1st August 2012
New Zealand: Equal marriage bill ‘likely to pass first reading’ 19
1:30 PM — A member's bill selected for a vote in the New Zealand parliament reportedly has enough support from MPs to pass its first reading.
Connecticut federal court finds DOMA unconstitutional 7
12:52 PM — A US federal court in Connecticut has become the latest to find the Defense of Marriage Act, which forbids recognition of gay marriages at the national level, unconstitutional.
US: Supreme Court asked to hear Proposition 8 appeal 26
11:14 AM — Proponents of Proposition 8, the voter-approved ban on gay marriages in the US state of California, have asked the Supreme Court to overturn two lower judgements that it was unconstitutional.
Author and essayist Gore Vidal dies aged 86 33
10:08 AM — American author and political commentator Gore Vidal has died aged 86 at his home in Los Angeles.
31st July 2012
‘Vocal minority’ of Tories fear equal marriage will alienate volunteers 67
4:59 PM — The chair of the body which represents volunteers in the Conservative Party and a backbench MP have voiced fears that the government's commitment to marriage equality for gay couples could alienate local activists.
United Reformed Church could be first on Jersey to host civil partnerships 2
1:41 PM — Jersey's United Reformed Church will vote in September whether to become the first church on the island to allow gay civil partnership ceremonies.
South African archer comes out at Olympics 10
12:59 PM — South African archer Karen Hultzer has confirmed for the first time she is a lesbian at the London Olympics.
New civil partnerships in the UK up six percent in 2011 19
11:39 AM — The number of civil partnerships entered into in the UK in 2011 was 6,795, an increase of 6.4 per cent on the previous year.
Welsh footballer’s account sends Tom Daley ‘prank’ anti-gay tweet 64
10:37 AM — A Welsh footballer's Twitter stream featured an anti-gay comment about British divers Tom Daley and Peter Waterfield after they narrowly missed out on a medal at the Olympics yesterday.
30th July 2012
Tanzania: Gay rights activist found dead 14
5:29 PM — Tanzanian gay rights activist Maurice Mjomba has been found dead at his house in Dar es Salaam.
Scotland: Catholic Church challenged on reduced gay life expectancy claim 72
1:50 PM — The co-convenor of the Scottish Green Party Patrick Harvie MSP has challenged the Scottish Catholic Church to produce evidence for its claim that gay relationships harm life expectancy.
US: Catholic diocese backs out of mansion sale on gay wedding fear 54
12:36 PM — An estate agent acting for a Catholic diocese in the US state of Massachusetts accidentally revealed to a gay couple that their purchase of a 44-room estate had fallen through on the anti-gay concerns of the priests.
Sarah Palin backs Chick-fil-A 51
11:11 AM — Former Republican Governor of Alaska and television personality Sarah Palin has showed her support for the Chick-Fil-A fast food chain following negative reaction to its stance on gay equality.
New Zealand: Prime minister to support MP’s equal marriage bill 16
10:13 AM — New Zealand's prime minister, John Key, has said he will support a member's bill selected for a vote in the House of Representatives that would legalise marriages between two people of the same sex.
27th July 2012
Islington Council publishes sexual orientation of 2,400 residents 45
5:43 PM — Islington Council in north London published details of the sexual orientation of over two thousand tenants after an error with a Freedom of Information request last month.
Video: Cotswolds councillors appeal for equal marriage debate 18
4:40 PM — Liberal Democrat local councillors in the Cotswolds have appealed over a lack of engagement at the local council with the issue of same-sex marriages.
Ghana: Newspaper says 82 percent ‘abhor gays’ due to religious affiliation 21
3:43 PM — A Ghanaian newspaper has claimed 82 percent of citizens 'abhor homosexuality' solely because they subscribe to religions whose leaders have spoken out against gay activity.
Amazon founders give $2.5m to equal marriage in Washington 42
1:17 PM — The billionaire founders of e-commerce company Amazon have pledged $2.5 million to the fight for equal marriage rights for gay couples in the US state of Washington.
Florida: Jennifer Carroll apologises for ‘inexcusable’ lesbian affair comment 18
11:47 AM — Jennifer Carroll, Lieutenant Governor of the state of Florida, has apologised for saying black women who "look like [her]" don't have lesbian relationships.
Gay football network chair among final Olympic torchbearers 5
10:53 AM — The chair of the Gay Football Supporters' Network was among the final Olympic torch bearers yesterday as the flame made its way to the capital.