7th January 2010
Anti-gay MP Iris Robinson’s lover believed to have been under 21 36
7:48 PM — Homophobic Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson's affair was thought to have been with a young man aged under 21. News channel UTV, which broke the story of her affair and suicide attempt yesterday, reported the claim this evening.
BBC investigation ‘prompted Iris Robinson to admit affair’ 22
6:09 PM — A BBC investigation into the finances of Northern Ireland politicians Iris Robinson and her husband reportedly prompted her to reveal details of her affair and attempted suicide.
Lesbian in custody dispute issues appeal for missing daughter 7
5:47 PM — The non-biological mother of a seven-year-old girl has issued an appeal to the US public to find her after the child's biological mother defied a court order to hand over custody.
Tiger Woods’ mistress ‘set to claim he had gay sex’ 22
5:06 PM — One of the women who reportedly slept with Tiger Woods is set to write a book claiming she saw him having sex with other men.
New South Wales government upholds gay adoption ban 7
4:13 PM — The Australian state of New South Wales has opted to continue a ban on gay couples adopting. Although a parliamentary inquiry had recommended that changing the law would be in the best interests of children, the state government said there was not enough evidence of support for it.
Tatchell says Iris Robinson is a ‘hypocrite’ 16
3:33 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has accused Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson of being a hypocrite for having an affair. He expressed sympathy over her suicide attempt and mental breakdown but said she had offered no apology for her comments about gay people.
Social worker struck off for abusing trans child 6
2:18 PM — A social worker has been found guilty of shouting homophobic abuse at a child in his care. Stan Lansdell, 52, was struck off today for "gross abuse" of his position. He worked for Bradford council at the time of the offences.
Government appointment of faith advisors attacked as ‘cynical’ 25
1:39 PM — The appointment of 13 'faith advisors' to the government has been attacked by the National Secular society as "cynical" and "an insult to non-religious Britons". The charity warned that most people "disregard" religious teachings on issues such as homosexuality and said the appointment was "undemocratic".
Jonathan Ross quits the BBC 30
12:07 PM — Jonathan Ross has announced today (Thursday) that he is leaving the BBC. The star, who got into hot water this year over a gay adoption joke last year, said his reasons for leaving were not financially motivated.
California gay marriage trial will be on YouTube 5
11:45 AM — A judge has ruled that next week's trial on California's gay marriage ban will be shown on YouTube. Defenders of Proposition 8, which restricts marriage to a man and a woman, had claimed that broadcasting proceedings could lead to intimidation of witnesses.