10th December 2012
Sir John Major applauds David Cameron’s ‘courageous’ support for religious same-sex marriages 20
10:36 AM — Sir John Major has thrown his support behind same-sex marriages in religious settings and says David Cameron’s backing of the reform is “genuine”.
7th December 2012
Church of England: David Cameron is being ‘divisive’ over same-sex marriage 46
6:32 PM — The Church of England has criticised David Cameron’s support for allowing faith organisations to provide marriages for gay couples.
Yvette Cooper: Now time for parliament to ‘get on’ with legalising equal marriage 14
5:32 PM — Labour’s Yvette Cooper has welcomed David Cameron's backing for same-sex religious weddings, but has urged the prime minister to ensure parliament "gets on with it".
Lancashire: LGBT community urged to help finding missing teen 1
4:32 PM — Lancashire Police are re-appealing for information about the whereabouts of a teenage boy, who has links with the LGBT community, and has been missing from his home in Leyland for almost two weeks.
Tory MP Bob Blackman: Cameron should be re-introducing Section 28 not letting gays marry 104
3:57 PM — Conservative MP Bob Blackman has responded to David Cameron’s support for religious same-sex marriages by suggesting the prime minister should resurrect Section 28, a notorious piece of anti-gay legislation passed under the Thatcher government.
Unitarians welcome government support for religious same-sex marriages 3
3:03 PM — The Chief Officer of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches has welcomed claims the government will announce its support for religious same-sex marriages next week.
David Cameron: I support ‘gay church weddings’ 54
1:56 PM — David Cameron has confirmed reports that he is to back same-sex marriages for religious institutions.
London: Embassy protest planned against Uganda’s anti-gay law 4
12:34 PM — Campaigners are set to demonstrate outside the Ugandan embassy in London next week as the country threatens to pass its notorious ‘kill the gays’ bill.
Exclusive: Government to support gay couples marrying in church in plans to be announced next week 41
11:51 AM — PinkNews.co.uk understands the government is to push for complete marriage equality, meaning religious organisations will be allowed to provide same-sex marriages, as part of its reforms, despite widespread opposition by senior Anglican and Catholic leaders.
6th December 2012
Montana: Man charged with infecting partner with HIV also accused of killing 55 dogs 13
6:27 PM — A 52-year-old man in the US state of Montana has denied a felony endangerment charge that alleges he infected an unknowing sexual partner with HIV.
Football needs a gay ‘champion’ says rugby referee Nigel Owens 4
5:15 PM — Rugby referee Nigel Owens is backing a campaign to tackle homophobic attitudes in sport and says football would benefit from having a gay “champion” in the same way Gareth Thomas took up the mantle for rugby.
Peter Tatchell: ‘Straight couples refused equality’ 41
3:26 PM — Peter Tatchell has suggested that the government is likely to decline opening up civil partnerships to heterosexual couples, when it issues its official response to the equal marriage consultation, later this month.
Scotland: Low school bullying figures give misleading impression say LGBT campaigners 6
1:50 PM — An LGBT organisation and a gay councillor have dismissed bullying statistics that show just one homophobic incident was recorded in schools throughout the Scottish Highlands last year, and they warn the true figure is likely to be much higher.
Scotland: Teenage killer of gay barman Stuart Walker jailed for 12 years 24
12:36 PM — A teenager who admitted killing Stuart Walker after the gay barman tried to comfort him over his confused sexuality has been jailed for 12 years.
Essex: Gay hairdresser who launched scissor attack after receiving homophobic abuse is jailed 39
12:00 PM — A gay hairdresser has been jailed for two and a half years after he stabbed a man with a pair of scissors due to a homophobic remark.
US Democrats’ LGBT campaign group faces possible closure due to funding crisis 4
11:15 AM — The National Stonewall Democrats, the main political LGBT lobbying organisation that’s affiliated with the Democratic Party, may close its doors unless it raises $30,000 (£18,600) before the end of the year.
First same-sex marriage permits issued in Washington state 7
10:37 AM — Two women in Seattle have become the first gay couple to receive a marriage licence in America’s west coast state of Washington.
5th December 2012
Gay football group criticise Daily Mail over Joey Barton article 17
8:29 PM — The Gay Football Supporters Network (GSFN) has criticised the Daily Mail for publishing an article suggesting footballer Joey Barton would make a suitable “gay hero” for the sport, because it trivialises the debate about homophobia in football.
Desmond Tutu: Uganda should drop ‘totally unjust’ anti-gay law 24
7:25 PM — The former Archbishop of Cape Town told reporters at the All Africa Conference of Churches “I am opposed to discrimination that is unfair discrimination”.
Trinidad and Tobago facing legal action by gay activist over homophobic ban 9
5:40 PM — A gay rights activist from Jamaica is planning to sue the neighbouring country of Trinidad and Tobago because of a law that prevents gay people from setting foot on the twin island.