24th June 2013
Lord Alli withdraws his pensions amendment to the equal marriage bill 26
3:57 PM — Labour peer Lord Alli’s amendment to equalise pension provision for same-sex couples in the area of survivor benefits has been withdrawn.
Church of Scotland’s first openly gay minister enters into civil partnership 3
3:07 PM — The Church of Scotland’s first openly gay minister has entered into a civil partnership.
Nick Clegg: ‘I look forward to one day seeing the rainbow flag fly over every government building’ 9
1:27 PM — Nick Clegg has spoken of his pride at having the rainbow flag soaring above his office in Whitehall and says “I look forward to one day seeing the rainbow flag fly over every government building and above parliaments across the world - maybe Russia, Uganda or Yemen.”
Coalition for Marriage: ‘Quakers, Unitarians and Liberal Jews have unfairly dominated the equal marriage debate’ 61
10:58 AM — Speaking to PinkNews.co.uk, Coalition for Marriage spokesperson Dr Sharon James says Liberal Judaism, the Unitarians and the Quakers have been given “a disproportionate amount of time” in the debate for equal marriage at the expense of “mainstream Christian people”.
Gay Tory MP Conor Burns: ‘Lady Thatcher did not have a problem with gay people’ 55
10:26 AM — In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, Conservative MP Conor Burns lifts the lid on his extraordinary friendship with former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and says it’s wrong to believe she had homophobic views.
21st June 2013
Irish Deputy Prime Minister calls for greater tolerance 5
6:45 PM — Deputy Prime Minister Eamon Gilmore says Ireland’s “economic progress has to be embedded in a free, open, progressive society.”
Lord Stoddart urges for potential withdrawal from European Court due to equal marriage bill 56
5:58 PM — Former Labour MP Lord Stoddart says the UK must be prepared to leave the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) if it comes into conflict with the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales.
British Museum launches LGBT history guide as part of Pride in London festival 3
3:17 PM — The British Museum has launched a new guide focusing on elements of LGBT history to tie in with the Pride in London festival.
UK: Gay man cleared of sexual assault having touched female police officer’s bottom in gay bar 43
2:30 PM — A gay man from Middlesbrough who touched a female police officer’s bottom in a gay bar because he thought it was a joke has avoided a custodial sentence.
American Medical Association opposes lifetime ban on gay men donating blood 10
1:52 PM — The ban preventing gay men from donating blood in the US should be lifted – according to the American Medical Association.
UK: Anti-gay Christian B&B owner takes case to Court of Appeal 69
12:57 PM — A Christian guest house owner who was found to have discriminated against a Cambridgeshire gay couple has taken her case to the Court of Appeal.
Scotland: Review on civil partnerships for hetrosexual couples to be announced next week 13
12:17 PM — Plans to allow heterosexual couples to be allowed to have civil partnerships in Scotland are expected to be unveiled next week as part of a review.
Tory MP David Burrowes: The equal marriage bill will lead to an ‘adulterer’s charter’ 87
11:24 AM — Conservative MP David Burrowes has accused the government of creating an “adulterer’s charter” as part of its equal marriage reforms.
20th June 2013
Brighton: Anti-equal marriage ex-Green councillor to debate issue with pro-gay Tory MP 30
7:13 PM — Former Green councillor Christina Summers who resigned from her party in protest at its decision to support equal marriage will debate the issue this evening alongside Conservative MP Simon Kirby.
Ireland: Lesbian couple win discrimination case against restaurant 5
4:50 PM — Two lesbian employees in Ireland have been awarded a total of 15,000 euros after suffering harassment and sexual harassment whilst working at a restaurant in Cork.
Russia: MP calls for law allowing gays to be whipped in public squares 111
3:22 PM — Russian MP Alexander Mikhailov has reportedly called for the right of marines to whip gay people in public.
US: Head of gay ‘cure’ ministry says sorry for causing ‘pain and hurt’ 45
1:44 PM — A US organisation notorious for its gay conversion therapy crusade has apologised to the LGBT community for the "pain and hurt” it has caused.
US: Four relatives receive between eight and thirty years for kidnapping of gay Kentucky man 14
12:33 PM — A court has sentenced four relatives over the 2011 kidnapping and assault of Kevin Pennington, a gay man in the US state of Kentucky.
Tanzania: Police accused by Human Rights Watch of sexually assaulting LGBT citizens 4
11:33 AM — Human Rights Watch say efforts to reduce HIV infection rates in Tanzania are being undermined by widespread state abuse of sexual minorities.
19th June 2013
Humanist weddings amendment withdrawn from equal marriage bill 18
8:01 PM — An amendment for humanist weddings has been withdrawn from the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill after Baroness Stowell gave reassurances that the government would look again at the matter.