13th June 2012
Northern Ireland: Peer calls homosexuality ‘a rung on the ladder to bestiality’ 55
3:16 PM — The Ulster Unionist Party has distanced itself from comments made by Lord Maginnis this morning that marriage for gay couples was something 'unnatural' that would be 'imposed' on society, calling it a 'rung on the ladder' to bestiality.
Video: Newly married couple deliver anti-gay marriage petition to Downing Street 144
1:43 PM — The Coalition for Marriage, the campaign which opposes giving gay and straight couples an equal right to marry, recruited a newly-wed couple to deliver their petition to Downing Street yesterday.
ASA rules Coalition for Marriage ads did not mislead or offend 26
1:04 PM — The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that Coalition for Marriage adverts which said 70 percent of people wanted to keep marriage 'as it is' in a bid to promote its anti-gay marriage petition were not misleading or offensive.
Italian footballer ‘regrets’ hoping there were no gays in Euro 2012 team 40
11:03 AM — An Italian striker has apologised after telling a press conference he hoped there were no gay men in his team at the Euro 2012 football championships.
Northern Ireland survey: Four in ten would object to a relative’s gay relationship 65
10:35 AM — A survey into social attitudes and discrimination in Northern Ireland has found a quarter of people would object to having a gay or bisexual neighbour and four in ten would object to a close relative forming a relationship with a gay or bisexual person.
12th June 2012
Author defends study said to have been ‘flawed and misleading’ about gay parents 41
6:04 PM — The author of a US study which appeared to link an increased likelihood of negative life experiences in adults who grew up with a gay parent compared with those who grew up with married, straight parents has defended his study in the face of strong criticism.
Report: 71 percent of Britons back equal marriage rights for gay couples 58
2:16 PM — In a report released by Stonewall today, a YouGov poll has found 71 percent of people approve of the government's plans to allow gay couples to marry, and the same number want faiths to be able to perform gay weddings ceremonies if they choose.
Colorado: Lawmaker ‘disappointed’ after campaign email outs son 42
2:10 PM — A Colorado state representative has said she is 'disappointed' by an email sent by her own campaign team which outed her gay son to her supporters.
Tory MP calls for equal marriage consultation to be started again 42
1:07 PM — A Conservative MP in Kent has called on the Home Office to start its public consultation marriage equality between gay and straight couples again with a more rigorous system.
Church of England: Marriage equality proposals ‘legally and conceptually flawed’ 128
11:44 AM — The Church of England has said allowing gay couples to marry in civil ceremonies will "dilute the meaning of marriage for everyone" and put its role performing marriages on behalf of the state in jeopardy.
11th June 2012
Australian prime minister: Not all loving relationships need marriage certificates 87
6:51 PM — Australian prime minister Julia Gillard, who is personally opposed to marriage rights for gay couples, has told the father of a gay man that not all loving relationships need to be recognised as marriages.
US study examines apparent negative outcomes for grown children of a gay parent 68
5:53 PM — A new study has been published in the US which appears to suggest that children born in the twentieth century to parents who had a gay relationship have encountered more personal problems in adult life than those born to married, straight parents.
Derbyshire Pride anti-gay protester guilty of distress charge 35
1:34 PM — A court in Derbyshire has convicted a Muslim man, already jailed for inciting hatred against gays, of using threatening or abusive language at Derbyshire Pride.
Liam Fox MP undecided on ‘elite’ issue of marriage for gay couples 69
12:54 PM — The former Defence Secretary Liam Fox, who resigned last year over the questioned raised about his relationship with lobbyist Adam Werrity, has described equal marriage rights as an issue prioritised by the 'metropolitan elite'.
Video: Southern Baptist pastor defends Obama’s equal marriage endorsement 44
11:49 AM — In a video watched tens of thousands of times over the weekend, a Southern Baptist pastor in Dallas, Texas has criticised negative reactions to President Obama's personal endorsement of marriage rights for gay couples.
Manchester: Police appeal after body found in gay village canal 10
10:58 AM — Police in Manchester are appealing for information after a man's body was found this weekend in a canal in the city's gay centre.
8th June 2012
Gay couple tell court of ‘sickening anti-gay comments’ at Derby pride parade
4:58 PM — A gay couple has told a court in Derby of being 'sickened' by anti-gay protesters at a pride march in the city who claimed there was a genetic link between homosexuality and paedophilia.
Portsmouth police appeal after gay man robbed at knifepoint in car 10
3:23 PM — Police in Portsmouth have issued an e-fit of a man wanted for questioning after a gay man was robbed at knifepoint having entered a car expecting sex.
Poland: Teaching materials for nurses ‘calls gays socially dangerous’ 40
2:52 PM — Anger has been expressed over teaching materials for nurses in Poland which reportedly describe homosexuality as a 'pathology'.
US study: Young bisexual and questioning people at more risk of alcohol abuse 10
1:57 PM — Bisexual students and those questioning their sexual orientation are more at risk of alcohol abuse than their gay and straight counterparts, a US study suggests.