24th July 2013
US: Two Pennsylvania same-sex couples to receive marriage licences despite state ban on equal marriage 2
3:37 PM — Two lesbian couples in the US state of Pennsylvania have applied for marriage licences, and look set to be issued them, despite a state-wide ban on equal marriage.
US: Homophobic speech at City Council meetings prompts response from human rights group 21
3:05 PM — Homophobic language used in the city of Richmond, California, has prompted action from the city's Human Relations Commission, but has also raise issues around free speech.
US radio host: All gays should resign from their jobs for being ‘perverse’ 45
2:30 PM — US radio host Bryan Fischer, has weighed in on controversy surrounding New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Wiener, who was caught for a second time sending inappropriate images, to say that all gay people should resign, as homosexuality is "perverse".
California’s Supreme Court denies latest bid to halt same-sex marriages in state 6
11:08 AM — For the second time in eight days, California’s highest court has again refused to block same-sex marriages in the state.
23rd July 2013
US: Pennsylvania county agrees to issue same-sex marriage licence 3
11:50 PM — Officials in the third-largest county in Pennsylvania have said same-sex couples will be able to be issued marriage licences, despite a state-wide ban on equal marriage.
US: New York to refund estate tax paid by same-sex spouses under DOMA 8
11:31 PM — The US state of New York has said that same-sex spouses who paid estate taxes under the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), because their marriages were not recognised, will now receive refunds.
US: California county clerks urge court to continue to allow same-sex marriage licences 4
4:58 PM — County clerks in the US state of California have urged courts to continue to allow the issue of same-sex marriage licences, despite calls from some for further clarification on the Supreme Court's Proposition 8 ruling.
US: Trans activists hope new campaign group can help end transphobic military ban 5
4:47 PM — Several transgender campaigners have announced they are splitting away from America’s largest LGBT military service member advocacy group and forming a new organisation.
US: County Office causes controversy by refusing to allow rainbow flags during gay pride 6
4:37 PM — A county office has come under heavy criticism for refusing to allow rainbow flags to be flown from its building during the city's gay pride week.
US: Judge rules in favour of Ohio married couple in death certificate case 4
2:23 PM — A US District Judge has ruled in favour of a gay married couple in the state of Ohio, who filed a lawsuit in order to have their out-of-state marriage recognised as one of them is terminally ill.
New York: 4 charged over homophobic assault on Long Island 6
10:49 AM — Four young men have been charged in connection with a homophobic attack on Long Island, New York.
22nd July 2013
Olympic committee calls for acceptance of all athletes at Winter Olympics despite Russian anti-gay laws 42
10:10 PM — Responding to human rights groups, the International Olympic Committee has released a statement calling for the acceptance of all athletes in the wake of Russia's recently passed anti-gay legislation.
Tumblr blocks searches for ‘gay’ ‘lesbian’ and ‘bisexual’ on mobile apps 17
5:45 PM — Blogging site Tumblr has come under criticism for recent changes to the way it classifies adult material, including search terms, as the word 'gay' is currently classified as not safe for work, and does not return any results using the site's mobile platform.
21st July 2013
US anti-gay church holds demonstration calling Her Majesty the Queen of Fags 82
4:51 PM — The adamantly homophobic Westboro Baptist Church has tweeted to attack the Queen for adding her signature to the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, giving it Royal Assent to become law.
US: Letting trans children live according to their identity is ‘child abuse’, says attorney 26
4:22 PM — An attorney from the Christian legal group Liberty Counsel has claimed that parents who support their transgender children by letting them live according to their identity are committing "nothing short of child abuse."
20th July 2013
US: County clerk seeks to halt the issuing of same-sex marriage licences in California 10
6:28 PM — The San Diego county clerk on Friday filed a petition which seeks a court order to exempt county clerks from issuing marriage licences to gay couples.
US: Lawsuit challenges constitutionality of Ohio’s equal marriage ban 10
5:26 PM — A federal lawsuit has been filed against the US state of Ohio challenging its constitutional ban on equal marriage.
19th July 2013
US: Democratic West Virginia Representative backs anti-equal marriage federal ban 32
7:08 PM — A Democratic lawmaker is joining dozens of Republicans who want to ban same-sex marriages in the US Constitution.
Harrison Ford: Enders Game writer’s opinions have nothing to do with the story 40
5:46 PM — Speaking at San Diego Comic-Con, actor Harrison Ford weighed in on calls for a boycott of the Enders Games film due to homophobic comments by the author of the book on which the film is based, to say that it has nothing to do with that issue.
US: City measure introduced to allow same-sex married couples full marriage benefits 1
4:39 PM — A measure has been introduced in the city of Richmond, Virginia which would allow employees of the city in same-sex marriages to receive the same benefits as straight married couples.