23rd September 2010
Polish equality minister ‘outs gay man on television’ 24
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Gay German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle has a civil partnership 2
12:09 PM — Germany's foreign minister Guido Westerwelle tied the knot with his partner in a civil partnership on Friday evening. Mr Westerwelle, 48, has been with 43-year-old Michael Mronz, a sporting events organiser, since 2003. The politician came out in 2004 during chancellor Angela Merkel's 50th birthday celebrations.
19th September 2010
Montana Republicans want to make homosexuality and straight public hand holding illegal 29
6:50 PM — As socially conservative 'Tea Party' win a number of victories in Republican primaries across the United States of America, it has emerged that the Republican Party in Montana has retained a policy to criminalise homosexuality in the state. Although the proposed ban sits alongside bizarre official policies including a proposed ban on mixed sex couples holding hands after sunset.
16th September 2010
Gay Lib Dem MP Steve Gilbert on plans to make case for marriage equality at party conference 11
8:11 PM — Steve Gilbert has a rotten cold and no fewer than 15 speaking engagements at next week's Liberal Democrat conference. Fortunately for PinkNews.co.uk, he's got just enough of his voice left to speak to us about being a new MP, marriage equality and why Westminster needs to take a lead on gay rights.
Ken Livingstone promises new gay rights measures if elected London mayor 9
1:50 PM — London mayoral hopeful Ken Livingstone has promised that if elected in 2012, he will appoint a LGBT advisory board and hold an annual Pride reception. He also criticised Boris Johnson for "downgrading" equality projects.
15th September 2010
Gay mayor gets a step closer to being a congressman
6:08 PM — The mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, has won the Democratic nomination for a seat in Congress. David Cicilline, 48, is gay and has served two terms as mayor.
14th September 2010
William Hague to be asked about Iranian teenager sentenced to death for homosexuality 3
11:35 AM — Foreign secretary William Hague will be questioned this afternoon about an Iranian teenager who has been sentenced to death for homosexuality offences.
13th September 2010
Gay ex-police chief Brian Paddick to launch judicial review into police handling of phone hacks 3
11:39 PM — Brian Paddick, formerly the most senior openly gay police officer in Britain, has begun the process to initiate judicial review proceedings over the decision by the Metropolitan Police not to inform him that his privacy may have been compromised during the newspaper phone hacking scandal.
Florida governor to promise gay rights reforms – but not marriage 9
5:53 PM — Charlie Crist, the Republican governor of Florida, will reportedly introduce a package of gay rights measures in the state, although marriage equality will not be one of them.
10th September 2010
MEPs call for Europe-wide recognition of gay relationships 20
4:35 PM — Members of the European Parliament have called for action to ensure gay couples in marriages and civil partnerships are recognised across the continent. They said gay couples who visit or live in other EU countries were still lacking legal protection in areas such as healthcare, pensions and parental rights.
9th September 2010
Video: Gay MP Chris Bryant calls Sky News presenter Kay Burley ‘a bit dim’ 21
10:00 PM — Chris Bryant, the openly gay former Labour minister, who led today's House of Commons debate into the News of the World phone hacking, called tv presenter Kay Burley "a bit dim" during live interview on Sky News.
Labour leadership candidates admit party’s gay rights failures 17
6:30 PM — The five candidates for the Labour leadership have answered gay rights questions from members of the party's gay group and PinkNews.co.uk readers. They were also asked about Labour's mistakes while in power and three of the five said that the party had let down gay people on a range of issues.
Lib Dem peer who pushed for civil partnerships calls for gay marriage equality 11
5:22 PM — Lord Lester of Herne Hill, whose 2002 private members' bill led to civil partnerships, says he believes that full marriage equality is now an achievable goal. Speaking to PinkNews.co.uk, he praised the 2004 Civil Partnerships Act as "remarkable" but added: "I don't see any reason why there should not be complete equality."
8th September 2010
French football club rejects gay player citing ‘trouble’ of sexuality 8
4:34 PM — An amateur football club in eastern France has denied a player's request to return to the team in an attempt to avoid homophobia