28th December 2013
Boy Scouts of America hopes inclusion of gay scout members will be a non-event like Y2K scare 2
5:12 PM — A member of the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) national executive board has spoken out about the organisation's 1 January change of policy to allow gay members, to say the organisation hopes it will be a non-event.
GLAAD slams decision to reinstate suspended Duck Dynasty star 18
4:50 PM — LGBT rights organisation GLAAD has spoken out to condemn A&E network's reinstatement of Duck Dynasty personality Phil Roberson who was suspended for making homophobic comments in an interview.
Troops abandon Boy Scouts of America as it prepares to allow gay members 34
4:20 PM — Troops opposed to the inclusion of openly gay scout members continue to abandon the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), as it prepares for its 1 January change of policy.
22nd December 2013
US: Pastor defrocked for officiating at gay son’s wedding offered new minister job 11
12:03 PM — A pastor from Pennsylvania who was defrocked after a period of suspension for officiating at his gay son’s wedding out-of-state has now been offered to serve as an ordained minister under a different denomination.
US: Suspension of anti-gay reality star Phil Robertson rumoured to end in January 23
11:25 AM — US reality star Phil Robertson, who was recently suspended from his TV show after making controversial anti-gay comments, is now said to reappear when the show returns in January.
21st December 2013
US: GLAAD hails veteran comedian for cancelling Catholic gig, citing ‘rabid anti-gay’ agenda 6
4:02 PM — A gig for a group of Catholic business leaders has been cancelled by a long time US comedian, in a decision hailed by LGBT rights group GLAAD.
19th December 2013
US: Pastor defrocked for officiating at gay son’s wedding 7
3:38 PM — A pastor from Pennsylvania has been defrocked after a period of suspension for officiating at his gay son's wedding out-of-state.
18th December 2013
US: Reality TV actor slammed by human rights group for ‘vile and extreme’ gay stereotypes 17
4:47 PM — A US reality television actor has been heavily criticised by LGBT rights groups for an interview given in GQ magazine in which he questioned why gay men would prefer "a man's anus", over a vagina.
17th December 2013
Pope Francis removes anti-equal marriage cardinal from Vatican Committee 6
1:29 PM — Pope Francis has replaced a US conservative cardinal who is strongly against equal marriage and abortion with an American cardinal who is less outspoken.
American LGBT magazine The Advocate names Pope Francis as ‘Person of the Year’ 29
12:07 PM — One of America’s most influential LGBT magazines has named Pope Francis as its “Person of the Year”.
16th December 2013
India: Hindu group congratulates Supreme Court for banishing homosexuality as ‘imported disease’ 17
7:51 PM — A right-wing Hindu group in India has congratulated the Supreme Court for its "historic", decision to reinstate a ban on gay sex.
US: Pastor refuses to quit voluntarily for officiating at gay son’s wedding 1
6:23 PM — A Methodist minister in the US state of Pennsylvania has refused to voluntarily step down after he was put "on trial", for officiating at his gay son's wedding, and after saying he would not renounce his actions.
15th December 2013
US: Comedian Bob Newhart scheduled to attend anti-gay Catholic conference 14
11:38 AM — US comedian Bob Newhart has been warned by gay activist groups against his scheduled appearance at the summit of a Catholic magazine which calls homosexuality a "disorder" that must be "cured."
14th December 2013
US: Reverend who officiated at gay son’s wedding may be defrocked 11
3:36 PM — A US pastor who officiated at his gay son's wedding in 2006, is to announce next week whether he will renounce his actions or surrender his position as minister.
13th December 2013
National Secular Society: ‘Religion is more important to Baroness Warsi than gay people’ 26
4:21 PM — The National Secular Society has criticised the reasons given by Baroness Warsi for abstaining in this summer’s House of Lords vote on the same-sex marriage act for England and Wales.
Russian actor says gay people should be burned alive as ‘a danger’ to his children 72
2:19 PM — A Russian sitcom actor has caused controversy by telling fans this week that he thinks gay people are "a living danger" to his children, and that he would burn all gay people alive.
12th December 2013
Pope Francis named as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year 24
6:15 PM — Pope Francis has been named the Person of the Year by Time Magazine.
Following ruling, Church of Scientology may soon be eligible for tax breaks in UK 25
2:46 PM — Following a landmark ruling this week to allow a woman the right to marry in a Scientology chapel, the organisation may soon be eligible to be treated as tax-exempt in the UK.
Exclusive: Tory minister Baroness Warsi: I was ‘on the wrong side of history’ on gay rights 79
1:44 PM — Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Baroness Warsi has defended her decision to abstain in this summer's House of Lords vote on the same-sex marriage act for England and Wales, adding that she is "still on a journey" when it comes to issues of gay equality.
11th December 2013
Church of Norway urged to produce liturgy for same-sex marriages
5:43 PM — The Norwegian Association of Clergy has asked the Church of Norway to create a separate marriage service tailored for the LGBT community.