2nd March 2009
MPs and celebs back petition on gay asylum seekers 3
11:08 AM — More than 4,000 people have signed a petition on the Downing St website calling for an end to gay deportations. It asks the Prime Minister to stop deporting gays and lesbians to countries where they may be imprisoned.
Norwegian lesbians celebrate “first” humanist marriage ceremony 6
10:42 AM — Humanists in Norway are claiming to have conducted their first legal same-sex marriage ceremony. Cecilia Patricia Stensland, 24, and Janne Lemvig Abrahamsen, 38, wed in Oslo last week.
Roman Catholics complain about teachers “promoting equality” 34
10:16 AM — A new code for teachers has been branded "unacceptable" by Roman Catholic leaders because it promotes equality.
27th February 2009
Gay marriage vigils planned ahead of Prop 8 appeal to Supreme Court 2
5:53 PM — Lesbian, gay and bisexual Californians and their supporters will take to the streets of more than a dozen cities next month to protest against a ban on gay marriage in the state.
Catholic bishops ‘helped defeat’ domestic partnerships bill in New Mexico 5
5:26 PM — Lesiglation to provide gay and straight unmarried couples with the right to enter into domestic partnerships under state law has been rejected by the New Mexico state Senate.
Republican politician partially apologises for comparing gays to murderers 18
4:32 PM — A state Senator in Colorado has admitted he has caused insult by comparing gay and lesbian people to murderers and adulterers.
Lithuania’s EU Commissioner denies she is a lesbian 3
3:31 PM — A leading Euro politician has responded to speculation about her personal life. Dalia Grybauskaite is the EU Commissioner for Financial Planning and Budgets.
Lesbian couple’s victory over NHS fertility treatment 5
3:12 PM — A local health authority has backed down after they were taken to court for refusing fertility treatment to a lesbian couple.
Comment: Tory MPs really need to shut up if they want my vote 26
1:52 PM — As a political journalist, I regularly talk to MPs and activists of all parties. Tories spend most of their time telling me how much their party has changed.
PinkNews.co.uk considers legal action over Google ban 25
12:48 PM — The fallout from Google's decision to list PinkNews.co.uk as a site containing "malware" (viruses) on the StopBadware.org service continues.
26th February 2009
Euro Parliament accepts petition on Poland’s discrimination against gays 1
5:02 PM — The European Parliament Committee on Petitions has accepted a petition submitted by a Polish LGBT rights group on the discriminatory practices of registry offices.
Brighton council asked to support homeless gay teens 1
3:20 PM — The Green party group on Brighton and Hove City Council has proposed measures that would improve support for young LGBT people with housing and homelessness problems in the budget for 2009/10.
Hazel Blears advocates “engagement” with homophobic extremists 19
3:01 PM — The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has said that the government must engage with organisations and individuals "with whose views we disagree vehemently."
Comment: Iraq’s gays go underground to survive 5
2:01 PM — In the bad old days of slavery in the United States, there was the "Underground Railroad" – a clandestine network of secret routes and safe houses – which spirited thousands of southern slaves to freedom.
Councillor asks if homophobic attacks are “acceptable” in Merseyside 15
1:20 PM — A local councillor has questioned the attitudes of the people of Merseyside after a jury acquitted a man who admitted assaulting a gay teenager.
Irish gay marriage advocates claim massive public support 15
12:56 PM — A group campaigning for full marriage rights for gay and lesbian people in Ireland has revealed the results of a new survey suggesting widespread support.
Hawaii Senate’s 3am vote on civil unions ends in tie 1
12:24 PM — New legislation that would allow gay and lesbian couples in Hawaii to form a civil union has been given a 3-3 vote in a state Senate committee.
Christian fundamentalists try to block protection for gay kids at school 24
11:58 AM — Christian evangelical groups have been accused of trying to undermine an effort by a teaching organisation to protect children from bullies.
25th February 2009
Gay Republicans condemn party chair’s comments on “crazy” civil unions 3
3:40 PM — A group representing lesbian and gay Republicans has condemned the chairman of the party's national committee for dismissing gay civil unions.
Israel’s new gay MP starts work with civil marriage bill 4
3:08 PM — A newly-elected member of the Knesset, Israel's parliament, has proposed a bill to legalise civil marriage and divorce. Nitzan Horovitz submitted the legislation at the opening session of the 18th Knesset.