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September 19, 2014

First Minister resigns after the country votes to stay in the union with the rest of the United Kingdom

Alex Salmond, the First Minister of Scotland that helped to pass same-sex marriage, is to step down.

He will also resign as leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) after he lost the independence vote. The nation voted 55% against breaking up the union, and 45% were in favor of independence.

He said: 'For me as leader my time is nearly over but for Scotland the campaign continues and the dream shall never die.'

Salmond was an early supporter of same-sex marriage.

September 12, 2014

The outspoken reverend and politician, who led a campaign to Save Ulster From Sodomy, has died aged 88

Ian Paisley, one of the most controversial figures in Northern Irish politics, has died at the age of 88.

Paisley’s political career lasted over 40 years. He led the Democratic Unionist Party for 37 of those years. He was known for his outspoken views on Northern Ireland politics, religion and morality.

July 22, 2014

Over 150 human rights speakers have joined together to condemn the homophobic laws that exist in four fifths of the Commonwealth

The Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow has demanded the Commonwealth scraps its anti-gay laws.

The politician said it was ‘shameful’ world-class athletes would not be able to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow because of homophobic legislation.

Of the 53 Commonwealth states, 42 have laws that criminalize LGBTI people.

‘Sadly, there might be world-class athletes who will not be able to compete in the Games, as they will have been discriminated against on the basis of their sexuality,’ Bercow said.

July 18, 2014

Jack Renshaw refuses to see the argument - that being gay is completely natural - staring at him in the face

The leader of British National Party Youth, the most anti-gay rights party in the UK, is a little barking mad at the moment.

Jack Renshaw, who believes ‘militant homosexuals’ are ‘destroying British families’, has launched an attack on his dog for ‘licking the penises of other male dogs’.

In a post taken from his Facebook account, Renshaw said: ‘I wish my dog would stop licking the penises of other male dogs.

‘I love you, Derek (my dog) – but – don’t challenge my principles because my principles will likely win.’

May 25, 2014

Dave Small is under investigation from his own party, the UK Independence Party (UKIP), as his homophobic Facebook rants against 'poofs and dykes' were revealed the day he won a seat under UKIP

A UK councillor has come under fire for homophobic comments posted on Facebook, revealed on the day he won a seat in local elections.

Dave Small won a seat for the UK Independence Party (UKIP) on Redditch Borough Council on Friday 23 May.

Just hours after, newspaper the Redditch Standard revealed his Facebook rants about gay people and immigrants.

May 16, 2014

UKIP politician John Sullivan allegedly said he would shoot one gay person to see if 99 others would decide to be straight

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage has been forced to defend yet another of his politicians for their homophobic views.

The right-wing Eurosceptic leader was taken to task during an interview with LBC presenter James O’Brien this morning (16 May).

The radio host asked the political leader about a councillor John Lyndon Sullivan after a screengrab of one of his alleged Facebook posts from February went viral earlier today.

It is no longer on his profile, so we cannot confirm whether Sullivan wrote the status.

May 14, 2014

Eight straight, white teens attempt to recruit other youth into the homophobic BNP

A horrific new video from the far-right British National Party youth was revealed this week.

The raft of straight-faced white youths offers disturbing rhetoric when they decide who is to blame for Britain’s demise.

The three-minute clip uploaded to YouTube asks: ‘Who is responsible for the ongoing attempt to irradiate the British culture and British identity?’

They blame, among other groups, ‘cultural Marxists’ and ‘profiteering Zionists’.

May 4, 2014

Homophobic jokes and insults on Twitter cost 2 candidates their careers as one resigns and the other is suspended

In as many days, 2 UK political candidates have left their respective parties after their homophobic Twitter messages were unearthed.

David Bishop, a Tory candidate who hoped for election in Brentwood South, Essex, had to step down from his position after his anti-gay and racist tweets were revealed.

On 13 April, Bishop retweeted this message: ‘How CAN a gay guy keep a straight face?’

He was also exposed as tweeting anti-Islamic messages.

‘#Islam 'the religion of peace' & rape’ he tweeted on 27 April.

April 6, 2014

Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith said Culture Secretary Maria Miller’s support for gay marriage is partly to blame for the expenses row backlash from ‘bitter’ Conservative MPs

Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith claimed calls from Conservative MPs for Culture Secretary Maria Miller to be sacked in the wake of her recent expenses row are partly due to her support for equal marriage.

Miller, the minister responsible for the same-sex marriage bill that came into force last weekend, wrongly claimed £90,000 for her tax-payer funded second home in Wimbledon, which was also home to her parents.

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 17, 2014

A woman phoned the police complaining that the bodyguard had made a homophobic comment to her

British National Party Nick Griffin’s body was arrested over accusations of anti-gay abuse at the weekend.

Martin Reynolds, 46, was taken into police custody following a fundraising event for the far-right party on Saturday night (15 March).

The BNP opposes same-sex marriage, adoption by gay couples and leader Griffin has described gay people as ‘poofs’ and ‘creepy’.

Merseyside Police confirmed officers were called after a woman complained a man made a homophobic comment to her.

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?

March 13, 2014

By the end of the year, Scottish gay couples should be able to unite in matrimony. England and Wales couples will be able to marry on 29 March

Queen Elizabeth II has signed same-sex marriage into law in Scotland today (13 March).

By the end of the year, Scottish gay couples will be able to unite in matrimony.

It is the last step in the long battle to get the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill through parliament, making it an Act.

Alex Neil, cabinet secretary for health and wellbeing, said: 'I am delighted that the Same Sex Marriage Bill has now received Royal Assent.

January 31, 2014

DUP politician confronted a doctor over an email he sent blaming the political party's conservative views for gay and lesbian people killing themselves

A Northern Ireland right-wing party is being blamed for LGBTI people committing suicide.

The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has made a formal complaint against academic Dr Graham Ellison who allegedly claims the politicians are responsible for the deaths.

The alleged contents of the email were quoted in an exchange between Dr Ellison, a post-graduate research co-ordinator at Queen’s University Belfast, and DUP member of legislative assembly (MLA) Jim Wells.

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 29, 2013

British playwright Alan Bennett accuses former UK Prime Minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher of being a ‘mirthless bully’ in published diary extracts

British playwright Alan Bennett branded the late Baroness Margaret Thatcher a ‘mirthless bully’ in diary extracts published in the latest issue of The London Review Of Books.

He adds the former Prime Minister ‘should have been buried, as once upon a time monarchs used to be, in the depths of night’.

December 16, 2013

Gay rights groups condemn the threat, saying gay marriage is the ‘right thing to do for a fairer and more equal Scotland’

Politicians are being warned to stop or amend gay marriage legislation in Scotland or they will lose their seat.

Anti-gay lobbying group Scotland for Marriage has said it will use its influence to unseat Members of Scottish Parliament (MSPs) who support equal marriage.

Their efforts are focused on Labour and Scottish National Party (SNP) politicians who voted overwhelmingly in favor of equal marriage last month.

November 23, 2013

The trans parliamentarian claims she recieved threats from UKIP and journalists threatening to reveal her trans identity

A British Member of the European Parliament has claimed she revealed her trans identity over threats made by journalists and members of the United Kingdom independence Party to out her.

 

Nikki Sinclaire, who is believed to be the UK's first openly trans parliamentarian, made the announcement during an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live's Victoria Derbyshire.

 

November 20, 2013

Religious leaders are furious and gay rights campaigners are hoping, it's the most eagerly awaited date in Scottish gay rights in recent memory

Scotland is preparing for the most crucial vote on same-sex marriage today (20 November).

If the marriage equality bill passes, then it is very likely Scottish gay couples will be given the right to marry in the near future.

Scottish Parliament will begin discussing the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill at around 5pm, before coming to a stage one vote at around 8pm.

While it looks set to pass, it is still unknown whether a majority of MSPs will vote to introduce equal marriage or reject the bill and deny LGBT people marriage equality.

October 15, 2013

High Court judge has ruled Northern Ireland's gay blood rules are 'irrational' and could overturn the lifetime ban

Northern Ireland's health minister has said he wants to ban men who have gay sex from giving blood, not gay people.

Edwin Poots has responded to the Belfast High Court who ruled he did not have the authority to impose a lifetime gay blood ban.

On Friday (11 October), the judge ruled he had breached the ministerial code by failing to take the issue to the Executive.

Speaking to BBC News, he said if he did break the ministerial code then he did it 'unwittingly'.

October 9, 2013

Europe will discuss the rise of homophobia and xenophobia in Russia in Strasbourg

The International Olympics Committee has chosen Russia’s side in the crackdown of the LGBT community, according to a leading member of the European Parliament.

The European Parliament discuss the rise of homophobia and xenophobia in Russia in Strasbourg tomorrow (10 October).

Sophie in ‘t Velt MEP, vice president of the LGBT Intergroup, has said: ’The recent decree by president Putin banning demonstrations and rallies for two and a half months in Sochi around the 2014 Winter Olympics should be a wake-up call to the International Olympic Committee.

September 30, 2013

UK Prime Minister has refuted claims he had regretted pushing forward on same-sex marriages after it divided the Conservatives, lost him party support and created a 'furore'

David Cameron has denied claims he regretted his decision to fight for same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

The UK prime minister said Britain is now better because of the new law but admitted he did not expect the ‘furore’ over the legislation.

September 29, 2013

New book reveals Cameron's misgivings on equal marriage in private, despite his vocal support for gay rights

British Prime Minister David Cameron has expressed regret over his push for same sex marriage in private, according to a new book.

The book, In It Together by Matthew d’Ancona, reveals Cameron's questioning of pushing through same sex marriage following the backlash by Conservative grassroots groups and backbench MPs.

According to the book, Cameron confided in one of his aides, telling them: 'If I’d known what it was going to be like, I wouldn’t have done it.'

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.'