16th May 2012
Ben and Jerry’s renames Equality Minister Lynne Featherstone as Lynne Honeycomb 15
10:26 PM — Ben and Jerry's the ice cream maker that had already launched a special scoop, Apple-y Ever After, to celebrate equal marriage for gay couples sent the UK Minister for Equality, Lynne Featherstone her own personalised ice cream tub.
8th May 2012
Video: Groundbreaking global campaign for marriage equality, Out4Marriage launched 78
10:00 PM — A new cross party and cross media campaign, Out4Marriage.org, to support changing the law to allow gay couples to marry has launched to help spread the message that most people in Britain and indeed the Western world, are happy to "come Out4Marriage".
6th May 2012
Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone: Equal marriage will not be in Queen’s Speech 96
2:27 PM — The UK equalities minister, Lynne Featherstone, has confirmed through her blog that proposals for equal marriage will not be in this year's Queen's Speech.
25th April 2012
Lynne Featherstone: Churches will not be sued under gay civil marriage proposals 43
2:18 PM — Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone has pledged there will be 'no risk of successful legal challenge' against religious bodies who are unable to marry gay couples as a result of the government's gay civil marriage proposals.
11th March 2012
UK Equality Minister: Church’s opposition to same sex marriage is ‘Dark Age’ homophobia 73
9:00 AM — Lynne Featherstone, the Liberal Democrat minister for equality has said that the language the Church of England and the Catholic Church have used is homophobic and that the views that the leaders are expressing belong in the Dark Ages.
11th January 2012
Spies and accountants in Stonewall’s new employer index 31
11:20 AM — One of the largest professional services firms in the world, Ernst & Young, has topped Stonewall's list of the 100 best employers for gay and bi employees. Among 25 new entries for 2012 is MI5, the UK's counter-intelligence and security agency, ranked 62.
15th December 2011
House of Lords rejects peer’s challenge to religious civil partnership rules 118
1:50 PM — The motion to reintroduce the ban on civil partnerships in religious premises has been withdrawn by Baroness O’Cathain after it was debated today in the House of Lords.
9th December 2011
Comment: Peter Tatchell is wrong to criticise Lynne Featherstone by Evan Harris 77
3:49 PM — Former Liberal Democrat MP, Evan Harris, defends Lib Dem equality minister, Lynne Featherstone, after her stance on marriage equality was questioned by the human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.
8th December 2011
Government launches first-ever action plan to advance transgender equality 68
11:46 AM — Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone said the government plans to work "with schools, businesses and communities so that together, we can drive change and help consign transphobia to the past.”
21st November 2011
Public competition to design anti-homophobia Charter for Action logo 13
5:02 PM — The governmental campaign to tackle homophobia in sport is seeking designs from the public to show "inclusion and respect". Ben Cohen will draw up a shortlist ahead of a public vote next year.
Tory peers “planning to oppose” rules for civil partnerships on religious premises 144
12:27 PM — New rules allowing religious establishments to hold civil partnerships are reportedly criticised for not giving enough protection to those which do not want to hold ceremonies.
18th November 2011
LGBT History month 2012 to focus on homophobia in sport 27
4:24 PM — Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone will be answering questions about the government's plans for tackling homophobia at a pre-launch event on Monday.
10th November 2011
Gay MP tells Parliament of homophobic attack 82
3:37 PM — Conservative MP for Pudsey recalls own experience, of 1990s anti-gay attack, during equality discussions in Westminster.
7th November 2011
57% of church-going Christians may reject Conservatives over gay marriage 95
12:22 PM — A new survey finds 83% of regular church attendees were opposed to changing the law to encompass gay unions.
3rd November 2011
Religious civil partnerships won’t solve “blanket ban inequality” 91
1:29 PM — Announcement is welcomed by some, but warnings follow that not allowing religious gay marriages is still an "infringement of religious freedom".
2nd November 2011
Civil partnerships in religious premises “by the end of the year” 122
11:08 AM — Report published today says religious institutions will be able to apply to hold ceremonies before the end of December.
Religious representatives meet minister to support gay marriage 41
10:33 AM — Liberal Judaism, the Quakers and the Unitarians sent representatives ahead of the government's consultation on equal marriage.
19th September 2011
Peter Tatchell: The equal marriage consultation is not good enough 68
1:49 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell says the consultation on marriage equality is not good enough - and not even necessary.
17th September 2011
UK equalities minister Lynne Featherstone officially announces gay marriage policy 126
6:10 PM — Following last night's announcement that the government will introduce legislation to allow gay civil marriage before the end of this parliament, the minister responsible, Lynne Featherstone, said that the current system of gay civil partnerships and straight marriage is “ not only discrimination, but is not fair.”
16th September 2011
Government proposes introducing gay marriage after Cameron intervention 75
9:13 PM — A government consultation on the process for allowing gay couples to marry will take place next March, PinkNews.co.uk understands that prime minister David Cameron is "emphatically" in favour of the change.