrown by dozens of anti-gay protesters at Montenegro's first ever pride event on Wednesday.
23rd July 2013
US: Pennsylvania county agrees to issue same-sex marriage licence 3
11:50 PM — Officials in the third-largest county in Pennsylvania have said same-sex couples will be able to be issued marriage licences, despite a state-wide ban on equal marriage.
US: New York to refund estate tax paid by same-sex spouses under DOMA 8
11:31 PM — The US state of New York has said that same-sex spouses who paid estate taxes under the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), because their marriages were not recognised, will now receive refunds.
President Mugabe attacks Obama for tying aid for Africa and the decriminalisation of homosexuality 46
5:14 PM — Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has criticised US President Barack Obama for tying aid for African countries to the decriminalisation of homosexuality.
US: California county clerks urge court to continue to allow same-sex marriage licences 4
4:58 PM — County clerks in the US state of California have urged courts to continue to allow the issue of same-sex marriage licences, despite calls from some for further clarification on the Supreme Court's Proposition 8 ruling.
US: County Office causes controversy by refusing to allow rainbow flags during gay pride 6
4:37 PM — A county office has come under heavy criticism for refusing to allow rainbow flags to be flown from its building during the city's gay pride week.
Brazil: Gay kiss-in planned to take place during visit by Pope Francis 8
3:59 PM — A kiss-in has been planned in Brazil to coincide with a speech by Pope Francis, to show support for gay rights.
Study: Majority of British public would be comfortable if future King turns out to be gay 33
2:55 PM — A large majority of the British public have said they would be comfortable if the royal baby, born yesterday, grew up to be gay, a survey has shown.
US: Judge rules in favour of Ohio married couple in death certificate case 4
2:23 PM — A US District Judge has ruled in favour of a gay married couple in the state of Ohio, who filed a lawsuit in order to have their out-of-state marriage recognised as one of them is terminally ill.
22nd July 2013
Olympic committee calls for acceptance of all athletes at Winter Olympics despite Russian anti-gay laws 42
10:10 PM — Responding to human rights groups, the International Olympic Committee has released a statement calling for the acceptance of all athletes in the wake of Russia's recently passed anti-gay legislation.
Lib Dem MP responds to criticism over anti-homophobia campaign: ‘Most people are sick of homophobia’ 24
8:26 PM — Liberal Democrat MP John Leech, the supporter of a campaign to eradicate homophobia in football, has responded to a letter from a disgruntled constituent who accused him of trying to "brainwash children".
France: Gay couple who filed complaint as mayor refused to officiate wedding finally marry 4
7:26 PM — A gay couple who were forced to file an officia complaint as their town's mayor became the first in France to refuse to perform a same-sex wedding, are now married.
Southbank Centre to hold 2014 wedding festival to celebrate first same-sex marriages 4
6:33 PM — In summer 2014, London's Southbank Centre is to hold a huge wedding party in celebration of the first same-sex marriages to take place in England and Wales.
Tumblr blocks searches for ‘gay’ ‘lesbian’ and ‘bisexual’ on mobile apps 17
5:45 PM — Blogging site Tumblr has come under criticism for recent changes to the way it classifies adult material, including search terms, as the word 'gay' is currently classified as not safe for work, and does not return any results using the site's mobile platform.
21st July 2013
US anti-gay church holds demonstration calling Her Majesty the Queen of Fags 82
4:51 PM — The adamantly homophobic Westboro Baptist Church has tweeted to attack the Queen for adding her signature to the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, giving it Royal Assent to become law.
20th July 2013
Study finds that children of gay parents are generally happier than those with straight parents 48
7:05 PM — A study has found that children growing up with gay parents are on average happier than those raised by straight parents.
US: County clerk seeks to halt the issuing of same-sex marriage licences in California 10
6:28 PM — The San Diego county clerk on Friday filed a petition which seeks a court order to exempt county clerks from issuing marriage licences to gay couples.