13th October 2008
Gay marriage supporters attack Proposition 102 campaign 4
2:36 PM — Gay rights activists in Arizona have vandalised billboards urging people to vote against same sex marriages.
10th October 2008
Portugese parliament rejects gay marriage proposal 8
3:34 PM — Gay and lesbian couples in Portugal will continue to be banned from getting married after the main government and opposition parties joined forces.
Post debate bump puts Obama 11% ahead
2:54 PM — The latest Gallup poll of the support for the candidates for President of the United States indicates that Barack Obama has widened his lead over John McCain.
Matthew Shepard’s mother hits out at prejudice and ignorance, ten years on 2
2:34 PM — Judy Shepard, executive director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, released the following statement as she marks the tenth year since his death on October 12th 1998.
Russian mayor blocks gay rights protest 1
12:24 AM — A municipal leader in Russia has said that a planned protest against homophobia by gay rights activists cannot go ahead.
Grey’s Anatomy star donates to California gay marriage defence fund
12:02 AM — Hollywood star TR Knight has donated $50,000 (£29,000) to help defeat a proposal to remove the rights of lesbian and gay Californians to get married.
9th October 2008
MPs and peers celebrate National AIDS Trust’s 21st birthday
6:14 PM — Lord Fowler was among the guests at a Houses of Parliament reception for the National AIDS Trust yesterday.
Council of Europe calls on Bosnia to condemn homophobic violence
4:54 PM — An assembly of European parliamentarians has condemned the recent attacks on the organisers and participants of the Sarajevo Queer Festival by a homophobic mob.
Czechs face EU sanctions over anti-discrimination directive
2:36 PM — The Czech Republic could face an official complaint from the European Commission and financial sanctions over its failure to introduce an EU directive on discrimination into its legislation.
Bishops decide against church weddings for Norwegian gays 4
2:08 PM — The bishops of Norway's state church have ruled that there will be no weddings in church for gay and lesbian couples.
MEPs want EU countries to recognise same-sex partnerships 1
12:48 PM — European Parliamentarians are urging EU-wide recognition of same-sex partnerships or marriages created in member states.
8th October 2008
Poll shows increased support for gay marriage ban in California 5
1:25 PM — A ballot proposition that would remove the right of same-sex couples to get married in California appears to be gaining support.
McCain ignores gay adoption in letter to campaigners 4
1:00 PM — The Republican candidate for President of the United States has declined to say how he would protect families headed by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans Americans.
Russia may permit first gay march 500km from Moscow 3
12:13 PM — Gay rights activists in Russia have managed to secure permission to hold a picket against a homophobic politician in the city of Tambov.
7th October 2008
INTERVIEW: Twigg backs Labour initiative to encourage more LGBT MPs 5
9:46 PM — Stephen Twigg's place in British political history was assured on May 1st 1997. He was the young out gay Labour candidate who beat Michael Portillo in Enfield Southgate.
United Nations calls on UK to stop discrimination against LGBT teens 1
3:34 PM — A United Nations committee has called on the UK to take "urgent measures" to fight intolerance of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans young people.
Health minister took Mandelson to hospital after emergency call to Downing St 3
2:57 PM — Business Secretary Peter Mandelson called the Prime Minister's office to seek help after he fell ill on Sunday night, it has emerged.
Rebellion against Gordon Brown declared over as credit crisis worsens 2
2:36 PM — The Prime Minister was given a rousing reception at last night's meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party.
Obama’s gay rights stance gets Drew Barrymore’s vote 2
1:34 PM — A Hollywood actress has said she is backing the Democratic nominee for President of the United States after she heard him talk about equality for gay and lesbian people.
11,000 same-sex weddings in Califonia since legalisation
11:27 AM — New research published in Los Angeles today has revealed that estimated 11,000 same-sex couples have married in California in the first three months since gay weddings were ruled legal in the state.