28th April 2012
Iain Duncan Smith defies Catholic Church to back marriage for gay couples 51
10:43 AM — The most senior Catholic in the British Government, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, has confirmed that he will be supporting Prime Minister David Cameron's pledge to introduce equal civil marriage for gay and lesbian couples. In a remarkable evolution of his own personal approach to LGBT rights, he pointed out that in a country where so many hetrosexual couples are breaking up, marriage equality is a positive method of creating a more stable society.
6th April 2012
Gay former cabinet minister Ben Bradshaw mocks Government’s plans for marriage equality 387
10:20 AM — Mr Bradshaw made the bizarre comment at a crucial moment in the battle for marriage equality, after a petition launched by the homophobic Coalition for Marriage group which insists that the institution should remain traditional - i.e. between a man and a woman – went beyond 400,000 signatures.
4th April 2012
Secularists say David Cameron’s marriage comments may signal ‘betrayal’ 177
10:36 AM — The National Secular Society said a part of Mr Cameron's speech which referred to what will happen if civil marriage equality for gay couples "doesn't go ahead" prompted fears the government may give in to "bullying" by religious bodies.
3rd April 2012
David Cameron attempts to conciliate Christians over marriage equality 77
10:03 PM — The Prime Minister David Cameron attempted today to reassure Christian groups that there were no threats to religious beliefs in extending civil marriage to same-sex couples, during an Easter reception at Downing Street.
28th March 2012
Christian group pledge support for gay couples marrying 52
1:20 PM — The Progressive Christianity Network (PCN) is the latest British faith-based group to come out in favour of legal recognition of gay marriage.
10th March 2012
Polls: More support gay couples marrying in the UK than oppose 64
9:53 PM — An ICM poll for the Sunday Telegraph and a YouGov poll for The Sunday Times have found more people are in favour of changing the law to allow gay couples to marry than are opposed.
8th March 2012
Editorial: The Times now for all to show their hand on marriage equality 76
10:41 AM — On Monday, The Times published an editorial calling for the introduction of gay marriage. PinkNews.co.uk believes our papers, politicians and faiths should now show their hand on marriage equality.
4th March 2012
UK Catholic cardinal: Gay marriage is ‘a grotesque madness proposed by a disingenuous government’ 178
12:31 PM — Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, the most senior Catholic in Scotland, Cardinal Keith Michael Patrick O'Brien, has said that gay marriage is a "grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right".
24th February 2012
Brighton prepares for National Student Pride this weekend 3
4:39 PM — 1,000 students are expected to descend on Brighton this weekend for the eighth annual National Student Pride.
23rd February 2012
Downing Street hosts summit on homophobia and racism in football 14
11:44 AM — The Prime Minister hosted a summit yesterday aimed at tackling homophobia in football in a week which has seen the FA fine Ravel Morrison £7,000 for a homophobic tweet and the former Chelsea coach José Mourinho severely criticised for using a gay slur.
29th January 2012
Archbishop of York compares David Cameron to a dictator over his support of gay marriage 335
11:47 AM — In a forthright interview with the Daily Telegraph, the second most senior cleric in the Church of England, the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, has compared prime minister David Cameron to a dictator over his support of gay marriage.
15th November 2011
Liverpool church which “helps people out of homosexuality” linked to “home exorcisms” 53
4:09 PM — Church published a "fact sheet" saying women who dressed in a "masculine way" and "effeminate" men could be "struggling with homosexuality", and is linked to a US body which published tips on exorcising "demonic powers".
4th November 2011
Lesbian politician Ruth Davidson elected leader of the Scottish Conservative Party 99
7:11 PM — Ruth Davidson MSP has been elected as leader of the Scottish Conservative Party. Her election makes her the first openly lesbian or gay leader of a major British political party.
Comment: Cameron should apologise for anti-gay laws 146
3:03 PM — Peter Tatchell calls for a "gesture of contrition" from the Prime Minister to apologise for the anti-gay laws Britain imposed on foreign countries in the past.
Zambia and Zimbabwe appear to reject gay rights “pressure” on aid 47
2:37 PM — More signals emerge from African governments that they will refuse to enact gay rights in order to protect direct budget aid.
1st November 2011
Commonwealth nations react to “ex-colonial” British aid threat 186
10:37 AM — Countries with poorest gay rights records react warily as government plans to redirect aid and call for Commonwealth to examine citizens' fundamental rights.
27th October 2011
Gay murder victim Stuart Walker was questioned over child indecency
11:20 AM — A gay man whose beaten and burned body was found near an Ayrshire industrial estate last weekend had been questioned by police over an alleged child indecency incident. Stuart Walker, a barman from Cumnock, was found dead in the early hours of Saturday morning. Police said he had suffered "horrific" injuries.
21st October 2011
Black children perform poorly at school because ‘academic success is seen as gay’ 166
9:56 AM — African-Caribbean children perform poorly at school because doing well is perceived as 'gay' or 'feminine', the head of the Jamaican Teachers Association has said.
13th October 2011
Mary Portas apologises for calling female Cabinet ministers ‘ugly’ 33
11:05 AM — Retail guru Mary Portas has written to four female Cabinet ministers to apologise for calling them "ugly". Portas, who advises prime minister David Cameron on the retail industry, said she didn't want to be "abusive" and "destructive" and admitted she did not know who the four female members of the Cabinet are.
Update: Christian Tory councillor suspended for anti-gay tweet 118
9:58 AM — A Christian Tory councillor in Buckinghamshire has been suspended for comparing gay marriage to bestiality. Party bosses took quick action against James Malliff.