8th May 2012
Welsh Government: Catholic Schools must promote pro-gay marriage campaign to ensure political balance 94
2:35 PM — A Welsh Government investigation into PinkNews.co.uk's revelation that the Catholic Education Service encouraged schools to promote a petition against same-sex marriage has concluded that this may have led to schools breaking laws on political balance.
Shadow home secretary: ‘Ludicrous’ to blame equal marriage plans for Tory losses 113
1:48 PM — Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, has said it is 'utterly ludicrous' to blame the Coalition government's plans to allow gay couples an equal right to civil marriage for the Conservative party's losses at local elections last week.
François Hollande’s presidential win brings French marriage equality closer 50
12:53 PM — The new President-elect of France, François Hollande, the country's first Socialist president in nearly two decades, is expected to push equal marriage and adoption rights for gay couples in the European country.
Video: ‘First gay airline’ will fly to EuroGames in Budapest 35
11:50 AM — A 'gay airline' has been launched dedicated to delivering passengers to the EuroGames 2012 in Budapest.
US gymnastics hopeful comes out as gay ahead of Olympics 23
11:07 AM — US gymnast Josh Dixon has come out during his bid to represent the US at the London Olympics this year in a move which would make him the country's first openly gay gymnast at the competition.
Wrestler apologises for telling man ‘sickened’ by gays to kill himself 75
10:01 AM — US wrestling champion CM Punk has apologised after telling a Twitter user who was 'sickened' by the idea of homosexuality to kill himself.
7th May 2012
Ousted Iowa judges who legalised equal marriage receive Profiles in Courage Award 12
10:23 PM — Three judges from Iowa, who in a historic ruling voted to extend marriage to same-sex couples, and who were subsequently ousted through an orchestrated campaign by right-wing groups, have been honoured by Caroline Kennedy through the Profiles in Courage Award.
Audio: Bill Clinton speaks out against Amendment One 18
9:11 PM — The former president of the United States, Bill Clinton, has spoken out against North Carolina's Amendment One, as the state goes to the polls tomorrow morning.
US education secretary Arne Duncan endorses equal marriage 9
7:15 PM — Following US vice-president Joe Biden's announcement that he supports equal marriage, the US education secretary, Arne Duncan, has followed suit by saying he supports the move in a live interview with MSNBC.
Indiana: Mother sends son to school with stun gun to confront bullies 38
1:25 PM — A mother from Indiana, US, has said that she would gladly ask her gay son to carry a stun gun to school again, in order to confront homophobic bullies, even as the teenager now faces expulsion from the school.
North Carolina: Anti-gay amendment leading in polls 24
12:46 PM — Ahead of the vote tomorrow, recent polls in North Carolina have suggested that Amendment One, which would introduce a constitutional ban on equal marriage, and outlaws even civil unions, looks set to pass. According to US media reports, supporters of the amendment are driving a record turnout in early voting, which is also thought to […]
South Africa: House of Chiefs oppose gay rights 57
12:19 PM — The House of Chiefs in South Africa, also known as the National House of Traditional Leaders, have asked for the parliament to delete a clause in the constitution that guarantees equal rights for gay and trans people, a local news publication reports.
Anti-equality petition reaches 500,000 signatures 177
11:47 AM — The anti-equality Coalition for Marriage (C4M), formed by an alliance of faith groups to oppose the extension of marriage to same-sex couples in the UK, claims on its website that it now has half-a-million signatures in support of its petition.
6th May 2012
Tory MP Nadine Dorries: ‘I’ve never met a gay couple that wants to marry, so bin the policy’ 313
4:07 PM — Following a tirade against the prime minister in the Daily Mail, Conservative MP Nadine Dorries has stuck the boot into his pledge to introduce equal civil marriage for gay couples before the next election. She suggests that most gay people don't support changing the law.
Video: US Vice President Joe Biden supports marriage for gay couples 35
3:37 PM — US Vice President Joe Biden has told 'Meet the Press' that he "absolutely comfortable" with gay couples marrying. He credits the television programme Will and Grace on evolving many American's attitudes to homosexuality.
Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone: Equal marriage will not be in Queen’s Speech 96
2:27 PM — The UK equalities minister, Lynne Featherstone, has confirmed through her blog that proposals for equal marriage will not be in this year's Queen's Speech.
Exclusive: David Cameron ‘not backing down on gay marriage’ 86
11:39 AM — Amidst reports today that the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, is set to make a retreat over equal marriage, a Downing Street spokesperson has confirmed to PinkNews.co.uk that such reports are mere "speculation," and that the PM's position remains "unaltered."
5th May 2012
Gay man’s deportation to Cameroon halted 42
11:36 PM — The deportation of a man to Cameroon, who describes himself as gay, has been stopped, the BBC reports, after he refused to board a flight from London to Paris.
Tennessee: Yearbook profile of a gay student provokes controversy 92
6:12 PM — The publication of an article about a gay student in the yearbook of Lenoir City High School has provoked outrage, after one of the board members of the school wrote a blog-post asking for the journalism teacher to be sacked, and for a police investigation into the matter.
Gay artist Keith Haring celebrated by Google 7
5:26 PM — Google has celebrated the life and work of Keith Haring, an American pop-artist who died of AIDS-related complications at the age of 31, twenty-two years ago, by means of a Google Doodle.