1st May 2012
Law to wipe gay sex convictions given royal assent 60
4:55 PM — The Protection of Freedoms Act, which will enable men to wipe the records of thousands of convictions for consensual gay sex under now-repealed laws, has received Royal Assent today.
16th January 2012
Chris Bryant attacks Church of England ‘silliness about homosexuality’ 34
1:30 PM — Gay MP Chris Bryant has criticised the Church of England, writing that it “needs to forget its silliness about homosexuality” and its teaching that "homophobia is immoral” and “it’s fine and dandy to be gay just so long as you don’t do anything about it.”
Canada to fill ‘gap’ on gay marriage 10
11:50 AM — The Canadian Justice Minister has reassured thousands of gay couples who have married in his country that their unions will be recognised there, but admitted there is a "legislative gap" in the rules on foreign nationals' marriages.
11th January 2012
Gay man “terrorised” by leaflets, court told
10:45 AM — Gay men have appeared in court in Derby to tell of their experience receiving homophobic leaflets which questioned whether gays should be executed. One said he felt "terrorised" when the leaflets were pushed through his letterbox and thought he was the victim of a hate campaign.
9th January 2012
Five men on trial today for “gay death penalty” leaflets
2:14 PM — The trial of five men accused of stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation begins today. The defendants are accused of breaking new laws by handing out leaflets calling for gays to be executed.
6th January 2012
Not guilty verdict in gay escort’s obscenity trial 53
3:33 PM — A jury in London has returned a unanimous not guilty verdict for a man charged under the Obscene Publications Act for distributing DVDs containing scenes of extreme gay sex acts. Michael Peacock was cleared of six charges earlier this afternoon, in what has been described as "the most significant obscenity trial of the decade".
30th December 2011
US study highlights DOMA tax problems for married gays 12
11:35 AM — A study has said gay couples in the US can pay thousands of dollars more in tax each year than similar straight couples, because the federal government does not allow married gay couples to file tax returns together.
26th December 2011
The top USA LGBT stories of 2011 28
11:01 AM — We've already brought you the weirdest and most unexpected stories of 2011 as well as the most important UK stories of 2011, now we bring you the most important stories from the USA.
15th December 2011
House of Lords rejects peer’s challenge to religious civil partnership rules 118
1:50 PM — The motion to reintroduce the ban on civil partnerships in religious premises has been withdrawn by Baroness O’Cathain after it was debated today in the House of Lords.
2nd December 2011
Church of England lawyers dismiss fears over new civil partnership rules 73
5:40 PM — The Church says the fact that civil partnerships and marriages are separate legal concepts means it is "clear" the Equality Act 2010 could not be invoked to force them to perform both: "A gentlemen's outfitter is not required to supply women's clothes."
MPs move to strike down religious civil partnership rules 100
10:37 AM — A small group of MPs is echoing calls made in the House of Lords that new regulations for civil partnerships may force places of worship to marry gay couples alongside straight ones. Edward Leigh, a Catholic Conservative backbencher said the House of Commons was not able to debate the regulations properly.
25th November 2011
Arguments against religious civil partnership rules released by House of Lords 75
11:11 AM — Select Committee has released an ecclesiastical lawyer's argument that broadest equality laws could mean some churches will be forbidden from holding marriages until they agree to hold civil partnerships, despite specific new laws meant to prevent this.
11th November 2011
Judiciary Committee passes DOMA repeal bill into Senate 22
10:10 AM — Bill is passed to Congress' upper house, but pundits doubt it will be tabled by the Senate's leader.
3rd November 2011
Campaigners confident Respect for Marriage Act will progress through US Senate 8
3:30 PM — The Act would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and looks set to pass the first stage of consideration in the Senate
27th October 2011
Gay and lesbian troops sue US federal government 15
4:28 PM — A group of married gay and lesbian troops are suing the US federal government for denying them the recognition, benefits and family support granted to heterosexual service members. The lawsuit was filed today in Boston and says the federal government, through the Defence of Marriage Act, violates their constitutional rights.
17th October 2011
US Republican lawsuit: ‘Gays don’t need heightened legal protections’ 22
1:27 PM — A lawsuit filed by US Republicans says that gay people do not need the same level of legal protection accorded to other minorities because they are "not politically powerless".
14th October 2011
Government consults on removing ‘insulting’ speech from public order laws 217
11:52 AM — The Home Office is looking at the possibility of removing the offence of causing "insult' from the Public Order Act. The law has been used to arrest Christian street preachers who deliver anti-gay sermons, such as Cumbrian preacher Dale McAlpine.
8th February 2011
Scotland sees huge increase in reported homophobic hate crime 12
11:39 AM — The number of reported homophobic hate crimes has risen five-fold in Scotland in the last five years. Figures show that there were 666 reported incidents in 2009-10, a substantial increase from 2004-5, when just 114 incidents were reported.
14th January 2011
Comment: Prison Service must jail transgender criminals safely 40
11:12 AM — A story published in the Bristol Evening Post yesterday, of how a trans woman who had been dealing drugs avoided jail because this would interfere with her transition, is bad news for the rule of law, and bad news for the trans community everywhere.
12th January 2011
Peter Tatchell: Don’t criminalise homophobic Christians 181
1:21 PM — Where do we draw the line between religious freedom and free speech on the one hand, and public order and the protection of minorities on the other hand? Should people of faith have the right to express views that others find offensive and bigoted?