17th April 2012
Nicolas Sarkozy affirms view of family as ‘a mother and a father’ 62
3:05 PM — Incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy has re-affirmed his opposition to marriage equality ahead of this weekend's elections in France.
20th March 2012
Former US president Jimmy Carter backs ‘very fine’ equal marriages for gays 44
3:54 PM — Former President Jimmy Carter has said gay people should be allowed to marry in civil ceremonies, as 'Jesus never said a word about homosexuality'.
20th February 2012
Mitt Romney campaign co-chair resigns on claim he ‘threatened to deport gay lover’ 14
1:27 PM — A co-chairman of Mitt Romney's Arizona presidential campaign and elected official Paul Babeu has been forced to resign amid claims he had threatened to have a gay lover deported.
29th December 2011
Zimbabwe MP bailed after allegedly claiming Robert Mugabe had gay affairs 15
4:06 PM — A Zimbabwean MP who was arrested last week after saying President Robert Mugabe had sex with other male politicians has been released on bail of $200 today, the state newspaper says.
28th December 2011
New biography claims Richard Nixon may have had gay affair 18
3:38 PM — Among the claims made in a new book about former US President Richard Nixon's time as a politician is the suggestion that he may have had a gay relationship with one of his closest confidants.
Muslim leader in Ghana offers anti-gay Christmas message 75
10:32 AM — The National Chief Immam of Ghana issued a Christmas message this year which praised the efforts of Christians and members of other religions for their efforts to denounce homosexuality. GhanaWeb reports that Sheikh Dr Osman Nuhu Sharubutu issued the message to wish Christians well during their festivities.
21st December 2011
Zimbabwe MP arrested for claiming Robert Mugabe “practised homosexuality” 63
10:28 AM — A female member of parliament in Zimbabwe has been arrested after claiming the president, Robert Mugabe, had a sexual relationship with former president Canaan Banana.
24th November 2011
3 gay men in Cameroon jailed for 5 years 28
11:25 AM — The sentences are believed to be the toughest prescribed by the country’s law. Gay rights groups in Cameroon have reacted in horror at the judgement.
3rd November 2011
Ghana’s president will “never support” legalising homosexuality 208
10:26 AM — Government official says gay rights will destroy the "moral fibre of society" as human rights representatives urge UK leaders to ensure support is given to most vulnerable.
26th October 2011
J Crew chief Jenna Lyons ‘in lesbian relationship’ 21
11:35 AM — One of the most powerful women in the US fashion industry has reportedly begun a lesbian relationship. Jenna Lyons, the president and creative director of J Crew, is in the process of divorcing her husband, artist Vincent Mazeau.
20th October 2011
London MEP says North Cyprus president promised to repeal anti-gay laws 16
2:55 PM — A Conservative MEP for London says North Cyprus president Derviş Eroğlu promised her he would repeal laws against homosexuality. Marina Yannakoudakis was visiting Nicolosia as part of her role on an EU group for relationships with the Turkish Cypriot community.
19th October 2011
Former Botswana president calls for legalisation of homosexuality 30
4:53 PM — Festus Mogae, the former president of Botswana, has said that homosexuality should be decriminalised to help tackle HIV rates. Speaking to the BBC's Africa Network, Mr Mogae said that while he does not "understand" homosexuality, gays and lesbians should not be arrested.
13th October 2011
Effort to force referendum on California gay history law fails 17
1:22 PM — Gay rights opponents have failed in an attempt to repeal California law on gay history teaching in schools. They did not manage to collect the 505,000 signatures needed to suspend the law and put the issue on the ballot.
10th October 2011
Mugabe wants Archbishop of Canterbury to explain views on gays 72
1:47 PM — Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe wants Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams to explain the church's views on homosexuality. The African leader's spokesman said yesterday that Mr Mugabe wants to know why homosexuality is being "prescribed" to Zimbabweans.
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.
3rd October 2011
Obama attacks Republican booing of gay soldier 26
10:23 AM — Barack Obama has criticised Republican presidential candidates for staying silent when a gay soldier was booed at an Orlando debate. Stephen Hill, who is stationed in Iraq and spoke via a videolink, was booed for asking whether the candidates would reinstate the ban on openly gay troops.
28th September 2011
Gay senator David Norris wins nomination for Irish presidency 127
10:22 AM — Openly gay Irish senator David Norris has secured enough nominations to stand for president. The independent politician won the support of Dublin city council last night and will run against six other candidates next month.
21st September 2011
Obama’s UN speech: We must stand up for gay rights everywhere 60
5:57 PM — Addressing a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly today, US president Barack Obama urged countries to stand up for gay rights. The president, who was discussing the Palestine statehood bid, said: "No country should deny people their rights because of who they love, which is why we must stand up for the rights of gays and lesbians everywhere."
20th September 2011
Obama praises end of military gay ban 15
5:39 PM — President Obama has hailed the end of the ban on openly gay troops. The 1993 law was repealed today and the president said: "As of today, patriotic Americans in uniform will no longer have to lie about who they are in order to serve the country they love."
19th September 2011
Lib Dem president Tim Farron ‘victim of false gay rumours’ 56
10:19 AM — Liberal Democrat party president Tim Farron has hit out at "wicked" rumours that he was blackmailed over a "secret gay life".