30th November 2013
Methodist church begins consultation into equal marriage 12
12:48 PM — The Methodist church could soon allow equal marriage, and become the first Christian denomination to do so after launching a consultation on the issue.
29th November 2013
US: Hawaii prepares to conduct first same-sex weddings 2
8:09 PM — The first same-sex marriages will take place in the US state of Hawaii on Monday.
Russia says Italy can continue adopting its children because it does not allow equal marriage 10
8:01 PM — Italy will be allowed to continue adopting Russian children as it “refused to recognise same-sex marriage”. In June Russian President signed a law into effect which bans the promotion of “non-traditional” relationships to minors. Subsequently, he signed another bill banning US couples from adopting Russian children over America’s shifts towards same-sex marriage. Last month Russian […]
US: Archbishop of New York says Catholic Church has been ‘outmarketed’ on equal marriage 24
7:34 PM — The Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan has said that the Catholic church has been "outmarketed" on equal marriage.
Website launched to share stories of Christians with same-sex attractions 53
6:33 PM — A website was launched today in order to help Christians with same-sex attractions.
Lucy Spraggan clarifies to say she thinks James Arthur ‘isn’t a homophobe’ 24
4:08 PM — Lucy Spraggan has said she wants to clarify her position on James Arthur after a Twitter spat last week, saying she does not think he is homophobic.
Tory Vice Chair: I feel let down that the NI Secretary avoided raising the question of equal marriage 2
2:42 PM — The Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party has said he is "disappointed" that the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has not discussed the matter of equal marriage with her colleagues in Northern Ireland.
Malta: Catholic bishop claims gay couples do ‘not have a role in society’ 46
2:01 PM — Malta's Auxiliary Bishop has spoken out to express his displeasure at the lack of a clear difference between marriage and civil partnerships in the debate around civil partnerships for same-sex couples in Malta, saying that gay people do "not produce offspring" so do "not have a role in society".
James Arthur ‘not in a good place’ after backlash over homophobic lyrics 63
12:38 PM — James Arthur is battling a breakdown following the death of his grandmother, which a source close to the singer attributed his homophobic outbursts to.
28th November 2013
US: Gay couple become first to marry in Illinois after judge rules because of terminal illness 5
8:03 PM — A same-sex couple became the first in the US state of Illinois to marry, as a judge ruled they should be granted a marriage licence six months early as one of them has terminal cancer.
Greece: Bishop threatens to excommunicate officials who support gay civil partnerships 31
6:29 PM — A bishop in Greece has threatened to excommunicate any officials in his diocese who support measures to legalise same-sex civil partnerships.
Record number of HIV tests taken in Westminster in support of Halve It campaign 3
5:55 PM — A record number of MPs took part in the Halve It campaign today by having HIV tests in support of World AIDS Day.
Petition calls for X Factor to drop James Arthur performance following homophobic rap 14
4:02 PM — Following a storm of controversy over a feud rap he recorded which included homophobic slurs, and time off for "acute exhaustion", James Arthur is now facing calls for ITV's the X Factor to drop him from a performance this weekend.
Human rights group calls on Croatia to stand up for equality at same-sex marriage referendum 6
3:42 PM — International LGBT rights group ILGA-Europe has called on citizens in Croatia to do the right thing in voting in favour of equal marriage in a referendum this Sunday, 1 December.
Poll finds that Church of England sexuality report is ‘out of touch with Anglicans’ 6
2:56 PM — As a report on human sexuality is published recommending that the Church of England should offer blessings to same-sex married couples and tackle homophobia, polls suggest that even the report is out of touch with Anglicans, a majority of whom now support same-sex marriage.
Church of England report on sexuality recognises tension on gays in church but urges for understanding 14
12:49 PM — Today the Church of England published a report on "human sexuality" which notes a tension between the church and contemporary culture, but which recommends that same-sex marriages and civil partnerships should be blessed, and that homophobia should be tackled across the church.
Robbie Williams: ‘I am 49% gay because I love musical theatre’, but not sex with men 45
12:01 PM — Robbie Williams has spoken out about his sexuality, to say that he thinks he is "49% homosexual" because he loves musicals and "other things that are often associated with gays," but that he doesn't like having sex with men.
27th November 2013
US: Restaurant to investigate whether gay waitress was actually denied a tip because of sexuality 12
7:40 PM — A New Jersey restaurant has said it will investigate the case of a lesbian waitress who said she was denied a tip by a family who said they did not agree with her "lifestyle", after the family denied the allegations.
US: Personal trainer Bob Harper comes out during his show The Biggest Loser 9
7:28 PM — Bob Harper, personal trainer of The Biggest Loser fame, came out as gay on the programme, saying "I do believe this is the right time".
British band The xx issue statement condemning use of their music in anti-equal marriage advert 5
7:11 PM — British band The xx have issued a statement saying they do not condone the use of their music by a Croatian anti-equal marriage organisation.