14th December 2012
Campaigner: Uganda’s anti-gay bill may not be passed in time for Christmas 7
1:16 PM — The executive director of Sexual Minorities Uganda believes the Ugandan Parliament may break up for the year without passing the notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
Church of England: We weren’t consulted over the government’s same-sex marriage ban 51
12:21 PM — The Church of England says it only learnt of the government’s plan to ban it from performing same-sex marriages when Culture Secretary Maria Miller took to the Commons despatch box on Tuesday.
Pope gives blessing to Uganda’s anti-gay parliamentary speaker Rebecca Kadaga 90
11:32 AM — Pope Benedict XVI has been pictured giving a blessing to Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, who has promised to pass the country’s notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill as a “Christmas gift”.
Bryan Fischer: Being gay is the ‘result of a birth defect’ and mothers would abort gay babies 100
10:41 AM — Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association (AFA) has interpreted a genetic study to mean being gay is the “result of a birth defect” and has suggested that parents would be more likely to abort gay babies.
13th December 2012
San Francisco: Gay-friendly ‘Queen James’ Bible launched 25
7:06 PM — A San Francisco Episcopal minister has launched what’s been described as a new “Gay Bible”.
UK: Former policeman accused of stabbing wife to death after revealing gay affair
5:32 PM — A court has heard a former Kent policeman told his wife she "couldn't compare" to his gay partner months before he stabbed her to death.
MSP blasts anti-same sex marriage opponent who warns of polygamy 14
3:55 PM — A claim that same-sex marriage in Scotland could lead to "sexual chaos" has been branded offensive by independent MSP John Finnie.
US: Trans model still loves ex-partner despite violent attack 3
3:07 PM — The trial of a New York fire fighter accused of attacking his transgender ex-partner in a hotel room is drawing to a close.
Peter Tatchell hails House of Lords’ decision to pass insults law amendment 12
2:27 PM — Peter Tatchell has welcomed the House of Lords’ decision to pass an amendment to remove the word "insulting" from Section 5 of the Public Order Act – which in the past has been used by lawyers to prosecute homophobic religious preachers and gay rights activists alike.
April Ashley receives MBE for services to trans rights 14
1:27 PM — Liverpool-born actress and campaigner April Ashley is being honoured with an MBE today for services to transgender equality.
Lib Dem Chief Whip: I’m happy not to whip my MPs on same-sex marriage 18
12:48 PM — Lib Dem MP Alistair Carmichael, who is the party’s Chief Whip in the House of Commons, says the decision to offer a free vote on marriage equality for his MPs is based on Labour and the Conservatives doing the same.
Church of England: We can live with the government’s marriage reforms 35
11:30 AM — The Church of England has hinted that it could one day conduct marriages for gay couples despite its current opposition to the idea.
12th December 2012
Brighton university cancels screening of AIDS denialist film 26
6:01 PM — The University of Brighton has cancelled the screening of a film which claims the HIV virus does not cause AIDS after a fierce student backlash.
LGBT Labour group criticise Ed Miliband for allowing a free vote on same-sex marriage 26
3:28 PM — While welcoming the government's commitment in allowing gay couples to marry in England and Wales from 2013, the Labour Party’s affiliated LGBT campaign group have criticised the decision of its leadership to grant Labour MPs a free vote on the plans.
Lady Gaga defies anti-gay Russian law and speaks up for LGBT rights 5
2:00 PM — A political ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin is taking legal action against American pop star Lady Gaga for promoting LGBT rights to minors during a concert.
Poll: 55% of public support same-sex marriage, but Tory voters divided 9
1:20 PM — A majority of the British public support changing the law to allow marriage rights for gay couples, but Conservative voters are divided on the issue, according to a YouGov poll.
UK: Home Office threatens to ban Ugandan politicians from entering Britain over anti-gay law 34
12:24 PM — The Home Office has indicated that if Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill is passed by the country’s parliament, the UK may ban senior Ugandan politicians from entering Britain.
Scotland refuses to ban ‘any church’ from providing same-sex marriages 23
11:21 AM — All religious institutions – including the Church of Scotland – will be free to decide for themselves if they would like to provide marriages for gay couples, under plans announced today.
Archbishop of Wales: Banning churches from same-sex marriages is a step too far 64
10:35 AM — The Archbishop of Wales Dr Barry Morgan says making it illegal for the Church in Wales to offer marriages for gay couples is a "step too far" and believes the government should reconsider its plans.
11th December 2012
Sir Ian Mckellen: I have been living with prostate cancer for years but it’s no big deal 10
10:09 PM — Sir Ian McKellen has revealed he has been living with prostate cancer for several years, but says he currently requires no treatment.