13th March 2013
Update: US: Minnesota Senate and House committees pass equal marriage bill 9
1:23 AM — The equal marriage bill in Minnesota passed committees in both the House and Senate, and will head to the floor on both sides of the legislature.
US: Catholic Church threatens to end adoption services in Colorado if civil unions become law 27
1:05 AM — As LGBT rights advocates celebrated in the US state of Colorado on Tuesday, when civil unions all but became law, a Catholic adoption charity suggested they might cease to operate if and when the civil unions bill is signed by the Governor.
12th March 2013
US: Boy Scouts of America to survey members and staff on whether to lift gay ban 9
11:27 PM — The Boy Scouts of America is putting the question of whether it should lift its national anti-gay policy to those it will directly affect - the members, volunteers and staff.
Bahamian Prime Minister: Equal marriage is ‘something I don’t believe in’ 22
5:59 PM — The Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Perry Christie, has said that he does not agree with equal marriage, and that it is not an issue which his government will be considering.
US: Tax-exempt status revoked for ‘gay cure’ group 15
5:44 PM — A US group which claims to want to help people "struggling with unwanted sexuality, and which specialises in "pray away the gay" treatment has had its tax-exempt status revoked.
US: Colorado House gives final approval to civil unions bill 5
5:14 PM — In its third reading, the Colorado House of Representatives has approved legislation to introduce civil unions for same-sex couples.
Anderson Cooper: ‘Being gay is a blessing’ and I ‘couldn’t be more proud’ of my sexuality 21
4:26 PM — Anderson Cooper has spoken out about coming out as gay, and has said that he "couldn't be more proud" of his sexuality and "being gay is a blessing."
Video: Bryan Fischer says equal marriage would be ‘an inequality under the law’ 16
3:41 PM — The American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer, has spoken on the organisation’s radio program Focal Point, to say that equal marriage would be a "special right" for gay people, and that it represents an "inequality" in the law.
Study: Men in same-sex unions live longer while mortality rates for lesbian couples on the increase 2
2:22 PM — A new study has found that married gay men in same sex marriages live longer, while mortality rates among married lesbians have begun to rise, despite a long period of decline.
US: School board to decide whether to allow gay-straight alliance, or cancel all clubs 8
1:51 AM — A School Board in the US is meeting on Monday evening in order to decide whether to allow a gay-straight alliance club on campus, or instead, whether to ban all clubs.
US: Minnesota lawmaker under fire for ‘close friend’ who left the ‘gay lifestyle’ comment 6
12:28 AM — A lawmaker opposed to equal marriage in Minnesota has come under fire for using a procedural tactic to introduce a "close friend" who left the "gay lifestyle", during proceedings around the subject of equal marriage.
11th March 2013
US: Hundreds rally in Texas in support of LGBT rights and equal marriage 1
7:11 PM — Hundreds of LGBT rights advocates have taken to the streets of Texas in support of equal rights for LGBT people, including marriage equality.
Vatican embarrassed as €23 million property investment includes Europe’s biggest gay sauna 55
6:43 PM — Following several recent scandals, it has now emerged that the Catholic church has bought a €23 million (£21 million) share of an apartment block in Rome which houses the biggest gay sauna in Europe.
Lord Mayor of Copenhagen urges Lithuanian mayor to support gay pride 2
6:04 PM — Responding to calls from gay rights advocates, the Lord Mayor of Copenhagen has urged the mayor of the Lithuanian capital city to support a gay pride event.
US Radio Host: Churches should fight to ‘abolish’ homosexuality as they did slavery 48
5:35 PM — Linda Harvey, a host of the Ohio based Christian group Mission America has again spoken out against equal rights for gay people, saying that churches should be more proactive in opposing it, in the same way they fought to abolish slavery.
Australia: Video footage emerges of new angle on Sydney Mardi Gras alleged police brutality 3
5:07 PM — New video footage has emerged which shows a different perspective on one case of alleged policy brutality at Sydney Mardi Gras, as it appears to show one of those who accused the police of brutality, resisting arrest.
Poland: New poll contradicts former President’s claims that 95% of people agree that gay MPs should ‘sit behind a wall’ 6
3:02 PM — A new report has been published contradicting claims by the former Polish president that 95% of Polish people supported his view that gay MPs should sit "behind a wall" in parliament.
10th March 2013
US: Christine Quinn formally announces bid to become NYC’s first openly gay and first female mayor 1
11:11 PM — New York City took another step closer to having its first openly gay and first female mayor on Sunday as City Council speaker Christine Quinn, formally announced that she will run for the position.
Gay rights activists warn of reintroduction of ‘Section 28 style’ discrimination in Scotland’s schools 35
9:55 PM — Gay rights advocates have voiced concerns that those opposed to equal marriage are trying to "reintroduce Section 28 style discrimination" into Scotland's schools, in an attempt to "roll back equality".
The Queen to publicly address anti-gay discrimination for the first time 172
12:43 AM — In the first time the Queen has voiced support for gay rights in her 61-year reign, she is set to sign a new charter which aims to tackle homophobic discrimination.