6th April 2012
Gay former cabinet minister Ben Bradshaw mocks Government’s plans for marriage equality 387
10:20 AM — Mr Bradshaw made the bizarre comment at a crucial moment in the battle for marriage equality, after a petition launched by the homophobic Coalition for Marriage group which insists that the institution should remain traditional - i.e. between a man and a woman – went beyond 400,000 signatures.
2nd April 2012
Suffolk Pride returns for 2012 with funding plea
9:41 AM — After a hiatus in 2011, Suffolk Pride is returning this year with a plea for members of the local community to help fund the event.
1st April 2012
Comment: Why can’t gay couples feel safe enough to hold hands everywhere in the UK? 110
5:39 PM — Ethan Bourne asks why in a supposedly tolerant country like the UK, being visibly gay seems only to be acceptable in certain areas.
Gay people in South West of England ‘living in daily fear’ 23
5:00 PM — Many gay and lesbian people in South West England are living in constant fear of discrimination and abuse, according to a regional survey by a local LGBT charity.
Alleged male sexual assault at Prince Harry’s airbase 56
4:13 PM — Military police are investigating an alleged sexual assault on a soldier at the Wattisham air station near Stowmarket, Suffolk.
31st March 2012
Exeter hosts gay pride 3
9:05 PM — Exeter played host one of the biggest gay pride celebrations in the South West, with a 50 m long rainbow flag floating down the High Street to Exeter Phoenix.
30th March 2012
Comment: Why Christian Concern should be ejected from the University of Oxford 46
10:42 AM — “It is time to stand up to a militant homosexual lobby who are unable to tolerate difference of opinion and who seek to coerce behaviour and thought.” So said Andrea Minichiello Williams, CEO of Christian Concern (and various other anti-LGBT lobbying organisations) of which an offshoot, the so-called “Wilberforce Academy”, is currently being hosted by Exeter College, Oxford as a private commercial booking.
29th March 2012
Multi-millionaire City analyst wins ‘gay divorce’ appeal but must pay vast settlement 22
5:32 PM — A millionaire City analyst has won his appeal against a West End actor in a landmark gay divorce. The couple had been together for 11 years but only survived seven months as civil partners.
28th March 2012
Public meeting to discuss MP who asked if Shakespeare would be rewritten if gay couples marry 48
11:31 PM — A public meeting is to be held in Thanet after local Conservative MP Sir Roger Gale, who has been North Thanet's MP for nearly thirty years, wrote an article describing prime minister David Cameron's plans to introduce civil marriage equality as "almost Stalinist" that would "rewrite history and tradition".
Man jailed for nine years after homophobic attack in Liverpool 15
4:24 PM — A chef has been jailed for nine years this week for an attack on a young man in Liverpool's gay quarter last autumn.
Christian group pledge support for gay couples marrying 52
1:20 PM — The Progressive Christianity Network (PCN) is the latest British faith-based group to come out in favour of legal recognition of gay marriage.
27th March 2012
Birmingham lavishes £10k on bling rhino sculpture for gay village 37
9:43 AM — Cash-strapped Birmingham City Council has contributed the sum of £10,000 towards a huge, rhinestone-encrusted sculpture of a rhinoceros which is planned to mark entry to the city's gay village.
26th March 2012
Jewish Chronicle column suggests marriage equality will lead to incestous marriages 55
3:59 PM — Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks' refusal to comment on government plans to introduce marriage equality for gay couples has brought forth a range of strong opinions - both pro and anti - from members of the Jewish community and Rabbis.
25th March 2012
Comment: Should straight people be barred from entering gay clubs? 279
2:43 PM — Singer and song writer Ethan Bourne asks whether it's right for gay clubs to exclude straight people because of their sexuality.
11th March 2012
Comment: Why we’re building a coalition for equal marriage 225
8:58 PM — In just a few weeks, an incredible 25,000 people have signed a petition calling for same sex marriage to become legal in the UK. The petition was organised by a gay couple incensed at the formation of the anti-gay Coalition for Marriage, here is why they are fighting to open up civil marriage for everyone in Britain regardless of their sexuality.
UK Equality Minister: Church’s opposition to same sex marriage is ‘Dark Age’ homophobia 73
9:00 AM — Lynne Featherstone, the Liberal Democrat minister for equality has said that the language the Church of England and the Catholic Church have used is homophobic and that the views that the leaders are expressing belong in the Dark Ages.
8th March 2012
Daily Mail columnist: ‘Church’s opposition to gays marrying shows its irrelevance’ 70
5:26 PM — A columnist for The Daily Mail has published a blistering attack on the Church of England and the Catholic Church for arguing against same sex civil marriage. Former UKIP candidate Abjijit Pandya says “fear and disgust towards homosexuals” is “the last great prejudice of our times.” The newspaper is more usually associated with the columnist Melanie Phillips, named Stonewall's Bigot of 2011.
4th March 2012
UK Catholic cardinal: Gay marriage is ‘a grotesque madness proposed by a disingenuous government’ 178
12:31 PM — Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, the most senior Catholic in Scotland, Cardinal Keith Michael Patrick O'Brien, has said that gay marriage is a "grotesque subversion of a universally accepted human right".
28th February 2012
Pub attacker who shattered gay man’s jaw jailed for ten years 32
10:35 AM — A Birmingham man has been jailed for ten years after he launched a violent attack on two gay men who had stopped at his local pub for a drink.
24th February 2012
Manchester gay sauna closed today after fire 23
10:40 AM — The H2O sauna in Manchester's gay district is closed today after a small fire broke out on the premises yesterday afternoon.