15th December 2011
House of Lords rejects peer’s challenge to religious civil partnership rules 118
1:50 PM — The motion to reintroduce the ban on civil partnerships in religious premises has been withdrawn by Baroness O’Cathain after it was debated today in the House of Lords.
14th December 2011
Study finds 50 per cent of gay people in Malta overestimate discrimination laws 10
3:49 PM — A study in Malta has shown that while 60 per cent of respondents experience discrimination in the workplace, half are unaware this is the only area where they are protected.
2nd December 2011
Church of England lawyers dismiss fears over new civil partnership rules 73
5:40 PM — The Church says the fact that civil partnerships and marriages are separate legal concepts means it is "clear" the Equality Act 2010 could not be invoked to force them to perform both: "A gentlemen's outfitter is not required to supply women's clothes."
MPs move to strike down religious civil partnership rules 100
10:37 AM — A small group of MPs is echoing calls made in the House of Lords that new regulations for civil partnerships may force places of worship to marry gay couples alongside straight ones. Edward Leigh, a Catholic Conservative backbencher said the House of Commons was not able to debate the regulations properly.
25th November 2011
Arguments against religious civil partnership rules released by House of Lords 75
11:11 AM — Select Committee has released an ecclesiastical lawyer's argument that broadest equality laws could mean some churches will be forbidden from holding marriages until they agree to hold civil partnerships, despite specific new laws meant to prevent this.
3rd November 2011
Religious civil partnerships won’t solve “blanket ban inequality” 91
1:29 PM — Announcement is welcomed by some, but warnings follow that not allowing religious gay marriages is still an "infringement of religious freedom".
2nd November 2011
Civil partnerships in religious premises “by the end of the year” 122
11:08 AM — Report published today says religious institutions will be able to apply to hold ceremonies before the end of December.
1st November 2011
Cambridge councillor talks of being UK’s “most influential” trans person 17
4:44 PM — Cambridge's second elected trans official talks about her experiences of transphobia, homophobia and misogyny.
19th September 2011
Lib Dem president Tim Farron ‘victim of false gay rumours’ 56
10:19 AM — Liberal Democrat party president Tim Farron has hit out at "wicked" rumours that he was blackmailed over a "secret gay life".
18th April 2011
Irish trans woman wins £30,000 for discrimination 13
5:50 PM — An Irish trans woman has been awarded 35,000 euros (£30,000) after an equality tribunal ruled she was discriminated against on the grounds of gender and disability. Louise Hannon claims that her employer, First Direct Logistics Limited, discriminated against her after she revealed she was transitioning.
14th April 2011
Government website asks: Should Equality Act be scrapped? 104
12:23 PM — A government website asks members of the public whether the Equality Act should be scrapped completely. Red Tape Challenge is designed to help ministers identify "burdensome" legislation and "pointless or outdated rules".
14th January 2011
Comment: Prison Service must jail transgender criminals safely 40
11:12 AM — A story published in the Bristol Evening Post yesterday, of how a trans woman who had been dealing drugs avoided jail because this would interfere with her transition, is bad news for the rule of law, and bad news for the trans community everywhere.
13th January 2011
Public bodies asked to find out about gay and trans staff 17
2:05 PM — Large public employers are being encouraged to find out how represented lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people are in their organisations. As part of the Equality Act, all public bodies will be required to publish information about the diversity of their staff from April but the government will not set diversity targets.
17th November 2010
May scraps ‘ridiculous’ equality duty but promises new action on anti-gay bullying 35
12:56 PM — Schools will be given new powers to deal with homophobic and transphobic bullying and measures to delete historic sex convictions will be in the Freedom Bill, Home Secretary Theresa May announced today. She also said that an equality duty on public bodies would be scrapped.
27th October 2010
Stonewall says it will campaign for gay marriage 50
3:10 PM — Gay lobbying charity Stonewall says it will campaign for lesbian and gay couples to have civil marriages in the UK. The charity has come under pressure in recent months from several of its co-founders and other gay campaigners to widen its remit on the issue.
27th August 2010
Breaking news: Tory minister Crispin Blunt reveals he is gay 85
5:43 PM — Tory justice minister Crispin Blunt admitted he is gay and has separated from his wife.