19th July 2012
France: Concern as senate approves protections for ‘sexual’ not ‘gender’ identity 12
1:09 PM — Hopes that the election of a Socialist President and Assembly might usher in a new era of inclusivity in France took a blow last week, as Socialist Senators faced up to a first opportunity to legislate protections for the country’s trans minority but declined to do so.
Scotland ‘needs faith opt-out from Westminster’ for equal marriage 192
12:07 PM — The Scottish government will 'need' clarification of the UK-wide Equality Act to ensure religious celebrants are not forced to conduct gay weddings against their will, according to a leaked email.
6th July 2012
Ukraine: Parliament reported to have cancelled vote on anti-gay law 22
5:36 PM — The Ukrainian parliament has cancelled a scheduled vote on legislation that would ban any Ukrainian citizen from speaking out favourably about gays or lesbians, the petition website AllOUt.org said today.
11th June 2012
Liam Fox MP undecided on ‘elite’ issue of marriage for gay couples 69
12:54 PM — The former Defence Secretary Liam Fox, who resigned last year over the questioned raised about his relationship with lobbyist Adam Werrity, has described equal marriage rights as an issue prioritised by the 'metropolitan elite'.
29th May 2012
European Parliament condemns consideration of anti-gay laws 32
10:47 AM — The European Parliament adopted a resolution condemning anti-gay laws in Europe last week, specifically calling on Russia, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania as well as Ukraine to address existing and draft legislation and 'demonstrate, and ensure respect for, the principle of non-discrimination'.
17th May 2012
Angela Eagle MP: Gay couples will be in limbo until equal marriage laws are announced 30
2:57 PM — Angela Eagle, the first female MP to enter a civil partnership, has called on the government to introduce marriage equality legislation and take gay couples out of 'limbo'.
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.
14th May 2012
MPs declaring early support for equal marriage outnumber opponents three to one 6
2:09 PM — Of the members of Parliament to have made early public statements on marriage equality, those who are likely in principle to vote for the government's proposals to allow gay couples to marry outnumber opponents three to one.
Stephen Twigg, first openly gay man to be elected as an MP comes @Out4Marriage 4
12:34 PM — Stephen Twigg, the first openly gay man to be elected to the UK's House of Commons, has declared his support for marriage equality in the Out4Marriage campaign.
1st May 2012
Law to wipe gay sex convictions given royal assent 60
4:55 PM — The Protection of Freedoms Act, which will enable men to wipe the records of thousands of convictions for consensual gay sex under now-repealed laws, has received Royal Assent today.
4th April 2012
More MPs distance themselves from ‘gay cure’ event sponsor’s internship scheme 27
3:00 PM — Two MPs have announced they will no longer take interns from the religious charity CARE's Leadership Programme as a petition denouncing the charity for sponsoring a 'gay cure' event has amassed 9,000 signatures.
Comment: Forget the ‘nests of snakes’, equal marriage could iron out our current quirks 47
12:16 PM — Far from being a "nest of snakes", family law executive Lisa Burton-Durham says equal marriage legislation could let us address outdated legal concepts.
23rd March 2012
Catholic Archbishop ‘invites 80 MPs’ for equal marriage talks 76
12:44 PM — More than eighty MPs have reportedly been invited to meet the Catholic Archbishop of Southwark to discuss the equal gay marriage proposals being publicly consulted on by the government.
22nd March 2012
Malaysian MP calls for ‘gay rehab’ 34
11:06 AM — A Malaysian MP who described 'scary' levels of homosexuality in his country has called for the government to open a gay 'rehabilitation' centre.
21st March 2012
Liberal Democrat president: Any discrimination in CARE internships unacceptable 44
5:23 PM — The president of the Liberal Democrats has said any discrimination on the grounds of sexuality in the religious Westminster internship scheme operated by the charity CARE (Christian Action Research & Education) which he defended this week would be 'unacceptable'.
16th March 2012
Second MP pulls out of CARE internship scheme over charity’s ‘extreme views’ 26
11:46 AM — A second MP has pulled out of the Westminster internship scheme funded by the charity CARE as an online petition calling on others to pull out has reached 8,000 signatures.
1st March 2012
MP brands equal marriage rights for gays ‘completely nuts’ 73
2:51 PM — The MP for Wellingborough in Northamptonshire has suggested the Church of England reply to the government's consultation on equal marriage on the basis that it is 'completely nuts'.
22nd February 2012
David Burrowes ‘faced death threat’ over equal marriage opposition 98
4:19 PM — Conservative David Burrowes is among a number of MPs backing the new Coalition for Marriage petition to opposite marriage equality for gay couples, but says he has received a death threat as a result of his views.
13th February 2012
Two equal marriage bills enter Australian parliament 7
10:07 AM — Two private members' bills have been introduced at the parliament of Australia today which would give equal marriage rights to gay couples if they can muster more support.
16th December 2011
Labour MEPs pledge support for Equal Love campaign in Europe 44
11:49 AM — All Labour's representatives at the European Parliament have signed their support for the Equal Love campaign, which aims to allow equal access for gay and straight couples to civil partnerships and marriage.