21st June 2012
Republicans won’t reintroduce ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ if elected, one lawmaker says 22
11:09 PM — The Republican chairman of the House Armed Services Committee announced today that the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell (DADT) was a settled issue, which neither a Romney presidency nor a Republican-majority Senate would reverse.
Washington state looks set to back equal marriage in referendum 13
10:39 PM — In a sign that Washington may be one of the first states to buck the trend on equal marriage referenda, a new poll suggests that voters in the state might approve the measure during the presidential elections this November.
Illinois: State refuses to defend ban on equal marriage 6
10:14 PM — Twenty-five gay couples in Illinois who filed a lawsuit against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which outlaws a string of federal benefits for same-sex partners, were told today that the state would no longer defend it.
Brazil: Bar warned for discriminating against lesbian couple 1
7:01 PM — A bar in the city of Teresina, Brazil was issued with an administrative warning for having discriminated against a lesbian couple.
Maine: Equal marriage advocates seek to amend ballot question 6
6:47 PM — Supporters of marriage equality rights for gay couples in Maine have said they will ask for the ballot question on marriage to be put to voters later this year to be amended before it is finalised.
Michael Gove: Catholic Education Service ‘blurred’ line between faith and politics with anti-gay marriage petition in schools 36
5:52 PM — The Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove has prompted confusion by criticising the Catholic Education Service for 'unintentionally blurring' the line between faith and the illegal promotion of political views by suggesting schools direct pupils to an anti-gay marriage petition, while determining that a school which followed that suggestion acted legally.
Southern Baptists opposed to viewing equal marriage as a civil rights issue 26
3:47 PM — The US Southern Baptist Convention has adopted a resolution at its annual conference criticising marriage equality advocates who have adopted the 'rhetoric of the civil rights movement' and drawn comparisons between discrimination against gay couples and racism.
Australia: Census records nearly 34,000 gay couples 22
2:58 PM — Data from Australia's 2011 census have been released today and show 33,714 gay couples, 1,338 of whom are married.
Malta: Gender identity and sexual orientation included in hate crime laws 10
12:53 PM — The Maltese parliament has extended its hate crime laws for the first time to protect citizens on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Andrew Mitchell: Most pensioners support equal marriage plans when properly explained 26
12:11 PM — The International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell has said that a slim majority of over-65s, the group most opposed to the government's plans to legalise gay civil marriages, are actually in favour of the move when it is properly explained.
BBC to axe its radio network’s only LGBT programme 49
11:00 AM — The BBC has confirmed it will axe a volunteer-run programme on its Manchester station, the only LGBT-interest programme on its national radio network.
Ethiopia: Newspaper warns of gay ‘infestation’ 64
9:56 AM — A popular Ethiopian daily newspaper alleges the United States and Europe are plotting to export, spread and promote homosexuality in Ethiopia.