29th January 2013
US: Anti-gay conservative groups appalled that Boy Scouts may drop homophobic ban 12
11:45 AM — Equality campaigners have welcomed an announcement by the Boy Scouts of America that it may drop its national ban on gay members – although evangelical conservatives have criticised the move.
28th January 2013
Married priest switches from Episcopals to Catholicism over gay rights and gives up sex with his wife 54
3:06 PM — A former Episcopal has given up sex with his wife, permanently as part of his conversion to become a Catholic Priest. John Cornelius who was an Episcopal priest for twenty years, quit two years ago over the church's positive approach towards homosexuality.
25th January 2013
Comment: The same-sex marriage bill isn’t the end of the journey towards gay rights 53
6:51 PM — Chris Ashford, Reader in Law and Society at the University of Sunderland analyses the Marriage (Same sex Couples) Bill for PinkNews and argues that despite first appearances, it isn't the final piece of the jigsaw to achieving gay equality.
Comment: Religious opponents of equality should follow the Unitarian Church and agree to marry gay couples 21
6:22 PM — The Chief Officer of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches hopes that other faith groups will follow his organisation's lead and agree to marry gay couples.
Labour MP Steve Reed: The battle for equality is not yet over 7
4:59 PM — Writing for PinkNews, Steve Reed, Labour MP for Croydon North and Patron of LGBT Labour welcomes the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill – but warns “this is no time to rest on our achievements.”
Polish Parliament rejects three bills to extend rights to gay couples 27
2:17 PM — Three draft laws which would have recognised unmarried couples, including same-sex ones, and offered legal rights to inheritance, medical information and alimony, have been voted against in the Polish Sejm today.
24th January 2013
US: Campaigners call on President Obama to legally protect LGBT workers 1
5:36 PM — Gay rights advocates are renewing their push for President Barack Obama to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees.
Egypt: Campaigners say life has gotten worse for gay people since the Arab Spring 11
12:11 PM — Despite the hopes of gay people who took part in the 2011 revolution, the climate in Egypt seems to be increasingly homophobic, a human rights group has warned.
21st January 2013
Obama: ‘Our journey is not complete until gay people are given equal rights’ 25
5:46 PM — Speaking at his inauguration, President Barack Obama made a speech which said "our journey is not complete" until equal rights for gay people is reached, and referred to the importance of the Stonewall riots in terms of moves towards equality.
19th January 2013
Gay activist arrested and beaten in Honduras gay bar raid 4
2:30 PM — A leading gay rights campaigner in Honduras was arrested and assaulted in a raid on a bar frequented by LGBT people, reports suggest.
18th January 2013
Comment: ‘Offended by marriage equality': the admission of a lost argument 102
10:51 AM — A number of MPs recently have stated they will oppose marriage equality because they don't want to 'offend' religious people. It is not merely anti-democratic, but anti-faith, writes Adrian Tippetts for PinkNews.
17th January 2013
BNP leader Nick Griffin allowed to attend Oxford University gay parenting debate 40
11:56 AM — The Oxford Union have announced that BNP leader Nick Griffin "will not be turned away" if he decides to attend a scheduled debate on gay parenting, despite Mr Griffin's official invitation being withdrawn.
16th January 2013
Hong Kong activists angered by government’s stalled LGBT rights reform 2
5:35 PM — The refusal of Hong Kong lawmakers to carry out a public consultation on improving LGBT rights has sparked outrage in the local community.
Comment: South Africa is not a ‘Rainbow Nation’ if you’re gay 18
12:24 PM — Recently, a South African college was exposed for offering therapies to try and turn young gay people straight. South African Douglas Bruce Davies explains that despite some of the most progressive gay rights laws in the world, South Africa is not a paradise to be LGBT.
11th January 2013
Italian Supreme Court in landmark gay parental ruling 13
6:35 PM — Italy's Supreme Court of Cassation ruled on Friday that there is no reason why gay people cannot have custody of children.
10th January 2013
UKIP Parliamentary candidate forced to resign for supporting gay equality 37
11:22 PM — Just a day after it emerged that the chairman of the UKIP's youth wing, Young Independence had been removed from office for supporting same-sex marriage, a UKIP Parliamentary candidate has been forced to resign following his support for equal marriage.
Turkish newspaper calls gay people ‘dirty deviants’ after student protest 14
6:47 PM — A nationalistic newspaper in Turkey, Yeni Akit (The New Covenant) has described gay people as 'dirty' and 'deviants'.
Anti-gay evangelist Scott Lively: Gay marriage in biblical times caused Noah’s flood 48
4:04 PM — Anti-gay evangelist, Scott Lively, has said in an interview that he thinks gay rights are bringing the "wrath" of God, which is a sign that the world is nearing the "End Days", just like before Noah's flood.
8th January 2013
Comment: Marriage equality is more than a passing possibility in Northern Ireland 14
3:59 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Gary Spedding says there are reasons to be optimistic when it comes to Northern Ireland embracing marriage equality in 2013.
4th January 2013
Mississippi: Lesbian couples denied marriage licenses 3
1:28 PM — Five lesbian couples applied for marriage licenses in Forrest County, Mississippi, this week, knowing they would be denied.