5th February 2013
Catholic Tory MP Conor Burns: As a gay man I don’t see how I can vote against equality 9
12:34 PM — Conor Burns, the gay Tory MP, who previously expressed his reservations about introducing equal marriage, says he is now inclined to support the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Equalities Minister Helen Grant: Tax breaks for married and civil partnered couples is ‘off the table for now’ 2
11:42 AM — Conservative Equalities Minister Helen Grant says the government will not be offering tax breaks to married and civil partnered couples in next month’s Budget.
Ed Balls: I’m really pleased David Cameron is introducing same-sex marriage and I think it’s brave 10
10:36 AM — Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls has praised Prime Minister David Cameron’s commitment to equal marriage, ahead of today’s vote by MPs on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
4th February 2013
Gaydar and Grindr remove dangerous ‘cool gene’ HIV immunity advert 11
6:52 PM — An advert that appeared on Grindr and Gaydar and other dating sites and apps which promoted misleading advice about HIV has now been removed.
Tory MP Sir Peter Bottomley: Most people support same-sex marriage and it’s not a ‘big deal’ 13
6:00 PM — Conservative MP Sir Peter Bottomley has given a robust defence of David Cameron’s support for same-sex marriage and says the media’s interest in sex has “overblown” the debate.
Vatican official: The Catholic Church is being ‘persecuted’ due to its anti-gay positions 160
4:10 PM — The Vatican's head of doctrine says critics of his faith's anti-gay crusade are conducting a "concerted campaign" to discredit the Catholic Church that is resulting in open attacks against priests.
US: University unveils memorial centre plan for gay student suicide victim Tyler Clementi 1
2:47 PM — A university in New Jersey plans to create a centre named after Tyler Clementi, the gay student who killed himself after his roommate used a webcam to spy on him kissing another man.
England cricketer Steven Davies: Gay football fans should not fear travelling to the next World Cups in Russia & Qatar 17
2:09 PM — England and Surrey cricketer Steven Davies does not believe gay football fans should fear travelling to Russia or Qatar for the next two World Cups – even though the countries are known for gay hatred.
David Cameron to defend equal marriage policy amid vociferous Tory revolt 16
1:03 PM — David Cameron will reportedly speak out in favour of equal marriage later this evening, ahead of tomorrow’s first vote by MPs on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, according to the Times.
Tory MP Caroline Dinenage: Banning gay couples from marrying ‘takes nothing away from their relationship’ 39
10:55 AM — Conservative MP Caroline Dinenage has told a PinkNews reader that the “state has no right” to redefine its meaning of marriage - she is the daughter of ITV regional news presenter Fred Dinenage.
1st February 2013
UK: High Court rules in favour of gay male couple in parental dispute with lesbian couples 23
7:02 PM — Men who donate sperm can apply to seek a role in the lives of their biological children, the High Court has ruled in a case involving two lesbian couples who were friends with two gay men.
Shayne Ward strips off for Attitude magazine’s annual naked issue 31
6:20 PM — Singer and former X Factor winner Shayne Ward has stripped off for Attitude magazine’s annual naked issue.
‘Closeted gay’ former New York Mayor Ed Koch dies aged 88 9
4:41 PM — Ed Koch, the outspoken former mayor of New York City, who famously refused to discuss his sexuality with reporters, has died of congestive heart failure aged 88.
UK: Pro-gay Christians urged to pray ahead of same-sex marriage vote 27
2:53 PM — Christians who support equal marriage will hold a Day of Prayer on Sunday ahead of next week’s vote by MPs on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
London: Sixth arrest in anti-gay ‘Muslim Patrol’ investigation
2:10 PM — A sixth man has been arrested over a video posted online showing a man being subjected to homophobic abuse by self-styled "Muslim vigilantes".
Two-thirds of Tory MPs could refuse to back same-sex marriage bill says MP David Burrowes 27
11:43 AM — As few as one in three Conservative MPs will support the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, in next week’s vote, according to Tory MP David Burrowes.
UK: Health experts blame ‘a return of risky sexual practices’ for rising HIV cases in gay men 173
10:41 AM — Huge improvements in treating and testing for HIV have failed to curb infections among gay and bisexual men, scientists, writing in the Lancet Infectious Diseases, have suggested, with a return of risky sexual practices.
31st January 2013
Idaho: Businessman sues Mother Jones magazine for suggesting he was a violent homophobe 6
6:44 PM — A marketing executive in the US state of Idaho is suing Mother Jones magazine because he contends he was defamed by an article that depicted him as a supporter of anti-gay violence.
Chuck Hagel defends values and reputation in front of Armed Services Senate Committee 2
5:35 PM — Having faced questions over his previous anti-gay positions, US Defence Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel has been defending his reputation in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Coronation Street actor urges LGBT community to get involved with London’s gay pride 6
4:34 PM — The organisers of this year’s London gay pride are appealing for people to get involved with planning and delivering the festival and have enlisted the help of gay Coronation Street actor Charlie Condou.