4th September 2012
Lynne Featherstone moved from equalities role in UK Government reshuffle 48
7:26 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone is to leave her post as the government’s equalities minister. It has been reported that she will move to a new role at the Department for International Development, while the Home Office will loose responsibility for the equalities agenda in government.
Salmond: Equal marriage debate is ‘good’ for Scotland 20
6:09 PM — A bill to legalise marriage for same-sex couples has been formally included in today’s legislative agenda for the new term of the Scottish parliament.
Gay Tory MP Nick Herbert resigns from government 27
4:36 PM — It’s understood the 49-year-old was not happy with being moved to a different job.
US: Suspected murderer of transgendered woman gains new lawyer 1
3:58 PM — In Washington DC, a 55-year-old man accused of stabbing a transgender woman in the face back in February has been assigned a new defence lawyer.
Gay Lib Dem MP returns to government in cabinet reshuffle 51
2:41 PM — David Laws is returning to government as the children's minister after spending more than two years on the backbenches.
UK: Anti-gay Christians take their case to the European court 96
1:33 PM — Two Christians, who claim that they were fired because they wouldn’t work with gay couples, are appealing to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
Minnesota: Bishop urges Catholics to support equal marriage ban 26
12:52 PM — The archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis is asking Catholics in the US state of Minnesota to vote in favour of a pending constitutional ban on equal marriage.
Celebrity Big Brother’s Julian Clary receives homophobic abuse on Twitter 28
11:44 AM — According to Unreality TV, derogatory terms words including “freak”, “faggot” and “arse bandit” have all been posted by trolls to the star's official Twitter account in the past few days.
Dublin City Council votes to support equal marriage 7
10:39 AM — Dublin City Council has passed motions in support of opening up civil marriage to all citizens “regardless” of their sexuality.
Fatboy Slim: Supporting equal marriage is a ‘no brainer’ and I talk about the issue with my son 10
10:01 AM — DJ Norman cook, otherwise known as Fatboy Slim, has launched a scathing attack on “reactionary, rightwing, homophobic idiots and religious zealots” for opposing plans to introduce marriage equality in the UK.
Democrats expected to endorse equal marriage in their platform today. 13
2:23 AM — At the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, the party are expected to allow equal marriage in their platform, making them the first major party to do so.
Ohio: Court reverses custody ruling for lesbian’s former partner 3
1:39 AM — A court in Ohio has reversed an earlier decision to allow a lesbian custody access to the biological daughter of her former girlfriend, now saying that she has no right to custody.
University stands by controversial study on children of gay parents 42
1:12 AM — The University of Texas has made a statement defending a report published in July which suggested that children born to parents who had a gay relationship have more problems in adult life than those born to married, straight parents.