14th June 2011
French parliament rejects gay marriage bill 62
6:10 PM — The French parliament has rejected a bill designed to give gay couples the right to marry. Today, lawmakers voted by 293 votes to 222 to block the bill, which was not expected to pass.
6th June 2011
Lesbian couple successfully dodge French gay marriage ban 24
2:33 PM — Two French women successfully circumvented France's same-sex marriage ban on Saturday owing to the fact that one half of the couple is still classed as a man - in the legal sense only.
27th May 2011
Sarkozy ally compares gay marriage to bestiality in French parliament 79
10:24 AM — Brigitte Barèges, an MP in French president Nicolas Sarkozy's ruling UMP party, has sparked an angry reaction in the French parliament by comparing gay marriage to bestiality.
22nd November 2010
Straight Bristol couple next to demand a civil partnership 7
11:18 AM — A heterosexual couple from Bristol will attempt to get a civil partnership tomorrow morning. Ian Goggin and Kristin Skarsholt say the ban on straight civil partnerships is "unjust, discriminatory and offensive".
8th November 2010
Travel companies ‘need to do more to be gay-friendly’ 16
7:12 PM — Although plenty of travel companies now advertise themselves as being gay-friendly, a survey shows that many need to do more to justify the claim.
22nd October 2010
Iraqi LGBT celebrates fifth birthday with London charity night
4:29 PM — Aid group Iraqi LGBT is to hold a fundraising night in central London next week. The group is celebrating five years of supporting persecuted LGBT Iraqis and claims to have helped save the lives of 100 people.
21st October 2010
Penguins ‘are flirty, not gay’ 26
5:20 PM — A new study says that penguins who engage in same-sex mating displays are flirty, rather than gay. Incidences of homosexuality in the species have been well-documented and one male penguin couple at San Francisco Zoo were together for six years before splitting up in 2009.
Gay rugby player Gareth Thomas hopes to find London club 2
4:14 PM — Gareth Thomas, the out gay former Welsh rugby captain, is planning to join a London rugby union team. The star briefly switched to league team Crusaders this year and is due to play France in the Wales league squad this weekend.
20th October 2010
eBay accused of banning gay couples from competition 18
2:06 PM — The French eBay website has been accused of discrimination after it stated that a competition prize could only be won by a heterosexual couple.
16th February 2010
Gay man jailed for ‘reckless’ HIV transmission 14
11:59 AM — A gay man who absconded to France after being convicted for recklessly infecting his former boyfriend with HIV was arrested when he returned to the UK for cancer treatment.
4th February 2010
Gay referee Nigel Owens to discuss coming out 7
6:37 PM — Nigel Owens, the Welsh referee who came out in 2007, is to discuss his decision in a television documentary. He will appear in a S4C documentary tomorrow to reveal how he mustered the courage to come out.
Benefits victory for British gay couples in France 17
1:25 PM — British civil partners living in France are now entitled to the same tax and inheritance benefits as their French counterparts. A legal anomaly previously meant they were treated like any other unmarried couple.
13th January 2010
China’s state press covers gay wedding 8
7:20 PM — A state-run Chinese newspaper gave its front page to a gay wedding today. China Daily, an English-language newspaper, featured the wedding of Zeng Anquan and Pan Wenjie, which took place on January 3rd.
24th December 2009
Ethics minister says Uganda’s death penalty for gays will be ditched 49
11:26 AM — The Ugandan minister for ethics and integrity has suggested that the country will ditch its plans to execute gays in favour of life imprisonment. James Nsaba Buturo said this would allow authorities to rehabilitate gays.
22nd December 2009
Filmstar Tom Cruise sued by alleged gay lover 27
12:04 PM — Hollywood film star Tom Cruise is being sued over allegations of wiretapping. Magazine editor, Michael Davis Sapir, claims that the actor hired private detective, Anthony Pellicano, to wiretap his phone. In 2001 Sapir claimed to have a video in his possession that proved he was having a "homosexual relationship" with the star.
15th December 2009
Gordon Brown ‘pushing for European recognition of British civil partnerships’ 28
4:55 PM — Prime minister Gordon Brown has said he is pushing European countries such as Spain and France to recognise civil partnerships registered in Britain. He added he wanted to see more gay rights in eastern Europe.
14th December 2009
Archbishop of Canterbury makes first public statement on Uganda’s anti-gay law 28
11:49 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams has made his first public statement on the proposed anti-gay bill passing through Uganda's parliament.