14th February 2011
Arizona appeals in court to stop paying insurance benefits to gay partners 4
8:31 PM — Attorneys for the state of Arizona will ask a federal appeals court for permission to cease providing insurance benefits to partners of gay employees.
David Cameron supports LGBT History Month 16
5:21 PM — Prime minister David Cameron has given support to LGBT History Month, saying it "enriches" society. In a message for the yearly celebration of LGBT culture, he said: "Events like this enrich our society and challenge us to think more about the world around us."
Updated: Stickers declare ‘gay-free zone’ in east London 108
4:30 PM — Stickers have been placed around London's East End, declaring it a "gay-free zone". The messages, posted on buildings and lampposts close to gay nightspots George & Dragon and the Joiner's Inn, say "Arise and warn. Gay free zone. Verily Allah is severe in punishment."
Comment: Happy Valentine’s Day, Melanie Phillips! 146
3:41 PM — Happy Valentine's Day to Daily Mail columnist Melanie Phillips, who used the romance of February 14th to urge against giving gay couples the right to marry. Obviously struck by one of Cupid's sharper arrows, she took the occasion to suggest that gay marriage could soon lead to people marrying their hamsters.
Campaigners welcome gay marriage equality plans 22
2:42 PM — Gay rights campaigners have welcomed plans to allow religious civil partnerships and gay marriages. Yesterday, the Sunday Times reported that Liberal Democrat equality minister Lynne Featherstone will announce a proposal to end the ban on same-sex marriage at the same time as the government announces the timetable for civil partnerships to be held in religious buildings.
Lady Gaga picks up three Grammy awards after arriving inside an egg 4
12:18 PM — Bisexual pop star Lady Gaga won three Grammy awards last night after arriving at the ceremony inside an egg carried in by six topless models.
‘Poofters welcome’, says hotel owner 73
11:24 AM — A hotel owner in Hampshire has been condemned by a local council for declaring: "Poofters welcome here." Mike Sacqui, owner of the Penny Farthing Hotel, in Lyndhurst, put the message on an A board outside.
Sacked Christian doctor says he may sue Home Office 27
11:03 AM — A Christian doctor sacked as a drugs advisor by the government says he may sue if the Home Office does not apologise to him. Dr Hans-Christian Raabe was fired from the advisory panel because he failed to mention controversial past work in interviews, the Home Office said earlier this month.