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  • 5th August 2011

    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    11:14 AM — Another MP has withdrawn his name from a motion supporting proposals to give religious homophobes the right to 'reasonable accomodation' in the workplace.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.

  • 29th July 2011

    House minority leader Nancy Pelosi calls on Michele Bachmann to address anti-gay bullying 129

    Michele Bachmann has refused to discuss her views on homosexuality

    5:06 PM — Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann must address the teen LGBT suicides in her congressional district, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi says.

  • Parliament inquiry to be held on religious rights 310

    MPs will consider whether discrimination laws need changing

    11:16 AM — A parliamentary committee is to examine whether changes should be made to discrimination laws after a raft of legal cases over Christian rights. Public hearings will be held in the autumn, with MPs and Lords invited to give their views on whether current laws are adequate.

  • 28th July 2011

    Tory MP defends religious rights motion 153

    At least three MPs have withdraw their signatures from the motion

    11:05 AM — A Conservative MP who tabled a motion supporting the Equality and Human Rights Commission's push for 'compromise' for anti-gay workers says it is about freedom of religion. Gary Streeter, the MP for South West Devon, said religious people have been marginalised but denied that his early day motion backs discrimination.

  • 27th July 2011

    Italy rejects anti-homophobia bill 127

    Italy has no legal protection against LGBT discrimination (Photo: Vaughan Leiberum)

    9:49 AM — Italy's parliament has rejected a bill to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people from discrimination. The Chamber of Deputies voted yesterday 293 votes to 250 not to approve the legislation.

  • 26th July 2011

    Taiwan denies gay foreign diplomats immunity for their spouses 6

    Taiwan will not grant privileges to diplomats' gay spouses

    2:43 PM — The Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed yesterday that same-sex spouses of diplomats posted to the country are not entitled to full diplomatic immunity and other privileges in Taiwan currently enjoyed by their straight counterparts.

  • DUP criticised for refusing to attend Belfast Pride event 40

    Pride organisers held a 'Pride on the Hill' event

    2:28 PM — The Democratic Union Party has been criticised for snubbing a Belfast Pride event. The event, held yesterday, was joined by politicians from all major parties - except the DUP.

  • Another MP withdraws from religious rights motion 66

    Another MP has withdrawn his name from the motion

    11:25 AM — Another MP has withdrawn his name from a motion apparently calling for religious workers to be allowed to refuse to serve gay people. Liberal Democrat MP for Portsmouth South Mike Hancock, who recently accused the UK Border Agency of homophobia, said he signed the early day motion by accident.

  • International Gay and Lesbian Association finally wins UN accreditation 11

    ILGA has won UN accreditation

    10:59 AM — The International Gay and Lesbian Association (ILGA) has finally won United Nations accreditation. The group, which is one of the oldest international organisations fighting for gay rights, has been trying to gain recognition at the UN for years.

  • 25th July 2011

    Anti-gay group files lawsuit against New York gay marriage 28

    An anti-gay group wants to challenge the gay marriage law

    6:07 PM — An anti-gay group in New York has filed a lawsuit against the city's new marriage laws. The group, called New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, claims the state Senate acted illegally when it voted to approve a gay marriage bill earlier this year.

  • New York mayor officiates aides’ wedding 17

    Mr Bloomberg officiated the wedding

    4:31 PM — Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City, presided over the marriage of two of his aides yesterday. He officiated the wedding ceremony of John Feinblatt, his chief policy advisor, and Jonathan Mintz, the city’s commissioner for consumer affairs, who have been together for 14 years.

  • Presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty attacks gay marriage again 66

    Tim Pawlenty is against marriage equality

    12:48 PM — US Republican presidential candidate and former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty has hit out at gay marriage again. Mr Pawlenty was speaking on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday, the first day of marriage equality in New York.

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