15th May 2014
UK: Council apologises for ordering churches to perform same-sex weddings 5
2:03 PM — Essex County Council has apologised for incorrectly telling churches they had to be licensed to perform same-sex marriages.
17th April 2014
Essex Catholic Bishop: I find it ‘difficult’ to accept equal marriage 35
3:04 PM — The new Bishop of Brentwood says he finds it "difficult" to accept same-sex marriage.
16th December 2013
UK: Trans police officer loses discrimination case against force 8
1:52 PM — A transgender police officer who sued her force after she allegedly had to “out” herself over a police radio system has lost her case at an employment tribunal.
29th November 2013
UK: Gay escort accused of stabbing to death antiques dealer
6:41 PM — A male gay escort who also worked as a hospital cleaner has gone on trial accused of stabbing to death an antiques dealer in Essex.
15th November 2013
UK: Bullied gay teen committed suicide by overdosing on prescription drugs stored at school 54
4:49 PM — A 14-year-old Essex boy bullied for being gay fatally overdosed on prescription drugs he had stored at school, an inquest has heard.
20th August 2013
Essex gay dads say local church supports them in gay wedding legal fight 105
6:03 PM — A gay couple in Essex have launched a legal challenge to the Church of England’s ban on same-sex marriage and say they have the support of their local parish.
1st August 2013
Gay Essex dads to sue church over gay wedding ban 286
5:43 PM — Tony and Barrie Drewitt-Barlow say they still intend to start legal proceedings so they can get married in church.
5th April 2013
Former Essex councillor denies resignation was linked to gay ‘porn’ discovered on council laptop 4
11:22 AM — A Liberal Democrat councillor in Newport has denied that his recent resignation was linked to a row earlier this year over his council-owned laptop, which was found to be storing explicit gay porn images.
5th February 2013
Tory MP John Whittingdale: ‘Same-sex marriage will cause distress to many’ 32
11:00 AM — Conservative MP John Whittingdale has confirmed that he plans to vote against same-sex marriage, saying it will "cause distress to many".
24th January 2013
Peter Tatchell welcomes ACPO response over police DNA sampling of gay men 4
12:59 PM — Peter Tatchell has welcomed a decision by the Association of Chief Police Officers to issue Chief Constables with new guidelines after it was revealed gay men were being forced to give DNA samples to police officers.
18th January 2013
Peter Tatchell: More gay men are being forced to give police their DNA 28
4:22 PM — Peter Tatchell remains concerned by fresh reports of gay men being forced to give DNA samples to police officers.
17th December 2012
Gay Essex dads to sue government over church same-sex marriage ban 92
3:33 PM — Tony and Barrie Drewitt-Barlow plan to mount a legal challenge over the government’s decision to ban gay couples from marrying in the Church of England.
6th December 2012
Essex: Gay hairdresser who launched scissor attack after receiving homophobic abuse is jailed 39
12:00 PM — A gay hairdresser has been jailed for two and a half years after he stabbed a man with a pair of scissors due to a homophobic remark.
8th October 2012
UK: Essex Gay couple in car flood terror 33
9:50 PM — A gay couple have said they thought they were going to die after their 4x4 was hit by a "tidal wave" of flood water.
22nd August 2012
Gay pride pub landlord receives council apology 10
1:35 PM — A council in Essex which forced a pub landlord to take down gay pride flags, following a complaint from the paris council, has issued an apology.
20th August 2012
Essex landlord forced by council to remove gay pride flags from pub 63
3:25 PM — A pub in Essex has been forced to take down rainbow pride flags after complaints from villagers.
23rd March 2012
Kent MP: If gays marry, will Shakespeare be in danger? 168
10:55 AM — A twice-divorced Kent MP has questioned whether allowing gay couples to marry will result in Shakespeare being rewritten to redact gender-specific words like 'husband' and 'wife'.