18th June 2012
Australia: Equal marriage headed for a defeat in the Parliament 31
11:06 PM — Gay rights activists in Australia and pro-equality politicians are bracing themselves for a parliamentary defeat on equal marriage, even as a public consultation on the matter finds record support for the measure.
Northern Ireland: Police officers disciplined over inadequate response to homophobic crimes 22
10:17 PM — Eight police officers at a station in County Down, Northern Ireland, have been disciplined after a gay couple complained about inadequate response to reports of homophobic crimes.
All same-sex unions are against Jewish Law, Chief Rabbi’s consultation response says 67
9:21 PM — In its official response to the government consultation on equal marriage, the office of the Chief Rabbi has submitted that Jewish Law prohibited the practice of homosexuality, and therefore same-sex unions.
Comment: Opposing gay state marriages while accepting straight ones is repugnant, and it does faiths no good 64
6:15 PM — Jane Fae asks, if our Churches already sanction straight civil marriages, how can they legitimately get so het up about gay ones?
Scotland: Marriage poll defended after Catholic spokesman’s ‘distortion’ claim 32
5:30 PM — Polling agency Ipsos-MORI and the Equality Network have defended a poll showing record levels of support for marriage equality in Scotland after a spokesman for the Catholic Church said it was ‘distorted’.
Italian footballer Claudio Marchisio backs equal marriage 13
5:02 PM — Claudio Marchisio, a midfielder on Italy's national squad has spoken out in favour of equal marriage rights for gay couples, a week after a team-mate said he hoped there were no gays on their team.
Rio: Gay and Jewish protesters oppose visit by Iranian president 11
3:21 PM — Gay and Jewish protesters joined together to march in Rio de Janeiro this weekend to protest a visit by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Barnardo’s chief ‘incensed’ by idea straight marriage is best environment to raise children 29
2:15 PM — The chief executive of children's charity Barnardo's has said she is 'incensed' by arguments that marriage should be reserved for straight couples as they 'automatically' provide the best environment for bringing up a child.
London: Funding boost for older people living with HIV 7
12:51 PM — Terrence Higgins Trust has received £200,000 to support 250 older people living with HIV in London, as the over-50s continue to be the fastest-growing group of people living with HIV in the UK.
Vicar’s petition says Church of England is ‘undermining itself’ on equal marriage issue 40
12:19 PM — A Derbyshire vicar has launched a petition to the Church of England saying it does not speak for the signatories when it opposes marriage equality for gay couples.
Report: Police training on HIV ‘outdated and stigmatising’ 18
11:38 AM — A National AIDS Trust review of how police approach HIV suggests many constabularies in the UK have procedures based on unfounded concerns regarding transmission, which can fuel 'scaremongering' and 'mistreatment' for people living with the virus, the charity said.
Man searched at airport on suspicion of paedophilia ‘because he had a camera and a boyfriend’ 132
10:29 AM — A gay man was stopped at Gatwick airport last year by a Border Force officer who suspected he was 'involved in paedophilia' because he had a camera and a boyfriend, a report into controls at the airport has revealed.