16th May 2012
Ben and Jerry’s renames Equality Minister Lynne Featherstone as Lynne Honeycomb 15
10:26 PM — Ben and Jerry's the ice cream maker that had already launched a special scoop, Apple-y Ever After, to celebrate equal marriage for gay couples sent the UK Minister for Equality, Lynne Featherstone her own personalised ice cream tub.
Ex-EastEnders star and Stonewall founder Michael Cashman first MEP to come @Out4Marriage 10
8:59 PM — Michael Cashman has become the first member of the European Parliament to join the Out4Marriage campaign. The former star of British soap opera EastEnders says that equality should also mean that straight couples should be entitled to hold civil partnerships should they wish, something that the Government is not currently proposing.
Israeli parliament rejects gay and inter-faith civil marriage bill 68
6:00 PM — Legislation for the option of civil marriage for Israeli citizens who cannot be wed via religious institutions, including same-sex marriage and marriages between members of different faiths, like Muslims and Jews, was rejected by the Israel parliament, or Knesset.
MP calls for gays to leave Lithuania 35
5:23 PM — A Lithuanian MP notorious for his anti-gay views has said gays should be driven from the country, interrupting a press conference in the Parliament building.
Video: EU politicians say ‘It Gets Better’ in 17 languages 29
4:25 PM — For the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2012, over 50 European politicians and leaders from EU institutions have joined forces to tell LGBT teenagers they are working to make things better.
ASA responds to claim it ‘persecuted’ religious blog in investigating anti-gay marriage ad 238
3:19 PM — The Advertising Standards Authority has responded to claims by a religious blogger that correspondence it sent him requesting he comply with an investigation into a Coalition for Marriage advert amounted to 'persecution'.
Danish vicar refused to bury lesbian after opposing marriage for gays 47
1:42 PM — A Danish vicar has apologised to the bereaved partner and daughter of a woman he refused to bury because she was a lesbian.
Video: Short film ‘Homophobia’ made available free online ahead of IDAHO 16
12:59 PM — A short film set in the Austrian army has been released free online ahead of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia tomorrow.
Denmark: Ex-minister equates gays with ‘killer snails’ to oppose equal marriage rights 64
12:13 PM — A former Danish government minister as equated gays with the hermaphrodite 'killer snails' plaguing the country in an argument against gay marriage rights.
Regulator: Paddy Power ad which asked viewers to ‘spot the trans lady’ was offensive 15
11:27 AM — The Advertising Standard Agency has upheld complaints about an advert by Irish bookmaker Paddy Power which asked viewers to 'spot the trans lady'.
UAE: Two men jailed for alleged public gay ‘fondling’ highlight privacy issues 29
10:31 AM — Two men were sentence for jail terms and deportation from the UAE following a complaint from a member of the public.