28th December 2012
Maine: City Halls prepare for midnight openings to issue same-sex marriage licences 10
5:18 PM — Town and city halls in the US state of Maine will be opening at midnight on Saturday to issue licences for couples to hold same-sex marriages.
Maryland: Business turns away all wedding bookings instead of having to cater for gay couples 23
11:18 AM — A business in the Annapolis, the state capital of Maryland, has decided to turn down all wedding related bookings to prevent a legal challenge from banning same-sex couples trying to use his trolleys for their wedding.
Poll: 71% of Tory members say equal marriage is splitting the party 35
10:22 AM — A poll carried out by the ConservativeHome website has found that 71% believe same-sex marriage is splitting the Tory party.
27th December 2012
Anti-gay marriage Tory MP Tim Loughton: Marriage is a ‘gift of God’ 96
8:07 PM — Former children’s minister Tim Loughton has defended his opposition to equal marriage and has described the Church of England's marriage service as “a gift of God in creation through which husband and wife may know the grace of God”.
Maryland: Several anti-gay court clerks to stop performing all marriages 20
5:15 PM — Several deputy court clerks in St Mary's County, Maryland, will stop performing marriages when same-sex marriage becomes legal in the state next week.
Government refuses to rule out using Parliament Act to force equal marriage past the House of Lords 55
2:11 PM — Culture Secretary Maria Miller has refused to rule out using the Parliament Act in order for the government to get its planned equal marriage legislation for England and Wales on the statute book, in the event of parliamentary deadlock.
Feature: The top international LGBT stories of 2012 3
1:16 PM — As 2012 draws to a close, PinkNews.co.uk takes a look back at the biggest international stories of the last twelve months.
Uruguay delays same-sex marriage vote until April 3
10:50 AM — Gay rights campaigners have criticised the decision of Uruguay's Senate to delay voting on the country’s proposed equal marriage bill.
Piers Morgan: The Bible needs to be amended so it supports same-sex marriage 44
10:15 AM — During an interview on his chat show with the Californian anti-gay pastor Rick Warren, Piers Morgan urged for an “amendment to the Bible” to allow for equal marriage.
26th December 2012
Obama petitioned to label Roman Catholic Church as a ‘hate group’ 61
9:26 PM — Already petitioned to label the Westboro Baptist Church, home of the God Hates Fags campaign as a 'hate group', Barack Obama is now being petitioned to give the same label to the Catholic Chutch.
Official petition for Obama to label ‘God Hates Fags’ Church as a hate group most popular ever 27
8:19 PM — The petition for President Obama to class the Westboro Baptist Church, the home of the 'God Hates Fags' campaign as a hate group has been named the most popular ever on the White House's 'We The People' website.
High Court Judge who criticised same-sex marriage had promised to ‘keep a low profile’ on subject 39
3:36 PM — A high court judge has come under-fire for arguing that the government should not legislate for same-sex marriage as he claims it only benefits 0.1% of the population. PinkNews can reveal that last month he promised to take a 'lower profile' on the subject after complaints were made about his involvement in the Marriage Foundation.
Lynne Featherstone: Religious leaders shouldn’t try and stop others from holding same-sex marriages 32
1:57 PM — Lynne Featherstone, now an International Development Minister, but previously the Minister for Equalities argues that religious leaders need to have more faith in their own beliefs and stop trying to force others to live by their anti-equal rights views.
High Court Judge: Same-sex marriage isn’t a priority as it only helps 0.1% of population 70
10:22 AM — Upcoming plans to legalise marriage equality have come under fire from a High Court judge, who said that the government should focus on the "crisis of family breakdown".
Poll: Majority of public want Church of England to hold same-sex weddings 31
12:36 AM — A new poll has found that the majority of the people in England and Wales wish for the Church of England to be able to conduct same-sex marriages.
25th December 2012
Cameroon’s Catholic Archbishop: Giving gays equal rights is a ‘crime against humanity’ 62
10:10 PM — One of the most senior Catholic leaders in Cameroon has labeled gay equality such as same-sex marriages as a "crime against humanity".
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
250 Rabbis, pastors and bishops call on Illinois to make same-sex marriage legal 14
11:50 PM — A group of 250 rabbis, pastors, bishops and other leaders representing liberal and reform Christian and Jewish groups have called on the state of Illinois to pass the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act that would make same-sex marriage legal.
Dutch foreign minister criticises Pope’s anti-gay rhetoric 26
6:48 PM — The Dutch foreign minister has criticised Pope Benedict XVI for his opposition to equal marriage and warns the Catholic leader that everyone "is unique".