5th July 2013
Mixed martial arts fighter says UFC boss would ‘have fighters sucking dick’ if he were gay 19
1:58 AM — The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has again become embroiled in controversy after one of its fighters said the company's boss would force the fighters to perform sex acts on him, if he were gay, when commenting on the power he possesses over the organisation.
4th July 2013
Lord Dear introduces ‘belief in traditional marriage’ amendment to same-sex marriage bill 43
6:38 PM — Lord Dear has introduced a new amendment to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill which could prove fatal to the equal marriage bill for England and Wales by defining marriage as between one man and one woman.
Baroness Deech introduces equal marriage bill amendment to include carers and cohabiting family members 34
6:18 PM — Baroness Deech has introduced an amendment, which would add the provision to include cohabiting family members or carers in the bill to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Campaign for Homosexual Equality Conference to be dedicated to late gay activist Michael Brown 1
5:10 PM — The Campaign for Homosexual Equality (CHE) has announced that a conference it is holding this Sunday, will be dedicated to the late long-time gay activist Michael Brown, who died last weekend.
Sweden: Pakistani court threatens head of LGBT group with life imprisonment over equal marriage support 27
4:38 PM — The head of an LGBT rights group in Sweden has been threatened with a lawsuit over the organisation's support for a same-sex marriage involving a Pakistani person.
US: Civil rights groups aim for New Mexico Supreme Court to legalise equal marriage 1
3:11 PM — A campaign to have the Supreme Court in the US state of New Mexico, legalise equal marriage has been started by several civil rights groups.
US: CBS condemns homophobic language used by Big Brother housemates 3
2:13 PM — US television network CBS has condemned abusive language, including homophobia, used by housemates in the Big Brother House, but has not suggested that anyone will be evicted for using such language.
Equal marriage rap song reaches top 20 in Billboard Hot 100 chart 4
1:53 PM — A rap song which carries a message of strong support for equal marriage, has reached the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
3rd July 2013
Microsoft plans to isolate homophobic Xbox gamers in online multiplayer games 10
11:36 PM — Microsoft last month announced plans for its new Xbox console- Xbox One, and has gone further to say it intends to tackle abusive players online by separating them from other gamers.
US: Supporters call on judge to immediately legalise equal marriage following Supreme Court ruling
10:52 PM — Equal marriage advocates in the US state of New Jersey have called on a state judge to immediately legalise same-sex marriage in the state, following the Supreme Court's strike-down of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
TV presenter Clare Balding honoured as Celebrity Charity Champion 1
7:22 PM — BBC sports presenter Clare Balding, has been honoured as the winner of this year's Celebrity Charity Champion Award.
US: New Jersey Governor told to ‘step out of the way’ of vote on equal marriage 5
6:50 PM — A Democratic lawmaker in the US state of New Jersey has called on the state's Governor to "step out of the way", and allow Republican legislators to vote on an equal marriage bill.
US: Pastors blame photograph of gay politician kissing partner for Colorado wildfires 31
6:27 PM — Two pastors in the US state of Colorado have blamed a newspaper cover which featured the openly-gay State House Majority Leader kissing his partner, for recent Colorado wildfires.
US: Big Brother contestant dropped by modelling agency for homophobic slur 30
5:08 PM — A contestant on the new series of Big Brother, has caused controversy during the first week, by using homophobic and racist slurs against fellow housemates, and has been dropped by her modelling agency for doing so.
Film director Roland Emmerich offers up to $250,000 towards US equal marriage efforts 3
12:16 AM — Independence Day director Roland Emmerich has offered substantial financial support towards equal marriage efforts in the US, and will match donations by the public.
US congressman slams Lady Gaga for ‘defiling’ national anthem at New York Pride 35
12:03 AM — A US Congressman has attacked Lady Gaga for her performance of the US national anthem at the weekend's New York Pride, saying she "defiled" it by substituting some words with a reference to the gay community.
2nd July 2013
US radio host: Children ‘suffer the most’ from equal marriage Supreme Court rulings 21
11:40 PM — US Christian radio host Linda Harvey, has attacked the US Supreme Court for its rulings in two key equal marriage cases last week, to call the justices “clueless, immoral leadership”.
Robbie Rogers: I wish I’d know that everything would be okay after I came out as gay 2
5:11 PM — Openly gay US footballer Robbie Rogers has written a moving letter to his 14-year-old self, which carries a reassuring message and says that "people are becoming more accepting.
Russia: Four gay rights activists detained for unsanctioned rally 7
4:49 PM — Moscow city police on Tuesday afternoon detained four gay rights activists for staging an unsanctioned rally in the downtown area of the city.
Poll: US support for equal marriage at record high in wake of Supreme Court rulings 5
4:37 PM — A poll conducted in the week following the US Supreme Court's ruling in two key equal marriage cases has found that support for same-sex marriage across the US is at a record high.