17th December 2013
Pope Francis removes anti-equal marriage cardinal from Vatican Committee 6
1:29 PM — Pope Francis has replaced a US conservative cardinal who is strongly against equal marriage and abortion with an American cardinal who is less outspoken.
US: In lawsuit based on sodomy ruling, judge rules that Utah’s polygamy law is unconstitutional 12
1:07 PM — A federal judge has ruled that a law banning polygamy in the state of Utah is unconstitutional.
American LGBT magazine The Advocate names Pope Francis as ‘Person of the Year’ 29
12:07 PM — One of America’s most influential LGBT magazines has named Pope Francis as its “Person of the Year”.
16th December 2013
US: Illinois judge tells county clerk to issue marriage licences early for the terminally ill
7:18 PM — A federal judge has instructed a county clerk in the US state of Illinois to issue marriage licences early to any same-sex couple who wish to wed immediately if one of them has a terminal illness.
US: Pastor refuses to quit voluntarily for officiating at gay son’s wedding 1
6:23 PM — A Methodist minister in the US state of Pennsylvania has refused to voluntarily step down after he was put "on trial", for officiating at his gay son's wedding, and after saying he would not renounce his actions.
US: New Jersey officials end push to codify equal marriage in law 2
4:11 PM — Officials in the US state of New Jersey have ended a campaign to have equal marriage written into state law through extra legislation.
15th December 2013
US: New Jersey Senate approves bill allowing trans people to obtain new birth certificates 1
1:14 PM — A New Jersey Senate panel has approved a bill which would allow the state's health department to re-issue birth certificates to trans or intersex people who have not undergone gender reassignment surgery.
US: Comedian Bob Newhart scheduled to attend anti-gay Catholic conference 14
11:38 AM — US comedian Bob Newhart has been warned by gay activist groups against his scheduled appearance at the summit of a Catholic magazine which calls homosexuality a "disorder" that must be "cured."
14th December 2013
US: Reverend who officiated at gay son’s wedding may be defrocked 11
3:36 PM — A US pastor who officiated at his gay son's wedding in 2006, is to announce next week whether he will renounce his actions or surrender his position as minister.
Human rights group urges Obama to include LGBT people in US Sochi delegation 2
2:31 PM — A human rights group has written to US President Barack Obama to urge him to include LGBT people in the delegation sent to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
13th December 2013
US: Pentagon announces that all states are now in compliance with equal benefits regulations 1
7:09 PM — The Pentagon has now confirmed that all 50 US states are in compliance with a directive to allow benefits to same-sex military couples, despite some states initially refusing to do so.
Liberace film Behind the Candelabra leads Golden Globe TV nominations with four nods 4
6:40 PM — HBO's film about gay pianist Liberace and its cast, are leading the nominations for the TV categories of the Golden Globes with four nods.
US: Federal college loan applications to be equalised for gay couples
4:09 PM — Students in the US who are in same-sex marriages will soon be treated equally to straight married couples in applying for federal college loans.
11th December 2013
US: Equal marriage supporters to launch Pennsylvania campaign
6:08 PM — Supporters of equal marriage in the US state of Pennsylvania have launched a campaign to legalise it.
US: Borough president calls Brooklyn, NY the ‘lesbian capital’ of the Northeast
3:32 PM — Brooklyn’s president, Marty Markowitz, lauded his district’s gay community and their contributions to the area by calling the borough the “lesbian capital” of the Northeast.
10th December 2013
US: Pastor sentenced for aiding lesbian in kidnap of daughter calls for case to be dismissed 8
6:51 PM — An American pastor who was sentenced for helping a woman flee to Central America to escape a custody battle with her lesbian partner has said the case should be dismissed as the crime did not take place in Vermont, where he was sentenced.
Obama speaks at Mandela’s eulogy: ‘Around the world people are still persecuted for who they love’ 13
6:16 PM — Speaking at the eulogy for Nelson Mandela, President Obama made a powerful speech about equality around the world, noting LGBT rights as part of the speech.
US: Baker says he would rather go to prison than make a wedding cake for a gay couple 43
5:54 PM — A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple and was told by a judge if he continued to do so he could face fines and worse, has said he would rather go to prison.
Viral video fakes that Justin Bieber is gay to save serial drink driver 6
4:45 PM — A viral video features a prank on a serial drink-driver in the US which shows him duped into thinking he has awoken from a ten-year coma into a world where Justin Bieber is gay.
9th December 2013
New York Times study names Mississippi as state least tolerant of gay people 9
7:48 PM — A new study published at the weekend analysed the places in the US where gay men take longer to come out, and found that Mississippi may be the least tolerant.