21st March 2012
Man jailed after endangering plane with anti-gay air steward abuse 72
11:43 AM — A British man has been jailed after shouting homophobic abuse at air stewards and endangering the safety of a flight to Tenerife.
Jacqui Smith ‘happy’ to see civil partnerships make way for equal marriage 52
10:55 AM — Jacqui Smith, who was deputy minister for women and equalities when she unveiled the proposals for civil partnerships eight years ago, has said the system should be amended, or even repealed, to make way for equal civil marriage.
20th March 2012
Tony Blair avoids question on Liberian anti-gay law 38
5:38 PM — Former UK prime minister Tony Blair avoided answering a question about his view on Liberia's anti-gay laws during an interview with President Sirleaf.
125,000 sign Iraq veteran’s petition to keep New Hampshire’s equal marriage law 24
5:05 PM — 125,000 people across the US have called on New Hampshire's legislature to keep the state's equal marriage laws in a vote tomorrow, signing a petition started by marine who wants to be best man at his brother's wedding.
Former US president Jimmy Carter backs ‘very fine’ equal marriages for gays 44
3:54 PM — Former President Jimmy Carter has said gay people should be allowed to marry in civil ceremonies, as 'Jesus never said a word about homosexuality'.
Stonewall calls for ‘calm voice of gays’ in equal marriage consultation 94
3:19 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has published its response to the government consultation on how to introduce marriage equality for gay couples in England and Wales, saying civil partnerships have not been 'sufficient to diminish the remaining prejudice against gay people'.
Muslim Council of Britain: Marriage equality for gays ‘unnecessary and unhelpful’ 173
1:05 PM — The Muslim Council of Britain has backed opposition to marriage equality for gays, calling equality an 'unnecessary and unhelpful' exercise.
Netherlands: Catholic Church ‘castrated boys as gay cures and punishments’ 47
12:30 PM — A newspaper in the Netherlands claims to have uncovered cases in which boys in Roman Catholic care over half a century ago were castrated to stop them being gay or to punish them for uncovering abuse.
Lord Tebbit: Nests of snakes in the equal marriage can of worms 127
10:56 AM — Norman Tebbit has labelled the prime minister's reasons for supporting equal marriage 'absurd' and warned that 'nests of snakes' inhabit the 'can of worms' the country is about to open, suggesting polygamy and incest may naturally follow.
Dubai police chief denies gay party arrests 7
10:13 AM — The Dubai Chief of Police has denied reports of 30 arrests in the emirate but says homosexuality is illegal and against the local norms.
‘Married man’ rule for gay pensioners addressed in marriage consultation 10
9:54 AM — The government consultation on equal marriage rights for gay couples is expected to address the current working of the state pension scheme, in which male and female civil partners are treated as married men.
19th March 2012
French gay couple lose adoption appeal at European Court 58
1:32 PM — The European Court of Human Rights has ruled against a lesbian couple from France who were seeking to jointly adopt a child one of them had conceived.
16th March 2012
30 gays arrested in Dubai say unconfirmed reports 45
6:14 PM — An United Arab Emirates LGBT group claims that more than 30 men have been arrested by government forces for being gay. The
Tyler Clementi’s room-mate guilty on hate crime charges 56
5:56 PM — A jury has found a New Jersey university student who watched Tyler Clementi kissing another man in their room days before he killed himself guilty of 15 charges.
Comment: Equal marriage plans must include religion, writes Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper 209
4:40 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities Yvette Cooper says the Government's plans for marriage equality must go further if they are to respect religious freedom and tackle discrimination.
Daily Mail: Ministers ‘viciously bullying’ Church over marriage equality 114
1:10 PM — The Daily Mail has published an editorial today questioning whether there is real public demand for allowing gay couples to marry.
Second MP pulls out of CARE internship scheme over charity’s ‘extreme views’ 26
11:46 AM — A second MP has pulled out of the Westminster internship scheme funded by the charity CARE as an online petition calling on others to pull out has reached 8,000 signatures.
Telegraph: Government ‘risks reigniting anti-gay bigotry’ with equal marriage 92
10:47 AM — The Telegraph has published an editorial saying the equal marriage proposals unveiled by the government yesterday 'risk reigniting anti-homosexual bigotry' and will have ‘profound ramifications’ for the Church of England.
15th March 2012
Poll: 65 percent of British agree gays should have equal right to marry 39
5:15 PM — The latest in a line of polls gauging public opinion on the proposed right of gay couples to marry in Britain has found two thirds of the public support it.
Comment: Protection pre-conception, should gay parents consider it? 10
4:02 PM — Should gay couples enter pre-conception agreements with a 'third parent' when planning to have a child? Family lawyer Amanda Melton examines the issues.