25th February 2010
Australian Senate rejects gay marriage bill 13
2:57 PM — The Australian Senate today rejected a bill to give equal marriage rights to gay citizens. The bill was introduced by the Greens but was defeated 45-5, just days before the world's biggest gay celebration, Sydney Mardi Gras.
23rd February 2010
Ed Balls denies ‘watering down’ sex education for faith schools 46
12:06 PM — Schools secretary Ed Balls has denied watering down sex education laws for faith schools. Last Friday, the government was accused of performing a U-turn over an amendment to the Children, Schools and Families Bill allowing faith schools to teach about homosexuality in line with their "religious character".
Bishops call for gay civil partnerships in church 43
10:38 AM — Senior clergy in the Church of England called today to lift the ban on gay couples having civil partnerships in church. They said that it was inconsistent and discriminatory to ban gay couples having their ceremonies in churches willing to accommodate them.
22nd February 2010
Isle of Man to consider civil partnerships for gay couples 8
5:52 PM — The Isle of Man's House of Keys will debate whether to introduce civil partnerships for gay couples on the island. The Civil Partnerships Bill will have its first reading tomorrow and, if passed into law, will give gay and lesbian couples the same rights afforded to straight married couples.
Bill to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell to be introduced next week 13
5:15 PM — US Senator Joe Lieberman is to introduce a bill next week to repeal the ban on out gays and lesbians serving in the US military. Mr Lieberman is independent but conservative and is a key member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
19th February 2010
Government accused of U-turn over faith schools’ teaching on homosexuality 62
11:49 AM — The government has been accused of performing a U-turn over an amendment allowing faith schools to teach about homosexuality in line with their "religious character". Some critics it looked like "another Section 28".
18th February 2010
Ugandan pastor shows his church gay porn 30
6:00 PM — Homophobic Ugandan preacher Martin Ssempa has been accused of being "twisted" for showing his congregation gay porn to persuade them to support an anti-homosexuality bill.
Gay marriage opponents defeated in New Hampshire 10
12:50 PM — Efforts to roll back the US state of New Hampshire's recent gay marriage law have been defeated. Gay marriage became legal in the state on January 1st but conservative Republicans quickly announced plans to seek repeal.
9th February 2010
Archbishop of Canterbury ‘profoundly sorry’ for comments on homosexuality 26
7:11 PM — The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams apologised yesterday for statements he has made about gay people in the church. He said he was "profoundly sorry" for giving the impression of "ignoring or undervaluing" human realities.
5th February 2010
Harriet Harman confirms climbdown over gay church employees 28
1:01 PM — Equality minister Harriet Harman yesterday confirmed that the government will not attempt to force through clarifications on who churches must employ.
Ugandan minister says anti-gay bill is likely to be changed 19
11:59 AM — Uganda's deputy foreign minister Henry Okello Oryem has said his country's anti-homosexuality bill is likely to be changed before it passes into law.
3rd February 2010
7,000 sign protest against Pope’s visit 38
1:17 PM — More than 7,000 people have signed a petition against the Pope's state-funded visit to the UK. The petition was set up two days ago by the National Secular Society, which estimates the Pontiff's four-day visit in September will cost the UK £20 million.
Harriet Harman will not continue fight over gay church staff 117
11:58 AM — Equality minister Harriet Harman has backed down over an amendment on who churches can employ. She is thought to have made the climbdown to avoid a continuing dispute with church leaders in the face of the Pope's visit in September.
1st February 2010
Pope Benedict XVI criticises gay rights in Equality Bill 76
6:37 PM — Pope Benedict XVI criticised the Equality Bill on Monday for violating "natural law". He was thought to be referring to provisions in the bill which would have forced churches to employ gay staff. These were defeated by the House of Lords last week.
Hawaii’s House shelves civil unions bill 4
12:50 PM — Hawaii's House has shelved a bill which would have allowed gay couples the right to have civil unions. Although the Senate approved the bill last week, the House voted on Friday to indefinitely postpone it.
28th January 2010
Irish civil partnerships bill progresses through parliament 17
4:59 PM — A bill to allow gay couples the right to civil partnerships is making progress through the Irish parliament. It was presented to parliament in December and completed its second stage in the Dail yesterday. It will now go to a committee for further scrutiny.
26th January 2010
Tatchell ‘surprised’ at third of British people who still believe homosexuality is wrong 24
5:23 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has expressed surprise at the results of a survey into social attitudes, saying he expected a greater change in the numbers who accepted homosexuality.
Government will consider religious civil partnerships 19
1:27 PM — The government has agreed to consider allowing civil partnerships to be held in religious premises after a debate in the House of Lords last night.
Government defeated in 3 votes over the ability of churches to deny jobs to gay people 52
12:31 AM — The Government tonight lost three votes in the House of Lords over legislation that would have restricted the ability of churches to deny jobs to LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgenered) people.
25th January 2010
Ugandan anti-pastor shows press conference gay porn 23
6:58 PM — Ugandan pastor Martin Ssempa showed a press conference graphic gay porn last week in an effort to argue why the country's anti-homosexuality bill is necessary.