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31 March 2006

  • 31st March 2006

    Qantas employee gains gay marriage recognition

    In a year long dispute, the Australian airline initially refused to update his marital status

    12:00 AM — A Qantas employee who had a gay marriage under Canadian law has had the ceremony recognised in Australia.In a year long dispute, the Australian airline initially refused to update his marital status in March 2005 citing Australian law which only recognises gay marriage as between a man and a woman.

  • Church joins Australian gay marriage debate

    ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope described the bill as “an acceptance of other relationships for same-sex couples “

    12:00 AM — The Australian Church has entered into the ever increasing debate over gay marriage.Two bishops have labelled the Australian Capital Territory's plans to give gay couples marriage rights a step to far and have called for an abandonment of the Civil Partnership Bill.

  • US bishops may “repent” gay policy

    Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Anglican Bishop, said that he believed that the Anglican Communion will eventually come to embrace gay men and women, although it is unlikely to be in his lifetime.

    12:00 AM — American bishops will "repent" for creating turmoil in the Anglican Church by abandoning their constant pro gay support, according to leaks from a private meeting last week.Reports suggest the American Anglican Church is ready to apologise for the consecration of gay bishop Gene Robinson in New Hampshire and may back an indefinite ban on gay marriages.

  • First Minister criticises Church’s gay adoption view

    enior Bishops are seeking a “conscience clause” giving the church and other faith-based groups the right to reject applicants to their adoption agencies on the basis of gender

    12:00 AM — Scotland's first minister has condemned claims by a prominent Roman Catholic that the Scottish Executive is giving in to political correctness through gay adoption policies.The Rt Rev Joseph Devine, Bishop of Motherwell told Jack McConnell he would not support "politically correct zealots" and would not "stand by and watch the destruction of Christian values and truth."

  • Gay Lib Dem MSP weds partner

    Mother-of-two Ms Smith split from her husband in 2000 and later announced she had a female partner

    12:00 AM — A Liberal Democrat has become the first MSP to have a civil partnership, after she wed her partner on the weekend.Margaret Smith, 45, MSP for Edinburgh West, registered her relationship with Suzanne Main in a ceremony with family and friends on Saturday.

  • Howard: No anti gay agenda

    Mr Howard stated he is simply trying to uphold the special place marriage holds in Australia

    12:00 AM — Australian Prime Minister John Howard has stood by his view on gay marriage stating that he does not have an anti homosexual agenda.The federal government threatened to introduce legislation to counter plans in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) to introduce a law on same sex unions last week, prompting accusations of homophobia.

  • Church launches pro gay TV ad

    In addition to television spots, the UCC is purchasing internet ads and blogads as a way to boost the church's overall exposure during the three-week run

    12:00 AM — The United Church of Christ (UCC) will launch a gay inclusive TV commercial today, telling viewers "God doesn't reject people, neither do we.""Ejector seat," the UCC's newest television commercial, will begin airing nationally on April 3, just in time for Easter.

  • Gay lobby group slams support for anti gay activist 5

    The Reverend Jerry Falwell serves as the Chancellor of Liberty, which maintains a history of aggressively investigating the sexual orientation of faculty and students, and expelling those who are found to be gay.

    12:00 AM — The National Stonewall Democrats (NSD) has criticised Republican Senator John McCain for endorsing the actions of anti-gay activist Jerry Falwell and for agreeing to keynote the spring graduation of Liberty University, a college controlled by Mr Falwell which routinely expels gay students."John McCain has embarked on a dangerous policy of appeasement that coddles the anti-gay base of the Republican Party," said Eric Stern, NSD executive director. "No Republican can win their party's presidential nomination without the institutional backing of Republican power-brokers like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson.

  • Congress members join calls for end to anti gay army policy 5

    A March 22 poll from the Pew Research Centre showed growing public support for repealing the military's ban

    12:00 AM — Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, has joined 113 other Members of Congress in supporting legislation to repeal the US military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on openly lesbian, gay and bisexual service personnel, according to the Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN.)In addition to Ms McKinney, Republican Congressman Sherwood Boehlert (R-N.Y.) and Democratic lawmakers Julia Carson and Michael Doyle (D-Pa.) recently joined other members of Congress in calling for a repeal of the gay ban.

  • Bishops’ backtrack on gay rights

    LEAC announced that 57.5% of respondents would oppose, in secret ballot, provisions for church blessing of same-sex partnerships

    12:00 AM — Episcopal bishops in the United States, if voting secretly now, would turn away from two critical votes in 2003 which championed a pro-homosexual agenda, according to a survey by Lay Episcopalians for the Anglican Communion (LEAC).The convention votes divided their church and caused the worldwide Anglican Communion to put about 2 million Americans in limbo.

  • New tools to improve links between gay patients and health services 1

    A series of online videos will help improve communications between lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their healthcare providers

    12:00 AM — The Mautner Project, the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association have developed a new tool and a series of online videos to help improve communications between lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their healthcare providers."Individual and institutional homophobia in the healthcare system has a devastating effect on the health and well-being of the LGBT community," says Mautner Project executive director, Kathleen DeBold.

  • Court to hear transgender discrimination case 1

    The lawsuit charges that the Library of Congress unlawfully refused to hire Ms Schroer in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, which protects against sex discrimination in the workplace

    12:00 AM — A federal judge has found that an employment discrimination lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a transgender veteran against the Library of Congress can go forward."I couldn't understand how the country that I had risked my life for could believe that it was ok to rescind its job offer to me solely because I'm transgender," said Diane Schroer, a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Army.

  • Dog muck taunts led to transsexual suicide 6

    The inquest was told Miss Buckley had previously complained about constant abuse from a female neighbour who would tease her regarding her gender

    12:00 AM — Abuse from neighbours led a transsexual recluse to hang herself, an inquest heard today.Daily jibes from other residents, combined with emotional issues she was suffering from due to a sex change, left 46 year old Karen Buckley too scared to leave her own home.

  • Gay man given inheritance rights

    The Pretoria High Court declared the Intestate Succession Act as unconstitutional

    12:00 AM — A landmark South African ruling has named a gay man as the sole heir to his late partner's estate.Mark Gory had been locked in a court battle with the parents of his boyfriend, Henry Brooks over who should rightfully be the legal heir after he died suddenly in April 2005 without a will.

  • Tourist convicted of gay sex acts 6

    He pleaded guilty to immoral acts in public and told the court it all happened because he was drunk

    12:00 AM — A Kuwaiti tourist has been convicted and fined for having gay sex with a Bahrain Defence Force (BDF) recruit.The Lower Criminal Court in Manama handed the unnamed 23 year old man a 100 Bahrain Dollar fine after he was found naked in a car with a 22 year old Bahraini on the seafront in February.

  • HIV rates reach peak, but gays must stay aware

    The study warns against the reliance of drugs as pure protection

    12:00 AM — Worldwide HIV infections have reached a peak but sufferers such as Western gay people should not rely so heavily on anti viral drugs, according to research.A report in health journal, The Lancet, from the Centre for Global Health Research in Toronto, suggests a decline in the number of infections in India, areas of Africa and America.

  • Lawyer slams ‘discriminatory’ Jersey gay consent law

    A decision on the law has been withheld until a review into whether European Convention of Human Rights laws apply to Jersey

    12:00 AM — A family law expert is calling on the Channel Island of Jersey to lower the gay age of consent after a decision to delay debate on the law.Rose Colley is pushing the States to move the legal age for sexual activity from 18 to 16, which would be the same as the rights enjoyed by heterosexual people.

  • Gay star may be banned from US

    George Michael admitted the incident was his “own stupid fault,”

    12:00 AM — Gay star George Michael could face a ban from entering the US after being cautioned for drugs possession this week.A US immigration spokesman said the sentence could cause a problem for the former WHAM! front man if he ever wants to travel to America.

  • Non residents denied Massachusetts gay marriage rights 1

    Eight gay couples attempted to challenge a 1913 state law that forbids non residents from marrying in Massachusetts

    12:00 AM — Same sex couples who are denied marriage rights in their own state, will not be allowed to legally marry in Massachusetts, according to the Supreme Judicial Court.The state ruled that it cannot ignore laws of other parts of the US by allowing gay couples to marry when it is prohibited back in their homes.

  • ‘Homosexual’ referee lost cup game 1

    Mr Riley was blamed after sending off Levski player, Sedrik Bardon, which led to a surrender of their 1-0 lead

    12:00 AM — A Bulgarian football team lost a UEFA cup match because of a "homosexual" referee, according to the Levski Sofia team president.Todor Batkov called Mike Riley a homosexual after he sent off one of his side's strikers in an eventual loss to German club Schalke in the quarter finals of the European competition.

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