22nd October 2013
Video: Texas judge dumps Republican Party over ‘petty’ and ‘bigoted’ views 10
8:43 PM — Texas judge Carlo Key released a video announcing his re-election bid, but saying he could not place himself on the ballot for the Republican party over its views, including anti-gay views.
US: Gay couple defy Oklahoma same-sex marriage ban by marrying with Native American tribe 3
8:34 PM — A gay couple in the US state of Oklahoma have defied their state's ban on equal marriage, and lack of recogition of out-of-state same-sex marriages by marrying with a Native American tribe.
US: Catholic school teacher sacked for marrying her girlfriend 45 minutes after the ceremony 9
7:49 PM — A lesbian Catholic school teacher in the US state of Arkansas has said she was told she could not return to work just 45 minutes after getting married to her girlfriend.
Anti-gay activists label New Jersey Governor ‘failure’ for dropping equal marriage challenge 6
5:31 PM — Governor Chris Christie’s decision to throw in the towel in his fight against equal marriage in New Jersey has infuriated America's leading anti-same-sex marriage group.
Video: Robbie Rogers says he was ‘consumed by fear’ before coming out
2:57 PM — Soccer player Robbie Rogers and basketball player Jason Collins took to the stage at the GLSEN Respect Awards on Friday and spoke of their individual coming out stories from earlier this year.
Los Angeles: Man sues city over sex cruise operation arrest 25
11:21 AM — A man who was arrested as part of a cruising operation last year is suing the city of Los Angeles.
21st October 2013
Ultimate Fighting Championship teams up with HIV awareness charity
7:59 PM — The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), and the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Souther Nevada (The Center), have teamed up to raise awareness of HIV for people under 30.
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.