10th April 2012
Maine: New anti-gay group campaigns against equal marriage 9
11:05 PM — Two outspoken opponents of equal marriage have started a new political action committee (PAC) in Maine, with the explicit and exclusive aim of campaigning against efforts to bring marriage equality to the state through a referendum this November.
Analysis: Behind the MPs poll on marriage equality 103
9:59 PM — Yesterday, PinkNews.co.uk reported that in a survey by ComRes on behalf of the Coalition for Marriage, only 56% of MPs thought that proposals for equality in marriage is likely to go ahead, the proportion rising significantly among Labour and Lib Dems, but declining with equal significance among the Tories. Here, Balaji Ravichandran presents a detailed analysis of the poll and its findings.
Rick Santorum who pledged to invalidate marriages of gay couples bows out of Republican race 40
9:40 PM — Rick Santorum has pulled out of the race to become the Republican party candidate for US president. Mr Santorum is an outspoken critic of LGBT rights and had pledged to invalidate the marriages of gay couples if he won the presidential election.
Gay MP Stuart Andrew: ‘Ben Bradshaw is the one playing politics’ 110
3:38 PM — Conservative MP Stuart Andrew has fired back at Ben Bradshaw's comments that the government's marriage equality plans are 'pure politics', drawing attention the Conservative's equalities manifesto which first mentioned the move before the election.
9th April 2012
Obama opposes Minnesota’s proposed anti-marriage equality measure 5
11:09 PM — President Obama's campaign group in Minnesota has issued a statement today, saying they will oppose the state's proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage as strictly that between one man and one woman.
Poll: 56 per cent of MPs think equal marriage will become law 110
10:42 PM — A cross-party survey of MPs by ComRes has found that only 56 per cent of them believed that the proposals to include same-sex couples in civil marriages would succeed, which reduced to 41 per cent with Tory MPs. By contrast, more than two-thirds of Labour MPs and almost all of Liberal Democrats were confident that things would go ahead as planned.
Capriles recovers from homophobic smear campaign in Venezuelan elections 9
5:26 PM — Henrique Capriles, the 39-year-old Venezuelan opposition candidate who was the recent victim of a homophobic smear campaign, has risen in the polls, and is now one per cent below President Hugo Chavez, whose campaign has been affected by his cancer treatment.
Anti-discrimination bill results in Anchorage called into question over allegations of voter fraud 6
4:46 PM — The recent, much-contested gay rights ballot initiative in Anchorage, Alaska - which would have banned discrimination in the city on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity had it passed - has put the city at the centre of a huge controversy over allegations of voter fraud, disenfranchisement, uncounted ballots and more.
Senator John Kerry seeks to prevent lesbian being deported to Pakistan 8
3:37 PM — John Kerry is aiming to help prevent one half of a married lesbian couple in Massachusetts from deported back to Pakistan.
Anti-discrimination bill in Moldova being challenged by Orthodox Church 19
1:21 PM — The Alliance for European Integration (AIE) is attempting to pass an anti-discrimination bill in the Moldovan city of Balti, where the City Council passed an ordinance banning the "propagandising" of homosexuality.
Video: Behind the scenes at filming of equal marriage advertisement 9
12:39 PM — A behind the scenes video has been released from the making of a viral advertisement to promote the Coalition for Equal Marriage (C4EM) and the cause of marriage equality in the UK.
Gay Muslim men have marriage blessed in France 13
12:23 PM — Two gay Muslim men have married in France - where marriage between gay people is not yet recognised - with the blessing of an imam.
Mr Gay World 2012 won by German man 34
9:40 AM — The fourth Mr Gay World contest took place in Johannesburg, South Africa, yesterday. This was the first time that the contest included black African participants, whose involvement brought its own fraught set of problems.
8th April 2012
Sunday Times disagrees with sister paper The Times over allowing gay couples to marry 46
9:48 PM — The Times made waves last month with a series of editorials backing the Government's plans for the introduction of civil marriage equality. But its sister newspaper The Sunday Times today backed the gay former Labour cabinet minister Ben Bradshaw saying that same sex marriage is "unnecessary".
Anti-gay MSP Bill Walker expelled from SNP over abuse claims 31
6:18 PM — Bill Walker, the member of the Scottish Parliament who once compared gay rights campaigners to Nazis, and has been an outspoken opponent of government proposals for marriage equality, has been expelled from Scottish National Party (SNP) over allegations of domestic abuse.
Comment: The time is now to take action for equal marriage! 72
1:35 PM — Have you heard the news? Coalition for Marriage (C4M) has collected over 400,000 signatures for its petition to keep a restricted and homophobic (yes, homophobic) definition of marriage. Apparently, it is an institution only heterosexuals can and should enjoy. Meanwhile, how is the other camp, the Coalition for Equal Marriage (C4EM) doing? Merely a tenth of that number.
7th April 2012
Australia: Opposition leader’s sister confirms lesbian relationship 24
10:19 PM — Tony Abbott, the Opposition leader in Australia, has commended the bravery of his sister in publicly affirming her same-sex relationship, but has said that it will not shift his stance on equal marriage.
PinkNews.co.uk to host interactive Mayor of London debates 86
3:34 PM — Building on the huge popularity of our ‘Ask the Leaders’ feature during the General Election 2010, PinkNews.co.uk is to allow LGBT voters in London to quiz the leading candidates to become Mayor of London live in an interactive debate.
6th April 2012
Gay couple to use White House Easter event to confront Obama 6
5:14 PM — A gay couple plan to ask President Obama to sign an executive order banning workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation at Monday’s annual Easter Egg roll, which takes place on the White House lawn.
Australian faith leaders declare support for gay couples marrying 15
1:34 PM — Twenty Australian faith leaders have signed a letter urging citizens of the country to declare their support for same sex-marriage to two federal parliamentary inquiries on the issue.