13th November 2013
US: Legal group defends photographers who refused same-sex wedding on basis of ‘artistic freedom’ 8
1:19 PM — A New Mexico legal group has asked the Supreme Court to weigh in favour of a wedding photography company that discriminated against a same-sex couple, pleading that "an artist must be free to create work that expresses what he or she believes."
Northern Ireland Health Minister: The ‘natural order’ for having a child is a man and a woman 14
10:37 AM — Edwin Poots has said that while he does not regard being gay as an abomination, he believes the "natural order" for having a child is strictly between a man and a woman.
Obama applauds Hawaii for legalising same-sex marriage
10:08 AM — President Barack Obama has applauded his birthplace Hawaii for becoming the 15th US state to legalise same-sex marriage, saying "I have always been proud to have been born in Hawaii, and today's vote makes me even prouder."
12th November 2013
30 Rock star Maulik Pancholy comes out as gay 2
12:47 PM — 30 Rock star Maulik Pancholy has come out as gay after celebrating a nine-year anniversary with his partner.
SNP minister Derek Mackay comes out as gay after separating from his wife 10
10:18 AM — Derek Mackay, a senior Scottish Government minister, has publicly come out as gay after separating from his wife.
11th November 2013
Irish equality minister: Laws preventing same-sex couples from adopting are ‘discriminatory’ 2
5:00 PM — The Irish minister for Justice and Equality has said that laws preventing same-sex couples from adopting are “discriminatory” and make “little sense.”
US: Gay former New Hampshire Bishop Gene Robinson ‘astounded’ by progress of gay rights 1
4:21 PM — The first openly gay bishop in the American Episcopal Church has recently said he "can't believe the progress we have made" regarding the passage of gay rights in the US, since he would not have dreamt of growing up seeing same-sex marriage legalised in 15 states.
Argentina: Over 150,000 celebrate Buenos Aires’ 22nd annual gay pride event
3:30 PM — More than 150,000 people attended the 22nd annual gay pride event in Buenos Aires on Saturday, which featured many signs and speeches including some criticisms of the former bishop, Pope Francis I, who once vowed to oppose the city's same-sex marriage laws.
Israel: Mayor of Beit Shemesh says gay people ‘do not exist’ in his city 26
12:56 PM — The newly re-elected mayor of Beit Shemesh in Israel has recently ignited controversy after saying his city doesn't have "things" like gay people because it is "holy and pure," sparking some gay activists to challenge his claim as they gather to hold a gay pride parade later this week.
10th November 2013
Video: ‘Former classmate’ of Obama claims he was a gay teen who had sex for cocaine 24
12:19 PM — Someone calling herself the "former classmate" of Barack Obama has recently claimed the US President was once a gay teenager called Barry, who had sex with "older white guys" so he could afford to buy cocaine.
Taiwan: Biblical scholar says being born gay does not make it ‘natural’ 51
11:47 AM — A biblical scholar in Taiwan has responded to the idea that someone can be born gay by comparing it to the condition of someone "born with a cleft lip," insisting that neither can be considered "natural."
9th November 2013
US: Walmart caretaker fired for telling gay couple to leave store 21
1:53 PM — A Walmart caretaker was fired recently after he allegedly told a gay couple they were not allowed in his store.
Video: Illinois man launches into vicious anti-gay rant condemning same-sex marriage 18
1:18 PM — A man aboard a bus in Chicago was caught on camera recently as he launched into a homophobic tirade against Illinois' recently passed same-sex marriage bill. (Warning: Strong language)
US: Hawaii House passes same-sex marriage 8
11:52 AM — Hawaii's House of Representatives passed the same-sex marriage bill on Friday night, setting up a final approval by the state Senate before it can be signed into law.
8th November 2013
Philip Hammond: I was ‘shocked’ David Cameron legalised equal marriage so quickly 22
3:33 PM — Defence Secretary Philip Hammond was “shocked” by the legalisation of equal marriage for England and Wales – but has conceded that he will eventually be “quite comfortable” with the reform.
Shaun Woodward, MP who defected to Labour from the Tories over gay rights to stand down 7
2:03 PM — Labour MP Shaun Woodward, who was once sacked by William Hague from the Tory party front bench for backing a repeal of Section 28, is to step down from Parliament at the 2015 general election.
Croatia to hold a referendum aiming to rule out same-sex marriage 36
1:26 PM — Croatia, the newest country to join the EU, is set to hold a referendum on whether to allow same-sex marriages later this year.
Singer Sia to donate all proceeds from Eminem collaboration to LGBT charity 9
11:27 AM — Bisexual singer and songwriter Sia has decided to donate all proceeds from her recent collaboration with Eminem to an LGBT charity, after Eminem’s latest single "Rap God" was criticised recently for containing several lines of aggressive, homophobic lyrics.
7th November 2013
Tory MP Mike Freer receives Spectator Award for Parliamentary Speech of the Year 1
4:20 PM — Conservative MP Mike Freer has been honoured with the Spectator Award for Parliamentary Speech of the Year.
Baroness Tina Stowell receives Spectator Award for Peer of the Year 2
4:07 PM — Baroness Tina Stowell of Beeston has been given the Spectator award for Peer of the Year in its 2013 Awards.