24th December 2012
Louis Smith: I am happy to be a ‘gay icon’ — but remember, I am straight 87
11:10 AM — Having won this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, Olympian Louis Smith says he wants his gay fans to remember that he “fancies women”.
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.
Anti-gay ex-UKIP abortion row candidate defeated in By-election 20
5:53 PM — A prospective UKIP candidate, who described same-sex marriage as an “abhorrence”, and was then suspended by the party for his outspoken views on abortion, has been defeated in a Kent council By-election.
UK: First openly gay judge to be appointed Chancellor of the High Court 18
4:11 PM — Lord Justice (Terrence) Etherton, the first senior judge to be in a civil partnership, has been appointed as Chancellor of the High Court, or head of the Chancery Division.
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.
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.
20th December 2012
Anti-gay comedian Jim Davidson signed up for Celebrity Big Brother 34
1:14 PM — Jim Davidson, who recently suggested gay entertainers are more likely to be sexual abusers, has been signed up for Celebrity Big Brother – despite previously clashing with the show’s gay current host.
Boris adviser: We almost pulled funding for World Pride 2012 5
12:32 PM — Sir Edward Lister, Chief of Staff to London Mayor Boris Johnson, has told a committee that City Hall considered pulling funding for this year’s World Pride festival amid concerns about its viability.
Interview: Gay couple hope to find closure in 2013 following Christian anti-gay B&B case 34
10:41 AM — Despite winning a legal case against the homophobic owner of a bed and breakfast – John Morgan and Michael Black say they won’t have complete closure until it is settled at the Court of Appeal.
19th December 2012
Brighton: Police launch special website into gay man’s murder 7
7:11 PM — A website to assist Sussex Police in tracing a suspect being sought over the unsolved murder of a Brighton gay man has been set up by the force.
UK: Envoy to the prime minister to vote against same-sex marriage 32
1:16 PM — Conservative MP Stephen O'Brien, who is also the Prime Minister's Envoy & UK Special Representative to the Sahel region in Africa, has confirmed he will vote against equal marriage.
UK: Gay couples denied access to heterosexual divorce laws 28
11:59 AM — Gay partners in England and Wales who have an affair with someone of the same sex will not be able to use adultery laws as grounds for divorce, lawyers have warned.
18th December 2012
Anti-gay UKIP candidate calls for compulsory abortion of Down’s syndrome foetuses 46
6:31 PM — A UKIP candidate, who described same-sex marriage as an “abhorrence", and called for an NHS review to look at compulsory abortion if a foetus has Down's syndrome or spina bifida, has been suspended.
Liverpool midfielder Suso fined £10,000 by FA for calling teammate ‘gay’ 17
4:13 PM — Liverpool's Suso has been fined £10,000 by the Football Association for calling teammate Jose Enrique “gay” after the player tweeted a photo of Enrique having his teeth whitened.
UK: Gay Tory group writes to 303 Tory MPs in plea to support same-sex marriage 9
2:04 PM — The Conservative Party’s LGBT group has written to all 303 Tory MPs calling on them to support equal marriage rights for gay couples.
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor: Same-sex marriage is an ‘abuse of language’ 74
11:51 AM — The former Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, has questioned whether David Cameron can be trusted due to his support for equal marriage.
Gareth Thomas joins ITV’s Dancing on Ice 16
11:11 AM — Former rugby player Gareth Thomas will be in the rink for the new series of Dancing on Ice.
Anti-equal marriage Tory MP leaves Twitter after backlash 29
10:24 AM — Conservative MP Gordon Henderson has closed down his Twitter account after speaking out against same-sex marriage.
17th December 2012
Brighton: Gay couple left devastated and traumatised after homophobic attack 32
6:56 PM — Sussex Police are appealing for information after a gay couple were violently attacked in Brighton while holding hands on a street.
Lib Dem MP Gordon Birtwistle: ‘Gay marriage is just not on’ 65
6:00 PM — The first Liberal Democrat MP to voice their opposition to the government’s marriage reforms since last week's announcement has gone public.