23rd February 2013
US: Obama Administration puts pressure on Supreme Court to strike down DOMA 12
1:44 AM — In a filing made on Friday, the Obama Administration urged the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, saying courts considering laws targeting gay people should do so with extra scrutiny, and calling it unconstitutional.
US: Gay soldier booed at GOP presidential debate joins Ohio equal marriage effort 5
12:35 AM — An openly gay US soldier who was booed during a Republican presidential debate in 2011 for asking if potential candidates would undo moves towards gay equality, has joined efforts to lift the state of Ohio's ban on equal marriage.
22nd February 2013
Lithuanian President: Talks about civil unions for same-sex couples are too ‘premature’ 10
6:22 PM — The Lituania President has said that she thought that discussions on civil partnerships for gay couples were "premature".
Australia: Religious groups could lose exemption from anti-discrimination law 7
6:07 PM — Religious organisations in Australia could lose exemptions to anti-discrimination laws, under recommendations from an inquiry which suggested that the ruling Labor Party's proposed legal changes needed to remove protections for groups to discriminate, where it would otherwise be unlawful.
US columnist says equal rights will lead to legalisation of incest, paedophilia and rape 43
5:49 PM — A US columnist has made unfounded claims that equal rights are leading the US towards legalising incest, paedophilia and rape.
Australia: Gender-discrimination challenge to equal marriage ban thrown out by judge 7
5:00 PM — An Australian judge this week threw out a challenge to the national ban on equal marriage, on the grounds that the law banning same-sex marriage does not discriminate against people based on gender.
Anti-gay evangelist Scott Lively claims to have found proof that Obama is gay 53
3:00 PM — US Christian Evangelical Scott Lively, has posted an article claiming that President Barack Obama is gay, claiming to have proof, because he went on a weekend trip with an aide, but without Michelle.
Associated Press style guide allows ‘husband’ or ‘wife’ to be used for gay married couples 4
2:12 PM — The Associated Press has updated its guidelines on reporting on same-sex married couples, saying that the words "husband" or "wife" were acceptable, despite sending a memo earlier in February saying "generally" those terms should not be used.
Former Utah Governor: ‘There is nothing conservative about denying equal marriage to gay people’ 7
1:26 PM — A former Republican Governor of Utah has come out in support of equal marriage, urging other Republicans to do the same.
Video: Amazon releases TV advert featuring same-sex married couple 23
12:40 AM — Online retailer Amazon, has released a new television advert for its Kindle Paperwhite, which features a gay couple and a straight couple getting along on holiday together.
21st February 2013
Russian Foreign Ministry to investigate US lesbian ex-wives who hid relationship to adopt child 8
7:01 PM — The Russian Foreign Ministry says it will look into a custody case of a Russian child adopted by a US lesbian former couple who allegedly hid their marriage in order to adopt the child.
Puerto Rico: 200,000 rally against gay rights 6
5:21 PM — A demonstration against equal rights for gay people in Puerto Rico earlier this week saw hundreds of thousands of people turn up.
Anti-gay group leader: Study doesn’t prove bullying is worse for LGBT kids, ‘if there is such a thing’ 19
4:43 PM — The leader of an anti-gay conservative group in the US state of Massachusetts has claimed that a recent study on anti-LGBT bullying in schools was "propaganda" and went on to doubt the existence of gay and trans students.
US: California lawmaker introduces bill to remove tax-exempt status from Boy Scouts 8
1:57 PM — A Californian lawmaker has introduced a bill which would remove the tax exempt status from youth groups such as the Boy Scouts of America, if they uphold policies excluding gay members.
GLAAD: ‘What the hell is going on with the Associated Press guidance on gay couples?’ 14
1:55 AM — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has struck out at the Associated Press over a recent announcement that it would uphold guidelines published on 11 February that stated that reporters should “generally” not refer to same-sex married couples as “husbands” or “wives”.
Puerto Rico: Supreme Court upholds gay adoption ban 2
1:24 AM — The Supreme Court in Puerto Rico voted on Wednesday to uphold a law banning same-sex couples from adopting children.
20th February 2013
Australia: Christian youth camp appeals against discrimination ruling 5
5:55 PM — A Christian youth camp which was ordered to pay damages for discriminating against a gay youth support charity in 2010 when it refused to accept its booking, has begun an appeal against the court's ruling.
Irish Education Minister: ‘Education plays a key role in tackling homophobia and transphobia’ 13
5:22 PM — The Irish Minister for Education, Ruairí Quinn today opened a European Union conference on homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools, and emphasised the importance education plays in reducing such prejudice.
US: Poll shows that half of Illinois residents support equal marriage
4:59 PM — A poll of Illinois residents has found that half of people living in the state supported a bill to legalise equal marriage, with the percentage in opposition to it much lower.
Poll: 59% of Americans oppose the Defense of Marriage Act 4
3:44 PM — A new poll has found that almost two thirds of Americans registered to vote oppose the Defense of Marriage Act, and that just over half support equal marriage for same-sex couples.