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.
Comment: Gays should give Obama a break over inauguration preacher 30
3:15 PM — Forget for a moment Obama's attempts to reach across the political aisle by appointing Republicans to his Cabinet, probably the boldest and most potentially provacative move he has made so far.
US general backs gay man for Secretary of the Navy
3:04 PM — An openly gay man is on the shortlist for the role of Secretary of the Navy in the new Obama administration.
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.
Sarah Palin’s “ex-gay” church targeted in arson attack 10
4:05 PM — The home church of Governor of Alaska and former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin suffered an arson attack on Friday night.
US Army chief looks to practicalities of out gays in the military 4
3:01 PM — The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff has "begun to think about" the changes to the US military if openly gay and lesbian people are allowed to serve.
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.
Cypriot MEP “offended” by pictures of gay families 29
11:31 AM — An exhibition designed to highlight the legal and social discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-led families has upset an MEP from Cyprus, who claims he is being harassed by the "gay lobby."
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.
Catholic and Orthodox bishops enthuse about the joys of (heterosexual) marriage 17
3:27 PM — Roman Catholic and Orthodox bishops have issued a statement about the importance of marriage - for heterosexuals.
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.
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.