27th March 2007
MPs say Catholic schools fail to tackle gay bullying 2
12:01 PM — A committee of MPs has attacked Roman Catholic church-run schools for refusing to implement government guidelines on setting up anti-homophobic bullying policies.The investigation into all bullying in schools was instigated by Liberal Democrat MP and education spokesman Stephen Williams."Bullying is a matter of child welfare, not one of theology," Mr Williams told PinkNews.co.uk
26th March 2007
Gay Democrat wins election despite porn allegations
3:35 PM — Ray Buckley was elected the first openly gay party chairman in the US on Saturday.New Hampshire's Democratic Party voted for him despite an ugly campaign in which he was accused, then cleared, of possessing child pornography.Buckley weathered the pornography accusations from state Representative Steve Vaillancourt, his former friend and roommate.
Ruth Kelly loses privacy case
11:37 AM — The cabinet minister responsible for gay rights has had a complaint about the Daily Mirror's coverage of her child's education rejected.Ruth Kelly, the Communities Secretary, decided to send one of her sons to a private school because he has learning difficulties.The 38-year-old, who has four children, was heavily criticised for the decision.
MPs to demand action on bullying in schools 2
11:10 AM — The House of Commons education and skills committee will publish a report tomorrow about the extent of bullying in schools.Lib Dem MP and committee member Stephen Williams suggested they investigate victimisation of children based on race, sexuality or other factors."I hope this investigation will make a difference to the welfare of kids up and down Britain," he told PinkNews.co.uk
23rd March 2007
MP’s researcher sends rude email to anti-gay activist
5:32 PM — A Nottingham MP has said one of his staff was wrong to send an abusive response to an email from a Christian activist.Dries De Coster, a 19-year-old theology student, had group e-mailed every MP calling on them to oppose the Sexual Orientation Regulations.Paul May, a researcher for Nottingham MP Alan Simpson, responded to Mr De Coster's email.
Stonewall raise £230,000 at Blair dinner
5:15 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall said they were delighted that last night's Equality dinner raised nearly a quarter of a million pounds.The money raised will help Stonewall's ongoing campaigns, such as Education for All, which tackles homophobia and homophobic bullying in schools.
Gay EU Commissioner defiant over sacking rumours
10:51 AM — Peter Mandelson has told the BBC that he will be staying in his post as EU Trade Commissioner until 2009.The imminent change of British Prime Minister had raised the possibility that Mr Mandelson might be sacked as the UK's Commissioner.There is an EU Commissioner from every member state. Mr Mandelson has been the UK's man in Brussels since November 2004.
22nd March 2007
Tony Blair’s gay speech in full 3
10:42 PM — The Prime Minister was speaking at the Stonewall Equality dinner at the Dorchester Hotel, central London, this evening.He was introduced by Stonewall's chief executive, Ben Summerskill. Ben Summerskill: I would like to welcome all of you here tonight. I am delighted to introduce our opening speaker. I first met him 14 years ago, when my job was to show him round Harrow Rd police station in west London - don't ask.
Tony Blair: civil partnerships make me proud 2
9:18 PM — The Prime Minister this evening told a gay audience that the fact that civil partnerships are legal in the UK makes him proud.Speaking at the Stonewall Equality dinner in the Dorchester Hotel in central London, Mr Blair said it was a positive development that every major party leader supports equality and he is hopeful that will not change in the future.
Activists and politicians welcome Lords pro-gay vote 5
12:21 PM — The final passage of new rules to protect gay, lesbian and bisexual people has been welcomed by gay rights advocates.Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay equality organisation Stonewall, said they were delighted with the Lords vote.The Sexual Orientation Regulations were approved by the House of Lords last night.
Congress revisits hate crimes legislation 7
12:16 PM — Two members of the US House of Representatives have re-introduced a critical piece of legislation providing local police and sheriff's departments with federal resources to combat hate violence.John Conyers, Democrat from Michigan, and Mark Kirk, a Republican from Illinois brought the Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act before the House on Tuesday night.Gay groups Human Rights Campaign and the Matthew Shepard Foundation hailed the bill's introduction.
Gay adoption rules approved by House of Lords 5
10:20 AM — The Sexual Orientation Regulations have been approved by the House of Lords and will become law on April 30th.A motion by Tory peer Baroness O'Cathain seeking to strike down the regulations was defeated by 168 votes to 122.They outlaw discrimination against gay, lesbian and bisexual people when they access goods, services and facilities.
21st March 2007
Exclusive: On the front line with Christian protesters 10
4:30 PM — Religious groups gathered around Parliament today to protest against the Sexual Orientation Regulations, which will be debated in the House of Lords tonight.Around 300 to 400 protesters attended the demonstration, carrying banners with the slogans: "Gay Aim = Abolish the Family" and "No to Gay Sex Lessons."Event organiser Phil Whealy told PinkNews.co.uk that the demonstration was supported by people across the UK.
Income tax cut in Brown’s Budget
2:51 PM — In his 11th Budget as Chancellor, the man most likely to succeed Tony Blair as Prime Minister later this year announced modest rises in taxes on beer and wine and no change in the duty on spirits.Tax exemption for capital gains will rise to £18,400 for civil partners and married couples, Mr Brown announced.The Chancellor revealed that the basic rate of income tax will fall back to 20% from April 2008.
MEPs want to investigate Polish “Section 28″ law 1
11:59 AM — The European Parliament is prepared to investigate the legality of draft legislation restricting discussion of homosexuality in Polish schools, should the bill be officially submitted to the Polish lower house.The parliament's committee on civil liberties discussed the issue yesterday and decided to launch a study into the compatibility of such legislation with EU rules.
Welsh gays urged to use their vote wisely
10:48 AM — Stonewall Cymru are encouraging LGBT people in the principality to make their votes count in the elections for the Welsh Assembly in May.Tomorrow the gay equality organisation will present a report at the Senedd building in Cardiff on inequality in healthcare in parts of Wales.The Inside-Out report highlights concerns about the varied attitudes of health professionals towards lesbian, gay and bisexual service users.
Gay rights more important than Christian ones, claims bishop 6
10:16 AM — A senior Church of England clergyman has complained that gay people's rights take precedence over everyone else's.The Right Reverend Michael Scott-Joynt made his comments ahead of a vote on the Sexual Orientation Regulations in the House of Lords later today.The regulations were approved by the House of Commons on Monday night by 310 votes to 100.
20th March 2007
Exclusive: Ming Campbell speaks to PinkNews.co.uk
12:39 PM — When PinkNews.co.uk spoke to Sir Menzies Campbell at his office in the Palace of Westminster earlier this month, the Liberal Democrat leader discussed his values and attitudes towards gay rights, and how British society has changed since the days of Ted Heath and Jeremy Thorpe. It is just over a year since Sir Menzies Campbell won the leadership of the Liberal Democrats.
Cardinal accuses Blair of abuse 2
12:03 PM — Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has accused Tony Blair of abusing Parliament by not allowing MPs more time to debate the Sexual Orientation Regulations.A proposed opt-out for Roman Catholic-run adoption services caused a Cabinet row earlier this year.The head of the Roman Catholic church in England and Wales said that adoption agencies will close rather than comply with new rules outlawing discrimination.
Gordon Brown and David Cameron vote for gay regulations 1
11:33 AM — An attempt to block legislation that will protect gay people from discrimination has failed.Tory MPs in the House of Commons forced a vote on the Sexual Orientation Regulations yesterday. However, the regulations passed by 310 votes to 100.29 Tory MPs voted in favour of the regulations, among them party leader David Cameron and gay MPs Nick Herbert and Alan Duncan.