1 February 2006Czech President rejects gay marriage + Czech President Vaclav Klaus has vetoed a law allowing same-sex partnerships, saying it increased the state's power to interfere with individual lives.The bill now returns to the lower house of parliament, where the veto can be overturned if 101 of the 200 deputies vote for the measure.
1 February 2006Gay Pride knifeman jailed + An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man who stabbed people at the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade last year, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.Judges ruled that the accused displayed extreme fanatical behaviour in his actions that injured three people.The Jerusalem District Court convicted Yishai Schlissel, a resident of the ultra-Orthodox community of Kiryat Sefer, of attempted murder and severe injury for stabbing and injuring three people at the gay parade.
1 February 2006Outgames finds new partners 1 The International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association and the 1st World Outgames Montreal 2006 have announced a formal partnership.The 1st World Outgames Montreal 2006 has been a member of the IGLTA for the past two years, during which they have developed a strong partnership and cooperated on projects allowing both organisations to promote their services and events, as well as promote gay travel as a whole.
1 February 2006Civil Rights activist dies + The widow of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, died on Monday night in Mexico, where she was receiving treatment at a holistic health centre after a heart attack last year.Coretta Scott King, 78, suffered a stroke and a mild heart attack last August.
1 February 2006Anti gay judge appointed to Supreme Court + A judge who opposed legalised abortion and gay rights has been appointed to the Supreme Court in the USA.Samuel Alito, President George Bush's second Supreme Court pick, narrowly won confirmation in the tightest race victory since Clarence Thomas was appointed to the court in 1991.Mr Alito opposed legalised abortion and gay rights as a young lawyer but now says he will approach the issues with an "open mind," won his seat with a 58-42 Senate vote.
1 February 2006Gay kiss advert cleared for broadcast + The Advertising Standards Authority has ruled that an advert for Dolce Gabbana that features two men kissing is suitable for broadcast at any time.The television advertisement for DG watches showed various brief shots of people in cafes, restaurants and on a dance floor.
1 February 2006Brad Pitt wants to play gay + Hollywood heartthrob Brad Pitt has expressed his desire to star in the ultimate gay love story after the success of films such as Brokeback Mountain.An insider told the Sun, "Brad has asked his people to find him a script to play a gay man.
1 February 2006Catherine Zeta Jones in transgender role 5 Catherine Zeta Jones is rumoured to be the next high profile star to become trans gendered following the critically acclaimed film, Transamerica.Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman, who won a Golden Globe for Transamerica, has shown that being a woman playing a man who self defines as a woman can get you noticed.According to the New York Post, Catherine Zeta Jones is being lined up to play a 1960s sex-change cabaret artist in an upcoming movie.
1 February 2006Cameron’s Conservatives may form homophobic alliance 2 The Conservative Party may join forces with one of Europe's most homophobic political parties.David Cameron, Conservative Party leader, has sanctioned talks with Poland's governing party, whose policies include banning gay pride marches.The negotiations with the Law and Justice party, which were criticised last night by gay rights campaigners, highlight the challenge facing Mr Cameron as he seeks to break away from Europe's main centre-right grouping.
1 February 2006BBC may silence GayTalk + The BBC's continuous cost cutting has hit the airwaves of gay radio show, Gay Talk, after almost ten years of transmitting to Manchester's gay communities.Gay Talk, transmitted as part of BBC GMR, will end in April despite its unrivalled record of covering major gay events on the BBC network.The BBC's decision has prompted a campaign to save the show headed by the team behind it.
2 February 2006Making homophobia history + A survey of top lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender historical figures will be compiled over the next few weeks as part of this year's LGBT History Month.The month of events in February, backed by Schools Out, who aim to provide a support network for all lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transpersons in education, will provide a comprehensive history of homosexuality in the UK.
2 February 2006First gay marriage in British Army + A lesbian couple have become the first gay army recruits to have a civil partnership.The Sun revealed that Privates Sonya Gould, 19, and Vanessa Haydock, 18, got married under new civil laws.Vanessa, based at Hullavington, Wilts, told the Sun said: "It was wonderful to get married and being the first was the icing on the cake.
2 February 2006Couple plan gay rights protest + A gay couple in North Carolina are refusing to pay their taxes in protest at not being allowed to get married.Charles Merrill and his partner Kevin Boyle, have announced they will not pay Federal or North Carolina Income Tax on over two million dollars worth of stock sales and income for 2004, because of unfair discrimination in the Federal and State Tax Income Codes.
2 February 2006Canada may backtrack on gay marriages + Gay people in Canada may have the right to marry taken away just a year after the nation granted it.A new Conservative government, that campaigned on the promise that it would allow Parliament to vote on whether to reopen the issue, takes power next week .If Parliament approves the motion, the government, led by Stephen Harper, would then change the definition of marriage back to that of a union between a man and a woman.
2 February 2006Oaten wants to remain an MP 19 Former Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, Mark Oaten spoke to the public for the first time since tabloid allegations of a gay sex scandal to reveal his desire to stay in Parliament.Mr Oaten, who has kept a low profile over the last couple of weeks, told his local paper, the Hampshire Chronicle, he wanted to remain an MP but insisted that his priority was to salvage his marriage following reports that he paid a rent boy for sex.
2 February 2006Lesbians aim to beat Portugeuse law + Two Portuguese women are trying to take advantage of a legal discrepancy in Portugal in an attempt to get married and highlight homosexual rights in the country.The couple became the first homosexuals to try to register their marriage yesterday, and are expecting to be turned down, but said they had already presented an appeal in the courts.
2 February 2006Jersey review age of consent + An official review into the age of consent for gay men in Jersey is taking place over the next two months.The Parliament of the Channel Island's Bailiwick of Jersey has asked the Corporate Affairs Scrutiny Panel to review proposals to lower the age of consent from 18 to 16.Last week, Jersey's Community Relations Trust said it would take away the criminalisation of what it says is a natural act.
2 February 2006Christians protest at gay casting + A Christian made movie about the real-life story of a son who makes peace with an Amazon tribe that killed his missionary father, has sparked controversy in the evangelical world after the casting of a gay actor for the lead role.The film, End of the Spear, stars Chad Allen as slain missionary Nate Saint.
2 February 2006Bishop: Church must overcome homophobia 3 The Worldwide Anglican Church is hoping to shift public attention away from internal rifts over gay priests and onto pressing global issues of poverty and disease, bishops revealed today.South Africa's Archbishop, Njongonkulu Ndungane, told Reuters: "The Anglican church has always been at the heart of social justice issues ...
3 February 2006Tennis ace to open Gay Games 3 Tennis star Martina Navratilova will open this year's Outgames in Montreal.The world-renowned tennis champion will present the Declaration of Montréal, the resolution of a conference on gay rights, with Olympic medallist and Outgames Co-President Mark Tewksbury at the Opening Ceremony on July 29, 2006.
Articles from February 2006
- US: Owner of florist sued for refusing same-sex wedding files lawsuit against state13
- Mixed martial arts fighter fined $20,000 and suspended for three months for anti-gay slur+
- France: President Francois Hollande signs equal marriage bill into law4
- Gay MP Mike Freer accuses fellow Tories of attempting to “derail” equal marriage bill8
- Church of England: Allowing straight civil partnerships would ‘introduce confusion’19
- Georgia: Prime Minister denounces violence against IDAHOT rally4
- Poll: 7 in 10 Russians are against the ‘justification and display of homosexuality’28
- Portugal: Parliament grants same-sex couples some adoption rights6
- Comment: Dear Philip Hammond, equal marriage might upset people, but it is worth it for equality18
- Italian Chamber of Deputies President: ‘Macho culture reduces gay people to caricatures’7
- Daniel Radcliffe: When filming Kill Your Darlings, I was given 'step-by-step' gay sex scene instructions16
- Scotland: Trans woman threatened with ban from shopping centre for using ladies' toilets28
- Turkey urged to broadcast Eurovision following TV station cancellation over lesbian kiss11
- Philip Hammond: 'No great demand for gay marriage and it's upsetting vast numbers of people'68
- Video: Equal marriage parody of Finland's 2013 Eurovision entry goes viral3
- France: Final marriage equality hurdle passed as Constitutional Council approves bill36
- Birmingham: LGBT sports centre to be opened by naked charity calendar stars Warwick Rowers11
- Georgia: IDAHOT rally attacked by thousands of violent protesters20
- Poll: 7 in 10 Russians are against the 'justification and display of homosexuality'28
- Study: Audiences don't mind gay actors playing straight roles 11
- Tory MP Nadine Dorries: 'The gay marriage bill is taking the sex out of marriage'89
- US: Minnesota Republican moved to tears over 'heartbreaking' same-sex marriage bill73
- Government to consider abolishing civil partnerships or opening up to straight couples68
- Philip Hammond: 'No great demand for gay marriage and it's upsetting vast numbers of people'68
- Bret Easton Ellis slams GLAAD and says gay basketball player Jason Collins treated like a 'baby panda'65
- US Radio host: Gay news websites are covered with porn that is turning teens gay62
- Lib Dem MP Sarah Teather tells Catholic newspaper 'I never went into politics to tackle equal marriage'59
- Tory MP David Burrowes: 'I'm not anti-gay; I'm just pro-marriage'57
- Christians called to pray at Parliament in opposition to equal marriage bill56
- New Zealand: B&B owner says 'not in my home' to lesbian couple56
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