12th July 2013
PinkNews exclusive: Scottish Lib Dem leader says ‘It’s Time’ for MSPs to back equal marriage 4
12:39 PM — Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie is the latest party leader to speak out in favour of equal marriage in Scotland as part of the Equality Network’s It’s Time campaign.
Video: Christian Concern says ‘Pray4Marriage’ ahead of anti-equal marriage rally 58
11:43 AM — Christian Concern has released a dramatic video urging for opponents of equal marriage to take part in a rally outside Parliament on Monday in order to coincide with the House of Lords’ third reading debate and vote of the same-sex marriage bill.
TUC and Unison urge government to ban gay conversion therapy as petition heads to Parliament 5
10:39 AM — More than 40 different LGBT groups along with trade union organisations the TUC and Unison have called on the government to ban gay conversion therapy.
11th July 2013
‘Oldest gay in the village’ becomes Brighton Pride ambassador 11
6:51 PM — He’s been a regular face of the city’s annual Pride festival for years and now LGBT activist George Montague has been named as an ambassador for Brighton Pride.
George Osborne: Tax breaks for those in marriages and civil partnerships to be in Autumn Statement 11
5:41 PM — Chancellor George Osborne says a transferable tax allowance for married couples and civil partners is likely to be in the Autumn Statement.
Family publishes poetry of murdered trans woman Andrea Waddell 26
4:42 PM — A collection of poetry by Andrea Waddell, a trans woman who was murdered in Brighton in October 2009, has been published with the support of her family.
Former Attorney General Lord Goldsmith to challenge Singapore over its anti-gay laws 6
3:15 PM — Tony Blair’s former attorney general, Lord Goldsmith, is to challenge the government of Singapore over its laws banning sex between men.
Ireland: LGBT campaigners welcome anti-homophobic bullying government report 3
1:42 PM — Campaigners in Ireland have welcomed calls by a government child protection adviser to improve the way schools deal with homophobic bullying and also for legal recognition of same-sex parents.
PinkNews exclusive: Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson says ‘It’s Time’ for equal marriage in Scotland 7
12:40 PM — The leader of the Scottish Conservatives Ruth Davidson has reaffirmed her support for equal marriage in Scotland by saying “it's a matter of love.”
Vicar says homosexuality can be given up like ‘cigarettes’ and police are being ‘manipulated’ by gays 117
11:29 AM — The Rev Peter Ratcliff has defended US Christian preacher Tony Miano, who was arrested earlier this month in Wimbledon for making a homophobic street sermon.
10th July 2013
Geoffrey Howe’s wife Baroness Howe demands government provides equal survivor benefits for gay couples 15
7:24 PM — Baroness Howe of Idlicote has pleaded with the government to equalise survivor benefits for same-sex couples, invoking the spirit of the US Supreme Court’s ruling against the Defence of Marriage Act in her argument.
Diva magazine launches campaign against ‘lesbophobia’ 10
5:55 PM — The editor of Diva magazine, Jane Czyzselska, has launched a new campaign against “lesbophobia”.
Court of Appeal refuses to lengthen ‘lenient’ sentence of man who burnt gay teenager to death 36
4:41 PM — The Court of Appeal has refused to alter a three and a half year sentence handed down to Jordan Sheard, the killer of gay teenager Steven Simpson.
UK: Gay couple say ‘it was right’ to take discriminatory Christian B&B owner to court 12
1:26 PM — Following Tuesday's Court of Appeal ruling, a gay couple from Cambridgeshire who were refused a room at a guest house say it was important to make a stand against discrimination.
Justice Secretary defends whole-life sentence given to the murderer of 4 gay men 18
12:36 PM — A European Court decision against a whole-life sentence issued to Peter Moore, who murdered four gay men in 1995, has been criticised by the Justice Secretary.
Northern Ireland Health Minister spends £40,000 of public money appealing against pro-gay adoption ruling 18
11:39 AM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots has used £40,000 of public money in a legal campaign to prevent same-sex couples from being allowed to adopt children.
Elton John praises Pope Francis as he’s named ‘Man of the Year’ by Vanity Fair 47
10:53 AM — Sir Elton John says Pope Francis “is a miracle of humility in an era of vanity”.
9th July 2013
Lord West: Gay members of the armed forces suffered ‘degrading treatment’ in the 90s 41
5:01 PM — A former First Sea Lord says he was “shocked and appalled” at the way gay people were once treated in the armed forces.
Elton John to undergo surgery for appendicitis and cancels shows 4
4:20 PM — Sir Elton John has been forced to cancel a headline performance in Hyde Park after being diagnosed with appendicitis.
National Secular Society welcomes Court of Appeal ruling against anti-gay Christian B&B owner 16
3:31 PM — National Secular Society President Terry Sanderson has welcomed a Court of Appeal ruling against a Christian guest house owner who refused to allow a gay couple to share the same bed.