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  • 2nd August 2010

    Independent on Sunday’s pink list ranks gay victors and villains 20

    Gay rogue: Elton John

    10:55 AM — The Independent on Sunday has published its annual list of the 101 most influential gay and lesbian people in Britain. The list, which the newspaper said was designed to "entertain and celebrate, infuriate and amuse", also features a rogues' gallery of those who are "out but not in" - including Elton John.

  • 30th July 2010

    David Miliband changes his mind to now support full gay marriage 33

    David Miliband said it was an 'anomaly' that gay people are not considered married

    5:29 PM — Labour leadership frontrunner David Miliband has changed his mind on the issue of equal marriage rights. During an interview with PinkNews.co.uk earlier this month, he said he thought of civil partnerships as being "completely equal" to marriage.

  • 29th July 2010

    MP Angela Eagle defends Australian lesbian minister’s opposition to gay marriage 35

    Angela Eagle said Penny Wong was "dedicated" to gay rights

    6:21 PM — Labour MP Angela Eagle has defended an Australian lesbian politician for publicly opposing equal marriage. Ms Eagle, who was the only out lesbian in parliament until this year, said that Australian Labor politicianPenny Wong should be commended for her previous record on gay rights.

  • Banking heir sues for libel over Peter Mandelson story

    Peter Mandelson was the most powerful gay man in Britain until this year

    5:12 PM — Nathaniel Rothschild is suing the Daily Mail over a story which claimed he set up a meeting between Lord Mandelson and a Russian billionaire. The newspaper's story, published on May 22nd of this year, was titled "Mandelson, an oligarch and a £500m deal".

  • 28th July 2010

    Nepal to hold first gay Pride march 3

    Nepal will hold a Pride march next month (Photo: Ilkerender)

    3:28 PM — Nepal's only out gay MP has said that his country will hold its first Pride march this year. Sunil Pant told AFP that he hopes 3,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people will join the event, to be held on August 25th in the capital Kathmandu.

  • Gay activists say government is ‘ignoring’ calls for same-sex civil marriage 70

    The government is holding meetings with interested parties

    11:25 AM — The government's equalities office is holding a series of private meetings this week to discuss the possibility of holding civil partnerships for gay couples in church. Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell said he and other campaigners had a meeting with junior equality minister Lynne Featherstone yesterday but claimed the majority of those present wanted full gay marriage.

  • Best of PinkNews: Why was Opus Dei member Ruth Kelly appointed Minister for Equality? 6

    Ruth Kelly resigned from Government in 2008

    1:31 AM — As PinkNews.co.uk celebrates its fifth birthday, we take a look back at some of the most important exclusive stories we've broken.  Following the last Tony Blair Government reshuffle, PinkNews.co.uk in conjunction with Andrew Pierce, then of The Times, investigated why Ruth Kelly, a well known member of the right-wing Catholic group Opus Dei had been appointed Minister for Equality. The end result was the front-page question on The Independent "Ruth Kelly: Minister for Sin?" and a lead story on the ITV News.

  • 27th July 2010

    Gay Australian cabinet minister Penny Wong comes out against gay marriage 38

    Penny Wong is opposed to gay marriage

    1:34 PM — The first openly gay cabinet minister in Australia has claimed that she has suffered discrimination but refused to support gay marriage.

  • 26th July 2010

    Ireland ‘has more work to do’ on gay rights, gay senator says 12

    David Norris said Ireland has more work to do on gay rights

    4:29 PM — Irish senator David Norris has said that both Northern Ireland and the Republic are "nearly there" on gay rights legislation.

  • 25th July 2010

    Clegg dismisses claimed David Davis “Brokeback Coalition” description 26

    The prime minister and deputy prime minister

    1:47 PM — The deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has dismissed the alleged description of the Liberal Democrat/ Conservative coalition as the "Brokeback Coalition" by the former shadow home secretary David Davis.

  • 24th July 2010

    Best of PinkNews: Tory chairman declares his old anti-gay policies “immoral” 17

    Francis Maude is now the Cabinet Office Minister

    11:07 AM — As PinkNews.co.uk celebrates its fifth birthday, we take a look back at some of the most important exclusive stories we've broken. In this interview first published in 2006, then Conservative Party chairman Francis Maude declared the anti-gay policies he'd voted for in the Thatcher Government were "immoral" and said that they contributed to the death of gay men including his brother from HIV/ AIDs.

  • 23rd July 2010

    Catholic Church will ‘never’ recognise gay marriage, bishop tells Cameron 49

    Campaigners in Scotland are pushing for debate on full marriage equality

    3:22 PM — A Scottish bishop has written to prime minister David Cameron to tell him that the Catholic Church will 'never' recognise marriage for gay couples.

  • Government plans to stop Pope arrest 68

    Plans to arrest the Pope could be scuppered

    1:15 PM — The government has proposed changes to the law which will prevent gay and atheist campaigners arresting the Pope when he visits the UK in September. Whitehall officials were said to be "seriously concerned" that figures such as Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Peter Tatchell could attempt to bring a private prosecution against the Catholic leader under international criminal law.

  • 22nd July 2010

    Peter Tatchell confronts BNP leader Nick Griffin 37

    Mr Griffin was confronted about his party's views today

    6:00 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell confronted BNP leader Nick Griffin today over his party's record of homophobia, anti-Semitism and verbal attacks on Muslims. Mr Griffin, who was barred from a garden party at Buckingham Palace today, was leaving the BBC studios in Westminster when Mr Tatchell ambushed him in a stairwell.

  • Argentina’s president signs gay marriage into law 3

    President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner signed the bill into law

    3:19 PM — Argentina's president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner signed the country's gay marriage bill into law yesterday. The legislative change makes Argentina the first Latin American country to legalise marriage for gay couples and the first ceremony is expected to take place on August 13th in Buenos Aires.

  • Scottish campaigners step up pressure for full marriage equality 22

    Campaigners want the Scottish government to take a lead on gay marriage

    11:50 AM — Gay rights campaigners in Scotland are putting pressure on the Scottish government to grant full marriage equality to gay couples. A cross-party coalition of MSPs and some senior church leaders are supporting the campaign and a poll of the public suggests the majority would support the move.

  • 20th July 2010

    Uruguay and Paraguay could be next to debate gay marriage 13

    More Latin American countries could consider same-sex marriage

    4:39 PM — Argentina voted to legalise gay marriage last week and it now looks like two of its neighbours could be on course to consider the same step.

  • 19th July 2010

    US gay group gains UN accreditation 2

    The group won UN accreditation

    8:36 PM — The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has been granted consultative status by the UN Economic and Social Council.

  • Deputy Lib Dem leader Simon Hughes says government will allow gay couples to marry 64

    Lib Dem deputy leader Simon Hughes said same-sex marriage would come

    6:00 PM — Simon Hughes, the deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, has said that the government will give gay couples the right to civil marriage. He predicted that the change would be made before the next general election.

  • Peter Mandelson reportedly paid £350,000 for book serialisation rights 3

    Lord Mandelson reportedly received £350,000 for the serialisation rights to his book

    3:36 PM — Lord Mandelson was reportedly paid around £350,000 by The Times for the serialisation rights to his memoirs. The former business secretary is believed to have boosted the newspaper's sales by more than 100,000 copies.

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