22nd February 2013
Anti-gay evangelist Scott Lively claims to have found proof that Obama is gay 53
3:00 PM — US Christian Evangelical Scott Lively, has posted an article claiming that President Barack Obama is gay, claiming to have proof, because he went on a weekend trip with an aide, but without Michelle.
Associated Press style guide allows ‘husband’ or ‘wife’ to be used for gay married couples 4
2:12 PM — The Associated Press has updated its guidelines on reporting on same-sex married couples, saying that the words "husband" or "wife" were acceptable, despite sending a memo earlier in February saying "generally" those terms should not be used.
Former Utah Governor: ‘There is nothing conservative about denying equal marriage to gay people’ 7
1:26 PM — A former Republican Governor of Utah has come out in support of equal marriage, urging other Republicans to do the same.
Video: Amazon releases TV advert featuring same-sex married couple 23
12:40 AM — Online retailer Amazon, has released a new television advert for its Kindle Paperwhite, which features a gay couple and a straight couple getting along on holiday together.
21st February 2013
Russian Foreign Ministry to investigate US lesbian ex-wives who hid relationship to adopt child 8
7:01 PM — The Russian Foreign Ministry says it will look into a custody case of a Russian child adopted by a US lesbian former couple who allegedly hid their marriage in order to adopt the child.
Puerto Rico: 200,000 rally against gay rights 6
5:21 PM — A demonstration against equal rights for gay people in Puerto Rico earlier this week saw hundreds of thousands of people turn up.
Anti-gay group leader: Study doesn’t prove bullying is worse for LGBT kids, ‘if there is such a thing’ 19
4:43 PM — The leader of an anti-gay conservative group in the US state of Massachusetts has claimed that a recent study on anti-LGBT bullying in schools was "propaganda" and went on to doubt the existence of gay and trans students.
US: California lawmaker introduces bill to remove tax-exempt status from Boy Scouts 8
1:57 PM — A Californian lawmaker has introduced a bill which would remove the tax exempt status from youth groups such as the Boy Scouts of America, if they uphold policies excluding gay members.
GLAAD: ‘What the hell is going on with the Associated Press guidance on gay couples?’ 14
1:55 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has struck out at the Associated Press over a recent announcement that it would uphold guidelines published on 11 February that stated that reporters should “generally” not refer to same-sex married couples as “husbands” or “wives”.
Puerto Rico: Supreme Court upholds gay adoption ban 2
1:24 AM — The Supreme Court in Puerto Rico voted on Wednesday to uphold a law banning same-sex couples from adopting children.
20th February 2013
Australia: Christian youth camp appeals against discrimination ruling 5
5:55 PM — A Christian youth camp which was ordered to pay damages for discriminating against a gay youth support charity in 2010 when it refused to accept its booking, has begun an appeal against the court's ruling.
Irish Education Minister: ‘Education plays a key role in tackling homophobia and transphobia’ 13
5:22 PM — The Irish Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn today opened a European Union conference on homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools, and emphasised the importance education plays in reducing such prejudice.
US: Poll shows that half of Illinois residents support equal marriage
4:59 PM — A poll of Illinois residents has found that half of people living in the state supported a bill to legalise equal marriage, with the percentage in opposition to it much lower.
Poll: 59% of Americans oppose the Defense of Marriage Act 4
3:44 PM — A new poll has found that almost two thirds of Americans registered to vote oppose the Defense of Marriage Act, and that just over half support equal marriage for same-sex couples.
Kelly Clarkson says bisexual producer Clive Davis bullied her and his memoir was ‘mixed up’ 3
2:53 PM — Singer songwriter Kelly Clarkson, has hit out at bisexual record executive Clive Davis, who produced some of her music, saying that he "bullied" her, and said she was a "sh*tty writer".
Tony Perkins: ‘The Boy Scouts should have a policy like Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ 13
1:44 PM — The President of the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins has again voiced his opinion that the Boy Scouts of America should leave intact its ban on gay volunteers members and staff, saying that a policy similar to the repealed ban on openly gay people serving int he military would be appropriate.
US: Washington DC bill could make legal birth certificate gender alterations easier 1
1:47 AM — A bill introduced on Tuesday could make it easier for transgender residents of Washington DC to legally alter the gender on their birth certificate, by eliminating the need for a court order to do so.
Hopeful for papal office: ‘African traditions protect against homosexual tendency’ 66
1:11 AM — The cardinal who many sources have named as favourite to become the next Pope, has said in an interview that he thinks African culture "protects against" homosexuality.
19th February 2013
US Head of Christian group suggests that same-sex parents should be ‘cast into the sea’ 45
6:08 PM — The executive director of a Christian anti-gay group in the US has referred to a study which claimed that children of gay parents were worse off than those with straight parents, and quoted scripture which read that those doubting God should be "cast into the sea".
US: Key player in Obama re-election campaign seeks to remove Ohio equal marriage ban
4:31 PM — One of the key players in President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has joined efforts in the US state of Ohio to repeal its ban on equal marriage.