18th March 2013
50,000 sign online anti-homophobia in football petition following Nigerian coach’s anti-gay remarks
1:14 PM — Nearly 50,000 people have signed a petition that calls on FIFA to take action against homophobia in football following the recent comments of a Nigerian women’s football coach.
John McCain: I won’t be changing my mind when it comes to opposing equal marriage 20
12:10 PM — John McCain says he doesn't think he'll be following the lead of fellow Republican Senator Rob Portman, who stunned so many last week when he announced his support for equal marriage.
Anti-gay Tory MPs call on David Cameron to abandon modernising agenda in video 36
11:05 AM — Several Conservative MPs have called on David Cameron to end his support for progressive policies such as equal marriage.
15th March 2013
Dutch lesbian foster couple go into hiding with son after Turkish protests 11
6:45 PM — A Dutch lesbian couple has gone into hiding with their foster son after the boy's biological parents went on television in Turkey and said that they consider the pair morally unfit to take care of their child.
Highland Council: Civil registrars should not be able to refuse to marry same-sex couples 21
5:31 PM — Highland Council has responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on its proposed equal marriage bill by saying civil registrars should not be able to refuse to marry same-sex couples.
Labour MP Diane Abbott: ‘The government has run out of ideas on sexual health’ 9
3:46 PM — Shadow public health minister Diane Abbott has dismissed the government’s new sexual health framework which is designed to lower rates of sexually transmitted infections and HIV.
Scotland: Gay clergy row Aberdeen minister returns to former church 6
2:37 PM — An Aberdeen minister and his congregation who quit the Church of Scotland over the 2009 ordination of a gay minister are to be temporarily allowed back into their former church building.
Terrence Higgins Trust: Half of HIV prevention funding cut in London 91
1:41 PM — The Terrence Higgins Trust has described the Department of Health’s new sexual health framework as a “starting point” – but warns it comes against a cut of around £1.2 million to the Pan-London HIV Prevention Programme.
Scotland: Court hears of lesbian couple attacked and called ‘dykes’ in street
12:31 PM — A lesbian mother has told a court she and her girlfriend were subjected to homophobic abuse by a gang of teenagers in a street.
Devon: Man jailed for stamping on head of stranger in homophobic attack 13
11:34 AM — A 20-year-old man in Devon has been jailed for stamping on a stranger's face in a homophobic attack.
UK: National AIDS Trust: ‘We are getting closer to a cure for HIV’ 10
10:57 AM — NAT says research out of France that shows 14 patients when treated early for HIV were able to stay off of antiretroviral drugs “is further evidence that we are getting closer to a cure for HIV.”
14th March 2013
California: Gay man viciously attacked in front of cousin 21
6:26 PM — A gay man is recovering after a violent homophobic attack in California – his younger cousin was close by at the time.
Church of Scotland to have meeting over gay clergy row 12
5:09 PM — The Church of Scotland is to meet to discuss a minister who left the Church, along with his congregation, over the ordination of a gay minister.
Christians for Equal Marriage UK welcome arrival of Pope Francis 38
3:51 PM — Christians for Equal Marriage UK has welcomed the election of Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina as the new head of the Roman Catholic Church.
US pastor says gay sex is like ‘plugging an electrical cord into the wrong outlet’ 55
2:55 PM — Texas megachurch Pastor Robert Jeffress has suggested gay sex is like plugging an electrical cord into the wrong outlet.
Tory peer Lord True: ‘What happens if we have a lesbian Queen in a gay marriage who conceives using donor sperm?’ 72
1:32 PM — Conservative peer Lord True has suggested the law needs to be changed to prepare for a married lesbian Queen who conceives using donor sperm.
Minnesota: Same-sex marriage bill survives Republican attempts to halt it 8
12:41 PM — A proposed equal marriage bill in the US state of Minnesota has survived several moves by Senate Republicans to block its progress.
Iran, Russia and Egypt threaten to scupper UN women’s declaration due to gay rights opposition 23
11:41 AM — Iran, Russia and Egypt have threatened to derail a UN declaration urging an end to violence against women and girls by objecting to language concerning LGBT rights.
UK: Green Party LGBT group criticises UK Border Agency following death of lesbian Ugandan asylum seeker Jackie Nanyonjo 16
10:47 AM — The Green Party’s LGBT campaign group has criticised the UK Border Agency for deporting a lesbian asylum seeker who died last Friday in Uganda - with campaigners staging a protest outside the Home Office at 12.30pm.
13th March 2013
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan: We are currently 12 votes short of passing equal marriage 3
7:03 PM — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says passing a same-sex marriage bill out of the Illinois House will be "very difficult."