16th December 2008
Sweden’s highest court rejects same-sex marriage case 3
2:32 PM — A gay couple who got married in Canada should not be regarded as a married couple under Swedish law, a court has ruled.
Obama’s environment team includes lesbian appointment
1:31 PM — The President-elect of the United States has named Nancy Sutley as Chair of his Council on Environmental Quality in the White House.
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.
Britain has had “one or two” gay Prime Ministers claims actor 10
5:43 PM — Sir Ian McKellen has said that Britain has "already had one or two gay Prime Ministers." In an interview with Seven magazine the X-Men and Lord Of The Rings star did not name names.
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.
Christian registrar’s case rubbished by tribunal appeal judge 15
2:18 PM — The chair of an employment tribunal appeal panel has indicated he is unlikely to back a Christian registrar who wanted to opt out of performing civil partnerships on religious grounds.
Lithuanian MPs vote to “protect” minors from homosexuality 10
1:58 PM — Gay people in Lithuania have expressed concern that a new law will lead to a ban on gay activities. The Lithuanian parliament accepted amendments to the law on the protection of minors last week.
Human rights groups urge countries to support UN gay rights statement 1
1:34 PM — More than 60 nations from across the world are supporting a statement on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
Gay “cure” policeman’s employment tribunal backed by Christians 4
1:03 PM — A Christian policeman who was sacked after he sent emails at work suggesting homosexualityis sinful is to take Norfolk Police to an employment tribunal.
14th December 2008
Rufus Wainwright not a gay marriage supporter but criticises Prop 8 15
3:05 PM — Gay star Rufus Wainwright reveals that he's not a gay marriage supporter, but argues against Proposition 8. Singer, Wainwright, has told the New York Press"Oddly enough, I’m actually not a huge gay marriage supporter."
12th December 2008
Elton John loses defamation case against The Guardian 18
5:48 PM — A spoof column satirising gay star Sir Elton John was not defamatory, the High Court in London has ruled.
MEPs call on Vatican to embrace LGBT rights 4
2:33 PM — Members of the European Parliament have called on the Vatican to support a statement on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights to be read out at the UN next week.
Obama’s environmental protection team brings first LGBT appointment 2
1:50 PM — The first prominent lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans person to be appointed to President-elect Barack Obama's new administration is the current Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles.
Video: Republican party must take “long hard look at itself” 1
1:01 PM — A leading Republican has said that the party needs to change if it wants to have a future in America.
Malone sentenced to life for homophobic murder in public toilet 10
12:13 PM — A 30-year-old man found guilty of the murder of a retired accountant in a public toilet in Surrey has been jailed for life. Mark Malone will serve at least thirty years.
Census goes online but no question about sexual orientation 4
11:13 AM — The next national census will be held on 27th March 2011. For the first time the marital status question will include a civil partnership option, but there will not be a question on sexual orientation.
11th December 2008
CPS “rightly proud” of rise in prosecutions for homophobic hate crimes 2
4:58 PM — The Crown Prosecution Service has released new statistics on prosecutions for hate crimes in England and Wales.