1st October 2012
UK: Ban on night time civil partnerships lifted 23
12:43 PM — Gay couples will now be given greater freedom of choice as outdated time restrictions on civil partnership ceremonies are removed by the government.
26th September 2012
UK: Muslim anti-gay cleric Abu Hamza launches new appeal 49
1:48 PM — Abu Hamza has launched a last minute High Court appeal to avoid extradition to the US on terror charges.
25th September 2012
UK: Muslim anti-gay cleric Abu Hamza’s US extradition approved 38
11:30 AM — Abu Hamza had previously said AIDS had been sent as a curse on gay people and he also claimed that transgender people were cursed too.
4th September 2012
Lynne Featherstone moved from equalities role in UK Government reshuffle 48
7:26 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Lynne Featherstone is to leave her post as the government’s equalities minister. It has been reported that she will move to a new role at the Department for International Development, while the Home Office will loose responsibility for the equalities agenda in government.
2nd September 2012
Historic gay sex convictions will be able to be deleted from October 14
8:51 PM — From October, men with historic convictions for having consensual gay sex will be able to apply to have the convictions removed from official databases.
19th June 2012
Home Office will be asked to heed warning on ‘outdated’ police resources on HIV 5
6:05 PM — The Home Office is to be asked to ensure police resources on HIV accurately reflect current knowledge of the virus and its routes of transmission.
16th June 2012
Home Office Minister Nick Herbert: Churches should be allowed to marry gay couples 39
10:53 AM — Nick Herbert the Minister for Policing at the Home Office and Ministry of Justice has said that churches that wish to solemnise marriages of gay couples should be allowed to do so. He said the Church of England's current position has made him feel “distant” from his own faith.
14th June 2012
Exclusive: Home Office website makes equal marriage consultation appear to have closed 24 hours early 29
12:43 AM — The Home Office webpage that used to introduce visitors to the Government's proposals to introduce same sex marriage has been 'archived' and placed into the National Archive during the consultation period and more than 24 hours earlier than had been planned.
23rd March 2012
Public invited to equal marriage forums over coming month 87
9:50 AM — Members of the public are being invited to consultation events around England over the next month to discuss how best to introduce equal marriage rights.
22nd March 2012
New anti-homophobia Sports Charter logo unveiled 5
4:03 PM — The logo for the government's pro-LGBT sports initiative was unveiled today, coinciding with the anniversary of the Sports Charter's launch.
21st March 2012
Jacqui Smith ‘happy’ to see civil partnerships make way for equal marriage 52
10:55 AM — Jacqui Smith, who was deputy minister for women and equalities when she unveiled the proposals for civil partnerships eight years ago, has said the system should be amended, or even repealed, to make way for equal civil marriage.
14th March 2012
Home Secretary Theresa May: Government will introduce same sex marriage whatever the Church says 176
10:23 PM — Writing in The Times, the Home Secretary and cabinet Minister for Equality, Theresa May, argues that marriage should be for everyone regardless of their sexuality. She strongly dismisses claims by the Church of England to determine who should be able to marry.
5th May 2011
Government ‘still not collecting data on gay asylum claims’ 6
4:17 PM — The UK government has admitted that it is still not collecting data on the number of people who claim asylum or are refused on the basis of their sexual orientation. Ministers promised last year that they would protect gay asylum seekers who are fleeing persecution.
26th May 2010
Gay immigration group hit out at ‘sensational’ asylum report 9
5:27 PM — The UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) have expressed their misgivings over a recent newspaper article slamming the UK's border control policies. The article which appeared last weekend in the Independent on Sunday was headlined: "Virtually All Gay Asylum Seekers Sent Back to Persecution". UKLGIG say that the article created a false impression of the fate of LGBT asylum seekers in the UK.