28th September 2013
US: Major oil and gas company to extend health benefits to same-sex married couples 10
2:08 PM — A major US multinational oil and gas corporation has said it will offer benefits to legally married same-sex couples across the US for the first time, starting next week.
US: New Jersey Governor to appeal against judge’s ruling in favour of equal marriage 31
1:54 PM — The Governor of the US state of New Jersey has said he plans to appeal against a judge's ruling on Friday that the state-wide ban on equal marriage is unconstitutional.
27th September 2013
Judge rules that New Jersey must allow gay couples to marry 13
8:13 PM — A judge in the US state of New Jersey has ruled that the state should allow same-sex couples to marry.
US: Mississippi woman files petition to divorce wife married out of state 5
8:06 PM — A woman in the US state of Mississippi has filed a petition in the state to divorce the wife she married in San Francisco.
US: Judge rules that challenge to Illinois equal marriage ban can proceed 1
7:29 PM — A judge in Cook County, Illinois, has ruled that a lawsuit challenging the state's ban on equal marriage can proceed.
Modern Family producer: Same-sex proposal ‘was not about making a political statement’ 2
6:56 PM — A producer of ABC's hit television show Modern Family has said the season premier this week featuring a same-sex marriage proposal was not meant as a political statement.
US radio host: One federal appeals court judge constitutes an ‘over-representation’ of gay people 13
5:12 PM — A US radio host has claimed that the recent appointment of an openly gay man to serve on a federal appeals court, and her estimation that 2-3% of all judges are gay, constitutes an "over-representation.
Amazon and Ebay continue to sell ‘offensive’ Gay Best Friend inflatable doll 10
3:15 PM — Following criticism of Tesco for selling an inflatable “Gay Best Friend” doll – US online retailers Amazon and Ebay are facing pressure to remove the product from their websites.
26th September 2013
Television show Two and a Half Men to introduce bisexual female character this week 5
8:15 PM — Popular US television programme Two and a Half Men is this week to introduce a new bisexual female character.
Modern Family TV gay couple to wed as season premier features proposal
8:00 PM — Popular US television show Modern Family featured a same-sex marriage proposal this week after calls for the gay characters to get hitched.
Video: Lieutenant Governor nominee: ‘Homosexuality destroys families and gays are perverted’ 97
7:46 PM — Virginia Republican Lieutenant Governor nominee EW Jackson, who has previously said the minds of gay people are "perverted", and that homosexuality is a "horrible sin", was asked about his views in a live TV debate this week.
Video: Evangelist says ‘indirectly assisting’ Russia with anti-gay law ‘one of my proudest moments’ 32
7:43 PM — Anti-gay evangelist Scott Lively has claimed that he "indirectly" helped to "craft" Russia's anti-gay law, and said it was "one of the proudest moments" of his career.
Video: Pentagon highlights extension of benefits to same-sex military couples 1
7:23 PM — The US Department of Defense has released a video which highlights a case study of a same-sex military couple receiving equal benefits, following a change in policy earlier this month.
US: Washington National Cathedral to mark Matthew Shepard’s death with ‘Honouring LGBT Youth’ weekend 1
4:10 PM — Washington National Cathedral has announced that it will mark the fifteenth anniversary of Matthew Shepard's murder with a weekend of events to honour LGBT youth who have suffered bullying, discrimination and violence.
Pennsylvania: Gay couples challenge anti-equal marriage law in court 1
11:02 AM — 21 same-sex couples are calling on the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania to declare their marriages valid and the Pennsylvania Marriage Law unconstitutional.
Former US President George H Bush is official witness for same-sex marriage ceremony 18
8:20 AM — Former President George H Bush and his wife, Barbara, have served as two of the official witnesses at a same-sex marriage ceremony of two long standing friends.
25th September 2013
US: Man charged in Denver hookah bar hate crime assault 5
7:44 PM — A man has been charged with a hate crime following an assault in a hookah bar in the US city of Denver, Colorado.
US: Conservatives rally around bill to protect anti-equal marriage groups ‘from discrimination by the government’ 16
7:02 PM — Conservative groups in the US have rallied around a House Bill introduced to protect groups opposed to equal marriage, religious and otherwise, from "discrimination by the government".
Catholic US Military Chaplains are banned from conducting gay funerals, weddings, or counselling 48
6:47 PM — Catholic military chaplains are banned form performing funerals, counselling or weddings for gay people.
Canada: Church volunteer dismissed for being gay in case he made parents ‘feel uncomfortable’ 57
6:23 PM — Officials at a Canadian church have dismissed a man volunteering with their children's ministry because he was gay, it has been reported.