26th December 2012
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".
The Pope praises “Trojan horse” anti marriage equality essay by French rabbi 30
5:44 PM — During a Christmas address at the Vatican, the Pope has praised an essay by France's Chief Rabbi, who described equal marriage as a "Trojan horse", which would "undermine" straight marriage.
Anti-gay Tory MP calls Embarrassing Bodies ‘crap chav TV’ 28
5:41 PM — Conservative MP Stewart Jackson, who recently described equal marriage as a "constitutional outrage" also has a low opinion of Channel 4’s medical programme Embarrassing Bodies.
US: Gay rights pioneer Richard Adams dies aged 65 4
3:38 PM — Tributes have been paid to Richard Adams, who died last week after a short illness at the age of 65.
UK: PM attempts to appease anti-gay Christians by quoting Bible in Christmas message 42
1:48 PM — Commentators believe this year’s Christmas message by the prime minister is being seen as a way of trying to appease socially conservative Christians.
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.
22nd December 2012
Conservative Oxford MP changes mind to support same-sex marriage after student appeals 32
11:51 AM — After receiving a letter of appeal written by presidents of 38 university common room, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, Nicola Blackwood, has now said she is no longer against marriage equality.
US: Wisconsin court rules in favour of same sex domestic partnership registry 3
2:34 AM — An appeals court ruled on Friday that Wisconsin's same sex domestic partnership registry does not violate a state constitutional amendment which bans marriage equality.
Barack Obama: America’s attitudes to gay rights has been transformed over the past four years 4
12:27 AM — Speaking to Time Magazine reporters after he was named 'Time Magazine Person of the Year', US President Barack Obama has reflected on the transformation made to attitudes towards homosexuality in America.
21st December 2012
Tory MP David Davies questions if same-sex marriage will lead to children being taught about anal sex 102
11:36 PM — Conservative opponent of marriage equality David Davies has said his concerns focus around sex education and how children might be taught the mechanics of gay sex.
UK: New head of the High Courts Family Division is a strong supporter of gay equality 7
1:10 PM — The new head of the High Court's Family Division, Lord Justice (James) Munby, is a strong supporter of equality for gay people. He has presided over landmark cases relating to gay rights.
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.