14th July 2009
Bill Clinton says gays should be able to marry 10
6:31 PM — Former US president Bill Clinton has said he is now "basically" in favour of gay marriage. During his term, he opposed equal rights for gay couples and introduced the Defence of Marriage Act.
Video: US protestors stage ‘kiss-in’ outside Mormon temple 16
5:55 PM — Around 100 gay and heterosexual couples held a 'kiss-in' outside a Mormon temple in Salt Lake City to protest over a couple who were stopped by security guards for embracing on its property.
Lithuania’s parliament passes ‘Section 28-style’ law to ban homosexuality in schools 26
5:43 PM — The Lithuanian parliament today voted to pass a law that bans information on homosexuality in schools or in media accessible by young people.
Family of murdered New York trans woman call for protection under hate crimes bill 2
4:13 PM — The family of Lateisha Green, the trans woman who was shot dead last year, have called for trans people to be protected under New York's hate crime laws.
Former minister Patricia Hewitt says gay rights and diversity ‘not part of who Gordon Brown is’ 13
2:55 PM — Amidst the criticism recently heaped on Gordon Brown by female ministers, former health secretary Patricia Hewitt has claimed that gay rights and the women's liberation movement passed the prime minister by.
India’s Supreme Court accepts challenge to ruling on gay sex 4
1:49 PM — The Indian Supreme Court has agreed to consider a petition against a lower court's ruling that homosexuality should be decriminalised.
US bishops vote to overturn moratorium on gay clergy 12
11:37 AM — Anglican bishops in the US have voted to reject a three-year moratorium on the consecration of gay clergy. The result follows of a vote of clergy and laity on Sunday, which also voted against the moratorium.
13th July 2009
Texas politician calls for inquest into gay sailor’s death 8
6:12 PM — US representative Sheila Jackson Lee has called for an inquest into the "bizarre" death of sailor August Provost. Provost, 29, of Houston, was found dead earlier this month at Camp Pendleton in Southern California.
New York senator reportedly considering moratorium on military gay ban 2
5:39 PM — New York senator Kirsten Gillibrand is reportedly considering an amendment which would place an 18-month moratorium on the discharges of gay military personnel.
Senior Scottish clergyman says gays should be able to marry in churches 14
5:26 PM — A senior cleric has said that gays should be able to get married in church. The Very Reverend Kelvin Holdsworth said civil partnerships were not equal to marriage and that gay couples should be able to walk down the aisle together.
Archbishop of Canterbury expresses ‘regret’ over move to ordain gay bishops 29
3:47 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has spoken of his regret over a vote which called to reject a moratorium on gay bishops.
Peter Tatchell criticises Stonewall over Equality Bill 18
2:09 PM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has attacked Stonewall over its support of the government's Equality Bill, saying the legislation is "discriminatory".
Muslim academic claims homosexuality can be compatible with Islam 32
10:54 AM — A leading Muslim academic has said there is evidence in the Koran that homosexuality can be compatible with Islam. Dr Amanullah De Sondy, 29, said that despite the evidence, conservative Muslims will not accept homosexuality as they are "deeply homophobic".
10th July 2009
Bisexual MP Simon Hughes consulting lawyer over News of the World phone hack 12
7:48 PM — The bisexual senior Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes has confirmed that he is consulting with his solicitor after his phone was hacked by the News of the World. The saga relating to The Guardian’s allegations that the News of the World, Britain’s biggest selling newspaper operated a complex programme of hacking into celebrities mobile phone voicemail and paid off some of the victims has continued for another day.
Conservatives’ grouping with homophobic Polish party ‘will give them more power’ 20
5:21 PM — The decision of the Tories to join a new "anti-federalist" political group in the European Parliament, including a homophobic party, will give them more political clout, it has been claimed.
Christian arts festival is ‘too gay’ 34
2:43 PM — A Christian arts and music festival has been attacked for being too gay by a conservative Anglican pressure group.
Gay men ejected from Texas restaurant for kissing 50
11:34 AM — Five men who were kicked out of an El Paso restaurant say they were forced out because they are gay. Shortly after ordering a meal on June 26th, security staff allegedly ordered the group to leave after two of the men kissed.
9th July 2009
House of Lords votes to keep ‘free speech’ defence in homophobic hatred laws 64
4:10 PM — The House of Lords has voted to keep an amendment that would create a defence of "free speech" in a bill that is designed to criminalise incitement of homophobic hatred.
House of Lords votes today on anti-gay hate speech 5
3:02 PM — The House of Lords will vote today on whether to remove an amendment that would create a defence of "free speech" in a bill that is designed to criminalise incitement of homophobic hatred.
Maine gay marriage opponents collect enough signatures to get issue on November ballot 17
1:57 PM — Gay marriage opponents in Maine say they have already collected enough signatures opposing the new law to get the issue on the November ballot.