Russia Anti-Gay Law Briefing

1)            What is the “anti-gay” law?In June this year Russian lawmakers voted to adopt Federal Law 135-FZ banning “propaganda about non-traditional sexual relations”to minors. This follows on from earlier similar bans at regional level in 10 Russian oblasts, including in St. Petersburg in 2012.

Prime Minister David Cameron hosts LGBT reception at 10 Downing Street for fourth time

Today, Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron hosted an LGBT reception at 10 Downing Street for the fourth year since becoming Prime Minister.  At a gathering of many prominent lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people, including representation from LGBTory, Mr Cameron was celebrating the passing of the Marriage (same sex couples) Act.  The Prime Minister's speech at the gathering can be read in full here.

Royal Assent for Equal Marriage

"Marriage (Same Sex Couples) is no longer a Bill: it is now an Act. La Reyne le veult. That's Norman French for: The Queen wishes it."  That's how Baroness Stowell, Equalities Spokesperson in the House of Lords, announced to the world via twitter that equal marriage is now on the statute books!  Read more detail here.

Full Lords Hansard from 3rd Reading of equal marriage Bill

There are a selection of speeches from Conservative peers and one former Bishop on our website, but for those who wish to  have chance to read all contributions to the couple of hours from 3rd Reading of the Marriage (same sex couples) Bill from Monday 15 July, they can do so here.