28th January 2011
French court says no to gay marriage 30
1:24 PM — France's constitutional court upheld the ban on gay marriage today after a challenge from a lesbian couple. Corinne Cestino and Sophie Hasslauer, who have lived together for 15 years and have four children, asked for the right to marry but were turned down by the Constitutional Council.
14th January 2011
Hotel chain asked to cancel conference with ‘anti-gay hate preachers’ 111
4:47 PM — The hotel chain Ibis has been urged to cancel a Muslim conference in London which includes speakers who have called for gays to be killed. Gay campaigners said that events would be cancelled if speakers had called for the death of Muslims.
8th December 2010
Battle for UK gay marriage equality continues 27
5:25 PM — The fight for marriage equality in the UK continued today when a straight couple were barred from a civil partnership in north London.
6th December 2010
Gay football group to boycott 2022 Qatar World Cup 10
5:42 PM — The Gay Football Supporters' Network says it will boycott all activities related to the 2022 World Cup because host country Qatar is homophobic.
Straight couple don’t want ‘patriarchal’ marriage 14
5:41 PM — A straight couple will be next to challenge the UK's ban on gay marriage and straight civil partnerships. Andrew O'Neill, a comedian, and Stephanie Munro, an administration manager, say that marriage is patriarchal and they do not want to be part of an institution which bars gays and lesbians.
3rd December 2010
Gay groups’ anger at ‘homophobic’ World Cup hosts Russia and Qatar 24
2:47 PM — Gay groups have said they are "deeply concerned" by FIFA's decision to award the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively. Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar and can be punished with lashes and jail, while the Russian capital of Moscow has banned gay Pride marches for years.
2nd December 2010
Another gay couple barred from marriage in Greenwich 8
2:36 PM — A second gay couple have been barred from applying to marry in Greenwich, south-east London. David Watters and Richard Hull's rejection follows the Rev Sharon Ferguson and her partner Franka Streitzel being denied a marriage at Woolwich registry office last month.
1st December 2010
Lesbian couple have marriage bid rejected 20
11:05 AM — A lesbian couple were turned away from a registry office yesterday when they tried to apply to marry. Colette French and Katie Green, both 21, were turned away from Petersfield Register Office in Hampshire and refused a letter of rejection, which is usually given to couples denied a marriage.
30th November 2010
Elton John recruits famous friends for World AIDS Day Independent 8
10:38 AM — Sir Elton John is to guest-edit the Independent and spin-off i tomorrow for World AIDS Day. He has reportedly asked Bill Clinton, Elizabeth Taylor and Kanye West to contribute to the edition.
29th November 2010
Lesbian couple demand the right to marry 10
2:20 PM — A lesbian couple in Hampshire will attempt to register a marriage tomorrow. Colette French and Katie Green, both 21, say that civil partnerships were created to deny gay couples equality.
24th November 2010
Vatican says everyone can use condoms to prevent HIV 22
10:17 AM — After the Pope said last week that gay male prostitutes may use condoms to prevent HIV, the Vatican now says the u-turn applies to heterosexuals and trans people.
23rd November 2010
Straight couple’s civil partnership application rejected 5
3:52 PM — A straight couple who were barred from having a civil partnership say they will fight the ban in court. Ian Goggin and Kristin Skarsholt, of Bristol, said they were disappointed to have been rejected by Bristol register office because they are straight but hope that their attempt would help change the law.
22nd November 2010
Straight Bristol couple next to demand a civil partnership 7
11:18 AM — A heterosexual couple from Bristol will attempt to get a civil partnership tomorrow morning. Ian Goggin and Kristin Skarsholt say the ban on straight civil partnerships is "unjust, discriminatory and offensive".
21st November 2010
Pope says male prostitutes could use condoms as first step in their ‘moralisation’ 27
5:05 PM — Sexual health charities, politicians and gay rights campaigners have welcomed what appears to be a relaxation in Pope Benedict XVI's opposition to the use of condoms. In an interview for a book that is due to be published this week, the Pontiff argued that in some cases, the use of condoms can be the first step in the direction of "moralisation" of an individual.
19th November 2010
‘Shameful’ UN vote ‘may lead to more gay executions’ 28
11:06 AM — A United Nations panel’s decision to remove sexual orientation from an anti-execution resolution is “shameful” and may encourage murders of LGBT people, gay rights campaigners say.
16th November 2010
Film chronicles Israel’s gay revolution 2
3:41 PM — From 1985 to the present day, Israel's gay community has undergone dramatic changes. A film chronicling how the community found its feet will be shown during the UK Jewish Film Festival this week in London.
15th November 2010
Gay Northampton couple attempt to marry 17
3:55 PM — A gay couple in Northampton will attempt to marry tomorrow as part of a campaign to open up marriage and civil partnerships to both straight and gay couples.
9th November 2010
Straight couple denied civil partnership again 34
5:36 PM — A straight couple from London have once again been denied a civil partnership. Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle, both 26, expected to be turned away from Islington registry office this morning but said they would take legal action over the refusal.
2nd November 2010
Equal Love campaign: First gay couple denied marriage 21
4:46 PM — The first of eight gay and straight couples to challenge the UK's marriage laws have been denied a marriage at a London registry office, as expected. Rev Sharon Ferguson and her partner Franka Streitzel, the lead gay couple in the Equal Love campaign, were denied permission to marry this morning in Greenwich.
1st November 2010
Gay and trans campaigners cancel Stonewall awards protest 12
10:39 AM — A demonstration planned for the Stonewall awards this Thursday has been cancelled. Around 100 people were expected to protest outside the ceremony in central London over the gay charity's stance marriage equality and because it does not lobby for trans issues.