23rd February 2011
Video: Barack Obama rules US will not defend the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act 13
9:10 PM — In what could be a historic advance for gay rights in the United States, Barack Obama's administration has announced that it will not defend the Defense of Marriage Act in two specific cases because it defines a marriage as only being between a man and a woman.
Belgian gay couple to be reunited with baby son 12
5:14 PM — A Belgian gay couple whose baby son was stranded in Ukraine for two years expect to be reunited with him soon. Peter Meurrens and Laurent Ghilain had baby Samuel by surrogate in 2009 but red tape meant they could not bring him home.
Maryland Senate debates gay marriage
3:37 PM — Maryland's Senate began debating gay marriage today. The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act will remove gender references in the US state's marriage laws and give churches the right not to conduct ceremonies.
Anti-gay singer Buju Banton guilty of drug charges 20
1:22 PM — The homophobic Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton has been found guilty of cocaine charges. The star was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms of cocaine, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and aiding and abetting others.
22nd February 2011
Scottish police ‘are more gay-friendly than in San Francisco’ 12
3:39 PM — Scottish police are more gay-friendly than their counterparts in San Francisco, a researcher claims. According to Northern Constabulary advisor Lisa Buchanan, victims of anti-gay hate crimes are more likely to come forward in Scotland than they are in the traditionally gay-friendly areas of California.
UK education secretary Michael Gove attacks past bans on gay or mixed race adoptions 19
2:06 PM — Education secretary Michael Gove announced new UK government guidelines on adoption today and attacked past limitations on sexual orientation, race and age. Outlining the new guidance, he said that the number of children adopted had fallen in recent years and children spend an average of 21 months in care before being placed with a family.
21st February 2011
Israel appoints first out gay judge 14
2:46 PM — The first openly gay judge has been appointed in Israel. Dori Spivak, an attorney and former Civil Rights Association chairman, was appointed as a judge at the Tel Aviv Labor Court on Friday.
Ugandan asylum seeker says publicity will put her life at risk 9
11:00 AM — A Ugandan asylum seeker who was ordered to leave the UK says that publicity means her life will be at risk if returned to Uganda. The woman, referred to as BN, initially claimed that she was a lesbian but a judge ruled that there was no evidence for this.
Gay-only hotels to be investigated for discriminating against straights 134
9:42 AM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission is to investigate gay-only hotels for possible breaches of equality law. The body said it needed to establish an "objective balance" after investigating Christian-run hotels which bar gay couples.
20th February 2011
Ireland’s first civil partnerships have taken place early and in secret 25
1:55 AM — The first civil partnerships in Ireland have already taken place, more than a month earlier than the planned introduction of the ceremonies. It is understood that at least one member of both couples involved are suffering from serious illnesses with a risk of that one may die before the three month notice period for a civil partnership would elapse.
18th February 2011
Court overturns Budapest police’s ban of gay pride march 10
11:09 PM — The Budapest Metropolitan Court has overturned a police decision to deny permission for Budapest's Pride march planned for June 18th 2011.
Man evicted after threatening to petrol bomb gay couple returns to same street 13
4:22 PM — A Manchester man who was evicted after threatening to firebomb a local gay couple has returned to the same street. James Saunders, 36, and his partner Diane Halliwell, 42, were kicked out of their rented home on Windsor Road, Harpurhey, in November after the incident.
New Hampshire’s gay marriage law under threat 10
3:03 PM — Politicians in the US state of New Hampshire are attempting to repeal a 2009 marriage equality law. New Hampshire legalised the practice in 2009 but two bills to make it illegal are currently in front of the House.
Teenager jailed for kicking gay man in the face 13
1:39 PM — A teenager from Newcastle has been jailed for his part in an attack on a gay man. Kyle Watson, 19, admitted kicking 25-year-old Michael Gibbons after barging into his house.
Tory MP claims most gay people don’t want the right to marry 155
10:03 AM — A Conservative MP has claimed that only a "tiny number" of gay people actually want the right to marry. Edward Leigh, the MP for Gainsborough, questioned why the language of marriage should be "mangled" and suggested that changing the law would lead to recognising polygamy.
17th February 2011
Amnesty International asks Hungary to allow Budapest gay Pride 1
5:37 PM — Human rights charity Amnesty International has asked Hungary to allow this year's Budapest Pride. After asking permission to hold a rally outside parliament, organisers were told that the entire march would be banned.
US teen ‘killed gay man in panic after cough medicine overdose’
4:49 PM — A North Carolina teenager accused of murdering a gay man confessed he carried out the attack after overdosing on cough medicine, police say. Tapes from emergency calls also suggest that 19-year-old Michael Anderson attacked 36-year-old Stephen Starr after the older man made sexual advances to him.
New Moscow mayor says no to gay Pride marches 6
3:43 PM — Moscow's mayor Sergei Sobyanin says that the city does not need gay Pride marches. When asked by the Ekho Moskvy radio station if a march would be permitted this year, he said: "I doubt it."
Four men arrested over Camden gay stabbing
12:47 PM — Four men have been arrested over a homophobic stabbing in Camden, north London. The four, aged between 17 and 19, were arrested in Camden yesterday morning on suspicion of attempted murder.
Californian Supreme Court to hear Prop 8 case, delaying decision on gay marriage until 2012 8
2:56 AM — The legal saga over gay marriage in California looks set to drag on for another year. Last night, the Californian Supreme Court agreed to decide whether the backer of Proposition 8, the 2008 voter initiative that banned gay and lesbian marriages has the right to appeal a lower court decision that the ban was unconstitutional.