16th April 2013
US: Texas bill introduced to tackle anti-LGBT workplace discrimination 2
2:56 PM — A bill to combat discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation, has been introduced in the US State of Texas, and despite knowing it is unlikely to pass, the bill's proponents hope it will spark a discussion on the issue.
New Zealand expected to give final approval to equal marriage bill 23
2:36 PM — New Zealand's Parliament is on Wednesday expected to give final approval to a bill which would legalise equal marriage in the country.
Hawaii: Judge rules in favour of lesbian couple turned away by B&B 6
1:46 AM — The judge in the case of a US lesbian couple who sued a bed and breakfast in Hawaii which denied them a room because of their sexuality, has ruled in favour of the couple.
US: Baseball team is first professional sports franchise to receive GLAAD award
1:30 AM — A Major League Baseball team from San Francisco is to become the first professional sports franchise to be honoured with a GLAAD Media Award at the 24th annual ceremony next month.
Study: Equal marriage could bring $42 million to Minnesota economy over three years 8
1:10 AM — A new study has estimated that, if legalised, equal marriage could bring large economic boosts to the US state of Minnesota.
15th April 2013
US: University sets up scholarship to support gay students and straight allies 4
6:10 PM — A US university has set up a fund to help out gay students who struggle financially after rejection from their families after coming out, as well as straight students who lose funding after supporting gay classmates.
US columnist: Gay-inclusive TV shows are part of Satan’s plan to destroy America 52
5:55 PM — A US columnist has appeared on a radio talk show to claim that TV, music and film are all parts of the Devil's plan for the "destruction" of America, and said that equal marriage would mean a Communist government in the US, which would kill its own citizens.
Video: Former US Navy chaplain says allowing openly gay players in the NFL is ‘demonic’ 8
5:23 PM — A former Navy chaplain who was disgraced by the military for his role in a protest in 2006, has weighed in on the argument over gay players being allowed to come out in the NFL, to say that he thinks the "Devil is afoot".
Australia: Liberal leader Tony Abbott reiterates opposition to equal marriage 21
4:55 PM — The leader of the opposition in Australia, Tony Abbott, has clarified his party's opposition to equal marriage during a community forum in Sydney.
Ecuador: Former presidential candidate barred from politics for saying ‘gays are immoral’ 5
4:21 PM — A former Ecuadorian presidential candidate who was previously fined for making homophobic comments has been banned from political activity for a year.
US: Major League Soccer player apologises for using homophobic slur
3:54 PM — A Major League Soccer player in the US has apologised for using a homophobic slur against another player during a recent match, before being sent off for two separate incidents.
13th April 2013
US: Arizona City Council pauses civil partnership bill after lawsuit threatened over same-sex marriage ban 5
4:19 PM — A southern Arizona City Council has been threatened with a lawsuit by the state Attorney General's office for passing legislation to allow civil unions for same-sex couples, and has put the legislation on hold to tweak it in order for it to fit with the state's ban on equal marriage.
GLAAD announces that Drew Barrymore will present 24th annual Media Awards 2
3:58 PM — GLAAD the LGBT media advocacy organisation has announced that Hollywood actor Drew Barrymore will present its 24th annual Media Awards in Los Angeles next weekend.
Duncan James: Liberty X’s Michelle Heaton hates me joking that she turned me gay 4
3:37 PM — Duncan James, of the boy band Blue, said he had joked to Michelle Heaton of Liberty X that she turned him gay, and she was upset that people might actually believe it was true.
Canada: Parents start campaign to remove ‘high risk’ status for gay organ donors, after son’s death 9
2:15 AM — A couple from Canada have started a petition to urge the government to change a federal law which classifies gay people as high-risk, when it comes to organ donation, following the death of their son.
Rapper Azealia Banks says A$AP Rocky should ‘come out of the closet’ for commenting on lipstick 14
1:53 AM — Rapper Azealia Banks, who has been involved in controversy in the past for using homophobic slurs, has again taken to Twitter during a feud with fellow rapper A$AP Rocky, and said the straight artist should "come out of the closet" because he insulted her lipstick.
Argentina: Catholic priest expelled from church for supporting equal marriage 57
1:20 AM — A Catholic priest in Argentina has been expelled from the church following an investigation after he voiced his support for equal marriage in the country.
US: Republican Party votes to reaffirm opposition to equal marriage and support for Prop 8 28
12:19 AM — The US Republican Party's national committee voted unanimously on Friday to reaffirm its opposition to equal marriage, and to urge the Supreme Court to uphold Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage, and the Defense of Marriage Act.
12th April 2013
US magazine editor: ‘There is a gay agenda and it’s working overtime to send millions to hell’ 43
5:49 PM — A US magazine editor has written a response to what she claimed were “threats” and “intimidation” from members of the “gay agenda”, since she wrote a previous piece saying that if there are gay players in the NFL, they shouldn’t come out.
Radio 1 Chart Show will not play full Margaret Thatcher song during official chart show 43
5:11 PM — BBC Radio 1 has announced that it will not play the full version of Ding Dong the Witch is Dead during Sunday's Official Chart Show, amidst controversy over a campaign to get it to number one following Margaret Thatcher's death.