5th October 2013
Greece: Dozens protest against Russian anti-gay law ahead of Olympic flame hand over 8
3:46 PM — A protest has taken place in central Athens ahead of the handover of the Olympic flame to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics organisers.
4th October 2013
All Swedish couples banned from adopting Russian children over same-sex marriage 19
7:49 PM — Russian authorities have stopped the adoption of Russian children by all Swedish couples based on the legalisation of equal marriage in Sweden.
Spot the difference? Tory MP switches Twitter profile pic to Matt Damon as Liberace’s lover 2
7:37 PM — Tory MP Michael Fabricant, who has consistently voted for gay rights has changed his Twitter profile picture to an image of Matt Damon as Liberace's lover from this year's Hollywood biopic about the flamboyant star.
Punk band shoots porn clip on the front lawn of the Westboro Baptist Church 16
4:10 PM — A US punk band has filmed a porn clip on the front lawn of the adamantly homophobic Westboro Baptist Church (WBC).
Clare Balding says she ‘talked gibberish’ whilst accepting OBE for services to journalism 7
2:34 PM — Sports broadcaster Clare Balding was awarded an OBE yesterday, and said she "talked absolute gibberish", when accepting the award.
3rd October 2013
Lebanon censors French film depicting gay love story 3
8:41 PM — A French film featuring a gay love story has been blocked by Lebanese censors, the Beirut International Film Festival has said.
US: Idaho state requires same-sex married couples to recalculate tax as ‘single’ 10
8:28 PM — The US state of Idaho Tax Commission has announced that same-sex couples in the state who were legally married out of state must recalculate their federal tax returns as if they were "single", or "head of household", before being able to file in the state.
US: Equal marriage opponents praise New Jersey Governor for appeal against judge’s ruling in favour of it 7
8:18 PM — Same-sex marriage opponents have called for a referendum on equal marriage in the US state of New Jersey, praising Governor Chris Christie for his persistence in appealing against a judge who ruled to say that banning equal marriage in the state was unconstitutional.
US: University football players interrupted play about Matthew Shepard with anti-gay slurs 36
8:06 PM — Several members of the University of Mississippi football team have interrupted a theatre production of a play about murdered Wyoming teenager Matthew Shepard, shouting homophobic slurs during the play.
US: Top officials urge the Pentagon to force National Guards to process same-sex benefits 1
7:39 PM — Top officials in the US are pushing the Pentagon to insist that state National Guards process benefits for same-sex couples in line with the a recent directive from the Defense Department to treat married same-sex service members equally.
Russia: Imam urges followers not to attend Elton John concert because he ‘promotes homsexuality’ 24
7:23 PM — An Imam in the city of Kazan, the capital of the Russian Republic of Tatarstan, has warned followers that they should boycott an Elton John concern scheduled for December.
US: Pennsylvania official compares equal marriage benefits to ‘giving money out to people’s pets’ 5
6:32 PM — An official in the US state of Pennsylvania has taken a financial stance in opposing equal marriage benefits for same-sex couples, comparing it to same-sex couples to offering "money out to peoples' pets".
Office for National Statistics study finds that 1.5 percent of adults identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual 28
5:32 PM — A new study from the Office for National Statistics, has found that 1.5% of the adult population in the UK identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual, with younger people having a much higher representation than older groups.
What’s in the Russian President’s mind? Video shows the gay adventures of Vladimir Putin 3
3:10 PM — A new viral video features a satirical cartoon depiction of Russian President Vladimir Putin, which shows the inner workings of the notorious Russian leader's mind.
2nd October 2013
Tony Perkins: We should pray for gay people just like we should pray for drug addicts 60
8:31 PM — Tony Perkins of the anti-gay Family Research Council, has spoken out on a radio broadcast to encourage listeners to pray for gay people in the same way that they would pray for drug addicts, or adulterers.
South Carolina National Guard changes benefit applications to federal offices due to equal marriage ban
7:39 PM — The National Guard in the US state of South Carolina has issued a benefit card to a same-sex couple, and is directing benefit applications to federal installations to avoid a conflict with a law banning equal marriage in the state.
Chris Brown: ‘Love is not a crime. Gay or straight. Love who you want to love’ 11
7:23 PM — Singer Chris Brown, who has in the past been accused of being party to homophobia towards other RnB artists, has taken to Twitter to voice his support for people of all sexualities.
Former Jersey Shore star: New Jersey Governor is ‘a disgrace’ for opposing equal marriage 3
6:11 PM — Former cast-member of the popular Jersey Shore television series JWoww has called the Governor of the state of New Jersey "retarded" for continuing to fight against equal marriage in the state.
Jonas Brothers: ‘We’re not gay but rumours don’t offend us’ 5
4:49 PM — The Jonas Brothers have addressed rumours about their sexualities, to say that, despite not being gay, they refuse to be offended by the speculation.
Sister of Australian PM says he may be beginning to see equal marriage ‘in a slightly different way’ 8
4:25 PM — The sister of Tony Abbott, the Prime Minister of Australia, has said he may be "shifting" his stance on equal marriage, despite conceding that he may never vote in favour of it.