6th January 2014
Vatican denies that Pope Francis signalled support for civil partnerships in Italy 21
7:18 PM — In response to Italian headlines which interpreted recent words by the Pope as signalling a support for same-sex civil unions in the country, the Vatican has strongly denied such a meaning.
London counselling centre reports almost a 400% increase in LGBT couples seeking its services
7:03 PM — A London-based charity offering counselling services has reported a dramatic increase in LGBT couples seeking counselling in the past few years.
Scottish band mistaken for Californian parade with same-sex marriage by senders of homophobic messages 6
6:17 PM — A band from the Scottish town Ayr has received a slew of homophobic messages because it shares its name with a New Year's Day event in the US state of California which hosted its first same-sex wedding last week.
US: Following Supreme Court ruling, Utah same-sex marriage hunger-striker asks for pizza 12
5:48 PM — A man in the US state of Utah who said he was not going to eat again until same-sex couples had the right to marry revoked has begun eating again after the US Supreme Court put a temporary stay on the issue, pending appeal.
US: Supreme Court suspends same-sex marriage in state of Utah 20
3:46 PM — The US Supreme Court has put a stay on equal marriage in the US state of Utah, forbidding same-sex couples from being issued with marriage licences in the state during the stay.
Video: Ugandan PM says ‘Gays are like abnormal mongols but should not be harmed’ 14
2:39 PM — Amid an international outcry against a bill to harshen penalties for those found to be gay, the Ugandan Prime Minister has spoken out to say gay people are "abnormal", and using a derogatory term to describe disabled children.
Man goes on hunger strike against gay rights. How the internet responds is guaranteed to make you laugh 45
1:17 PM — After finding out that a Utah man had gone on hunger strike against the newly instated right of gay couples to marry, a Facebook group was set up to send him pictures of the delicious looking food that he is missing out on.
5th January 2014
Dustin Lance Black confirms he is dating Tom Daley with ‘I love Tom’ cake 28
12:06 PM — Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black using an image of an "I love Tom" cake has confirmed that he is dating Tom Daley during a night out in London.
4th January 2014
Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones urged to speak out against anti-gay bill on Uganda visit 3
5:34 PM — Stonewall Cymru has challenged First Minister Carwyn Jones to raise concerns about the situation for gay people in Uganda when he visits the country.
Catholic Bishop: Maltese Catholic MPs will commit a ‘grave moral act’ by voting for civil unions 15
4:20 PM — Malta's Auxiliary Bishop has said that any Catholic MPs in the country who vote for an upcoming civil unions bill will commit a "grave moral act" by doing so.
Putin confirms that limited protest zones will be set up at Sochi 13
3:54 PM — Russian authorities have confirmed that special protest zones will be set up at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Pope Francis: We must be careful not to administer a vaccine against faith to children of gay couples 32
3:09 PM — Pope Francis has spoken out to express concern at the way the Catholic Church deals with the children of gay couples.
US: Utah Air Force base gives go ahead to same-sex marraiges
2:24 PM — An Air Force base in the US state of Utah has given its approval for same-sex marriages to take place on its facility.
3rd January 2014
Putin awarded Golden Enema Prize of Disgrace in St Petersburg 2
8:04 PM — Russian President Vladimir Putin has been awarded a Golden Enema Prize of Disgrace in the second annual awards ceremony in St Petersburg.
The Times honours Vladimir Putin with International Person of the Year Award 22
7:00 PM — Russian President Vladimir Putin has been honoured with the Times newspaper's International Person of the Year Award.
BNP: Nick Griffin may be bankrupt but at least he isn’t in Michael Schumacher’s position 14
6:08 PM — A spokesperson for the BNP has caused shock in commenting on the party leader's new found bankruptcy by saying at least he isn't in Michael Schumacher's position.
US: Gay rights advocates ask Supreme Court to ignore request to block equal marriage 1
5:33 PM — Supporters of equal marriage in the US state of Utah have asked the Supreme Court to reject a request to put a stay on equal marriage in the state.
EastEnders character tells on-screen dad Danny Dyer he is gay in emotional scene 17
4:25 PM — A new EastEnders character will come out as gay tonight in an emotional scene in which he breaks down to his on-screen father.
NFL coach denies ‘bigot’ allegations: I have gay family members who I love 2
2:19 PM — The coach of an NFL player who yesterday posted an article calling him a "bigot", has strongly denied that he is anti-gay.
NFL player: ‘I’m pretty confident’ I was sacked for my equal marriage advocacy 5
2:01 PM — An NFL player and gay rights advocate has spoken out to say that he thinks his vocal support of equal marriage cost him his job.