7th October 2013
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.
Obama ‘hugely impressed’ by Pope Francis 11
11:44 AM — Barack Obama says he’s been “hugely impressed” by Pope Francis’ recent remarks admitting the Roman Catholic Church was “obsessed” with preaching about abortion, same-sex marriage and contraception.
Top EU official says Europe should stop lecturing Africa on gay rights 55
11:04 AM — The European Union's most senior official in charge of relations with Africa has said the EU should stop lecturing the continent about gay rights.
2nd October 2013
US: Anti-gay preacher Scott Lively announces run for Massachusetts governor 37
6:05 PM — Evangelical anti-gay preacher Scott Lively has announced that he will run for Governor of Massachusetts in 2014.
Vladimir Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize 87
3:54 PM — Russia's President Vladimir Putin has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize - despite presiding over a rolling back of LGBT and human rights in recent years.
Labour shadow minister who spoke out against gays marrying quits post 17
3:07 PM — Labour MP Rob Flello, who strongly criticised the decision to legalise equal marriage earlier this year, has quit his job as shadow justice minister.
Islamic preacher who called for gays ‘to be thrown off mountain’ to speak at London conference 101
2:20 PM — Several anti-gay Islamic preachers are due to speak at a faith conference in north London this weekend, campaign group Hope Not Hate has said.
David Cameron praises gay tolerance in Tory conference speech 23
12:42 PM — Prime Minister David Cameron listed Britain’s acceptance of people who are gay as one of many reasons to be proud of the country in his keynote speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.