26th June 2013
Vladimir Putin says anti-gay Russian laws are about ‘protecting children’ 30
2:04 PM — Vladimir Putin has once again denied claims that gay citizens are being persecuted in Russia following the passing of laws against ‘Homosexual propaganda’.
Another defeat for equal marriage in Northern Ireland in the Stormont Assembly 36
1:31 PM — The Northern Ireland Assembly has voted against recognising the same-sex marriage bill for England and Wales.
Australia: Equal marriage campaigners welcome Julia Gillard’s decision to resign as prime minister 18
12:40 PM — Julia Gillard, who is strongly opposed to equal marriage, has confirmed she will resign as Australia's prime minister in favour of Kevin Rudd.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard loses leadership ballot to equal marriage supporter Kevin Rudd 15
12:08 PM — Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who is strongly opposed to equal marriage, has been ousted as leader of her party by Kevin Rudd.
25th June 2013
Gay asylum seeker gives evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee 5
6:11 PM — A gay asylum seeker from Senegal has given evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee about his experiences of going through the system.
Sunderland: Teen arrested following homophobic attack in chip shop
4:52 PM — Northumbria Police say a 15-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with a homophobic attack in Sunderland.
Government: Marriage to be recognised in the tax system for gay and straight couples 10
3:47 PM — Treasury Minister David Gauke says the government is "firmly committed" to recognising marriage in the tax system – a move which would benefit those in civil partnerships, heterosexual and same-sex marriages.
MEPs condemn attack on LGBT centre in Macedonia’s capital and cancellation of Pride event 3
2:37 PM — An attack on an LGBT centre in Skopje, the capital city of Macedonia, has been condemned by Members of the European Parliament.
Poll: UK support for equal marriage at 55% 18
2:04 PM — A new poll by Ipsos of 16 countries puts support for equal marriage in the UK at 55%.
Stephen Fry thanks public for ‘warm and caring’ support following suicide revelation 14
12:51 PM — Stephen Fry has thanked the "warm, caring majority" who contacted him after he revealed he had attempted suicide last year.
Sunderland: Two women suffer homophobic attack by gang of youths 3
12:19 PM — Police are appealing for information after a homophobic attack in Sunderland.
Amnesty: Homophobia reaching ‘dangerous levels’ in Africa 15
11:54 AM — Human rights organisation Amnesty International says homophobia across Africa is reaching “dangerous levels”.
24th June 2013
Ghana: Church minister suspended over gay sex claims 4
6:02 PM — A church minister in Ghana has reportedly been suspended over claims of engaging in “homosexual acts” with seven young men aged between 20 and 28.
Metro Charity launches ‘Fck Equal’ new HIV campaign 9
4:54 PM — The Metro Centre, the south-east London-based HIV prevention and sexual health charity, has launched a new HIV awareness campaign for gay and bisexual men.
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.”