31st May 2012
Rabbi Jonathan Romain chastises religious opponents of equal marriage 32
11:58 PM — A leading Rabbi has said that those who oppose marriage equality on religious grounds are taking a 'pick and mix' approach to the scriptures, and might as well support stoning children or slavery.
Tory councillor in Thanet left homophobic message on bisexual colleague’s voicemail 23
11:26 PM — The person who left a homophobic voicemail message on a bisexual councillor's phone in Thanet District Council has been identified as a Tory fellow-councillor, which has led the police to caution him for malicious communications.
Report examines role of HIV partner notification and online technology 17
6:15 PM — The National AIDS Trust has launched a new report on the role of partner notification after diagnosis with HIV in the drive to increase HIV testing and early diagnoses.
Boston federal appeals court finds Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional 20
4:47 PM — A federal appeals court in Boston has confirmed a lower court decision that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional in the way it denies benefits to gay couples by not recognising their marriages.
Video: Pastor ‘had death threats’ after child’s song about ‘no homos in heaven’ 62
2:44 PM — The pastor of a church was reported to have received death threats after a video appeared online yesterday showing a child being cheered on while singing anti-gay lyrics.
Australia: New South Wales Parliament calls on federal government for equal marriage laws 11
2:26 PM — The Upper House of the Parliament in New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, has called on the federal government to allow gay couples to marry and to allow religious bodies to perform ceremonies if they choose.
Two weeks remain for public consultation on marriage equality in England and Wales 18
1:24 PM — Two weeks remain until the government's consultation on how to introduce marriage equality for gay couples closes, prompting final calls for responses from gay and trans people as well as straight allies.
Manchester to host gay rugby world cup this weekend 6
12:29 PM — Manchester will play host to the Bingham Cup this weekend, where gay and inclusive rugby teams from around the world will compete for the 2012 title.
Policing minister Nick Herbert ‘rather fed up’ with being told civil partnerships are enough for gay couples 36
12:06 PM — The Minister of State for Police and Criminal Justice Nick Herbert has said he is 'forever grateful' to those who voted for civil partnership legislation but 'getting rather fed up' with being told gay couples should be satisfied with the system.
California senate approves ban on ‘gay cure’ therapy for minors 10
11:09 AM — The Californian state senate last night approved a bill to ban the use of so-called conversion therapies on minors which attempt to alter their sexual orientation.
‘Worrying’ annual figures put new gonorrhoea cases in gay men up 61 percent in 2011 57
10:29 AM — Health Protection Agency figures released today have revealed a two percent rise in the number of new sexually transmitted infections recorded in England. Young people and men who have sex with men are at highest risk, with the rate of new gonorrhoea cases up 61 percent on 2010 among the latter.