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April 23, 2014

At least 48 schools were found to have Russia-style homophobic policies with the re-introduction of PM Thatcher’s rule banning the ‘promotion of homosexuality'

Several UK schools have stepped back to the 1980s and introduced Section 28-style bans on ‘promoting homosexuality’, teachers have warned.

At the National Union of Teachers’ annual conference in Brighton yesterday (22 April), delegates warned at least 46 schools still have policies similar to the anti-gay language of the past.

April 9, 2014

A bill that would have made it compulsory for all schools in the Canadian province of Alberta to have gay-straight alliance groups has failed to pass in the legislature in a vote of 19 to 31
 

A bill put forward by a lawmaker from Canada’s Liberal party that would have mandated all schools in Alberta province to have on campus gay-straight alliance (GSA) programs to support LGBTI young people was voted down on Tuesday.

Like similar laws already in place in Manitoba and Ontario provinces, the bill would have covered faith based non-government schools, which is largely why its opponents voted against it.

March 29, 2014

David Cameron tweeted his congratulations to first gay couples making history today

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has congratulated newly married gay couples in England and Wales today (29 March).

The leader of the Conservative party took to his Twitter account to voice his support for those at the forefront of this historic occasion.

‘Congratulations to all same-sex couples getting married today – I wish you every possible happiness for the future #equalmarriage’ he said.

The world’s media has been focused on those lucky couples who will make history as the first gay people to become legally married.

March 13, 2014

'People everywhere from politicians down to the lowliest person in our society... are terrified'

Ben Carson, a well respected figure in the US conservative movement, is certain people against same-sex marriage don't have free speech rights.

The neurosurgeon was a guest yesterday (11 March) on the anti-gay Family Research Council show Washington Watch.

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Host Tony Perkins asked Carson if the 'PC police' kept 'many politicians' from discussing 'core value issues like marriage.'

February 4, 2014

David Silvester, who blamed Britain's recent floods on gay marriage, refused to apologize or step down as town councilor

A UKIP councilor who blamed recent flooding on gay marriage has been expelled from the party, it emerged minutes ago.

Town councilor David Silvester, from Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, was suspended by the party on 19 January.

The UKIP politician, who left the Conservative party over their plan to introduce same-sex marriage, made his comments in a letter to his local paper the Henley Standard.

January 20, 2014

UKIP leader calls the Conservative defector to his party an 'embarrassment' after the widespread coverage of his remarks blaming recent storms on gay marriage

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage has called the recent media storm after one of the party’s councilors blamed floods on gay marriage to be ‘not news’.

He said it proved the media and the main political parties were ‘scared witless’ of the far-right political party.

Councillor David Silvester had said last week Britain was ‘beset by storms’ after David Cameron acted ‘arrogantly against the gospel’.

He was suspended from UKIP following his comments.

December 16, 2013

Despite European court ruling, Prime Minister pledges and government policy, another lesbian was deported back to Uganda

Is the UK government serious in his promises to protect LGBTI asylum seekers? Despite David Cameron’s personal assurances, the case of Prossie N, deported back to the UK last week proves it is not.

Prossie N is a lesbian who fled sexual abuse and persecution in Uganda which saw her forced out onto the streets because of her sexuality.

She sought protection in the UK, had lesbian relationships and started building a new life.

September 28, 2013

UK PM shows his support for same sex marriage prior to Conservative party conference

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has announced tax breaks for same sex couples, ahead of the annual Conservative party conference.

The leader of the Conservative party announced his support over Twitter, stating that the recently announced £1000 tax break to married couples will apply regardless of sexuality.

In a tweet, the PM said: 'The £1000 marriage tax allowance will apply to straight and gay couples, as well as civil partners. Love is love, commitment is commitment.'

September 3, 2013

At the G20 summit in St Petersburg, the UK PM will speak to the Russian president in order to show the UK does not agree with homophobic legislation 

David Cameron is going to challenge Vladimir Putin on Russia’s anti-gay laws.

At this week’s G20 meeting in St Petersburg, the UK Prime Minister will reportedly speak to the Russian president about the law banning the promotion of ‘non-traditional relationships’ to children.

Margot James, a lesbian Conservative party member of parliament, tweeted the confirmation.

‘Europe Minister confirms that PM will raise anti gay discriminatory legislation and attacks on gay people with President Putin at the G20,’ she said.

August 17, 2013

At least seven schools are found to have Russia-style homophobic policies with the re-introduction of PM Thatcher’s rule banning the ‘promotion of homosexuality'

Many more UK schools are found to have banned the promotion of ‘gay’ issues in schools, an echo of Section 28 from the 1980s.

Gay Star News revealed earlier today academies are using Sex and Relationships Education policies to ban the promotion of homosexuality. Since the article was published, more schools have been found with anti-gay policies.

August 17, 2013

Gay students and teachers in three British academies are facing Russia-style homophobic policies with the re-introduction of PM Thatcher’s rule banning the ‘promotion of homosexuality’ 

Two UK academies have stepped back to the 1980s by banning teachers from saying anything positive about gay life.

Gay Star News can reveal Colston Girl's School in Bristol and Swindon Academy have re-introduced anti-gay language from Section 28, which banned the ‘promotion of homosexuality’, into their Sex and Relationships Policy.

June 3, 2013

From lords who say gay marriage persecutes Christians to those who argue it's good for business, the debate comes to the UK's House of Lords today

From a lord who wants to marry his own son and fancies his brother, to an ex archbishop who says marriage equality will lead to polygamy and Nazi persecution, the opponents of gay marriage in Britain's House of Lords are numerous and vocal.

So it will be a stormy debate today and tomorrow (3 and 4 June) when the Lords, the unelected upper chamber of the British parliament, get to debate and vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales.

June 3, 2013

From lords who say gay marriage persecutes Christians to those who argue it's good for business, the debate comes to the UK's House of Lords today

From a lord who wants to marry his own son and fancies his brother, to an ex archbishop who says marriage equality will lead to polygamy and Nazi persecution, the opponents of gay marriage in Britain's House of Lords are numerous and vocal.

So it will be a stormy debate today and tomorrow (3 and 4 June) when the Lords, the unelected upper chamber of the British parliament, get to debate and vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales.

May 22, 2013

UK Prime Minister has attempted to heal the rift in the Conservative party by saying marriage equality opponents are not 'bigoted'

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has said the equal marriage bill in England and Wales will help gay teens ‘stand that bill taller’ today.

The Conservative leader also attempted to heal divisions in his party by insisting marriage equality opponents were not ‘bigoted’.

May 20, 2013

Tory party in-fighting and an amendment giving straight couples civil partnerships could delay the equal marriage bill until after the next election

Conservative party in-fighting and an amendment giving straight couples civil partnerships could delay the England and Wales equal marriage bill for up to two years.

The bill, which returns to the House of Commons today (20 May), is the subject of fierce debate among members of parliament. It will be voted on after two days of discussion.

Members of parliament, led by Tory Tim Loughton, have tabled an amendment expanding civil partnerships to include heterosexual couples.

May 20, 2013

British MPs have rejected amendments that would have watered down or delayed gay marriage proposals

Members of Parliament (MPs) have knocked back amendments to the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales that would have watered down or possibly delayed or ‘wrecked the bill’.

An amendment by Conservative party gay marriage critic David Burrowes MP to allow marriage registrars to refuse to conduct same-sex weddings was defeated by 340 votes to 150.

May 13, 2013

MP says Christine Rankin's announcement that she is joining the Conservative Party is a conflict of interest

The head of the Families Commission in New Zealand has announced she is joining the anti-gay Conservative Party, prompting MPs to denounce her move as a conflict of interest.

Christine Rankin, former head of the Department of Work and Income, announced on Facebook that she has been appointed chief executive of New Zealand's Conservative Party. 'My admiration for the party and its leader has continued to grow over the past year or so,' she said.

May 3, 2013

A candidate who claimed exercise prevents gayness and another who said gay sex is 'frightful sordidness' lost a UK local elections bid

Two anti-gay politicians from the United Kingdom Independent Party (UKIP) have been defeated in their bid to be elected as councilors in England.

John Sullivan, a UKIP candidate, who stated regular physical exercise in schools can 'avoided homosexuality’ failed to be elected as a Gloucestershire councilor.

Will Windsor-Clive of the Conservative party was elected on 988 votes with Sullivan 391 votes behind.

April 27, 2013

GOProud's co-founders Jimmy LaSalvia and Chris Barron announce they are stepping aside for new leaders

GOProud's two co-founders, Jimmy LaSalvia and Chris Barron, plan to step down from their leadership positions in the gay Republican organization.

As reported by the site BuzzFeed, the conservative political group has earned a reputation for controversy in its four year history. This has forced US Republicans to, at the very least, consider embracing LGBT equality.

April 24, 2013

Colin Craig threatens to sue The Civilian for using a made-up quote from him saying God is angry about gay marriage

The leader of the Conservative Party of New Zealand Colin Craig has threatened a satirical website The Civilian with legal action for saying he said recent floods were God's revenge for the country passing same-sex marriage legislation.

In an article headlined 'Maurice Williamson looking pretty stupid after floods', the Kiwi version of The Onion quoted Craig saying:

'Williamson likes to talk about big gay rainbows, but it would help if he understood what the rainbow actually means.

April 17, 2013

One protester says in the 1980s and 1990s they 'constantly read about teenagers committing suicide' due to Thatcher's government introducing Section 28

People protested against the late Margaret Thatcher’s views on gay rights today (17 April).

The former Prime Minister, who died on 8 April following a stroke, is being given a ceremonial funeral with military honors at St Paul’s Cathedral.

Speaking to Gay Star News, several people shared their views about the divisive British political leader along the processional route.

One protester, who said they would prefer to stay anonymous, said they were there because of Thatcher’s government introducing Section 28.

April 16, 2013

The gay actor posted an obituary of the late former UK Prime Minister saying her anti-gay legislation was 'hypocritical and pointless'

Hobbit star Ian McKellen has posted an obituary to Margaret Thatcher calling her ideology against gay marriage ‘hypocritical and now pointless’.

McKellen, who is world-famous because of his role as Gandalf in blockbuster films Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, published the post about the late former UK Prime Minister on his website from Montreal.

April 15, 2013

A video of the late former British Conservative prime minister has got over 100,000 views in three days

A video of the late Margaret Thatcher delivering an anti-gay speech in 1987 has gone viral after the former British prime minister’s death.

In the speech given at the annual Conservative Party Conference, Thatcher said it was the ‘plight of girls and boys’ that worried her the most in 1980s Britain.

‘Children who need to be taught to respect traditional moral values are being taught that they have an inalienable right to be gay,’ Thatcher says to applause.

‘All of those children are being cheated of a sound start in life—yes cheated.’

April 15, 2013

Andrew Cooper, who made gay marriage a top issue for the British government has resigned over a power dispute

The British government’s advisor on gay marriage has left his job after losing a power battle with a fellow strategist.

Andrew Cooper, founder of UK polling company Populus Ltd, resigned from his position as director of government strategy yesterday (14 April), the Daily Mail reports.