23rd October 2008
Palin attacked over support for constitutional ban on gay marriage 21
2:30 PM — Hollywood star Ellen DeGeneres has attacked the Republican party's candidate for Vice President's support for a federal ban on same-sex marriage.
Lib Dem MPs vote against lesbian rights bill despite manifesto promise 1
1:18 PM — A third of Liberal Democrat MPs who voted on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill in the Commons yesterday opposed it.
Ruth Kelly among Labour fertility bill rebels 4
11:47 AM — Sixteen MPs defied the Labour whip yesterday to vote against the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill. Among them was Ruth Kelly, a Cabinet minister until the start of this month.
Leader of Austrian right sacked for revealing Haider was his gay lover 5
10:54 AM — The man who has taken over the leadership of right wing political party Alliance for the Future of Austria after the death of Joerg Haider has revealed that they were lovers.
MPs approve equal access to fertility treatment
10:42 AM — New legislation that will provide equal access to fertility treatment for lesbians has been approved by the House of Commons.
22nd October 2008
Abortion off the agenda as MPs vote on fertility bill 3
2:47 PM — Amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill that would have legalised abortion in Northern Ireland will not be discussed at the third reading in the Commons today.
Irish gay rights group says civil partnerships “a matter of immediate urgency” 4
12:08 PM — Despite considerable progress in the last year, there remain significant challenges for gay and lesbians in Ireland, according to the annual report from the nation's leading homosexual rights group.
Bahrain MP calls for action against homosexuals 14
11:42 AM — The new session of Parliament in the Gulf state of Bahrain began this week with calls for a crackdown on gays.
21st October 2008
Osborne denies asking Russian billionaire linked with Mandelson for party donation
8:21 PM — The Shadow Chancellor has denied he sought a donation to the Tory party from a Russian oligarch. Any donation from a foreign national is illegal.
Judge slams Indian government for calling homosexuality as a disease 4
6:40 PM — The government of India has been challenged in court for calling homosexuality a disease.
EXCLUSIVE: Sarah Brown hosts Downing St lunch for US gay rights activist 3
5:40 PM — A leading American LGBT rights advocate was the guest of honour at a private lunch at Downing St today.
Gays are “recruiting” claims Ugandan paper 12
3:28 PM — The gay community in Uganda is recruiting new members, according to a leading newspaper in the East African nation.
Nigerian ambassador to EU pressured over treatment of gay Christians 1
2:01 PM — Members of the European Parliament have drawn attention to the harassment faced by people working for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Nigeria.
Sarah Palin supports federal ban on same-sex marriage 28
1:00 PM — The Republican party Vice Presidential candidate has spoken out against the rights of lesbian and gay Americans.
20th October 2008
Employers exploit legal loophole to avoid paying employment tribunal awards
6:15 PM — A new report from Citizens Advice has revealed that up to 10% of employment tribunal compensation awards are not paid because of a "shameful flaw" in the law.
Ellen buys airtime to plead for gay marriage 4
5:31 PM — A leading lesbian entertainer has bought $100,000 (£58,300) of TV airtime in California to ask the state's voters to support gay marriage.
Obama ahead in key states as McCain’s campaign stumbles 5
5:14 PM — The Democratic party nominee for President of the United States looks increasingly likely to clinch the White House as the election campaign enters its final furlong.
Catholic adoption agency’s plan to discriminate rejected 7
4:08 PM — The Charity Commission has ruled that a Roman Catholic-run adoption agency cannot change the purpose for which it was created in order to avoid dealing with homosexual couples.
Catholic former minister Ruth Kelly “will vote against” Embryology Bill 6
3:24 PM — A leading Roman Catholic politician who resigned from the government last month will vote against a bill that grants lesbians equal access to fertility treatment, it has been reported.
Abortion dominates debate as lesbian fertility rights come before Commons
2:58 PM — The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill is back before MPs this week. If it passes the Commons without amendments on Wednesday it will become law.