20th February 2013
Registrars should not have to marry gay couples says Tory MP David Burrowes 76
1:07 PM — Tory MP David Burrowes, who last week accused PinkNews of “fomenting hostility” against the opponents of equal marriage, also believes registrars should not have to marry gay couples.
15th February 2013
UK: Equality commission says Christian registrars cannot opt out of marrying gay couples 31
1:36 PM — Christian registrars will not be able to opt out of performing marriages for gay couples, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has said.
14th February 2013
UK: Equality and Human Rights Commission says same-sex marriage bill poses no threat to religious opponents 12
7:07 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission has dismissed claims that the equal marriage poses a threat to religious freedom.
22nd August 2011
Anti-gay group may now intervene at ECHR as views sought on exemptions 86
11:28 AM — In the latest turn at the European Court of Human Rights, the US' Alliance Defense Fund could intervene on behalf of religious workers who want to avoid serving gays while the European Commission opens its consultation.
19th August 2011
EHRC confirms backtrack on opt-outs for anti-gay workers 162
10:38 AM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission has confirmed that it will not seek 'reasonable adjustments' to be made for religious workers who refuse to serve gay people, to the dismay of Christian rights groups.
15th August 2011
Equality commission seeks views on gay vs religious rights cases 121
4:25 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission is holding a brief consultation on how it should advise in four religious rights cases due to come before the European Court of Human Rights.
8th August 2011
Report calls for equality commission to be scrapped 65
11:22 AM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission contributes "very little to meaningful equality" and should be dismantled, a think tank report has recommended. The body, headed by Trevor Phillips, has been harshly criticised by gay rights advocates in recent weeks after calling for religious homophobes to be given 'accommodations' and 'compromises' in the workplace.
5th August 2011
National Secular Society will advise in religious vs gay rights cases 621
5:30 PM — The National Secular Society has been granted permission to intervene in four religious rights cases due to come before the European Court of Human Rights. The body will submit legal arguments in four cases where plaintiffs are appealing against UK court decisions - two of which involve Christian employees who refused to provide services to gay people.
4th August 2011
Another MP condemns religious rights motion 30
11:14 AM — Another MP has withdrawn his name from a motion supporting proposals to give religious homophobes the right to 'reasonable accomodation' in the workplace. Liberal Democrat MP Adrian Sanders said the motion had caused a "great deal of upset" and did not clearly state its intentions.
28th July 2011
Tory MP defends religious rights motion 153
11:05 AM — A Conservative MP who tabled a motion supporting the Equality and Human Rights Commission's push for 'compromise' for anti-gay workers says it is about freedom of religion. Gary Streeter, the MP for South West Devon, said religious people have been marginalised but denied that his early day motion backs discrimination.
26th July 2011
Another MP withdraws from religious rights motion 66
11:25 AM — Another MP has withdrawn his name from a motion apparently calling for religious workers to be allowed to refuse to serve gay people. Liberal Democrat MP for Portsmouth South Mike Hancock, who recently accused the UK Border Agency of homophobia, said he signed the early day motion by accident.
22nd July 2011
Labour MP: Compromises for anti-gay staff are ‘outrageous’ 77
3:48 PM — Labour MP John McDonnell has called on the Equality and Human Rights Commission to review its decision to advocate for "compromises" and "reasonable accommodations" for workers who refuse to serve gay people. He said the move was "outrageous and totally unacceptable".
21st July 2011
TUC attacks equality commission’s opt-out proposals for anti-gay staff 130
4:33 PM — The Trades Union Congress says it is "deeply concerned" at the Equality and Human Rights Commission's proposals to give homophobic workers the right to avoid serving gay people.
Christian campaigners claim ‘massive support’ for compromises for anti-gay workers 157
1:14 PM — Christian rights campaigners say there is massive support for proposals to allow anti-gay workers to avoid serving gays and lesbians.
13th July 2011
Equality commission defends ‘compromise’ plan for gay and religious rights clashes 284
2:22 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission says the rights of gays and lesbians will not be diminished by an intervention into legal cases where Christians workers refused to serve gay people. Instead, the body said that its heavily criticised plans would lead to "better respect for religious rights within the workplace ... without diminishing the rights of others".
12th July 2011
Stonewall ‘deeply disturbed’ at equality commission U-turn on religious rights 68
1:50 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has condemned a move by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to intervene in two legal cases where Christians workers refused to serve gay people. Chief executive Ben Summerskill said the body must state clearly that it does not agree that religious beliefs should allow people to discriminate against gays and lesbians.
27th March 2011
UK equality watchdog recommends that children as young as 11 could be quizzed on their sexuality 253
10:55 AM — Children as young as 11 could be asked if they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or questioning according to guidance issued by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
18th January 2010
Privacy warning over trans people using airport scanners 41
2:48 PM — Trans people may suffer a breach of their privacy if compulsory body scanners are used in airports, the equalities watchdog has warned.