15th June 2006
Gay clubbing drug to be reclassified 5
12:00 AM — Home Office Minister Vernon Coaker confirmed the rumours at a meeting of the Commons Science and Technology Select Committee after the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) recommended the move last week.Mr Coaker said: ""Countries have to decide how to respond to a drug when it has no significant prevalence but potential for serious social problems. Methylamphetamine is a very substantial problem in many countries outside the European Union (EU) but not within it. Reports that the United Kingdom (UK) is on the verge of a crystal meth explosion have been repeated for some years but to date there has been no reliable evidence to support this.
Irish politician calls for crackdown on gay cruising
12:00 AM — An Irish newspaper has exposed a website offering gay cruising areas in Ulster.The Belfast Telegraph found the internet site contained 76 recommended listings including public railway station toilets, and invites feedback from users.
Rice calls for gay marriage “respect” 4
12:00 AM — The US Secretary of State has urged "respect" and "sensitivity" in the debate over gay marriage.Condoleeza Rice's statement comes after the US Senate rejected a proposal to ban gay marriage in the constitution last week.She told The News Record, "This is an issue that can be debated and can be discussed in our country with respect for every human being.
Volunteer head sacked over gay remark
12:00 AM — The chairman of the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) has been forced to resign after publicly disapproving of teaching about homosexuality in schools.Bashir Maan, Scottish Chairman of the Muslim Council of Britain, made the remarks in a letter to the Herald disproving of gay sex education in Scotland.
Gay man denied partner’s NHS pension rights
12:00 AM — A gay man whose partner unexpectedly died of heart failure weeks before their 15th anniversary last March has voiced disapproval at the NHS Pensions Agency after it has emerged he will not be entitled to pensions or death gratuity.Nigel Holland-Williams, 46, claimed Mark Holland, 48, a former NHS worker, expressed a wish that the benefits would go to him, but as the couple were not in a civil partnership, it may instead be transferred to Mr Holland's ex wife.
Ford defends gay advertising 2
12:00 AM — Ford Motor Company's Vice President has defended the carmakers' advertising policy.Al Giombetti reacted to calls from the American Family Association for a boycott because the manufacturer advertised in gay publications.He said in an email to dealers that the organisation advertises to all groups including gay, religious and ethnic communities, "We buy advertising to put Ford's message in front of as many customers as possible."
Ronaldo named top World Cup gay icon 6
12:00 AM — Portuguese midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo has been voted the top World Cup pin up by a Dutch gay magazine.The Manchester United star topped the Gay Krant poll for the second year in a row.He was selected in a vote of 3000 readers as "the most beautiful, the most attractive and the sexiest' player at the showpiece event."
University professor dismissed over gay marriage support 2
12:00 AM — A professor has been sacked from a Christian University after publicly supporting gay marriage.Jeffrey Nielsen, part time philosophy lecturer at Brigham Young University, voiced opposition to the US Senate vote on banning gay marriage, before it was rejected.
EU votes to combat homophobia 1
12:00 AM — The European Union has passed a resolution to combat homophobia on the continent which would see sentences handed down for homophobic, anti Semitic, and Islamophobic offences.The European Parliament debated the increase in racist and homophobic incidents yesterday, with many MEPs pointing to the increase of violence in some member states such as Poland and Latvia.
Gay bishop addresses hostile church conference 7
12:00 AM — Attention was turned to homosexuality at the General Convention of the Episcopal Church yesterday as delegates considered resolutions on the election of gay bishops, same sex blessings and an apology for the appointment of gay clergy.Comments made by over 70 speakers at the Standing Committee showed how much of a rift the issue has caused since the appointment of gay bishop Gene Robinson in 2003.
Australian Senate rejects gay unions 1
12:00 AM — Australian Capital Territory (ACT)leader John Stanhope has accused coalition senators of "shamefully and explicitly" endorsing second-class citizenship after failing to protect the Civil Unions Bill in the Senate, the remaining hope for the legislation to be passed.The ACT's local assembly approved the bill last month giving same sex couple's the right to a civil union after watering down the law to ensure it did not represent marriage, but the Federal Government quashed the law last week.
Canadian gay marriage campaigns begin 1
12:00 AM — Protest groups have today begun their campaigns on the issue of gay marriage.Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced a free vote on the law last week scheduled for this Autumn.Anti gay marriage group Man and Woman Union gathered today to raise awareness of the vote, Warren Booth, organiser of the organisation, told the CanWest news agency, "I know MPs make their break soon for a couple of months, but we want to leave them with a thought before they take off for their vacation."