2nd December 2011
Church of England lawyers dismiss fears over new civil partnership rules 73
5:40 PM — The Church says the fact that civil partnerships and marriages are separate legal concepts means it is "clear" the Equality Act 2010 could not be invoked to force them to perform both: "A gentlemen's outfitter is not required to supply women's clothes."
Russian minister’s call for national version of St Petersburg’s anti-gay law was “only about paedophilia” 11
4:21 PM — Dmitry Kozak's press secretary says his comments only applied to the section on paedophilia, not LGBT issues. The bill has been criticised for legislating against the LGBT community alongside paedophiles.
European Parliament urges Croatia to protect gay citizens before joining EU 28
2:40 PM — The European Parliament has adopted a resolution which reminds Croatia of its obligation to protect gay citizens from homophobia and homophobic violence before it joins the EU in 2013.
140,000 Australians sign equal marriage petition amid “unstoppable momentum” 22
2:17 PM — The petition was presented to Prime Minister Julia Gillard's annual party conference, which she opened saying she hoped for a "fair dinkum" event, adding: "We came here for debate".
Russian deputy Prime Minister: A national “gay propaganda” law should be considered 30
1:04 PM — The Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak has said he is in favour of St Petersburg's pending "gay propaganda" law, and wants it considered at a national level. Kozak said the bill would punish "disgusting activity".
Video: US student, 16, confronts Bachmann on marriage rights 69
12:27 PM — Michele Bachmann tells the 16-year-old student gays have the same rights to marry as straight people: "They can get married: they can marry a man if they're a woman."
Hugh Jackman’s wife dismisses “tragic” gay rumours 61
11:12 AM — Hugh Jackman's wife of 15 years has denied the latest rumour her husband is gay. Furness, who is 13 years her husband's senior also said she thought he was "the sexiest man alive".
MPs move to strike down religious civil partnership rules 100
10:37 AM — A small group of MPs is echoing calls made in the House of Lords that new regulations for civil partnerships may force places of worship to marry gay couples alongside straight ones. Edward Leigh, a Catholic Conservative backbencher said the House of Commons was not able to debate the regulations properly.
Church of Scotland will follow “will of God” to oppose gay marriage 137
9:53 AM — The Church of Scotland has made its official response to the Scottish government's consultation, standing in opposition to equal marriage rights for gay couples, saying it has "a responsibility to shape public opinion in accordance with what it understands to be the will of God."