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).
13th October 2011
Australian Labor minister apologises to Penny Wong over gay marriage comment 34
4:55 PM — South Australian sports minister Tom Kenyon has apologised to a lesbian politician for saying she should not be allowed to married her pregnant partner.
10th October 2011
Government to cut aid to anti-gay countries 156
10:28 AM — The government will cut aid to poor countries which persecute gay people, international development secretary Andrew Mitchell has warned. Aid 'fines' may be imposed on countries such as Uganda and Ghana for hardline anti-gay laws, it was reported.
7th October 2011
Angela Eagle and Stephen Twigg in shadow cabinet 18
1:23 PM — Angela Eagle, the only out lesbian Labour MP, has been handed the job of shadow leader of the House of Commons. The Wallasey MP was moved from shadow chief secretary to the Treasury in today's reshuffle.
6th October 2011
Cameron faces religious backlash over gay marriage comments 203
11:33 AM — Religious leaders have criticised prime minister David Cameron's public backing for gay marriage. Giving his keynote speech at the Conservative party conference in Manchester yesterday, Mr Cameron urged the party to back the move because of its Conservatism, not in spite of it.
5th October 2011
Three more Church of Scotland ministers quit over gay clergy 43
1:25 PM — Another three Church of Scotland ministers have announced they will quit over gay clergy members. Highland ministers the Rev Ivor Martin will leave Kilmuir and Stenscholl on Skye, the Rev John Murdo MacDonald will leave Lochalsh and the Rev Rory McRae will leave Kintail and Glenelg.
30th September 2011
Police ban Serbia Pride over violence threats 81
5:10 PM — Serbia's gay Pride march has been banned by police. Authorities fear a repeat of the violence that marred last year's event and injured almost 100 police officers.
22nd September 2011
Northern Ireland health minister refuses to lift gay blood ban 70
10:57 AM — Edwin Poots, Northern Ireland's health minister, has refused to lift the lifetime ban on gay men donating blood. He has said that the current policy “should not be altered” because of safety concerns around HIV transmission.