10th October 2005
Pakistan’s Alleged Gay Marriage
12:00 AM — Two men have supposedly got married in the socially conservative Muslim country of Pakistan.
Connecticut Gets Gay Marriages
12:00 AM — In the state of Connecticut this week, a law allowing civil unions for same-sex couples took effect.The law is unique; it allows civil unions for same-sex couples with full benefits of a regular marriage, while at the same time defining marriage as between a man and a woman.Heterosexual couples are not allowed to receive civil unions. The license application will be identical to one for a regular marriage, except "bride" and "groom" are replaced with "party 1" and "party 2."
Hamas say gays are perverts will be punished if they win elections 17
12:00 AM — Hamas, the militant and political group in the Palestinian Territories have said that they win the Palestinian Authority Parliamentary election, they would ban men and women dancing together and will strip gay men and women of the few rights they have in the territory that they have at present.Dr Mahmoud Zahar (pictured), the groups leader in Gaza, in an article on an Arabic website condemned the rights that gays have in Israel and made it clear that he thinks that gays are perverts.
Gay Catholic Priests to be allowed if they’re celibate 4
12:00 AM — Gay men will allowed to be Roman Catholic priests as long as they can prove that they have been celibate for a minimum of three years.The Vatican report which was revealed in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera was commissioned by the Pope, Benedict XIV (pictured), says that the church will ban gays who "publicly manifest their homosexuality or show an overwhelming attraction" to homosexual culture even if it is only intellectually".
11 year olds selling gay sex as rent boys 5
12:00 AM — A Leicester politician has revealed that there are male prostitutes or rent boys as young as 11 selling sex to men in the city's parks.Councillor Mark Farmer, spokesman on crime and disorder issues told his local newspaper, the Leicester Mercury that he has received reports of up to six children, aged between 11 and 13, working in the trade.
Boy George back in UK but faces prison in the USA over cocaine charge 4
12:00 AM — Boy George (pictured), the 44-year-old former Culture Club front man returned to Britain today after appearing in court in New York where he was charged with possessing cocaine.The star is accused of possessing 5g of cocaine that police say were found in 134 small packets in his flat in the Little Italy district of the city.
Sinead O’Connor slams church for gay priest witch hunt 4
12:00 AM — Irish singer Sinead O'Connor (pictured) has slammed what she calls the Catholic Church's "witch hunt" against gay priests, warning church leaders that they are "blasphemous" for criticizing gay people.The controversial singer said she believes senior figures in the Catholic Church are now "preaching against love" in the campaign against lesbian and gay people.
London’s first gay freshers fair 37
12:00 AM — London's first gay freshers fair will be taking place at indie bar, Trash Palace on Sunday 23rd October.
South African hospital denies surrogacy to gay couple on religious grounds 4
12:00 AM — A gay couple looking forward to having their own baby after 16 years together have had their dreams dashed after the Catholic Church refused to approve test tube babies for gay couples.
Bromley u-turn on gay wedding ceremonies 4
12:00 AM — The executive committee of Bromley Council has reversed their previous decisions on allowing civil partnership ceremonies to take place in their buildings. The leader of the Conservative controlled council had previously vowed to refuse couples to have a ceremony in their properties.The move comes after Ken Livinstone (pictured), the Mayor of London wrote to the Stephen Carr, the leader of the council saying "Having sought legal opinion I remain firm in my belief that Bromley Council is acting in a discriminatory and unlawful way by refusing civil partnership ceremonies to same-sex couples."
Gay banker to sue HSBC for £5m after dismissal 1
12:00 AM — A gay investment banker at HSBC has begun a £5m court case over his dismissal, which he claims was motivated by his sexuality.43-year-old Peter Lewis is openly gay and was sacked by the banking giant for "gross personal misconduct". The incident in question relates to an encounter between Mr Lewis and another male employee of the bank, which ultimately resulted in a complaint of "sexual harassment".
Poll questions US Army’s approach to gays 1
12:00 AM — Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) has questioned the results of a new poll exploring the impact of the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' ban on the decision of potential recruits to enlist.Similar polls conducted in Canada and Britain prior to the repeal of gay bans in those nations predicted dire consequences if gays were allowed to serve openly, yet those predictions never materialized after the fact, the group said this week.
Anti-Gay comment halts employment tribunal 1
12:00 AM — Marc Cranfield-Adams (pictured), a former Richmond counsellor has complained to the chairman of the regional employment tribunal board after a tribunal member made what he deemed to be an anti-gay comment.Mr Cranfield-Adams brought his case to an employment tribunal after he became depressed and suffered a nervous breakdown allegedly caused by harassment by staff at the Specialist Schools Trust.