12th September 2013
Church of Scotland clarifies ‘there are no plans to stop weddings’ over same-sex marriage dispute 5
3:54 PM — Clarifying a statement made earlier today that the Church of Scotland was reviewing "whether it’s worth continuing to offer marriages in Scotland," the Church has said it is not in fact stopping weddings, but is simply exploring the "way it should continue" celebrating marriages.
US: Teacher suspended for showing Macklemore’s ‘Same Love’ music video to class 7
12:52 PM — A teacher in North Carolina was suspended after showing a group of students the music video for Macklemore's 'Same Love,' a song which supports same-sex marriage and gay equality.
Church of Scotland may stop performing weddings over the introduction of same-sex marriage 45
12:24 PM — The Church of Scotland has told MSPs it could stop performing weddings altogether over fears that same-sex marriages might be an "invitation" to future court action.
11th September 2013
Nick Clegg: I hope equal marriage in England and Wales will inspire those without such rights worldwide 14
7:36 PM — Speaking at an LGBT event in Parliament this evening, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, gave an impassioned speech, and said now that England and Wales has equal marriage, the focus should move to the treatment of LGBT people in Russia.
Man in Lancashire ‘flipped’ and attacked his ex-girlfriend for having an affair with a woman 6
4:32 PM — A 25-year-old man in Accrington, Lancashire "flipped" and attacked his ex-girlfriend after finding out she was having an affair with another woman.
Japan: Government district in Osaka becomes first to support LGBT human rights 5
1:13 PM — A local government ward in the city of Osaka has become the first Japanese district to officially support LGBT human rights.
Canada: LGBT education co-ordinator targeted with letter encouraging her to ‘repent sins’ 14
12:46 PM — An LGBT education co-ordinator at the AIDS Coalition of Cape Breton, Canada is among several people who have received anonymous, religious letters urging them to "admit" that they are sinners.
10th September 2013
US: Pro-equal marriage Mayor of Philadelphia accused of discrimination for not officiating gay wedding 6
6:42 PM — The mayor of Philadelphia, who is a strong supporter of equal marriage, has been accused of discrimination for saying he will not officiate at same-sex weddings until after a court challenge to the legality of licencing such weddings has been resolved.
US: Arizona equal marriage groups admit defeat for 2014 ballot measure 3
4:08 PM — The organisers of a campaign to put equal marriage on a ballot in the US state of Arizona in 2014, have dropped the effort in favour of waiting until the next chance.
US: Caribbean cruise to feature ‘mass commitment’ ceremony for same-sex couples 8
3:31 PM — One of Florida's leading cruise companies announced recently its new Caribbean cruise that is set to feature a "mass commitment" ceremony for same-sex couples.
Archbishop of Constantinople says gay relationships are ‘reprehensible new inventions’ 122
2:58 PM — Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople, has called gay relationships "reprehensible," and said that cohabitations between same-sex couples are "new inventions."
Broadcaster Muriel Gray urges Scotland’s politicians to ‘examine your conscience’ on equal marriage 2
1:27 PM — Scottish author and broadcaster Muriel Gray has called on the Scottish Parliament to legalise equal marriage in a video recorded for the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign.
US: Gay man announced to replace Batwoman writers who left after DC Comics ‘prohibited’ gay wedding 1
1:06 PM — Following controversy at DC Comics when two Batwoman writers announced their departure after the company "prohibited" the superhero's lesbian marriage, DC publishers have since hired an openly gay man to take their place.
US: Hawaii Governor calls for special legislative session to consider same-sex marriage bill
9:53 AM — The Governor of the US state of Hawaii has called for a special legislative session to move forward a bill that would legalise same-sex marriage.
9th September 2013
US: Campaign for equal marriage in Ohio heats up with announcement of three-city campaign 2
5:48 PM — Moves to overturn the equal marriage ban in the US state of Ohio are building momentum, with a three-city announcement of the Why Marriage Matters campaign.
US: Mayor in Tennessee offers support for health benefits for gay partners of city employees
2:48 PM — The mayor of a city in the US state of Tennessee has thrown his support behind a push towards providing equal health benefits for same-sex partners of city employees.
James Franco responds to gay jokes: ‘I wish I was gay’ 20
2:47 PM — Outspoken equal rights advocate and Hollywood actor James Franco has responded to rumours and jokes about his sexuality, saying "I wish I was gay" because being gay is "awesome."
India: Archbishop of Mumbai says being gay is ‘not a sin’ 12
2:06 PM — In a recent letter to LGBT activist groups in India, the Archbishop of Mumbai has said he would advise priests to be more sensitive while referring to gay people in public sermons, affirming "to say those with other sexual orientations are sinners is wrong."
Exclusive: The Proclaimers say ‘it is vital’ that Scotland legalises equal marriage 2
1:01 PM — Scottish rock band The Proclaimers have urged the Scottish Parliament to back equal marriage in a video recorded as part of the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign.
8th September 2013
South Korea: Gay couple hold first ever public same-sex wedding despite anti-gay law
11:10 AM — Two gay filmmakers staged the first public same-sex wedding in South Korea on Saturday, despite laws which prohibit gay couples from marrying in the country.