23rd May 2012
Nick Clegg warns Tories against backing down on equal marriage 65
11:05 AM — Just as Owen Paterson, the Tory Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, became the first cabinet minister to oppose equal marriage, Nick Clegg, leader of the Liberal Democrats and the Deputy Prime Minister, has issued a warning to the Conservatives not to back down on the introduction of marriage equality.
22nd May 2012
Advertising Standards Authority accused of bias over Lord Smith’s @Out4Marriage video 47
2:54 PM — The anti-equality group, Coalition for Marriage (C4M) and the religious blogger, Archbishop Cranmer, have accused the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) of bias, after its chairman, Lord Smith, recorded and released a video for the @Out4Marriage Campaign, which asks people who support marriage equality to record and disseminate their message on YouTube.
21st May 2012
MEPs support ‘free speech’ after Kiev pride violence 12
6:29 PM — Members of the European Parliament are concerned about the number of gay pride marches being cancelled or banned across Europe due to homophobic violence or laws criminalising public support for LGBT rights.
Video: Lord Chris Smith comes @Out4Marriage – without marriage we are ‘not going to be equal’ 7
3:32 PM — Labour life peer and chairman of the Advertising Standards Authority, Lord Chris Smith, is standing in solidarity with the ever-growing list of people who have filmed a video for the Out4Marriage Campaign.
19th May 2012
50 Cent is 100% for gay marriage but not gay men that touch ‘your little buns’ in elevators 101
4:03 PM — The rapper 50 Cent has told a magazine that he is backing President Barack Obama's personal support of equal marriage for same sex couples, but argues that organisations should be created to protect the rights of heterosexual men, who might be at risk of gay men touching them up in an elevator.
Comment: Trans people need equality to get our marriages, confiscated by the state back 55
1:37 PM — Liberal Democrat councillor Sarah Brown explains from the perspective of a transgendered person why she's supporting the Out4Marriage campaign. The current unfair and discriminating system of opposite sex marriages and same sex civil partnerships has meant that she and her wife were forced to surrender their marriage and instead consider themselves 'civil partners'.
18th May 2012
Nine-year-old tells ‘God Hates Fags’ church ‘God hates no one’ 51
2:40 PM — A 9-year-old displayed a sign reading 'God hates no one' at a protest by the Westboro Baptist Church, known for its 'God hates fags' signs.
Hillary Clinton to officially accept WorldPride award 9
1:42 PM — US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton has formally agreed to accept WorldPride’s “World LGBT Award” as the event comes to London this summer.
Video: Sir Richard Branson comes @Out4Marriage – ‘The law should treat everyone the same, straight or gay’ 70
10:25 AM — The founder of the Virgin Group, Sir Richard Branson, has become the most high profile figure so far to film a video for the Out4Marriage campaign, which calls for global equal marriage for gay couples.
17th May 2012
UAE: Activists hold IDAHO commemoration with appeal for dialogue with LGBT people 50
8:17 PM — Members of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender groupcommemorated the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO) with a message of hope and appeal for dialogue and change.
International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia marked globally 78
3:59 PM — Governments, organisations and individuals around the world have been marking this year's International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia today.
Petition: New York Times ‘sexualised trans woman’s death’ 8
12:31 PM — Hundreds of people have signed a petition to the New York Times saying it 'sexualised' the death of a transgender woman in a report this weekend.
Green leader Caroline Lucas calls for ‘legislation not consultation’ in her @Out4Marriage video 9
10:21 AM — Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion and the leader of the Green Party has become the first party leader to publish their Out4Marriage video. Ms Lucas called on the Government to "legislate not consulate" and echoed calls made yesterday by the Labour MEP Peter Cashman for straight couples to be allowed to have civil partnerships should they wish
Tory MP who called gay marriage ‘completely nuts’ ejected from two Parliamentary committees 44
9:51 AM — Peter Bone, one of the most outspoken Conservative party critics of the Government's plans for same sex marriage equality, has lost his place on two influential House of Commons committees.
16th May 2012
Ben and Jerry’s renames Equality Minister Lynne Featherstone as Lynne Honeycomb 15
10:26 PM — Ben and Jerry's the ice cream maker that had already launched a special scoop, Apple-y Ever After, to celebrate equal marriage for gay couples sent the UK Minister for Equality, Lynne Featherstone her own personalised ice cream tub.
Ex-EastEnders star and Stonewall founder Michael Cashman first MEP to come @Out4Marriage 10
8:59 PM — Michael Cashman has become the first member of the European Parliament to join the Out4Marriage campaign. The former star of British soap opera EastEnders says that equality should also mean that straight couples should be entitled to hold civil partnerships should they wish, something that the Government is not currently proposing.
Regulator: Paddy Power ad which asked viewers to ‘spot the trans lady’ was offensive 15
11:27 AM — The Advertising Standard Agency has upheld complaints about an advert by Irish bookmaker Paddy Power which asked viewers to 'spot the trans lady'.
15th May 2012
Will Smith comes out for marriage for gay couples to support Obama 51
8:15 PM — Men in Black 3 star Will Smith has said that the debate about wether gay couples can marry is all about “about semantics."
Israeli newspaper Haaretz comes out for equal marriage within Israel 28
6:48 PM — The Israeli newspaper Haaretz has become the latest publication around the world to call on its Government to introduce full marriage equality. Israel recognises same sex marriages, so long as they are conducted outside of the country. Within Israel, only religious marriages can take place, so gay and straight couples wishing to hold a civil marriage are forced to go to another state in order to marry.
Video: UN high commissioner speaks out on human rights for LGBT people ahead of IDAHO 10
2:52 PM — The UN's human rights office has released a video of High Commissioner Navi Pillay speaking on the human rights of LGBT people around the world ahead of the International Day Against Homophobia on Thursday 17 May.