31st December 2013
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.
Utah Attorney General: I’m going to ‘spend whatever it takes’ to fight equal marriage 39
2:56 PM — The new Attorney General of Utah, Sean Reyes, has justified the state’s decision to spend taxpayers' money on challenging the recent ruling in favour of equal marriage.
Facebook blocks more than 100 users for posting photo of two men kissing 52
1:44 PM — Facebook has been accused of banning scores of users from posting an innocuous image of two men kissing because it “violates” the social networking platform’s “community standards”.
US: Boy Scouts of America set to accept gay youth members 1
12:18 PM — On 1 January the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is to enact an historic change in policy to allow openly gay youth members to join its ranks.
30th December 2013
Michelle Obama to newly out TV host: ‘You continue to make us all proud’ 1
7:04 PM — The US First Lady Michelle Obama has tweeted her support for a TV host who publicly revealed that she is gay this week.
US: Connecticut health insurers ordered to provide gender reassignment cover
6:28 PM — All providers of health insurance in the US state of Connecticut will now be required to cover gender reassignment and hormone therapy for those with gender dysphoria, the state insurance department has ordered.
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: Group in largest Native American tribe hopes to legalise equal marriage 1
5:15 PM — Members of the largest federally recognised Native American tribe in the US hope to follow suit of the US state of New Mexico and remove a 2005 ban on equal marriage.
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.
US evangelist: The Pope is ‘not the judge’ on homosexuality 26
2:15 PM — A US evangelist has spoken out against the Pope's recent softening on gay issues to say that he is "not the judge" on such issues.
US: Florida Democrats hope to push forward with LGBT rights bills in 2014 2
12:39 PM — Democrats in the US state of Florida have expressed an interest in pushing forward with bills to extend civil rights to LGBT people in 2014.
Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts confirms she’s in a same-sex relationship 2
10:48 AM — Robin Roberts, co-host of Good Morning America, has acknowledged publicly for the first time her long-standing relationship with a woman.
28th December 2013
Boy Scouts of America hopes inclusion of gay scout members will be a non-event like Y2K scare 2
5:12 PM — A member of the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) national executive board has spoken out about the organisation's 1 January change of policy to allow gay members, to say the organisation hopes it will be a non-event.
GLAAD slams decision to reinstate suspended Duck Dynasty star 18
4:50 PM — LGBT rights organisation GLAAD has spoken out to condemn A&E network's reinstatement of Duck Dynasty personality Phil Roberson who was suspended for making homophobic comments in an interview.
Troops abandon Boy Scouts of America as it prepares to allow gay members 34
4:20 PM — Troops opposed to the inclusion of openly gay scout members continue to abandon the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), as it prepares for its 1 January change of policy.
Baptist Minister: Newly reinstated Duck Dynasty star needs to be ‘more repentant and contrite’ 14
3:35 PM — US Baptist minister Jesse Jackson has spoken out to say that, despite being reinstated by his network, Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson should be "more repentant and contrite".
US: Suspension of anti-gay reality star Phil Robertson lifted by A&E 22
12:15 AM — US reality star Phil Robertson, who was recently suspended from his TV show after making controversial anti-gay comments, has been reinstated.
27th December 2013
Record numbers of marriages take place in Utah following landmark equal marriage ruling 2
1:47 PM — A week after Utah legalised equal marriage – a record number of weddings have taken place in the US state.
Alabama senator tables motion in support of anti-gay ‘hero’ Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson 13
11:58 AM — Despite Phil Robertson being suspended indefinitely for making homophobic and racist remarks, Alabama State Senator Jerry Fielding plans to introduce a resolution lauding the Duck Dynasty star as a "hero".
26th December 2013
US: Texas nightclub kicks out gay couple for dancing together to country music 13
12:05 PM — A nightclub in South Texas has said it chose to kick out a gay couple dancing together because it wanted to "maintain the peace."