23rd August 2011
Australian politician’s gay brother: comments are “dangerous” and “inappropriate” 11
12:16 PM — The politician who once claimed there were no gays in North Queensland called for gay marriage to be "ridiculed".
22nd August 2011
New Australian Party drops candidate for gay marriage question 7
3:16 PM — Jason Somerville was told he was "not the type of person" wanted in the party after asking if he could hold personal views on marriage, adoption and surrogacy.
Video: Maine’s gay marriage petition starts strong 10
11:52 AM — Supporters of marriage equality in the US state have seen 5,200 signatories on their first day of petitioning.
19th August 2011
White House announces immigration changes that could benefit gay couples 14
5:49 PM — The Obama administration has announced changes in immigration policy that could benefit gay couples. The changes mean that deportation cases will be prioritised according to security risk, such as those with criminal convictions.
Christine O’Donnell calls Piers Morgan ‘sexist’ and ‘creepy’ over gay marriage interview 42
2:23 PM — Tea Party darling Christine O'Donnell has explained why she walked out of a 'Piers Morgan' interview after the CNN host asked her about her views on gay marriage. The politician, who is against gay marriage and has a history of anti-gay comments, tore off her microphone and walked off set during filming for Wednesday's show.
18th August 2011
SNP leader denies ‘going mental’ at Labour MP over gay marriage 8
4:43 PM — SNP leader Alex Salmond has denied going "absolutely mental" at a Labour MP who asked him to comment on the gay marriage controversy. He and Labour MP Thomas Docherty were visiting a Dunfermline school On Wednesday when Mr Docherty claims he asked the First Minister to make a statement on SNP MP Bill Walker's "despicable" comments on gay marriage.
Video: Christine O’Donnell walks out of ‘Piers Morgan’ over gay marriage question 64
10:54 AM — Tea Party favourite Christine O'Donnell walked off Piers Morgans' chat show after he asked her about gay marriage. She was on the show yesterday to discuss her new book Troublemaker, which mentions her anti-gay views.
15th August 2011
Video: Michele Bachmann still won’t talk about gay rights 54
2:52 PM — Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has been challenged again on her controversial anti-gay views - but still refuses to discuss them. Appearing on NBC's Meet The Press, she would only tell host David Gregory "I don't judge them" when asked to make her views clear.
Anti-gay Republican ‘arranged gay sex with teenager’ 78
2:18 PM — An Indianapolis politician who has voted against gay marriage allegedly arranged a gay sex session with a teenager and tried to bribe him not to tell anyone. Republican Phillip Hinkle, 64, reportedly responded to a Craigslist ad looking for a "sugga daddy".
SNP politician retreats over gay ‘Nazi’ slur 22
10:54 AM — A Scottish Nationalist Party MP has withdrawn a slur he made comparing gay rights campaigners to Nazis. Bill Walker said an anti-homophobia logo was "threatening" and reminded him of the Nazis.
12th August 2011
Republican gay group appoints ‘homophobe’ Ann Coulter to its board 94
3:17 PM — The US Republican gay group GOProud has appointed Ann Coulter to its advisory board. Ms Coulter, a lawyer and conservative commentator, opposes gay marriage, the end of the military gay ban and teaching children about the "homosexual lifestyle", among other LGBT issues.
Don’t call me a bigot, says MSP who believes gay relationships aren’t equal 87
10:58 AM — An MSP who believes that gay relationships are not in "any way equal" to straight ones says he has been upset by messages calling him a bigot. Bill Walker, the MSP for Dunfermline said gay rights campaigners had "intimidated" him.
11th August 2011
Simon Hughes to sue News International about phone hacking 3
10:46 PM — The bisexual deputy-leader of the Liberal Democrats, Simon Hughes, is to sue News International over the hacking of his phone by a private investigator working for the now defunct News of the World.
10th August 2011
Gay Republican presidential candidate wants to inspire young people 14
4:05 PM — Fred Karger, the gay Republican presidential candidate, says he wants to "send a message" to LGBT young people. Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Karger, a former political advisor, described how he felt too ashamed to come out for years.
Chile’s president backs civil unions 7
12:26 PM — The president of Chile has proposed legalising civil unions for gay and straight couples. Sebastian Pinera said that all couples deserve "respect, dignity and support of the state" in a speech this week.
9th August 2011
Lesbian Australian minister’s partner pregnant 48
11:39 AM — A lesbian minister in Australia has announced that her partner is pregnant with their first child. Penny Wong, the finance minister, said her partner Sophie Allouache conceived through donor insemination and expects the baby in December.
8th August 2011
Gay SNP politician calls colleagues ‘bigots’ 66
3:21 PM — A gay SNP politician has hit out at colleagues on the issue of gay marriage, calling them bigots. Alyn Smith, an MEP who was elected in 2004, attacked colleagues who signed a motion on gay marriage, calling them "small" and "mean".
Report calls for equality commission to be scrapped 65
11:22 AM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission contributes "very little to meaningful equality" and should be dismantled, a think tank report has recommended. The body, headed by Trevor Phillips, has been harshly criticised by gay rights advocates in recent weeks after calling for religious homophobes to be given 'accommodations' and 'compromises' in the workplace.
5th August 2011
Petition calls for end of gay blood donation ban 40
3:16 PM — A petition has been set up on the government's new e-petitions website to call for the end of the blood donation ban for men who have had gay sex. The petition, created by student Tom King, has more than 900 signatures at the time of writing and asks MPs to look at introducing new evidence-based criteria on which to screen gay and bisexual donors.
Sao Paulo city council backs ‘heterosexual pride’ 53
2:47 PM — The city council of Sao Paulo, Brazil, has passed a measure calling for an annual Heterosexual Pride Day to be celebrated each December. City alderman Carlos Apolinario, who authored the legislation, said the idea is "not anti-gay but a protest against the privileges the gay community enjoys".