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June 30, 2015

Fan threatened to 'unlike' Schwarzenegger after he joined millions in adding Pride rainbow filter to his profile photo

Arnold Schwarzenegger had a short but sweet response to one of his 3.38 million Twitter followers who took issue with The Terminator altering his profile pic to reflect LGBTI pride.

'What's wrong with you Arnie?' the follower asked. 'I have to unlike.'

Schwarzenegger replied with one of his signature movie lines: 'Hasta la vista.'

The actor and former California governor was one of 26 million people who used a rainbow filter to his profile image after the US Supreme Court voted 5-4 to make same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.

June 30, 2015

Born This Way singer posted somewhat misleading picture

Born This Way superstar Lady Gaga has denied she has confused a mariachi festival for a Pride parade.

The bisexual singer-songwriter got into the festivities over the weekend, celebrating the US Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage and Pride weekend.

An Instagram post showed Gaga in her bra on the balcony of her apartment in Chicago. With Gay Pride scrawled on her chest, she had her arms up and celebrating as she overlooked Millennium Park.

June 30, 2015

The Alliance Defending Freedom and its associated attorneys have consistently lobbied against legal advances in LGBTI rights

Campaigning group have accused the Marriott hotel chain of hosting a forthcoming training conference for a Christian-based, anti-gay organization.

The ‘Alliance Defending Freedom. For Faith. For Justice’ describes itself as, ‘an alliance-building legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.’

It claims to be allied with 300 other organizations and 2,900 attorneys.

June 30, 2015

Lighting was in celebration of US Supreme Court making same-sex marriage in all 50 states

President Barack Obama knew The White House had been lit with rainbow colors after last week's historic Supreme Court decision for marriage equality.

But he only got to the splendor of it on television.

'The only bad part about it was I couldn’t go out and peak at it myself because then I would have had to go out and clear all the people or Secret Service would have,' Obama said during a press conference on Tuesday (30 June).

'So I could only reflect on it from a television screen. That’s a moment worth savoring.'

June 30, 2015

The Unilever-owned company was criticized for choosing to feature its black bean-flavored ice cream which is linked to a locally used derogatory term for gay men

The Thai unit of Walls, an ice cream company owned by Unilever, has apologized for using a derogatory term for gay men in a Facebook posting with the caption #LOVEWINS posted a day after the US Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage.

The company has since removed the post on the Facebook page of Wall's Thailand which showed a stick of black bean-flavored ice cream with the popular rainbow filter overlay.

'Black beans' is however a derogatory term for gay men that originated from a well-known pedophilia case in Thailand.

June 29, 2015

'For friends and family'

A reporter with imagination, and skill, could easily compose a Heritage of Pride story and not leave the apartment.

Mention Dykes on Bikes, talk about all the cheers the parade's grand marshals basked in (this year thespians Derek Jacobi and Ian McKellen did the basking), list one mainstream politician waving to the people, refer to a fab drag queen's catwalk down Fifth Avenue, and end up with an emotional quote from a mother who adores her gay son. 

June 29, 2015

Government spokesman says Philpline law limits marriage to a man and a woman, only Congress and not the courts can change the law

Several hundred people turned out for the Metro Manila Pride in the Philippine capital on Saturday to celebrate a US Supreme Court decision recognizing gay marriages in all US states and to push for LGBT rights locally.

The leadership of the Philippines' dominant Roman Catholic church, which has fiercely opposed gay marriages along with divorce and artificial contraceptives, stressed its opposition to legalizing gay marriage in the country.

June 29, 2015

Could this be a sign of more change to come?

Italy has ruled a trans woman and a cisgender man are allowed to marry.

In an unprecedented landmark ruling, the Court of Appeal of Milan agreed to recognise a marriage contracted between a man and a trans woman in Argentina in 2011 earlier this month.

June 29, 2015

He claims the 'Zionist agenda' is responsible for LGBTI rights in the United States

A Lutheran pastor has blamed Jews to blame for the Supreme Court's ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in the US.

Mark Dankof has claimed Jewish influence and money has 'destroyed Christian culture and values'.

He also said the US should be looking to Russian president Vladimir Putin, who is 'key in destroying this global threat'.

'It should not be ignored that the victories for abortion on demand and LGBT rights are reflective of the disproportionate influence of Jewish power, money, and activism in the United States,' Dankof told Iran Press TV.

June 29, 2015

In less than two weeks American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands and the Virgin Islands will be the only populated US overseas territories left without marriage equality

Puerto Rico Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla has announced that his government will honor the verdict of the US Supreme Court and follow Guam in becoming a US overseas territory that allows gay marriage.

Padilla made the announcement hours after the US Supreme Court released its verdict on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage on Friday but it went largely unnoticed amid the fanfare of marriage equality coming to all 50 US states.

June 29, 2015

The politician, who is behind Russia's 'gay propaganda' law, says the rainbow filter is in 'crude violation' of Russian legislation as the social media site is accessible by minors

Vitaly Milonov, who is a co-creator of Russia's controversial 'gay propaganda' law has reportedly called for the shutdown of Facebook over its tool which allows users to add a transparent filter in the colors of the LGBT rainbow flag over their profile photos.

The social network introduced the function to allow users to show their support for the US Supreme Court's decision last Friday to allow same-sex marriage nationwide.

June 29, 2015

Same-sex couples in Mississippi and Louisiana may also face delays in getting their marriage licenses

Although the SCOTUS ruling has given same-sex couples the right to marry nationwide, same-sex couples in Texas intending to get married may find themselves unable to do so.

Calling the Supreme Court’s decision last Friday a 'fabricated right' and a 'lawless ruling', Texas State Attorney General Ken Paxton on Sunday issued a 6-page opinion noting the high court ruling doesn't erase religious liberties.

June 29, 2015

Pretend conservative talking head Stephen Colbert has turned to YouTube to deliver a funny response to same-sex marriage coming to all 50 states, joking, ‘if you’re a homosexual and living in North Dakota all your problems are solved.’

Soon to be The Late Show host Stephen Colbert has stepped back into his Colbert Report stage persona to deliver a hilarious response to the Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage across America – taking particular aim at the four judges who dissented from the decision.

‘I’m here to say congratulations gays,’ Colbert says in the video, entitled ‘June Is A Lovely Time For A Wedding.’

‘You now have the right to marry in all 50 states so if you’re a homosexual and living in North Dakota all your problems are solved.’

June 28, 2015

A video and photos of the latest executions are being shared on social media with the hashtag #LoveWins

On the day LGBTIs and their allies around the world celebrated the US Supreme Court's historic ruling to legalize same-sex marriage, four gay men were reportedly tossed off a building to their deaths in front of dozens of spectators.

The footage was posted on the day of the ruling, UK's the Mirror reported.

June 27, 2015

Australia PM Tony Abbott says his views on same-sex marriage unchanged despite historic US ruling

The US has upheld the truth of equality for all, said Labor Leader Bill Shorten and deputy Tanya Plibersek in a statement referring to the US Supreme Court's historic ruling on Friday that marriage equality is a nationwide right.

The decision will now require all states to carry out and recognize same-sex marriage.

'This is a joyous day in America. In Australia, let us make it a call to action,' they said.

'It's time to make marriage equality a reality.'

June 27, 2015

He says legalization of same-sex marriage 'even worse' than decision to uphold racial segregation

Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, a leading opponent of same-sex marriage who once said that same-sex marriage would 'literally cause the destruction of our country', said he will steadfastly oppose marriage equality in Alabama.

He told CNN on Friday that the US Supreme Court's decision to make same-sex marriage legal nationwide was 'even worse' than the Court's 19th century decision to uphold racial segregation.

June 27, 2015

Alan Turing's living members of his family walked to celebrate his heroism 

Thousands of LGBTI people and their allies descended on London today to celebrate progess around the world today (27 June).

More than 250 groups took part, including the US embassy, Irish organizations and representatives from Mozambique to celebrate their recent victories. 

It is estimated this is the biggest Pride in London in history, with hundreds of thousands of people attending the event.

June 27, 2015

She said she felt progress for some in the community was leaving others behind

The transgender woman who went viral for heckling Obama at the LGBTQ Pride event at the White House, said she was ‘heartbroken’ once the community booed her out of the White House.

Jennicet Gutiérrez – an undocumented immigrant in the US and founding member of Familia TQLM – interrupted the president during his address to bring awareness to trans immigrants held in detention centres, where they may be sexually abused.

She was booed, and eventually escorted out of the White House for creating a disturbance.

June 27, 2015

'I know a lot of people, actually a lot of people who are friends of mine in the gay community, who also think it was a bad decision'

It's no surprise US Sen. Jim Inhofe is upset with the Supreme Court's ruling making marriage equality a right from the Atlantic to Pacific

June 26, 2015

In keeping with this year’s theme, technology giant Fujitsu is honoring Turing as its Pride hero

For the first time, staff members of the Japanese information and technology company, Fujitsu, will be representing their company at this year’s Pride in London festival.

The theme for this year’s parade is #PrideHeroes, and when it came to choosing their own hero, the choice was not a hard one; they opted for Alan Turing, the persecuted British genius who’s ground-breaking work in the 1940s paved the way for modern computing.

To help celebrate his memory, they have invited members of Turing’s family to walk on the parade with them.

June 26, 2015

Apple’s Tim Cook quotes Steve Jobs, while American Airlines, Morgan Stanley, Target and others are quick to applaud the Supreme Court decision via social media

The business world has been quick to applaud today’s landmark ruling by the US Supreme Court that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marriage

The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, which represents numerous businesses in the US, was elated by the news and said that advocates should take advantage of the current momentum in LGBTI equality.

June 26, 2015

Other celebs react to gay marriage ruling including Matt Bomer, Martina Navratilova and Russell Tovey

Plenty of gay, lesbian and bisexual celebrities took to Twitter Friday morning after the US Supreme Court ruled that the constitution of the United States guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry.

Here are some:

Ellen DeGeneres: Love won.

June 26, 2015

He deleted it and then posted something better

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has posted the douchiest tweet about the US Supreme Court ruling in favor of marriage equality.

The cartoon voice actor and showrunner reacted, like many others, to the incredible news that millions of same-sex couples in every single US state now have a right to get married.

MacFarlane reacted to the news by telling people to go see his new film.

'Celebrate the legalization of same-sex marriage by going to see Ted 2 as he fights for HIS rights!' he tweeted.

June 26, 2015

The rugby legend was guest of honor, alongside the Maggi Hambling and others, at the lauch of Clifford Chance’s annual Pride Art Exhibition in London

Some might say that it would take a lot to move a roomful of hardened lawyers to tears, but that’s precisely what rugby legend Gareth Thomas did last night as guest of honor at Clifford Chance’s headquarters in London.

Thomas, who came out in 2010, was invited to speak at an event to mark the launch of the annual Clifford Chance Pride art show.