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March 14, 2014

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has written an open letter calling for sport to do more to welcome open LGBTI athletes

A gay prime minister would be accepted in the UK, according to Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband.

The Labour and Liberal Democrat leader have said they were confident the British public would be able to judge him or her on their abilities, not their sexual orientation.

In an open letter, Prime Minister David Cameron also said more gay role models were needed in the world of sport.

Asked by readers of a British gay publication, Clegg replied: ‘Yes and why not?

February 5, 2014

Lambeth Mayor Mark Bennett, an adovocate for gay rights, was a friend of Prime Minister Tony Blair

A gay mayor in London has died suddenly, at the age of 44, from a suspected heart attack.

Tributes have poured in to Lambeth Mayor Mark Bennett, who was first elected in 2005, died on Monday (3 February).

Tony Blair, former Labour Prime Minister, described him as an ‘intelligent, immensely hard-working and above all, a warm and generous spirit who was a pleasure to be around’.

Bennett, assistant to Alistair Campbell for the first four years of Blair’s government from 1997 to 2001, also paid tribute.

December 12, 2013

Labour's opposition Nationalist Party says while they agree with the civil unions bill in principle, they will delay it in order for adoptions by same-sex couples to be removed from the legislation

Malta’s Prime Minister Joseph Muscat has said he will never compromise on equality for gay couples, promising to fight for civil unions.

The Labour leader has said, in the fight for gay couples to be given similar rights to married straight couples, he said he will not negotiate on human rights.  

 ‘This is about the principle of equality. I will not budge on the matter, even if I end up being the only one believing in it,’ he said.

October 28, 2013

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has promised Labour Youth members that he will push for a vote on marriage equality before 2015

Ireland’s Deputy Prime Minister has promised the country will vote on same-sex marriage.

Eamon Gimore, the Tánaiste, said there will likely be a referendum on the issue after an overwhelming majority of the Constitutional Convention think-tank voted to recommend it.

But a spokesman for the Labour party politician has said he wants to push for legislation to allow gay couples to adopt children before Ireland votes on marriage equality.

‘Any referendum that takes place will have to be about marriage equality and not about other issues,’ he said.

August 25, 2013

Politicians and public figures weigh in on gay MP Grant Robertson’s announcement that he will run for leader of the Labour Party, making him a strong candidate as the country’s PM

New Zealand has legalized gay marriage, but may still not be ready for a gay prime minister.

So said Georgina Beyer, considered to be the world’s first transsexual mayor and MP, in an interview following the announcement from gay Labour MP Grant Robertson that he’ll be running for his party’s leadership post.

Grant Robertson, currently the Labour Party’s deputy leader, confirmed he is in the running to be the next leader of the Labour Party after the current party leader David Shearer announced his resignation this week.

June 28, 2013

UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband send official messages to Pride in London

British Prime Minister David Cameron says equal gay marriage will help gay kids in school ‘to stand that bit taller, be that bit more confident’.

He was expressing his pride in the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales which is set to complete its course through the UK Parliament next month (July).

March 27, 2013

Over 200,000 people have signed a petition urging the Daily Mail to sack columnist Richard Littlejohn for his anti-trans remarks

A parliamentary debate is being planned in order to learn lessons from the treatment of transgender teacher Lucy Meadows, who died last week.

Her MP Graham Jones, Labour backbencher, is seeking to debate in parliament about the circumstances leading to Meadows’ death.

After a local newspaper ‘outed’ her last December, the Daily Mail also reported on her transition and columnist Richard Littlejohn wrote an opinion piece stating she was ‘in the wrong job’.

February 15, 2013

Councilor Gillian Wharton-Slattery will ask Kerry County Council in Ireland to back a motion supporting marriage equality

A county in Ireland will vote on same-sex marriage next week on 18 February.

February 12, 2013

19 members of parliament will now meet in committee to decide on each aspect of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill

After the UK House of Commons voted in an overwhelming majority to back marriage equality in England and Wales, the world started celebrating.

But don’t go buying your hats yet, as there are several stages left before Queen Elizabeth II can sign the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill into law.

Today (12 February), 19 members of parliament will hear evidence from religious, parliamentary and gay rights experts.

Over the next few weeks they will go through each line of the bill and decide on the merit, the accuracy and whether it should remain.

February 5, 2013

George Osborne, Theresa May and William Hague has written a letter asking Conservative MPs to back marriage equality in the vote

Senior Conservatives are appealing to backbench members of parliament vote for marriage equality in England and Wales today (5 February).

In a joint letter to address the split in government, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, Foreign Secretary William Hague and Home Secretary Theresa May have attempted to persuade other Conservatives to drop their opposition to same-sex marriage.

November 29, 2012

Former Labour minister made headlines when he attacked same-sex marriage earlier this year

Openly gay member of parliament Ben Bradshaw has complained to the UK House of Commons authorities that ‘urine seems to be pouring’ into his office.

The seeping liquid is trickling down a corner of the area in which one of the former Labour minister’s staff works.

He took to Twitter to complain his office ‘stinks’, revealing Victorian copper piping was to blame for the plumbing problem which had plagued his office for two days.

July 26, 2012

Same-sex marriage bill is likely to be passed in New Zealand, with support across all parties

A same-sex marriage bill was picked today to be debated and voted on by the parliament in New Zealand.

The Definition of Marriage Amendment Bill was sponsored by lesbian Labour MP Louisa Wall and it states that marriage should be defined as the union of two people regardless of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.

The bill was one of five drawn from a pool of 62 bills in the Members’ Bill Ballot.

June 12, 2012

Australian Prime Minister, Christians and even coffee chains all caught up in same-sex marriage fight

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard has told gays that her own relationship proves you don’t have to marry.

Gillard, who opposes same-sex marriage equality, isn’t married to her long-term partner Tim Mathieson but says they are still committed to each other.

She told ABC TV: ‘I think you can have a loving relationship of love and commitment and trust and understanding that doesn't need a marriage certificate. That's my life experience – so I'm speaking from that life experience.’

May 24, 2012

Conservative MPs will be given a free vote on whether to support legalizing gay marriage

Conservative MPs will be given a free vote on whether to support proposed plans on legalizing gay marriage.

Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy PM Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband have all given their full support to allow gay couples to marry.

Yesterday (23 May), Number 10 said the plans were a ‘government commitment’ signifying all ministers to vote in favor of the proposed plans, reported the BBC.

April 6, 2012

Ben Bradshaw says Britain’s gay community does not need the word ‘marriage’

One of Britain’s first openly gay MPs, Ben Bradshaw, has attacked the government’s plans to legalise same-sex marriage.

A former Labour minister, Bradshaw said the gay community does not need the word ‘marriage’ to have equal rights.

He defended these words today (6 April) on Twitter by stating the fight for marriage equality was just ‘semantics’.

Bradshaw told The Washington Post: ‘This is more of David Cameron trying to drag the Conservatives kicking and screaming into the modern world.

March 16, 2012

Pro-LGBT shadow minister Liz Kendall took interns from CARE but didn’t know about their ‘extreme views’

Another British MP, Liz Kendall, has pulled out of an intern program run by a homophobic Christian charity.

Kendall, who is in Labour leader Ed Milliband’s shadow minister team, said she found the charity’s views ‘deeply offensive’.

Campaigner Phillip Dawson started a campaign after he discovered Christian Action Research and Education (CARE) was funding interns for members of parliament.

December 29, 2011

New Zealand Labour leader David Shearer backs same-sex marriage equality and gay adoption rights

New Zealand’s new Labour Party leader has said he supports marriage equality and gay adoption, saying civil unions are not enough.

David Shearer, the newly-elected Labour leader in New Zealand, says he is for marriage equality and it has his support ‘in principle’ but would have to see the details of the legislation first. Although civil unions have been legal in New Zealand since 2005, some still want full marriage equality and now the country's political leaders are begining to understand that need.