9th October 2012
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.
5th October 2012
London: Gay Games fundraiser launched 10
9:52 PM — A massive drive to secure funding for London’s bid to host the Gay Games in 2018 is now underway.
Scotland: Church minister defects over gay clergy 56
9:27 PM — A minister has quit the Church of Scotland over the issue of gay clergy.
Canada: Trans group mourns killing of one of its members
6:28 PM — The victim has been identified as January Marie Lapuz, according to CTV News.
UK: Anti-gay cleric Abu Hamza can be extradited to the US, says High Court 59
4:19 PM — The High Court has ruled radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza can now be extradited immediately to the US to face terror charges.
California: Second lawsuit filed against gay ‘cure’ ban 26
2:44 PM — A second federal lawsuit has been filed seeking to overturn California's new ban on gay conversion therapy for those under the age of 18.
New York: Health officials urge HIV positive men to get vaccinated against meningitis
1:39 PM — The New York City Health Department is advising for vaccinations against meningitis for any man who is HIV positive and has had intimate contact with men met through gay dating sites or in bars since 1 September 2012.
Stephen Fry attacks Church ‘extremists’ who oppose marriage equality in @Out4Marriage video 41
12:08 PM — Stephen Fry has called on the government to allow faith groups to provide marriage ceremonies to same-sex couples, in a video for the Out4Marriage campaign.
UK: Gay man fights deportation to Nigeria 19
11:25 AM — Campaigners are fighting to stop the deportation of a gay man to Nigeria.
4th October 2012
UK: Journalist welcomes BACP decision to strike off anti-gay therapist 5
8:35 PM — Lesley Pilkington, the Christian psychotherapist who was found to be providing gay conversion therapy, has finally been struck off by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Paris: District mayor suggests equal marriage could lead to ‘incest’ 28
7:07 PM — A district mayor in Paris is under fire after announcing that he will refuse to conduct same-sex marriages after he said they could open the door to the approval of polygamous or incestuous unions.
Pressure builds on Serbia over gay pride ban 9
5:50 PM — The UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has urged the authorities in Serbia to reconsider a ban on this weekend’s gay pride march in Belgrade.
Labour MEP Michael Cashman to stand down in 2014 13
4:28 PM — Michael Cashman, the gay Labour MEP for the West Midlands, has confirmed that he will quit as a member of the European Parliament at the next European Election in 2014.