10th October 2012
France sets date to say ‘oui’ for equal marriage 26
9:25 PM — France has named October 31 as the date when a draft law authorising equal marriage will be approved by government ministers.
Russia: Pussy Riot band member released from jail 4
7:33 PM — One member of the Russian LGBT-supporting punk band Pussy Riot has been freed from jail – although the other two women remain behind bars.
Lady Gaga donates peace award to the Elton John AIDS Foundation 4
6:26 PM — Lady Gaga has handed the cash she received as part of the LennonOno Grant for Peace award to Sir Elton John's AIDS foundation.
9th October 2012
Former Irish president announces support for equal marriage 15
4:19 PM — Ireland’s former president Mary McAleese says she supports marriage rights for same-sex couples.
8th October 2012
Italy: Police break trans prostitution ring 10
4:21 PM — Italian police say they have broken a prostitution ring which brought transgender people from Latin America into the country.
7th October 2012
France: More officials speak out against equal marriage 7
10:46 PM — The prospect of new legislation allowing gay people in France to marry and adopt has been met with opposition from religious groups as well as several mayors who have spoken out in opposition to the idea.
6th October 2012
UN human rights office puts pressure on Ukraine regarding LGBT censorship law 4
1:05 AM — The human rights office of the United Nations has urged Ukraine to rethink a draft LGBT censorship law which was announced earlier this week.
4th October 2012
Paris: District mayor suggests equal marriage could lead to ‘incest’ 28
7:07 PM — A district mayor in Paris is under fire after announcing that he will refuse to conduct same-sex marriages after he said they could open the door to the approval of polygamous or incestuous unions.
Pressure builds on Serbia over gay pride ban 9
5:50 PM — The UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has urged the authorities in Serbia to reconsider a ban on this weekend’s gay pride march in Belgrade.
Labour MEP Michael Cashman to stand down in 2014 13
4:28 PM — Michael Cashman, the gay Labour MEP for the West Midlands, has confirmed that he will quit as a member of the European Parliament at the next European Election in 2014.
3rd October 2012
Serbia bans gay pride parade, again 8
6:05 PM — The Serbian interior ministry has banned a gay pride parade from taking place in the country’s capital Belgrade for the second year running after ultra-nationalists threatened the march and the Serbian Orthodox Church condemned it.
Russian court backs St Petersburg’s anti-gay law 15
2:32 PM — Russia’s Supreme Court has ruled that the country’s second largest city of St Petersburg can continue to enforce its homophobic censorship law.
2nd October 2012
Ukraine gives initial approval to anti-gay law 11
4:45 PM — Human rights campaigners have criticised Ukraine after the country’s parliament passed a draft LGBT censorship law.
1st October 2012
Equal marriage defeat for Northern Ireland 39
6:58 PM — A motion calling for same-sex couples to be given the right to marry in Northern Ireland has been defeated in the Stormont Assembly.
Russia: Pussy Riot appeal case delayed
4:13 PM — A Russian court has adjourned the appeal hearing of three activists from the LGBT-supporting punk band Pussy Riot.
Presbyterian Church: Equal marriage will ‘demolish’ society 42
2:56 PM — The Presbyterian Church has written to all Northern Ireland Assembly members stating its staunch opposition to equal marriage.
28th September 2012
Former Irish president blasts Catholic Church over anti-gay views 83
5:32 PM — The Catholic Church is becoming increasingly isolated in its attitude towards LGBT people, the former president of Ireland has warned.
26th September 2012
Vatican diplomat: Anti-gay opponents are being ‘vilified’ for their views 83
7:29 PM — Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, who is the permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in Geneva, said the Roman Catholic Church deeply believed that human sexuality was a gift reserved for married heterosexual couples.
25th September 2012
Russian politician says being gay is a ‘bad habit’ that can be treated with prayer 42
4:39 PM — Vitaly Milonov, city councillor and author of St Petersburg’s homophobic censorship law, has referred to homosexuality as a “bad habit” that can be treated by fasting and prayer.
24th September 2012
Lady Gaga: The Pope is irrelevant, ‘gay marriage is going to happen’ 36
5:38 PM — Speaking out after the Pope’s attack on France’s proposals to introduce equal marriage, Lady Gaga says “gay marriage is going to happen” regardless of what the Pope says.