4th March 2010
‘Serious errors’ made when equality watchdog was set up 28
6:11 PM — The setting up of the Equality and Human Rights Commission was "patently flawed" and cost taxpayers almost £39 million, a Commons report said today.
10-year-old on hate register for calling a fellow pupil ‘gay boy’ 338
4:54 PM — A ten-year-old boy has been placed on a hate register for calling a fellow pupil a "gay boy". It is one of the first publicised examples of how the government’s required hate registers are being used in schools. From this September, children as young as five risk being placed on a hate register if they make homophobic playground taunts.
Cameron promises equal parental leave for gay couples 32
11:09 AM — Tory leader David Cameron has promised that gay couples in civil partnerships will receive the same maternity and paternity leave as their straight counterparts.
Bishops say clergy will be sued for refusing civil partnerships 58
10:52 AM — Church of England bishops argued yesterday that clergy members could be sued for refusing to carry out religious civil partnerships for gay couples. Earlier this week, the House of Lords approved an amendment to the Equality Bill allowing faiths to hold the ceremonies if they wish.