8th December 2013
US preacher Rick Warren compares the ‘redefinition of marriage’ to George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four 46
11:58 AM — Controversial US pastor Rick Warren has told CNN presenter Piers Morgan that same-sex marriage laws are attempting to "redefine marriage" in a manner similar to the dystopian reversal of meanings in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.
US: Gay teacher fired from Catholic school after applying to marry his partner 23
10:07 AM — A gay teacher in New Jersey has said he was recently fired from a Catholic school he worked at for 12 years after applying to marry his partner - a move the school said "contradicts the terms of his teaching contract."
7th December 2013
US judge rules bakery owner acted illegally in refusing service to gay couple 13
3:45 PM — A judge in the US state of Colorado has ruled that a bakery owner who refused service to a gay couple because of their sexuality broke the law in doing so.
Waitress in anti-gay tip controversy apparently starts refunding donations 2
3:26 PM — A waitress who was given thousands of dollars in donations after an apparently made-up story about being refused a tip by anti-gay customers, has reportedly been issuing refunds to some who donated to her.
6th December 2013
Lady Gaga tells Tom Daley ‘We shouldn’t be going to Sochi at all’ because of anti-gay law 28
7:40 PM — Lady Gaga has urged Tom Daley to decline to compete in countries which have anti-gay laws, in order to boycott them.
Bill Gates: I admire Nelson Mandela for speaking out against the stigma of HIV 2
7:05 PM — The philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, has paid tribute to Nelson Mandela and says he will remember the former South African president most for raising awareness of HIV.
US: Department of Health asked by federal working group to look at removing lifetime gay blood ban 1
4:46 PM — A US federal working group on blood-donor policies has asked the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a new plan to possibly allow blood donations from gay and bisexual men.
Outrage over failure of lesbian waitress to donate money given after she claimed she was refused tip 18
3:20 PM — A waitress who was given thousands of dollars in donations after she posted a photo of a receipt which she claimed proved that a family had declined to tip her because she is gay, has come under fire from many who have questioned why the money was not donated to charity, as she promised.
US: In Washington State 17% of all marriages in the last year were between gay couples 1
2:07 PM — A year ago today same-sex marriages began taking place in Washington State, a month after voters chose at a referendum to legalise it, and since then a large proportion of marriages were between gay couples.
5th December 2013
US investors put pressure on Sochi sponsors over Russian anti-gay law 9
8:45 PM — US investors with combined assets of hundreds of billions of dollars have urged corporate sponsors of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics to speak out against Russia's anti-gay laws.
US blogger Perez Hilton to appear in TV series about gay dads 3
8:33 PM — Blogger Perez Hilton is to appear in, and act as executive producer for, a new reality series about gay dads.
US: Large railroad conference to offer health coverage to same-sex spouses
7:28 PM — Members of a conference of some of the largest railroad operators in the US are to begin offering health benefits to same-sex spouses as of January.
Speaker John Boehner: Republican Party should support gay candidates 2
6:53 PM — Republican US House Speaker John Boehner has said his party should support gay Republican congressional candidates.
Virginia Congressman accused of urging Republicans not to fund gay candidates
6:20 PM — Virginia Representative Randy Forbes is under fire for allegedly urging his Republican Party colleagues not to support gay congressional candidates.
US: Court hears discrimination case over gay couple being refused wedding cake 1
4:54 PM — A Colorado court has heard a discrimination case brought against a baker who refused to provide a wedding cake to a same-sex couple.
US version of Morrissey’s autobiography edits account of same-sex relationship 11
1:14 PM — The US release of Morrissey's autobiography has reportedly omitted details about a two-year same-sex relationship and contains other edits.
Cameroon LGBT activist granted asylum in US after receiving death threats for taking part in film
12:06 PM — A Cameroonian LGBT activist has been reunited with her family in San Francisco after receiving death threats for appearing in a Human Rights Watch documentary.
Tom Daley: It was love at first sight when I met my boyfriend 96
8:00 AM — The British Olympic diving star Tom Daley has said that it was "love at first sight" when he met his boyfriend, although he has not confirmed who that is, despite speculation.
4th December 2013
US: Louisiana National Guard follows Texas in allowing same-sex couples to register for benefits
6:36 PM — The Louisiana National Guard has followed Texas in saying that it will immediately allow same-sex couples register for benefits.
US: Court hears discrimination case after bakery refused to make wedding cake for gay couple 6
3:59 PM — A judge in the Colorado Civil Rights Commission is today hearing arguments in a case filed against a bakery which refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.