18th December 2012
Rabbi: Bans gay teachers, says they are ‘perverts’ 36
3:34 PM — A prominent Rabbi has said that people seeking private lessons, especially for their children, are not allowed to employ "perverted" gay teachers, "evil" atheists.
Republican Mike Huckabee: The Newtown shootings were the fault of gay people 57
2:38 PM — Fox News presenter and former 2008 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, has made several comments about the Newtown, Connecticut, school shootings, seemingly blaming gay people for the massacre.
Russian football club declines “stupid” fan club request to avoid gay or black players 7
1:12 PM — The director of sports at a Russian football club has declined the request of its largest fan club to discriminate against gay and black players.
Vatican paper says marriage equality efforts aim for a gay ‘utopia’ 41
12:36 PM — The media in the Vatican has likened moves towards equal marriage to a communist-like "utopia", and said that the Catholic Church will not accept "fashionable" changes in favour of equality.
US: Judge rules that fetal death certificates should include same-sex parents 3
11:53 AM — An Iowa judge has ordered that the Department of Public Health alter the process of issuing fetal death certificates, in order to be inclusive of same-sex parents.
Dolly Parton: ‘If I was gay, I would have come out of the closet just a-flying’ 4
11:09 AM — Dolly Parton has addressed rumours that she is secretly a lesbian by saying that if she was she would have come out of the closet years ago.
Muslim council wants exemption from “discriminatory” marriage equality law 81
10:49 AM — Muslim leaders have spoken out about upcoming marriage equality legislation to say that all religions should be allowed exemption from the law, not just the Church of England and Church in Wales.
17th December 2012
Video: Peaceful Vatican equal marriage protest stopped by police 20
3:25 AM — Gay rights campaigners who held a silent protest near St Peter’s Square on Sunday, during the Pope’s weekly prayers, have said that they had their placards confiscated, and some were detained by police, reports suggest.
Heated equal marriage debate pair release single in support of marriage equality 4
2:22 AM — Two celebrities from the US who were featured in a fiery online debate over equal marriage, have now teamed up to release a single together, in support of marriage equality.
New Zealand: Church billboard calls on Jesus to come out for Christmas 13
1:56 AM — A controversial church billboard in New Zealand has been unveiled, which raises the question of whether or not Jesus might have been gay.
Campaigners protest the Vatican in support of marriage equality 2
1:17 AM — Gay rights campaigners held a protest near St Peter's Square on Sunday, during the Pope's weekly prayers, after he said that legalising marriage equality "threatened the institute of marriage".
France: Thousands take to the streets in support of equal marriage and adoption rights 2
1:15 AM — Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Paris on Sunday, in support of the government's decision to legalise equal marriage and adoption.
16th December 2012
Anglican vicars say they will defy equal marriage ban on Church of England 53
1:40 AM — Vicars from the Church of England have threatened to find a way of bypassing the ban on the church performing same-sex weddings in upcoming marriage equality legislation, by blessing ceremonies held in other churches.
15th December 2012
Chile: Court apologises to judge denied access to her daughters because she is gay 3
2:14 AM — The Chilean Government issued an apology to a lesbian judge who was denied custody of her three children because she is gay.
Video: Ian McKellen has ‘never met a gay person who regrets coming out’ 20
1:28 AM — Sir Ian McKellen has said in an interview that he never regretted his decision to come out, and has also never met a gay person who regrets coming out.
Archbishop of Wales: Equal marriage ban for Church in Wales ‘a total shock’ 37
1:02 AM — The head of the Anglican Church in Wales has said the church will attempt to persuade the UK government to drop plans to make it illegal for same-sex marriages to be performed there, in upcoming equal marriage legislation.
13th December 2012
US: GOP Senator who cast deciding vote for New York marriage equality concedes 11
11:26 PM — A Republican Senator who cast the key vote to legalise marriage equality in the state of New York has conceded that he has lost his re-election bid, and will not be returning to the Senate.
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.