10th October 2012
France sets date to say ‘oui’ for equal marriage 26
9:25 PM — France has named October 31 as the date when a draft law authorising equal marriage will be approved by government ministers.
Lady Gaga donates peace award to the Elton John AIDS Foundation 4
6:26 PM — Lady Gaga has handed the cash she received as part of the LennonOno Grant for Peace award to Sir Elton John's AIDS foundation.
David Walliams: Gay rumours will always follow Simon Cowell 13
5:18 PM — Little Britain star David Walliams says rumours about X Factor mogul Simon Cowell’s sexuality will always surround him – even though he says he is straight.
UK: Culture secretary tells Tory conference to support equal marriage 39
3:28 PM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller has been loudly cheered by delegates at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, after she told them to support marriage rights for same-sex couples.
Boris Johnson: “Why on earth would we deny marriage to anyone?” 48
2:26 PM — Mayor of London Boris Johnson has launched another robust defence of the government’s policy on equal marriage.
Attitude editor praises Will Young for talking about ‘gay shame’ 19
1:07 PM — Matthew Todd, the editor of Attitude magazine, has praised Will Young for talking openly about his problems of embracing his sexuality.
Scotland: Footballer’s homophobic assault trial begins
12:30 PM — A Scottish footballer “disguised” himself to get into a nightclub and then hurled homophobic abuse at workers who threw him out, a court has heard.
UK: Serial killer Peter Moore launches new appeal
11:32 AM — Serial killer Peter Moore, who murdered several gay men in 1995, is to appeal his life sentence at the Court of Appeal in London.
9th October 2012
Australia: Speaker Peter Slipper quits amid sex scandal
8:46 PM — Australia’s parliamentary Speaker Peter Slipper has resigned after text messages showed he had used sexist and vulgar language in an exchange with a gay former staffer, who is suing him for sexual harassment.
PC Fiona Bone laid to rest in Scotland
7:16 PM — Fiona Bone, the police officer who was murdered in Manchester, has been laid to rest in Moray in north east Scotland.
Former Irish president announces support for equal marriage 15
4:19 PM — Ireland’s former president Mary McAleese says she supports marriage rights for same-sex couples.
UK: National AIDS Trust celebrates 25th anniversary with special video 38
12:39 PM — The UK’s National AIDS Trust is celebrating its 25th anniversary today with a new campaign film.
UK: Christian Labour MP changes his mind and backs equal marriage 16
11:54 AM — The Labour MP for Huddersfield Barry Sheerman has said he now supports equal marriage rights for same-sex couples after previously being “unsure”.
David Cameron determined to press ahead with equal marriage 39
11:29 AM — Despite Monday’s high-profile anti-equal marriage protest against the backdrop of the Conservative Party Conference, Prime Minister David Cameron remains determined to press ahead with marriage reform.
8th October 2012
Elton John: I should be allowed to call David my ‘husband’ 29
9:24 PM — Sir Elton John has called on the government not to concede to the opponents of equal marriage and says he would “love nothing more than to make history again” by turning his civil partnership into a marriage.
UK: Lord Carey criticised for anti-equal marriage ‘Nazi’ remarks 59
7:57 PM — Gay rights campaigners have criticised the former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey for making another outspoken attack on equal marriage.
London: Hate crime memorial to take place at St Paul’s 7
6:26 PM — An act of remembrance for all of those affected by hate crime will take place at St Paul’s Cathedral in London this Saturday.
Video: Anti-equal marriage advert aired in Maryland 4
3:25 PM — Ahead of next month’s referendum on whether to ban same-sex marriage in the US state of Maryland, opponents have produced a new campaign video that has been shown on television.
UK: Anti-equal marriage rally takes place at Tory conference 111
12:23 PM — A rally by the Coalition for Marriage, the campaign group leading the opposition to equal marriage rights for same-sex couples in the UK, has taken place against the backdrop of the Conservative Party Conference.
7th October 2012
Sandi Toksvig: I was groped on air during the 1980s by a ‘famous individual’ 42
3:28 PM — Gay comedian Sandi Toksvig, one of the country’s most prominent radio and TV stars, has told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that she was groped while broadcasting in the early 1980s.