23rd February 2011
Video: Barack Obama rules US will not defend the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act 13
9:10 PM — In what could be a historic advance for gay rights in the United States, Barack Obama's administration has announced that it will not defend the Defense of Marriage Act in two specific cases because it defines a marriage as only being between a man and a woman.
Irish politician says she received hate mail for anti-gay marriage views 46
5:41 PM — Irish Fine Gael politician Lucinda Creighton has complained at heavy criticism of her views on gay marriage. Ms Creighton, a party spokeswoman for equality issues, wrote on Twitter last week that she did not believe gay couples should be allowed to marry.
Belgian gay couple to be reunited with baby son 12
5:14 PM — A Belgian gay couple whose baby son was stranded in Ukraine for two years expect to be reunited with him soon. Peter Meurrens and Laurent Ghilain had baby Samuel by surrogate in 2009 but red tape meant they could not bring him home.
Comment: Stephen Twigg on the parallels of homophobia and antisemitism 25
4:40 PM — Similarities between homophobia and antisemitism mean LGBT and Jewish campaigns should work together to learn and share successes, Labour MP Stephen Twigg says.
Maryland Senate debates gay marriage
3:37 PM — Maryland's Senate began debating gay marriage today. The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act will remove gender references in the US state's marriage laws and give churches the right not to conduct ceremonies.
David Cameron says World Cup could make Qatar more gay-friendly 35
2:40 PM — Hosting the World Cup in 2022 could make Qatar more gay-friendly, British prime minister David Cameron said today. Mr Cameron, who is on a visit to the Gulf State, said that there is "no place for homophobia in football" and that the games could be an "engine for social change".
Polish gay football fans ask for separate seats at Euro 2012 4
2:09 PM — A Polish group of gay football fans has asked for separate seating at the 2012 European Championships to protect them from other fans.
Anti-gay singer Buju Banton guilty of drug charges 20
1:22 PM — The homophobic Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton has been found guilty of cocaine charges. The star was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms of cocaine, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and aiding and abetting others.
Tory MEP says EU funds for Africa should depend on gay rights progress 30
11:52 AM — A Conservative MEP has said that EU financial aid to African countries should depend on their commitment to gay and human rights. Dr Charles Tannock, the foreign affairs and human rights spokesman for the Tories in Europe, said he raised the issue in the European Parliament in Strasbourg last week.
New book claims Jesus can ‘cure’ gays and lesbians 82
11:09 AM — Jesus can cure homosexuality, a new book claims. 'Where is your brother?', by Canadian author Marion Heath, is being published in the UK and tells the story of a gay couple who split up when one has a "dramatic experience".