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.
Senior bishops call on Lords to retain gay employment exemptions 40
3:00 PM — A statement from three senior bishops calls on peers today to retain and even widen religious exemptions on employing gay people. It says churches will be sued under legislation in he Equality Bill
Ann Widdecombe says gay laws threaten Christian freedom of speech 51
12:20 PM — Ann Widdecombe, MP for Maidstone and the Weald, warned a Bournemouth church on Saturday that new equality laws could see Christians being sued.
21st January 2010
Ugandan MP says he may amend anti-gay bill 6
5:52 PM — The MP who tabled Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill has said he may amend parts of it. David Bahati had previously refused to change provisions which would impose the death penalty or life imprisonment on gays, saying they would protect the "traditional family".
Video urging action against gay employment rights to be shown in churches 113
12:14 PM — A video urging Christians to take action against the Equality Bill is to be shown in churches this weekend. Christian Concern for Our Nation warns that under the bill, churches will be sued for not employing "practising homosexuals".
20th January 2010
Ugandan MP David Bahati will not attend Obama prayer breakfast 11
5:41 PM — David Bahati, the Ugandan MP who authored an anti-gay bill currently passing through the country, has reportedly been disinvited from a prayer breakfast with US president Barack Obama.
19th January 2010
‘Homophobe’ expected to become South African ambassador to Uganda 13
12:47 PM — A media personality who has been accused of homophobia will reportedly be appointed South Africa's ambassador to Uganda next month. Jon Qwelane has praised Robert Mugabe's "unflinching and unapologetic" stance on homosexuality.
18th January 2010
Hawaii to consider civil unions bill 10
6:56 PM — Hawaii's Senate is to vote this Wednesday on a civil unions bill. If passed, it will provide same-sex couples in the US state all of the rights and benefits of marriage.
Lib Dems attack Tory voting record on gay rights 38
1:20 PM — The Liberal Democrat party has attacked the "shameful" Tory record on voting for gay rights issues. According to research by the party, a quarter of David Cameron's shadow cabinet has voted against gay rights legislation.
Author of Uganda’s gay execution bill to attend prayer breakfast with Obama 25
11:22 AM — David Bahati, the MP who authored Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill, is expected to attend a prayer breakfast with US president Barack Obama.