28th January 2013
Church in Wales hints that one day it may agree to marry gay couples 9
12:50 PM — The Church in Wales has responded to the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) and says the proposals give it scope to consider sanctioning marriages for gay couples in the future.
Church of England: The government has ‘no mandate’ for its same-sex marriage bill 42
11:54 AM — The Church of England has responded to the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) and has complained that it wasn’t given enough time to study the proposals in full ahead of last week’s announcement.
Exclusive: Defence Secretary Philip Hammond links incest with same-sex marriage 122
11:12 AM — Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has told students in Surrey that allowing gay couples to marry would be like sanctioning incest.
25th January 2013
David Cameron’s mother says he ‘won’t be told’ when it comes to same-sex marriage 56
3:01 PM — David Cameron’s support for equal marriage amid widespread opposition from many of his Conservative MPs remains an apparent mystery to his mother.
London: Police make fifth arrest in connection with anti-gay ‘Muslim Patrol’ probe
12:44 PM — A fifth person has been arrested after a gang claiming to be Islamic vigilantes tormented members of the public, which included hurling homophobic abuse at a young man.
Government publishes same-sex marriage bill for England & Wales 51
10:48 AM — The government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales has officially been published.
24th January 2013
US: Campaigners call on President Obama to legally protect LGBT workers 1
5:36 PM — Gay rights advocates are renewing their push for President Barack Obama to sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees.
Same-sex marriage bill introduced in House of Commons 86
11:37 AM — The government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales has officially been introduced in the House of Commons by Culture Secretary Maria Miller.
London: ‘Muslim Patrol’ homophobia YouTube victim urged to contact police
11:22 AM — A man subjected to homophobic abuse in east London by a group of men who said it was a “Muslim area” is being urged to contact the Metropolitan Police.
23rd January 2013
Essex: Gay father and businessman calls for UK surrogacy reform 38
6:28 PM — Barrie Drewitt-Barlow from the British Surrogacy Centre says gay couples would benefit from a change in UK law in order to commercialise the sector.
UK: National AIDS Trust calls for the NHS to provide earlier HIV treatment 26
4:54 PM — The National AIDS Trust (NAT) is calling on the NHS to allow people with HIV to start treatment early in order to protect their sexual partners.
US: Handcuffed Catholic priest was suffering from ‘stress-related self-bondage’ says bishop 45
4:16 PM — A Catholic Illinois priest, who last year got stuck in a pair of handcuffs, was engaged in “non-sexual” conduct at the time, and the incident was brought on by “stress” – according to a bishop.
Interview: Gay Hollyoaks actors strip off in support of the Terrence Higgins Trust 10
3:00 PM — Gay Hollyoakes actors PJ Brennan and Kieron Richardson – who play onscreen gay couple Doug and Ste have decided to bare all for this month’s special ‘naked’ issue of Gay Times.
US: Worker allegedly sacked from Ashley Furniture HomeStore for being a married lesbian 9
1:29 PM — A married lesbian in New Jersey is suing a local franchise of one of America’s largest furniture companies for unlawful termination after a Christian supervisor allegedly said: “lesbos and gays would be judged.”
Exclusive: Philip Hammond: Government’s marriage reforms don’t protect faith groups 54
12:21 PM — The defence secretary says he has “concerns" about the government’s proposed equal marriage bill - and faces an equal marriage protest at the University of London this Friday.
Tory MP Tim Loughton: Gay people have told me they ‘don’t want to get married’ 73
10:51 AM — Former children’s minister Tim Loughton has restated his opposition to equal marriage and has once again said: “marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman.”
22nd January 2013
London: Two men arrested in connection with anti-gay ‘Muslim area’ video
8:01 PM — Two men have been arrested after video surfaced of a group shouting homophobic abuse at a man in east London.
Nepal introduces gender neutral citizenship documents 2
5:58 PM — An official says Nepal's government will begin issuing gender neutral citizenship documents.
Azealia Banks suggests British journalists should kill themselves 40
4:27 PM — Amid her recent homophobic tirade at US celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, rapper Azealia Banks also took the trouble to suggest that two British journalists should kill themselves.
US: Petition calls on White House to include LGBT questions in school survey 1
3:01 PM — Activists are petitioning the White House to include LGBT-specific questions in a proposed school climate survey.