23rd February 2013
Elton John and David Furnish plan to marry in Los Angeles and London 37
6:04 PM — Elton John and David Furnish may be planning several weddings, for when equal marriage is legal in the UK, and in Los Angeles, when it becomes legal there.
Vatican denies Pope resigned due to pressure from ‘gay lobby’ in the church 31
5:25 PM — The Vatican has denied reports from the Italian media which claimed that Pope Benedict XVI's resignation was down to pressure from a "gay lobby" within the Catholic Church.
Video: Gay Mormon student posts video of himself coming out 21
5:00 PM — A student at the Mormon Brigham Young University in Utah, has recorded his experience of coming out in a video which he says he hopes more people to understand what it is like being gay and Mormon.
US: Obama Administration puts pressure on Supreme Court to strike down DOMA 12
1:44 AM — In a filing made on Friday, the Obama Administration urged the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, saying courts considering laws targeting gay people should do so with extra scrutiny, and calling it unconstitutional.
US: Gay soldier booed at GOP presidential debate joins Ohio equal marriage effort 5
12:35 AM — An openly gay US soldier who was booed during a Republican presidential debate in 2011 for asking if potential candidates would undo moves towards gay equality, has joined efforts to lift the state of Ohio's ban on equal marriage.
22nd February 2013
Lithuanian President: Talks about civil unions for same-sex couples are too ‘premature’ 10
6:22 PM — The Lituania President has said that she thought that discussions on civil partnerships for gay couples were "premature".
Australia: Religious groups could lose exemption from anti-discrimination law 7
6:07 PM — Religious organisations in Australia could lose exemptions to anti-discrimination laws, under recommendations from an inquiry which suggested that the ruling Labor Party's proposed legal changes needed to remove protections for groups to discriminate, where it would otherwise be unlawful.
US columnist says equal rights will lead to legalisation of incest, paedophilia and rape 43
5:49 PM — A US columnist has made unfounded claims that equal rights are leading the US towards legalising incest, paedophilia and rape.
Australia: Gender-discrimination challenge to equal marriage ban thrown out by judge 7
5:00 PM — An Australian judge this week threw out a challenge to the national ban on equal marriage, on the grounds that the law banning same-sex marriage does not discriminate against people based on gender.
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.