21st March 2012
New Hampshire House votes to retain equal marriage for gay couples 68
9:27 PM — An attempt to overturn New Hampshire’s legislation to allow equal marriage has failed by 133 votes against equal marriage to 202 to retain equality for gay and straight couples. New Hampshire’s equal marriage law has been under attack since it came into effect in 2010 and progress on a repeal bill was delayed from early last year to this month.
Liberal Democrat president: Any discrimination in CARE internships unacceptable 44
5:23 PM — The president of the Liberal Democrats has said any discrimination on the grounds of sexuality in the religious Westminster internship scheme operated by the charity CARE (Christian Action Research & Education) which he defended this week would be 'unacceptable'.
Video: Spoof Tube announcements prompt gays to ‘mind the gap’ over HIV testing 26
4:15 PM — HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has partnered with GaydarRadio to create a series of spoof public transport announcements, encouraging gay and bisexual men in London to ‘mind the gap’ between their HIV tests.
Brighton police warn teen over homophobic comment drive-by 35
3:30 PM — A teenager who shouted homophobic abuse at a group of people outside a Brighton bar has been reprimanded by police.
Kirk Cameron: ‘Insensitive’ to focus on anti-gay ‘sound bite’ 44
2:30 PM — Former child actor Kirk Cameron has stood by the comments he made about gays being "destructive to civilisation" on Piers Morgan's show earlier this month but said focusing on that comment does not reflect his "full heart" on the matter.
Petition to feature Alan Turing on next £10 note launched 39
1:54 PM — A petition to put an image of gay computer pioneer and Second World War code-breaker Alan Turing on the next £10 note has been launched, securing over a thousand signatures in its first day.
Liberal Democrat president speaks out on religious charity’s internship scheme 54
1:38 PM — Liberal Democrats president Tim Farron spoke out in defence of the internship scheme funded by religious charity CARE this week, saying it provides valuable access to Parliament for young people, but his office will look into indications gay MPs have not been allowed to participate.
Man jailed after endangering plane with anti-gay air steward abuse 72
11:43 AM — A British man has been jailed after shouting homophobic abuse at air stewards and endangering the safety of a flight to Tenerife.
Jacqui Smith ‘happy’ to see civil partnerships make way for equal marriage 52
10:55 AM — Jacqui Smith, who was deputy minister for women and equalities when she unveiled the proposals for civil partnerships eight years ago, has said the system should be amended, or even repealed, to make way for equal civil marriage.
First UK conference on gay China begins this week 14
9:57 AM — A dozen leading figures from the Chinese gay and lesbian community will speak at The University of Manchester this week in the first event of its kind in the UK.