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.
4th January 2013
Scientists say HIV therapeutic vaccine can temporarily improve the immune system 11
1:03 PM — Scientists say they are impressed with the results of a therapeutic vaccine that can temporarily enable the immune system to deal more effectively with the HIV virus in infected patients.
3rd January 2013
Study: Increased HIV life expectancy linked to reduction in smoking 7
4:25 PM — Much of the increased mortality seen in patients with HIV in the past decade – outside of antiviral drugs – can be attributed to a reduction in smoking, according to a study in Denmark.
2nd January 2013
Lesbian couple celebrate with France’s first baby of 2013 3
4:23 PM — The first baby in France to be born in 2013 was by a lesbian couple, although current inequality means only one of the parents has formal legal recognition.
31st December 2012
Silvio Berlusconi: “I have a lot of gay friends, they’re friendly and funny” 26
3:41 PM — Italy’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says his opponents have accused him of everything “except being gay and stealing money from Italians.”
30th December 2012
Catholic think tank: Same-sex marriage denies children the right to be raised by their parents 50
10:30 PM — The Irish Catholic think tank the Iona Institute, has released a video and a document that argues that gay couples should be banned from marrying "for the sake of the children." It also argues that same-sex marriage could lead to children not being brought up by their parents.
28th December 2012
Turkish gay fashion designer receives bloody nose in Istanbul attack 26
4:10 PM — Gay rights activists in Turkey have condemned the attack on gay fashion designer Barbaros Şansal.
Thousands of Dutch Catholics look to leave the church after Pope’s anti-gay comments 47
1:17 AM — According to the founder of a Dutch website which aims to offer information to those looking to leave the Catholic church, thousands of Catholics have been researching how to do so.
Moldova: Anti discrimination law passes second stage of parliament 5
12:27 AM — An anti-discrimination law, which could mean that crimes against LGBT people would be punishable by fines, or prison, has passed the second stage of parliament in the Republic of Moldova.
24th December 2012
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.
21st December 2012
Video: Amsterdam hosts the Drag Queen Olympics in spectacular style
5:48 PM — As part of the Pink Christmas event currently being held in Amsterdam, the Drag Queen Olympics have kicked off in spectacular style.
Ex-Chelsea footballer: Me homophobic? Have you seen my hairstyle! 24
1:47 PM — Despite facing an 11-match ban for spitting and for anti-gay behaviour, ex-Chelsea Portuguese midfielder Raul Meireles claims he can’t be homophobic, due to his hairstyle.
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.
20th December 2012
Ireland: Lesbian couple get engaged via Tweets projected onto Dublin building 5
3:23 PM — The Irish state broadcaster RTE has reported on how a festive tweets promotion by AOL turned into a surprise civil partnership proposal for a lesbian couple.
Ireland: Number of gay couples registering civil partnerships drops 7
1:52 PM — The Irish Central Statistics Office has reported that the number of gay couples entering into civil partnerships has dropped by a third since its introduction last year.
19th December 2012
Australian gay politician travels to Spain in order to marry partner 13
4:42 PM — A gay Australian politician and his partner were married in Spain on Wednesday after flying halfway around the world to skirt Australia’s laws banning marriage equality.