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.
3rd November 2010
US mid-term results pose challenges and opportunities for gay rights 13
2:50 PM — The US mid-term elections have seen the Republicans gain control of the lower house, while the Democrats held on to the Senate. According to commentators, the result presents both challenges and opportunities for gay rights.
1st November 2010
Bishops say gay rights laws damage Christian freedoms 60
12:20 PM — Leading Church of England bishops have claimed that equality laws mean gay rights are being "privileged" over the rights of Christians. The figures, including former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey and Bishop of Winchester Michael Scott-Joynt, said that gay rights supporters are able to "suppress all disagreement or disapproval and 'coerce silence'."
Gay and trans campaigners cancel Stonewall awards protest 12
10:39 AM — A demonstration planned for the Stonewall awards this Thursday has been cancelled. Around 100 people were expected to protest outside the ceremony in central London over the gay charity's stance marriage equality and because it does not lobby for trans issues.
28th October 2010
Campaigners welcome Stonewall’s support of gay marriage 16
11:42 AM — Marriage equality campaigners have welcomed Stonewall's support of civil marriage for gay couples. The charity announced yesterday that after surveying its supporters, it would add the issue to its campaigning objectives.
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.
19th October 2010
Most Scottish people support gay marriage 15
5:00 PM — The majority of Scottish people are in favour of allowing gay couples to marry, a poll suggests. According to an Angus Reid poll conducted for the Green Party, 58 per cent of respondents said they were in favour of full marriage equality.
25th February 2010
Gordon Brown promises gay people they ‘will not have to walk alone’ 51
10:50 AM — Prime minister Gordon Brown paid tribute last night to gay and lesbian members of the armed forces at a reception to mark the contribution of the LGBT community for Britain.
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.
4th February 2010
David Cameron refuses to call Polish allies homophobic 87
11:29 AM — Tory leader David Cameron has defended his party's European alliances with the Polish Law and Justice Party but has refused to call them homophobic, saying the Liberal Democrats also have anti-gay allies.
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.
2nd February 2010
Gay and straight couples needed to challenge UK gay marriage ban 14
3:17 PM — A heterosexual couple are seeking allies to help them mount a legal challenge against the UK's ban on gay marriage. Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle need two more straight couples and three gay couples to join their case.
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.
27th January 2010
David Cameron says children should be taught about gay relationships 71
12:04 PM — Tory leader David Cameron told a recent meeting on education that schoolchildren should be taught about gay relationships and equality.
26th January 2010
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
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.
15th January 2010
Lady Gaga to host gay marriage gala 7
6:01 PM — Lady Gaga will host a benefit gala for gay marriage tomorrow evening. The singer, who has just been nominated for a GLAAD award, said she was "honoured" to be chosen to help the cause.