18th December 2012
UK: Gay Tory group writes to 303 Tory MPs in plea to support same-sex marriage 9
2:04 PM — The Conservative Party’s LGBT group has written to all 303 Tory MPs calling on them to support equal marriage rights for gay couples.
Colombia: Christmas gay nativity Facebook photo sparks Catholic anger 36
1:06 PM — A Colombian couple has been condemned by the Catholic Church for posting a photo on Facebook that depicts the nativity scene with two father Josephs and baby Jesus, but no Virgin Mary.
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor: Same-sex marriage is an ‘abuse of language’ 74
11:51 AM — The former Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, has questioned whether David Cameron can be trusted due to his support for equal marriage.
Gareth Thomas joins ITV’s Dancing on Ice 16
11:11 AM — Former rugby player Gareth Thomas will be in the rink for the new series of Dancing on Ice.
Anti-equal marriage Tory MP leaves Twitter after backlash 29
10:24 AM — Conservative MP Gordon Henderson has closed down his Twitter account after speaking out against same-sex marriage.
17th December 2012
Brighton: Gay couple left devastated and traumatised after homophobic attack 32
6:56 PM — Sussex Police are appealing for information after a gay couple were violently attacked in Brighton while holding hands on a street.
Lib Dem MP Gordon Birtwistle: ‘Gay marriage is just not on’ 65
6:00 PM — The first Liberal Democrat MP to voice their opposition to the government’s marriage reforms since last week's announcement has gone public.
Uganda’s president: Gay people should not be killed or persecuted 26
4:44 PM — Uganda's president has said gay people should not be killed or persecuted as the country’s parliament runs out of time to pass the proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill for this year.
Gay Essex dads to sue government over church same-sex marriage ban 92
3:33 PM — Tony and Barrie Drewitt-Barlow plan to mount a legal challenge over the government’s decision to ban gay couples from marrying in the Church of England.
Bishop Gene Robinson: Jesus was pro-gay and spent most of his time with 12 men 16
2:00 PM — The US Episcopal Church's first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson, says we shouldn’t assume Jesus was heterosexual.
Cameroon: Court refuses to release man serving 3-year sentence for ‘homosexual behaviour’ 14
1:24 PM — A court in Cameroon has upheld a conviction against a man found guilty of "homosexual behaviour" for sending a text message to another man.
Russian football fan club: Please, no gay or black players in our team 20
12:35 PM — A group representing the supporters of a Russian football team say they don’t want gay or black players in their team – but deny it’s got anything to do with bigotry.
Matt Damon: Why I never wanted to deny those gay rumours 13
11:35 AM — Matt Damon says he never denied rumours of being gay because he didn't want to insult some of his friends.
Exclusive: Labour MPs threaten to resign over same-sex marriage vote 33
10:48 AM — PinkNews.co.uk has learnt that Labour’s decision to grant its backbenchers a free vote on equal marriage caused a major rift in the shadow cabinet with deputy leader Harriet Harman amongst those calling for the vote to be whipped.
16th December 2012
Anti-gay marriage Tory MP, who supports Section 28, exposed as a love cheat 74
2:08 PM — Conservative MP Bob Blackman, who recently suggested David Cameron should resurrect Section 28, previously had an affair behind his wife’s back for 11 years, according to his former mistress.
14th December 2012
Source: Uganda’s anti-gay bill misses Christmas deadline as parliament breaks for recess 11
8:16 PM — Uganda’s Parliament has closed for the end of year recess without passing the country’s pending Anti-Homosexuality Bill, according to LGBT campaign group AllOut.
Pope uses ‘peace’ day message to attack same-sex marriage 103
6:43 PM — In a message for World Day of Peace 2013, Pope Benedict XVI has described same-sex marriage as a threat to justice and peace, adding that it will spark harm for society.
South African President Jacob Zuma: I’d react in a ‘certain way’ to having a gay child 18
5:34 PM — In a wide-ranging newspaper interview, South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma says he has no intention of overturning the country’s equal marriage laws, although he reacted cautiously when asked on how he would respond to learning that one of his children were gay.
Brazilian student strangled to death with seatbelt in homophobic murder 10
2:25 PM — Two teenagers have been arrested in connection with the murder of a 20-year-old student in Brazil, with one of the suspects declaring: “He wanted to kiss me and I wanted to kill him.”
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.