24th March 2012
Petition against equal marriage reaches 300,000 signatures 155
6:56 PM — The Coalition for Marriage has announced today that it has received more than 300,000 signatures in support of its petition to keep the definition of marriage restricted to that between a man and a woman.
23rd March 2012
Dharun Ravi denies responsibility for suicide of gay room-mate Tyler Clementi 23
9:57 PM — In his first interview since being convicted on fifteen charges last week, Dharun Ravi has denied acting out of homophobic hatred, and has said that he never felt uncomfortable with Tyler Clementi’s sexuality.
Madonna may be arrested in St Petersburg 41
9:06 PM — The author of the St Petersburg anti-gay bill has said that he would want Madonna charged under that law, should she speak out against it during her forthcoming concert in the city.
Chile: Lesbian judge whose sexuality ‘put daughters at risk’ wins legal battle 7
5:52 PM — A gay judge has won a custody case against the Chilean courts which had taken away her three daughters in 2004 believing her sexuality to put their development 'at risk'.
Kent MP: If gays marry, will Shakespeare be in danger? 168
10:55 AM — A twice-divorced Kent MP has questioned whether allowing gay couples to marry will result in Shakespeare being rewritten to redact gender-specific words like 'husband' and 'wife'.
Public invited to equal marriage forums over coming month 87
9:50 AM — Members of the public are being invited to consultation events around England over the next month to discuss how best to introduce equal marriage rights.
22nd March 2012
Madonna pledges to defy St Petersburg anti-gay law 43
7:19 PM — With only two days to go before the St Petersburg anti-gay law comes into effect, Madonna has vowed to defy the law during her Russian tour later this year.
Northern Ireland Attorney General: Ban on gay adoption will remain 37
5:43 PM — There are no plans to retract the ban on gay and unmarried couples from adopting children in Northern Ireland, the country’s Attorney General has said.
US men plead guilty to gay sex charges on Caribbean cruise 29
5:32 PM — Two men from California have pleaded guilty to charges of breaking Dominica's anti-gay laws after being spotted having sex on a gay cruise ship.
Equal marriage opponents call for Starbucks boycott 31
4:38 PM — A US organisation opposed to marriage equality is calling on people around the world to boycott Starbucks over its support of equal marriage rights for gays.
Comment: Britain must stop fudging its way to equality and let religions marry gay couples 35
2:56 PM — Following the launch of the government's public consultation on how to implement equal civil marriage rights, Rabbi Aaron Goldstein, the co-chair of Rabbinic Conference of Liberal Judaism, says religious ceremonies must be included in the final result.
Man denies stirring up anti-gay hate with Christian Voice leaflets
2:08 PM — A man has denied stirring up hatred against gays by disseminating leaflets for the group Christian Voice.
Video: Film urges reporting of anti-gay crimes in Hampshire 5
12:21 PM — Police in Hampshire have released a new film demonstrating the work of their liaison officers with the gay, bi and trans community and encouraging victims and witnesses of hate crimes to report them.
US men arrested after sex on Caribbean gay cruise ‘seen from dock’ 28
11:47 AM — Two American men have been arrested on the Caribbean island of Dominica for violating indecency and gay sex laws.
21st March 2012
Liberal Democrat president: Any discrimination in CARE internships unacceptable 44
5:23 PM — The president of the Liberal Democrats has said any discrimination on the grounds of sexuality in the religious Westminster internship scheme operated by the charity CARE (Christian Action Research & Education) which he defended this week would be 'unacceptable'.
Brighton police warn teen over homophobic comment drive-by 35
3:30 PM — A teenager who shouted homophobic abuse at a group of people outside a Brighton bar has been reprimanded by police.
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.