30th December 2012
Video: The first couples to have same-sex marriages celebrate in Maine 2
2:49 PM — Michael Snell and Steven Bridges of Portland were among the first gay couples to marry in the US state of Maine after same-sex marriage became legal in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Obama calls on home-state of Illinois to make same-sex marriage legal 11
12:32 PM — A spokesman for Barack Obama says that the president has encouraged politicians in his home state to change the law to make marriage equal.
28th December 2012
US Radio host: Gay rights is killing children 83
5:44 PM — Linda Harvey, a host of the Ohio based Christian radio station WRFD has warned that the gay rights movement in the United States is leading children into sin and ultimately their untimely death.
26th December 2012
Israel: Party leader calls on state to stop recognising same-sex marriages 14
7:17 PM — Naftali Bennett, the chairman of a minor Israeli party, The Jewish Home (Habayit Hayehudi) has said that Israel should stop recognising same-sex marriages and that he joked about a gay solider in his army unit "in good fun".
UK: Christians complain about a film that doesn’t exist that depicts Jesus as a gay man 51
1:39 PM — The British Board of Film Classification has said it has received complaints about a film depicting Jesus and his disciples as gay men despite the fact that the film has never actually been made.
PinkNews Poll: David Cameron’s popularity among LGBT voters grows following same-sex marriage policy 38
1:00 PM — A series of polls for PinkNews.co.uk has found that the popularity of the Conservative Party has grown since the general election, with David Cameron now a more popular choice to be prime minister than Ed Miliband. Most LGBT people said that by proposing same-sex marriage, David Cameron has positively altered their opinion towards the Conservative Party. Support for the Liberal Democrats has sunk, reflecting national opinion polls.
25th December 2012
Student leaders warn naked university Christmas calendars challenge ‘dignity at university’ 48
10:57 AM — Many will be opening up stocking fillers of naked charity calendars this morning but the National Union of Students has warned that they challenge the notion of equality and dignity at university. It also warns that many who pose will end up on internet porn websites.
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.
22nd December 2012
US court suspends California’s ban on therapies to turn gay teenagers straight 28
3:33 PM — A three-judge panel in the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals has suspended the implementation of a new law banning therapists offering treatment to young gay people to turn themselves straight.
Barack Obama: America’s attitudes to gay rights has been transformed over the past four years 4
12:27 AM — Speaking to Time Magazine reporters after he was named 'Time Magazine Person of the Year', US President Barack Obama has reflected on the transformation made to attitudes towards homosexuality in America.
21st December 2012
UK: First openly gay judge to be appointed Chancellor of the High Court 18
4:11 PM — Lord Justice (Terrence) Etherton, the first senior judge to be in a civil partnership, has been appointed as Chancellor of the High Court, or head of the Chancery Division.
US: Gay teenager appointed to the board of Florida city council after he spoke out against discrimination 3
3:25 PM — The council of the South Florida city of Boca Raton has unanimously appointed a 17-year-old openly gay boy to its community relations board after he spoke out against the city's lack of anti-LGBT discrimination policies.
UK: New head of the High Courts Family Division is a strong supporter of gay equality 7
1:10 PM — The new head of the High Court's Family Division, Lord Justice (James) Munby, is a strong supporter of equality for gay people. He has presided over landmark cases relating to gay rights.
Tory MP Steve Baker: Letting gays marry will not improve tolerance in our society 51
9:22 AM — Conservative MP for Wycombe, Steve Baker, has said that the Government's plans for same-sex marriage will not improve tolerance in society. He said the Government should wait 10 years before letting gay couples marry.
Archbishop of Wales to meet Government to tell them not to ban his church from performing same-sex marriages 24
8:52 AM — The Archbishop of Wales, Barry Morgan, will today tell the British Government not to go ahead with a proposed legislative ban on same-sex marriage.
20th December 2012
US: Court rules that Boy Scouts can lease public land despite banning gay members and leaders 4
11:02 PM — A US appeals court has ruled that the Boy Scouts of America can lease public land from the City of San Diego despite them banning gay people from being members or leaders.
US Radio host: Same-sex marriage laws might force a resurrected Jesus to marry a man 101
9:54 PM — Linda Harvey, a host of the Ohio based Christian radio station WRFD has warned that the passing of same-sex marriage laws might cause Jesus Christ to marry another man.
Ireland: Lesbian couple get engaged via Tweets projected onto Dublin building 5
3:23 PM — The Irish state broadcaster RTE has reported on how a festive tweets promotion by AOL turned into a surprise civil partnership proposal for a lesbian couple.
Campaigners: Same-sex marriage in Spain of Australian government minister must spur on marriage equality 7
2:11 PM — Equal marriage campaigners in Australia have said that the marriage in Spain by a gay government minister to his long term partner shows how pressing the need for a change in the law is.