8th June 2009
Woman launches legal battle after son is placed with gay foster parents 42
5:54 PM — A Catholic woman whose son was placed with a gay foster couple after she was unable to look after him is taking legal action over the case, saying the child could be "encouraged" into a lifestyle which is against her beliefs.
Poll finds rising support for gay US troops 6
5:30 PM — A poll has found rising support for repealing the US ban on openly gay military personnel. The Gallup-conducted research found the biggest increases in support among conservatives and weekly churchgoers - up 12 and 11 percentage points respectively.
Sir Elton John speaks out on ‘untrustworthy’ politicians 5
4:58 PM — Sir Elton John has criticised the current state of the UK government, branding politicians “untrustworthy”. The singer said: “Its tragic when you lose faith in everybody that’s a politician."
Supreme Court rejects challenge to military gay ban
4:47 PM — The Supreme Court has today rejected a challenge to the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' rule, which bans openly gay men and women from serving in the US military.
Bristol radio station censured by Ofcom over ‘hostile’ homophobic comments 21
3:16 PM — A Bristol radio station has been forced to apologise after a presenter called homosexuality a "pestilence" and claimed that "right thinking" people thought it was unnatural. The segment was broadcast in March on Ujima Radio, a community station serving Bristol's black community.
BNP wins two seats in European elections 26
2:12 PM — The British National Party won two seats in last week's European elections, with one seat in the north-west going to party leader Nick Griffin. The other, in Yorkshire and the Humber, was won by Andrew Brons, a former National Front chairman.
New mayor of Doncaster cuts funding for Pride 51
12:58 PM — The newly-elected mayor of Doncaster has vowed to cut funding for the town's annual gay Pride event. Peter Davies, an English Democrat, has said: "My policy on gays and lesbians is very simple. I don't think councils should be spending money on them parading through town advertising their sexuality."
Gordon Ramsay calls journalist a ‘lesbian pig’ 21
12:35 PM — TV chef Gordon Ramsay has been condemned after calling a leading Australian journalist a "lesbian pig". He made the comment while giving a demonstration at a food show in Melbourne.