14th July 2013
Pastor criticises George W Bush for not taking moral stance against equal marriage 15
1:16 PM — A US pastor and director of a national Christian organisation has criticised former President George W Bush for saying "I shouldn’t be taking a speck out of somebody else’s eye when I have a log in my own" in response to a question on same-sex marriage.
‘Ender’s Game’ boycott organisers reject Lionsgate response 13
12:43 PM — The organisers of a boycott of the upcoming film Ender's Game have dismissed a statement made by the film's producers, Lionsgate, saying the issue remains to be the money the film will make for anti-gay writer Orson Scott Card.
13th July 2013
US: Human rights leader pledges equal marriage support in Southern states 2
1:19 PM — The president of the US Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Chad Griffin, has appeared in Mississippi to pledge to go to the South in his organisation's campaign for equal marriage.
Pennsylvania: Pastor arrested for protesting attorney general’s refusal to defend equal marriage ban 3
12:34 PM — A pastor in the US state of Pennsylvania has been arrested for refusing to leave a state building, in protest against the attorney general's announcement that she would not defend the state's equal marriage ban.
Lionsgate responds to Enders Game controversy surrounding Orson Scott Card 47
2:34 AM — Film production company Lionsgate has responded to a controversy surrounding Enders Game author Orson Scott Card, after calls for a boycott of a film based on his novel due to previous anti-gay comments.
US: Supporters of Prop 8 file petition claiming equal marriage ban should still legally be in force 22
1:26 AM — The supporters of California's now defunct Proposition 8 ban on equal marriage, have begun legal proceedings to challenge the resumption of issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, accusing the courts of interpreting a Supreme Court ruling in the wrong way.
12th July 2013
Protest against gay blood ban takes places across the US
5:30 PM — Gay men across the US are taking a stand against a federal law preventing them from donating blood.
Comment: Are religious conservatives able to talk cordially about gay issues? 26
3:26 PM — Pastor Dave Thompson, who is openly gay and works towards opening a dialogue within the church on gay issues, writes for PinkNews on the question of whether it is possible for those opposed to gay rights can still be cordial in discussions.
US: Pennsylvania attorney general says she won’t defend state ban on equal marriage 5
12:12 AM — The attorney general in the US state of Pennsylvania has said she will not defend the state's ban on equal marriage, following a lawsuit being filed to challenge the ban.
11th July 2013
Television show Two and a Half Men to introduce first lesbian character 4
5:41 PM — Popular US television programme Two and a Half Men is to introduce a new lesbian character.
US: Lesbian couple attacked by ten men in hate crime attack 2
5:19 PM — A lesbian couple in South Austin, Chicago, have been attacked in what police are treating as a hate crime, by as many as ten men, before police intervened.
US: American Idol star Adam Lambert to join the cast of Glee 3
4:41 PM — Gay former American Idol singer Adam Lambert will be joining the cast of Glee, it was revealed yesterday.
Rapper Macklemore: ‘Homophobia is still rampant in the hip-hop community’ 4
4:28 PM — Rap star Macklemore has spoken in an interview to say that he thinks "homophobia is still rampant in the hip-hop community", but that "it's getting better".
Beyoncé says she is ‘flattered’ at the suggestion that she is a gay icon 2
1:33 PM — Superstar singer Beyoncé has said during an interview that she is "flattered" to be considered by some a gay icon, noting Judy Garland, Cher and Madonna as others, and saying she is "in the company of great women".
10th July 2013
US state of Indiana will jail gay couples who attempt to marry for 18 months 87
11:03 AM — While the Supreme Court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, the law that denied same-sex couples federal recognition, the US state of Indiana has passed a law that would result in gay couples being jailed for up to 18 months if they attempt to apply for a marriage license.
Orson Scott Card responds to calls for boycott of Enders Game film with call for ‘tolerance’ 56
12:37 AM — Orson Scott Card, the author of Enders Game, the science fiction novel on which an upcoming film was based, has responded to calls to boycott the film following accusations of homophobia, to ask for "tolerance".
9th July 2013
US: Proposition 8 documentary commissioned by HBO 1
11:59 PM — Five years worth of footage leading up to the Supreme Court's landmark ruling on California's statewide ban on equal marriage, Proposition 8, will be turned into a documentary to air next year.
Alec Baldwin quits Twitter following accusations of homophobia in spat with journalist 16
5:05 PM — Alec Baldwin has quit Twitter in the wake of a spat he had with a Daily Mail Journalist, after which he was accused of homophobia.
American Civil Liberties Union to challenge equal marriage ban in North Carolina
4:49 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation, has announced that it will challenge the state's ban on equal marriage.
US: Lawsuit filed to challenge Pennsylvania state ban on equal marriage
3:15 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a landmark lawsuit in order to push for equal marriage to be recognised in the US state of Pennsylvania.