12th May 2009
Equality Bill passes second reading in House of Commons 15
5:51 PM — The Equality Bill passed its second reading in parliament yesterday despite concerns it may burden businesses at a time of financial pressure. Leader of the House of Commons and Minister for Equality, Harriet Harman said public bodies must "lead the way" in abolishing discrimination, adding the Bill would make Britain "fairer and more prosperous".
Obama ‘can end military gay ban with a single order’ 4
1:41 PM — Military law experts have said that President Barack Obama can end the dismissal of openly gay soldiers with just a single order.
11th May 2009
Gay Minister Ben Bradshaw tells PinkNews.co.uk that Daily Telegraph’s expenses expose was ‘homophobic’ 61
4:15 PM — In an interview with PinkNews.co.uk, Ben Bradshaw, the openly gay Health Minister has accused the Daily Telegraph of homophobia in the way it published his expenses claims.
Gay Tory MP Alan Duncan apologises over expense claims 20
1:45 PM — The most senior gay Conservative MP, Alan Duncan, has apologised for charging the taxpayer for more than £4,000 of gardening and more than £1,400 in mortgage interest payments for a home he originally purchased outright.
10th May 2009
Top gay Tory MP Alan Duncan claimed more than £4,000 for gardening 8
9:10 PM — The most senior gay Conservative MP, Alan Duncan has become the lastest politician to have their expenses exposed by the Daily Telegraph. The Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, charged the tax payer for more than £4,000 of gardening and more than £1,400 in mortgage interest payments for a home he originally purchased outright.
9th May 2009
Updated: Gay Minister Ben Bradshaw ‘claimed full mortgage interest for home he only half owns’ 21
12:17 AM — Openly gay minister Ben Bradshaw is the latest Labour MP to have his expenses exposed in the Daily Telegraph. He claimed for the full mortgage of a home he only half owned while the former Equality Minister, Barbara Follet claimed £25,000 for "security patrols". Another MP claimed for a chocolate Santa.
8th May 2009
Movie outs gay politicians who vote against gay rights 12
4:07 PM — Kirby Dick is famous for his controversial films. His Oscar-nominated Twist of Faith dealt with sex abuse cover ups within the Catholic Church and This Film is Not Yet Rated yielded just as much attention.
Openly gay minister Peter Mandelson caught up in latest expenses scandal 17
11:56 AM — Business secretary and openly gay minister Peter Mandelson billed taxpayers £3,000 for work on his constituency home less than a week after standing down as MP for Hartlepool.
7th May 2009
British minister condemns Burundi over law criminalising gay sex 3
3:43 PM — International Development minister Ivan Lewis has attacked the recent decision by the government of Burundi to criminalise gay sex.
6th May 2009
Survey on gay marriage shows split between old and young 3
2:49 PM — A poll of Americans suggest that 54 per cent believe gay marriage should not be legal, compared to 44 per cent who support it.
Conservative Party ‘to prioritise gay rights’ 63
2:17 PM — Reaching out to gay rights groups is one of Tory leader David Cameron's top five priorities, it has been claimed. A shadow cabinet member told ConservativeHome.com blogger Tim Montgomerie that the move is part of Cameron’s drive “to show that ‘new Toryism’ is still alive and kicking”.
5th May 2009
Breaking: Maine House of Representatives votes in favour of gay marriage 6
9:33 PM — The lower house of Maine's legislature has voted in favour of the state allowing gay marriages. If enacted, Maine would be the fifth state to allow same-sex marriages.
Washington DC to recognise gay marriage if Congress lets it 1
9:20 PM — Washington DC has voted to recognise gay marriages that are conducted in other US states. But because Washington DC is a city and not a state it requires the approval of Congress before the new law can be implemented,
4th May 2009
Equality Minister Harriet Harman denies she’ll fight to be Labour Leader 18
9:21 AM — The Minister for Equality and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Harriet Harman has denied a newspaper report that she would fight for the leadership of her party. The Daily Telegraph claims that Ms Harman has told friends that she would run for the leadership of the Labour Party in the event of a backbench revolt against the Prime Minister.
30th April 2009
US House votes to extend protection to victims of homophobic hate crimes 1
4:44 PM — The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, also known as the Matthew Shepard Act, has been passed by the US House of Representatives.
Americans ‘want military gay ban to end’ 3
3:30 PM — A survey has suggested that the majority of Americans want to see Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the law which bans gays from serving openly in the military, repealed.
Gay charities express concern over faith school sex education proposals 7
12:09 PM — New government plans to allow faith schools to teach sex education in line with their religious beliefs have come under fire from gay charities. Under the recommendations, faith schools will be allowed to present lessons in line with their own "context, values and ethos".
29th April 2009
US Christian groups demand British ambassador be sent home over Miss California gay marriage row 38
4:21 PM — Christian groups in the US have demanded that the British ambassador to the country should be sent home after gay Tory MP Alan Duncan failed to apologise over a joke about murdering Miss California Carrie Prejean.
David Cameron to appear at London Pride? 30
11:22 AM — David Cameron has accepted an invitation to appear at an event during London's Gay Pride week, it has been reported.
28th April 2009
First gay couples tie the knot in Iowa 1
5:51 PM — Yesterday saw the first batch of gay weddings in Iowa, just over three weeks after the state's Supreme Court made them legal.