4th August 2013
US: County clerk withdraws legal challenge to resumption of same-sex marriage in California 3
5:45 PM — A clerk in the county of San Diego who had moved against the resumption of the issue of same-sex marriage licences in California, has withdrawn a legal bid to stop them from taking place.
US: Gay couple told to sit at the back of a bus for holding hands in public 37
5:27 PM — A gay couple have said that a bus driver in the US state of New Mexico told them to sit at the back of the bus because they were holding hands.
3rd August 2013
Archbishop of Detroit: Pope’s comments on gay people represent ‘no change’ 30
12:30 PM — The Archbishop of Detroit has spoken out over excitement about Pope Francis' seemingly progressive comments on homosexuality, arguing that the pontiff "didn’t say anything different" to established Catholic teaching.
Conservatives hire Obama campaign chief linked to homophobic ad 30
10:39 AM — The Conservative Party has hired on an Obama campaign manager who was linked last year to a homophobic advert, in the run-up to the 2015 general election.
Cosby show star tweets to come out as gay and says she is grateful for equal marriage 7
4:31 AM — Former Cosby Show star Raven Symone, who played 3-year-old Olivia in the 1980s sitcom, has revealed that she is gay in a statement about equal marriage.
2nd August 2013
Anti-gay evangelist accuses US Supreme Court judge of being a ‘homosexualist’ 37
5:50 PM — An anti-gay evangelist has written a column which accuses one of the US Supreme Court justices of being a "homosexualist" for ruling in favour of gay rights in the past.
US: Pennsylvania mayor says she is happy to marry same-sex couples 1
5:12 PM — A mayor in the US state of Pennsylvania has said she will marry same-sex couples if they have already been issued with a marriage licence.
US: Same-sex couples to be given equal immigration rights 9
4:58 PM — The United States is set to begin giving visa applications from same-sex spouses the same preferential treatment granted to opposite-sex spouses.
US Senator Edward Markey: I am very concerned for LGBT athletes attending the Winter Olympics in Russia 9
12:22 PM — US Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey has condemned the Russian Government for presiding over “hateful” legislation.
1st August 2013
US: Anti-equal marriage group protests Minnesota same-sex marriages with new ‘Marriage Majority’ campaign 14
4:51 PM — Despite celebrations today following the legalisation of same-sex marriage in the US state of Minnesota, an anti-equal marriage campaign group has decided to launch a new protest to elect a "pro-marriage majority" to the state House in 2014.
US: Minnesota same-sex weddings could add $130 million to local wedding industry 1
3:22 PM — The newly introduced law in the US state of Minnesota could mean millions of dollars for the wedding industry in the state.
US: Challenge to Virginia state ban on same-sex marriage to be filed today
2:42 PM — Human and gay rights groups are today to file a challenge in court to the state of Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage.
Enders Game film director: Orson Scott Card’s opposition to equal marriage are ‘very sad’ and ‘at odds with his art’ 16
1:55 PM — The director of the upcoming Enders Game film has again weighed in on controversy surrounding the release of the film because of anti-gay comments by the book's author Orson Scott Card, to say that it is "very sad" that he holds those views.
US: Minnesota and Rhode Island legalise same-sex marriage 6
11:35 AM — Minnesota and Rhode Island have become the 12th and 13th US states to recognise same-sex marriage after recently passing laws permitting weddings to begin from midnight on Wednesday.
31st July 2013
LGBT sports and human rights coalition rules out Winter Olympics boycott in favour of visibility option 21
11:44 PM — An international coalition of sport and human rights organisations have rejected calls for a boycott of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, in favour of long-term change and visibility action.
US: ‘Ex-gay’ group claims ‘gay cure’ therapy awareness could have prevented AIDS epidemic 27
11:21 PM — Advocates of the controversial practice of ‘ex-gay’ therapy have claimed that it could have saved gay men from the AIDS epidemic, if more gay men had undergone the therapy.
US: Gay rights groups commend judge for ruling that benefits be paid to same-sex marriage survivor 1
9:15 PM — A federal US judge in the has been applauded by equal marriage groups for ordering that death benefits been paid to a widow in a same-sex marriage.
Gay US soldiers demoted for use of Craigslist 23
7:11 PM — Soldiers in the US army posted in Afghanistan have been using the website Craigslist for casual hookups on base, but some have been heavily disciplined, demoted and fined, a report has revealed.
New York: Gay bar takes part in anti-homophobia protest outside Russian consulate by pouring vodka down drain 27
7:03 PM — Vodka has been seen being poured down the drain outside the Russia's consulate in New York as another gay bar boycotts Russia’s national drink in protest at the country’s homophobic stance.
USA Today publishes op-ed defending ex-gay therapy and claiming ‘hundreds of ex-gay patients were succesful’ 23
6:49 PM — USA Today has posted an op-ed by a staunch defender of 'ex-gay' therapy who defends institutions which continue to offer the service, despite a consensus among medical professionals that it can be harmful, and various lawsuits challenging the legality of offering such services.