22nd June 2012
New anti-homophobia award named in honour of Alan Turing 16
3:43 PM — Ahead of the centenary of his birth, the Lesbian and Gay Foundation has unveiled a new award in its Homo Heroes series dedicated to gay computer genius and Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing.
France: Cohabiting gay men ‘twice as likely to be unemployed as straight counterparts’ 32
2:57 PM — French researches say they have determined that men in co-habiting gay relationships are twice as likely to be unemployed as straight men living with a female partner.
Denmark: Newspaper editor refuses to write about gay marriage laws 34
12:14 PM — A Danish newspaper editor said he would refuse to include any news about the country's recently-implemented equal marriage laws.
Stonewall updates gay-friendly university guide 20
11:18 AM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has updated its guide to the gay-friendly credentials of the UK's 150 universities.
Queensland ‘downgrades’ civil partnerships and will ban gay surrogacy 100
10:38 AM — The Australian state of Queensland will remove gay couples' ability to have children through surrogacy and downgrade civil partnerships to the class of 'registered relationships', after a debate in Parliament last night.
21st June 2012
Maine: Equal marriage advocates seek to amend ballot question 6
6:47 PM — Supporters of marriage equality rights for gay couples in Maine have said they will ask for the ballot question on marriage to be put to voters later this year to be amended before it is finalised.
Michael Gove: Catholic Education Service ‘blurred’ line between faith and politics with anti-gay marriage petition in schools 36
5:52 PM — The Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove has prompted confusion by criticising the Catholic Education Service for 'unintentionally blurring' the line between faith and the illegal promotion of political views by suggesting schools direct pupils to an anti-gay marriage petition, while determining that a school which followed that suggestion acted legally.
Southern Baptists opposed to viewing equal marriage as a civil rights issue 26
3:47 PM — The US Southern Baptist Convention has adopted a resolution at its annual conference criticising marriage equality advocates who have adopted the 'rhetoric of the civil rights movement' and drawn comparisons between discrimination against gay couples and racism.
Australia: Census records nearly 34,000 gay couples 22
2:58 PM — Data from Australia's 2011 census have been released today and show 33,714 gay couples, 1,338 of whom are married.
Malta: Gender identity and sexual orientation included in hate crime laws 10
12:53 PM — The Maltese parliament has extended its hate crime laws for the first time to protect citizens on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Andrew Mitchell: Most pensioners support equal marriage plans when properly explained 26
12:11 PM — The International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell has said that a slim majority of over-65s, the group most opposed to the government's plans to legalise gay civil marriages, are actually in favour of the move when it is properly explained.
BBC to axe its radio network’s only LGBT programme 49
11:00 AM — The BBC has confirmed it will axe a volunteer-run programme on its Manchester station, the only LGBT-interest programme on its national radio network.
20th June 2012
Exclusive: LGBT delegates leave Fire Brigades Union conference after voting rights removed 53
5:35 PM — LGBT representatives have left the Fire Brigades Union national conference in Blackpool today after guaranteed voting rights for minority representatives across the union were removed by ballot.
Uganda to dissolve 38 NGOs which ‘promote homosexuality’ 49
5:16 PM — Uganda is reportedly set to dissolve 38 non-governmental organisations in the African state who it believes are promoting homosexuality and 'recruiting' people into a gay lifestyle.
Australia: MP wishes wife a happy anniversary in speech against marriage for gay couples 52
1:39 PM — Australian MP John Murphy paused during a speech in which he opposed equal marriage rights for gay couples to wish his own wife a happy anniversary on Monday.
Chief Rabbi’s opposition to marriage equality and civil partnerships ‘regrettable’ 22
12:37 PM — The Chief Rabbi's response to the government's public consultation on marriage equality, in which both marriage for gay couples and civil partnerships were opposed, has been described as 'regrettable' by Liberal Judaism.
Mormons say equal marriage would have ‘negative implications’ for UK 80
11:47 AM — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints filed a response to the government's public consultation on how to introduce marriage equality, saying gay couples should be excluded for the "good of society" and warning that the move will have "negative implications for the nation, both legal and social".
Video: Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says equal marriage no longer a matter of ‘if’ in @Out4Marriage video 45
10:35 AM — The Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, has reiterated his support for marriage equality between gay and straight couples in England and Wales, affirming that it is no longer a question of 'if' the move will go ahead.
19th June 2012
Home Office will be asked to heed warning on ‘outdated’ police resources on HIV 5
6:05 PM — The Home Office is to be asked to ensure police resources on HIV accurately reflect current knowledge of the virus and its routes of transmission.
Bulgaria: Church asked to repudiate priest’s call to ‘throw stones’ at Pride 29
3:16 PM — Pride organisers in the Bulgarian capital have clashed with the Orthodox Church over what event organisers see as tacit support for violence against marchers.