16th December 2008
New Jersey commission backs gay marriage over “unequal” civil unions 2
4:34 PM — A commission set up to study the effect on same-sex couples, their children and other family members of being provided civil unions rather than marriage has issued its final report.
Catholic and Orthodox bishops enthuse about the joys of (heterosexual) marriage 17
3:27 PM — Roman Catholic and Orthodox bishops have issued a statement about the importance of marriage - for heterosexuals.
Sweden’s highest court rejects same-sex marriage case 3
2:32 PM — A gay couple who got married in Canada should not be regarded as a married couple under Swedish law, a court has ruled.
Obama’s environment team includes lesbian appointment
1:31 PM — The President-elect of the United States has named Nancy Sutley as Chair of his Council on Environmental Quality in the White House.
15th December 2008
Which MEPs are supporting civil partnerships recognition? 6
6:44 PM — Here is a recent list of MEPs that are backing a written declaration on civil partnerships. If it is signed by more than 50% of MEPs it will be adopted as a resolution.
British MEPs not signed up to civil partnerships recognition across EU 15
6:29 PM — Campaigners for equal recognition of gay marriage and civil partnerships across the EU have said that not all British MEPs are signed up to their cause.
Hungarian court blocks same-sex partnership law 10
5:11 PM — Hungary's Constitutional Court has annulled a new law due to come into effect next month that would legally recognise gay and lesbian relationships.
One small step for gays at Hong Kong’s first Pride march 1
4:16 PM — More than 1,000 people took part in the first officially sanctioned gay Pride event in Hong Kong on Saturday. It was organised by a coalition of HIV organisations and LGBT groups.
Former police officer arrested in ‘rainbow maniac’ serial killer case
2:38 PM — A retired state police sergeant has been arrested in Brazil in connection with the murders of 13 gay men in Sao Paulo.
Lithuanian MPs vote to “protect” minors from homosexuality 10
1:58 PM — Gay people in Lithuania have expressed concern that a new law will lead to a ban on gay activities. The Lithuanian parliament accepted amendments to the law on the protection of minors last week.
Human rights groups urge countries to support UN gay rights statement 1
1:34 PM — More than 60 nations from across the world are supporting a statement on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.
14th December 2008
Rufus Wainwright not a gay marriage supporter but criticises Prop 8 15
3:05 PM — Gay star Rufus Wainwright reveals that he's not a gay marriage supporter, but argues against Proposition 8. Singer, Wainwright, has told the New York Press"Oddly enough, I’m actually not a huge gay marriage supporter."
12th December 2008
PFLAG launches safe schools training for parents and LGBT allies 3
3:16 PM — An advocacy and support group for the families and friends of lesbian and gay people has launched a new community-based safe schools programme.
MEPs call on Vatican to embrace LGBT rights 4
2:33 PM — Members of the European Parliament have called on the Vatican to support a statement on lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights to be read out at the UN next week.
Obama’s environmental protection team brings first LGBT appointment 2
1:50 PM — The first prominent lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans person to be appointed to President-elect Barack Obama's new administration is the current Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles.
Video: Republican party must take “long hard look at itself” 1
1:01 PM — A leading Republican has said that the party needs to change if it wants to have a future in America.
11th December 2008
Same-sex couples denied EU right to freedom of movement 13
4:18 PM — Gay and lesbian couples who have legal same-sex marriages or unions are being denied their rights to move and reside freely within the EU.
Eid pardon for Kurdish journalist imprisoned for writing about gay sex
3:35 PM — A doctor sentenced to six months by a Kurdish judge for writing an medical article about sodomy has been pardoned and released.
Mayor of Hobart apologises 20 years after gay ban
2:57 PM — In August 1988, a newly formed group pressing for law reform in Tasmania set up a stall at a popular outdoor market in Hobart.
Nepal to support LGBT rights statement at UN 2
2:41 PM — The Prime Minister of Nepal has instructed his country's UN Ambassador to support an oral statement on the universal rights of all people regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.