2nd December 2011
European Parliament urges Croatia to protect gay citizens before joining EU 28
2:40 PM — The European Parliament has adopted a resolution which reminds Croatia of its obligation to protect gay citizens from homophobia and homophobic violence before it joins the EU in 2013.
140,000 Australians sign equal marriage petition amid “unstoppable momentum” 22
2:17 PM — The petition was presented to Prime Minister Julia Gillard's annual party conference, which she opened saying she hoped for a "fair dinkum" event, adding: "We came here for debate".
Russian deputy Prime Minister: A national “gay propaganda” law should be considered 30
1:04 PM — The Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak has said he is in favour of St Petersburg's pending "gay propaganda" law, and wants it considered at a national level. Kozak said the bill would punish "disgusting activity".
Video: US student, 16, confronts Bachmann on marriage rights 69
12:27 PM — Michele Bachmann tells the 16-year-old student gays have the same rights to marry as straight people: "They can get married: they can marry a man if they're a woman."
MPs move to strike down religious civil partnership rules 100
10:37 AM — A small group of MPs is echoing calls made in the House of Lords that new regulations for civil partnerships may force places of worship to marry gay couples alongside straight ones. Edward Leigh, a Catholic Conservative backbencher said the House of Commons was not able to debate the regulations properly.
Church of Scotland will follow “will of God” to oppose gay marriage 137
9:53 AM — The Church of Scotland has made its official response to the Scottish government's consultation, standing in opposition to equal marriage rights for gay couples, saying it has "a responsibility to shape public opinion in accordance with what it understands to be the will of God."
1st December 2011
Comment: The government is failing on HIV 48
2:16 PM — On World AIDS Day, Peter Tatchell says clinics are under continuing pressure to provide cheaper HIV medication, education on prevention is inadequate, and public funding cuts could undermine services.
Comment: HIV awareness should be as real as it was in 1980s, Ed Miliband says 8
10:34 AM — Labour Party leader Ed Miliband promises to continue promoting support in Parliament for people living with HIV and for the right policies to tackle rising infection rates.
Comment: David Cameron urges reflection, action and hope on World AIDS Day 24
10:10 AM — This World AIDS Day, the Prime Minister has spoken of the government's commitment to the "urgent task" of tackling HIV abroad, through international organisations, and in the UK, through the NHS and partnerships with specialist charities.
30th November 2011
Russia reacts to overseas “interference” on St Petersburg “gay propaganda” law 29
2:00 PM — A senior official in the Russian government has said he is "perplexed" by the US statement condemning a proposed law which could severely hinder freedom of expression for LGBT people in St Petersburg. Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry's Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, said the US State Department's comments were "incorrect".
Nigerian Senate votes to punish gay marriage with 14 years in prison 150
9:46 AM — The Nigerian Senate has voted through a bill criminalising gay marriage, with prison sentences of up to 14 years for those couples who try to enter into an unofficial union and ten years for witnesses. The law already punishes acts of homosexuality with 14 years’ imprisonment or, in regions under Shari’a law, with a sentence of death by stoning.
29th November 2011
Speaker John Bercow unveils new coat of arms with multiple gay rights symbols 42
12:23 PM — The Speaker of the House of Commons has unveiled his new portrait and coat of arms, which depict rainbow flags and pink triangles around the words "All Are Equal".
28th November 2011
US Congressman Barney Frank announces he will not stand again in 2012 8
4:24 PM — In 1987, Barney Frank was the first US Congressman to come out voluntarily. He announced today he will not seek re-election, after 30 years in the House of Representatives.
Video: Australian marriage equality short becomes overnight hit 43
12:07 PM — A pro-marriage equality video by Australian action group GetUp has become a Youtube sensation since its release before the weekend, racking up 1.6 million views over four days.
25th November 2011
Opponents’ poll finds equal marriage a “low priority” issue in Australia 21
11:58 AM — The Ambrose Centre, which opposes marriage equality, found 49% of people supported gay marriage, compared with 40% against, but that it was only thought to be "very important" by 27% of the population.
Arguments against religious civil partnership rules released by House of Lords 75
11:11 AM — Select Committee has released an ecclesiastical lawyer's argument that broadest equality laws could mean some churches will be forbidden from holding marriages until they agree to hold civil partnerships, despite specific new laws meant to prevent this.
24th November 2011
Right-wing Polish group registers logo depicting “no” symbol over gay sex graphic 17
4:54 PM — The decision by a court to allow registration of the logo is being opposed by Robert Biedron, the first openly gay MP in Poland's history, who took office this month.
Comment: Tom Brake MP on securing and defending religious civil partnerships 34
2:39 PM — Tom Brake MP, Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party Committee on Home Affairs, Justice and Equality, talks about protecting new rules on civil partnerships on their passage through Parliament.
US professor: Pro-gay Israeli stance “conceals Palestinian human rights violations” 89
11:41 AM — "Pinkwashing", according to the professor, has emerged as "a deliberate strategy to conceal the continuing violations of Palestinians’ human rights behind an image of modernity." The idea was described as "ludicrous and offensive".
Mugabe calls UK’s human rights aid policy “satanic” 101
10:25 AM — Zimbabwean President calls the idea of diverting aid away from the government unless they enshrine human rights, including gay rights, a "diabolic suggestion" and a "stupid offer".