2nd January 2013
Tory MP Henry Smith: I’m against same-sex marriage, but I’m no homophobe 135
10:11 AM — Conservative MP Henry Smith claims he’s “no homophobe” after encountering criticism to his opposition to equal marriage.
31st December 2012
UK: Pride couple leave Canterbury and say Norfolk is more gay-friendly 33
8:10 PM — The couple behind a community gay pride organisation in Kent have decided to move to Norwich where they say greater progress is being made towards LGBT equality.
Miley Cyrus: I love London because there are so many gay people 7
6:36 PM — US singer and actress Miley Cyrus says she loves London because it has more gay people than she's ever seen.
Archbishop of Chicago: Same-sex marriage ‘violates natural law’ 59
5:35 PM — The Catholic Archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal Francis George, has warned against introducing marriage equality in the state of Illinois because he claims gay couples cannot consummate their unions.
Silvio Berlusconi: “I have a lot of gay friends, they’re friendly and funny” 26
3:41 PM — Italy’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says his opponents have accused him of everything “except being gay and stealing money from Italians.”
President Obama gives Chuck Hagel his backing — despite gay rights row 12
2:14 PM — Despite facing renewed criticism for his previous anti-gay remarks, Chuck Hagel, who is tipped to become the next US defence secretary, has President Obama’s support.
Jim Davidson: I once had sex with a ladyboy — so I’m not homophobic 67
1:15 PM — Ahead of his appearance on Celebrity Big Brother, Jim Davidson has sought to play down accusations of being a homophobe by stating that he once had oral sex with a Thai “ladyboy”.
US baseball star Torii Hunter: I would be ‘uncomfortable’ with having a gay teammate 67
11:22 AM — Torii Hunter, who plays as a slugger for the Detroit Tigers, says he would find it “difficult and uncomfortable” to accept openly gay baseball players.
Welsh local authorities criticised for failing to record anti-gay school bullying 2
10:28 AM — The leader of Plaid Cymru Leanne Wood says there needs to be greater consistency in the way homophobic school bullying is recorded by local authorities in Wales.
Taiwanese diplomat: I am not gay or in a relationship with Taiwan’s president 6
9:58 AM — Taiwanese legislators have grilled their new diplomat to the United States over his perceived sexual orientation and rumours of a relationship with Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou.
28th December 2012
Transgender Big Brother star Luke Anderson: I want to start a family 55
7:55 PM — Big Brother 2012 winner Luke Anderson says he hopes to start a family in the new year.
Obituary: Gay composer and pianist Sir Richard Rodney Bennett 4
5:03 PM — Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, a gay British composer and pianist who was nominated three times for Academy Awards, died on Christmas Eve aged 76.
Turkish gay fashion designer receives bloody nose in Istanbul attack 26
4:10 PM — Gay rights activists in Turkey have condemned the attack on gay fashion designer Barbaros Şansal.
Maryland: Gay hairstylist viciously attacked on Christmas Eve 35
3:08 PM — A gay man in the US city of Baltimore, Maryland, has been left battered and bruised after he was attacked on Christmas Eve.
US: Gay Republican group says Chuck Hagel ‘wrong on gay rights’ 31
1:55 PM — The Log Cabin Republicans, the conservative gay campaign group which supports the GOP, is going full page with its opposition to the likely nomination of Chuck Hagel as US defence secretary.
Manchester: Road survey criticised for asking gender-related questions 24
12:53 PM — Local government officials in Greater Manchester have defended a transport public consultation document that asks respondents to identity their race, sexuality and gender following complaints.
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.