15th June 2013
Pope Francis urges French delegates not to follow ‘fashionable’ ideas 39
8:22 PM — In a meeting with a delegation of French legislators in the Vatican City today, Pope Francis urged for religion to be considered in lawmaking. While avoiding particular mention of the country's recent legalisation of same-sex marriage, he warned against picking "fashionable" ideas over religious "spirit".
Gibraltar LGBT activist awarded OBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours list 3
3:36 PM — The founder of Gibraltar's Equality Rights Group (formerly Gibraltar Gay Rights) has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
German Cabinet adopts bill to give gay couples equal tax benefits 17
2:30 PM — The German cabinet has adopted a bill granting same-sex couples in civil partnerships the same income tax benefit as married opposite-sex couples.
14th June 2013
Labour MEP Michael Cashman: Putin’s ‘hate speech’ has resulted in the ‘barbaric killing’ of gay Russian men 9
1:34 PM — The European Parliament has adopted a resolution condemning Russian MPs for passing a draconian homophobic censorship law, with Labour MEP Michael Cashman saying “hate speech” from President Putin and others has resulted in the “barbaric killing of gay men”.
13th June 2013
Anti-equal marriage activist names Tour de France as target for protest 8
1:39 PM — Opposition to France's equal marriage law have said they will use the "extraordinary international visibility" of the Tour de France to protest in an attempt to get the recently established law repealed.
Russia: LGBT activists call for jailing of ‘homosexual propaganda’ bill sponsor 4
12:42 PM — LGBT activists in Russia have started a legal complaint against the lawmakers behind the country's anti-gay 'propaganda' bill, which was approved by the Duma on Tuesday.
12th June 2013
Isle of Man Chief Minister: Discrimination case against lesbian couple makes Equality Bill ‘high priority’ 7
3:45 PM — Following the refused tenancy of a lesbian couple in May, Isle of Man Chief Minister Allan Bell weighs in on the "distressing" lack of legislation protecting the rights of same-sex couples.
French Olympic swimmers pose as ‘imaginary gay couple’ for anti-homophobia campaign 13
2:01 PM — Two male French Olympic swimmers have posed in an intimate shot as an "imaginary couple", as part of a campaign to tackle homophobia, which also features images of Eva Longoria and Lara Fabian.
Human rights groups condemn passage of Russian anti-gay ‘propaganda’ law 12
1:39 PM — Human rights groups have heavily condemned the passage of a law yesterday through the Russian State Duma, which would ban "homosexual propaganda" across the country, as "outrageous and incredibly dangerous".
Croatia to stage twelfth pride march in protest for equal marriage 6
1:18 PM — A Croatian gay pride parade will take to the streets on Saturday against a backdrop of a proposed referendum to define marriage as a heterosexual union.
Latin American Catholic Church group says ‘sorry’ for Pope Francis’s ‘gay lobby’ remarks 2
11:01 AM — A Latin American Catholic Church group has apologised for the "confusion" caused by the publication of members' accounts of a meeting with Pope Francis where he is quoted as referring to a “gay lobby” inside the Curia.
French mayor: ‘I will go to the gallows’ before performing a same-sex wedding 53
1:53 AM — The mayor of the town of Arcangues, in southwest France, has refused to marry a gay couple, and as well as facing a backlash from the LGBT community, he could face charges of discrimination.
11th June 2013
Archbishop of Canterbury to meet with Pope Francis 29
7:11 PM — United in their opposition towards equal marriage, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will meet Pope Francis for the first time later this week.
Russia: Duma approves bill to criminalise insulting religious beliefs, following Pussy Riot protest 10
5:42 PM — In the wake of a scandal caused last year by a protest by punk band Pussy Riot against Russian President Vladimir Putin, held in a Moscow cathedral, a law has been passed by the State Duma to criminalise insulting people's religious feelings.
Russian State Duma gives final approval to law banning ‘homosexual propaganda’ 41
3:57 PM — Lawmakers in the Russian State Duma have given final approval to a bill to ban "homosexual propaganda" to minors, and the media.
Russia: Protesters detained as lawmakers look set to pass law banning ‘gay propaganda’ 2
2:24 PM — The State Duma in Russia looks set to give final approval to a law which would ban "homosexual propaganda" to minors, and includes harsh punishments including jail time and fines.
Pope Francis: There is a ‘gay lobby’ at the heart of the Vatican ‘it exists’ 51
2:07 PM — Pope Francis has admitted to the existence of a "gay lobby" inside the Vatican's secretive administration, the Curia, according to AFP.
10th June 2013
France: Man faces preliminary manslaughter charge over death of Clement Meric 14
10:57 PM — A man is facing preliminary charges of manslaughter over the death of anti-fascist protester Clement Meric last week.
Russia: LGBT film festival fined under ‘foreign agent’ laws 7
10:16 PM — A Russian LGBT film festival has been targeted under "foreign agent" laws, and fined a substantial amount for allegedly failing to declare foreign funding, which organisers deny having received.
Russia: State Duma could ban foreign same-sex adoption ‘as early as next week’ 5
7:08 PM — The Russian State Duma, the lower chamber of the Russian Parliament, could move to approve an amendment which would ban the adoption of Russian children by foreign same-sex couples, "as early as next week."