3rd July 2012
French gay couples to get marriage and adoption rights in 2013 27
8:45 PM — France's prime minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told parliament today that gay couples will be permitted to marry and adopt children in 2013. Mr Ayrault was making a keynote speech setting out the socialist government's five-year political and social agenda.
26th March 2012
Gay adoption law is rejected in Slovenian referendum 13
2:51 PM — A national referendum in Slovenia has rejected a new family law that included a clause to allow same-sex couples to adopt children under certain circumstances.
22nd March 2012
Northern Ireland Attorney General: Ban on gay adoption will remain 37
5:43 PM — There are no plans to retract the ban on gay and unmarried couples from adopting children in Northern Ireland, the country’s Attorney General has said.
20th January 2012
Virginia gay adoption battle kicks off 1
5:35 PM — At the General Assembly in Richmond, Virginia, a battle is heating up over whether adoption agencies should be allowed to discriminate against prospective parents based on their sexual orientation.
12th January 2012
Potential parents invited to UK’s first gay adoption week 6
9:38 AM — Gay men and women across the UK are being invited to attend an event in the country’s first-ever LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week, from 20 to 26 February.
15th December 2011
Northern Ireland gay adoption challenge adjourned over “massive mistake” 42
11:28 AM — A judicial review hearing has been adjourned until March after a "massive mistake" was uncovered in a submission made to the House of Lords in 2008.
13th December 2011
High Court challenge of Northern Ireland’s gay adoption rules begins 4
10:00 AM — A human rights body in Northern Ireland has begun arguments at the country's High Court to reverse the ban on unmarried couples adopting children. The Human Rights Commission is challenging laws which it argues are incompatible with those in England, Wales and Scotland, and do not protect the interests of the child in question.
23rd September 2011
Gay civil partners ‘less likely to split up than straight married couples’ 41
10:32 AM — Civil partners are less likely to divorce than straight married people, new figures suggest. Data from the Office of National Statistics shows that after five years, 5.5 per cent of marriages had ended in divorce and 2.5 per cent of civil partnerships had been dissolved.
15th June 2011
More US gay couples adopting children 9
4:18 PM — Despite discouraging laws in some parts of the country, new figures say that the number of US gay couples adopting children is rising.
31st May 2011
Catholic Care plans to appeal a fourth time over gay adoption ruling 49
10:42 AM — The Leeds-based charity Catholic Care are to appeal to the Upper Tribunal in the hope of quashing the ruling forbidding them to exclude gay people when considering potential adoptive parents.
26th April 2011
Catholic charity loses appeal over gay adoption 173
5:32 PM — A tribunal has thrown out a Catholic charity's bid to be exempted from equality laws which make it illegal to discriminate against gay couples who wish to adopt.
25th August 2010
Lobby groups in New South Wales react against gay adoption rights bill 3
12:04 PM — Lobby groups in the Australian state of New South Wales are reportedly coming out against the country's upcoming parliamentary debate and conscience vote on the rights of same-sex couples to adopt children.
11th February 2010
David Cameron criticised for ‘airbrushing his memory’ over gay adoption 98
6:23 PM — Tory leader David Cameron has been criticised for denying he had ever voted against gay adoption. In an interview with Attitude magazine last week, Mr Cameron was asked about records which showed he voted to restrict marriage to married couples and bar gay couples from adopting children in 2002.
22nd January 2010
BBC to address portrayal of gays and lesbians 28
1:21 PM — The BBC announced today it was undertaking a new project to improve how gays, lesbians and bisexuals are portrayed on television, radio and online. The corporation was condemned last month for an online debate on whether gays in Uganda should be executed.
7th January 2010
Jonathan Ross quits the BBC 30
12:07 PM — Jonathan Ross has announced today (Thursday) that he is leaving the BBC. The star, who got into hot water this year over a gay adoption joke last year, said his reasons for leaving were not financially motivated.