10th January 2014
US Attorney General says Utah gay married couples will be treated as married 4
5:35 PM — The US Attorney General has responded to calls to say Utah married same-sex couples would be treated as married by the federal government, despite a directive from the state Governor that they would not.
9th January 2014
Italian Deputy Prime Minister threatens to pull his party from Government if ‘gay marriage’ is introduced 19
8:00 PM — The Italian Deputy Prime Minister said on Thursday that his party would leave the government if their coalition partner introduces measures for same-sex marriage.
Human rights group asks US Attorney General to recognise Utah gay couples’ marriages
7:43 PM — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has written to the US Attorney General to ask him to ensure that same-sex couples married in the state of Utah are recognised as married for benefits.
US: Officials pick up bill to ban same-sex marriage in Indiana 9
6:46 PM — A bill to ban same-sex marriage in Indiana was filed in the House of Representatives in the US state today.
8th January 2014
US: Utah man says he went on hunger strike ‘to expose the hatred of the homosexual movement’ 26
2:59 PM — A man in the US state of Utah who said he was going on hunger strike until after his state banned same-sex couples from marrying has said he did so to “expose the hatred of the homosexual movement”.
7th January 2014
Famed US actress Lily Tomlin marries writer partner Jane Wagner on New Year’s Eve 4
4:19 PM — US actress Lily Tomlin married her long-term partner Jane Wagner, writer and director, on New Year's Eve.
5th January 2014
Hong Kong: Survey finds 3 in 4 support more civil rights for gay people 1
3:13 PM — A recent Hong Kong survey has found that three out of four locals support more rights for gay people in the region, although only 27 per cent completely agreed that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry.
4th January 2014
US: Utah Air Force base gives go ahead to same-sex marraiges
2:24 PM — An Air Force base in the US state of Utah has given its approval for same-sex marriages to take place on its facility.
Utah man on hunger strike for as long as gays can marry 137
12:26 AM — Trestin Meacham has revealed that he has been on a 12 day hunger strike and will continue to fast until gay couples in his home state of Utah are banned from marrying. Mr Meacham said some of his best friends and relatives are gay.
2nd January 2014
US: TV stations cut away from same-sex wedding atop historic parade float 13
12:20 PM — Multiple television stations cut away from a same-sex wedding which took place in a historic California parade yesterday.
1st January 2014
US: Utah asks Supreme Court to put stay on same-sex marriages 7
12:53 PM — The US state of Utah has officially filed to ask the US Supreme Court to put on hold the issue of marriage licences to same-sex couples.
31st December 2013
US: First ever gay couple set to marry atop Rose Parade float 3
6:23 PM — A gay couple is to make history as they will on New Year's Day become the first to marry atop a float during the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California.
Video: Homophobic Duck Dynasty star says ‘you’ve got to marry girls when they are 15′ 12
5:53 PM — Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson who was suspended for homophobia before being reinstated has in the past advocated for underage marriage.
30th December 2013
US: Woman seeks to stop ‘blatantly illegal’ same-sex wedding taking place in New Year’s parade 19
6:13 PM — A woman in the US state of California is seeking to stop a gay couple from being allowed to marry in an annual New Year parade this week.
US: Husband of gay inmate does not want to visit, despite discrimination complaint 1
4:54 PM — The husband of a gay prison inmate has said that he does not wish to visit, despite that his husband complained that the state had discriminated by refusing him visitation.
29th December 2013
Malta: Catholic bishop says Pope Francis urged him to ‘speak out’ against same-sex adoption laws 44
2:32 PM — Malta’s Auxiliary Bishop has said that Pope Francis was "shocked" by plans to introduce adoption laws for same-sex couples to the country, urging the bishop to do more to speak out against the legislation.
Gay playwright Alan Bennett: ‘Margaret Thatcher was a seriously flawed human being’ 23
2:04 PM — Gay playwright Alan Bennett has blasted Tory MPs who excuse the actions of the late Baroness Margaret Thatcher, calling her a "seriously flawed human being" whose lack of humour shut her off from humanity.
27th December 2013
Israel: Pro-gay civil marriage bill defeated in Knesset 9
2:50 PM — A bill aimed at blocking discrimination on religious grounds and allowing for civil marriage regardless of race, sex, citizenship, and religion, has been defeated in Israel.
26th December 2013
US: Utah lawyers to attempt Supreme Court appeal against same-sex marriage 4
11:32 AM — After a federal judge upheld a decision to legalise marriage rights for same-sex couples in the American state of Utah earlier this week, state lawyers have now announced they are attempting to take their case to the Supreme Court.
Feature: The most important international stories of 2013 3
10:40 AM — Having brought you the most important UK and US stories of 2013, it is only natural to follow with the most important international stories of the year too.