8th July 2013
YouGov poll: 59% of Tory activists ‘totally oppose’ equal marriage 12
5:06 PM — A new YouGov poll of more than 800 Conservative Party activists shows 59% totally oppose legislation to allow for same-sex marriage in England and Wales.
Tory MP Peter Bone’s equal marriage ‘referendum’ bill to be debated by MPs in November 40
3:46 PM — Tory MP Peter Bone's private member's bill for a referendum on equal marriage will be subjected to a second reading debate by MPs on 29 November 2013.
Annual LGBT pride festival takes place in Cologne 2
1:43 PM — Tens of thousands took to the streets of Cologne at the weekend as part of Germany's annual LGBT Pride celebrations.
Telegraph columnist Cristina Odone: Banning ‘gay’ as an insult would be like banning ‘chav’ 96
12:14 PM — The former editor of The Catholic Herald, Cristina Odone, has criticised the Education Secretary for stating that it’s wrong to use the word “gay” as an insult.
Plaid Cymru: Latest figures on anti-gay bullying in Welsh schools ‘probably the tip of the iceberg’ 4
11:12 AM — More than 70 cases of homophobic bullying have been recorded in schools across south-east Wales, but Plaid Cymru says the true figure could be even higher.
5th July 2013
South African Human Rights Commission condemns murder and sexual mutilation of lesbian 3
6:19 PM — South Africa’s Human Rights Commission has condemned the recent murder and sexual mutilation of Duduzile Zozo.
Association of Teachers and Lecturers says free schools will make it harder to fight homophobia 7
4:45 PM — Discrimination is becoming harder to challenge as more schools become academies and free schools independent of local control, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers has warned.
UK Government: We don’t deport LGBT asylum seekers and we never will 13
3:54 PM — The Home Office has defended the UK Border Agency from claims that LGBT asylum seekers have been deported back to countries such as Uganda where they are at risk of homophobic persecution.
Pope Francis and Benedict XVI united in their opposition to equal marriage 68
2:50 PM — The Vatican has issued an unprecedented religious text co-written by Pope Francis and his predecessor Benedict XVI in which the two men restate their opposition to equal marriage.
Lithuania: Court overturns ban on Baltic Pride 4
1:57 PM — Campaigners have welcomed a decision to reverse this month’s ban on Baltic Pride in Lithuania.
Head of civil registrars warns against allowing civil registrars to opt of marrying gay couples 12
12:36 PM — The National Panel for Registration has warned Culture Secretary Maria Miller against allowing civil registrars to opt of marrying same-sex couples.
Lib Dems’ Baroness Williams tables ‘opposite sex marriage’ amendment to equal marriage bill 66
11:16 AM — Baroness Williams has tabled a new amendment urging for a legal separation between same-sex marriages and opposite sex marriages.
4th July 2013
Oregon: Five teenagers sentenced for attacking young gay man in a park 4
6:48 PM — Five teenagers in the US state of Oregon have been sentenced for attacking a 24-year-old gay man in a park.
UN warns failure of Asian government to abolish anti-gay laws is undermining fight against HIV 2
6:20 PM — UN-AIDS Steven Kraus director has urged governments in Asia to eliminate anti-gay laws that hinder the battle against HIV.
Russian politician who urged for gays to be whipped in public to be investigated 4
5:30 PM — A human rights group in Russia has asked prosecutors to look into the homophobic comments of a politician who urged for the Cossack community to flog gay people in public squares.
Ex-Telegraph editor Charles Moore: Will equal marriage lead to people marrying dogs? 63
4:10 PM — Former Telegraph editor Charles Moore has made another attack on the same-sex marriage bill, saying: “I wonder if the law will eventually be changed to allow one to marry one’s dog.”
31 years ago today Terry Higgins died from AIDS 51
2:53 PM — Today marks 31 years since the death of Terry Higgins, the first person in the UK to be confirmed to have died with AIDS.
Green MP Caroline Lucas: When I raise the issue of LGBT asylum with the government I come up against a brick wall 5
1:34 PM — Green MP Caroline Lucas says the government must do more to ensure that the UK Border Agency does not deport LGBT asylum seekers back to countries where they are at risk of homophobic persecution.
Peter Tatchell: When it comes to LGBT asylum seekers, Labour’s Chris Bryant needs to know the facts 5
11:43 AM — Peter Tatchell is disputing claims made by Labour’s Shadow Immigration Minister Chris Bryant, that the UK Border Agency has not deported gay asylum seekers in recent years.
3rd July 2013
Green MP Caroline Lucas tables amendment for equal survivor benefits for gay couples 21
6:41 PM — Green MP Caroline Lucas has tabled an amendment to the Pensions Bill, which would give equal provision of survivor benefits for same-sex couples.