25th December 2012
Feature: The top 15 stories that changed LGBT life in the UK in 2012 6
12:59 PM — As 2012 draws to a close, PinkNews.co.uk takes a look back at the most important UK stories of the last twelve months. This year has been an exceptional one for LGBT news in the UK so we've decided to extend the number of stories to 15!
Archbishop of Westminster’s Christmas message: Same-sex marriage plan is an Orwellian shambles 150
10:00 AM — The leader of the Roman Catholic church in England and Wales has attacked the Government's plans for marriage equality as an undemocratic shambles.
24th December 2012
Bishop of Shrewsbury: Introducing same-sex marriage amounts to Nazi fascism 131
11:49 AM — For his Christmas sermon, the Bishop of Shrewsbury will say that the government’s decision to introduce equal marriage rights in England and Wales is similar to how Hitler and Stalin tried to undermine religious freedom.
21st December 2012
Pope: People are manipulating their sexual orientation to alter God-given nature 120
12:44 PM — Pope Benedict XVI is getting into the festive spirit by taking his opposition to gay relationships to new heights.
18th December 2012
Colombia: Christmas gay nativity Facebook photo sparks Catholic anger 36
1:06 PM — A Colombian couple has been condemned by the Catholic Church for posting a photo on Facebook that depicts the nativity scene with two father Josephs and baby Jesus, but no Virgin Mary.
Vatican paper says marriage equality efforts aim for a gay ‘utopia’ 41
12:36 PM — The media in the Vatican has likened moves towards equal marriage to a communist-like "utopia", and said that the Catholic Church will not accept "fashionable" changes in favour of equality.
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor: Same-sex marriage is an ‘abuse of language’ 74
11:51 AM — The former Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, has questioned whether David Cameron can be trusted due to his support for equal marriage.
11th December 2012
UK: Equal marriage advocates celebrate government’s plans to bring forward marriage equality 1
3:35 PM — The advocates of marriage equality for the UK are celebrating today's announcement that the government plans to bring forward legislation legalising equal marriage next year.
Portsmouth Bishop: Equal marriage will ‘pervert authentic family values’ 20
3:03 PM — Portsmouth's Catholic Bishop has spoken out against the government's recently announced plans to bring forward marriage equality next year, saying that it would "pervert authentic family values".
Religious groups to ‘grasp’ opportunity to ‘opt-in’ to UK marriage equality 19
2:40 PM — Religious groups in the UK have expressed their support for marriage equality, and have said they will perform same-sex weddings, once the law comes into place, as announced today.
10th December 2012
Catholic bishop: David Cameron is ‘devoid of moral competence’ for supporting same-sex marriage 99
11:24 AM — The Rt Rev Joseph Devine, Bishop of Motherwell, believes the prime minister is now “out of his depth” and can no longer be trusted by Christians due to his support for religious same-sex marriages.
9th December 2012
Conservative MP: ‘Most parents would prefer their children not to be gay’ 75
10:01 PM — A Conservative MP has spoken out against the coalition government's plans to allow marriage equality, saying their intentions are "barking mad".
Boris Johnson and 18 senior Tories to push for marriage equality 56
10:05 AM — A number of senior Conservative politicians announced today that they had formed a new campaign group which supports the right of same-sex couples to marry, in an act of defiance against traditionalists within the party.
7th December 2012
Exclusive: Government to support gay couples marrying in church in plans to be announced next week 41
11:51 AM — PinkNews.co.uk understands the government is to push for complete marriage equality, meaning religious organisations will be allowed to provide same-sex marriages, as part of its reforms, despite widespread opposition by senior Anglican and Catholic leaders.
26th November 2012
Anne Hathaway: ‘Les Miserables’ hairdo made me look like my gay brother 8
1:48 PM — Anne Hathaway was initially terrified to look in the mirror after cutting her hair, but was comforted to see that she resembled her gay brother.
18th November 2012
France: Thousands protest against equal marriage and adoption rights for gay couples 61
5:58 AM — Thousands of people have taken to the streets of several French cities to protest against the country's recently approved bill which would allow equal marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples.
16th November 2012
US: Catholic Church denies teenager confirmation until he publicly denounces gay equality 104
3:20 PM — A teenage Catholic boy has been banned from confirmation after he posted a photograph on Facebook urging people to vote for equal marriage rights.
14th November 2012
Vatican steps up anti-gay media efforts, compares being gay to polygamy 85
10:23 PM — The Vatican appears to be continuing to launch a new wave of efforts to strenghthen its opposition to LGBT rights, particularly equal marriage, using newspapers and radio broadcasts to describe it as "intrinsically disordered", and to compare it to polygamy and polyandry.
3rd November 2012
US: University accused of pulling fellowship for pro-marriage equality theologian 14
3:30 AM — The University of San Diego has been accused of withdrawing a fellowship which had been offered to a theologian, after it found out she was in favour of marriage equality.
2nd November 2012
UK: Catholic adoption charity loses anti-gay legal appeal 35
6:22 PM — Catholic Care has lost its latest appeal in its fight to be allowed to prevent gay couples from using its adoption services.