17th June 2013
European Parliament express concerns on lack of gay rights provision in trade treaty 3
7:05 PM — The European Parliament has agreed to a new multilateral treaty with Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific regions, but with strong reservations about its lack of human rights protections in relation to sexual orientation.
14th June 2013
Labour MEP Michael Cashman: Putin’s ‘hate speech’ has resulted in the ‘barbaric killing’ of gay Russian men 9
1:34 PM — The European Parliament has adopted a resolution condemning Russian MPs for passing a draconian homophobic censorship law, with Labour MEP Michael Cashman saying “hate speech” from President Putin and others has resulted in the “barbaric killing of gay men”.
9th May 2013
UKIP’s Nigel Farage: Lady Thatcher’s ‘open-mindedness’ is responsible for gay tolerance in Britain 74
6:11 PM — UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage has criticised David Cameron for pushing ahead with the same-sex marriage bill and claims Margaret Thatcher’s “open-mindedness” is responsible for today’s gay tolerance in British society.
26th April 2013
MEPs welcome European Court of Justice ruling on anti-gay Romanian football owner George Becali 7
12:40 PM — A European Court of Justice preliminary ruling on the homophobic conduct of a football club owner in Romania has been welcomed by MEPs.
25th April 2013
Romanian football club asked to prove it’s not homophobic with patron saying gays ‘must be kept in enclosures’ 14
4:00 PM — The European Court of Justice has criticised Romanian football club, Steaua Bucarest, over years of homophobic comments from its patron and former MEP George Becali.
11th March 2013
MEP Michael Cashman: Compassion for Cardinal O’Brien should be saved for victims of Catholic anti-gay discrimation 20
11:46 AM — Labour MEP Michael Cashman tweeted PinkNews today to state his disagreement with Baroness Kennedy's "huge compassion" for Cardinal O'Brien, saying her concern would be better suited to the LGBT people who suffer discrimination because of the Catholic Church.
17th January 2013
BNP leader Nick Griffin allowed to attend Oxford University gay parenting debate 40
11:56 AM — The Oxford Union have announced that BNP leader Nick Griffin "will not be turned away" if he decides to attend a scheduled debate on gay parenting, despite Mr Griffin's official invitation being withdrawn.
8th January 2013
Conservative MEP: Same-sex marriage is a radical change in social policy 27
5:11 PM — Conservative MEP Giles Chichester has dismissed the government’s equal marriage plans by saying of marriage “It ain’t broke so why spend valuable parliamentary time trying to fix it?”
29th December 2012
The Queen honours Michael Cashman MEP with award for fighting for LGBT equality 60
12:00 AM — Michael Cashman, the Labour MEP for the West Midlands has been named a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) by the Queen in recognition for his tireless fight for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) equality.
28th November 2012
Malta: Politician with controversial equalities record appointed EU health commissioner 5
3:55 PM — European ministers have approved Tonio Borg for the job of the EU’s top health official despite opposition by some Liberal and Green MEPs over the Maltese politician’s conservative views.
19th November 2012
Tory MEP says EU aid must stop if Uganda passes anti-gay bill 33
9:25 PM — Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis says foreign aid to Uganda from the EU should be halted if the country’s parliament passes the proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
23rd October 2012
MEPs report Nick Griffin to European Parliament for tweeting gay couple’s address 10
8:59 PM — Just under a week since Nick Griffin caused controversy by tweeting the private address of a gay couple who won a legal battle against the owner of a bed and breakfast for refusing to allow them to stay, he has been formally reported to the European Parliament by Labour MEPs.
4th October 2012
Labour MEP Michael Cashman to stand down in 2014 13
4:28 PM — Michael Cashman, the gay Labour MEP for the West Midlands, has confirmed that he will quit as a member of the European Parliament at the next European Election in 2014.
21st May 2012
MEPs support ‘free speech’ after Kiev pride violence 12
6:29 PM — Members of the European Parliament are concerned about the number of gay pride marches being cancelled or banned across Europe due to homophobic violence or laws criminalising public support for LGBT rights.
16th May 2012
Video: EU politicians say ‘It Gets Better’ in 17 languages 29
4:25 PM — For the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia 2012, over 50 European politicians and leaders from EU institutions have joined forces to tell LGBT teenagers they are working to make things better.
16th April 2012
Michael Cashman MEP meets Northern Cyprus leaders over anti-gay law 8
10:53 AM — Last week, openly gay MEP Michael Cashman met leaders and non-governmental organisations in the northern part of Cyprus, advocating for the decriminalisation of homosexuality.
29th March 2012
Tory MEP begs David Cameron not to contintue his ‘bizarre attempt to redefine marriage’ 90
9:04 AM — The Conservative MEP for South West England and Gibraltar has written to his party leader and prime minister, David Cameron, to complain about the Government's proposals to introduce civil marriage equality.
9th March 2012
Comment: Gay marriage slurs will not keep us from equality 32
11:41 AM — Sarah Ludford MEP writes that the "very fact that those opposed to same-sex marriage cannot have a reasoned debate about the issue just proves that they are bereft of any real arguments".
6th March 2012
New UKIP MEP: Will gay marriage lead to incest? 86
11:11 AM — An MEP who last year asked why doctors should perform gender reassignment surgery but not 'gay cure' therapy has suggested gay marriages will lead to incestuous and polygamous unions.
27th January 2012
184 MEPs support gay rights manifesto 11
2:05 PM — 184 MEPs, including the President of the European Parliament came together on Wednesday to sign a pledge in support of LGBT rights, following a two-day long awareness event.