14th January 2013
ComRes poll places UKIP second in EU voting intentions poll 12
6:31 PM — ComRes, the same polling organisation that found that a majority of UK residents are opposed to equal marriage, despite other polls suggesting the opposite, has published a new poll which places the UK Independence party second in the rankings for the European Parliamentary elections.
13th January 2013
France: 340,000 protest against equal marriage rights in Paris 102
5:06 PM — Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Paris protest against the country’s upcoming bill which would allow equal marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples.
Vatican: Topless women demonstrate for equal marriage rights during Pope’s weekly prayer 32
4:54 PM — A Ukrainian feminist group have protested topless at St Peter's Square for gay rights, as Pope Benedict XVI gave his weekly prayer.
12th January 2013
Thousands of French lesbians travel to Belgium for artificial insemination 7
11:03 PM — Thousands of French lesbians couples are believed to have travelled to Belgium in order to conceive babies, through artificial insemination, which is not available in their home country.
Malta: Labour government would grant civil partnerships and trans identity law if elected 9
9:45 PM — The leader of the Labour party in the Maltese House of Representatives has said his party would allow gay couples to have civil unions, a gender identity law for trans people, and that he would appoint a minister for civil rights and equality.
11th January 2013
Italian Supreme Court in landmark gay parental ruling 13
6:35 PM — Italy's Supreme Court of Cassation ruled on Friday that there is no reason why gay people cannot have custody of children.
France: Comedian who claims to be pro-gay plans to rally 200,000 against equal marriage 32
5:55 PM — An anti-equal marriage movement in France, which has organised a rally this weekend hoping to bring out 200,000 demonstrators, has found a leader in a comedian who has denied accusations of homophobia.
Poll: Strong support across Europe for equal marriage and adoption – but France divided 9
12:52 PM — A majority of people in several European countries believe that same-sex couples should be allowed to get married and adopt children, but in France the public is divided, according to a poll.
Serbia: Court makes landmark ruling against homophobic discrimination 8
3:38 AM — A court in a city in northern Serbia set a legal precedent when it fined a man for discriminating against a work colleague because he was gay.
10th January 2013
Turkish newspaper calls gay people ‘dirty deviants’ after student protest 14
6:47 PM — A nationalistic newspaper in Turkey, Yeni Akit (The New Covenant) has described gay people as 'dirty' and 'deviants'.
Sweden ends forced sterilisation rule for people who undergo gender reassignment 12
6:30 PM — Sweden has ended a law which made forced sterilisation compulsory for people undergoing gender reassignment surgery, in order for the state to recognise their gender identity.
9th January 2013
France drops assisted reproduction for lesbians from ‘marriage for all’ bill 5
11:49 PM — The ruling French Socialist government dropped medically assisted reproduction for lesbian couples, from the country's upcoming bill to legalise marriage equality.
French Government: Twitter should ban homophobic and anti-semitic tweets 7
10:25 PM — The French Government has suggested that the social networking company Twitter should be fighting against homophobic, anti-semitic and racist tweets that potentially break its laws on hate speech.
Poll: Support for marriage equality in Poland doubled over nine years, but remains low 23
1:16 PM — According to a new poll, support for equal marriage in Poland has doubled since 2003, but still remains low.
8th January 2013
Paris: Court refuses permission for new gay bar after complaints from residents 11
6:44 PM — A French businessman has accused the authorities in Paris of victimisation after a court refused to allow him to build a gay nightclub.
Dutch Priest posts photos of Catholic leavers to encourage them to stay, following Pope’s anti-gay speech 33
11:07 AM — The names and photographs of parish members attempting to leave the Catholic church will be displayed by a priest in the Netherlands, in an attempt to encourage them to stay.
6th January 2013
Francoise Hollande supports education minister on Catholic school equal marriage row 15
5:13 PM — French President, Francois Hollande voiced his support for his education minister who wrote a controversial letter urging Catholic schools to avoid bringing the issue of equal marriage into the classroom.
Mario Monti: Decision on Italian marriage equality should be made by parliament 9
4:38 PM — The Italian Premier, Mario Monti, who is backed by the Vatican for his re-election bid, has said that gay rights issues, including marriage equality, should be decided by parliament, not his governement, if he is successful.
Vatican newspaper says equal marriage ‘deceives humanity’, compares it to communism 67
1:43 AM — In not the first attack of its kind, the semi-official newspaper of the Vatican has likened global moves towards marriage equality to 20th century socialist promises which "deceived humanity".
5th January 2013
France: A majority of French people would like a referendum on equal marriage 32
1:17 AM — A new survey has revealed that more than two thirds of French people would like a referendum on marriage equality and adoption rights for same-sex couples.