25th December 2012
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.
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.
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.