Tag Archives: England

BRITAIN: House Of Lords Approves Marriage Equality Bill

The House Of Lords today approved its version of the marriage equality bill on its third reading. The upper, unelected chamber approved the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill without a vote in London today. Some members of the house wore pink carnations to mark the occasion. The legislation has already been passed by the Commons amid opposition from more than …

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Where Britain’s Marriage Bill Stands

Yesterday the House Of Lords finished the report stage on its version of the marriage equality bill. Pink News explains what happens next: As it is now in its final form, it will return to the House of Lords on Monday for a vote. If passed in its Third Reading, the bill will be different to that which passed in …

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The British Press Reacts

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BRITAIN: Same-Sex Marriage Bill Introduced In House Of Commons

Britain’s marriage bill got its official start today. The government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales has officially been introduced in the House of Commons by Culture Secretary Maria Miller. A full debate by MPs and a vote on the proposals will take place on 5 February, with the bill due to be published ahead of that …

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BRITAIN: Same-Sex Marriage Bill Set To Be Introduced Next Year

Pink News has the latest word: Same-sex couples in England and Wales are set to be allowed to marry, under plans announced today by Culture Secretary Maria Miller in the House of Commons. Following a government consultation, legislation allowing same-sex marriages will be brought forward next year. Although the Catholic Church and Church of England is opposed to equal marriage, …

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Just Because

Also because sales of the calendar benefit Ben Cohen’s Stand Up Foundation. Office workers note: bare butts are ahead. (Via Stacy Lambe at Buzzfeed)

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England: HIV Care Now Free To All

Fantastic news for non-citizens of England: HIV treatment is now officially free for all who need it in England, including undocumented migrants and non-United Kingdom citizens, as per legislation that went into effect today, October 1, and has been reviewed in detail by aidsmap. Other countries of the U.K may still technically charge for HIV treatment, depending on immigration status. …

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From Mitt Romney’s Latest Book

“England is just a small island. Its roads and houses are small. With few exceptions, it doesn’t make things that people in the rest of the world want to buy. And if it hadn’t been separated from the continent by water, it almost certainly would have been lost to Hitler’s ambitions. Yet only two lifetimes ago, Britain ruled the largest …

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Diamond Jubilee On The Thames

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BRITAIN: Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration Begins

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HomoQuotable – Peter Tatchell

“While I doubt that Elizabeth II is a raging homophobe, she certainly doesn’t appear to gay-friendly. Not once in her 60-year reign has she publicly acknowledged the existence of the LGBT community – or gay members of her own royal family. The Queen has turned her back on queens. While she has spoken approvingly of the UK’s many races and …

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BRITAIN: Christian Groups Launch Petition Campaign Against Prime Minister

British Prime Minister David Cameron recently came out forcefully for marriage equality. That makes him a major target for God’s Gentle People. Leading the campaign is the Archbishop of Canterbury. Christian groups backed by former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey said they are sending 175,000 emails which will invite people to sign a petition opposing the introduction of same-sex marriage. …

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Queen Celebrates Diamond Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth celebrated 60 years as monarch yesterday. Lots of photos.

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ENGLAND: Meatless Fridays Are Back

Catholic authorities in England and Wales have ruled that their flocks must once again abstain from eating meat on Fridays as penance for the death of Jesus. The edict went into effect last week. The decision to reinstate the custom was announced by the bishops of England and Wales in May. September 16 was chosen as the reintroduction date because …

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Explaining UK, Great Britain, England, Etc

(Tipped by Rex Wockner)

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The Future Queen Of England

When Kate Middleton marries Prince William, she’ll become the first commoner to marry into the British royal family since the 1600s. I wonder if gay America will get up at 5am to watch this wedding, like we all did in 1981 for Princess Diana. The boys across the hall from me in Orlando actually had a party, complete with mimosas …

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Mollie Sugden Dies At 86

Mollie Sugden, the actress beloved by gays for her portrayal as the daft Mrs. Slocombe in the Britcom Are You Being Served? has died at age 86. Sugden found early TV success with comedy series Hugh and I in 1962 and in Coronation Street as the gossiping Nellie Harvey. But it was The Liver Birds in the late 1960s and …

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British PM Bans Gay Activist Peter Tatchell From Downing Street Pride Event

The world’s most famous gay activist, Peter Tatchell, claims that British Prime Minister Gordon Brown barred him from a gay Pride celebration at 10 Downing Street because of Tatchell’s criticisms of the government on LGBT rights issues. In a statement, Tatchell said: “I have been campaigning for LGBT human rights for 40 years. I was one of the group of …

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UK: Anti-Gay Hate Speech Ban Upheld

In what British tabloids are describing with headlines like “Gay Hate Jokes Get Banned”, the attempt to decriminalize anti-gay speech in the UK has failed. The government has defeated an amendment in the House of Commons that would have created a defence of “free speech” in a bill that is designed to criminalise incitement of hatred in relation to sexual …

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It Was A Million To One Shot, Doc

Via the Telegraph: A vicar attended hospital with a potato stuck up his bottom – and claimed it got there after he fell on to the vegetable while naked. The clergyman, in his 50s, told nurses he had been hanging curtains when he fell backwards on to his kitchen table. He happened to be nude at the time of the …

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