7th October 2013
US: California introduces bill to allow children to have more than two parents 2
7:43 PM — The Governor in the US state of California on Friday signed a bill which allows children to legally have more than two parents.
University of Mississippi: Full audience to attend LGBT session for interrupting Matthew Shepard play 3
7:01 PM — The University of Mississippi has said it is unclear whether footballers led the heckling of a play about Matthew Shepard last week, and that all students in attendance are required to attend an "educational dialogue".
US: Two lawsuits against florist which refused service to gay couples’ weddings may be combined
3:59 PM — The county court in a US county will this week decide whether two separate lawsuits against a florist which refused service for a same-sex wedding will be combined.
US Mormon Church: Equal marriage is ‘immoral’ in the eyes of God 43
11:36 AM — The leader of the American Mormon Church has restated its opposition to equal marriage.
6th October 2013
US: Trans student banned from Christian university for ‘engaging in fraud’ and ‘concealing identity’ 10
3:11 PM — A trans student in California has been banned from a Christian university after administrators revoked her application, claiming she was engaged in "fraud" because of her gender identity.
5th October 2013
US: Pentagon alerts same-sex married couples of equal federal ethics rules 8
4:30 PM — The Pentagon has sent a memo to alert same-sex married couples that they are now subject to the same federal ethics rules as straight couples.
US: Football players to attend ‘educational dialogue’ for anti-gay slurs during Matthew Shepard play 20
4:10 PM — Football players from the University of Mississippi have been made to attend an "educational dialogue" for interrupting a performance of a play with anti-gay slurs.
4th October 2013
US: Pennsylvania Governor compares same-sex marriage to incest 4
5:22 PM — The Governor of Pennsylvania has restated his opposition to same-sex marriage by comparing it to incest.
Punk band shoots porn clip on the front lawn of the Westboro Baptist Church 16
4:10 PM — A US punk band has filmed a porn clip on the front lawn of the adamantly homophobic Westboro Baptist Church (WBC).
Survey: 1 in 10 New York Grindr users have never had an HIV test 3
11:13 AM — A survey of New York users of Grindr shows 1 in 10 have never had an HIV test.
3rd October 2013
US: Idaho state requires same-sex married couples to recalculate tax as ‘single’ 10
8:28 PM — The US state of Idaho Tax Commission has announced that same-sex couples in the state who were legally married out of state must recalculate their federal tax returns as if they were "single", or "head of household", before being able to file in the state.
US: Equal marriage opponents praise New Jersey Governor for appeal against judge’s ruling in favour of it 7
8:18 PM — Same-sex marriage opponents have called for a referendum on equal marriage in the US state of New Jersey, praising Governor Chris Christie for his persistence in appealing against a judge who ruled to say that banning equal marriage in the state was unconstitutional.
US: University football players interrupted play about Matthew Shepard with anti-gay slurs 36
8:06 PM — Several members of the University of Mississippi football team have interrupted a theatre production of a play about murdered Wyoming teenager Matthew Shepard, shouting homophobic slurs during the play.
US: Top officials urge the Pentagon to force National Guards to process same-sex benefits 1
7:39 PM — Top officials in the US are pushing the Pentagon to insist that state National Guards process benefits for same-sex couples in line with the a recent directive from the Defense Department to treat married same-sex service members equally.
US: Pennsylvania official compares equal marriage benefits to ‘giving money out to people’s pets’ 5
6:32 PM — An official in the US state of Pennsylvania has taken a financial stance in opposing equal marriage benefits for same-sex couples, comparing it to same-sex couples to offering "money out to peoples' pets".
US Vice President cancels speech at LGBT event due to government shutdown 3
5:21 PM — US Vice President Joe Biden has cancelled a planned appearance with gay rights group the Human Rights Campaign, because of issues surrounding the current government shutdown in the country.
US: Lesbian charged over underage relationship to be released from jail 3
4:58 PM — Kaitlyn Hunt, the 19-year-old Florida lesbian charged with having sexual relations with her 14-year-old girlfriend has accepted the terms of a new plea deal.
Grandfather’s letter to homophobic daughter who disowned gay son goes viral 55
1:17 PM — A letter in which a grandfather denounces his daughter's decision to disown her gay son has gone viral after being posted online. In the letter, which has accumulated over 10,000 'likes' on Facebook, the unnamed grandfather tells his daughter Christine that the only "shame" in the family is her decision to kick her son out of home after he came out.
US: Equal marriage bill to be introduced in Pennsylvania 1
12:35 PM — Two state lawmakers from Philadelphia are to introduce a bill to legalise same-sex marriage in the US state of Pennsylvania. Brian Sims and Steve McCarter, both Democrat members of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, will formally announce the introduction of the Pennslyvania Marriage Equality Act during news conference at 10am local time (3pm BST).
Obama ‘hugely impressed’ by Pope Francis 11
11:44 AM — Barack Obama says he’s been “hugely impressed” by Pope Francis’ recent remarks admitting the Roman Catholic Church was “obsessed” with preaching about abortion, same-sex marriage and contraception.