23rd December 2013
Federal judge rejects Ohio’s equal marriage ban
6:40 PM — A federal judge has declared in a ruling that applies only to death certificates that Ohio's ban on equal marriage is unconstitutional.
US: Alabama residents ‘outraged and appalled’ by Christmas drag queen troupe 11
5:10 PM — Small-town Alabama residents have said they were "outraged and appalled" by a local Christmas parade which featured a troupe of drag queens dressed in santa outfits.
Charlie Sheen slams ‘mallard brained’ anti-gay Duck Dynasty star on Twitter 7
4:09 PM — Actor Charlie Sheen has recently taken to Twitter in a polemical attack against the Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson, who last week sparked controversy after making anti-gay comments.
Gay rights activists stage campaign against ‘shocking’ Coca-Cola sponsorship of Sochi Winter Olympics 11
10:44 AM — Gay rights activists interrupted a Coca-Cola christmas advertising campaign in London's Covent Garden on Saturday, in opposition to the company's recent sponsorship of the Sochi Winter Olympics despite anti-gay laws.
22nd December 2013
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.
20th December 2013
BT gives parents tool to block kids from learning about sexual health and gay rights 34
3:36 PM — Parental controls for users of BT broadband includes an option to block "gay and lesbian lifestyle" sites, as well as sexual health information.
Peter Tatchell: Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill breaks country’s own Constitution 11
1:53 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell says the decision of Uganda’s Parliament to pass the country’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill violates constitutional law.
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.
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
Brazil: Senator will defy government by calling for vote on LGBT discrimination bill
11:06 AM — A Brazilian Labor Party legislator will call for a vote on an LGBT discrimination bill on Wednesday, ignoring written warnings against it by the Minister for Institutional Relations.
17th December 2013
Video: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Martina Navratilova back Free & Equal campaign 1
4:45 PM — A United Nations campaign group has released a video featuring UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, tennis legend Martina Navratilova and NBA star Jason Collins speaking on the importance of defending LGBT rights.
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
University of Auckland creates first gay men’s sexual health group 3
7:32 PM — The University of Auckland's social and community health department has established a Gay Men's Sexual Health Research Group (GMSH) to focus on STI prevention among gay man.
Owner of gay club demands action from Putin following homophobic attack on premises 7
7:28 PM — Moscow's largest gay club owner has written to President Putin to demand a full investigation into the homophobic attack on his club.
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.
Maltese trans woman honoured for government challenge on marriage law 1
10:33 AM — A transgender woman in Malta whose challenge against the government led to changes in national marriage law, will be honoured as part of the country's Republic Day.
15th December 2013
India: Home Affairs Minister says ‘not now’ on ordinance against gay sex ban 6
10:52 AM — India’s Home Affairs Minister recently said that although his government opposes the Supreme Court’s recently reinstated gay sex ban, it will not act “now” towards nullifying the legislation.
13th December 2013
Australian Prime Minister: Gay couples who married in the ACT knew their marriages could be annulled 27
11:19 AM — Prime Minister Tony Abbott says same-sex couples who married in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) knew there was a possibility their marriages would be annulled.
12th December 2013
Japan: Supreme Court awards legal parental status to trans man
7:13 PM — The Japanese Supreme Court has ruled in favour of a trans man to be legally recognised as the father of his wife's child, after unsuccessful earlier decisions.
UN: Indian Supreme Court decision to ban homosexuality breaks international law 5
3:11 PM — The UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, has expressed her dismay at the Indian Supreme Court’s decision to recriminalise same-sex sexual activity.