29th January 2013
Finland media boss fined for discriminating against lesbian newspaper editor 3
2:46 PM — The chief executive of one of Finland’s largest media companies has been fined for discriminating on the grounds of sexual orientation.
Frank Ocean due to press charges against Chris Brown over car park brawl 3
12:26 PM — Bisexual R&B star Frank Ocean will reportedly press charges against Chris Brown following an altercation at a recording studio in Los Angeles on Sunday night (27 January).
US: Anti-gay conservative groups appalled that Boy Scouts may drop homophobic ban 12
11:45 AM — Equality campaigners have welcomed an announcement by the Boy Scouts of America that it may drop its national ban on gay members – although evangelical conservatives have criticised the move.
Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco: Allowing gays to marry ‘is like legalising male breastfeeding’ 139
11:11 AM — Legislating for equal marriage is like legalising male breastfeeding, according to the Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone.
28th January 2013
Philip Hammond denies same-sex marriage incest claims 66
10:33 PM — A spokesman for Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has denied claims that he compared same-sex marriage to incest.
East London ‘Muslim vigilantes’ homophobia victim makes contact with police
4:08 PM — A man who was subjected to homophobic abuse by a group of men claiming to be "Muslim vigilantes" has come forward to police.
UK: Catholics hand out 1 million anti-gay marriage postcards 75
3:09 PM — A million anti-gay marriage postcards were handed out at Catholic masses over the weekend.
Church in Wales hints that one day it may agree to marry gay couples 9
12:50 PM — The Church in Wales has responded to the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) and says the proposals give it scope to consider sanctioning marriages for gay couples in the future.
Church of England: The government has ‘no mandate’ for its same-sex marriage bill 42
11:54 AM — The Church of England has responded to the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) and has complained that it wasn’t given enough time to study the proposals in full ahead of last week’s announcement.
Exclusive: Defence Secretary Philip Hammond links incest with same-sex marriage 122
11:12 AM — Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has told students in Surrey that allowing gay couples to marry would be like sanctioning incest.
25th January 2013
David Cameron’s mother says he ‘won’t be told’ when it comes to same-sex marriage 56
3:01 PM — David Cameron’s support for equal marriage amid widespread opposition from many of his Conservative MPs remains an apparent mystery to his mother.
London: Police make fifth arrest in connection with anti-gay ‘Muslim Patrol’ probe
12:44 PM — A fifth person has been arrested after a gang claiming to be Islamic vigilantes tormented members of the public, which included hurling homophobic abuse at a young man.
Government publishes same-sex marriage bill for England & Wales 51
10:48 AM — The government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales has officially been published.
24th January 2013
US: Campaigners call on President Obama to legally protect LGBT workers 1
5:36 PM — Gay rights advocates are renewing their push for President Barack Obama to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees.
Same-sex marriage bill introduced in House of Commons 86
11:37 AM — The government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales has officially been introduced in the House of Commons by Culture Secretary Maria Miller.
London: ‘Muslim Patrol’ homophobia YouTube victim urged to contact police
11:22 AM — A man subjected to homophobic abuse in east London by a group of men who said it was a “Muslim area” is being urged to contact the Metropolitan Police.
23rd January 2013
Essex: Gay father and businessman calls for UK surrogacy reform 38
6:28 PM — Barrie Drewitt-Barlow from the British Surrogacy Centre says gay couples would benefit from a change in UK law in order to commercialise the sector.
UK: National AIDS Trust calls for the NHS to provide earlier HIV treatment 26
4:54 PM — The National AIDS Trust (NAT) is calling on the NHS to allow people with HIV to start treatment early in order to protect their sexual partners.
US: Handcuffed Catholic priest was suffering from ‘stress-related self-bondage’ says bishop 45
4:16 PM — A Catholic Illinois priest, who last year got stuck in a pair of handcuffs, was engaged in “non-sexual” conduct at the time, and the incident was brought on by “stress” – according to a bishop.
Interview: Gay Hollyoaks actors strip off in support of the Terrence Higgins Trust 10
3:00 PM — Gay Hollyoakes actors PJ Brennan and Kieron Richardson – who play onscreen gay couple Doug and Ste have decided to bare all for this month’s special ‘naked’ issue of Gay Times.