13th December 2012
US: Mayor of Atlanta says ‘gay couples deserve the same protection’ as straight ones 7
10:36 PM — After coming out in support of equal marriage on Tuesday, the Mayor of Atlanta has reiterated his support, and given his reasons for changing his stance, saying that "gay and lesbian couples deserve the same protection" as straight couples.
Mike Tyson gender reassignment spoof mistaken for reality by news websites 13
9:27 PM — African online newspapers picked up a spoof story about Mike Tyson undergoing gender reassignment surgery, which was published on a satirical UK website at the end of November.
BBC review: Lesbian, gay and bisexual people feel under represented in broadcasting 23
3:12 PM — The BBC has published a two year review, which looks at the way audiences and experts perceive the portrayal lesbian, gay and bisexual people in UK programming.
European Parliament puts pressure on Russia and Ukraine to drop anti-gay laws 2
2:05 PM — The European Parliament today adopted two resolutions calling on Russia and Ukraine to abandon their LGBT censorship plans.
US: First public university allows LGBT students to self-identify 2
12:23 PM — The University of Iowa has announced that it is adding an optional question on sexuality, and a trans option under gender, to its undergraduate application forms.
Baroness Warsi: ‘do churches need legal support’ in case of equal marriage ‘challenges’? 43
11:58 AM — In a letter voicing her concerns with recently announced plans to bring forward legislation to allow marriage equality, Sayeeda Warsi has warned of potential "unintended consequences" if the law were to change.
Ricky Martin: I wish I could come out as gay again, ‘it’s just beautiful’ 18
12:06 AM — Speaking at the UN on Tuesday, singer, Ricky Martin, spoke about coming out, saying he wished he could do it again, just to inspire people who might be struggling with their own sexuality.
12th December 2012
US: The Mayor of Atlanta announces support for marriage equality 5
11:39 PM — The Mayor of Atlanta has come out in support of equal marriage, after a period of "reflection", saying that he thinks all couples "should have the right to marry".
Eastenders character, Nick Cotton, was supposed to have gay relationship in the 1980s 5
5:11 PM — Nick Cotton, a long-time character from the popular soap, Eastenders, was meant to have a gay relationship in the 1980s, until the actor playing him protested, and the character was written out.
Uruguay: Marriage equality bill approved in lower house of Congress 12
3:32 PM — Uruguay came one step closer to legalising marriage equality on Tuesday evening, after a majority of members of its lower house of Congress voted in favour of a measure to legalise equal marriage.
Scotland: Charity regulator called in to settle gay clergy row 6
2:34 AM — The charity regulator has been called in to settle a divide between a Kirk, and the Church of Scotland, arising from the issue of allowing gay clergy to serve.
UK Independence Party aims to exploit Tory equal marriage divide 39
1:58 AM — The UK Independence Party has pledged to exploit divisions within the Conservative Party, coming from the equal marriage debate, and have vowed to attempt to pick up votes lost by the Tories.
11th December 2012
Peter Tatchell: Gay couples have legal advantage if civil partnerships are not offered to straight couples 27
4:38 PM — Following the UK government's announcement today to bring forward equal marriage legislation in early 2013, Peter Tatchell has said that it is wrong to make it illegal for the Church of England to marry same-sex couples, and that gay couples will have a legal advantage, if straight couples are not offered the right to civil partnerships.
NUS to lobby MPs on equal marriage, will deliver 4,000 Christmas cards to David Cameron 3
4:19 PM — The National Union of Students LGBT is taking the next steps to push for marriage equality, as the government announces plans to bring forward marriage equality in early 2013.
Backbench Tory MPs speak out against ‘outrageous’ marriage equality plans 37
3:59 PM — Tory backbenchers have spoken out against the government's plans to allow marriage equality in 2013, suggesting a link between the plans, and declining numbers of people getting married before having children, and calling it an "outrage", and a "disgrace".
UK: Equal marriage advocates celebrate government’s plans to bring forward marriage equality 1
3:35 PM — The advocates of marriage equality for the UK are celebrating today's announcement that the government plans to bring forward legislation legalising equal marriage next year.
Portsmouth Bishop: Equal marriage will ‘pervert authentic family values’ 20
3:03 PM — Portsmouth's Catholic Bishop has spoken out against the government's recently announced plans to bring forward marriage equality next year, saying that it would "pervert authentic family values".
Religious groups to ‘grasp’ opportunity to ‘opt-in’ to UK marriage equality 19
2:40 PM — Religious groups in the UK have expressed their support for marriage equality, and have said they will perform same-sex weddings, once the law comes into place, as announced today.
10th December 2012
US: Merck Foundation ceases funding for Boy Scouts of America 14
10:30 PM — The charitable arm of a pharmaceutical and health company has ceased donations to the Boy Scouts of America due to its anti-gay policy for volunteers, members, and staff.
Boris Johnson: ‘Whack through marriage equality now’ 34
9:43 PM — Boris Johnson has again affirmed his support for marriage equality, as the debate over legalising equal marriage in the UK heats up, saying that the government should "whack through" the legislation.