11th January 2010
Temporary block on broadcasting Prop 8 trial 10
5:34 PM — The Supreme Court has temporarily blocked recording of the Proposition 8 trial in California, which begins today. Gay marriage opponents, who conducted a vocal public campaign, said they could be harassed if the trial was broadcast.
Religious civil partnerships amendment tabled in Lords 68
4:59 PM — An amendment to the Equality Bill which would allow civil partnerships to be held in church was tabled in the House of Lords today.
Iris Robinson’s husband asks colleague to step in as first minister 16
4:38 PM — Peter Robinson, the husband of homophobic Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson, has asked a colleague to take over as first minister while he stands down for six weeks.
Cameron sets out commitment on tax breaks for civil partners 26
4:16 PM — Tory leader David Cameron has said he will give gay couples in civil partnerships the same tax benefits his party will give to married couples.
Homeless charity warns of increase in gay Muslims fleeing family violence 13
3:12 PM — The Albert Kennedy Trust, a charity which helps homeless LGBT young people, has said it is seeing an increase in the numbers of gay Muslims fleeing from forced marriages and family violence.
Pope calls gay marriage an ‘attack on creation’ 129
1:17 PM — Pope Benedict XVI has called gay marriage laws an "attack" on the natural differences between men and women. He was speaking today after Portugal's parliament voted in favour of same-sex marriage.
Report calls for more encouragement of gay would-be MPs 5
12:40 PM — A report from the Speaker's Conference has recommended a number of measures to encourage more gay people to stand as MPs. The suggestions include allowing gay MPs to have civil partnerships in Westminister and drawing up a code of conduct for campaigning.
Iris Robinson receiving psychiatric treatment after accusations of two more affairs 52
11:17 AM — Homophobic MP Iris Robinson is said to be receiving "acute psychiatric treatment" as allegations of affairs with two other men emerge.