8th October 2013
Gay boxer Orlando Cruz: I was scared about coming out, but it’s made me happy and free 5
10:57 AM — Puerto Rican professional boxer Orlando Cruz says he was scared about coming out as gay because he feared a negative reaction from the boxing community.
7th October 2013
Boris Johnson urges Tory activists to reselect gay MP Crispin Blunt 1
7:18 PM — Boris Johnson says he hopes gay MP Crispin Blunt is reselected as the 2015 Tory candidate for Reigate and has quashed speculation that he was eyeing up the seat for a possible return to Parliament.
Gay former adviser to Gordon Brown appointed Labour’s new election director 2
6:40 PM — Spencer Livermore, previously dubbed “The most powerful gay man in British politics” has been appointed Labour's General Election Campaign Director.
Gay Labour MP Stephen Twigg sacked as Shadow Education Secretary 4
4:38 PM — Stephen Twigg, one of the country’s most senior gay politicians, has been sacked in today’s reshuffle of Labour’s Shadow Cabinet.
Tory MP Helen Grant remains equalities minister but with extra responsibility for sport 4
3:44 PM — As part of today’s reshuffle, Conservative MP Helen Grant will remain as a junior equalities minister, but with the added responsibility of being Minister for Sport.
Northern Ireland Health Minister: ‘It is not a human right for gay couples to adopt children’ 33
2:25 PM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots says "It is not a human right to adopt a child for either a mixed-sex couple or a same-sex couple."
Russian academic: Anti-gay laws protect children from ‘homosexualism’ 33
1:45 PM — The director of the Institute of Political Studies in Moscow has defended Russia's anti-gay laws, saying they protect children against "homosexualism".
Northern Ireland gay couple use English adoption route in order to bypass anti-gay ban 2
12:12 PM — A gay couple living in Northern Ireland have said they went to England to adopt in order to get round NI's gay adoption ban.
US Mormon Church: Equal marriage is ‘immoral’ in the eyes of God 43
11:36 AM — The leader of the American Mormon Church has restated its opposition to equal marriage.
4th October 2013
George Osborne compares equal marriage to the removal of slavery 37
5:33 PM — At this week’s Tory conference, Chancellor George Osborne told delegates that equal marriage “is a very powerful part of the Conservative story”.
Vociferous equal marriage opponent Nadine Dorries to stand as deputy speaker 19
4:06 PM — Following the resignation of Nigel Evans, Conservative MP Nadine Dorries, who rallied against the same-sex marriage act, is to stand in the contest to be Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.
Gay MP Nigel Evans to stand trial over sex charges in March 2014
3:18 PM — Nigel Evans, the former deputy speaker of the House of Commons, will stand trial in connection with charges of multiple sex offences in March 2014, it has been announced.
Scotland: Court hears how antiques dealer allegedly called gay teacher ‘paedophile’ 1
1:18 PM — The trial of an antiques dealer in Scotland, who allegedly branded a teacher a paedophile on Twitter for campaigning for equal marriage rights, has been adjourned.
Ministry of Justice to provide guidance on allowing gay weddings in shared churches 5
12:15 PM — As part of implementing the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, Justice Minister Lord McNally has announced a consultation on same-sex marriages taking place inside religious buildings owned by more than one faith group.
Survey: 1 in 10 New York Grindr users have never had an HIV test 3
11:13 AM — A survey of New York users of Grindr shows 1 in 10 have never had an HIV test.
3rd October 2013
MSP John Mason: We don’t force doctors to perform abortions, so why make registrars marry gays? 51
7:01 PM — MSP John Mason believes civil registrars should be able to opt out of marrying gay couples in Scotland – in the same way doctors of faith can refuse to perform abortions.
US: Lesbian charged over underage relationship to be released from jail 3
4:58 PM — Kaitlyn Hunt, the 19-year-old Florida lesbian charged with having sexual relations with her 14-year-old girlfriend has accepted the terms of a new plea deal.
Scottish Health Secretary: Registrars will not be forced to marry gay couples 56
3:07 PM — Scotland's Health Secretary Alex Neil has told MSPs that registrars who object to same-sex marriages will not be forced to carry them out.
Survey: 43% of gay men have faced homophobia by colleagues 4
1:56 PM — A survey by gay dating website Gaydar shows 26% of gay men are not open about their sexuality at work and 43% have faced homophobia by colleagues.
Number 10 rejects Daily Mail report that David Cameron told activists he regrets equal marriage 14
12:59 PM — Downing Street has denied claims made in the Daily Mail that Prime Minister David Cameron told senior Tory activists at a private meeting that he made a “terrible” mistake over equal marriage.