24th December 2012
250 Rabbis, pastors and bishops call on Illinois to make same-sex marriage legal 14
11:50 PM — A group of 250 rabbis, pastors, bishops and other leaders representing liberal and reform Christian and Jewish groups have called on the state of Illinois to pass the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act that would make same-sex marriage legal.
US: Retiring gay Congressman Barry Frank says he’ll consider role of temporary Senator 3
10:58 PM — The retiring Democrat Congressman Barney Frank has indicated that he would be willing to serve as a temporary senator should John Kerry be appointed the next Secretary of State.
Dutch foreign minister criticises Pope’s anti-gay rhetoric 26
6:48 PM — The Dutch foreign minister has criticised Pope Benedict XVI for his opposition to equal marriage and warns the Catholic leader that everyone "is unique".
The Pope praises “Trojan horse” anti marriage equality essay by French rabbi 30
5:44 PM — During a Christmas address at the Vatican, the Pope has praised an essay by France's Chief Rabbi, who described equal marriage as a "Trojan horse", which would "undermine" straight marriage.
Anti-gay Tory MP calls Embarrassing Bodies ‘crap chav TV’ 28
5:41 PM — Conservative MP Stewart Jackson, who recently described equal marriage as a "constitutional outrage" also has a low opinion of Channel 4’s medical programme Embarrassing Bodies.
Gareth Thomas: I hung out in London gay pubs with Mickey Rourke 28
5:06 PM — Gay former rugby star, Gareth Thomas, has said that he and actor, Mickey Rourke, have become very close, including going to gay bars, and sharing secrets, as the film star prepares to play him in a biopic about his life.
Scotland: LGBT counselling service to shut on New Years Day 5
4:46 PM — Scotland’s only dedicated LGBT telephone counselling service is to close after 35 years as a result of funding cuts.
US: Gay rights pioneer Richard Adams dies aged 65 4
3:38 PM — Tributes have been paid to Richard Adams, who died last week after a short illness at the age of 65.
UK: PM attempts to appease anti-gay Christians by quoting Bible in Christmas message 42
1:48 PM — Commentators believe this year’s Christmas message by the prime minister is being seen as a way of trying to appease socially conservative Christians.
New York: Ex-model found guilty of murdering and castrating gay TV presenter 2
12:38 PM — A Portuguese former underwear model has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison after he was convicted of murdering and castrating a gay Portuguese TV presenter.
Bishop of Shrewsbury: Introducing same-sex marriage amounts to Nazi fascism 131
11:49 AM — For his Christmas sermon, the Bishop of Shrewsbury will say that the government’s decision to introduce equal marriage rights in England and Wales is similar to how Hitler and Stalin tried to undermine religious freedom.
Louis Smith: I am happy to be a ‘gay icon’ — but remember, I am straight 87
11:10 AM — Having won this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, Olympian Louis Smith says he wants his gay fans to remember that he “fancies women”.