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December 2, 2012

Weeks before a draft marriage equality bill is released, ministers decide to allow judges define 'gay consummation' and 'gay adultery'

Civil servants are currently lost for words as they attempt to draft the marriage equality bill for the UK government.

In a draft proposal, they cannot decide what constitutes consummation of a gay or lesbian relationship.

Weeks before the government has said it will publish its proposals for same-sex marriage, ministers have opted to leave the matter to judges to define, the Sunday Times reports.

November 12, 2012

Equalities Minister Maria Miller has said there will be primary legislation preventing gays from using European law to sue

British gay couples will be barred from using European human rights laws to demand a church marry them.

According to Maria Miller, the equalities minister and culture secretary, the new safeguards will prevent couples from suing churches by saying they must abide by the European Convention on Human Rights.

September 16, 2012

The 53-year-old says he cannot think of 'anything worse than being brought up by two  dads'

Gay actor Rupert Everett has ridiculed the idea of two men raising a child.

In an interview with the Sunday Times today (16 September), he said: ‘I can’t think of anything worse than being brought up by two gay dads.’

The 53-year-old actor, who is well known for playing a gay man who made Madonna pregnant in The Next Best Thing, said the gay community should not be offended as he does not consider himself a role model.

July 8, 2012

Leader of Scotland's Roman Catholic Church has promised an 'unprecedented backlash' if marriage equality is legalized

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the man that compared legalizing gay marriage with bringing back slavery, has declared war.

The leader of Scottish Roman Catholic Church has warned of an unprecedented backlash if Alex Salmond, Scotland’s first minister, presses ahead with plans to legalize gay marriage.

July 3, 2012

Reports in the press are taking the surprise out of plans for the Olympics opening and closing ceremonies, says East London lesbian and campaigner Linda Wilkinson

Like many people I didn’t get tickets for the London 2012 Olympics. Living in an Olympic borough, where my family have lived for a few hundred years, and being an ex-athlete I volunteered to get into the Opening and Closing ceremonies. The thousands of us who actually made it through the selection process are sworn to secrecy. So to put it bluntly we are all pretty pissed off with the leakages about the event.

Then there are the helicopters, flying low enough to give us crew cuts, filming a work in process that is not ready yet for general consumption.

June 10, 2012

Leader of Scotland's Roman Catholic Church tries once again to fight against marriage equality

Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the man that compared legalising gay marriage with bringing back slavery, has now warned parents Scottish schools will have to teach the validity of marriage equality.

The leader of the Scottish Roman Catholic Church told The Sunday Times today (10 June) teachers may have to discuss marriage equality in lessons.

The Scottish government has already reassured faith groups and parents that teachers will not be required to go against their beliefs.

May 6, 2012

British PM reportedly says it is 'not the time' to legalise gay marriage after poor election results

Prime Minister David Cameron is reportedly ready to back down from legalising gay marriage in an effort to appease Conservative backbenchers.

After many party councillors lost their seats in the local election vote held last Thursday (3 May), removing the gay marriage policy is a concession to appeal right-wingers.

The Conservative party lost 405 seats and 12 councils in last week’s election.

Sources from the British Prime Minister’s political office say he cannot push ahead with controversial proposals in a heated political climate.