21st October 2013
US: Tennessee lawsuit challenges state ban on equal marriage 2
7:01 PM — With the world's media distracted by New Jersey's legalisation of equal marriage today, a lawsuit to challenge the state of Tennessee's ban on equal marriage was also filed.
Poll: New Jersey residents in shift towards acceptance of equal marriage 1
6:41 PM — A poll released today indicates a shift in the opinion of voters in the US state of New Jersey towards a stronger acceptance of equal marriage.
Video: Jamie Foxx and Elton John support homeless gay youth 2
5:13 PM — Sir Elton John, Jamie Foxx and other Hollywood stars appear in a public service announcement (PSA) raising awareness about homeless LGBT youth in Los Angeles.
US: Lawyer accuses Harvey Milk of ‘rape of teenage boys’ and says he was ‘categorically an evil man’ 28
4:24 PM — A Christian lawyer in the US has spoken out about his disapproval at a series of postage stamps featuring late gay rights campaigner Harvey Milk, saying he "was demonstrably, categorically an evil man based on his rape of teenage boys."
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie drops challenge to equal marriage law 6
3:59 PM — The Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, has abandoned his legal challenge against the state’s same-sex marriage law – just hours after gay couples began tying the knot.
US: Homophobic church fails to picket university performance of Matthew Shepard play 8
1:32 PM — The adamantly homophobic Westboro Baptist Church failed to turn up to a university performance of a play about murdered gay Wyoming teenager Matthew Shepard, and instead inadvertently united dozens of university students against their cause.
20th October 2013
US: New Jersey gay couples plan last-minute weddings after Supreme Court ruling
12:38 PM — Several gay couples in New Jersey have organised to gather late Sunday to wed in ceremonies shortly after midnight, after judges ruled earlier this week that banning same-sex couples from marrying broke the state’s constitution.
18th October 2013
New Jersey Supreme Court rules that gay couples can marry from next week 11
8:56 PM — The Supreme Court of the US state of New Jersey has rejected an appeal made by Republican Governor Chris Christie over an earlier ruling that banning same-sex couples from marrying broke the state's constitution.
US: New Mexico Supreme Court could rule in equal marriage case next week 2
7:40 PM — The Supreme Court in New Mexico is to consider a case which could be potentially ground breaking for the issue of equal marriage in the state.
Vice magazine slams Bill and Ted play as ‘super homophobic’ 4
7:30 PM — Vice magazine has described the new Bill and Ted play as homophobic due to its reliance on stereotypes.
US: Republican politician brands school ‘failure’ due to students supporting Spirit Day 12
6:56 PM — A state representative in Missouri has called a school a "failure" on Twitter after seeing pupils wearing T-shirts promoting “harmony” between gay and straight people.
Video: ‘Unromantic’ woman makes heartfelt proposal to her girlfriend from the top of a bus 4
5:32 PM — Alissa from Washington accused her girlfriend Jeanne of being unromantic, and the response she got was not what she was expecting. An emotional marriage proposal from the top of a bus in downtown Seattle with a live band and her friends and family surrounding her took place.
US: New Jersey cities to issue same-sex marriage licences despite health department directive not to 4
2:27 PM — Some cities in the US state of New Jersey have begun to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples, despite a state health department directive to wait for a Supreme Court ruling on the issue.
Boy George suggests boycott of Eminem’s homophobic single 41
1:09 PM — Boy George has criticised US rapper Eminem for using violently homophobic lyrics in his latest single “Rap God”.
San Francisco backs out of historic Russian commemoration event following pressure from LGBT groups 2
10:46 AM — San Francisco has cancelled plans for a ceremony recognising the Russian Navy for its assistance in fighting a huge fire in the US city in 1863, allegedly due to pressure from several gay rights activists.
17th October 2013
US: Utah equal marriage ban challenged in new lawsuit 2
10:09 PM — A lawsuit has been filed challenging the US state of Utah's ban on equal marriage.
US: Oregon to immediately recognise out-of-state same-sex marriages
9:59 PM — Gay couples married out of state will now be able to have their marriages recognised in the state of Oregon, where equal marriage is still banned.
Former South Carolina GOP Official: ‘Trannies are disgusting freaks’ and ‘should all be put in a camp’ 9
4:57 PM — The former executive director of the South Carolina Republican Party this week used his Twitter account to post anti-trans slurs, including that trans people "should all be put in a camp", because they are "sick freaks".
US: New York police push for new information in murder case of gay rights activist one year on
3:42 PM — Police in New York City are asking for more information in the case of a murdered gay rights activist, one year after the incident.
US mayor: ‘God is against queers and don’t ram gay marriage down my throat!’ 41
3:41 PM — The mayor of a small town in South Carolina is under fire for responding to the arrival of equal marriage elsewhere by saying “I don’t want it rammed down by throat”, and for repeatedly using the word “queer”.