16th May 2012
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.
Obama: Extending marriage to gay couples will ‘strengthen families’ 48
12:19 AM — President Barack Obama has continued to speak out in favour of equal marriage while attending a celebrity laden fund-raiser in New York. After being introduced by openly gay star Ricky Martin, President Obama said: that all people are "equal in terms of dignity and in terms of respect."
14th May 2012
MPs declaring early support for equal marriage outnumber opponents three to one 6
2:09 PM — Of the members of Parliament to have made early public statements on marriage equality, those who are likely in principle to vote for the government's proposals to allow gay couples to marry outnumber opponents three to one.
Thousands expected to join Suffolk Pride after year’s absence 3
12:49 PM — Suffolk's LGB&T Network hopes to celebrate the region's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals when the event returns this June.
Stephen Twigg, first openly gay man to be elected as an MP comes @Out4Marriage 4
12:34 PM — Stephen Twigg, the first openly gay man to be elected to the UK's House of Commons, has declared his support for marriage equality in the Out4Marriage campaign.
13th May 2012
UK is the ‘best place in Europe’ to be gay 96
2:40 PM — For all the anti-equality campaigns by some politicians and right-wing religious groups, United Kingdom has been chosen as the best place in Europe for gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in terms of legal rights, according to a study by the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) Europe.
Tory MP Craig Whittaker continues to argue that letting gays marry could lead to three-ways or polygamy 79
1:00 PM — Consecrative MP for Caulder Valley, Craig Whittaker says he worries that changing the law to allow gay couples to marry could lead to legalisation recognising three-way relationships or polygamy.
Tory ministers Philip Hammond and Tim Loughton come out against equal marriage for gay couples 88
12:07 PM — Two senior Conservative ministers have come out against prime minister David Cameron's plans to introduce equal marriage for same sex and opposite sex couples. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said the plans were "too controversial" while Families Minister Tim Loughton told a constituent that marriage must only be between a "man and a woman".
11th May 2012
University of Wolverhampton students to host equal marriage support day 44
5:18 PM — Students at the University of Wolverhampton who launched an 8,500-strong petition in favour of marriage equality for gay and straight couples will be holding an awareness day next week.
David Walliams, Stephen Fry and The Saturdays come @Out4Marriage 13
3:17 PM — Celebrities including Stephen Fry, Britain’s Got Talent judge David Walliams and The Saturdays have already pledged their support of introducing equal marriage in the UK.
10th May 2012
British girl band The Saturdays first musicians to come @Out4Marriage 11
5:47 PM — British girl group The Saturdays have lent their support to the Out4Marriage campaign and urged the public to get on board and support marriage equality for gay and straight couples.
Clinic appeals to community to design new HIV awareness campaign 84
11:56 AM — London sexual health clinic 56 Dean Street is asking members of the gay community to design an innovative HIV or sexual health awareness campaign.
Oxford to host second annual ‘drag race’ Pride fundraiser 6
10:57 AM — Oxford will be hosting a 'drag race' this month to raise funds for the city's pride event in June.
Argentina approves gender identity law 37
10:30 AM — Having become the first country in South America to allow gay couples to marry, Argentina has passed a bill giving transgender citizens the right to have their gender recognised in law.
9th May 2012
Reactions to Obama’s endorsement of equal marriage begin to flow 83
10:16 PM — Politicians and gay rights activists have begun to react to President Obama's announcement today that he supports equal marriage for same-sex couples.
NAT issues report on promoting HIV testing under funding pressure 22
2:51 PM — NAT has launched a new report outlining steps to increase HIV testing at a time of financial pressure on the NHS.