4th February 2013
Obama says Boy Scouts ban on gays must end 7
2:10 AM — President Barack Obama said on Sunday that gay people should be allowed in the Boy Scouts of America, and that "nobody should be barred" from the experience of being a scout.
2nd February 2013
Governor Rick Perry: ‘I think the Boy Scouts should keep its anti-gay policy’ 22
7:37 PM — Governor Rick Perry has said that he thinks the Boy Scouts of America shouldn't remove its ban on openly gay scouts, volunteers and staff.
NFL player Chris Culliver to undergo sensitivity training for homophobic comments 14
7:19 PM — San Francisco 49ers player, Chris Culliver, who earlier this week said there were no gay players on the team, and if there were, they wouldn't be welcome, is to begin sensitivity training following this weekend's Super Bowl.
US: Illinois Senate to vote on equal marriage on Valentine’s Day 5
1:27 AM — The Illinois Senate may pass a bill which would legalise equal marriage in the state, and will vote on it on 14 February.
1st February 2013
Brendon Ayanbadejo: 50% of NFL players share Chris Culliver’s homophobic views 4
7:05 PM — Ravens player Brendon Ayanbadejo has estimated that 50% of NFL players have homophobic views.
US: Facebook headquarters to host LGBT undergrad tech conference
6:13 PM — A conference to help LGBT tech students feel comfortable in the workplace and connect with major employers such as Facebook and Twitter will be held in California this weekend.
Former baseball player: ‘Why the hell should being gay matter in professional sport?’ 6
5:52 PM — A former Major League baseball player has said that he played alongside gay teammates, and that he didn't understand why any player should have a problem with doing so.
US radio host: ‘Gay activists want to spread deviant sexuality and are as intolerant as jihadists’ 50
5:31 PM — A US radio host has appeared on a Christian radio show, and said that "gay activists" are "the most intolerant people on the planet", and that they are "up there with the jihadists".
‘Closeted gay’ former New York Mayor Ed Koch dies aged 88 9
4:41 PM — Ed Koch, the outspoken former mayor of New York City, who famously refused to discuss his sexuality with reporters, has died of congestive heart failure aged 88.
US teacher tells class full of students ‘I don’t like queers’ and ‘Michele Obama is fat’ 20
4:03 PM — A school teacher in the US has come under investigation after allegations that he used homophobic slurs during a debate with students. He reportedly said "I don't believe in queers".
US: Mayor holds ‘wedding’ for 13 gay couples to protest against proposed equal marriage ban 3
2:23 PM — The mayor of a city in the US state of Indiana has conducted a symbolic wedding for over a dozen gay and lesbian couples in protest to a proposed ban on civil unions and equal marriage.
US: Romney advisor says Republicans need to ‘modernise’ by supporting same-sex marriage 6
10:08 AM — Mitt Romney's advisor in the swing state of Iowa has said that the Republican Party should support same-sex marriage, and claims he has done so himself for 12 years.
Brendon Ayanbadejo: I hope Chris Culliver’s anti-gay NFL comments start a positive discussion 2
1:13 AM — American football player and equal marriage advocate, Brendon Ayanbadejo, has said that he hopes to start a positive dialogue about gay players in the NFL following anti-gay comments by fellow player, Chris Culliver.
31st January 2013
Idaho: Businessman sues Mother Jones magazine for suggesting he was a violent homophobe 6
6:44 PM — A marketing executive in the US state of Idaho is suing Mother Jones magazine because he contends he was defamed by an article that depicted him as a supporter of anti-gay violence.
US Radio Host: ‘The Boy Scouts should shut down, rather than allow gay members’ 41
5:49 PM — The hosts of a radio program on the American Family Association have spoken out against the Boy Scouts of America's vote to potentially lift its policy banning gay members, saying that they should "shut her down" rather than allow gays in, and that these are signs of the "end times".
Chuck Hagel defends values and reputation in front of Armed Services Senate Committee 2
5:35 PM — Having faced questions over his previous anti-gay positions, US Defence Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel has been defending his reputation in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Scott Lively says Oxford Union ‘botched’ plans for him to appear at gay parenting debate 14
4:20 PM — Anti-gay Christian Evangelist, Scott Lively, has claimed that he did not attend a recent debate on gay parenting at the Oxford Union because organisers of the event "failed to correct" an administrative error meaning his flight was booked for the wrong day.
Wyoming fails to pass domestic partnership rights for gay couples 13
3:59 PM — A bill to extend domestic partnership rights to gay couples in the US state of Wyoming has been defeated.
US: ‘Gay’ dog saved after being condemned to being put down 27
2:46 PM — A dog in Tennessee was reportedly rescued, after being left at a kennel by his owner who thought he was gay. He had been scheduled to be put down today.
Tony Perkins blames military suicides on the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell 20
1:59 PM — The President of the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, has blamed the repeal of don't ask don't tell for suicides in the US military.