22nd December 2013
Feature: The top 17 stories that changed LGBT life in the UK in 2013 12
10:16 AM — As 2013 draws to a close, PinkNews looks back at the stories which have had the biggest impact on the life of LGBT people in the UK in the last year (and some which just raised a lot of eyebrows).
21st December 2013
US: Utah judge strikes down equal marriage ban and same-sex couples begin to wed 28
10:59 AM — Same-sex couples in the US state of Utah began queuing to marry after a judge ruled that the state's equal marriage ban was unconstitutional.
19th December 2013
New Mexico Supreme Court makes same-sex marriage legal 20
6:58 PM — The Supreme Court in New Mexico has legalised equal marriage, declaring it is unconstitutional to deny marriage rights for same-sex couples.
Scottish Parliamentary committee rejects attempts to waterdown same-sex marriage bill 3
5:52 PM — The Scottish Parliament's Equal Opportunities Committee has rejected amendments supported by opponents of same-sex marriage.
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.
US: Ohio bill would allow same-sex couples to file joint tax returns
3:25 PM — Despite a ban on same-sex marriage, a new bill would allow same-sex couples to enjoy the benefits of filing joint tax returns.
UK: Judge who criticised equal marriage receives official warning over conduct 17
11:48 AM — A High Court judge who was previously warned against making public criticism of equal marriage legislation has now been disciplined for saying that married couples “have statistically a far greater chance of remaining intact than a cohabiting couple”.
18th December 2013
London Russian Embassy refuses Elton John and Graham Norton dolls as gift for Putin 7
7:14 PM — The Russian Embassy in London today refused to take a set of Russian dolls featuring five gay icons as a gift for Vladimir Putin.
US: Ohio equal marriage ban challenge case to go to court 1
5:50 PM — Today the legal debate over whether equal marriage should be recognised on death certificates in the US state of Ohio will go to court.
17th December 2013
US: Pennsylvania judge in equal marriage challenge case rejects state appeal 4
8:45 PM — A federal judge in the US state of Pennsylvania has refused a state appeal to cease a case challenging the state's ban on equal marriage.
Video: Google celebrates equal marriage with gay couple’s wedding in Zeitgeist roundup 2
5:26 PM — Google has celebrated the marriage of a same-sex couple in its Zeitgeist video of 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.
16th December 2013
US: Illinois judge tells county clerk to issue marriage licences early for the terminally ill
7:18 PM — A federal judge has instructed a county clerk in the US state of Illinois to issue marriage licences early to any same-sex couple who wish to wed immediately if one of them has a terminal illness.
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.
US: New Jersey officials end push to codify equal marriage in law 2
4:11 PM — Officials in the US state of New Jersey have ended a campaign to have equal marriage written into state law through extra legislation.
Australian Senator who linked equal marriage to polygamy calls on pro-equality minister to resign 18
12:57 PM — Australian Senator Cory Bernardi has called on former Liberal leader and current Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull to stop publicly advocating equal marriage or resign from government.
Anti-gay activists to target pro-equal marriage MSPs with small majorities at ballot box 12
11:53 AM — Opponents of equal marriage in Scotland are being urged to vote out Members of the Scottish Parliament who support the measure at the next election - in seats where they have small majorities.
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.