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13 July 2006

  • 13th July 2006

    Government promises IVF for lesbians 1

    Dr Evan Harris, Liberal Democrat member of the committee, who has led the calls to drop the need for the father provisions, said: “I'm pleased that after 16 years of licensed discrimination against solo mothers and lesbian couples there are signs that it will come to an end“

    12:00 AM — Lesbians are to gain the right to fertility treatment without the stipulation of a father being present, according to new government proposals.Public Health Minister, Caroline Flint, told the Science and Technology Committee that the Government recognises the need for reform to the "need for a father" requirement which has been deemed "offensive" to unconventional families.

  • Cameron rejects homophobic alliance for “friendly neighbours”

    Conservative leader David Cameron has today signed a joint declaration with the Czech Civic Democratic Party to form a new European parliamentary group

    12:00 AM — Conservative leader David Cameron has today signed a joint declaration with the Czech Civic Democratic Party to form a new European parliamentary group, ending speculation that he may collude with Poland's homophobic Law and Justice Party.Mr Cameron joined with Mirek Topolanek, the leader of the Czech Civic Democratic Party and the Prime Minister designate of the Czech Republic, to announce the creation of a new parliamentary group in the European Parliament to argue the case for reform in the EU.

  • Australia’s Uniting Church splits over gay row

    The row comes as Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, aims to appease Anglican churches who have threatened to leave the communion in a similar dispute

    12:00 AM — Evangelical conservatives are planning to create a new church group after the Australian Uniting Church decided to continue allowing the ordination of gay ministers.Gay churches were met with outrage from anti-gay leaders after the denomination's national assembly, where a 2003 ruling giving individual churches the right to appoint openly gay clergy was debated and preserved.

  • Massachusetts delays gay marriage debate 1

    Massachusetts has allowed gay marriages since 2004

    12:00 AM — Massachusetts' lawmakers voted yesterday to delay a debate on gay marriage until after the state's general election in November.The decision to postpone the vote came after lawmakers debated for four hours on other agenda items at the Constitutional Convention.The Boston Globe reports that the delay is likely to cheer advocates of gay marriage, who believe that the more time they have to lobby lawmakers the better chance they have to defeat the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex weddings.

  • Writing on the wall for WorldPride 57

    WorldPride controversy spills out on to city's walls

    12:00 AM — In a further addition to the saga that has characterised the lead up to WorldPride in Jerusalem, pro-pride graffiti has been seen on walls around the city."Free Jerusalem" and "God is on our side" feature on walls in the holy city.

  • Cameron rejects alliance with Polish homophobes

    David Cameron will sign an agreement with the ODS today

    12:00 AM — Conservative Leader, David Cameron is due to sign a joint declaration of intent with the Czech Civic Democrats (ODS) at 4pm today, announcing their intention to leave the EPP (European Peoples Party) after the next European elections. However, he has avoided consternation within the gay community by rejecting for now an alliance with the homophobic Polish Law and Justice Party (LJP).Conservative MEPs stood for the 2004 European elections as British candidates for the EPP, the right of centre alliance of like minded parties.

  • HIV awareness concert cancelled following protests 3

    Beenie Man, once appeared on the BBC's Top of the Pops

    12:00 AM — A concert to raise awayness of HIV and AIDs due to take place next week has been cancelled after protests relating to the homophobic lyrics of two of the performers.The gig, due to have been held in New York was to feature Jamaican reggae acts Beenie Man and TOK sparked protests from black LGBT campaigners outraged at the inclusion of the two acts.

  • Foreign Office pays for homophobic cleric’s stay in luxury hotel

    The luxury hotel that the Governement has put cleric Yusef al-Quaradawi up in, has been described as having “breathtaking views over the bosphorus.“

    12:00 AM — Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Islamicist fundamentalist organisation, the Muslim Brotherhood, was put up in the five star Ceylan InterContinental Hotel for a two day conference paid for by the Governemnt.The controversial cleric made headlines in 2004 when he came to London as a guest of Ken Livingstone, who was then heavily criticised by gay rights campaigners and Jewish organisations for inviting him.

  • Senior clergyman attacks “witch hunt”of gays

    Dr John Moses said that nobody “should be shown the door by the Church”

    12:00 AM — A senior Church of England clergyman has attacked evangelical Christians for conducting what he calls a "witch hunt" against gay people."The thought that anybody should be shown the door by the Church, I just find deeply offensive," the Very Reverend Dr John Moses said prior to his final service as Dean of St Paul's Cathedral.

  • Chicago welcomes Gay Games amid protests 3

    Gay Games VII Sports and Cultural Festival will take place 15-22 July 2006

    12:00 AM — Chicago's mayor, reiterating his support for gay marriage at the city's Roosevelt University this week, welcomed the Gay Games to the Midwest metropolis and said gay people are key parts of the city's economic and social engines."We're very proud of the gay community in our city," Mayor Richard Daley said in an article appearing in the Chicago Tribune. "Every quality-of-life issue, the gay community has stepped forward as great leaders, and this is another example."

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