25th December 2012
Feature: The top 15 stories that changed LGBT life in the UK in 2012 6
12:59 PM — As 2012 draws to a close, PinkNews.co.uk takes a look back at the most important UK stories of the last twelve months. This year has been an exceptional one for LGBT news in the UK so we've decided to extend the number of stories to 15!
17th December 2012
Lib Dem MP Gordon Birtwistle: ‘Gay marriage is just not on’ 65
6:00 PM — The first Liberal Democrat MP to voice their opposition to the government’s marriage reforms since last week's announcement has gone public.
16th December 2012
Tory, Labour and cross-bench Peers and MPs say Government is ignoring public ‘opposition’ to equal marriage 53
11:45 PM — Almost 60 Conservative, Labour and cross-bench MPs and peers have signed up to a new Parliamentary plan to oppose same-sex marriage. The politicians and former clergymen have signed a strongly worded letter to the Daily Telegraph where they accuse David Cameron and Nick Clegg of “ploughing on regardless” in the face of what it claims was an “overwhelming public response” in opposition to equality.
13th December 2012
Lib Dem Chief Whip: I’m happy not to whip my MPs on same-sex marriage 18
12:48 PM — Lib Dem MP Alistair Carmichael, who is the party’s Chief Whip in the House of Commons, says the decision to offer a free vote on marriage equality for his MPs is based on Labour and the Conservatives doing the same.
12th December 2012
LGBT Labour group criticise Ed Miliband for allowing a free vote on same-sex marriage 26
3:28 PM — While welcoming the government's commitment in allowing gay couples to marry in England and Wales from 2013, the Labour Party’s affiliated LGBT campaign group have criticised the decision of its leadership to grant Labour MPs a free vote on the plans.
11th December 2012
Exclusive: Nick Clegg signals a free vote for Lib Dem MPs on same-sex marriage 44
8:23 PM — In an exclusive interview with PinkNews.co.uk, the Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has said: “I’m not going to be illiberal in pushing through a liberal measure” when asked if it was still the case that Lib Dem MPs would be forced to vote with the government on equal marriage.
Labour to hold a free vote on same-sex marriage 27
11:06 AM — The Labour Party has signalled that it will now allow its MPs to have a free vote on the government’s equal marriage plans despite previously indicating that it would impose a three-line whip.
8th December 2012
Comment: Equal marriage is a step towards a fairer society 25
7:46 PM — Lib Dem MP Stephen Gilbert who proposed the Equal Marriage motion to the Liberal Democrat party conference in 2010 argues that the Government's plans to make same-sex marriage legal is an important step towards building a fairer society in Britain.
7th December 2012
Nick Clegg: We won’t force churches to hold same-sex marriages if they don’t want to 18
4:01 PM — The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg has joined David Cameron in commenting on the reports that the government is to allow same-sex marriages to take place in churches.
Exclusive: Government to support gay couples marrying in church in plans to be announced next week 41
11:51 AM — PinkNews.co.uk understands the government is to push for complete marriage equality, meaning religious organisations will be allowed to provide same-sex marriages, as part of its reforms, despite widespread opposition by senior Anglican and Catholic leaders.
2nd December 2012
London’s G-A-Y smashes HIV test world record 93
1:08 PM — G-A-Y Bar on London’s Old Compton Street has broken its own Guinness World Record for the highest number of HIV tests to be carried out on World AIDS Day.
1st December 2012
David Cameron: Too many people are infected with HIV without knowing it 58
11:58 AM — David Cameron says more needs to be done to increase HIV testing and has paid tribute to HIV/AIDS care and prevention workers in his annual World AIDS Day message.
Labour leader Ed Miliband calls on UK to ‘stand up for the rights of those in society with HIV’ 4
11:11 AM — Labour leader Ed Miliband has joined in other political leaders in recording a message to mark World AIDS Day. Unlike his political rivals, Mr Miliband chose not to wear a World AIDS Day ribbon.
30th November 2012
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg: ‘Lets work together to create a world free of HIV’ 3
6:15 PM — Liberal Democrat Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has joined other political leaders to deliver a message ahead of tomorrow's World AIDS day.
22nd November 2012
Source: David Cameron to introduce equal marriage legislation within weeks 57
12:26 AM — A senior source in Downing Street has told the Daily Mail that Prime Minister David Cameron is to fast-track legislation to introduce equal marriage within weeks.
UK: Same-sex marriage vote due ‘within weeks’ says Mail 1
12:19 AM — Plans to allow same-sex marriage could be voted on and approved by MPs within weeks, according to the Daily Mail.
2nd November 2012
Comment: Stonewall’s Bigot of the Year must continue 75
12:10 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Chris Ward argues that Stonewall, Britain’s largest gay rights charity, should continue with its “Bigot of the Year” award, despite objections from some prominent figures.
22nd October 2012
David Cameron: Hate crime levels are ‘appalling’ 45
1:37 PM — David Cameron has reaffirmed the government’s commitment in tackling homophobic crime and has described the current hate crime statistics for England and Wales as “appalling”.
London: Low turnout for hate crime vigil 32
12:13 PM — Organisers of Saturday’s London Vigil against Hate Crime say they were left disappointed at the low turnout but believe it was still a success.
15th October 2012
Simon Callow: I have a ‘right’ to marriage 32
7:13 PM — Actor and theatre director Simon Callow believes the recent outbursts of Lord Carey and former Tory MP Ann Widdecombe on the subject of equal marriage illustrates how the two are living in the past.