9th July 2013
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.
Video: US televangelist wants Facebook to install ‘vomit’ button for pictures of gay men kissing 28
6:56 PM — US Televangelist Pat Robertson spoke against equal marriage during his programme on Monday, joking that Facebook should install a "vomit" button to represent his reaction to pictures of gay people kissing.
Video: Gay themed rock song music video sees viral success 14
6:23 PM — A rock musician from the US has released a song and music video featuring a gay storyline, which has since gone viral with almost half a million YouTube views.
US: Second high-profile Ohio Republican comes out in support of equal marriage 7
5:58 PM — A second high-profile Republican in the US state of Ohio, the former attorney general, has come out in support of equal marriage.
US: Big Brother airs footage of homophobic and racist comments by housemates 5
3:58 PM — Big Brother in the US has aired footage taken of a housemate who made homophobic and racist comments, following calls for the comments to be revealed to the public.
US: Human Rights Campaign president to speak for gay rights at University of Arkansas
2:54 PM — The president of the Human Rights Campaign Chad Griffin is scheduled to speak today at a rally at the University of Arkansas, in favour of equal rights.
6th July 2013
Gymnast Louis Smith: I’d go for Will Smith if I were gay because he’s very family orientated 23
8:09 PM — Artistic gymnast Louis Smith has spoken during an interview to say that he think it is easier for gay gymnasts to come out than other sports, and that he would go gay for Will Smith.
US: LGBT groups call for Capital One to drop Alec Baldwin as spokesman over homophobic tweets 17
7:50 PM — A coalition of LGBT rights activists have called on credit card provider Capital One to sack actor Alec Baldin as its spokesman, as he sent a string of homophobic tweets to a British journalist last week.
Australia: Bill will stop faith schools from expelling students based on sexual orientation 13
7:36 PM — A private members bill will soon be introduced in the New South Wales State Parliament, which would remove the right of religious schools to expel students who come out as gay.
Emmerdale star Michelle Hardwick publicly comes out as gay 4
2:13 AM — Michelle Hardwick, an actress best know for her role in soap Emmerdale, has spoken out publicly for the first time to say that she is gay.
Education Secretary Michael Gove: Using ‘gay’ as an insult is ‘outrageous and medieval’ 21
1:51 AM — The Education Secretary Michael Gove, has spoken at a conference on equality in education, to condemn the use of the word "gay" as derogatory, saying it is "outrageous and medieval".
5th July 2013
The PinkNews guide to what happens next for the equal marriage bill 24
6:52 PM — The equal marriage bill for England and Wales is set to return to Parliament next week, here's a simple guide to what happens next in the process.
US: Miss South Carolina pageant features first openly gay contestant ever in Miss America system 1
5:37 PM — The Miss South Carolina Pageant in the US state of South Carolina, this year features its first openly gay contestant, who tackled potential criticisms from onlookers by simply saying "this is me".
London gay bar poster featuring Prince Harry topless goes viral 6
4:32 PM — A poster used during Pride in London by the gay bar Manbar, featuring a topless photograph of Prince Harry, has gone viral, after having appeared on several international websites.