7th February 2013
Germany: Football Association sets up support group for gay players 1
2:37 AM — A working group has been set up by the German Football Association in order to provide support for and prepare clubs to deal with the potential for gay footballers coming out.
6th February 2013
French socialist MPs caught playing scrabble during same-sex marriage debate 7
2:36 PM — Two French socialist MPs have been caught playing scrabble on iPads during the debates last week on the legalisation of same-sex marriage in France’s National Assembly.
Russian foreign minister: UK and France’s equal marriage laws will make it harder to adopt Russian children 11
12:12 PM — The UK and France’s plans for equal marriage means that it will be harder for British and French citizens to adopt children from Russia, a Russian Government minister has warned.
5th February 2013
Sweden: Crown princess makes surprise appearance to hand out ‘Gay of the Year’ award 9
7:24 PM — In a surprise appearance, Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria, handed out the country's Gay of the Year award on Tuesday.
Italy: Gay Governor of Puglia scared to go out alone at night in Rome 6
2:19 PM — The gay governor of Italy's Puglia region, Nichi Vendola, has said that he is afraid to go out alone at night in Rome.
Ombudsman: Russia will not allow ‘unconstitutional’ adoption to French gay couples 1
1:38 PM — The Russian children's rights ombudsman has said that allowing French gay couples to adopt Russian orphans would be "unconstitutional".
4th February 2013
Amnesty: Russian anti-gay law will restrict the human rights of LGBT people 3
1:24 PM — Amnesty International has spoken out against the Russian draft law which outlaws the “propaganda of homosexuality among minors”, saying that it restricts the human rights of LGBT people.
2nd February 2013
French General Assembly votes to make same-sex marriage legal 56
12:14 PM — The French National Assembly, the lower house of France's Parliament has voted in favour of making same-sex marriage legal. A series of further votes will follow before the law is changed.
1st February 2013
United Nations experts call on Russia to drop anti-gay bill 6
3:40 PM — A group of experts from the United Nations have urged Russia to drop its draft law forbidding "homosexual propaganda", and have said that it would undermine the human rights of LGBT people in the country.
Polish MP opposes equal marriage because ‘gays are no use whatsoever to society’ 110
1:40 PM — An Member of Parliament for the right-wing Polish opposition party has made homophobic remarks in a speech at a recent debate around the legalisation of equal marriage in the country.
31st January 2013
Update: Poland’s first trans MP officially nominated for deputy speaker job in Parliament 10
4:38 PM — Poland's first trans MP has been nominated to fill the position of deputy speaker in the country's parliament.
Italy: Gay Governor of Puglia wants to marry his partner in front of his family and community 18
3:21 PM — A gay Italian Governor has said that he would like to have the "right" to get married to his partner in front of his "community and family."
30th January 2013
European Union High Representative pushes Russia to drop anti-gay law 12
5:51 PM — The High Representative for the European Union has condemned a Russian draft law, which woud make the "promotion" of homosexuality illegal, and urged the country to "protect" the rights of gay people.
Venice breaks cultural ties with St Petersburg over anti-gay law 7
12:20 PM — The Italian city of Venice has broken its cultural partnership with Russian city, St Petersburg, over an anti-gay law which was brought in a year ago.
29th January 2013
Ireland: Gay couple kicked out of SPAR store by security guard for kissing 41
6:31 PM — A security guard in a store in Dublin allegedly called two gay customers "faggots" after they kissed.
Sweden: Married Ugandan men victims of ‘lottery’ asylum system 7
6:05 PM — A gay Ugandan couple were separated in 2008 when one was forced to flee to Sweden. They were reunited by chance and married under Swedish law, but are in danger once more after one had their asylum claim denied.
France: Parliamentary debate over equal marriage begins 7
5:40 PM — Following months of debate and controversy over the issue of equal marriage, proposals to allow it went before the French parliament today.
Finland media boss fined for discriminating against lesbian newspaper editor 3
2:46 PM — The chief executive of one of Finland’s largest media companies has been fined for discriminating on the grounds of sexual orientation.
28th January 2013
Irish equality minister supports equal marriage, and calls for reform of gay parenting law 5
3:36 PM — The Irish minister for Justice and Equality has voiced his support for equal marriage for gay couples, and said there is a need to reform and "bring clarity" to issues surrounding gay parenting.
Poll: 75% of Irish people support equal marriage 18
3:13 PM — Support for equal marriage has risen substantially in Ireland, and now three quarters of the population would vote yes in a referendum to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples, a new poll suggests.