15th March 2012
Zimbabwe senator asks for ‘sex gadgets’ to stop prisoners turning gay 71
11:45 AM — A Zimbabwean senator has suggested giving prisoners sex toys to curb gay impulses while they are behind bars.
Scottish anti-marriage equality group to launch ‘misleading’ poll ads today 30
11:25 AM — A 'misleading' poll question which asked voters to agree that gays 'should not be allowed to redefine marriage for everyone else' because they 'already have' civil partnerships will be used in publicity by equal marriage opponents in Scotland from today.
Government publishes proposals and opens consultation on same sex marriage 87
10:39 AM — The 12-week consultation on how to lift the ban on gay couples marrying in a civil ceremony in England and Wales has been launched by the government today.
14th March 2012
Government to unveil consultation plans for equal marriage in England and Wales tomorrow 29
6:26 PM — Consultation plans for the UK government's introduction of civil marriage equality for gay couples are expected to be unveiled tomorrow.
European Parliament resolves to protect gay couples’ inheritance rights 6
4:10 PM — The European Parliament has adopted a resolution calling on member states to ensure gay couples inheritance rights are respect around the EU, though it will not be binding on the UK, Ireland or Denmark.
Call to recommend gay and trans protections in new Commonwealth Charter 7
2:28 PM — Individuals and organisations are being called on to suggest specific gay, transgender and intersex protections in a new consultation on the draft Commonwealth Charter.
Denmark: Equal marriage law may take effect in June 51
1:07 PM — Denmark's prime minister has announced that equal marriage laws may come into effect on 15 June this year.
Comment: Catholic Archbishops misled the faithful on equal marriage plans 46
12:18 PM — Peter Tatchell writes that in their letter on a 'duty' to oppose marriage equality, Catholic Archbishops mislead the faithful - either deliberately or by careless omission.
13th March 2012
Consultation seeks views on draft LGBT asylum protections 2
5:33 PM — A consultation on the international protection of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex refugees and asylum seekers has been launched today.
St Petersburg governor signs ‘gay propaganda’ bill into law 46
2:36 PM — St Petersburg's governor has signed into law a bill making it an offence to 'promote' gay or transgender personal identities with commentators fearing how badly it will 'encourage hate' towards the city's gay, bi and trans people.
Renamed Ben and Jerry’s flavour backs equal marriage in the UK 105
11:56 AM — Ice cream giant Ben and Jerry's has announced today it will be changing the name of one of its ice cream flavours in the UK in support of equal marriage rights for gays.
The Times: Church stance on gay rights is not brave, it is demeaning and futile 59
11:41 AM — In a new editorial, The Times has said the Church of England's stance on equal gay rights is not 'brave', but a 'demeaning, unconscionable and ultimately futile defence of injustice'.
Gay dean: Church of England’s relationship with gays is ‘a disaster’ 51
9:48 AM — Dr Jeffrey John, who has twice lost out on a post as bishop because of his public homosexuality, says his denomination has become the 'last refuge of prejudice' and is treating gay relationships as 'inferior' to straight ones.
12th March 2012
Ken Livingstone: London ‘not on top’ of gay hate crime 32
10:33 PM — Ken Livingstone has accused Mayor Boris Johnston and the Metropolitan Police of complacency when it comes to tackling homophobic crime in the capital.
US embassy in Baghdad backs emo and LGBT murder vigil 9
5:10 PM — The US Embassy in Baghdad has sent a message of support to San Franciscan activists holding a vigil for Iraqi emo, goth and LGBT people who are currently being murdered.
Women’s Institute declines ‘potentially offensive’ Coalition for Marriage ad 37
4:14 PM — The Women's Institute has declined to run an advert for equal marriage opponents the Coalition for Marriage over fears it would offend 'many members'.
Comment: Marriage would be an unnecessary victory roll for gay rights, David Coburn argues 127
3:48 PM — Last week, David Coburn, UKIP’s openly gay London Regional Chairman, said the government was 'picking a fight’ with religious people in Britain over plans for equal civil marriage. Here, he explains why.
Current guidance ‘could let schools promote bigotry’ 4
2:46 PM — Classroom equality campaigners Schools Out have said today that the state of current rules on anti-gay materials means schools may be given "a licence to promote bigotry".
Archbishop of York: Church would need to approve gay civil marriage law 119
1:41 PM — The Archbishop of York appears to have claimed the Church of England must give its permission to the legal extension of equal marriage rights to gay couples even in a civil setting.
Christian hoteliers ‘may go to Supreme Court or ECHR’ over gay room ban 155
12:51 PM — Christian hoteliers who discriminated against a gay couple by refusing them a room have said the law 'has gone too far' and they may challenge it at the Supreme Court or the European Court of Human Rights.