25th January 2014
US: Virginia Republicans urge appointment of lawyers to defence of same-sex marriage ban 11
7:39 AM — Republican politicians in the US state of Virginia have asked for legal counsel to be appointed in order to defend the state's same-sex marriage ban, now that the Attorney General has said he will not.
24th January 2014
Vatican tells Swiss Guard member to give names to back up claims of sexual advance from church official 15
7:36 PM — A senior member of the Catholic Church has urged a member of the Swiss Guard to give names to back up his claims of sexual advances from church officials.
Nigerian newspaper claims that woman ‘publicly disowned her cat’ because she declared it was gay 28
7:21 PM — Reports from a newspaper in Nigeria claim that a woman in the country disowned her cat which she suspected was gay.
McDonald’s #CheersToSochi Twitter hashtag hijacked by LGBT activists 5
6:41 PM — McDonald's has faced a backlash from LGBT rights advocates as it launched the hashtag #CheersToSochi on Twitter, in promotion of the Winter Olympics.
US: Indiana Democrats to challenge civil unions clause in proposed same-sex marriage ban 1
5:42 PM — The leading Democratic politician in the Indiana House is to next week focus efforts on deleting a clause from a proposed same-sex marriage ban, which includes civil unions.
Goldie Hawn ‘embarrassed’ after calling calling Nigerian President ‘wonderful’, unaware of anti-gay law 17
4:22 PM — US actress Goldie Hawn has apologised after she called Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan "wonderful" in a tweet, saying she didn't know about the country's new anti-gay law.
UK Government launches consultation into future of civil partnerships 54
2:02 PM — The British Government has launched a public consultation into the future of civil partnerships.
Hong Kong billionaire doubles dowry offer to £78million for a man to marry his lesbian daughter 18
1:42 PM — The dowry offered by a Hong Kong billionaire to any man who 'can successfully court' his lesbian daughter has been doubled to £78 million.
23rd January 2014
Stonewall co-founder: Ben Summerskill’s departure is a chance to renew relationships and reassess strategy 12
8:05 PM — One of the founding members of gay rights charity Stonewall has commented on the announcement of the resignation of Chief Executive Ben Summerskill to say it is a chance to "renew relationships with other organisations and reassess it's strategy."
US: Two key Oregon same-sex marriage lawsuits consolidated by judge 3
7:50 PM — In a move which could potentially open the door to more quickly removing a ban on same-sex marriage, a federal judge consolidated two lawsuits seeking just that.
US: Utah Governor defends decision to spend $300,000 to attempt to reinstate same-sex marriage ban 16
7:34 PM — The Governor of the US state of Utah has defended his decision to continue to fight to enforce a same-sex marriage ban, despite estimated costs of at least $300,000 to hire outside counsel.
Leading LGBT activist hangs himself with rainbow flag: ‘I can’t live in this world any more’ 24
6:28 PM — A leading LGBT rights activist has committed suicide in Azerbaijan, after leaving a note which said he was not able to go on living in "this country and this world".
Stonewall to have ‘lots of conversations’ including with trans groups, following Chief Exec resignation 33
6:01 PM — The Deputy Chief Executive of gay rights charity Stonewall says she will not rule out beginning a new dialogue with trans groups, following the resignation of Chief Executive Ben Summerskill.
LGBT rights panel at Davos: ‘We still have a huge struggle’ for equality 1
4:25 PM — A panel at the 2014 Davos Annual Meeting convened to discuss LGBT issues around the world concluded that "we still have a huge struggle."
Ben Summerskill resigns as Chief Executive of gay lobbying charity Stonewall 46
3:27 PM — Stonewall today announced that Ben Summerskill has handed in his resignation as Chief Executive of Stonewall.
Irish radio listener: Kids living with gay people ‘could easily pick up AIDS’ 32
12:45 PM — Controversy was sparked when an Irish radio host read out a text from a reader which claimed that children living with gay people "could easily pick up AIDS."
Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell awarded Honorary Doctorate by De Montford University 7
11:52 AM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell is today being awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by De Montfort University in Leicester.
22nd January 2014
US: Indiana committee to hear arguments around bill to ban gay couples from marrying 4
8:01 PM — Those for and against same-sex marriage will today give evidence in the US state of Indiana, for a bill which would ban marriage for gay couples.
US has no plans to withdraw aid to Nigeria in wake of anti-gay law introduction 18
7:44 PM — The US Government has denied that it is to withdraw financial aid to Nigeria towards fighting HIV and AIDS amid the fallout from the recently introduced anti-gay law, but has said it will ensure its funding is not in violation of the law.
Nevada Governor argues that same-sex marriage ban serves a legitimate purpose 10
7:08 PM — Lawyers acting on behalf of Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval have argued that the state's ban on same-sex marriage serves a legitimate purpose - to preserve opposite-sex marriage.