6th August 2013
US: Over 80 lawmakers call on Obama administration to end gay blood donation ban 8
1:07 AM — More than 80 US congressional members on Monday called on the Obama administration to end the ban on gay men being allowed to give blood, calling it outdated.
5th August 2013
Sir Ian McKellen shows his solidarity with LGBT Russians 7
10:50 PM — Sir Ian McKellen has become the latest celebrity to show his support for LGBT Russians who are facing increasing persecution from the state.
Amazon founder and major equal marriage campaign funder Jeff Bezos acquires the Washington Post 7
10:13 PM — The billionaire founder of e-commerce company Amazon Jeff Bezos has agreed to purchase the Washington Post for $250m. He and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos were the largest financial supporters of the state Washington's campaign to secure same-sex marriage.
Ed Sheeran to the Westboro Baptist Church: ‘Keep your homophobic views to yourself’ 10
6:31 PM — British singer Ed Sheeran, who has been supporting Taylor Swift on her US tour, responded to the Westboro Baptist Church who picketed one of the venues, to tell it to "keep your homophobic views to yourself".
US radio host: Homosexuality is caused by a ‘hormone imbalance’ just like obesity, and can be ‘unlearned’ 53
5:44 PM — A US radio host has spoken on her programme to suggest that being gay is due to a "hormone imbalance", similar to people who have eating disorders and become obese, and that it is a behaviour which can simply be "unlearned".
Christine Quinn: President Obama must stop Russia from attacking its LGBT citizens 11
5:37 PM — Christine Quinn, the gay Democratic candidate who’s vying to become the next mayor of New York City has urged President Obama to take a stand against Russia's continued oppression of its LGBT citizens.
Fox News contributor links homosexuality with child rape and murder 43
3:28 PM — A US radio host and Fox news contributor has linked the love of couples in same-sex marriages to the actions of Ohio kidnapper and rapist Ariel Castro who was last year sentenced to over a thousand years in prison.
US Senator Elizabeth Warren: I learnt about the gay blood ban through the Boston bombing 4
3:03 PM — US Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has urged for America to allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood and says she only learnt of the ban in the aftermath of this year's Boston bombing.
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.