4th January 2014
Catholic Bishop: Maltese Catholic MPs will commit a ‘grave moral act’ by voting for civil unions 15
4:20 PM — Malta's Auxiliary Bishop has said that any Catholic MPs in the country who vote for an upcoming civil unions bill will commit a "grave moral act" by doing so.
Pope Francis: We must be careful not to administer a vaccine against faith to children of gay couples 32
3:09 PM — Pope Francis has spoken out to express concern at the way the Catholic Church deals with the children of gay couples.
31st December 2013
Malta Equality Commission: It is a human right for same-sex families to be able to adopt
3:50 PM — The equality commission in Malta has condemned recent statements "against the recognition of same-sex families" and said that it is the human right of same-sex couples to be given the right to adopt.
30th December 2013
Argentinian LGBT rights group ‘not surprised’ by Pope’s revelation on gay adoption 7
4:18 PM — The president of a leading Argentinian LGBT rights group has said that the group is not surprised that the Pope said he was "shocked" by gay adoption in Malta.
11th December 2013
Northern Ireland lifts ban on allowing gay couples to adopt 13
11:59 AM — Northern Ireland has lifted its ban on gay couples in civil partnerships adopting children.
6th November 2013
Northern Ireland Assembly calls on Edwin Poots to end blood ban, or resign 5
11:59 AM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots should resign if he is unable to end the ban on gay men giving blood, the country’s Assembly has warned.
23rd October 2013
Northern Ireland Health Minister ‘disappointed’ at losing fight against gay adoption rights 12
11:55 AM — Edwin Poots says he’s “disappointed” at the UK Supreme Court for dismissing his latest legal challenge against adoption rights for same-sex couples.
22nd October 2013
UK Supreme Court rejects Northern Ireland Health Minister’s appeal against gay adoption 10
6:14 PM — The UK Supreme Court has rejected an attempt to overturn a court ruling in favour of same-sex and unmarried couples adopting children in Northern Ireland.
16th October 2013
Catholic bishops describe Malta’s civil unions bill as ‘novelty’ and warn against gay adoption 19
2:19 PM — Malta’s Catholic bishops have expressed concern over the country’s proposed civil partnership bill, stating “Children should preferably be brought up by their parents, a man and a woman.”
7th October 2013
Northern Ireland Health Minister: ‘It is not a human right for gay couples to adopt children’ 33
2:25 PM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots says "It is not a human right to adopt a child for either a mixed-sex couple or a same-sex couple."
Northern Ireland gay couple use English adoption route in order to bypass anti-gay ban 2
12:12 PM — A gay couple living in Northern Ireland have said they went to England to adopt in order to get round NI's gay adoption ban.
26th September 2013
Head of Barilla pasta says ‘We won’t include gays in our ads’ 68
3:09 PM — The president of Italian pasta company Barilla is under fire for saying he would never sanction an advert featuring a gay family.
25th September 2013
Gay parents make up 12.5% of adoption applications in York 3
1:34 PM — Adoptions by gay and lesbian couples in York are on the rise: Data from York City Council shows that 12.5 per cent of all York's adoption applications in 2013 have been from LGBT couples or individuals, with all applications proving successful
17th September 2013
Northern Ireland: Petition calls on Health Minister to be sacked over anti-gay views 32
1:26 PM — Nearly 3,000 people have signed an online petition urging Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots to be sacked for “squandering public money in the pursuit of a personal agenda against unmarried and same-sex couples.”
13th September 2013
Northern Ireland Health Department to fight to keep gay adoption ban at Supreme Court 51
6:26 PM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots plans to spend even more public money in his fight against allowing same-sex couples the right to adopt in the country.
5th September 2013
Russian lawmaker introduces bill to deprive gay and lesbian people of parenting rights 22
12:39 PM — A Russian lawmaker has submitted to the Russian Duma a piece of legislation which seeks to have the parental rights of gay people removed.
14th August 2013
Puerto Rico: Legislators to consider law allowing same-sex couples to adopt 2
7:15 PM — Faced with strong religious opposition, Puerto Rico is to consider proposed laws which would allow gay couples to adopt, and which would establish a public school curriculum examining gender issues, including sexual discrimination.
10th July 2013
Northern Ireland Health Minister spends £40,000 of public money appealing against pro-gay adoption ruling 18
11:39 AM — Northern Ireland Health Minister Edwin Poots has used £40,000 of public money in a legal campaign to prevent same-sex couples from being allowed to adopt children.
3rd July 2013
Russia: Putin signs same-sex adoption ban into law 18
4:12 PM — The Russian President Vladimir Putin has imposed a ban on child adoption by same-sex couples in Russia.
28th June 2013
Australia: Children with same-sex parents have ‘better overall health’ than national average 9
6:54 PM — An Australian report on the children of same-sex couples has revealed that they have higher self-esteem, greater family cohesion, and better overall health than the national average.