18th April 2013
European Parliament relaxes visa restrictions on Ukraine despite looming anti-gay bill 4
2:41 PM — Efforts to halt the European Parliament’s decision to relax visa restrictions on Ukraine, due to the country’s support for homophobic legislation have failed.
French President Francois Hollande condemns anti-gay attacks 17
12:56 PM — President Francois Hollande has condemned displays of homophobic violence in France.
France: Prime Minister calls for calm amid tensions over same-sex marriage bill 4
12:07 PM — The French Prime Minister has called for calm as violent protests marred the start of the National Assembly's fast track debate on the marriage equality bill, which may see it become law by the end of this month.
France: 4 people detained over gay bar attack 8
12:00 PM — France’s Interior Ministry says four people have been detained on suspicion of carrying out an attack at a gay bar in Lille.
17th April 2013
France: Newly appointed Archbishop of Paris continues anti-equal marriage legacy 6
3:37 PM — The new Archbishop of Paris, the highest position in French Catholicism, has been appointed, and as the outgoing archbishop used his final speech to voice strong opposition to equal marriage, his replacement holds similar views.
European Parliament calls on European Commission to increase efforts against trans discrimination 7
1:21 PM — The European Parliament has asked the European Commission to step up its work against discrimination faced by transgender people.
16th April 2013
France: Archbishop of Paris warns that equal marriage will lead to a more violent society 87
5:56 PM — France's top Catholic bishop has warned against legalising equal marriage, saying that it could lead to a more violent society.
Paris: Police arrest scores of anti-gay marriage protesters 20
10:36 AM — Around 70 protesters demonstrating against equal marriage have been arrested in Paris.
15th April 2013
Joey Barton to appear before French FA committee following transphobic tweets 8
2:05 PM — Joey Barton is set to learn if he faces a ban over a string of comments – including some of a transphobic nature – he made about rival player Thiago Silva.
French anti-equal marriage movement leader: Hollande wants blood and he will get it 60
1:08 PM — The comedian at the head of France's anti-same-sex marriage movement has lashed out at the government's decision to accelerate the progress of equal marriage legislation, implying that protests may become violent.
14th April 2013
Irish Constitutional Convention decision welcomed by marriage equality supporters 16
7:39 PM — The Constitutional Convention, which voted in Dublin today to recommend that same-sex marriage be legalised in Ireland, has been applauded by politicians, religious organisations and gay rights groups.
Ireland: Constitutional Convention votes overwhelmingly in favour of referendum on same-sex marriage 51
1:42 PM — Ireland's Constitutional Convention has voted overwhelmingly in favour of holding a referendum on legalising same-sex marriage in the Constitution.
12th April 2013
French Senate backs same-sex marriage bill 22
1:14 PM — French lawmakers have approved a bill allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children.
Comment: The real face of Manif pour Tous 26
12:17 PM — Journalist Patrick Cash writes about last weekend’s violent homophobic attack against Wilfred de Brujin in Paris and profile’s the anti-gay French group Manif pour Tous.
11th April 2013
France: Anti-gay Chief Rabbi Gilles Bernheim quits over plagiarism row 7
2:58 PM — France’s Chief Rabbi Gilles Bernheim, who has written essays against equal marriage, has resigned in a plagiarism row.
Denmark: Copenhagen bar apologises after kicking out gay couple for kissing 9
2:00 PM — A bar in Copenhagen has apologised after ejecting two men for kissing, and one of them, a member of a Danish LGBT youth organisation, reported it as a hate crime.
Anti-homophobia and transphobia protest takes places in Paris 9
1:44 PM — LGBT campaigners in France have protested over the fear that homophobia and transphobia is on the rise in the country.
10th April 2013
France: Anti-gay chief rabbi refuses to step down after admitting fake academic qualifications 24
5:17 PM — France's chief rabbi Gilles Bernheim, who has written essays against equal marriage and adoption, has refused to step down despite admitting several counts of plagiarism, and misleading the public on his academic qualifications.
London Tory MEP welcomes progress in North Cyprus gay ban repeal 6
3:41 PM — Conservative MEP Marina Yannakoudakis has welcomed the latest developments in decriminalising homosexuality in the northern part of Cyprus.
Iceland PM asked to meet with gay rights activists in Chinese visit 2
1:31 PM — Iceland’s Johanna Sigurdardottir, the world’s first openly gay prime minister, has been asked to meet with the parents of gay children in next week's visit to China.