2nd January 2013
Lesbian couple celebrate with France’s first baby of 2013 3
4:23 PM — The first baby in France to be born in 2013 was by a lesbian couple, although current inequality means only one of the parents has formal legal recognition.
Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols bans gay masses in Soho 116
12:19 PM — The Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols has announced that masses throughout Soho in central London, designed specifically for gay people, are to end.
Tory MP Henry Smith: I’m against same-sex marriage, but I’m no homophobe 135
10:11 AM — Conservative MP Henry Smith claims he’s “no homophobe” after encountering criticism to his opposition to equal marriage.
1st January 2013
Comment: A lesson on equal marriage for the Archbishop of Westminster by a gay teacher 69
7:43 PM — Gay teacher Richard Queripel explains in an open letter to the head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales how wrong he is to use the teaching of marriage in schools as an argument against allowing same-sex couples to get married.
31st December 2012
Maryland: Couples await midnight for state’s first same-sex marriages 7
6:01 PM — Numerous gay couples across Maryland will be celebrating the New Year with a bumper toast as they share the occasion with their marriages, the first to be conducted following the a referendum to legislate for marriage equality.
Archbishop of Chicago: Same-sex marriage ‘violates natural law’ 59
5:35 PM — The Catholic Archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal Francis George, has warned against introducing marriage equality in the state of Illinois because he claims gay couples cannot consummate their unions.
Comment: The leadership of the Catholic Church are hate-fuelled bigots 116
12:29 PM — In light of today’s dramatic announcement that Pope Benedict XVI intends to step down – let us point you to this PinkNews comment piece by Adrian Tippetts – published at the end of last year about the Catholic Church’s leadership.
Catholic Church tells worshippers to bombard MPs with letters telling them to vote against gay equality 96
12:50 AM — For the first time, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has told worshipers to bombard MPs with letters to lobby them to vote against introducing same-sex marriage.
30th December 2012
Catholic think tank: Same-sex marriage denies children the right to be raised by their parents 50
10:30 PM — The Irish Catholic think tank the Iona Institute, has released a video and a document that argues that gay couples should be banned from marrying "for the sake of the children." It also argues that same-sex marriage could lead to children not being brought up by their parents.
Video: The first couples to have same-sex marriages celebrate in Maine 2
2:49 PM — Michael Snell and Steven Bridges of Portland were among the first gay couples to marry in the US state of Maine after same-sex marriage became legal in the early hours of yesterday morning.
Obama calls on home-state of Illinois to make same-sex marriage legal 11
12:32 PM — A spokesman for Barack Obama says that the president has encouraged politicians in his home state to change the law to make marriage equal.
29th December 2012
Catholic Church: Children will be damaged by gay couples marrying in Britain 188
9:53 PM — A letter to be read to worshipers in Roman Catholic Churches across Birmingham will say that the Government has not considered the damage to be done to children by allowing gay couples to marry in England and Wales as well as Scotland.
28th December 2012
Comment: BBC News was biased against same-sex marriage over Christmas 77
6:31 PM — Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, David Mason says the BBC News' coverage of equal marriage was not balanced over the festive period with opponents being given excessive airtime.
US Radio host: Gay rights is killing children 83
5:44 PM — Linda Harvey, a host of the Ohio based Christian radio station WRFD has warned that the gay rights movement in the United States is leading children into sin and ultimately their untimely death.
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.
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.
Israel: Party leader calls on state to stop recognising same-sex marriages 14
7:17 PM — Naftali Bennett, the chairman of a minor Israeli party, The Jewish Home (Habayit Hayehudi) has said that Israel should stop recognising same-sex marriages and that he joked about a gay solider in his army unit "in good fun".
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.