21st December 2012
Tory Whip: I never said equal marriage would be ‘kicked into the long grass’ 11
3:18 PM — Conservative MP Desmond Swayne has denied saying in a conversation that marriage reform would be “kicked into the long grass” and claims he has “no recollection” of the comments.
Brazil: Court ruling means all gay couples can legally marry in the state of São Paulo 9
12:46 PM — Earlier this week, a judge in the Brazilian state of São Paulo has ruled that gay couples in civil unions will no longer have to apply to the courts to have their relationships 'upgraded' to marriages.
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.
Christian academic: Porn to blame for rising same-sex marriage support 61
12:01 PM — America’s increasing support for equal marriage is all down to the amount of men viewing ‘graphic’ pornography – according to a Christian academic.
Tory MP Steve Baker: Letting gays marry will not improve tolerance in our society 51
9:22 AM — Conservative MP for Wycombe, Steve Baker, has said that the Government's plans for same-sex marriage will not improve tolerance in society. He said the Government should wait 10 years before letting gay couples marry.
Archbishop of Wales to meet Government to tell them not to ban his church from performing same-sex marriages 24
8:52 AM — The Archbishop of Wales, Barry Morgan, will today tell the British Government not to go ahead with a proposed legislative ban on same-sex marriage.
US: Minnesota group to push for marriage equality 1
12:48 AM — The head of the group which led the campaign to vote 'no' on a bill which would have banned equal marriage, has said it will now push to legalise it, starting in the legislative session next month.
20th December 2012
Gay Democrat Barney Frank: It was wrong to take same-sex marriage case to Supreme Court 16
11:47 PM — The retiring Democrat Congressman Barney Frank has said that gay rights campaigners were wrong to take a case about equal marriage to the Supreme Court.
Lesbian half-sister of Newt Gingrich says she’s ‘proud’ of his same-sex marriage U-turn 4
10:57 PM — Candace Gingrich-Jones, the lesbian half-sister of former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich, has welcomed his call for the Republican Party to accept the idea of same-sex civil marriages.
US Radio host: Same-sex marriage laws might force a resurrected Jesus to marry a man 101
9:54 PM — Linda Harvey, a host of the Ohio based Christian radio station WRFD has warned that the passing of same-sex marriage laws might cause Jesus Christ to marry another man.
Newt Gingrich: The Republican Party needs to accept the ‘reality’ of same-sex marriage 19
6:11 PM — In what is being seen as a major U-turn, former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich believes the Republican Party should accept the idea of same-sex civil marriages.
Ireland: Lesbian couple get engaged via Tweets projected onto Dublin building 5
3:23 PM — The Irish state broadcaster RTE has reported on how a festive tweets promotion by AOL turned into a surprise civil partnership proposal for a lesbian couple.
Northern Ireland: Councillor who opposes same-sex marriage joins rival party 10
3:05 PM — An ex-Alliance Party councillor in Northern Ireland has joined the Democratic Unionists Party (DUP) because he is opposed to Alliance’s support for same-sex marriage.
Campaigners: Same-sex marriage in Spain of Australian government minister must spur on marriage equality 7
2:11 PM — Equal marriage campaigners in Australia have said that the marriage in Spain by a gay government minister to his long term partner shows how pressing the need for a change in the law is.
Ireland: Number of gay couples registering civil partnerships drops 7
1:52 PM — The Irish Central Statistics Office has reported that the number of gay couples entering into civil partnerships has dropped by a third since its introduction last year.
Taiwan: Court decision could lead to legalisation of equal marriage 5
2:06 AM — A decision is expected on Thursday by a Taiwanese court which could result in the first legally recognised marriage of a gay couple in the country.
19th December 2012
Australian gay politician travels to Spain in order to marry partner 13
4:42 PM — A gay Australian politician and his partner were married in Spain on Wednesday after flying halfway around the world to skirt Australia’s laws banning marriage equality.
UK: Envoy to the prime minister to vote against same-sex marriage 32
1:16 PM — Conservative MP Stephen O'Brien, who is also the Prime Minister's Envoy & UK Special Representative to the Sahel region in Africa, has confirmed he will vote against equal marriage.
UK: Gay couples denied access to heterosexual divorce laws 28
11:59 AM — Gay partners in England and Wales who have an affair with someone of the same sex will not be able to use adultery laws as grounds for divorce, lawyers have warned.
18th December 2012
Anti-gay UKIP candidate calls for compulsory abortion of Down’s syndrome foetuses 46
6:31 PM — A UKIP candidate, who described same-sex marriage as an “abhorrence", and called for an NHS review to look at compulsory abortion if a foetus has Down's syndrome or spina bifida, has been suspended.