10th April 2013
Blessings for same-sex couples rejected by Church of England 67
2:02 AM — The Church of England has decided not to offer blessings to same-sex couples, and has reiterated its stance that such public acknowledgements are appropriate only for straight marriages.
US: Mixed martial arts fighter suspended for calling trans woman a ‘disgusting freak’ 16
1:18 AM — The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) moved to suspend one of its fighters after he referred to a transgender fighter as "a lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak."
9th April 2013
Rick Santorum: It would be ‘suicidal’ for the Republican Party to support equal marriage 21
5:33 PM — Former US presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has spoken out against the idea that the Republican Party might support equal marriage, and said it would be "suicidal" if it did.
Twitter confusion over Margaret Thatcher’s death led users to believe Cher had died 12
4:55 PM — Confusion broke out over Twitter as the hashtag used to spread the news of Margaret Thatcher's death led some users to believe that the singer Cher, had died.
UK’s first youth crime commissioner quits following backlash over abusive tweets 10
3:38 PM — Britain's first youth crime commissioner has quit, following a backlash which came after homophobic, racist and violent tweets were sent from her personal Twitter account.
Judy Garland song likely to be in UK Top 40 in response to Margaret Thatcher’s death 17
3:01 PM — A Facebook campaign to get a song by gay icon Judy Garland into the Official UK Top 40 Chart this week, as a response to Margaret Thatcher's death, looks as though it could be successful in placing the song in the charts.
US: Texas may extend legal protections to include gay teenagers 2
2:50 PM — Despite strong opposition from Republican leaders, lawmakers in the US state of Texas may attempt to introduce new legal protections for sexually active gay teens.
Australia: Tasmanian parliament advances bill to allow equal adoption
1:40 PM — The Lower House of the Tasmanian parliament today resoundingly supported the advancement of legislation which would remove the ban on same-sex adoption.
Russia’s Vladimir Putin greeted by pro-LGBT topless protesters in Germany 6
1:19 AM — Upon arriving in Germany for a trade visit, Russian President Vladimir Putin was greeted by angry LGBT protesters, including a topless rally from the feminist group Femen.
MPs call for resignation of youth crime commissioner over abusive tweets 27
12:46 AM — MPs have weighed in to call for Britain's first youth crime commissioner to resign after abusive tweets sent from her personal Twitter account were revealed at the weekend.
8th April 2013
US: Cindy McCain to appear in Proposition 8 play 1
5:47 PM — Cindy McCain, the wife of 2008 Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain, is to appear in a play about Proposition 8, the US state of California's controversial ban on same-sex marriage.
Wheatus criticise The Wanted for ‘hateful and homophobic’ tweet about One Direction 10
4:52 PM — US rock music group Wheatus, has slammed UK boyband the Wanted, after one of its members tweeted a 'homophobic' message about a member of rival band One Direction, and used the hashtag #itgetsbetter.
US: Second Illinois GOP lawmaker announces support for equal marriage bill 1
3:58 PM — A second Republican in the Illinois House has announced his support for a bill to legalise equal marriage, and has said that he thinks others will follow.
US: Electronic Arts notes anti-gay campaign as reason for ‘Worst Company in America’ award 12
3:21 PM — Video games company Electronic Arts (EA) is a highly likely contender to win the award for the Worst Company in America, for the second year running, and the company's COO said he thought an anti-gay campaign was partly to blame, but said he was "proud" of the company for supporting issues such as equal marriage.
US: Lady Gaga turned down $1 million to perform at Republican Party convention 1
2:53 PM — According to details of a new lawsuit filed, it has been revealed that Lady Gaga turned down $1 million to perform at the US Republican Party Convention (RNC) in August.
Margaret Thatcher, a controversial figure on gay issues, dies aged 87 247
1:39 PM — Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who was a controversial figure in moves towards equality and who was hailed by some as a gay icon, including the artists Gilbert and George, died of a stroke this morning.
Bryan Fischer to caller: ‘Get out of gay-friendly church before it destroys your family’ 10
12:47 PM — The American Family Association spokesman Bryan Fischer, has advised a caller who phoned into his radio programme to "get out" of a church which accepts gay people as it will "destroy" her children.
Video: David Letterman says opposition to equal marriage is ‘beyond embarrassing’ 2
11:56 AM — US television host David Letterman has voiced his annoyance at the equal marriage debate in America, saying it is "beyond embarrassing" that opposition to it remains, and says that it is "absolute stupidity" to oppose it.
7th April 2013
American Decency Association: Magic Johnson is ‘damaging’ his gay son by supporting him 21
9:50 PM — An evangelical Christian group has attacked basketball star Magic Johnson, for speaking out earlier this week in support of his gay son who publicly came out last weekend.
MPs accuse David Cameron’s chief whip of expenses ‘blackmail’ over opposition to equal marriage 21
8:53 PM — David Cameron's chief Whip Sir George Young faces allegations of using confidential details of Tory MPs' expenses to "bully" them, and in order to stop them from speaking out against government plans to legalise equal marriage.