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.
US: Retiring gay Congressman Barry Frank says he’ll consider role of temporary Senator 3
10:58 PM — The retiring Democrat Congressman Barney Frank has indicated that he would be willing to serve as a temporary senator should John Kerry be appointed the next Secretary of State.
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.
New York: Ex-model found guilty of murdering and castrating gay TV presenter 2
12:38 PM — A Portuguese former underwear model has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison after he was convicted of murdering and castrating a gay Portuguese TV presenter.
22nd December 2012
Newtown local community prevents God Hates Fags church from picketing Sandy Hook school shooting funerals 42
4:19 PM — The Westboro Baptist Church, home of the God Hates Fags campaign was reportedly scared away this week from protesting at the funerals of some of the children massacred at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
US court suspends California’s ban on therapies to turn gay teenagers straight 28
3:33 PM — A three-judge panel in the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals has suspended the implementation of a new law banning therapists offering treatment to young gay people to turn themselves straight.
Anonymous files death certificate for God Hates Fags leader & changes her PC background to gay porn 58
3:34 AM — The hackers collective, Anonymous, has continued its long-running battle with the Westboro Baptist Church, the home of the ‘God Hates Fags’ church, and claims to have changed the desktop background on its spokeswoman's computer to gay porn.
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.
Possible US Defence Secretary nominee: Comments about gays “do not reflect my views” 17
1:45 AM — A former US Senator, and Barack Obama's likely choice for Defence Secretary, apologised on Friday for "insensitive" remarks he made about an openly gay nominee for an ambassadorship.
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
New Hampshire’s first transgender representative signals fight back to office 2
4:57 PM — A transgender New Hampshire state representative, who resigned last month, says she will stand again for election next year.
US: Gay teenager appointed to the board of Florida city council after he spoke out against discrimination 3
3:25 PM — The council of the South Florida city of Boca Raton has unanimously appointed a 17-year-old openly gay boy to its community relations board after he spoke out against the city's lack of anti-LGBT discrimination policies.
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.
Questions over anti-gay past of Chuck Hagel, tipped to become next US defence secretary 5
10:43 AM — Chuck Hagel, who is in the running to become the next US defence secretary, previously suggested an ambassador could be unfit to serve due to his sexuality by describing him as “aggressively gay”.
Anderson Cooper: AIDS activist Spencer Cox was a ‘real life hero’ who saved countless lives 2
9:44 AM — Anderson Cooper, reflecting on the death of the notable HIV/AIDS activist Spencer Cox described the late campaigner as a "real life hero" who saved multiple lives.
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.
Lesbian half-sister of Newt Gingrich says she’s ‘proud’ of his same-sex marriage U-turn 4
10:57 PM — Candace Gingrich-Jones, the lesbian half-sister of former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich, has welcomed his call for the Republican Party to accept the idea of same-sex civil marriages.
US Radio host: Same-sex marriage laws might force a resurrected Jesus to marry a man 101
9:54 PM — Linda Harvey, a host of the Ohio based Christian radio station WRFD has warned that the passing of same-sex marriage laws might cause Jesus Christ to marry another man.
Newt Gingrich: The Republican Party needs to accept the ‘reality’ of same-sex marriage 19
6:11 PM — In what is being seen as a major U-turn, former US House Speaker Newt Gingrich believes the Republican Party should accept the idea of same-sex civil marriages.