3rd March 2010
‘Conscientious objection’ amendments to gay rights withdrawn 28
12:59 PM — Two amendments to the Equality Bill giving the right to "conscientious objections" to gay equality measures were withdrawn in the House of Lords last night.
Lords back religious civil partnerships for gay couples 49
9:22 AM — The House of Lords has approved an amendment to the Equality Bill giving gay couples the right to have civil partnerships in church. The measure, proposed by out gay peer Lord Waheed Alli, was passed 95 votes to 21, a majority of 74. A free vote was allowed.
2nd March 2010
Last-ditch attempt to block gay marriage in DC 10
6:23 PM — Gay marriage opponents have filed an appeal in the Supreme Court in an 11th hour attempt to block the district's gay marriage law.
One third of gays and lesbians in Edinburgh physically attacked 13
3:15 PM — A third of LGBT people in Edinburgh have been physically assaulted but only 15 per cent reported incidents to police, a small survey has suggested.
Man ‘wore mask to execute gay couple’
11:40 AM — A man has gone on trial for "execution-style" murder of a Bradford gay man and the attempted murder of his partner. Newcastle crown court heard yesterday that Ernest Wright, 68, took a sawn-off shotgun to the home of Neville Corby, 42, and Craig Freear, 31, last March.
1st March 2010
Three stabbings and 35 arrests at Sydney Mardi Gras 26
2:47 PM — Thirty five people were arrested at Sydney Mardi Gras this weekend, which police said was a reduction from 2009.
450,000-signature petition against anti-gay bill delivered to Uganda’s parliament 13
12:51 PM — Civil rights activists delivered a petition containing almost half a million signatures to Uganda's parliament today in protest over the country's anti-homosexuality bill.
Last Catholic adoption agency to resist gay equality legislation 21
12:08 PM — The last Catholic adoption agency in the UK will take its case to the High Court this week to fight equality legislation forcing it to accept gay couples.
26th February 2010
Homophobic Lithuanian law comes into power next week 46
6:07 PM — A controversial law which bans the promotion of gay marriage in Lithuania comes into power on Monday. The law was amended in December after international criticism. Before, it prohibited the “public dissemination” of any materials which could be seen to promote homosexuality.
South African school dormitory closed ‘over lesbian relationships’ 13
5:36 PM — A girls' dormitory at a South African boarding school has reportedly been closed over allegations of lesbian relationships. Nearly 30 girls have been expelled, local reports said.
Police reassure gay businesses and visitors in Soho 7
4:56 PM — Members of the Metropolitan Police Equalities Unit have met with LGBT businesses and the gay media in London. Today's meeting was part of a new initiative to improve the relationship between the police and minority groups.
Turkey urged to prevent attacks on trans people 6
4:22 PM — Human rights activists have called on Turkey to do more to prevent violence against trans people. According to Human Rights Watch, eight trans people have been murdered in Istanbul and Ankara since November 2008 and two trans women have been killed this month.
Marines chief says US military gay ban ‘is working’ 30
12:02 PM — The commandant of the Marine Corps said yesterday he did not agree with lifting the ban on gay US soldiers being open about their sexuality. General James Conway told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing that he believed that the "current policy works".
25th February 2010
Australian Senate rejects gay marriage bill 13
2:57 PM — The Australian Senate today rejected a bill to give equal marriage rights to gay citizens. The bill was introduced by the Greens but was defeated 45-5, just days before the world's biggest gay celebration, Sydney Mardi Gras.
24th February 2010
Second gay couple in Argentina permitted to marry 5
6:18 PM — An Argentinian judge has given a second gay couple permission to get married. Judge Elena Liberatori ruled that the unnamed men in Buenos Aires were exercising their rights.
Call for more gay, female and ethnic minority judges 20
5:33 PM — A government review has said that more should be done to attract diverse candidates to the judiciary. According to the Advisory Panel on Judicial Diversity, women, gay people, ethnic minorities and disabled people should receive preferential treatment over other candidates at the end of the selection process.
Lesbian couple have first civil partnership in prison 17
4:31 PM — A lesbian couple have become the first to have a civil partnership in prison. Murderer Sara Crane and drug dealer Joanne Davies, both 31, had their ceremony at Send Prison in Sussex, the Sun reports.
Woman jailed for female sexual assault 7
4:24 PM — A woman who sexually assaulted a female colleague has been jailed for 12 months. Teresa Cottingham, an NHS worker from East Sussex, was staying in a hotel room with her workmate in North London on January 26th last year.
Man wins discrimination claim against London’s oldest gay pub 16
3:34 PM — A gay man who worked in a London pub has won thousands of pounds in compensation after a tribunal found he was discriminated against.
Judge orders arrest of missing ex-gay mother 12
2:43 PM — A US judge has ordered the arrest of a woman who disappeared with her seven-year-old daughter after failing to hand her over to her other mother.