16th April 2014
Ethiopia: Government drops plans to make homosexuality non-pardonable offence 3
7:45 PM — The Ethiopian government has backed away from plans to further criminalise homosexuality, saying that it is "not a serious crime".
31st December 2013
US: Gay couples sue Kansas to be allowed to file joint tax returns 1
6:57 PM — Two gay couples in the US state of Kansas are suing the state which does not allow them to take advantage of the benefits of filing a joint tax return.
18th November 2013
Possession of rape porn will become punishable by up to three years in jail 41
6:16 PM — New Government plans would mean that anybody found with pornography depicting rape, could be jailed for up to three years.
5th September 2013
Video: InterTech Diversity Forum panel discussion on LGBT start-ups at Google London 2
2:28 PM — The first in a series of panel discussions featuring LGBT members of the start up community took place in London yesterday evening, hosted by the InterTech Diversity Forum.
5th July 2013
Irish ‘hacktivist’ takes down Nigerian government website over anti-gay bill 10
4:09 PM — An Irish hacker opposed to Nigeria's stance on homosexuality has attacked the country's official government website in protest of an "anti-gay" bill which seeks to further criminalise gay people.
7th May 2013
William Hague rejects change of direction on equal marriage to tackle UKIP threat 28
2:29 PM — William Hague has rejected the suggestion that the government should change direction on issues such as equal marriage and immigration, to win back voters lost to UKIP in last week's local elections.
9th April 2013
Sussex: Survey shows many LGBT residents feel isolated and equality undermined by austerity
3:35 PM — A new survey shows the majority of LGBT people in East Sussex feel isolated and believe the government’s austerity policies are hindering moves towards equality.
8th April 2013
Margaret Thatcher, a controversial figure on gay issues, dies aged 87 247
1:39 PM — Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who was a controversial figure in moves towards equality and who was hailed by some as a gay icon, including the artists Gilbert and George, died of a stroke this morning.
15th March 2013
Labour MP Diane Abbott: ‘The government has run out of ideas on sexual health’ 9
3:46 PM — Shadow public health minister Diane Abbott has dismissed the government’s new sexual health framework which is designed to lower rates of sexually transmitted infections and HIV.
6th March 2013
UK: 22 cases of LGBT people made to enter into forced marriages in 2012 8
10:55 AM — Figures from the government’s Forced Marriage Unit show there were 22 cases of forced marriage involving victims who identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender last year.
29th January 2013
Tory rebel says same-sex marriage bill could pass Commons with a majority of 400 16
5:45 PM — Conservative MP Philip Davies, who opposes equal marriage, has told a PinkNews reader that he expects the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales to pass with a Commons majority of between 300-400.
28th January 2013
Church of England: The government has ‘no mandate’ for its same-sex marriage bill 42
11:54 AM — The Church of England has responded to the publication of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) and has complained that it wasn’t given enough time to study the proposals in full ahead of last week’s announcement.
10th January 2013
MPs sign petition encouraging government to allow gender-neutral passports 11
5:45 PM — A petition, which has been signed by some MPs including the former equality minister, has been started to urge the UK government to allow the possibility of gender-neutrality on passports.
28th December 2012
Manchester: Road survey criticised for asking gender-related questions 24
12:53 PM — Local government officials in Greater Manchester have defended a transport public consultation document that asks respondents to identity their race, sexuality and gender following complaints.
27th December 2012
Government refuses to rule out using Parliament Act to force equal marriage past the House of Lords 55
2:11 PM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller has refused to rule out using the Parliament Act in order for the government to get its planned equal marriage legislation for England and Wales on the statute book, in the event of parliamentary deadlock.
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.
11th December 2012
Portsmouth Bishop: Equal marriage will ‘pervert authentic family values’ 20
3:03 PM — Portsmouth's Catholic Bishop has spoken out against the government's recently announced plans to bring forward marriage equality next year, saying that it would "pervert authentic family values".
28th November 2012
NUS launches “I saw daddy kissing Santa Claus” equal marriage campaign 7
6:33 PM — The National Union of Students today launched a campaign aiming to push the Prime Minister to move forward legislation which could legalise equal marriage in Britain.
8th November 2012
UK: Culture secretary seeks to reduce religious fears over equal marriage 71
12:23 PM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller says the government is looking at incorporating additional “locks” in its proposed equal marriage legislation.
9th October 2012
UK: Christian Labour MP changes his mind and backs equal marriage 16
11:54 AM — The Labour MP for Huddersfield Barry Sheerman has said he now supports equal marriage rights for same-sex couples after previously being “unsure”.