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Politics

  • 29th September 2010

    Labour’s top gay MPs stand for shadow cabinet 3

    Former culture secretary Ben Bradshaw is standing for a post in the shadow cabinet

    5:47 PM — Four of Labour's best-known out gay MPs are among the 49 standing for the shadow cabinet elections. Former ministers Chris Bryant, Ben Bradshaw, Angela Eagle and Stephen Twigg were on the list on nominees published at 5pm today.

  • Gay Labour MP Nick Brown resigns as chief whip 4

    Nick Brown stood aside as chief whip

    5:13 PM — Labour's chief whip, Nick Brown, has resigned at the request of new leader Ed Miliband. Mr Brown, who was one of three gay cabinet ministers before Labour lost the election, withdrew from the race today to keep his job.

  • 28th September 2010

    Ed Miliband ‘proud’ of civil partnerships and Pride marches 23

    Ed Miliband gave his first speech as Labour leader today

    3:57 PM — Ed Miliband gave his first speech as leader of the Labour Party today and cited changes in attitudes to homosexuality as proof of Labour's achievements. Addressing the party's conference in Manchester, he said that the new generation of Labour has "different attitudes, different ideas, different ways of doing politics".

  • Russian president fires homophobic Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov 11

    Yuri Luzhkov has been sacked

    11:24 AM — Yuri Luzhkov, the homophobic mayor of Moscow, has been fired by Russian president Dmitry Medvedev. The 74-year-old, who bans gay Pride marches and has called gays and lesbians "satanic", has been fighting for his political life in the past few weeks.

  • 27th September 2010

    Stonewall chief executive won’t be ‘jumped into’ gay marriage position 109

    Ben Summerskill said he is consulting widely on gay marriage

    9:20 PM — Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill defended his group's lack of a position on marriage equality this evening at a fringe event at Labour's party conference. Mr Summerskill mounted a robust defence of Stonewall, although he was attacked by audience members who questioned why the charity had not begun considering marriage equality sooner.

  • Ann Coulter tells gay Republicans ‘marriage isn’t a civil right’ 81

    Ann Coulter is a conservative newspaper columnist

    4:21 PM — US columnist, Ann Coulter has told an audience of gay Republicans, meeting at the home of PayPal founder Peter Thiel, that gay marriage isn't a civil right. According to US blog Politico, Ms Coulter told 150 attendees of the Homocon event that "marriage ‘is not a civil right – you’re not black!"

  • Stonewall co-founder Michael Cashman: What part of ‘equality’ can’t Stonewall understand? 32

    Michael Cashman was a founder of Stonewall

    2:30 PM — Labour MEP and co-founder of Stonewall, Michael Cashman argues that the charity he helped launch 21 years ago must come out in favour of full gay marriage equality now. I'm disappointed to see Stonewall, the organisation I co-founded 21 years ago, fail to support genuine equality for same-sex couples. We must open up marriage to everyone, and we must do it now...

  • 25th September 2010

    With Ed Miliband as Labour leader, two major parties are led by gay marriage advocates 25

    Ed Miliband is the new leader of the Labour Party

    5:08 PM — Members of the the Labour party and affiliated trade unions have elected Ed Miliband as their new leader. Mr Miliband topped a poll for PinkNews.co.uk of Labour party and affiliated union members earlier this month. The result means that both the Liberal Democrats and the Labour party have leaders who are in favour of full LGBT marriage equality.

  • Brian Paddick won’t run for London mayor 4

    Brian Paddick said he would not run for London mayor

    11:08 AM — Former London mayoral hopeful Brian Paddick has said he won't run for London mayor in 2012. The former most senior out gay police officer in Britain was the Liberal Democrat candidate in the 2008 race but came third with ten per cent of the vote behind winner Boris Johnson and Ken Livingstone.

  • 24th September 2010

    HIV quangos face the axe, while EHRC is ‘at risk’ 4

    The HIV and sexual health quangos will reportedly be abolished

    12:11 PM — Two HIV quangos will reportedly be abolished as part of government plans to save money. The Expert Advisory Group on HIV/AIDS and the Independent Advisory Group of Sexual Health and HIV are two of 177 taxpayer-funded bodies to be scrapped, a leaked list suggests.

  • Ken Livingstone backed by Labour to become London mayor in 2012 13

    Ken Livingstone won the Labour nomination for London mayor

    11:09 AM — Ken Livingstone has won the Labour nomination for London mayor in the 2012 election. He defeated rival Oona King with 68.8 per cent of the vote.

  • 23rd September 2010

    Councillor accused of gay slur apologises

    Jim Farquharson denied using a homophobic slur

    5:48 PM — A Tory councillor accused of calling a gay city council leader a "faggot" has apologised. Jim Farquharson denied calling Liberal Democrat city leader John Stewart the offensive term and said he had been misheard.

  • Peter Tatchell: Tide is turning on gay marriage 29

    Civil partnerships were legalised in the UK in 2005

    5:22 PM — Same-sex marriage is an idea whose time has come. It is the growing trend all over the world, from Canada to South Africa and Argentina. Why can't we have marriage equality in Britain too?

  • Polish equality minister ‘outs gay man on television’ 24

    Elżbieta Radziszewska was accused of homophobia

    3:10 PM — The Polish minister for equality has been accused of homophobia for outing a gay man on television and saying Catholic schools should have the right to sack gay teachers.

  • 22nd September 2010

    Brian Paddick: My marriage is ‘downgraded’ in Britain 32

    Brian Paddick recounted his wedding in Oslo last year

    5:06 PM — The former most senior out gay police officer in the UK, Brian Paddick, has revealed how his wedding in Norway changed his mind about civil partnerships. Writing in the Independent, Mr Paddick recounted his 2009 wedding to Petter Belsvik in Oslo.

  • Gay Lib Dem David Laws ‘won’t return to government’ 16

    David Laws resigned from the cabinet earlier this year (Photo: Keith Edkins)

    4:21 PM — Liberal Democrat MP David Laws is said to unwilling to be return to government after the stress of being outed as gay over his expenses claims. He was Chief Secretary to the Treasury for less than three weeks in May.

  • Lib Dem minister Lynne Featherstone affirms coalition’s gay rights promises 16

    Lynne Featherstone addressed the Liberal Democrat conference today

    1:19 PM — Liberal Democrat junior equality minister Lynne Featherstone said today that the coalition government has a "long-term" strategy for equal rights. She also attacked Labour's record, saying the party which legalised civil partnerships had turned equalities into a "burden".

  • Tory councillor and Lib Dem council leader in ‘gay slur’ row

    John Stewart, who is gay, is the Liberal Democrat leader of Aberdeen council

    11:44 AM — A Conservative councillor in Aberdeen has denied calling the city's gay council leader a "faggot". Jim Farquharson said he did insult Liberal Democrat council leader John Stewart by calling him a "fascist" and a "fat git" but denied using the homophobic slur.

  • 21st September 2010

    Liberal Democrats back marriage equality for gay couples 31

    Liberal Democrats voted in favour of supporting equal marriage

    1:31 PM — Delegates at the Liberal Democrats' annual conference in Liverpool voted to back marriage equality for gay and straight couples this morning.

  • 20th September 2010

    Update: Stonewall boss Ben Summerskill argued that Lib Dem equal marriage plan could cost up to £5bn 128

    Mr Summerskill claimed that the Lib Dem proposals could cost up to £5bn

    11:53 PM — 24 hours ago, PinkNews.co.uk carried a report from about a fringe meeting at the Liberal Democrats party conference where Stonewall chief executive was reported to have said he was opposed to gay marriage equality because it could cost £5bn. This was based on reports coming from a number of blogs and people who have previously contributed to PinkNews.co.uk as we were not there in person. The reportage was subsequently supported by a number of other people in attendance. Stonewall's chief executive Ben Summerskill has complained about what he claims are a number of inaccuracies in the content of that report. As such we are partially suspending the content from this report while we investigate these claims.

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