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Politics

  • 15th August 2011

    Anti-gay Republican ‘arranged gay sex with teenager’ 78

    Phillip Hinkle has opposed gay marriage.

    2:18 PM — An Indianapolis politician who has voted against gay marriage allegedly arranged a gay sex session with a teenager and tried to bribe him not to tell anyone. Republican Phillip Hinkle, 64, reportedly responded to a Craigslist ad looking for a "sugga daddy".

  • SNP politician retreats over gay ‘Nazi’ slur 22

    Bill Walker withdrew his remark about Nazis

    10:54 AM — A Scottish Nationalist Party MP has withdrawn a slur he made comparing gay rights campaigners to Nazis. Bill Walker said an anti-homophobia logo was "threatening" and reminded him of the Nazis.

  • 12th August 2011

    Republican gay group appoints ‘homophobe’ Ann Coulter to its board 94

    Ann Coulter is GOProud's 'gay icon'

    3:17 PM — The US Republican gay group GOProud has appointed Ann Coulter to its advisory board. Ms Coulter, a lawyer and conservative commentator, opposes gay marriage, the end of the military gay ban and teaching children about the "homosexual lifestyle", among other LGBT issues.

  • Don’t call me a bigot, says MSP who believes gay relationships aren’t equal 87

    Mr Walker said he had received 'highly abusive' messages

    10:58 AM — An MSP who believes that gay relationships are not in "any way equal" to straight ones says he has been upset by messages calling him a bigot. Bill Walker, the MSP for Dunfermline said gay rights campaigners had "intimidated" him.

  • 11th August 2011

    Simon Hughes to sue News International about phone hacking 3

    Simon Hughes already knows his phone was hacked by the News of the World

    10:46 PM — The bisexual deputy-leader of the Liberal Democrats, Simon Hughes, is to sue News International over the hacking of his phone by a private investigator working for the now defunct News of the World.

  • 10th August 2011

    Gay Republican presidential candidate wants to inspire young people 14

    Fred Karger is running for president in 2012

    4:05 PM — Fred Karger, the gay Republican presidential candidate, says he wants to "send a message" to LGBT young people. Speaking to the Los Angeles Times, Karger, a former political advisor, described how he felt too ashamed to come out for years.

  • Chile’s president backs civil unions 7

    Chilean gay couples could get the right to civil unions

    12:26 PM — The president of Chile has proposed legalising civil unions for gay and straight couples. Sebastian Pinera said that all couples deserve "respect, dignity and support of the state" in a speech this week.

  • 9th August 2011

    Lesbian Australian minister’s partner pregnant 48

    Penny Wong and her partner are expecting a baby

    11:39 AM — A lesbian minister in Australia has announced that her partner is pregnant with their first child. Penny Wong, the finance minister, said her partner Sophie Allouache conceived through donor insemination and expects the baby in December.

  • 8th August 2011

    Gay SNP politician calls colleagues ‘bigots’ 66

    Scottish MPs are fighting over the issue of gay marriage

    3:21 PM — A gay SNP politician has hit out at colleagues on the issue of gay marriage, calling them bigots. Alyn Smith, an MEP who was elected in 2004, attacked colleagues who signed a motion on gay marriage, calling them "small" and "mean".

  • Report calls for equality commission to be scrapped 65

    Trevor Phillips leads the EHRC

    11:22 AM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission contributes "very little to meaningful equality" and should be dismantled, a think tank report has recommended. The body, headed by Trevor Phillips, has been harshly criticised by gay rights advocates in recent weeks after calling for religious homophobes to be given 'accommodations' and 'compromises' in the workplace.

  • 5th August 2011

    Petition calls for end of gay blood donation ban 40

    Gay and bisexual men are barred for life from donating blood

    3:16 PM — A petition has been set up on the government's new e-petitions website to call for the end of the blood donation ban for men who have had gay sex. The petition, created by student Tom King, has more than 900 signatures at the time of writing and asks MPs to look at introducing new evidence-based criteria on which to screen gay and bisexual donors.

  • Sao Paulo city council backs ‘heterosexual pride’ 53

    Sao Paulo Pride is the largest in the world

    2:47 PM — The city council of Sao Paulo, Brazil, has passed a measure calling for an annual Heterosexual Pride Day to be celebrated each December. City alderman Carlos Apolinario, who authored the legislation, said the idea is "not anti-gay but a protest against the privileges the gay community enjoys".

  • Row continues over Scottish MP’s gay marriage remarks 66

    Scottish polls show growing support for marriage equality

    12:03 PM — A row has broken out between SNP politicians over a motion on gay marriage. This week, SNP MSP John Mason tabled a motion which says no one should be “forced to be involved in” gay marriages.

  • 4th August 2011

    Nationalist Scottish MP accused of attacking gay rights 53

    John Mason is concerned that people are being 'forced' into involvement in gay unions

    4:54 PM — A Nationalist MSP has been accused of trying to attack gay rights by tabling a motion which says no one should be "forced to be involved in" gay marriages. SNP MSP John Mason tabled the motion ahead of a Scottish government consultation on gay marriage.

  • UK marriage equality consultation delayed 54

    The consultation has been moved to autumn

    12:19 PM — The British government says a consultation on the future of marriage equality and civil partnerships will be held this autumn. Earlier this year, equality minister Lynne Featherstone said the government would begin asking for views on the issue in the summer.

  • Another MP condemns religious rights motion 30

    Adrian Sanders said the motion had caused upset

    11:14 AM — Another MP has withdrawn his name from a motion supporting proposals to give religious homophobes the right to 'reasonable accomodation' in the workplace. Liberal Democrat MP Adrian Sanders said the motion had caused a "great deal of upset" and did not clearly state its intentions.

  • 3rd August 2011

    Tory MP Chloe Smith supports gay marriage 88

    Chloe Smith is the MP for Norwich North

    10:26 AM — Conservative MP Chloe Smith says she supports the campaign for marriage equality. The 29-year-old politician, who is one of the youngest MPs in the House of Commons, joined Norwich Pride last weekend.

  • 2nd August 2011

    Gay senator David Norris pulls out of Irish presidential race

    David Norris has abandoned his campaign

    3:55 PM — Gay Irish senator David Norris has pulled out of the Irish presidential race after controversy over a letter of support for a former partner who was convicted of raping a 15-year-old boy.

  • Blow to Irish senator David Norris’s presidential bid over ex-partner’s rape charge 12

    David Norris is expected to speak out this afternoon

    2:12 PM — Gay Irish senator David Norris has suffered heavy blows to his presidential bid over a letter of support he wrote for his former partner who was charged with raping a 15-year-old boy. Mr Norris, who was the favourite for the post, has now lost the support of several backers after the story emerged at the weekend.

  • Scottish youth parliament calls for gay marriage 55

    Young politicians are urging parliament to grant marriage equality

    10:57 AM — Scotland's youth parliament has launched a campaign to urge the government to give gay couples the right to wed. The Love Equally campaign is seeking full marriage equality and also calls for straight people to be given the right to have civil partnerships.

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