19th September 2013
US: Bill introduced to protect anti-equal marriage groups ‘from discrimination by the government’ 28
7:40 PM — A bill has been introduced to "protect" religious institutions, and organisations opposed to equal marriage, "from discrimination by the federal government."
US Archbishop specifcally says Catholic military chaplains cannot perform or endorse same-sex weddings 35
6:56 PM — Catholic military chaplains are not allowed to perform, or participate in, same-sex weddings, or offer counselling to same-sex coupes, the archbishop responsible for the US armed forces has said.
Mormon church encourages members to ‘express views’ about equal marriage legislation in Hawaii 30
4:32 PM — The Mormon Church has called on its members to "express their views", on equal marriage legislation pending in the US state of Hawaii.
US: Two Republican lawmakers to defy New Jersey Governor and vote for equal marriage 11
1:14 PM — Two Republican lawmakers in the US state of New Jersey have said that they will go against the wishes of Governor Chris Christie, and vote for an equal marriage measure when it comes to the state.
James Franco hits back at media speculation about him being gay by kissing a man 10
12:44 PM — Just a week after saying "I wish I was gay", James Franco has addressed rumours about his sexuality by posting a series of fake paparazzi photographs on his Instagram in which he is kissing and holding hands with another man.
18th September 2013
US: Four state National Guards refuse to enrol same-sex couples for benefits despite Pentagon directive 6
7:45 PM — Four US state National Guards have said they will not follow a Pentagon directive to enrol same-sex couples in benefit programs, all citing their state-wide bans on equal marriage.
Obama named ‘hero of Russia’s gay rights movement’ by The Moscow Times 22
7:14 PM — President Barack Obama has been named one of Russia’s top gay rights heroes by The Moscow Times.
US: Baseball player said he was questioned by teammates on why he joined NOH8 campaign with his wife 8
7:11 PM — A US baseball player has said that players on his team questioned why he and his wife would appear in photographs for the NOH8 campaign.
Gay US figure skater Johnny Weir won’t be competing at 2014 Winter Olympics 14
5:52 PM — Figure skater Johnny Weir won't be competing at the Winter Olympics in Sochi after failing to register for the national championships
New York officials condemn alleged anti-gay stabbing as ‘horrific’
5:26 PM — Officials in New York City have condemned an anti-gay hate crime where a man was stabbed to death because a suspect allegedly thought he was gay.
Hillary Clinton: ‘Our communities and institutions are strongest when standing up for equality’ 5
4:27 PM — Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave an impassioned speech emphasising the importance of standing up for gay rights on receiving an honourary doctorate from St Andrews University.
California court to decide whether gay juror was wrongly dismissed from HIV drug case
3:28 PM — A federal appeals court in San Francisco will today consider whether a constitutional ban on excluding someone from a jury due to race or gender should be extended to cover sexual orientation.
17th September 2013
US: Pennsylvania county to appeal against judge’s order to stop issuing same-sex marriage licences 1
7:36 PM — The county in Pennsylvania recently ordered to stop issuing marriage licences to same-sex couples has said it will file an appeal against the judge's decision.
Tony Perkins: ‘Allowing gay military couples leave to travel to where they can marry is discriminatory’ 36
7:18 PM — Tony Perkins of the anti-gay Family Research Council, has voiced his disapproval at the Pentagon's announcement that gay couples will be allowed leave to marry, if they live a certain distance from a state which legally recognises same-sex marriage.
US: Human rights groups call for removal of anti-gay writer from public TV board 8
6:47 PM — A human rights group has called for the sacking of anti-gay writer Orson Scott Card, from his new position as a board member at a US university's public television channel, after he compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler.
US: University stands by dean accused of anti-lesbian discrimination
5:08 PM — A US university has stood by its women's college dean who has been accused of an anti-lesbian bias by a former employee.
US: New York man accused of stabbing 69-year-old to death because he thought he was gay 7
2:27 PM — A 22-year-old New York man accused of stabbing to death a 69-year-old man because he thought he was gay, has been charged with second degree murder.
California: 95-year-old war veteran marries boyfriend of 20 years 26
12:11 PM — A 95-year-old World War II veteran has married his boyfriend of 20 years in California. John Banvard, who served in the US military during the Second World War, married his longtime partner Gerard Nadea, 68, in a California Veterans Home.
16th September 2013
US: Louisiana won’t recognise same-sex marriage on state tax returns 13
7:10 PM — The US state of Louisiana’s Department of Revenue has announced it won’t recognise same-sex marriages on state tax returns, despite a new IRS rule that allows legally married gay couples to file joint federal tax returns.
Rapper Mykki Blanco accuses Britney Spears of exploiting gay fans 19
7:05 PM — Following the release of her latest single, Work B**ch, rapper Mykki Blanco has accused Britney Spears of exploiting her gay fans with her music.