3rd January 2012
New Hungarian constitution comes into effect with same-sex marriage ban 53
5:13 PM — Hungary's new constitution, which bans gay marriage and does not explicitly protect gay people from discrimination, has come into force amid public unrest.
Sherlock stars downplay gay question again for new series 19
4:11 PM — The stars of the BBC's Sherlock, an adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes mysteries, have downplayed suggestions of a homosexual relationship between the principal characters.
Rick Santorum “would invalidate gay marriages” if elected 60
3:02 PM — After a surge to third place in the Republican presidential candidacy polls, Rick Santorum has confirmed that if elected as president of the US, he would support a constitutional amendment invalidating existing gay marriages.
Ricky Martin “has no set plans to marry” despite reports 14
2:02 PM — A spokesman for Ricky Martin has denied the musician will marry his partner Carlos Gonzalez Abella in New York on 28 January. The El Nuevo Dia in Puerto Rico reported that the singer would tie the knot in the north-eastern US state, but the claim has been unequivocally denied.
Gay rights activist and charity founder receive MBEs in New Year Honours 10
12:44 PM — The gay rights activist whose legal challenge led to the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Northern Ireland and the founder of the Allsorts LGBT youth project will both receive MBEs in the New Year Honours.
New Zealand company pulls “transphobic” advert 43
11:36 AM — Libra, a company which manufactures feminine hygiene products in Australasia, has pulled an advert which provoked outrage among the trans community.
Elton John confirms plans for “surreal” biopic 6
10:56 AM — Elton John has said a film telling the story of his life is "very much in the works", and Justin Timberlake would be his top choice for leading man. The singer told the LA Times he would co-produce a "surreal look at my life [...] in the manner of a Moulin Rouge".
Comment: On running club nights and marathons 4
10:01 AM — Sam Feller runs QueerlyOut, a gay club night in London and is training to complete a marathon this year in Rwamagana, East Rwanda to benefit the survivors of the 1994 genocide.
Gay codebreaker Alan Turing remembered in stamp series 24
9:51 AM — The work of codebreaker Alan Turing, who died in 1954, two years after being prosecuted for homosexuality, is to be celebrated on a commemorative stamp this year.