15th June 2012
Gay consultant editor of the Daily Mail, Andrew Pierce, opposes equal marriage 248
12:03 AM — An openly gay columnist for the Daily Mail has penned an article for the newspaper arguing against equal marriage, arguing that his opposition did not make him a bigot.
14th June 2012
Northern Ireland: Ulster Unionist Party to hold extraordinary meeting on equal marriage 12
11:32 PM — The leader of the Ulster Unionist Party has called for an extraordinary meeting of its policy makers in order to affirm the party's position on equal marriage, the BBC reports.
English Defence League plans march in Bristol on same day as LGBT pride 88
10:55 PM — The anti-Islamic English Defence League (EDL) will hold a march in Bristol on the same day as the city will hold its gay pride parade, it has been announced.
Scotland: Glasgow kirk splits from Church of Scotland over gay clergy 47
10:28 PM — A church in Glasgow has become the first kirk to split from the Church of Scotland over its decision to appoint openly gay members of the clergy.
13th June 2012
Israel military accused of publishing a ‘misleading’ pro-gay photo 13
11:10 PM — A photograph uploaded by Israel's military on to its Facebook page, to celebrate its pro-gay stance, has been accused of being doctored by a local newspaper.
Study: Male homosexuality ‘strongly genetic,’ and related to female fertility 76
10:28 PM — A new study has suggested that male homosexuality is much more genetically determined than previously thought, and is directly related to the fecundity of female relatives.
Church in Wales wants exemption from conducting gay wedding ceremonies 31
9:56 PM — A day after the Church of England published its response to the government consultation on equal marriage in England and Wales, the Church in Wales has submitted its own response, seeking exemptions from being forced to conduct wedding ceremonies for gay couples.
10th June 2012
New York judge declares Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional 24
2:43 PM — A federal judge in Manhattan has joined judges in California and Boston to rule the anti-equality Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional.
Scotland: Majority of MSPs support equal marriage 94
1:42 PM — A majority of the Members of Scottish Parliament (MSPs) will vote for equal marriage, ensuring that the legislation, when introduced at Holryood, will be passed through, Scotland on Sunday reports.
Medical body calls on NHS to extend HPV vaccination to gay men 8
1:10 PM — A group of health professionals, men's health charities, and senior politicians are set to call on the NHS to extend vaccination against carcinogenic Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) to gay men, the Guardian reports.
IMF and Britain announce aid to Malawi after plans to legalise homosexuality 23
12:34 PM — In the wake of proposals to decriminalise homosexuality and to improve human rights at large in Malawi, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the UK government have both announced increase in aid for the country.
6th June 2012
Obama heads to the West Coast to lobby the LGBT community 33
9:32 PM — President Obama is headed on a two-day trip to the West Coast, aimed at lobbying the LGBT community, especially with an eye to fundraising for the forthcoming presidential elections, US media organisations report.
Ontario passes pro-gay anti-bullying bill despite opposition from Catholic Church 28
9:00 PM — The Canadian province of Ontario has passed a wide-ranging anti-bullying bill which mandates that students be allowed to form Gay-Straight Alliances in schools, including those run by the Catholic Church.
US: Equal marriage in Washington delayed, set to be decided by referendum 26
7:45 PM — Equal marriage in the state of Washington, which was passed through the legislation earlier this year, has been delayed from becoming law, as opponents submit more than 200,000 signatures to force the measure through a referendum this November.
5th June 2012
Canadian porn star ‘who cannibalised his male lover’ arrested in Berlin 41
6:59 PM — A bisexual porn star who was the subject of an international manhunt for cannibalising his male lover has been arrested in Berlin, and is set to be deported to his native Canada.
Utah: Mormons march in their hundreds at gay pride parade 42
5:28 PM — Almost three hundred members of the Mormon Church, all of whom define themselves as straight, joined the gay pride march in Salt Lake City, Utah, in order to show their support for gay rights.
4th June 2012
Vatican criticises a pro-gay book by US nun 34
11:14 PM — The Vatican has criticised sharply a 2005 book by a US theologian and nun on sexual ethics, where she defends gay rights and equal marriage.
Bishop of Shrewsbury attacks equal marriage as being anti-family 206
9:57 PM — The Roman Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury has launched a sharply-worded attack against equal marriage, demanding that MPs work to keep what he described as the traditional definition of marriage.
Video: Michelle Obama proud to support marriage equality 18
9:26 PM — Nearly a month after US President Barack Obama came out in support of equal marriage, the First Lady, Michelle Obama, has spoken of her support for the right of gay couples to marry, while answering questions from her Twitter follows.
3rd June 2012
Birmingham Pride unveils the Gay Rhino 24
9:18 PM — Thousands of people attended a weekend of celebrations to mark Birmingham Pride, which saw the unveiling of the lavish rhinestone sculpture, nicknamed the Gay Rhino.