30th January 2013
US: Churches may cease funding if Boy Scouts remove anti-gay policy 21
1:43 AM — Some churches have not taken kindly to the news that the Boy Scouts of American are to vote on whether to drop a national ban on gay members, volunteers and staff.
US: Gay teen taken off life support after hanging himself because of homophobic bullying 54
1:24 AM — A 15-year-old gay teenager has been taken off life support, after hanging himself in a local school playground after being bullied because he was gay.
US: Gay boy scout hopeful for national change after vote on anti-gay policy 1
12:38 AM — The family of a Californian teenage boy scout who was denied the Eagle Scout award because he was openly gay, has welcomed an upcoming vote by the Boy Scouts of America's board, on whether to drop a national ban on gay members, volunteers and staff.
29th January 2013
US: Obama immigration reforms predicted to include same-sex couples 5
7:09 PM — Sources have claimed that President Obama will include measures to help binational same-sex couples when he unveils his plans for immigration reforms later.
Whitney Houston’s mother would have been ‘bothered’ if the star had been gay 19
7:06 PM — Whitney Houston's mother has revealed to Oprah Winfrey that had her daughter been gay, she would "absolutely" have had a problem with it.
US: Business coalition formed to push for repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act 5
4:41 PM — A coalition of businesses has formed in support of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, to allow equal marriage rights to same-sex couples federally.
Chick-fil-A’s recent tax documents show no record of funding anti-gay groups 4
4:02 PM — A gay rights advocacy group has said that, according to its most recent tax documents, Chick-fil-A has ceased giving money to groups opposed to equal marriage and gay rights.
Twitter’s Vine videos service flooded with gay porn despite moves to reduce explicit content 4
3:25 PM — Twitter has blocked searches for the terms "porn" and "sex" on its new video sharing service Vine in an attempt to reduce the level of explicit content being posted. However, the word "gay" and terms relating to "gay" are not blocked despite most of the content being highly explicit.
Bryan Fischer: Scouts could allow access to paedophiles by lifting anti-gay ban 38
3:02 PM — The leader of the American Family Association has said the Boy Scouts of America's announcement that it might lift its ban on gay scouts could open its doors to paedophiles.
Comment: The power of online activism & social media in the fight for LGBT equality 12
1:38 PM — Murray Lipp, administrator of the Facebook page ‘Gay Marriage USA,’ discusses his experience in maintaining America’s largest independent national equal marriage page on Facebook.
Frank Ocean due to press charges against Chris Brown over car park brawl 3
12:26 PM — Bisexual R&B star Frank Ocean will reportedly press charges against Chris Brown following an altercation at a recording studio in Los Angeles on Sunday night (27 January).
US: Anti-gay conservative groups appalled that Boy Scouts may drop homophobic ban 12
11:45 AM — Equality campaigners have welcomed an announcement by the Boy Scouts of America that it may drop its national ban on gay members – although evangelical conservatives have criticised the move.
Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco: Allowing gays to marry ‘is like legalising male breastfeeding’ 139
11:11 AM — Legislating for equal marriage is like legalising male breastfeeding, according to the Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco Salvatore Cordileone.
Boy Scouts of America board will vote on whether to end ban on gay members 2
2:18 AM — The Boy Scouts of America could soon lift its ban on allowing gay members, volunteers and staff, as its board will vote next week on a resolution which would effectively do so.
28th January 2013
Hawaii: Lawmakers to choose between legalising or banning equal marriage 4
5:46 PM — Hawaiian lawmakers have submitted four pieces of legislation: two legalising and two banning equal marriage.
Oklahoma pastor: You can’t refrigerate homosexuality like pork, so it is still a sin 99
5:40 PM — The leader of Americans For Truth About Homosexuality, and pastor invited to talk on his program have said it is okay to eat pork and shellfish, but not to have gay sex, despite both being classed as sinful in the Old Testament.
US: Lesbian wife of Fort Bragg officer gets membership offer and ‘Spouse of the Year’ award 2
4:37 PM — The lesbian wife of an officer at Fort Bragg has won the Spouse of the Year award and been invited to join the military spouses' club that originally rebuffed her.
Married priest switches from Episcopals to Catholicism over gay rights and gives up sex with his wife 54
3:06 PM — A former Episcopal has given up sex with his wife, permanently as part of his conversion to become a Catholic Priest. John Cornelius who was an Episcopal priest for twenty years, quit two years ago over the church's positive approach towards homosexuality.
US: Boy Scouts troop forced by regional council to remove anti-discrimination statement 9
1:02 AM — A Boy Scout troop has been made by its governing regional council to remove an anti-discrimination policy published last week, which contradicts the national policy banning gay members, volunteers and staff.
25th January 2013
Brendon Ayanbadejo: I want to use Super Bowl media for equal marriage awareness 7
5:30 PM — NFL player, and equal marriage advocate, Brendon Ayanbadejo, has said that he wants to use the massive exposure which the Super Bowl brings to speak out about marriage equality.