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Peter Tatchell scraps idea of making citizen's arrest on the Pope

They met over tea and biscuits in a fifth-floor boardroom at New Scotland Yard, overlooked by portraits of the Queen and the Queen Mother. On one side of the table was the Most Reverend Peter Smith, Archbishop of Southwark – one of the most senior Catholic clergymen in the country.

Joan Smith: Hague's problem is sense, not sexuality

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Peter Tatchell: Why we oppose the Pope's state visit to Britain

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Tories should back gay marriage, says Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, called for full gay marriage to be legalised yesterday, according to Peter Tatchell, the gay rights campaigner.

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Peter Tatchell: Ban on same-sex marriage must be lifted

When David Cameron hosts gay community leaders at Downing Street tomorrow night, the elephant in the room will be the ban on same-sex civil marriage. It is the last homophobic law in the UK. The coalition government, despite its professed support for gay equality, is refusing to repeal it.

Now Cameron invites the gay community to join his coalition

The coalition Government is due to formally commit to its gay rights agenda tomorrow with the Conservatives' first ever Downing Street party for Britain's gay community.

Philip Hensher: It was secrecy, not privacy, that Laws wanted

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Peter Tatchell: Evils of colonialism still wrecking lives

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Outrageous and proud: Why Peter Tatchell will never stop fighting

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Canary, Liverpool Playhouse

Jonathan Harvey's new play, Canary, takes its title from Peter Tatchell's statement, "Women and gay people are the litmus test of whether a society is democratic in respecting human rights. We're the canaries in the mine."

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