11th February 2013
UK: Muslim TV stations criticised by Ofcom for airing hate speech 39
6:55 PM — Ofcom, the broadcasting regulator, has criticised several Muslim community stations after they allowed Islamic extremists to issue hate speech – in one case – calling for the murder and torture of gay people.
UK: Anti-gay Catholic Archbishop Vincent Nichols: Please pray for Pope Benedict XVI 29
5:26 PM — The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, who is also known for his anti-gay views, has called on Catholics to pray for Pope Benedict XVI.
Peter Tatchell: A Pope who opposed human rights 11
4:56 PM — Peter Tatchell, who previously made a documentary about Pope Benedict XVI, believes the Catholic leader will be remembered for his "irresponsible" attitude to condoms and ignorance about HIV.
Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury warns that equal marriage supporters are ‘on wrong side of eternity’ 33
12:42 PM — The Catholic Bishop of Shrewsbury has once again preached an attack on the government's equal marriage bill, less than a week after the bill was supported by MPs in the House of Commons.
Kent: Bisexual councillor receives death threat letter 6
10:31 AM — A bisexual Kent councillor has received yet more homophobic abuse; this time a hand-written death threat letter.
10th February 2013
Tory MP: Same-sex marriage will damage youth who will grow out of a ‘normal gay phase’ 69
2:56 PM — Conservative MP for Tonbridge and Malling, Sir John Stanley, has claimed that homosexuality is a 'normal phase' for youngsters before become heterosexual in later life.
8th February 2013
Gay Cameroon asylum seeker assaulted by private security team at Heathrow Airport 9
5:59 PM — An asylum seeker from Cameroon, who has previously been persecuted due to his sexuality in his home country, claims he was assaulted by private security at Heathrow Airport.
Tory Eastleigh by-election candidate denies making homophobic slur — but confirms she’s against equality 48
5:12 PM — The Conservative Party’s candidate for this month’s Eastleigh by-election denies saying Labour did more for “immigrants, the gays, the bloody foxes” than children with special needs.
Peter Tatchell: ‘Boris Johnson’s support for equal marriage was a game changer’ 18
4:49 PM — Peter Tatchell has emphasised what he calls the game-changing decision of London Mayor Boris Johnson to support David Cameron's equal marriage reform.
Tory Whip Anne Milton refused to vote on same-sex marriage because she didn’t ‘feel strongly’ about it 40
1:00 PM — Conservative MP and government whip Anne Milton declined to vote this week on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) because “she did not feel "strongly about it".
Comment: Why do Europe and LGBT equality measures cause such splits in mainstream parties? 17
11:52 AM — Writing for PinkNews, Chair of LGBT+ Liberal Democrats Adrian Trett says there are political similarities when it comes to arguing the case for equality and the European Union.
Comment: I am surprised and disappointed at Sarah Teather for voting against marriage equality 42
10:25 AM — Natalie Grazin, a gay Jewish mother in north London, has shared with PinkNews a letter she has written to Liberal Democrat MP and former Children’s minister Sarah Teather, who voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, earlier this week.
7th February 2013
UK: Bisexual teenage father hangs himself in woods after being bullied 59
5:36 PM — The body of a teenager found hanged in woodland in Lancashire has been revealed as 16-year-old Anthony Stubbs, a young father who had reportedly been bullied for being bisexual.
Gordon Brown’s spokesman reveals why he didn’t take part in same-sex marriage vote 25
5:18 PM — A spokesman for Gordon Brown has exclusively explained to PinkNews.co.uk why the Labour MP and former PM was not present in the Commons for Tuesday’s vote of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill).
Comment: I’m 16, bisexual, and none of my family knows 20
3:38 PM — A bisexual student shares his experiences of living in the South West of England and attending an all boy’s school – where it can be very hard to be open about your sexuality.
Manchester: Trial of man accused of killing PC Fiona Bone and PC Nicola Hughes begins
2:40 PM — Dale Cregan is due to stand trial today for the murders of four people, including a police officer who had been making plans for a civil partnership with her girlfriend.
Labour MP Austin Mitchell: The equal marriage debate was moving — I had to vote for the bill 15
2:20 PM — Labour’s Austin Mitchell was planning to abstain in this week’s equal marriage vote by MPs, but when he heard the emotional speeches of supportive MPs, it changed his mind.
Lib Dem MP Martin Horwood: Why I wasn’t present for the equal marriage vote 32
1:04 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Martin Horwood has been in touch with PinkNews to explain why he did not take part in Tuesday’s vote of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill.
Tory Business Minister Michael Fallon: I was wrong to vote against equal marriage — but the Tories now have to unite 28
11:45 AM — Conservative MP and Business Minister Michael Fallon has conceded that he was wrong to vote against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples Bill) and says opponents should accept this week’s decisive Commons verdict.
West Midlands Police officer resigns after using force’s Twitter account to message gay men 14
11:07 AM — An award-winning Special Constable from the West Midlands has resigned after it emerged he used a police Twitter account to send messages to gay men that were "against force policy".