30th December 2005
Gay and Transgender prison to close 1
12:00 AM — One of the America's few jail facilities specifically for gay or transgender prisoners is closing on Rikers Island, prompting complaints from gay rights activists who say it is still a much-needed safe haven.The unit, which opened on the city's island prison complex in the late 1970s in reply to complaints of abusive treatment of homosexuals in the prison system, stopped accepting new inmates last month.
Gay couples can now jointly adopt 1
12:00 AM — From today, gay couples can adopt children, after radical reforms come into force across England and WalesPreviously, gay couples were unable to adopt a child jointly, one partner would be considered the child's parent, with the other having no legal status.Felicity Collier, chief executive of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering lauded the act as "the most radical overhaul of adoption law for 30 years"
California anti-gay-marriage group terminates campaign 2
12:00 AM — One of the two groups fighting to put a gay marriage ban before California voters in 2006 has bowed out of the fight for now, blaming Hurricane Katrina and the political climate for preventing them from raising funds.Tuesday was the deadline for the ProtectMarriage group to submit the signatures needed to qualify for the June primary ballot one of two overlapping initiatives that would outlaw same-sex marriage and restrict domestic partnership rights.