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Politics

  • 12th October 2011

    Tory councillor disciplined for comparing gay marriage to ‘sex with animals’ 70

    James Malliff may be suspended

    3:21 PM — A Tory councillor in Buckinghamshire may be suspended after he compared gay marriage to bestiality. James Malliff said: "We may as well legalise sex with animals."

  • Ghana gay rights leader urges UK government not to cut aid 51

    Gay rights leaders in Ghana say cutting aid will not help them

    1:29 PM — The leader of Ghana's only gay rights group has urged the government not to cut aid to homophobic countries. Mac-Darling Cobbinah said the move would only cause "pain" to the struggling country and could backfire.

  • 11th October 2011

    Mary Portas calls Cabinet women ‘an ugly bunch’ 51

    Mary Portas: Unimpressed by Cabinet fashion

    2:12 PM — Retail guru Mary Portas has called David Cameron's female cabinet ministers 'an ugly bunch'. The lesbian presenter, who was appointed by Mr Cameron to help save small shops, said ministers including Theresa May, Baroness Warsi and Caroline Spelman need a bit of "sex and glamour".

  • Scottish faith groups want gay marriage referendum 36

    The faith groups want a referendum on gay marriage

    1:21 PM — Two Scottish faith groups are calling for a referendum on gay marriage. Dundee-based Solas and the Free Church say voters should be allowed to choose whether Scotland allows gay couples to wed.

  • 10th October 2011

    South Australian premier Mike Rann calls for gay marriage 16

    Mike Rann said civil unions were a "halfway house". (Photo: SABREnet)

    4:57 PM — South Australia's outgoing premier Mike Rann has called for full marriage equality. Speaking in Adelaide yesterday at the end of the Festival of Ideas, Mr Rann said that the status quo was "discrimination" and that civil unions are a "halfway house".

  • Two gay Republican contenders in San Diego mayoral race 14

    Bonnie Dumanis is one of two out gay candidates

    4:16 PM — Two of the contenders in San Diego's mayoral race are openly gay Republicans. District attorney Bonnie Dumanis, 59, and city councilman Carl DeMaio, 36, are open about their sexual orientation but the fact has barely featured in the race.

  • Mugabe wants Archbishop of Canterbury to explain views on gays 72

    Robert Mugabe's homophobia is well-documented

    1:47 PM — Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe wants Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams to explain the church's views on homosexuality. The African leader's spokesman said yesterday that Mr Mugabe wants to know why homosexuality is being "prescribed" to Zimbabweans.

  • Transgender woman set to become Polish MP 16

    Anna Grodzka will be Poland's first transgender MP

    1:29 PM — A transgender woman is expected to become the first trans person in Poland to be elected as an MP. Anna Grodzka, 57, of Krakow, believes she will be the world's only sitting transgender MP if elected for the Palikot Movement party.

  • Catholic archbishop urges Scottish parishes to oppose gay marriage 72

    Archbishop Mario Conti has launched a campaign against gay marriage

    11:45 AM — The Archbishop of Glasgow, Mario Conti, has written to all Scottish parishes to urge them to oppose plans to give gay couples the right to marry. He said that churches would "actively campaign" to block marriage rights for gay people and warned that the move would create "larger divisions" in society.

  • Government to cut aid to anti-gay countries 156

    Aid will be cut to countries which persecute gay people

    10:28 AM — The government will cut aid to poor countries which persecute gay people, international development secretary Andrew Mitchell has warned. Aid 'fines' may be imposed on countries such as Uganda and Ghana for hardline anti-gay laws, it was reported.

  • 7th October 2011

    Tory MP says gay marriage is ‘a step too far’ 192

    The government will look at legalising gay marriage

    3:12 PM — Conservative MPs have spoken out against prime minister David Cameron's support for gay marriage. On Wednesday, Mr Cameron urged the party to back the move because of its Conservatism, not in spite of it.

  • Angela Eagle and Stephen Twigg in shadow cabinet 18

    Angela Eagle remains in the shadow cabinet

    1:23 PM — Angela Eagle, the only out lesbian Labour MP, has been handed the job of shadow leader of the House of Commons. The Wallasey MP was moved from shadow chief secretary to the Treasury in today's reshuffle.

  • Cameron appoints gay man as chief speechwriter 20

    Julian Glover has been hired as No10 chief speechwriter

    12:05 PM — David Cameron has appointed Guardian leader writer Julian Glover as his chief speechwriter. Mr Glover, who is the civil partner of Times writer Matthew Parris, will replace Ameet Gill, who has become Number 10's new head of strategic comms.

  • 6th October 2011

    Cameron faces religious backlash over gay marriage comments 203

    The Catholic Church will formally oppose the plans

    11:33 AM — Religious leaders have criticised prime minister David Cameron's public backing for gay marriage. Giving his keynote speech at the Conservative party conference in Manchester yesterday, Mr Cameron urged the party to back the move because of its Conservatism, not in spite of it.

  • 5th October 2011

    David Cameron urges Tories to back gay marriage 259

    David Cameron said backing gay marriage was a Conservative thing to do

    3:52 PM — Prime minister David Cameron has urged reluctant Tory MPs and members to support gay marriage. Giving his keynote speech at the party conference in Manchester, Mr Cameron urged the party to back the move because of its Conservatism, not in spite of it.

  • 4th October 2011

    Obama ‘still working’ on gay marriage views 95

    Barack Obama is 'still working' on his views on gay marriage

    10:06 AM — US President Barack Obama says he is "still working" on his personal view of gay marriage. A year ago, he said his views on the issue were "evolving".

  • 3rd October 2011

    Obama attacks Republican booing of gay soldier 26

    Obama attacked the "smallness" of the Republican candidates

    10:23 AM — Barack Obama has criticised Republican presidential candidates for staying silent when a gay soldier was booed at an Orlando debate. Stephen Hill, who is stationed in Iraq and spoke via a videolink, was booed for asking whether the candidates would reinstate the ban on openly gay troops.

  • 30th September 2011

    Police ban Serbia Pride over violence threats 81

    Serbia Pride has been banned - but organisers have not yet said whether they will comply

    5:10 PM — Serbia's gay Pride march has been banned by police. Authorities fear a repeat of the violence that marred last year's event and injured almost 100 police officers.

  • Serbia Pride may be banned over violence fears 7

    Serbia Pride may be banned

    3:17 PM — Serbian authorities are considering banning Sunday's Pride march. Yesterday, the country's police chief warned that marchers in Belgrade may face violence from far-right extremists.

  • 29th September 2011

    Gay rights groups accuse NI health minister of ignoring them 14

    Edwin Poots was accused of snubbing gay rights campaigners

    1:40 PM — Campaigners against the gay blood donation ban have accused Northern Ireland health minister Edwin Poots of snubbing them. Mr Poots announced last week that he would not lift the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood, despite the rest of the UK doing so on November 7th.

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