5th February 2013
Lib Dem Deputy Leader Simon Hughes criticises the Government over same-sex marriage plans 17
5:11 PM — Speaking at the debate around the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill in the House of Commons today, the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Simon Hughes called for the government to "proceed slowly" with the bill to attain the "maximum consensus."
Kent MP Sir Roger Gale: ‘Why not allow incest as part of equal marriage plans?’ 38
3:02 PM — Speaking at the House of Commons debate around equal marriage today, a Kent MP questioned why, if the government were to allow equal marriage for gay couples, it did not allow incestuous marriages.
Italy: Gay Governor of Puglia scared to go out alone at night in Rome 6
2:19 PM — The gay governor of Italy's Puglia region, Nichi Vendola, has said that he is afraid to go out alone at night in Rome.
Ombudsman: Russia will not allow ‘unconstitutional’ adoption to French gay couples 1
1:38 PM — The Russian children's rights ombudsman has said that allowing French gay couples to adopt Russian orphans would be "unconstitutional".
Head of Christian law firm: ‘Satan is bullying the Boy Scouts into including gay members’ 37
12:59 PM — The head of a Christian legal firm in the US has said that the reason that the Boy Scouts of America may make moves towards dropping its ban on gay scouts, volunteers and staff is "spiritual pressure" from Satan.
Lib Dem Deputy Leader Simon Hughes to vote against timetable for equal marriage bill 30
12:45 PM — The Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Simon Hughes, has said that he will vote against the timetabling motion for the equal marriage bill in today's vote, because he thought the timetable was "rushed".
Boy Scouts of America receive 1.4 million signatures pushing for end to anti-gay policy 1
11:44 AM — A rally delivered a petition with 1.4 million signatures pushing for the Boy Scouts of America to drop its ban on gay members, volunteers and staff, on Monday.
4th February 2013
Study: Straight men who watch porn are more likely to support equal marriage 23
5:59 PM — New research suggests that the more pornography consumed by straight men, the less likely they are to be opposed to equal marriage.
Investigation for baker who refused to make a cake for lesbian wedding 11
5:19 PM — A baker from Oregon who refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, and who allegedly called them "abominations unto the Lord", has come under investigation.
Catholic League: ‘Gay’ dog being saved proves being gay is a ‘bonus’ for dogs and humans 15
3:47 PM — The president of the Catholic League has responded to the news that a dog which was rescued after being condemned to being put down because his owner thought he was gay.
Mali: Two men saved from execution for being gay, following French intervention 11
3:21 PM — Two men were saved from execution for being gay, after French, and other international forces intervened in Mali to end Islamist Rule.
Jeremy Hunt: ‘Religious freedom is not just for straight people’ 9
2:31 PM — Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, spoke out on Sunday in support of the upcoming equal marriage bill, saying that "religious freedom is not just for heterosexuals".
Benedict Cumberbatch in talks to play Alan Turing in biopic 8
2:13 PM — Benedict Cumberbatch is reportedly in talks to play Alan Turing, in an upcoming biopic about the gay mathematician and codebreaker.
Amnesty: Russian anti-gay law will restrict the human rights of LGBT people 3
1:24 PM — Amnesty International has spoken out against the Russian draft law which outlaws the “propaganda of homosexuality among minors”, saying that it restricts the human rights of LGBT people.
Ian McKellen: ‘Gay rights are advancing, but life is worse than ever for some gay people’ 16
12:44 PM — Upon receiving an honorary doctorate from the University of Ulster, Ian McKellen praised work done by politicians to protect the rights of LGBT people, but said that the situation was "worse than ever" in some places.
Obama says Boy Scouts ban on gays must end 7
2:10 AM — President Barack Obama said on Sunday that gay people should be allowed in the Boy Scouts of America, and that "nobody should be barred" from the experience of being a scout.
3rd February 2013
Michael Gove: Marriage will be enhanced by extending it to gay people 8
11:28 PM — Education Secretary, Michael Gove, has offered his support to proposed legislation which would legalise equal marriage, and has re-iterated that teachers would not be disciplined for refusing to "promote" it.
2nd February 2013
Governor Rick Perry: ‘I think the Boy Scouts should keep its anti-gay policy’ 22
7:37 PM — Governor Rick Perry has said that he thinks the Boy Scouts of America shouldn't remove its ban on openly gay scouts, volunteers and staff.
NFL player Chris Culliver to undergo sensitivity training for homophobic comments 14
7:19 PM — San Francisco 49ers player, Chris Culliver, who earlier this week said there were no gay players on the team, and if there were, they wouldn't be welcome, is to begin sensitivity training following this weekend's Super Bowl.
US: Illinois Senate to vote on equal marriage on Valentine’s Day 5
1:27 AM — The Illinois Senate may pass a bill which would legalise equal marriage in the state, and will vote on it on 14 February.