27th June 2008
Mormons back ban on same-sex marriage in California
10:34 AM — The Mormon church has waded into the California gay marriage row calling on its members to join the effort to amend that state's constitution to define marriage as being between a man and a woman.
26th June 2008
Jacqui Smith’s Iran comments misunderstood claims minister 3
6:28 PM — A Home Office minister has defended his boss against accusations that she does not understand the dangers faced by gay people in Iran.
Stonewall welcomes “very significant” Equality Bill 1
5:43 PM — Gay rights organisation Stonewall today welcomed the announcement by Cabinet minister Harriet Harman that a new Equality Bill to be brought before Parliament will include a need for public bodies to promote gay equality.
New legislation will instruct public bodies to promote gay equality 1
5:16 PM — The new Equality Bill published today includes proposals for all public bodies to promote equality for gay and lesbian people.
Budapest police braced for disruptions to Pride
4:32 PM — Budapest's police chief Gabor Toth is expecting harsher and more frequent disruption to the city's Pride parade.
Russian gays call for prosecution of homophobic governor
4:25 PM — Two gay rights activists have called on the State Office of Public Prosecutor of the Russian Federation to start criminal proceedings against the Governor of the Tambov region.
US shock jock claims Democrats will “bend over” for gays
11:32 AM — A conservative Talk Radio host hit a home run this week when he told a caller “Democrats will bend over, grab the ankles, and say have your way with me" to black and gay voters.
MEPs back Sofia Pride in face of nationalist threat
11:10 AM — Bulgaria’s first ever Pride parade has received the backing of leading members of the European Parliament amid threatened disruption by nationalist groups.
Gay couples could adopt in Northern Ireland after legal ruling
10:57 AM — In the aftermath of a landmark court case which paved the way for unmarried couples in Northern Ireland to adopt, legal experts said there should be no reason as to why gay couples cannot take advantage of the ruling.
Shocking new report shows one in five gays are victims of homophobic violence 8
12:01 AM — A new survey of gay, bisexual and lesbian people has revealed that they are regular targets for physical and verbal abuse, yet many do not trust the police to take action.
Home Secretary pledges action on homophobic hate crime 6
12:01 AM — Today’s report from Stonewall revealing the extent of abuse that many of Britain’s 3.6 million lesbian and gay people face has spurred the Home Secretary into action.
25th June 2008
Condom activists target Pope’s trip to Australia
5:10 PM — Pope Benedict XVI has been branded ‘anti-condom’ ahead of his visit to Sydney for World Youth Day next month.
Analysis: What is in Ireland’s civil partnership bill? 2
4:36 PM — The new civil partnership bill proposed in Ireland gives same-sex couples the same financial and maintenance protection as married couples, a breakthrough for the lesbian and gay community.
Irish gay group claims civil partnerships are discriminatory 2
1:24 PM — An organisation that lobbies for full civil marriage rights for same-sex couples in Ireland has attacked their government’s civil partnership proposals.
Stormont reception for gay groups a success despite DUP no show 1
1:15 PM — A reception held to honour two of Northern Ireland’s most prominent gay rights groups at Stormont last night was has been hailed as a "complete success."
Boris will shine at Pride predicts David Cameron 4
12:45 PM — The Mayor of London will have the backing of his party leader when he makes his debut at Pride London on July 5th.
Gay rights foe accuses Obama of “distorting the Bible” 2
11:44 AM — Where there’s smoke, there’s usually Focus on the Family's James Dobson, and as Democratic Presidential hopeful Barack Obama continues his outreach to evangelical voters, Dobson is accusing the Illinois Senator of distorting the Bible.
24th June 2008
Irish gay rights group welcomes civil partnership bill 5
5:08 PM — The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network has welcomed the "comprehensive" civil partnership legislation published by the Irish government today.
Homophobia a vote winner in Jamaica 1
4:49 PM — A new survey conducted in Jamaica has found that the Prime Minister's stridently anti-gay statements have boosted his popularity.
Jacqui Smith branded “offensive” by gay immigration group 2
4:12 PM — A group that works with lesbian and gay asylum seekers has said that the Home Secretary's assertion that gay men and lesbians who are "discreet" are not in danger in Iran is ill-informed and offensive.