5th February 2013
Culture Secretary Maria Miller: Parliament should value people equally in the law and marriage is for everyone 4
3:00 PM — All couples who enter into a lifelong commitment should be able to call their relationship marriage, Culture Secretary and Minister for Equalities, Maria Miller, has told MPs.
Yvette Cooper: Parliament has the chance today to support loving gay couples 7
2:10 PM — Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has given a robust defence of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill – ahead of this evening’s vote.
Derren Brown: I’m @Out4Marriage so no one is forced to pick ‘Choice B’ 1
1:50 PM — Illusionist Derren Brown has taken a break from convincing people the world is ending to convince them to support same-sex marriage.
UK: Rally lead by three main parties’ LGBT wings to be held at Westminster today
1:17 PM — Out4Marriage - a leading equal marriage campaign group is supporting calls for a rally outside the Houses of Parliament, being lead by all the three main political parties LGBT wings.
Comment: It’s time for a referendum on marriage- to force balding heterosexuals to divorce 21
11:47 AM — PinkNews.co.uk founder Benjamin Cohen takes a sideways look at the calls by some MPs for a referendum on allowing same-sex couples to marry.
Boy Scouts of America receive 1.4 million signatures pushing for end to anti-gay policy 1
11:44 AM — A rally delivered a petition with 1.4 million signatures pushing for the Boy Scouts of America to drop its ban on gay members, volunteers and staff, on Monday.
4th February 2013
Gaydar and Grindr remove dangerous ‘cool gene’ HIV immunity advert 11
6:52 PM — An advert that appeared on Grindr and Gaydar and other dating sites and apps which promoted misleading advice about HIV has now been removed.
England cricketer Steven Davies: Gay football fans should not fear travelling to the next World Cups in Russia & Qatar 17
2:09 PM — England and Surrey cricketer Steven Davies does not believe gay football fans should fear travelling to Russia or Qatar for the next two World Cups – even though the countries are known for gay hatred.
Comment: Thank you Prime Minister for supporting equal marriage, it is going to benefit the trans community 22
12:20 PM — Conservative Party member Tara Hewitt has written a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, thanking him for supporting equal marriage in the face of heavy opposition from his party.
Obama says Boy Scouts ban on gays must end 7
2:10 AM — President Barack Obama said on Sunday that gay people should be allowed in the Boy Scouts of America, and that "nobody should be barred" from the experience of being a scout.
2nd February 2013
Governor Rick Perry: ‘I think the Boy Scouts should keep its anti-gay policy’ 22
7:37 PM — Governor Rick Perry has said that he thinks the Boy Scouts of America shouldn't remove its ban on openly gay scouts, volunteers and staff.
NFL player Chris Culliver to undergo sensitivity training for homophobic comments 14
7:19 PM — San Francisco 49ers player, Chris Culliver, who earlier this week said there were no gay players on the team, and if there were, they wouldn't be welcome, is to begin sensitivity training following this weekend's Super Bowl.
1st February 2013
Brendon Ayanbadejo: 50% of NFL players share Chris Culliver’s homophobic views 4
7:05 PM — Ravens player Brendon Ayanbadejo has estimated that 50% of NFL players have homophobic views.
UK: High Court rules in favour of gay male couple in parental dispute with lesbian couples 23
7:02 PM — Men who donate sperm can apply to seek a role in the lives of their biological children, the High Court has ruled in a case involving two lesbian couples who were friends with two gay men.
Shayne Ward strips off for Attitude magazine’s annual naked issue 31
6:20 PM — Singer and former X Factor winner Shayne Ward has stripped off for Attitude magazine’s annual naked issue.
Former baseball player: ‘Why the hell should being gay matter in professional sport?’ 6
5:52 PM — A former Major League baseball player has said that he played alongside gay teammates, and that he didn't understand why any player should have a problem with doing so.
UK: Pro-gay Christians urged to pray ahead of same-sex marriage vote 27
2:53 PM — Christians who support equal marriage will hold a Day of Prayer on Sunday ahead of next week’s vote by MPs on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
US: Mayor holds ‘wedding’ for 13 gay couples to protest against proposed equal marriage ban 3
2:23 PM — The mayor of a city in the US state of Indiana has conducted a symbolic wedding for over a dozen gay and lesbian couples in protest to a proposed ban on civil unions and equal marriage.
BBC News presenter Jane Hill: Gays and lesbians need better representation on TV and radio 32
2:04 PM — BBC News presenter Jane Hill says there is still not enough LGBT people on Britain's TV screens in an exclusive interview with PinkNews.
UK: Health experts blame ‘a return of risky sexual practices’ for rising HIV cases in gay men 173
10:41 AM — Huge improvements in treating and testing for HIV have failed to curb infections among gay and bisexual men, scientists, writing in the Lancet Infectious Diseases, have suggested, with a return of risky sexual practices.