6th February 2013
US: Pentagon set to extend benefits to gay service members 1
1:23 AM — Reports suggest that that the Pentagon is to extend some benefits to same-sex partners of gay service members.
US: Illinois equal marriage bill passes first reading and will face full Senate vote 3
12:56 AM — The US state of Illinois came one step closer to legalising equal marriage on Tuesday, as a bill to legalise it passed the Senate Executive Committee, and will now face the vote in the full senate.
5th February 2013
Head of Christian law firm: ‘Satan is bullying the Boy Scouts into including gay members’ 37
12:59 PM — The head of a Christian legal firm in the US has said that the reason that the Boy Scouts of America may make moves towards dropping its ban on gay scouts, volunteers and staff is "spiritual pressure" from Satan.
Boy Scouts of America receive 1.4 million signatures pushing for end to anti-gay policy 1
11:44 AM — A rally delivered a petition with 1.4 million signatures pushing for the Boy Scouts of America to drop its ban on gay members, volunteers and staff, on Monday.
4th February 2013
Study: Straight men who watch porn are more likely to support equal marriage 23
5:59 PM — New research suggests that the more pornography consumed by straight men, the less likely they are to be opposed to equal marriage.
Investigation for baker who refused to make a cake for lesbian wedding 11
5:19 PM — A baker from Oregon who refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, and who allegedly called them "abominations unto the Lord", has come under investigation.
Catholic League: ‘Gay’ dog being saved proves being gay is a ‘bonus’ for dogs and humans 15
3:47 PM — The president of the Catholic League has responded to the news that a dog which was rescued after being condemned to being put down because his owner thought he was gay.
US: University unveils memorial centre plan for gay student suicide victim Tyler Clementi 1
2:47 PM — A university in New Jersey plans to create a centre named after Tyler Clementi, the gay student who killed himself after his roommate used a webcam to spy on him kissing another man.
Obama says Boy Scouts ban on gays must end 7
2:10 AM — President Barack Obama said on Sunday that gay people should be allowed in the Boy Scouts of America, and that "nobody should be barred" from the experience of being a scout.
2nd February 2013
Governor Rick Perry: ‘I think the Boy Scouts should keep its anti-gay policy’ 22
7:37 PM — Governor Rick Perry has said that he thinks the Boy Scouts of America shouldn't remove its ban on openly gay scouts, volunteers and staff.
NFL player Chris Culliver to undergo sensitivity training for homophobic comments 14
7:19 PM — San Francisco 49ers player, Chris Culliver, who earlier this week said there were no gay players on the team, and if there were, they wouldn't be welcome, is to begin sensitivity training following this weekend's Super Bowl.
US: Illinois Senate to vote on equal marriage on Valentine’s Day 5
1:27 AM — The Illinois Senate may pass a bill which would legalise equal marriage in the state, and will vote on it on 14 February.
1st February 2013
Brendon Ayanbadejo: 50% of NFL players share Chris Culliver’s homophobic views 4
7:05 PM — Ravens player Brendon Ayanbadejo has estimated that 50% of NFL players have homophobic views.
US: Facebook headquarters to host LGBT undergrad tech conference
6:13 PM — A conference to help LGBT tech students feel comfortable in the workplace and connect with major employers such as Facebook and Twitter will be held in California this weekend.
Former baseball player: ‘Why the hell should being gay matter in professional sport?’ 6
5:52 PM — A former Major League baseball player has said that he played alongside gay teammates, and that he didn't understand why any player should have a problem with doing so.
US radio host: ‘Gay activists want to spread deviant sexuality and are as intolerant as jihadists’ 50
5:31 PM — A US radio host has appeared on a Christian radio show, and said that "gay activists" are "the most intolerant people on the planet", and that they are "up there with the jihadists".
‘Closeted gay’ former New York Mayor Ed Koch dies aged 88 9
4:41 PM — Ed Koch, the outspoken former mayor of New York City, who famously refused to discuss his sexuality with reporters, has died of congestive heart failure aged 88.
US teacher tells class full of students ‘I don’t like queers’ and ‘Michele Obama is fat’ 20
4:03 PM — A school teacher in the US has come under investigation after allegations that he used homophobic slurs during a debate with students. He reportedly said "I don't believe in queers".
US: Mayor holds ‘wedding’ for 13 gay couples to protest against proposed equal marriage ban 3
2:23 PM — The mayor of a city in the US state of Indiana has conducted a symbolic wedding for over a dozen gay and lesbian couples in protest to a proposed ban on civil unions and equal marriage.
US: Romney advisor says Republicans need to ‘modernise’ by supporting same-sex marriage 6
10:08 AM — Mitt Romney's advisor in the swing state of Iowa has said that the Republican Party should support same-sex marriage, and claims he has done so himself for 12 years.