7th June 2013
Catholic Church: We will continue to oppose the equal marriage bill in the Lords 45
12:59 PM — The Catholic Church says it plans to continue actively opposing the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill on the grounds of religious “protections” following this week’s vote in the House of Lords.
Ashcroft poll: Only 15% would be less likely to vote for a party due to its support for equal marriage 12
12:01 PM — A new poll by Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft suggests equal marriage is unlikely to draw voters away from supporting a particular party.
Labour fear Lord Dear will table a new wrecking amendment for the equal marriage bill 43
10:57 AM — Labour peer Lord Alli believes the equal marriage opponent and crossbench peer Lord Dear is still intent on trying to derail the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill – although Lord Dear denies the claims.
6th June 2013
France: President Hollande condemns fatal attack on teenage gay rights activist 26
9:11 PM — President Francois Hollande has condemned the fatal attack on a French teenage gay rights activist "in the strongest terms".
Ann Widdecombe: I wouldn’t have enjoyed serving under David Cameron because of equal marriage 65
8:38 PM — Former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe says she wouldn’t have enjoyed being in the current Coalition Government because of its support for equal marriage.
Baroness Knight criticised for her ‘silly’ remarks about gay people and antiques 41
3:46 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has criticised Baroness Knight over her bizarre attempts at platitudes towards the gay community.
Angela Merkel told to equalise tax benefits for gay couples by Constitutional Court 21
1:50 PM — Germany’s highest court says gay couples are entitled to the same tax benefits as married heterosexuals in a ruling which threatens to deepen rifts within Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives.
France: Gay rights campaigner, 18, left brain dead after far-right attack 67
12:41 PM — An 18-year-old gay rights campaigner has been left brain dead after an attack by far-right skinheads in Paris.
Stephen Fry tells Twitter followers ‘I’m now fine’ following suicide revelation 9
10:49 AM — Stephen Fry has thanked people for their support, following his revelation that he had attempted suicide last year.
5th June 2013
Behind the Candelabra producer Jerry Weintraub says film will ‘change’ Hollywood 5
6:58 PM — The executive producer of Behind the Candelabra, the new film about iconic gay pianist Liberace, which stars Michael Douglas as the lead character, says the movie “is going to change the film business in America”.
Tory MP cleared by tribunal over lesbian housekeeper threesome allegations
5:46 PM — A Conservative MP has been cleared of allegations that he invited his former housekeeper to join a threesome after an employment tribunal rejected the case.
Ex-Coronation Street actor says he ‘dabbled with homosexuality’ but denies abuse allegations
4:45 PM — Former Coronation Street actor Andrew Lancel told police he had "dabbled" with homosexuality when he was younger but categorically denied having any sexual relations with "minors or children", a court has heard.
Tory Lord Fowler: We face an ‘historical battle’ when it comes to HIV global funding 3
3:34 PM — Lord Fowler says the UK faces an “historic battle” when it comes to dealing with the HIV epidemic at an international level.
Chief Rabbi abstains in House of Lords equal marriage vote 27
2:16 PM — The Chief Rabbi, Lord Jonathan Sacks, abstained in last night’s House of Lords vote of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
US: Gay rights protester interrupts Michelle Obama’s speech 14
1:33 PM — A speech by US First Lady Michelle Obama at a Democratic Party fundraising event was briefly interrupted last night by a gay rights campaigner.
Birmingham: Journalist asks Pride revellers to ‘lisp’ and ‘mince’ on camera 31
12:42 PM — A columnist at the Birmingham Mail newspaper made a series of homophobic remarks to describe participants of Birmingham’s recent Pride festival and asked one man to ‘lisp’ on camera.
Terrence Higgins Trust says high gonorrhoea rates among gay men are a ‘wakeup call’ 20
11:18 AM — The Terrence Higgins Trust has described latest figures showing rates of gonorrhoea among gay men up by a third as a “wakeup call”.
Tory Faith Minister Baroness Warsi abstains in equal marriage Lords vote 51
10:39 AM — Having previously indicated she would vote in favour, Baroness Warsi, refused to support the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill in last night’s House of Lords vote.
4th June 2013
Labour Lord Alli: ‘A stunning victory for equal marriage in the Lords’ 13
7:21 PM — Lord Alli has described the passing of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill at second reading in the House of Lords as “a stunning victory for equality”.
Vladimir Putin says he will sign gay adoption ban but claims ‘there is no discrimination’ in Russia 25
6:23 PM — President Vladimir Putin says he will back a ban on foreign same-sex couples from adopting Russian children, but denies it amounts to homophobic discrimination.