15th December 2010
Top Marine general says lifting gay ban could result in deaths 19
12:07 PM — The US Marines' top general has said that lifting the ban on out gay soldiers could cost lives. General James Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps, says a Pentagon study on lifting the ban showed that front-line troops were most concerned about serving alongside out gay colleagues.
Husband of murdered bride accused of gay sex with prostitute
11:06 AM — Police are questioning a male prostitute who claims he was paid for sex by the husband of murdered honeymooner Anni Dewani. She was shot dead in Cape Town, South Africa, last month and local police believe her husband Shrien arranged for her to be killed by hitmen.
14th December 2010
Gay ban hotel couple ‘may have to close business’ 91
5:19 PM — The Christian couple at the centre of a court case around gay rights and religious freedom say they may have to close their hotel if barred from discriminating against gay couples.
New York man jailed for eight years over anti-gay assault 2
4:10 PM — A 27-year-old man from the Queens area of New York has been jailed for eight years for his part in a anti-gay robbery. Daniel Aleman apologised for the attack on 50-year-old Jack Price and said he was drunk at the time.
Jury retires in case of gay Trafalgar Square death
2:40 PM — The jury in the case of a gay man killed in central London has retired to consider its verdict. Ian Baynham, 62, died 18 days after he was attacked in Trafalgar Square in September 2009.
US will seek to have gay protection measure returned to UN resolution 5
1:50 PM — The United States said on Friday that it would seek to have a reference to gays and lesbians returned to a UN resolution condemning violence. Last month, a UN vote removed mention of gays and lesbians from a resolution which condemns extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary executions and other killings.
Speech: UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon on ending homophobia 7
11:14 AM — UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon's remarks at a panel on Human Rights Day.
UN secretary-general says culture must not override gay rights 10
11:08 AM — The secretary-general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, has called for homosexuality to be decriminalised globally. Speaking last Friday on Human Rights Day, Mr Ban said that people were "not put on this planet to live in fear of their fellow human beings" and that human rights must trump cultural attitudes.
13th December 2010
Equal Love campaign: Final couple challenge marriage laws 16
5:19 PM — The last couple to challenge the UK's marriage laws under the Equal Love campaign will do so tomorrow. Lucy Hilken and Tim Garrett will go to Aldershot registry office to demand a civil partnership.
Gay books vandalised with urine at Harvard library 12
3:56 PM — Police are investigating after around 40 books on gay and lesbians issues were destroyed at Harvard University's library. The texts apparently had urine poured over them and police are investigating the incident as a hate crime.
Police arrest Rome gang over gay drug robberies
3:36 PM — Italian police have arrested a gang in Rome for allegedly drugging and robbing at least 50 tourists outside a gay bar. The gang was arrested after one of its alleged victims was found dead in Colle Oppio park.
Gay ban hotel owners to claim they were set up 51
1:04 PM — A Christian couple who are being sued for banning gay couples from sharing rooms at their Cornwall hotel are expected to claim they were set up by Stonewall. Peter and Hazelmary Bull, who own the Chymorvah Private Hotel in Cornwall, are being sued for discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.
10th December 2010
Judge approves $1 million payout to gay bar patrons after police raid 2
4:36 PM — An Atlanta judge has approved a $1.025 million payout to patrons of a gay bar raided by police. The city council could have saved the money - and its defence costs - by agreeing to a settlement in February.
Anti-gay Christian preacher wins £4,000 compensation for arrest 52
11:54 AM — A Christian street preacher who raged against the "effeminate" and said gays would go to hell has won £4,000 in damages for being arrested.
Husband of murdered bride Anni Dewani says he’s not gay
11:19 AM — The husband of a British woman murdered in her honeymoon in South Africa has denied he is secretly gay. Shrien Dewani is under suspicion for the death of his new wife Anni.
US Senate blocks repeal of gay military ban 20
10:49 AM — The US Senate yesterday blocked legislation to end the ban on out gay troops. Senators voted 57-40 - three votes short of the 60 needed - to pass military funding legislation which included a repeal measure.
9th December 2010
Gay sperm donor battles lesbians over baby 30
2:55 PM — Another gay man is fighting a lesbian couple to gain access to the child he helped them have. Stacey Cassin, 24, and her civil partner Kate, 26, advertised online last year for a sperm donor.
Bikini photo used to derail lesbian student’s lawsuit 13
2:11 PM — A US school district accused of violating a lesbian's rights by making her wear women's clothes is attempting to derail her lawsuit with a photo of her in a bikini. Ceara Sturgis, a student at Wesson Attendance Center, wore a tuxedo in her yearbook photo but was excluded from the book for not wearing female dress.
Czech government defends use of ‘gay tests’ for asylum seekers 4
11:08 AM — The Czech government has defended the use of 'arousal tests' to check if asylum seekers who say they are gay are telling the truth. The country has used straight porn to see if applicants become aroused.
8th December 2010
Battle for UK gay marriage equality continues 27
5:25 PM — The fight for marriage equality in the UK continued today when a straight couple were barred from a civil partnership in north London.