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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.

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.'

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 4, 2013

William Hague, former leader of the Conservative party, has said PM David Cameron will challenge Putin on 'gay propaganda' laws

British Foreign Secretary William Hague has said Britain is at its best when fighting for gay rights abroad.

The First Secretary of State and former Conservative leader has confirmed David Cameron will challenge Putin on his ‘gay propaganda’ laws.

‘Britain is most comfortable with itself when we are saving lives, standing up for human rights overseas,’ Hague told the Evening Standard.

August 9, 2013

@Magiczebras tweeted ‘KILL WEATHERLEY’ in response to the MP’s letter asking Prime Minister David Cameron to speak out against Russia’s anti-gay laws.

British MP Mike Weatherley has received a death threat via Twitter.

The Twitter user @magiczebras tweeted earlier today ‘KILL WEATHERLEY’ as a response to a Pink News story about Weatherley’s recent letter to Prime Minister David Cameron.

In his letter, Weatherley, who's been the MP for Hove in East Sussex since 2010, highlighted concerns 'with regard to LGBT rights abroad, particularly some of the new anti-gay legislation that has recently been passed in Russia’.

July 25, 2013

UK Prime Minister says other countries are going to want to copy how England and Wales legalized same-sex marriage at a LGBT reception at 10 Downing Street

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has said he would like to ‘export’ same-sex marriage around the world.

The Conservative leader has spoken of his pride at legalizing equal marriage in England and Wales, claiming to be the only right-wing leader in any country to do so.

He was speaking at a reception for the LGBT community at 10 Downing Street, with invitees including TV presenter Clare Balding, Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill and Gay Star News.

July 17, 2013

Queen Elizabeth II has signed the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act for England and Wales, making it the law

Queen Elizabeth II has signed same-sex marriage into law in England and Wales.

By summer 2014, the first gay couples in the UK will be able to unite in matrimony.

It is the last step in the long battle to get the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill through parliament, making it an Act.

Speaker John Bercow announced the bill had received Royal Assent, and it was greeted with cheers in the House of Commons. 

July 17, 2013

Bill must now only be signed by Queen Elizabeth II

The lower house of British Parliament had a two-hour debate then approved the final changes to a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

The bill, passed in the House of Lords on Monday (15 July), only now must be signed by Queen Elizabeth II to become law. This is considered to be a formality.

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.

June 10, 2013

Labour MP Chris Bryant is hoping the Church of England chapel in Parliament could become multi-faith to allow same-sex couples to marry there

The UK parliament has asked Queen Elizabeth II to allow gay couples to marry in a royal chapel.

Members of parliament are hoping the St Stephen’s Chapel, the main place of Christian worship in the Palace of Westminster, could become a multi-faith venue that would allow same-sex couples to get married once it is legal in England and Wales.

Gay Labour MP and former Anglican vicar Chris Bryant has suggested allowing leaders of other faiths to conduct same-sex marriages in the chapel, such as the Quakers.

June 3, 2013

UK gay lobby group Stonewall launches its bingo game so you can play along as House of Lords debates marriage equality

Finally! Lord Norman Tebbit has used the term ‘lesbian Queen’. Full house!

Yes, Britain’s upper chamber of parliament is to debate the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales – and it’s time to play House of Lords #EqualMarriage Bingo.

Forget two fat ladies or legs 11, this is bingo gone crazy from ‘bestiality’ to ‘polygamy’ to ‘marrying your son’.

It’s been invented by leading British gay and lesbian campaign organization Stonewall to poke fun at the extremists in the Lords who wish to derail LGBT marriage equality.