5th January 2012
Washington state Governor says it is “time for marriage equality” 20
3:53 PM — The Governor of the state of Washington, has given her support to legislation which would introduce marriage equality for gay couples in the state, saying it is "the right thing to do".
23rd February 2010
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.
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.
3rd February 2010
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.
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 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
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
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".
18th January 2010
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.
21st December 2009
Happy fourth anniversary for civil partnerships 40
10:35 AM — Today marks the fourth anniversary of civil partnerships in England and Wales. Although Scotland celebrated its first civil partnership on December 20th 2005 due to a misunderstanding over the date, today marks the fourth anniversary for gay couples in England and Wales.
20th December 2009
BBC ‘may face sanctions’ after gay execution debate 34
3:32 PM — Trevor Phillips, the chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has said the BBC may face sanctions over last week's online debate on whether gays should be executed.
14th December 2009
Coalition calls on Lords to reject religious exemptions in Equality Bill 12
12:36 PM — A coalition of liberal religious and social justice groups is calling on the House of Lords to reject religious opt-outs from the Equality Bill. The bill is scheduled for its second reading in the Lords tomorrow.