28th December 2012
Ugandan bishop: I have never seen homosexuality in my country — only in Europe 53
11:12 AM — According to an Anglican Bishop in Uganda, same-sex relationships don’t occur in his country because “African sexual values are completely heterosexual".
Poll: 71% of Tory members say equal marriage is splitting the party 35
10:22 AM — A poll carried out by the ConservativeHome website has found that 71% believe same-sex marriage is splitting the Tory party.
27th December 2012
Anti-gay marriage Tory MP Tim Loughton: Marriage is a ‘gift of God’ 96
8:07 PM — Former children’s minister Tim Loughton has defended his opposition to equal marriage and has described the Church of England's marriage service as “a gift of God in creation through which husband and wife may know the grace of God”.
Westboro Baptist Church blames ‘fag marriage’ for New York Christmas Eve shooting 40
7:30 PM — The Westboro Baptist Church, is blaming same-sex marriage for the shooting dead of two firefighters near Rochester in New York on Christmas Eve.
Mexico lifts ban on gay men donating blood 4
6:29 PM — A new law allowing gay and bisexual men to donate blood has come into force today (Thursday).
Maryland: Several anti-gay court clerks to stop performing all marriages 20
5:15 PM — Several deputy court clerks in St Mary's County, Maryland, will stop performing marriages when same-sex marriage becomes legal in the state next week.
UK: Sexual element linked to MI6 spy’s death 26
3:55 PM — The death of Gareth Williams was not the result of assassination by the security services, but instead “auto-erotic activity”, a police source has said.
Government refuses to rule out using Parliament Act to force equal marriage past the House of Lords 55
2:11 PM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller has refused to rule out using the Parliament Act in order for the government to get its planned equal marriage legislation for England and Wales on the statute book, in the event of parliamentary deadlock.
Glee creator Ryan Murphy becomes a father for the first time 4
11:29 AM — Ryan Murphy, the creator of Glee, and his husband David Miller are celebrating the birth of their first son.
Uruguay delays same-sex marriage vote until April 3
10:50 AM — Gay rights campaigners have criticised the decision of Uruguay's Senate to delay voting on the country’s proposed equal marriage bill.
Piers Morgan: The Bible needs to be amended so it supports same-sex marriage 44
10:15 AM — During an interview on his chat show with the Californian anti-gay pastor Rick Warren, Piers Morgan urged for an “amendment to the Bible” to allow for equal marriage.
24th December 2012
Dutch foreign minister criticises Pope’s anti-gay rhetoric 26
6:48 PM — The Dutch foreign minister has criticised Pope Benedict XVI for his opposition to equal marriage and warns the Catholic leader that everyone "is unique".
Anti-gay Tory MP calls Embarrassing Bodies ‘crap chav TV’ 28
5:41 PM — Conservative MP Stewart Jackson, who recently described equal marriage as a "constitutional outrage" also has a low opinion of Channel 4’s medical programme Embarrassing Bodies.
Scotland: LGBT counselling service to shut on New Years Day 5
4:46 PM — Scotland’s only dedicated LGBT telephone counselling service is to close after 35 years as a result of funding cuts.
US: Gay rights pioneer Richard Adams dies aged 65 4
3:38 PM — Tributes have been paid to Richard Adams, who died last week after a short illness at the age of 65.
UK: PM attempts to appease anti-gay Christians by quoting Bible in Christmas message 42
1:48 PM — Commentators believe this year’s Christmas message by the prime minister is being seen as a way of trying to appease socially conservative Christians.
New York: Ex-model found guilty of murdering and castrating gay TV presenter 2
12:38 PM — A Portuguese former underwear model has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison after he was convicted of murdering and castrating a gay Portuguese TV presenter.
Bishop of Shrewsbury: Introducing same-sex marriage amounts to Nazi fascism 131
11:49 AM — For his Christmas sermon, the Bishop of Shrewsbury will say that the government’s decision to introduce equal marriage rights in England and Wales is similar to how Hitler and Stalin tried to undermine religious freedom.
Louis Smith: I am happy to be a ‘gay icon’ — but remember, I am straight 87
11:10 AM — Having won this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, Olympian Louis Smith says he wants his gay fans to remember that he “fancies women”.
21st December 2012
Anti-gay ex-UKIP abortion row candidate defeated in By-election 20
5:53 PM — A prospective UKIP candidate, who described same-sex marriage as an “abhorrence”, and was then suspended by the party for his outspoken views on abortion, has been defeated in a Kent council By-election.