6th June 2006
US President backs gay marriage ban despite waning support 4
12:00 AM — US President George W Bush yesterday called for support of the proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage to be debated in the Senate from today.The President, who had been tight lipped in recent months on the issue of same-sex marriage, announced last week he supports an amendment to the constitution, sticking firm to the belief than marriage is between a man and a woman, despite the fact that Vice President Dick Cheney and even the first lady have offered differing opinions.
Activists oppose anti-gay Nigerian law
12:00 AM — Human rights activists in Nigeria have formed an alliance against the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill now in the National Assembly, saying it violates people's sexual rights.The bill calls for imprisonment for any person who "goes through the ceremony of marriage with a person of the same sex", anyone who helps them and any gay clubs or organisations.
Vatican attacks gay marriage 3
12:00 AM — The Vatican expressed fresh criticism of gay marriages today, just days before Pope Benedict XVI visits Spain, where same sex marriage is legal.The document, produced by the Pontifical Council for the Family, titled Family and Human Procreation, sets out doctrines on the relationship between family and reproduction.
Lesbian couple begin battle for marriage recognition 9
12:00 AM — A lesbian couple seeking UK recognition for their marriage in Canada began their case at the High Court today.University professors Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger were married lawfully in Canada in August 2003, while Sue was working there, after the province of British Columbia opened up marriage to same-sex couples.
‘BBC condones homophobia,’ says anti-bullying charity 6
12:00 AM — An anti-bullying charity has rejected the BBC's claim that Radio1 DJ Chris Moyles did not cause offence by referring to a ring tone as "gay".A complaint made against the presenter, Chris Moyles, after he dismissed a ring tone by saying "I don't want that one, it's gay", was rejected by a committee of the BBC Board of Governors.
Australia set to lose gay union laws 1
12:00 AM — Just weeks after the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) approved a gay civil union law, the Federal Government has promised to overturn it.Despite an initial willingness to consider the law, Attorney General Philip Ruddock has now stated that it would be against the Federal Marriage Act as it is too similar to marriage and fails to take heed of the government's concerns.
Williams reinstates bishop after gay row
12:00 AM — An Evangelical clergyman who lost his standing as a bishop over a gay row has been reinstated by the Archbishop of CanterburyDr Rowan Williams allowed an appeal by the Reverend Richard Coekin against the revocation of his bishop licence by the Bishop of Southwark, Reverend Tom Butler.
BBC governors reject homophobic complaints 6
12:00 AM — The BBC's governors have dismissed complaints that the station broadcasted homophobic material.The complaint to the BBC board of governors, objected to perceived homophobia on BBC Radio 1 and on the Catherine Tate comedy show.Radio1 DJ Chris Moyle's was cited for describing a ring tone as gay and offence was caused by comments made by US rapper The Game on Jo Whiley's show on the same station, when he described gay people as "faggots".
Sir Elton gets his Mojo
12:00 AM — Music legend Sir Elton John has been inducted into the Mojo Hall of Fame.The gay star received the honour at the music magazine's awards in Shoreditch Town Hall last night.The award was presented to him by Best Newcomer winner, singer Corinne Bailey Rae, whose album sold around half a million copies after her single Put Your Records On became a Europe wide hit.
Fans campaign for gay Superman
12:00 AM — A US gay magazine is calling for Superman to come out.The Advocate is so convinced that the Man of Steel is gay that they have a made a whole feature titled How Gay is Superman.The publication has created speculation in internet chat rooms and message boards on the preferences of Daily Planet reporter Clark Kent.