12 – Hacker collective continues battle with ‘God hates fags’ church

The hackers collective, Anonymous, continued its battle with the Westboro Baptist Church, commonly known as the ‘God Hates Fags’ church, and among other things, claimed to have changed the desktop background on its spokeswoman’s computer to gay porn.

Anonymous also said they had successfully filed a death certificate for Shirley Phelps-Roper, the outspoken representative of the church, which would prevent her from using her social security number, as well as updating her PC desktop background to gay porn.

The hackers previously attacked the church’s website and begun posting the personal contact details of its main organisers after the church said it would picket the funerals of children murdered at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.

11 – National Football League footballers become embroiled in arguments over marriage equality 

The Baltimore Ravens rejected a call from Delegate Emmett C Burns Jr, to reprimand Brendon Ayanbadejo, who recorded a video for a gay rights advocacy group last October.

Delegate Burns wrote to club owner, Steve Disciotti: “I am requesting that you take the necessary action, as a National Football League Owner, to inhibit such expressions from your employees and that he be ordered to cease and desist such injurious actions.”

He also claimed to know of no other NFL players who supported equal marriage rights for gay people, but in a recent article, Jim Buzinski, of OutSports.com actually named 28 playerswho all support the LGBT community in some way.

Upon waking to find that Maryland had passed marriage equality, Mr Ayanbadejo said: said: ”I’m so stoked. It’s like I woke up and it’s Christmas.”

Chris Kluwe, a player for the Minnesota Vikings, penned a passionate letter to Delegate Burns, defending the constitutional rights of professional sports players to speak out in support of causes such as LGBT rights, or equal marriage. 

Mr Kluwe, who argued passionately for marriage equality, also quit his blog at an online daily newspaper, and said that the first openly gay NFL player would have the biggest marketing opportunity in 50 years. 

10 – Fast food chicken restaurant flip-flops on opposition to marriage equality

In July of this year Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A, said the company was “guilty as charged”, when asked about its perceived opposition to equal marriage.

Later, it had appeared that Chick-fil-A moved to distance itself from the equal marriage row, after it was claimed that the company was prepared to stop political donations to anti-gay organisations.

However, Mr Cathy subsequently confirmed that the company had made no “concessions” over the issue of donations – despite a letter suggesting it had.

Long lines formed outside Chick-fil-A restaurants on an “appreciation day” and opponents countered with “kiss-ins” by same-sex couples. A University in North Carolina voted the chain off its campus, Mr Cathy said that the company supports “biblical families”, one branch manager said he would sponsor a gay pride event, and the creators of the Muppets called off all future partnerships with the chicken chain.