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1:50 PM — The motion to reintroduce the ban on civil partnerships in religious premises has been withdrawn by Baroness O’Cathain after it was debated today in the House of Lords.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.
15th March 2011
Comment: Equality minister Lynne Featherstone on the drive to tackle homophobia in sport 51
4:36 PM — As a Liberal Democrat in government, fighting for a more equal society is my driving force and I am lucky to be in a position as minister for equalities to be able to do so much. But sometimes you are reminded that simple government diktat doesn’t change much.
16th February 2011
Government is ‘painfully slow’ on gay marriage says Stonewall’s Ben Summerskill 33
11:58 PM — Responding to news that ministers will hold a consultation on giving gay couples the right to civil marriage, chief executive Ben Summerskill it would have to start now for changes to be implemented by in this parliament. Stonewall only added gay marriage to its campaigning objectives last October, eight months after the Liberal Democrat leader and deputy prime minister Nick Clegg declared his support for a change in the law.
13th February 2011
British government reportedly set to introduce full gay marriage equality 84
9:54 PM — The government is expected to announce full marriage equality for gays and lesbians under reforms to marriage laws to be announced later this week. The reported move will end the final major legal discrimination against gays and lesbians in Britain.
13th January 2011
Public bodies asked to find out about gay and trans staff 17
2:05 PM — Large public employers are being encouraged to find out how represented lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people are in their organisations. As part of the Equality Act, all public bodies will be required to publish information about the diversity of their staff from April but the government will not set diversity targets.
10th January 2011
Labour leader Ed Miliband calls for progress on gay marriage 46
4:20 PM — Labour leader Ed Miliband has called for progress on gay marriage by the end of this year. Speaking on Saturday on the tenth anniversary of the equal age of consent, he said that there was more to do on marriage equality.
26th December 2010
Government to begin process to erase convictions for historic gay sex offences 23
2:08 AM — The government is to set to begin the process to introduce legislation to wipe convictions for historical gay sex offences within days. The policy was first announced during the general election campaign by prime minister David Cameron in an article for PinkNews.co.uk.