28th February 2011
Survey suggests North Carolina supports gay unions despite Republican efforts to ban gay marriage 2
11:17 PM — Republicans are expecting to introduce a Defense of Marriage Act in North Carolina in 2011, but a survey released on Monday by Elon University reveals that more than half of North Carolina residents actually support at least some form of legal recognition for gay couples.
LA Times opposes Prop 8, supports gay marriage 2
8:25 PM — The Los Angeles Times signalled its support for gay marriage by running an editorial today calling Proposition 8 a “deplorable situation”.
Ireland elects first openly gay TD 15
1:59 PM — Ireland has elected its first openly gay Teachta Dála, the Irish equivalent of an MP. Dominic Hannigan, a Labour politician, was elected to the seat of Meath East this weekend.
President Obama appoints gay man as social secretary 6
11:17 AM — US president Barack Obama has appointed a gay man as his social secretary. Jeremy Bernard, a special adviser to the US ambassador to France and a long-time supporter and fund-raiser, will take over the high-profile position.
25th February 2011
US right hopes to make gay marriage an election issue 28
11:31 AM — Following the Obama administration's announcement that it will no longer defend the Defence of Marriage Act, US conservatives say they will make gay marriage an election issue.
Maryland Senate passes gay marriage bill on third reading 4
12:04 AM — A bill to introduce gay marriage in Maryland has passed its third and final reading in the Senate on Thursday evening by 25 votes to 21. Although the bill must pass in house of delegates, the state's governor Martin O’Malley has pledged to sign it.
24th February 2011
Congressman pushes for repeal of anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act 9
6:19 PM — A Democratic congressman is to re-introduce a bill to overturn the anti-gay Defence of Marriage Act next week. Jerrold Nadler, a representative for New York, is calling on other politicians to support the Respect for Marriage Act.
Maryland gay marriage bill gains preliminary Senate approval 1
5:48 PM — The Maryland Senate last night gave preliminary approval for a gay marriage bill in the state, 25 votes to 22. The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act will remove gender references in the US state’s marriage laws and give churches the right not to conduct ceremonies.
23rd February 2011
Video: Barack Obama rules US will not defend the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act 13
9:10 PM — In what could be a historic advance for gay rights in the United States, Barack Obama's administration has announced that it will not defend the Defense of Marriage Act in two specific cases because it defines a marriage as only being between a man and a woman.
Irish politician says she received hate mail for anti-gay marriage views 46
5:41 PM — Irish Fine Gael politician Lucinda Creighton has complained at heavy criticism of her views on gay marriage. Ms Creighton, a party spokeswoman for equality issues, wrote on Twitter last week that she did not believe gay couples should be allowed to marry.
David Cameron says World Cup could make Qatar more gay-friendly 35
2:40 PM — Hosting the World Cup in 2022 could make Qatar more gay-friendly, British prime minister David Cameron said today. Mr Cameron, who is on a visit to the Gulf State, said that there is "no place for homophobia in football" and that the games could be an "engine for social change".
Tory MEP says EU funds for Africa should depend on gay rights progress 30
11:52 AM — A Conservative MEP has said that EU financial aid to African countries should depend on their commitment to gay and human rights. Dr Charles Tannock, the foreign affairs and human rights spokesman for the Tories in Europe, said he raised the issue in the European Parliament in Strasbourg last week.
22nd February 2011
Catholic Archbishop of Southwark: Religious civil partnerships not ‘necessary nor desirable’ 61
10:01 PM — The archbishop of Southwark, the Most Rev Peter Smith, has claimed it is not "necessary nor desirable" for gay couples to have civil partnerships conducted in churches and other religious buildings.
Tory councillor suspended for six months over gay porn images 22
5:21 PM — A Tory councillor in Fylde, near Blackpool, has been suspended for six months after more than 1,000 gay porn images were found on his work laptop. Simon Renwick claims someone else malicously downloaded the images, but Fylde council decided to suspend him for not securing the computer properly.
UK education secretary Michael Gove attacks past bans on gay or mixed race adoptions 19
2:06 PM — Education secretary Michael Gove announced new UK government guidelines on adoption today and attacked past limitations on sexual orientation, race and age. Outlining the new guidance, he said that the number of children adopted had fallen in recent years and children spend an average of 21 months in care before being placed with a family.
21st February 2011
Norman Tebbit: All David Cameron stands for is gay weddings in Westminster Abbey 55
9:26 PM — In an extraordinary rant, the former chairman of the Conservative party, Lord Norman Tebbit, has said that apart from a "big society gay wedding in Westminster Abbey", he has no idea where prime minister David Cameron wants to take Britain.
18th February 2011
WikiLeaks cables reveal Ugandan homophobia 7
4:41 PM — Diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks show the extent of Ugandan homophobia. American embassy cables describe a 2009 UN-sponsored meeting which gay rights campaigner David Kato spoke at.
New Hampshire’s gay marriage law under threat 10
3:03 PM — Politicians in the US state of New Hampshire are attempting to repeal a 2009 marriage equality law. New Hampshire legalised the practice in 2009 but two bills to make it illegal are currently in front of the House.
Tory MP claims most gay people don’t want the right to marry 155
10:03 AM — A Conservative MP has claimed that only a "tiny number" of gay people actually want the right to marry. Edward Leigh, the MP for Gainsborough, questioned why the language of marriage should be "mangled" and suggested that changing the law would lead to recognising polygamy.
17th February 2011
New Moscow mayor says no to gay Pride marches 6
3:43 PM — Moscow's mayor Sergei Sobyanin says that the city does not need gay Pride marches. When asked by the Ekho Moskvy radio station if a march would be permitted this year, he said: "I doubt it."