5th November 2013
Video: Illinois Republican makes first Senate speech in two years, to endorse gay rights
6:08 PM — Illinois Republican Senator Mark Kirk took to the Senate floor this week for the first time in almost two years, to speak in favour of gay rights, in promoting his co-sponsored Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA).
Hawaii police officer: ‘You would have to kill me’ before I would enforce an equal marriage law 18
5:45 PM — Monday's equal marriage debate in the House of Representatives in the US state of Hawaii saw over 5,000 testify both for and against equal marriage, but one police officer shocked with his statement.
US: Texas Supreme Court to take up arguments around equal marriage ban 1
5:19 PM — The Supreme Court in the US state of Texas on Tuesday will hear arguments in a case which could challenge the state's constitutional ban on equal marriage.
Dutch foreign minister offers asylum to Russians discriminated against under anti-gay law 8
4:55 PM — The Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans, has said Russians discriminated against under a law banning gay "propaganda", may apply for asylum in his country.
Church of Ireland LGBT group welcomes Irish referendum on civil marriage 2
3:56 PM — The decision by the Irish Government to hold a referendum on civil marriage for lesbian and gay couples has been welcomed by the Church of Ireland's pro-LGBT group, Changing Attitude Ireland (CAI).
Ender’s Game author’s anti-gay controversy does not deter audiences as film takes number one spot at US box office 17
2:43 PM — Despite calls for a boycott of the Ender's Game movie release last weekend, due to the book's author being involved in an anti-gay controversy, the film still opened at the top spot.
4th November 2013
Marriage tax allowance to benefit 420,000 London married couples and civil partners 9
7:51 PM — The marriage tax allowance which will take effect from 2015, will allow 420,000 Londoners, both gay and straight, to claim a transferrable tax allowance.
Video: Children react to same-sex proposals 18
7:21 PM — This video, uploaded by the Fine Bros, explores the issue of equal marriage, and same-sex relationships, with children, and documents their (mainly quite adorable) reactions to same-sex proposal videos.
US: Couple sue New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for signing law to ban ‘gay cure’ therapy 13
6:46 PM — A couple has sued New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, because he signed a law banning "gay conversion" therapy for minors, saying it violates their constitutional rights.
Eminem denies homophobic intent behind lyrics: ‘I never equated those kinds of words’ with homophobia 35
6:31 PM — Rapper Eminem has defended his latest single “Rap God” which has been heavily criticised because it contains violently homophobic lyrics.
Barilla pasta to make ‘inclusive’ ads despite chair saying he would ‘never feature an ad with a gay family’ 14
5:29 PM — Barilla, the Italian pasta company which came under fire after its chairman said he would "never feature an ad with a gay family", now plans to do just that.
US: Hopeful to be Maine Governor comes out as gay: ‘I’m not ashamed of who I am’ 1
1:01 PM — A hopeful for the office of Governor in the US state of Maine has come out as gay, saying he wants to counter "whisper campaigns" raising questions about his sexuality.
US: Officials change procedure in Hawaii equal marriage testimony as opponents suspected of cheating
12:45 PM — After thousands of citizens testified at the House in the US state of Hawaii over the weekend, Monday's testimony may be off to a rocky start with allegations of cheating in the queue to speak.
2nd November 2013
Rappers accuse Frank Ocean and Macklemore of using ‘gay agenda’ for fame 22
5:45 PM — Two rappers have accused stars Macklemore and Frank Ocean of exploiting gay culture in order to get ahead in the music industry.
Australia: Boxer criticised for suggesting people from Aboriginal origin can’t be gay 28
5:28 PM — A boxer in Australia has found himself at the receiving end of criticism as he made comments on Facebook which suggested that Aboriginal culture and homosexuality are mutually exclusive.
US: Pennsylvania Governor released as defendant in equal marriage lawsuit
4:19 PM — The Governor of the US state of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett, has been swapped out as a defendant in a federal case demanding equal marriage in the state.
Poll: Two-thirds of NSW voters do not support law to allow private schools to discriminate against gay students 7
2:38 PM — A poll has found that two-thirds of residents of New South Wales do not support current laws which allow private schools to discriminate against LGBT students, and a large majority were not aware of the law.
1st November 2013
Man banned from Facebook for declaring his love for pork faggots 22
8:27 PM — A man has been banned from Facebook after being accused of homophobia, because he wrote a comment about his favourite childhood dish, pork faggots.
NOW: Comedian Aziz Ansari makes amusing but poignant point about racial stereotypes and homophobia 5
8:05 PM — Hit US comedian Aziz Ansari in a clip for his latest show makes an amusing yet poignant point about racial stereotypes, and homophobia.
US: Nebraska officials convene meeting to discuss equal marriage
7:54 PM — Officials in the US state of Nebraska on Friday conducted a meeting with a view to resolving legal conflicts for same-sex couples qualifying for federal marriage benefits, but whose relationships are not recognised by the state.