26th August 2010
Anglican campaigner fails in call for boycott of Christian festival over Peter Tatchell’s appearance 18
11:18 AM — A boycott campaign which called on Christians to stay away from the Greenbelt Christian arts festival in protest their decision to invite gay and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell to speak, has apparently failed.
Former Republican party chairman comes out as gay 19
10:10 AM — Ken Mehlman, the former Republican party chairman and aide to George Bush, has revealed he is gay.
25th August 2010
Gay couple challenge Wyoming’s same-sex marriage ban 7
5:05 PM — A gay couple from Cheyenne in the US state of Wyoming have filed a federal lawsuit claiming the state's refusal to allow them to marry is unconstitutional.
Ed Miliband calls for marriage equality describing civil partnerships as “not good enough” 9
3:15 PM — In an exclusive comment column for PinkNews.co.uk, Ed Miliband, who is a contender in the Labour leadership race, has pledged that his party will fight for full marriage equality, an end to homophobic hate speech and better treatment of LGBT asylum seekers.
Comment: Labour must listen and lead in the fight for LGBT equality by Ed Miliband 51
12:41 PM — Ed Miliband, one of the five Labour leadership candidates, writes for PinkNews.co.uk on what he promises to do for LGBT people.
Lobby groups in New South Wales react against gay adoption rights bill 3
12:04 PM — Lobby groups in the Australian state of New South Wales are reportedly coming out against the country's upcoming parliamentary debate and conscience vote on the rights of same-sex couples to adopt children.
New legal standard to be applied to ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ 4
11:15 AM — A woman who was discharged from the US Air Force for being gay will be the subject of a federal trial next month in which the burden will be on her former employers to prove that her sexuality was in any way harmful to morale among her unit.
24th August 2010
California senate finally repeals 60-year-old ‘gay cure’ mandate 7
3:52 PM — On Monday, the California Senate approved a bill to repeal a six-decade-old "gay cure" mandate from the state's code.
Lesbian minister to go before Presbyterian court for performing same-sex marriages 10
1:54 PM — A lesbian minister who officiated at a number of same-sex weddings during the period in which they were legal in California, is to go before a Presbyterian court this Thursday charged with going against her denomination's constitution.
Australian Sex Party does well at polls 6
12:33 PM — The Australian Sex Party, which calls for sex education in schools and is in favour of gay marriage, has performed well in the country's general election.
Pentagon conducts survey of military spouses on potential repeal of ‘Don’t ask, Don’t tell’ 6
11:54 AM — The Pentagon has distributed a 44-question survey to 150,000 military spouses in the USA to gauge their views on potential situations that may arise should the "Don't ask, Don't tell" policy be repealed.
Faith school denies place to daughter of lesbian couple 19
10:20 AM — A private Christian school in Texas has refused admission to the daughter of a lesbian couple. The school say their reason for the refusal is that they base their enrollment policies on the "clear teaching of the Christian faith".
23rd August 2010
Proposed film may test Greek attitudes to gay marriage 5
6:10 PM — A new screenplay about gay marriage by a Greek-based British author is expected to be shot next summer by a consortium of UK production companies.
New American pro-gay Catholic group formed 12
5:12 PM — A group of American LGBT Catholics have created a new organisation to promote gay political causes and help bridge the gap between the traditional wing of the Church and the more progressive followers of the faith.
Anti-gay student loses legal appeal 56
3:51 PM — A federal judge has upheld the right of a university in the state of Georgia to enforce standards in its counselling graduate programmes after an anti-gay student sued the institution for insisting she comply with the rule that gay people be treated equally.
New US poll report finds changing attitudes to homosexuality 7
12:54 PM — According to new national research, Americans have become more accepting of homosexuality of the past 16 years, with over half of those polled saying they support civil unions.
Mexican gay rights activists and Catholic protestors clash 7
12:05 PM — In Mexico yesterday, gay rights activists and a group of Roman Catholics clashed during a demonstration over the issue of same-sex marriage which is currently legal only in the country's capital, Mexico City.
Dubliners march for same-sex marriage rights 10
10:12 AM — Thousands of LGBT people took to the streets of Dublin yesterday to protest the lack of civil marriage rights for same-sex couples.
20th August 2010
Gay marriage becomes election issue as Australia goes to the polls 17
4:53 PM — Australia's general election will be held tomorrow and marriage equality has become an unexpected hot issue. Both prime minister Julia Gillard and her opponent Tony Abbott, of the centre-right Liberal Party, have been challenged on their positions in the last week.
Matthew Parris wishes he had come out while a Tory MP 13
2:28 PM — Matthew Parris, the journalist and political commentator, says he wishes he had come out as gay while he was a Tory MP in the 1980s. Speaking to Total Politics magazine, the Times writer said he believed he "could have got away with it" at a time when gay politicians were considered scandalous.