5th January 2006
New York elects first gay speaker
12:00 AM — New York City Council yesterday elected its first woman and first openly gay speaker.Christine Quinn, a 39-year-old Democrat, becomes the second highest-ranking official in the city after the mayor, Michael Bloomberg.The role of the speaker is to act as a check and balance to the executive authority of the mayor. It is, in effect, a similar position to the chairman of the London Assembly.
4th January 2006
Comment: Can we tolerate homophobia for much longer? 12
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk's Benjamin Cohen takes a personal look at the controversy concerning the comments made by Sir Iqbal Sacranie on the radio.It used to be the case that libertarians and liberals could argue with some justification that tolerance is a necessary part of a liberal society. As a liberal, I could say to Sir Iqbal: "I disagree with you but I tolerate the right for you to be intolerant." But can we still continue be tolerant of those who show so little respect for our liberal way of life.
‘Moderate’ Muslim leader says being gay is immoral 12
12:00 AM — The leader of the Muslim Council of Great Britain has sparked condemnation by religious and political leaders, after he claimed in a radio interview that gay relationships are damaging the foundations of society, and that homosexuality carries unusually high health risks.Sir Iqbal Sacranie, heads the Muslim Council of Britain, labelled by many as a moderate Islamic group that engages with the British political system.
3rd January 2006
Scottish Cardinal denounces gay marriages 4
12:00 AM — The leader of Scotland's Roman Catholic Church has attacked the country's government ministers for undermining the sanctity of marriage by allowing "gay weddings".Archbishop of Edinburgh, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, is also set to launch an attack on the Scottish Executive for cutting the minimum separation period of divorce.In his New Year's Day homily at St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh, the cardinal said that during 2006, he would urge the Executive in particular to give "unequivocal support" to marriage.