31st March 2014
Philip Hammond: Same-sex marriage opponents should ‘get used to it and move on’ 7
8:48 PM — Tory Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has said that he is now accepting of same-sex marriage, and claimed critics should 'get used to it and move on'.
5th February 2014
Russia: Gay Norwegian minister will take husband to Sochi Games 4
2:28 PM — A gay Norwegian minister has confirmed that he and his husband will be attending on behalf of Norway at the Sochi Paralympic Games.
3rd February 2014
Australia: Author who is ‘against gay sex education’ will lead curriculum review 22
6:16 PM — The Australian Government has appointed an author who criticised schools for teaching about "decidedly unnatural" gay issues in a positive light to head a national review of education.
21st November 2013
Equalities Minister Jo Swinson launches funding initiative to understand anti-LGBT bullying in schools 6
1:06 PM — An new initiative to help drive out homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in secondary schools was launched today in an East London school by Minister for Women and Equalities Jo Swinson this morning, during Anti- Bullying Week.
13th September 2013
Ireland: Education Minister launches new policy to combat anti-gay and anti-trans bullying in schools 11
2:33 PM — The Irish Minister for Education and Skills has launched new procedures to target anti-gay and anti-trans bullying in all Irish primary and post-primary schools.
30th July 2012
First out lesbian MP Angela Eagle becomes patron of Liverpool Pride 7
4:27 PM — Former government minister and first openly lesbian MP Angela Eagle has now become the first patron of Liverpool Pride.
31st May 2012
Policing minister Nick Herbert ‘rather fed up’ with being told civil partnerships are enough for gay couples 36
12:06 PM — The Minister of State for Police and Criminal Justice Nick Herbert has said he is 'forever grateful' to those who voted for civil partnership legislation but 'getting rather fed up' with being told gay couples should be satisfied with the system.
16th May 2012
Denmark: Ex-minister equates gays with ‘killer snails’ to oppose equal marriage rights 64
12:13 PM — A former Danish government minister as equated gays with the hermaphrodite 'killer snails' plaguing the country in an argument against gay marriage rights.
13th January 2012
Belgian minister wants anti-gay Primate replaced 44
10:08 AM — One of Belgium's deputy prime ministers has called for the anti-gay head of the Belgian Catholic Church to be replaced after he questioned the government's right to decide issues of marriage and sexuality.
29th December 2011
Jamaican elections end tonight as minister says gays “threatened his life” 62
1:37 PM — Voting is set to end tonight in Jamaica's parliamentary elections, while a government minister claims that he was threatened with his life for questioning whether the international gay community was funding the opposition.
22nd December 2011
Nigerian health minister says bisexuals “pose a challenge” to HIV efforts 15
12:14 PM — Nigeria's health minister has warned that bisexual men pose a "challenge" to efforts to tackle the spread of HIV in the country, as the prevalence of HIV among gay and bisexual men in the country was found to have risen. Onyebuchi Chukwu, launching the 2010 Integrated Biological and Behavioural Surveillance in Abuja, said that HIV prevalence among men who have sex with men has risen to 17.2%, up from 13.5% in 2007.
14th December 2011
Australia’s gay finance minister Penny Wong announces daughter’s birth 6
11:14 AM — Penny Wong said her partner Sophie Allouache had given birth to a daughter on Sunday morning, a week after a groundbreaking vote by the Australian Labor Party to formally support equal marriage.
9th December 2011
Comment: Why does the equality minister oppose marriage equality? by Peter Tatchell 26
3:22 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell claims that the Liberal Democrat equality minister, Lynne Featherstone, does not support equality because she hasn't backed religious gay marriages or straight civil partnerships.
14th November 2011
French mayor performs “militant gay marriage ceremony” 17
9:45 AM — The ceremony, before the 2012 presidential election, is the second held by a town's mayor to attract national attention, with some dismissing it as "provocative".
4th November 2011
Zambia and Zimbabwe appear to reject gay rights “pressure” on aid 47
2:37 PM — More signals emerge from African governments that they will refuse to enact gay rights in order to protect direct budget aid.
3rd November 2011
Malaysian police cancel gay arts festival 10
11:46 AM — Annual Seksualiti Merdeka festival drew condemnation from the government and aroused threats of protest.
2nd November 2011
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.
27th October 2011
Northern Ireland minister ‘won’t be rushed’ into decision on gay blood ban 18
11:03 AM — Northern Ireland's health minister Edwin Poots says he won't be "rushed, pushed or harassed" into making a decision on lifting the blood donation ban on gay and bisexual men.
24th October 2011
Denmark set to introduce gay marriage 19
1:54 PM — Lawmakers in Denmark are considering legalising gay marriage. Church minister Manu Sareen told the Jyllands-Posten newspaper that gay couples may be allowed to wed in the spring of 2012.
19th October 2011
Australian foreign minister to call on Commonwealth to repeal anti-gay laws 35
1:28 PM — Australia's foreign minister, Kevin Rudd, will urge Commonwealth countries to decriminalise homosexuality. Heads of Commonwealth countries are to meet in Perth next week for the annual heads of government meeting (CHOGM).