15th December 2005
Lesbian appointed Conservative vice-chairman 2
12:00 AM — Conservative leader David Cameron has appointed his party's first openly lesbian candidate his new vice-chairman.Margot James, a Chelsea based millionaire businesswoman became the first openly lesbian woman to stand as a Conservative candidate when she contested the safe Labour seat of Holborn and St Pancreas at the last general electionMiss James is in a long-term relationship with girlfriend, Jay Hunt, 38, host of the BBC makeover programme Would Like To Meet.
Sir Elton and David Furnish face £10,000 policing bill for wedding
12:00 AM — Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish face a £10,000 bill to cover the policing of their gay wedding next week.The pop star and his film producer boyfriend David Furnish have been in a relationship for tweleve years and are planning a relatively low-key ceremony at Windsor Guildhall. The hall was the venue for one of the year's key weddings; the marriage of Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.
South African traditionalists warn that gay couples will be pariahs
12:00 AM — Traditional leaders have warned that gay couples risk being treated as pariahs in rural communities in South Africa following last week's Constitutional Court ruling endorsing same-sex marriages.Members of the National House of Traditional Leaders unanimously agreed during a three-day conference in Hazyview, Mpumalanga, that the endorsement disappointed them.
Latvian Parliament amend constitution to ban gay marriage
12:00 AM — MPs in Latvia have passed an amendment to their constitution barring gay marriages from taking place.65 MPs voted in favour of the change, six voted against the change whilst nine abstained from voting.Gay marriages have been illegal under civil law in Latvia since 1993 but the constitutional amendment ensures that any future recognition of gay relationships will be hard.
Gay couple claim to have lost £6000 in benefits since Civil Partnerships introduced 57
12:00 AM — A gay couple from Kent claim that the introduction of the Civil Partnerships Act has meant a reduction in their level of state benefits of over £6000 per year.Andrew Brettell, 63 and his 44-year-old partner have cohabited for 18 years and have held a joint mortgage since 1989.Mr Brettell claims that ill health has meant he receives a pension credit.