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.
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.
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.
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.
Immigration minister backs ban on God Hates Fags preachers 1
2:50 PM — The minister for immigration has said that the Labour government "will always oppose homophobia" after the Home Office banned two gay hate preachers from entering the UK.
Belgrade conference venue staff should be sacked for refusing gays says minister
2:32 PM — The directors of a conference hall who cancelled a press conference by a gay organisation for "security reasons" should resign.
Death of David Cameron’s son shocks Westminster 3
11:40 AM — Ivan Cameron, the six-year-old son of the Conservative party leader, has died. In a statement the party said: "Ivan was taken ill overnight and died at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington, early this morning."
Prime Minister celebrates LGBT History Month at Downing St 8
11:08 AM — The Prime Minister is to host a reception at 10 Downing St next week to mark LGBT History Month. Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah will meet organisers and gay equality activists.
24th February 2009
Republican party chair rejects civil unions as going “loosey-goosey on marriage” 3
3:43 PM — Hopes that the Republicans may become more accepting of the rights of gay and lesbian Americans suffered a setback yesterday when a party leader attacked civil unions.
Civil rights group backs challenge to California gay marriage ban 1
2:57 PM — The national president of America's leading civil rights group has said banning gay marriage interferes with a "fundamental freedom."