25th January 2013
Maria Miller: Teachers won’t be forced to promote same-sex marriage but they must not discriminate or offend 22
9:35 AM — Maria Miller, the culture secretary and minister for equalities has attempted to dampen fears that teachers could face action for telling children they oppose same-sex marriages.
18th December 2012
UK: Gay Tory group writes to 303 Tory MPs in plea to support same-sex marriage 9
2:04 PM — The Conservative Party’s LGBT group has written to all 303 Tory MPs calling on them to support equal marriage rights for gay couples.
10th December 2012
Sir John Major applauds David Cameron’s ‘courageous’ support for religious same-sex marriages 20
10:36 AM — Sir John Major has thrown his support behind same-sex marriages in religious settings and says David Cameron’s backing of the reform is “genuine”.
9th December 2012
Boris Johnson and 18 senior Tories to push for marriage equality 56
10:05 AM — A number of senior Conservative politicians announced today that they had formed a new campaign group which supports the right of same-sex couples to marry, in an act of defiance against traditionalists within the party.
7th September 2012
Tories criticise government appointment of David Laws 32
10:21 AM — Nick Clegg has been accused of getting a “sixth” Lib Dem MP around the cabinet table after the London Evening Standard revealed it had been an “11th hour” fight to fully resurrect the political career of gay Lib Dem MP David Laws.
15th May 2012
Telegraph Blogs editor ‘did not accidentally tweet outcome of Catholic schools investigation’ 64
10:57 AM — The editor of Telegraph Blogs has told PinkNews.co.uk he did not accidentally tweet the outcome of a government investigation into Catholic schools and the Coalition for Marriage's anti-gay marriage petition after a dinner with Michael Gove.
1st May 2012
Catholic group: Objections to anti-gay marriage petition in schools are ‘sinister and illogical’ 68
3:41 PM — A religious group unofficially representing the Catholic Church in the media has said questions over the legality of promoting the Coalition for Marriage anti-equality petition to schoolchildren are 'illogical and sinister'.
28th April 2012
Exclusive: Education Secretary orders investigation of Catholic Schools’ anti-gay petition scandal 125
2:07 PM — The Education Secretary Michael Gove has ordered officials to investigate the promotion of an anti-gay marriage petition by the Catholic Education Service uncovered by PinkNews.co.uk on Wednesday. This publication revealed that the organisation had written to more than 359 state funded Catholic secondary schools in England and Wales to inform students of the Catholic Church's objections to the Government's plans to allow gay couples to marry and to promote a petition to the prime minister organised by the anti-gay Coalition for Marriage.
27th April 2012
Editorial: Catholic schools anti-gay petition scandal shows faith school system must be overhauled 38
7:03 PM — Wednesday's revelation by PinkNews.co.uk that the Catholic Education Service has asked more than 359 state funded Catholic secondary schools to promote anti-gay petitions to children as young as 11 has clearly demonstrated that there is the need for a root and branch review of the way that state funded schools tackle homosexuality and transgender identities.
12th March 2012
Current guidance ‘could let schools promote bigotry’ 4
2:46 PM — Classroom equality campaigners Schools Out have said today that the state of current rules on anti-gay materials means schools may be given "a licence to promote bigotry".
6th March 2012
TUC: Some texts ‘almost impossible’ to teach without gay discrimination 16
12:13 PM — The TUC has called on the government to issue clearer guidance on anti-gay texts in schools, saying there are some materials which it may not be possible to teach without disadvantaging gay students.
29th February 2012
Debate on anti-gay texts in schools reaches Lords 40
12:58 PM — The questions about whether and in what way children can be shown anti-gay texts in schools continued with an exchange in the House of Lords yesterday.
22nd February 2012
Comment: It’s time to put vulnerable people ahead of religious interests, Mr Gove 30
10:32 AM — For at least five years, no decision-maker in education could fail to be aware of the epidemic proportions of homophobic bullying in UK schools, Adrian Tippetts writes, and now it is time for serious action.
21st February 2012
Gove urged to clarify position on anti-gay texts in schools 61
12:12 PM — Michael Gove's reported response to an enquiry about homophobic leaflets being shown to schoolchildren in Lancashire has prompted confusion over when pupils can legally be shown anti-gay texts.
6th December 2011
Department for Education refutes “Clause 28″ claims for free schools and academies 48
9:47 AM — The wording of a clause in the model funding agreement for UK free schools and academies has prompted a controversial comparison with infamous Section 28 legislation. However, the clause is in funding agreements from the start of the scheme in 2001.
25th November 2010
Gove: We will work with Stonewall to tackle ‘growing’ anti-gay bullying 30
10:52 AM — Education secretary Michael Gove has said that the government will work with gay and anti-bullying charities to tackle homophobia in schools.
22nd November 2010
Islamic schools ‘teaching pupils that gays should be executed’ 64
10:23 AM — Around 5,000 children at Islamic weekend schools are being taught homophobic and anti-semitic views, it has been claimed. According to a BBC Panorama investigation to be screened tonight, the Sharia law classes use textbooks which tell children that the penalty for gay sex is execution, that "Zionists" are plotting to take over the world for the Jews and the correct way to cut off the hands and feet of convicted thieves.