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  • 11th January 2010

    Religious civil partnerships amendment tabled in Lords 68

    The amendment would allow churches to hold civil partnerships

    4:59 PM — An amendment to the Equality Bill which would allow civil partnerships to be held in church was tabled in the House of Lords today.

  • 8th January 2010

    Portugal votes to legalise gay marriage 30

    Portugal's parliament approved the law

    3:09 PM — Portugal's parliament today voted to legalise marriage for gays and lesbians. The Catholic country will be the sixth in Europe to grant same-sex couples the right to wed, although this will not include adoption rights.

  • 7th January 2010

    Jonathan Ross quits the BBC 30

    Ross said his reasons for leaving were not due to money

    12:07 PM — Jonathan Ross has announced today (Thursday) that he is leaving the BBC. The star, who got into hot water this year over a gay adoption joke last year, said his reasons for leaving were not financially motivated.

  • 4th January 2010

    US HIV travel ban lifted today 19

    The ban on HIV-positive people entering the US will be lifted today

    11:28 AM — The ban on HIV-positive people entering the US officially ends today. The 22-year-old law was one of the most restrictive immigration policies in the world for people with HIV but was lifted by President Barack Obama in November.

  • 23rd December 2009

    Club drug ban comes into force today 10

    Some club drugs will be banned from today

    1:42 PM — From today, 'legal highs' such as GBL, BZP and Spice will become Class C drugs. GBL (gamma-butaryl lactone), which is said to be popular on the gay club scene, is a liquid used in paint stripper and nail varnish remover.

  • 21st December 2009

    Happy fourth anniversary for civil partnerships 40

    Today is the fourth anniversary of civil partnerships

    10:35 AM — Today marks the fourth anniversary of civil partnerships in England and Wales. Although Scotland celebrated its first civil partnership on December 20th 2005 due to a misunderstanding over the date, today marks the fourth anniversary for gay couples in England and Wales.

  • 16th December 2009

    Rwanda to vote on criminalising homosexuality 31

    Prison terms of up to ten years could be imposed

    11:11 AM — Rwanda's lower house will reportedly vote today on a revision to the penal code which would criminalise homosexuality. It would impose prison sentences of five to ten years, or fines higher than the average yearly wage.

  • 15th December 2009

    Christian registrar Lillian Ladele loses civil partnerships appeal 3

    Lillian Ladele lost her appeal

    3:42 PM — An Islington registrar who refused to carry out civil partnerships for gay couples has lost her appeal. The Court of Appeal ruled today that Lillian Ladele had not been discriminated against.

  • Hundreds attend gay marriage rally ahead of Washington DC council vote 2

    DC is expected to pass the gay marriage bill

    1:14 PM — Washington DC's council will today vote on a bill allowing gay marriage in the district. Advocates are quietly confident, as nine of the council's 13 members are listed as co-sponsors and mayor Adrian Fenty has clearly signalled he will sign it.

  • Updated: Christian registrar Lillian Ladele loses appeal 254

    Lillian Ladele lost her appeal

    10:47 AM — An Islington registrar who refused to carry out civil partnerships for gay couples has lost her appeal. The Court of Appeal ruled today that Lillian Ladele had not been discriminated against.

  • 14th December 2009

    UN officials says Uganda may lose AIDS research centre 5

    Uganda could lose the AIDS research institute

    7:12 PM — Uganda may lose the chance to host a major AIDS research institution if its parliament passes a bill against homosexuality, a United Nations official has said.

  • 28th September 2009

    Equal adoption rights for Scottish gay couples begin today 4

    Gay couples will be able to adopt from today in Scotland

    10:33 AM — From today, gay and unmarried couples in Scotland will now have the same adoption rights as straight married couples. This brings Scotland into line with England and Wales.

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