23rd April 2013
French Parliament passes same-sex marriage and adoption in final vote 69
4:11 PM — France has become the 14th nation in the world to legalise same-sex marriage, as their Parliament passed it in a final vote after months of debate and heated protest.
12th February 2013
France: National Assembly expected to pass equal marriage bill 2
3:03 PM — France could take another step closer to legalising marriage equality, as its National Assembly is set to vote on a measure to legalise it this afternoon.
5th February 2013
MPs complain of ‘vitriolic’ abuse from anti and pro-equal marriage supporters 6
3:39 PM — MPs have remarked on the "deeply unpleasant" nature of emails they have received over same-sex marriage, with one anonymous MP claiming some have decided to vote in favour because of the "appalling" opposition fervor.
Tory MP John Whittingdale: ‘Same-sex marriage will cause distress to many’ 32
11:00 AM — Conservative MP John Whittingdale has confirmed that he plans to vote against same-sex marriage, saying it will "cause distress to many".
16th January 2013
One million leaflets being handed out against equal marriage in marginal seats 51
1:28 PM — One million leaflets against government's plans to legalise marriage equality are being sent out to voters in constituencies marginal on the issue by an anti-equal marriage campaign group which has deemed the plans "undemocratic".
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.
5th December 2012
US: University faculty votes unanimously ‘yes’ on equal benefits for same-sex partners 4
10:51 PM — The Faculty Senate at the University of Memphis, voted on Tuesday to unanimously support, without much discussion, equal benefits for couples in same-sex partnerships.
28th November 2012
NUS launches “I saw daddy kissing Santa Claus” equal marriage campaign 7
6:33 PM — The National Union of Students today launched a campaign aiming to push the Prime Minister to move forward legislation which could legalise equal marriage in Britain.
11th October 2012
Video: Anti-equal marriage advert ‘Not about Equality’ airs in Washington 10
11:15 PM — With the vote on equal marriage growing ever closer, anti-equal marriage groups have begun to show TV adverts in the state of Washington.
US: Seattle based department store backs equal marriage referendum in Washington
10:46 PM — A large fashion retailer based in the US state of Washington, has joined other large employers in publicly voicing their support for equal marriage, which will be voted on by Washington residents next month.
31st May 2012
California senate approves ban on ‘gay cure’ therapy for minors 10
11:09 AM — The Californian state senate last night approved a bill to ban the use of so-called conversion therapies on minors which attempt to alter their sexual orientation.
30th May 2012
Daily Mail criticises Nick Clegg’s ‘illiberal’ whipped vote on equal marriage 73
4:46 PM — The Daily Mail has published a leader article today criticising the deputy prime minister's intention to whip the party's MPs to vote for legislation removing the ban on gay marriages in England and Wales.
Californian ban on ‘gay cures’ for minors may see senate vote today 17
11:36 AM — A bill at California's state legislature which would ban attempts to turn gay minors straight through therapy and require adults to be informed of the unproven effectiveness of such treatments is expected to be voted on at the senate later today.
23rd April 2012
France: Presidential elections highlight trans voters’ rights gap 27
11:22 AM — As the dust settles on the first round of the French Presidential election this morning, a sharp warning that discrimination by the French state means that trans citizens can no longer count on access to that most basic of Human Rights – the right to vote!
22nd March 2012
Council to consider official gay quarter for Leeds 30
10:33 AM — Leeds City Council will address a motion to formally recognise its gay quarter next week.
16th January 2012
First trans teen in Miss England competition leads heat 42
4:38 PM — The first transgender teenager to enter the Miss England competition is leading in her heat of the pageant.
14th December 2011
Australia’s gay finance minister Penny Wong announces daughter’s birth 6
11:14 AM — Penny Wong said her partner Sophie Allouache had given birth to a daughter on Sunday morning, a week after a groundbreaking vote by the Australian Labor Party to formally support equal marriage.
2nd December 2011
MPs move to strike down religious civil partnership rules 100
10:37 AM — A small group of MPs is echoing calls made in the House of Lords that new regulations for civil partnerships may force places of worship to marry gay couples alongside straight ones. Edward Leigh, a Catholic Conservative backbencher said the House of Commons was not able to debate the regulations properly.
17th November 2011
Lady Gaga tops poll of celebrities “doing most to tackle bullying” 16
2:53 PM — Bisexual star led the poll ahead of retired rugby player Ben Cohen, both of whom have started foundations aimed at tackling bullying and supporting people who have been bullied.
15th November 2011
Campaigners: Australian PM should represent the 71% of her supporters who want gay marriage 29
2:45 PM — Equal marriage supporters say Julia Gillard should reflect the beliefs of nearly three quarters of her voters, as the prime minister reaffirms her opposition to such a move.