23rd October 2013
Northern Ireland Health Minister ‘disappointed’ at losing fight against gay adoption rights 12
11:55 AM — Edwin Poots says he’s “disappointed” at the UK Supreme Court for dismissing his latest legal challenge against adoption rights for same-sex couples.
16th October 2013
Catholic bishops describe Malta’s civil unions bill as ‘novelty’ and warn against gay adoption 19
2:19 PM — Malta’s Catholic bishops have expressed concern over the country’s proposed civil partnership bill, stating “Children should preferably be brought up by their parents, a man and a woman.”
17th September 2013
Northern Ireland: Petition calls on Health Minister to be sacked over anti-gay views 32
1:26 PM — Nearly 3,000 people have signed an online petition urging Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots to be sacked for “squandering public money in the pursuit of a personal agenda against unmarried and same-sex couples.”
27th June 2013
Tasmanian lawmakers pass same-sex adoption bill 1
3:34 PM — Same-sex couples in Tasmania will be able to adopt children not previously known to them following the passage of a bill by the upper parliamentary house.
31st May 2013
Russian Children’s Commissioner calls for moratorium on French adoptions 2
1:05 PM — The Russian Children's Rights Commissioner has said it is only "logical" to halt adoptions of Russian children by French couples due to the legalisation of same-sex marriage in France.
17th May 2013
Portugal: Parliament grants same-sex couples some adoption rights 9
7:01 PM — The Portuguese Parliament on Friday passed a bill to offer some adoption and fostering rights to same-sex couples.
22nd April 2013
France: National Assembly speaker urged to delay equal marriage vote in ammunition powder letter 37
5:10 PM — National Assembly Speaker Claude Bartolone has received an envelope containing ammunition powder and a threatening letter calling on him to delay France's equal marriage vote.
9th April 2013
Australia: Tasmanian parliament advances bill to allow equal adoption
1:40 PM — The Lower House of the Tasmanian parliament today resoundingly supported the advancement of legislation which would remove the ban on same-sex adoption.
4th April 2013
France: Same-sex marriage bill reaches Senate 5
12:00 PM — The French Senate will debate the country’s proposed same-sex marriage bill today.
19th February 2013
European Court of Human Rights rules that Austria’s adoption laws discriminated against lesbian couple 7
5:40 PM — A lesbian couple in Austria have won an ECHR case in which they claimed that adoption laws in their home country discriminated against them.
30th January 2013
Lynette Burrows: Children should be with straight ‘sluts and drug addicts’ rather than ‘sodomites’ 156
6:14 PM — Lynette Burrows' speech against the motion "This house would be happy to have gay parents" given at the Oxford Union earlier this month.
22nd January 2013
France: Karl Lagerfeld supports equal marriage with lesbian brides at couture show 1
1:25 PM — Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has used his lastest fashion show to support equal marriage amidst divides across France on the issue.
18th November 2012
France: Thousands protest against equal marriage and adoption rights for gay couples 61
5:58 AM — Thousands of people have taken to the streets of several French cities to protest against the country's recently approved bill which would allow equal marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples.
7th October 2012
France: More officials speak out against equal marriage 7
10:46 PM — The prospect of new legislation allowing gay people in France to marry and adopt has been met with opposition from religious groups as well as several mayors who have spoken out in opposition to the idea.
20th January 2012
Virginia gay adoption battle kicks off 1
5:35 PM — At the General Assembly in Richmond, Virginia, a battle is heating up over whether adoption agencies should be allowed to discriminate against prospective parents based on their sexual orientation.
8th January 2010
Portugal votes to legalise gay marriage 30
3:09 PM — Portugal's parliament today voted to legalise marriage for gays and lesbians. The Catholic country will be the sixth in Europe to grant same-sex couples the right to wed, although this will not include adoption rights.
28th September 2009
Equal adoption rights for Scottish gay couples begin today 4
10:33 AM — From today, gay and unmarried couples in Scotland will now have the same adoption rights as straight married couples. This brings Scotland into line with England and Wales.