31st December 2008
Vatican breaks with Italian law after refusing to sign UN sexuality declaration 11
12:07 PM — A new statute coming into effect on January 1st will allow the Vatican to bypass Italian law. This comes in the wake of a row at the UN, where the Vatican refused to sign up to a universal declaration of human rights regardless of gender or sexuality.
30th December 2008
Lawrence King murder suspect denied access to files 4
5:19 PM — 14 year old murder suspect Brandon McInerney's lawyers requested that a judge allow them access to files demonstrating how prosecutors decide to try under-18s as adults in court. McInerney stands accused of shooting classmate Lawrence King in February, who was reportedly openly gay and sometimes wore 'feminine' clothing to school, at a junior high school in Oxnard, California.
Mother fights against ban on sleeping with lesbian partner 8
3:46 PM — Divorcee and mother of two Angel Chandler has approached the Tennessee Court of Appeals to allow her to have her female partner stay overnight. Ms Chandler, who has been with her partner for almost a decade, is appealing against a child custody restriction known as a paramour clause, in which she is not permitted to have her lover stay overnight if her children are present.
Top legal website predicts gay marriage to be hot topic for 2009
3:07 PM — FindLaw, the most-visited legal site on the web, today released its Top Ten Legal Predictions for 2009. The list is a breakdown of what are expected to be next year's legal hot topics.
Australian equality act inquiry could be delayed until 2011 1
2:01 PM — An Australian Senate committee has recommended an inquiry into the need for an equality act banning homophobic or transphobic discrimination, following complaints to the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC). The AHRC is currently unable to protect the LGBT community fully as federal protections do not cover homophobia in the media or commercial services as other forms of discrimination are.
Catholic leader claims Pope’s homophobic outburst “misrepresented” 53
12:57 PM — Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and Archbishop of Westminster, has defended Pope Benedict XVI's controversial comments about gay people.
Spanish judge suspended for discrimination against lesbian parents 1
11:07 AM — A Spanish judge has suspended from work after attempting to stop a lesbian adopting her wife's child. Same-sex couples are permitted to adopt children in Spain, and gay marriage was legalised there in 2005.
Church group discrimination against New Jersey lesbians ruled unlawful 4
10:43 AM — A church group yesterday lost its case to a lesbian couple who it barred from holding a civil ceremony on their property. Civil unions were introduced in New Jersey after the state Supreme Court's 2006 ruling that gay and lesbian couples are entitled to equal civil rights.
29th December 2008
Obama advisor supports choice of anti-gay preacher for inauguration 5
3:09 PM — President-elect Barack Obama's senior advisor David Axelrod has spoken in support of the decision invite evangelical preacher Rick Warren to his inauguration. Mr Axelrod is a chief advisor to President-elect Obama. Speaking on NBC, Mr Axelrod defended the controversial decision to include Warren in the ceremony.
Senator sex scandal toilet no longer a tourist hot-spot
1:51 PM — The public toilet where Rebulican Senator Larry Craig was arrested for soliciting sex became something of a tourist favourite in 2007.
Funding cut at Brighton care home over gay questionnaire row 18
11:35 AM — A Brighton care home for the elderly has been accused of homophobic exclusion by the local authorities. Pilgrim Homes, a Christian care home which runs 10 projects for elderly people in the UK, is suing the council for religious discrimination.
Transgender Bangladeshis to vote today
10:25 AM — Today's general elections in Bangladesh will be the first ever to allow transgender people to cast ballots. A Bangladeshi court ruled that transgender people are fully-fledged citizens and must have the right to vote.
25th December 2008
Government criticises Channel 4 for homophobe Ahmadinejad’s Christmas message 8
11:52 PM — The Government and the Conservatives have criticised Channel 4's decision to broadcast an Alternative Christmas Message by homophobic, anti-Semitic Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
24th December 2008
Channel 4 under fire for allowing homophobe Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to deliver Christmas message 9
8:20 PM — The Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be delivering Channel 4's Christmas Day message. He has previously claimed that no gays exist in Iran.
Comment: Channel 4 should pull the plug on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not allow him to address the nation 15
7:40 PM — Channel 4's decision to allow Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to deliver the Alternative Christmas message is aiding and abetting a homophobic tyrant says gay rights campaigner and Green Party Parliamentary Candidate Peter Tatchell.
US federal judge orders Louisiana registrar to recognise out of state adoption 1
1:44 PM — An organisation that furthers gay rights through litigation has hailed a federal court decision on same-sex adoption as "a major victory for same-sex parents."
Mother admits abusing 16-year-old son for being gay 9
1:21 PM — A woman in Scotland has admitted in court that she sent homophobic text messages and shouted abuse at her own child because he is gay.
Free Presbyterian minister backs Pope and claims we are all born straight 25
1:12 PM — A preacher from a church that refers to the Pope as the Anti-Christ has backed his stance on homosexuality and claimed all people are born heterosexual.
Comment: Pope is wrong about “gay threat”, gay sexuality is part of human ecology 17
12:04 AM — By choosing to highlight homosexuality instead of hunger, war and homelessness, the Pope has lost his moral bearings and sense of priorities writes gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell
23rd December 2008
Ugandan judge rules in favour of LGBT activists and awards damages for illegal raid
5:32 PM — Ugandan Justice Stella Arach yesterday issued a ruling in favour of LGBT activists in their suit against the Attorney General of Uganda.