18th March 2013
US: Same-sex health benefits bill passes initial vote in Vermont House
4:09 PM — The House in the US state of Vermont has voted in favour of a bill which requires out-of-state companies to offer equal healthcare benefits to same-sex couples as they offer to opposite-sex couples.
Sports minister Hugh Robertson pushes football clubs to ‘stamp out’ homophobia 4
3:45 PM — Minister for Sport Hugh Robertson, has urged professional football clubs to do more to tackle homophobia in sport, including taking on an anti-homophobia initiative, which a third of clubs have signed up to so far.
Video: Hillary Clinton comes out in support of equal marriage 39
3:29 PM — The former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has officially announced her support for equal marriage in a moving speech in which she calls moves towards equality "breathtaking and inspiring".
US: Poll by anti-gay Christian group shows widespread support for gay rights 10
1:55 PM — A new poll by an anti-LGBT rights Christian campaign group has found that a clear majority of Americans, particularly younger people, support gay rights.
US: California bill would require schools to allow trans students to use appropriate toilets and locker rooms
1:04 PM — Under a newly introduced bill in California, schools would have to allow transgender students to use facilities and participate on sports teams which match their gender identity.
17th March 2013
Westminster chapel could host equal marriage ceremonies 7
9:39 PM — A chapel within the Palace of Westminster may be changed in order to allow equal marriage ceremonies, as part of a proposal by Labour MP Chris Bryant.
Ian McKellen to officiate at Patrick Stewart’s wedding, and has performed civil partnership ceremonies 3
7:58 PM — Sir Ian McKellen has announced that he is to officiate at fellow actor Patrick Stewart's wedding, and said that he has officiated at civil partnership ceremonies before.
Video: Madonna wears Boy Scout outfit to present GLAAD award and condemns anti-gay ban 6
7:13 PM — Madonna took to the stage at the 24th annual GLAAD awards on Saturday dressed as a boy scout, as she gave a passionate speech about LGBT rights, before presenting TV host Anderson Cooper with an award.
Priest accuses Keith O’Brien of groping him hours after he became a cardinal 29
6:34 PM — Cardinal Keith O'Brien faces more accusations of sexual misconduct, as a priest has alleged that he groped him in 2003, just hours after becoming a cardinal.
16th March 2013
US Political Action Committee: ‘Senator’s son may die of AIDS because he accepted that he is gay’ 29
11:29 PM — A political action committee (PAC) has written that by accepting his son's sexuality, Ohio Senator Rob Portman, is putting him at risk of dying "from AIDS", "or oral cancer". It went on to compare homosexuality with cocaine addiction.
Bishop of Liverpool: Can the Church of England continue to deny blessings for same-sex unions? 26
10:23 PM — The Bishop of Liverpool, James Jones, went against the official line of the Church of England and said the church should be offering blessing services for gay couples' unions.
US: North Carolina church refuses to marry straight couples until gay couples can marry 12
9:40 PM — A church in the US state of North Carolina, has said that it won't conduct wedding ceremonies for straight couples, until its pastors are able to officiate same-sex weddings as well.
US: Native American tribe hosts first legal Michigan same-sex wedding 2
3:05 AM — The first same-sex wedding ceremony has taken place in the US state of Michigan, following a Native American tribe signing equal marriage into law.
Video: US House Speaker says he ‘can’t imagine’ his position on equal marriage will ‘ever change’ 21
2:43 AM — In an interview, the United States House Speaker John Boehner has said that he "can't imagine" he would "ever" change from his current stance in opposition to equal marriage.
Anti-homophobia group works with baseball minor leagues following use of anti-gay slur
2:09 AM — The founder of an anti-homophobia sports organisation has spoken to the minor league teams of a baseball team involved in a controversy last year, when a player wore an anti-gay slur on his face.
15th March 2013
Father’s heartwarming letter to son after overhearing his plans to come out goes viral 39
6:17 PM — A supportive letter sent from a father to his son, who he overheard speaking on the phone about wanting to come out, has gone viral, and has been held up as a good example of parental love.
US: Anti-gay leader calls Senator who now supports equal marriage ‘A very troubled man’ 12
6:00 PM — The leader of an anti-equal marriage group in the US has spoken out against Senator Rob Portman, who changed his stance in support of equal marriage, following his son coming out as gay.
Danish Ministers express disappointment at ‘harmful’ election of Pope Francis, for his views on gay people 27
5:28 PM — Ministers in Denmark have dubbed the newly elected Pope Francis "harmful", expressing disappointment that the Vatican did not choose someone more progressive on LGBT and women's rights, but remain hopeful that he may prove them wrong.
US: Massachusetts gay rights group claims it was excluded from St Patrick’s Day parade 2
4:25 PM — A gay rights advocacy group has voiced its anger at being excluded from a local St Patrick's Day Parade in Massachusetts, however organisers say that they just applied too late.
Peers in House of Lords urge decriminalisation of homosexuality across the Commonwealth 16
3:36 PM — Peers in the House of Lords have called on the British government to push for all Commonwealth countries to decriminalise homosexuality following criticism for the Commonwealth charter's "vague" anti-discrimination clause.