30th May 2013
Anti-equal marriage leader sends ‘best wishes’ to France’s first married gay couple 78
1:56 AM — One of the leaders of France's vocal anti-equal marriage campaign has sent her "best wishes" to the first gay couple to marry in the country, in a historic ceremony in Montpellier on Wednesday, but has vowed to keep fighting to now attempt a repeal of the country's new equal marriage law.
29th May 2013
France: Landmark first same-sex wedding takes place in Montpellier 33
5:12 PM — France's first same-sex wedding ceremony has taken place in the city of Montpellier, with the presence of the world's media, and which was described by the city's mayor as "historic".
France: Media awaits as guests arrive through security for first same-sex wedding 11
4:03 PM — The media are awaiting the beginning of France's first same-sex wedding in Montpellier, which is set to take place in less than an hour, as guests arrive, bags are checked, and security is on high alert.
France: Montpellier on high alert as first same-sex couple get ready to marry 8
1:48 PM — The French city of Montpellier is on high alert for the country's first ever same-sex wedding, which is to take place later today, as supporters gear up for the landmark ceremony, and police are on high alert due to threats against the city's mayor.
28th May 2013
UK: Anti-gay Christians lose appeal at European Court of Human Rights 77
5:45 PM — Two Christians, who claim that they were fired because they wouldn't work with gay couples, have lost their latest and final anti-discrimination case at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
France: Francois Hollande accused of introducing equal marriage ‘to satisfy lobby that financed him’ 11
5:31 PM — French President Francois Hollande, has been accused by one of the leaders of the anti-equal marriage campaign, of only introducing equal marriage "to satisfy the lobby that financed him".
Denmark: Bid to rename square after late gay rights activist fails 3
4:56 PM — A bid to rename a square in Copenhagen after the deceased founder of one of the world's first gay rights groups, has failed, with city officials citing a 50-year-old pornography scandal as one of its reasons.
Italy: Candidate who pledged to introduce civil partnerships leads in Rome mayoral race 3
2:43 PM — A candidate in the race for the mayoral seat in the Italian city of Rome, who promised to introduce same-sex civil unions in the city, has led in the poll by a wide margin, and will now go to a run-off on 9 and 10 June.
France: First same-sex wedding to be held in Montpellier 5
2:13 PM — A French couple are planning to wed in the southern city of Montpellier tomorrow, in a ceremony which is set to prove to be symbolic as the first same-sex ceremony in the country, in the face of strong opposition to equal marriage, which was signed into law earlier this month.
Italy: Culture committee chairman proposes bill on gay civil unions 5
11:22 AM — A centre-right Italian politician proposes to introduce a bill this week that would recognise the civil rights of gay couples in same-sex relationships.
27th May 2013
Italy: Deputy responds to letter of suicidal gay teen 17
1:07 PM — A gay teenager in Italy who wrote an impassioned letter published in a newspaper has been invited to Parliament by the President of the Chamber of Deputies.
Russia: Police release gay pride organisers held for unsanctioned Moscow rally 2
1:07 AM — Russian authorities have released gay rights activists detained on Saturday for holding an unsanctioned gay pride rally in Moscow.
France: Violent anti-equal marriage protesters clash with riot police in Paris 63
12:32 AM — At the end of a day of tense, but relatively peaceful anti-equal marriage protests, which saw tens of thousands take to the streets of Paris, riot police have clashed with hundreds of violent demonstrators.
26th May 2013
France: 200,000 expected for anti-equal marriage rally 29
1:21 PM — Hundreds of thousands are expected to turn out today in Paris to protest against the recently signed law, which allows equal marriage and adoption for same-sex couples.
25th May 2013
Russia: 30 arrests made at Moscow Pride 20
10:09 PM — 30 activists from both pro and anti-LGBT factions were arrested at Moscow Pride today, reflecting growing antipathy to perceived "homosexual propaganda" across Russia.
Ukraine: LGBT activists in Kiev hold first ever gay pride march 12
12:04 PM — Despite a ban by a local court, more than a hundred LGBT rights activists held the first peaceful gay pride demonstration in the capital of Kiev.
Moscow Pride organisers arrested outside Mayor’s office 5
11:46 AM — Gay Russian activist Nikolai Alexeyev and fellow organisers of Moscow Pride have been arrested while meeting outside of the office of the Mayor of Moscow.
24th May 2013
Lesbian drama tipped for top prize at Cannes film festival 2
3:18 PM — A film featuring the love story between two women, and which has shocked some critics because of some graphic sex scenes, is hotly tipped to receive the top prize at the Cannes film festival.
23rd May 2013
Ukraine: Gay pride rally cancelled by court for fear that it will spark violence 2
4:34 PM — A court in Ukraine has banned what had been set to be the country's first gay pride rally, for fear that it will spark violence.
22nd May 2013
Italy: LGBT-supporting priest who called for an openly gay Pope dies at 84 12
7:09 PM — Don Andrea Gallo, known as the "street priest" for his community work, and who called for an openly gay man to replace Pope Benedict XVI, has died at the age of 84.