9th September 2013
US radio host celebrates launch of ‘gay free alternative to the Boy Scouts’ 15
2:34 PM — A US radio host has commented on the recent launch of a new scouting organisation, created after the Boy Scouts of America lifted its ban on gay members, to celebrate the launch of a "gay-free alternative to the Boy Scouts".
Fox TV presenter sacked for saying people who ‘choose to be gay will have to answer to the lord for their actions’ 25
2:13 PM — A Fox television sports commentator has been sacked after appearing just once, after footage surfaced of him saying that being gay "is a choice", and that gay people "will have to answer to the lord for their actions";
Exclusive: The Proclaimers say ‘it is vital’ that Scotland legalises equal marriage 2
1:01 PM — Scottish rock band The Proclaimers have urged the Scottish Parliament to back equal marriage in a video recorded as part of the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign.
Lib Dem President tables motion drawing attention to ‘deplorable’ LGBT treatment in Russia 16
12:47 PM — Liberal Democrat party president, MP Tim Farron, has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) which asks that the House of Commons take note of the situation LGBT people face in Russia, following the passage of anti-gay laws.
7th September 2013
US: New Mexico Supreme Court agrees to take on equal marriage case
8:23 PM — The Supreme Court in the US state of New Mexico has agreed to decide whether equal marriage should be legal across the state, after several counties began recently issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
US: Alternate Christian-based scouting group launches after Boy Scouts of America includes gay members 24
8:05 PM — Over 1,200 disgruntled former Boy Scouts of America officials descended on Nashville, Tennessee this weekened, in order to launch a new, "Christian-based" alternative to the BSA, as it voted earlier this year to lift its ban on gay members.
Gay activists say Obama ‘sent a signal’ to LGBT Russians by meeting them at G20 in St Petersburg 14
7:31 PM — As President Obama met with LGBT activists as his last official engagement during his trip to St Petersburg for the G20 summit, the activists noted the significance of the fact that he met with them.
The Bishop of Gloucester: ‘The Church of England has to be sorry for its treatment of gay people’ 74
6:49 PM — The Bishop of Gloucester has said he thinks it is time for the Church of England to apologise for its treatment of the gay community.
6th September 2013
US: New Mexico clerk issuing same-sex marriage licences asks for support for legal case against him 3
6:27 PM — A county clerk from Dona Ana in the US State of New Mexico, the first to begin issuing same-sex marriage licences, has asked for financial support in order to defend himself in a lawsuit from Republican lawmakers.
Video: St Petersburg protester punched in the face while police look on 18
6:09 PM — A video has surfaced online which appears to show one of the individual protesters from St Petrsburg yesterday, being violently hit in the face with a foam pie, while police officers take no action.
The top 12 strangest arguments against equal marriage from Scotland’s first day of Committee stage 45
5:36 PM — Yesterday the Scottish Parliament held its first evidence session on the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill; the legislation that could introduce equal marriage in Scotland.
US: Southern Baptist military chaplains banned from performing or supporting same-sex weddings 9
4:41 PM — Military chaplains from the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) will not be allowed to perform, attend or support the weddings of gay couples, even if they are held away from military installations, the agency which commissions religious leaders has confirmed.
Photos: InterTech Diversity Forum panel discussion on LGBT start-ups at Google London
4:05 PM — The first in a series of panel discussions featuring LGBT members of the start up community took place at Google's Central Saint Giles offices in London on Wednesday evening, hosted by the InterTech Diversity Forum.
US: Pennsylvania state to pay $400 per hour to private lawyer to defend equal marriage ban 3
3:33 PM — The US state of Pennsylvania is to pay at least $400 (£250) an hour to a private law firm who will defend a 1996 state law banning equal marriage in a legal challenge brought against it.
US: Radio host says it’s okay to attend gay weddings if you call for the couple to be ‘put to death’ 57
1:11 PM — Radio host Kevin Swanson has said during a broadcast that it is okay for Christians to attend same-sex weddings, as long as they hold up a sigh saying the couple should be put to death.
France: Official investigation launched into ‘#gaysmustdie’ tweets 2
12:54 PM — Prosecutors in France have launched an official investigation into a flurry of homophobic tweets sent using the hashtags #gaysmustdie, and #letsburngays.
Vatican denies widespread reports that Pope called gay student to say being gay ‘doesn’t matter’ 15
12:37 PM — The Vatican has moved quickly to "absolutely deny", widespread reports that Pope Francis personally phoned a gay student in Toulouse to say it "doesn't matter", whether he is gay or not.
5th September 2013
Gay rights activists hold individual protests in St Petersburg to gain attention of G20 leaders 4
7:16 PM — Around a dozen human rights activists have conducted individual protests against Russian anti-gay laws in St Petersburg, on the same day the G20 government leaders arrived in the city.
US: New Mexico counties appeal to have state Supreme Court rule on equal marriage
7:04 PM — The situation regarding equal marriage in New Mexico is becoming gradually more heated, as a group of counties have filed to ask the state's Supreme Court to rule to give clarification on equal marriage.
Sir Ian McKellen to play retired Sherlock Holmes in new film 4
6:38 PM — Sir Ian McKellen will be the latest actor to take on the role of Sherlock Holmes, as he is set to take to the big screen to play an aged version of the legendary detective.