19th December 2013
US: Ohio bill would allow same-sex couples to file joint tax returns
3:25 PM — Despite a ban on same-sex marriage, a new bill would allow same-sex couples to enjoy the benefits of filing joint tax returns.
5th December 2013
US: Large railroad conference to offer health coverage to same-sex spouses
7:28 PM — Members of a conference of some of the largest railroad operators in the US are to begin offering health benefits to same-sex spouses as of January.
20th November 2013
US: Restaurant says family which said they did not agree with lesbian waitress’s ‘lifestyle’ can return 49
1:21 PM — A restaurant at which a lesbian waitress was told by a family that she would not receive a tip because of her "lifestyle", has said they can return, as they legally can't turn them away.
30th October 2013
US: Jon Stewart’s Daily Show explores South’s attitude towards gays with secret cameras 14
5:29 PM — Responding to statistician Nate Silver's prediction that Alabama and Mississippi would be the last states to approve equal marriage, Jon Stewart sent two men undercover, posing as a gay couple, to debunk the idea that people in the South were homophobic.
8th October 2013
Britney Spears says gay people are ‘adorable and hilarious’ 28
4:51 PM — Britney Spears has caused controversy by saying that she enjoys hanging out with gay people because "they are adorable and hilarious".
22nd August 2013
US: New Mexico county begins issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite same-sex marriage ban 3
4:42 PM — A county in New Mexico has begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite the state not recognising same-sex marriages.
19th August 2013
US radio host: ‘Gay sex has the same risks as drugs’ 25
4:01 PM — US radio host, Bryan Fischer has called for the gay sex to be considered in the same category as dangerous drugs.
US: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to sign bill banning gay ‘cure’ therapy for minors 1
1:54 PM — New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie is today expected to sign into law a ban on therapist attempting to turn teenagers straight. New Jersey will be the second state to enact such a law after California.
16th August 2013
Anti-gay group accuses Fox News of caving into ‘pro-homosexual bias’ 15
5:29 PM — An anti-gay American group has attacked Fox News for caving into the "pro-homosexual agenda" and has compiled a 92 page report outlining change at the station that should concern family values conservatives.
14th August 2013
Utah Governor denies that marriage inequality discriminates against same-sex couples 20
7:18 PM — Utah Governor, Gary Herbert has responded to a law suit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage claiming that the current legal situation does not discriminate against same-sex couples.
13th August 2013
Pat Buchanan: ‘Putin is trying to re-establish Russia’s moral compass’ 34
5:46 PM — US conservative commentator Pat Buchanan has jumped to President Vladimir Putin's defence over the passage of Russia's anti-gay legislation.
Transgender students to be granted more rights in California 2
1:41 PM — Legislation passed in California this week will grant sweeping new rights to transgender students attending public schools in the state.
8th August 2013
Video: Friends of murdered Matthew Shepard launch campaign to screen 15th anniversary documentary 5
4:14 PM — A US filmmaker has turned to Kickstarter to fund her feature film "Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine," a documentary to commemorate the passing of the young man Matthew Shepard who was murdered in a gay hate crime in 1998.
4th August 2013
US: Gay couple told to sit at the back of a bus for holding hands in public 37
5:27 PM — A gay couple have said that a bus driver in the US state of New Mexico told them to sit at the back of the bus because they were holding hands.
23rd July 2013
US: County Office causes controversy by refusing to allow rainbow flags during gay pride 6
4:37 PM — A county office has come under heavy criticism for refusing to allow rainbow flags to be flown from its building during the city's gay pride week.
2nd July 2013
US: Conservative group supports Russian anti-gay legislation as conference to be held at Kremlin 20
1:13 AM — In a sign of solidarity with Russia over recently passed legislation to ban "homosexual propaganda", a US-based conservative group plans to hold its annual conference at the Kremlin next year.
29th June 2013
BBC News presenter Jane Hill: Equality in the UK has moved forward but ‘there is still lots to fight for’ 18
3:00 AM — BBC News presenter Jane Hill this week spoke at a fundraising dinner for London Community Pride, to commend the progress in the UK for gay rights, but to say that, around the world, as well as in the UK, there is still a lot to do for equality.
28th June 2013
President Obama: Same-sex marriages should be recognised across all American states 3
3:36 PM — In the wake of this week's US Supreme Court rulings in two key equal marriage cases, President Obama said in a speech that he believes all marriages should be valid across state borders.
27th June 2013
President of Senegal rebukes President Obama’s call for tolerance of gay people 13
1:55 PM — Just one day after the US Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, and undercut Proposition 8, President Obama made calls for tolerance whilst on a visit to Senegal, which were strongly rejected by the country's president.
25th June 2013
Google introduces rainbow search bar in commemoration of Stonewall riots 12
6:31 PM — Google has added a gay easter egg, which changes the search bar into rainbow colours when certain search terms are entered, to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall riots this week.