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April 1, 2014

According to a new poll, the British leader of the 'fourth party' UK Independence Party who opposes same-sex marriage is seen as 'sleazy'

More men than women would like to go on a date with UKIP leader Nigel Farage, a new poll has revealed.

The survey put the right-wing leader to the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and head of the Liberal Democrats in opposition ahead of a TV debate on 2 April.

Farage has refused to support same-sex marriage in the UK, saying he prefers gay couples to only have access to civil partnerships.

Clegg, on the other hand, was one of the most vocal supporters for equal marriage.

April 1, 2014

According to a new poll, the British leader of the 'fourth party' UK Independence Party who opposes same-sex marriage is seen as 'sleazy'

More men than women would like to go on a date with UKIP leader Nigel Farage, a new poll has revealed.

The survey put the right-wing leader to the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and head of the Liberal Democrats in opposition ahead of a TV debate on 2 April.

Farage has refused to support same-sex marriage in the UK, saying he prefers gay couples to only have access to civil partnerships.

Clegg, on the other hand, was one of the most vocal supporters for equal marriage.

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?

December 20, 2013

Liberal Democrat LGBT website isn’t sexed up but it is victim of online blocking by British internet service provider

British internet service provider, TalkTalk has decided LGBT LD – the Liberal Democrats’ official LGBT site – is pornographic, and not suitable for children.

Embarrassingly for TalkTalk, the block came to light after a Liberal Democrat councilor complained about another ‘porn’ filter – stopping people seeing the innocent and essential gay counseling and support service, London Friend.

December 20, 2013

Liberal Democrat LGBT website isn’t sexed up but it is victim of online blocking by British internet service provider

British internet service provider, TalkTalk has decided LGBT LD – the Liberal Democrats’ official LGBT site – is pornographic, and not suitable for children.

Embarrassingly for TalkTalk, the block came to light after a Liberal Democrat councilor complained about another ‘porn’ filter – stopping people seeing the innocent and essential gay counseling and support service, London Friend.

September 11, 2013

Clegg tells UK LGBT heroes and celebrities including film star Hugh Grant everyone should speak out ‘loud and clear’ against gay abuses in Russia

The British public wanted same-sex marriage equality and politicians followed their lead, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said.

The Liberal Democrat leader made the comments at a reception celebrating the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act for England and Wales which has now been signed by the Queen and will allow gays and lesbians to wed from next year.

He admitted it had been a ‘long and sometimes bumpy’ journey down the aisle, but argued the new law would help make Britain better.

September 9, 2013

President of the Liberal Democrats is hoping for cross-party support as he raises the human rights abuses in Russia

LGBT rights in Russia are heading to the UK parliament.

Tim Farron, the president of the Liberal Democrats, has tabled a motion in order to draw attention to the ‘deplorable’ legislation in Russia.

He hopes to build cross-party support so the entire House of Commons is united against President Vladimir Putin.

July 15, 2013

As two nations of the United Kingdom celebrate and praise pours in, the deputy Prime Minister calls same-sex marriage passing an 'extraordinary step'

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has paid tribute to gay marriage passing its final vote in England and Wales.

In the last few minutes, the House of Lords passed the Marriage (Same Sex) Couples Bill in its third reading.

The leader of the Liberal Democrats, one of the lead backers of the bill in the House of Commons, spoke at an equal marriage vigil wearing a pink carnation. Several of the peers wore them as a symbol of their support.

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 8, 2013

UK's Euro-sceptic party believes Prime Minister David Cameron has pushed through marriage equality because of influences from Europe

The Euro-sceptic UK Independence Party has blamed Prime Minister David Cameron’s decision to introduce marriage equality on the European Union.

UKIP claimed the EU Parliament was planning to require member states to recognize civil partnerships and marriages from other countries last November.

‘Many people have been asking what prompted the Prime Minister to pick this uncalled-for fight with many people in his own party and the country at large,’ said UKIP leader Nigel Farage.

February 6, 2013

Politicians and gay rights groups have applauded the majority of the members of parliament for approving same-sex marriage

The leaders from the three main political parties have praised the majority of MPs in the House of Commons approving same-sex marriage yesterday (5 February).

Passing through to the committee stage, the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill was won by a landslide 400 ayes to 175 notes.

However it was not a victory for the Conservative party, as the majority of Tories decided to vote against or abstain from the vote.

February 6, 2013

Politicians and gay rights groups have applauded the majority of the members of parliament for approving same-sex marriage

The leaders from the three main political parties have praised the majority of MPs in the House of Commons approving same-sex marriage yesterday (5 February).

Passing through to the committee stage, the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill was won by a landslide 400 ayes to 175 notes.

However it was not a victory for the Conservative party, as the majority of Tories decided to vote against or abstain from the vote.

January 30, 2013

UK Prime Minister is under mounting pressure to give a tax break to married couples as a compromise to backbenchers, which could cost up to £550m a year

UK Prime Minister David Cameron is under pressure to give tax breaks for married couples in order to win the marriage equality vote.

Members of parliament are pressing the cabinet to make an announcement in March to implement the coalition government’s promise to reward married couples and civil partnerships in the tax system.

January 16, 2013

A majority of MPs in the House of Commons have committed to vote for marriage equality England and Wales

A total of 330 MPs have confirmed they will vote in favor of same-sex marriage legislation when it is introduced at Westminster later this year.

In contrast, just 126 Members of Parliament (MPs) have publicly stated that they remain opposed to a change in the law, meaning there is now a clear parliamentary majority for equal marriage.

January 13, 2013

UK Independence Party members have used forum to express views like gay people are pedophiles and black people are schizophrenics

The UK Independence Party may have its recent growth stopped in its tracks after new evidence of extreme homophobic views in its party ranks was exposed today (13 January).

Using the party’s official online forum, members have used it to express extreme right-wing opinions such as linking homosexuality to pedophilia, the Sunday Mirror reports.

January 8, 2013

Liberal Democrat deputy leader, Simon Hughes, says religious celebrants should lose legal authority to conduct weddings as part of a push for gay marriage equality

The bisexual deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, one of Britain’s leading parties, wants to stop all religious groups from marrying couples, gay or straight.

Simon Hughes is to meet the UK’s equalities minister, Maria Miller, to discuss whether only civil officials should be allowed to conduct weddings, Gay Star News can reveal.

His bid would take away one of the key privileges of religious bodies including the Church of England which is officially Britain’s state church and is formally headed by Queen Elizabeth.

January 8, 2013

Liberal Democrat deputy leader, Simon Hughes, says religious celebrants should lose legal authority to conduct weddings as part of a push for gay marriage equality

The bisexual deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, one of Britain’s leading parties, wants to stop all religious groups from marrying couples, gay or straight.

Simon Hughes is to meet the UK’s equalities minister, Maria Miller, to discuss whether only civil officials should be allowed to conduct weddings, Gay Star News can reveal.

His bid would take away one of the key privileges of religious bodies including the Church of England which is officially Britain’s state church and is formally headed by Queen Elizabeth.

December 25, 2012

Vincent Nichols uses Christmas Eve sermon to attack ‘Orwellian shambles’ of government’s plans, claiming they lack a mandate

The Archbishop of Westminster and leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has attacked the UK government’s plans for gay marriage as a ‘shambles’.

Vincent Nichols used his Christmas Eve sermon to launch the attack, saying the government had ‘no mandate’ for introducing marriage equality in England and Wales, reports the BBC.

December 16, 2012

Polls show some anti-gay marriage Conservatives intend to vote UKIP at next election, but 60% of Britons now support the government plans

Conservative voters have defected to a right-wing and anti-European Union party after the government announced their proposal for gay marriage, polls have shown today (16 December).

The UK Independence Party (UKIP)’s leader, Nigel Farage, has pledged to exploit divisions in the Conservative party over the issue, hoping to woo people who are against marriage equality.

In three polls it showed support for the party has grown putting it in third place ahead of the Liberal Democrats.

December 16, 2012

Polls show some anti-gay marriage Conservatives intend to vote UKIP at next election, but 60% of Britons now support the government plans

Conservative voters have defected to a right-wing and anti-European Union party after the government announced their proposal for gay marriage, polls have shown today (16 December).

The UK Independence Party (UKIP)’s leader, Nigel Farage, has pledged to exploit divisions in the Conservative party over the issue, hoping to woo people who are against marriage equality.

In three polls it showed support for the party has grown putting it in third place ahead of the Liberal Democrats.

December 7, 2012

UK Deputy Prime Minister has responded to the leak that revealed the government plans for marriage equality in England and Wales

UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has responded to the leak that revealed the government’s proposals for gay marriage in England and Wales.

As reported by Gay Star News earlier today, the leak reveals the Conservative leader David Cameron will allow same-sex marriage in churches and other religious buildings, provided if the leaders wish to bless them.

November 30, 2012

Gay campaigner Peter Tatchell says tougher rules are needed on British press to stop LGBT hate and give right to reply for false allegations

Veteran gay activist Peter Tatchell has said the Leveson Report into British press standards will help protect the private lives of LGBT people.

And the Australian-born, UK-based human rights campaigner has called for new rights for people to be able to reply to false allegations in the media.

Lord Leveson published his report yesterday after a year-long inquiry sparked by a series of tabloid newspaper standards.

September 12, 2012

Activist Bisi Alimi questions whether Maria Miller’s voting record on equalities should have ruled her out for her new job

If the selection of ministers to a particular position is based on their track records and qualifications, then Maria Miller is surely in the wrong job.

A reshuffle of the British cabinet saw Member of Parliament (MP) Miller given a new role as Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport.

But this government department has also been given the job of overseeing equality, making her the UK’s senior Minister for Women and Equality. (She’s assisted in this role by her junior, Helen Grant MP.)

September 11, 2012

UK Deputy Prime Minister pulls early draft of speech where he said bigots were using economy as an excuse to avoid gay marriage equality

British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has pulled a draft speech in which he branded opponents of gay marriage ‘bigots’, claims Sky News.

The Liberal Democrat Party leader was expected to make the speech at a reception this evening (11 September).

Sky News says the earlier draft released by officials said: ‘Continued trouble in the economy gives the bigots a stick to beat us with, as they demand we “postpone” the equalities agenda in order to deal with “the things people really care about”.’