8th November 2013
Philip Hammond: I was ‘shocked’ David Cameron legalised equal marriage so quickly 22
3:33 PM — Defence Secretary Philip Hammond was “shocked” by the legalisation of equal marriage for England and Wales – but has conceded that he will eventually be “quite comfortable” with the reform.
Stonewall accused of snubbing Liberal Democrats at awards ceremony 15
1:59 PM — Two senior Liberal Democrat peers have criticised Stonewall for allegedly snubbing their party’s involvement in the campaign for equal marriage, with Lord Rennard saying “the law was passed at Westminster in spite of Stonewall's initial and wrong headed opposition to it.”
Obama praises Senate for passing bill against LGBT discrimination 1
12:00 PM — A bill banning workplace discrimination against LGBT Americans passed the US Senate last night with President Barack Obama describing it as an "important step" to "help end injustice".
Amnesty International: European court ruling in favour of gay asylum seekers does not go far enough 5
11:13 AM — Amnesty International says a European court ruling in favour of the right of three gay Africans to claim asylum in the EU does not go far enough.
7th November 2013
Islamic cleric who describes gays as ‘filthy’ cancels UK tour 23
4:52 PM — An east London Islamic organisation says it has cancelled a planned tour by a cleric who believes gay people are worse than “animals” and thinks consenting gay sex is as bad as “rape”.
PCC says Mirror entitled to publish story about judge visiting ‘gay brothel’ 4
4:06 PM — The Press Complaints Commission has ruled that an article published by the Daily Mirror headlined "Stuart Hall judge visited gay brothel" did not breach the Editors' Code of Practice.
European Court of Human Rights rules against Greece’s ban on gay civil unions 21
3:04 PM — Greece’s ban on same-sex couples from entering civil unions violates the European Convention of Human Rights, a European court has ruled.
UK: Ebay apologises to lesbian couple after banning pro-gay Christmas T-shirts 10
1:59 PM — Ebay has apologised to a lesbian couple from Yorkshire after it banned the sale of Christmas T-shirts featuring innocuous rainbow scarves because they were listed as items of “gay interest”.
Russian conductor Valery Gergiev denies supporting anti-gay laws ahead of London protest 24
12:35 PM — Ahead of a protest planned to take place outside his concert, Russian conductor Valery Gergiev says “It is wrong to suggest that I have ever supported anti-gay legislation”.
European Court of Justice rules gay asylum seekers can seek sanctuary in EU 10
11:51 AM — The European Union’s highest court has ruled that gay people from three African countries, who feared persecution due to their sexual orientation, have grounds for asylum in the EU.
IOC President tells UN: ‘I oppose any type of boycott of the Winter Olympics’ 18
11:07 AM — The President of the International Olympic Committee has once again dismissed calls for a boycott of the Sochi Winter Olympics because of Russia’s anti-gay laws during a United Nations debate.
6th November 2013
Man accused of killing Brighton gay man worked as rent boy
6:57 PM — The man accused of murdering a 62-year-old gay man in Brighton previously worked as a rent boy, a jury has heard.
Illinois Governor to sign equal marriage into law this month 4
5:56 PM — Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he will sign legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry in the state later this month.
Irish Labour MEP calls for equal marriage referendum to be held next year rather than 2015 10
4:03 PM — Dublin MEP Emer Costello has called for Ireland’s equal marriage referendum to be held on the same day as European and local elections in 2014 – rather than the planned date of 2015.
Gay director John Waters: Heterosexual porn has become ‘obscene’ 19
2:16 PM — Cult director and writer John Waters claims heterosexual porn - unlike gay porn - has now lost the notion of love-making; illustrated by the often violent portrayal of women.
Anti-gay Attorney General who tried to ban oral and anal sex loses Virginia governor race 21
1:34 PM — Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who unsuccessfully tried to maintain a ban on oral and anal sex and believes “homosexuality is wrong”, has been defeated in the race to become state governor.
Same-sex marriage opponent Chris Christie re-elected New Jersey governor 3
12:26 PM — Chris Christie, who fought against the arrival of equal marriage in New Jersey, has been re-elected governor of the state.
Northern Ireland Assembly calls on Edwin Poots to end blood ban, or resign 5
11:59 AM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots should resign if he is unable to end the ban on gay men giving blood, the country’s Assembly has warned.
5th November 2013
Saudi cleric who says consenting gay sex is as bad as ‘rape’ due to visit UK universities 83
7:30 PM — An Islamic cleric who says gay people are worse than “animals” and believes consenting gay sex is as bad as “rape” is visiting several British universities this month.
Scotland’s Health Secretary calls on MSPs to support equal marriage 1
6:02 PM — In a speech this evening at a reception for the Equality Network, Scotland’s Health Secretary will encourage Members of the Scottish Parliament to vote for equal marriage.