20th December 2008
LGBT Labour welcomes success in registrar battle
12:53 PM — LGBT Labour has welcomed an Employment Appeal Tribunal decision to overturn registrar Lillian Ladele's legal victory earlier this year which supported her refusal to conduct civil partnership ceremonies.
Little Britain stars accept damages over fake claims their show was condemned by USA gay groups 9
1:06 AM — Little Britain stars David Walliams and Matt Lucas have accepted damages and a public apology from Express Newspapers over an article published in the Daily Star Sunday in September that falsely claimed that gay rights groups considered their programme offensive.
19th December 2008
Killer of gay student David Brown sentenced to life imprisonment 6
5:00 PM — A man was convicted today of murdering a gay student in a Manchester court. 24-year-old David Brown was killed hours after partying in Manchester's gay village.
Employment lawyers and politicians welcome Ladele ruling 1
4:50 PM — The ruling by the employment appeals tribunal that a Christian registrar was not discriminated against by Islington Council over her refusal to perform civil partnerships has been welcomed.
66 countries back UN statement on rights of sexual minorities 4
2:11 PM — Yesterday a statement was read at the United Nations General Assembly in New York reiterating the universal human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
Christian Institute may appeal to High Court over Ladele ruling 11
1:12 PM — A fundamentalist Christian group that financially backed a tribunal against Islington Council has said the case may go to the Court of Appeal.
Stonewall – our prayers have been answered over Ladele case 12
1:00 PM — Britain's leading gay equality organisation has expressed delight at the employment appeals tribunal's ruling in the case of a Christian public servant who refused to deal with gay couples.
Analysis: the Ladele employment appeal tribunal ruling in full 4
12:56 PM — The EAT held that the Tribunal had erred in law and that on the evidence adduced before the Tribunal there was no proper basis for a tribunal.
Christian registrar loses employment tribunal appeal over civil partnerships 32
12:10 PM — An employment tribunal appeal has ruled that Islington council is not guilty of either religious discrimination in the case of a Christian registrar
18th December 2008
Foreign Secretary backs UN statement on LGBT human rights 5
1:19 PM — The British government has said that a statement to be read at the United Nations shows that the fight for equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people is far from over.
17th December 2008
Connecticut voters back court’s gay marriage decision 1
4:43 PM — A majority of people in Connecticut support the state Supreme Court's ruling that on gay marriage, according to a poll released today.
Berlin’s memorial to gay Holocaust victims targeted by vandals 1
11:46 AM — A memorial to gay men who died in the Holocaust has been attacked by vandals for the second time in four months.
16th December 2008
UN envoy calls on Caribbean nations to decriminalise homosexual acts 2
5:30 PM — The United Nations special envoy for HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean has said that countries in the region should move to decriminalise gay sex.
New Jersey commission backs gay marriage over “unequal” civil unions 2
4:34 PM — A commission set up to study the effect on same-sex couples, their children and other family members of being provided civil unions rather than marriage has issued its final report.
Police ask gays to help find escaped child murderer 2
2:45 PM — Lincolnshire police have asked gay people to be on the lookout for a 48-year-old man who escaped from North Sea Camp last month.
15th December 2008
Which MEPs are supporting civil partnerships recognition? 6
6:44 PM — Here is a recent list of MEPs that are backing a written declaration on civil partnerships. If it is signed by more than 50% of MEPs it will be adopted as a resolution.
British MEPs not signed up to civil partnerships recognition across EU 15
6:29 PM — Campaigners for equal recognition of gay marriage and civil partnerships across the EU have said that not all British MEPs are signed up to their cause.
Hungarian court blocks same-sex partnership law 10
5:11 PM — Hungary's Constitutional Court has annulled a new law due to come into effect next month that would legally recognise gay and lesbian relationships.
Three men bailed over homophobic abuse at Tottenham game
4:49 PM — Police in Portsmouth investigating indecent chanting at a football match have questioned three more people.
Former police officer arrested in ‘rainbow maniac’ serial killer case
2:38 PM — A retired state police sergeant has been arrested in Brazil in connection with the murders of 13 gay men in Sao Paulo.