12th April 2006
Attorney appeals to stop gay partner benefits
12:00 AM — Health insurance should not be given to partners of gay workers, according to the state attorney in Michigan.Republican Attorney General Mike Cox was in court yesterday arguing that university and local government policies offering health insurance to gay partners violated a 2004 amendment to the Michigan constitution concerning marriage, by putting domestic partnerships on an equal par.
Gays face Christian school expulsion
12:00 AM — US gay and lesbian students face expulsion from Christian schools if they reveal their sexuality, a gay group has warned.Soulforce, a gay organisation, currently touring America promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, claims over 200 colleges and universities actively ban homosexual students.
Civil rights director in gay preference row
12:00 AM — New Jersey's head of civil rights has been accused of discriminating against black employees by deliberately promoting whites, Latinos and gays ahead of them.The Division on Civil Rights director, Frank Vespa-Papaleo is cited in a lawsuit from his assistant director, Philip Freeman, who claims he was harassed because he is black and straight.
State hears gay marriage views 1
12:00 AM — The Massachusetts State House held a six hour hearing on gay marriage yesterday as supporters and opponents came together to argue their case for a 2008 vote on a ban on same sex unions.Supporters of the ban are standing by the argument that legalised gay marriage undermines the traditional family structure, and opponents are pushing for further equality.
MEP slams Nigeria’s “homophobic” culture
12:00 AM — The Nigerian government is facing condemnation from the European Parliament over plans to make homosexual marriage illegal and to ban gay organisations.MEP Michael Cashman (UK), president of the Intergroup on gay and lesbian rights , accused the government of supporting a "homophobic" culture and threatening "the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens."
Apprentice contestant is a lesbian, friends say 3
12:00 AM — A contestant on Sir Alan Sugar's TV show, "The Apprentice," has been outed by a British tabloid.Ruth Badger, a favourite to win a contract with Sir Alan's company at the end of the BBC2 competition, is reportedly a lesbian and is divorcing her husband, Ian.
Indiana gays gain anti-discrimination laws 1
12:00 AM — Indianapolis' economic health and viability has been enhanced by the extension of human rights protections to include the city's gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender citizens, declared leaders of the city's gay groups have declared.Sexual orientation and gender equality has been added to the Indianapolis Human Rights Ordinance.
HIV man leaves Scotland after “gay paedophile” label 2
12:00 AM — An HIV sufferer is leaving Scotland because of a lack of support and constant abuse including being labelled a "gay paedophile."John Percy is the country's longest surviving man with the illness, but says he is moving to London because his last few years in Edinburgh have been "hell."
Gay workers lose support
12:00 AM — Gay state workers in Kentucky have lost rights to anti discrimination laws after a new governor made changes to the 2003 employment policy.Governor Ernie Fletcher announced the new law as part of the state's "Diversity Day," he replaced former Governor Paul Patton's law with one that prohibits employment discrimination because of "race, colour, national origin, sex, age, religion, veteran status and disability," but no longer sexuality.