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.
Gay marriage opponents denied referendum in DC 4
5:16 PM — Gay equality opponents in Washington DC were barred by a judge from holding a referendum on gay marriage yesterday. Judge Judith N Macaluso said allowing voters to strike down the law would "authorise discrimination".
11th January 2010
Religious civil partnerships amendment tabled in Lords 68
4:59 PM — An amendment to the Equality Bill which would allow civil partnerships to be held in church was tabled in the House of Lords today.
8th January 2010
Gay marriage bill fails in New Jersey Senate 15
12:35 PM — A bill which would legalise gay marriage in New Jersey failed in the state Senate yesterday. It was defeated by 20-14 votes.
6th January 2010
Rhode Island approves funeral rights for gays 6
11:43 AM — Lawmakers in the US state of Rhode Island have approved a law to allow people in gay relationships to make funeral arrangements for their partners. They overrode a veto from Governor Don Carcieri.
30th December 2009
The gay highs and lows of 2009 13
7:07 PM — A look back at the best and worst moments for LGBT causes in 2009. While sports stars came out and politicians rushed to stand up for gay rights, the year was marred by the death of a much-loved pop star and a string of violent homophobic attacks.
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.
15th December 2009
Lesbian couple win UK appeal over Gibraltar’s housing policy 2
4:11 PM — A lesbian couple who were refused a joint tenancy in government housing in Gibraltar have won their UK appeal. Three years ago, the Housing Allocation Committee refused to grant the unnamed couple a joint tenancy on the basis that they were unmarried.