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December 2006

  • 15th December 2006

    Brighton set to celebrate first anniversary of civil partnerships in spectacular style

    Jamie Hakim and Graeme Youngs will become the 680th couple to register a partnership in Brighton on the anniverary of the legislation

    12:00 AM — Dignitaries and drag queens are all busy selecting outfits and big hats as Brighton gears up to celebrate the first anniversary of civil partnerships on December 21st at one of the most flamboyant weddings the city has seen.The Mayor of Brighton and Hove, senior Councillors and faces from the world of gay business will join Brighton couple Jamie Hakim and Graeme Youngs as they tie the knot in style at Brighton Town Hall.

  • Gay activists welcome ‘advances’ in equality 46

    “It is gratifying that we are achieving pro-active advances for equality instead of having to defend ourselves against attacks,” said Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign

    12:00 AM — Gay activists have welcomed "pro-active advances" in gay rights as New Jersey looks set to sign two gay equality bills into law.New Jersey lawmakers passed two pieces of legislation today that are seen as positive steps forward for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality in that state.

  • Comment: Gay parenting is fine 2

    Family Pride executive director Jennifer Chrisler says James Dobson misuses science to discredit same-sex parenting

    12:00 AM — Following criticism of Time magazine's approval of an article by right-wing Christian James Dobson against gay parenting, same-sex family group, Family Pride has had a rebuttal printed by the publication.Family Pride executive director Jennifer Chrisler says James Dobson misuses science to discredit same-sex parenting.

  • Community urged to ‘mobilise’ for gay equality 12

    Speaking to a forum of LGBT groups at City Hall in London last night, Stonewalls Public and Parliamentary Affairs spokesman Alan Wardle warned that gay originations must stop religious groups mobilising against the laws

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay charity Stonewall has called on the community to get behind the Sexual Orientation Regulations, amid mounting opposition from the Christian Right.Speaking to a forum of LGBT groups at City Hall in London last night, Stonewalls Public and Parliamentary Affairs spokesman Alan Wardle warned that gay originations must stop religious groups mobilising against the laws.

  • New Jersey approves gay unions 46

    The civil union bill, passed by the New Jersey Assembly and Senate this week, provides benefits like adoption and inheritance rights for same sex couples

    12:00 AM — A gay legal group has welcomed New Jersey's introduction of a civil union bill, but has warned that it still creates inequality between homosexual and heterosexual couples.The civil union bill, passed by the New Jersey Assembly and Senate this week, provides benefits like adoption and inheritance rights for same sex couples, but deliberately leaves out the word marriage.

  • 14th December 2006

    Government opens door to gay parenting

    However, Public Health Minister Caroline Flint, insists that the removal of the “need for a father” does not mean same sex couples will automatically be entitled to NHS fertility treatment

    12:00 AM — The government has paved the way to free up discrimination in fertility and IVF treatment after removing reference to the "need for a father" in new proposals outlined today.The proposals follow an extensive public consultation exercise on the current law, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, and are contained in a new White Paper.

  • Irish students oppose gay marriage ruling 1

    The USI's gay and lesbian spokesperson Steve Conlon described the judgement as “questionable”

    12:00 AM — The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has expressed disappointment at the High Court in Dublin's rejection of a bid by two women to have their marriage in Canada upheld under Irish law.Earlier today, Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne dismissed the case of Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan claiming that marriage could only be defined between members of the opposite sex.

  • Big Brother announces audition dates

    BB7's Sam

    12:00 AM — Yep, it's that time already, Big Brother 8 auditions are on their way!Big Brother is back and the call for contestants can only mean one thing... Channel 4 will be holding open auditions for the show around the UK Ireland.So, for anyone out there who thinks that they can bring something extra special to the house, it's their time to turn up and show us why.

  • Prodi demands “wise and serious” gay laws 1

    Romano Prodi came to power in April promising civil partnership style laws

    12:00 AM — Italy will push ahead with plans to give unmarried and gay couples rights, the country's Prime Minister has announced.Romano Prodi came to power in April promising civil partnership style laws for the gay community as well as heterosexual cohabiting couples.Equal Opportunities Minister Barbara Pollastrini said Mr Prodi wants to discuss a "wise and serious" law.

  • Irish Labour proposes gay union law 1

    Labour's Civil Unions Bill, would provide legal recognition and protection for couples of the same sex

    12:00 AM — Ireland's Labour Party has introduced a Civil Unions Bill into parliament, just hours after the High Court in Dublin declared that a lesbian couple's Canadian marriage could not be accepted in the country.Labour's Civil Unions Bill, would provide legal recognition and protection for couples of the same sex.

  • Homophobia illegal in Faeroe Islands

    The Faeroe Islands parliament has passed a law banning discrimination against the gay community

    12:00 AM — The Faeroe Islands parliament has passed a law banning discrimination against the gay community.It comes after a petition from campaigners expressed discontent that homophobia is made "perfectly legal" because the government does nothing against it, but yesterday a new law was passed by 17 votes to 13.

  • Ireland court rejects gay marriage case 1

    In a landmark case in October, the court heard arguments from Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan claiming discriminating against homosexuality can lead to clinical depression

    12:00 AM — The High Court in Dublin has rejected a lesbian couple's case to recognise their Canadian marriage in Ireland.In a landmark case in October, the court heard arguments from Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan claiming discriminating against homosexuality can lead to clinical depression and that the current concept of marriage is outdated.

  • Smoking- giving up is hard to do 5

    All enclosed public places and workplaces in the UK will become smokefree from 1st July 2007 under the country's smoking ban

    12:00 AM — If you thought giving up smoking is hard, spare a thought for patients in Glasgow who applied for a pill to break the habit, but ended up being prescribed Viagra.The patients were expecting anti-smoking pill Zyban, but a computer glitch led sildenafil, another name for Viagra, being chosen.Pharmacists discovered the error when an influx of patients began asking for anti-impotence drugs, The Daily Telegraph reports.

  • “Disgraced” anti-gay Tory resigns 14

    Councillor Peter Willows, 75, resigns today after a meeting with Conservative Group Leader Councillor Brian Oxley

    12:00 AM — The Tory Councillor found guilty of using abusive words against gay men by the Magistrates Court in Brighton last Tuesday has resigned.Peter Willows, 75, decided to resign from his post as Councillor for Hangleton and Knoll Ward in Brighton after a meeting with Conservative Group Leader Councillor Brian Oxley at Willow's home last night.

  • Lesbian Tory rejects selection jibe 2

    Margot James, the Tory Party's first openly lesbian candidate has hit out at a local councillor who implied that she received special treatment when she was selected to run for the Stourbridge seat

    12:00 AM — Margot James, the Tory Party's first openly lesbian candidate has hit out at a local councillor who implied that she received special treatment when she was selected to run for the Stourbridge seat last week because of her sexuality.Halesowen Conservative councillor Ken Turner claims that he was excluded from the MP selection process for the Halesowen and Rowley Regis constituency because he is a white male.

  • Gay marriage opponents seek damages 1

    Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has proudly spouted his negative attitudes towards gay issues

    12:00 AM — An anti-same-sex marriage group in Massachusetts is suing the state in a federal court seeking as much as $5 million in damages from lawmakers for blocking a final vote on the proposed constitutional amendment last month.The lawsuit, filed in US District Court by VoteOnMarriage.org, argues the 109 lawmakers violated the supporters' rights to free speech, to petition the government and to due process under the law.

  • Gay men urged to stub it out 5

    A study carried out amongst gay and bisexual men for the NHS Smoking Helpline   has found that 41 per cent of gay and bisexual men are smokers, rising to 60 per cent for 25 to 34 year olds, well in excess of the national average

    12:00 AM — The NHS Smoking Helpline is calling on gay and bisexual men to stub out their cigarettes after a survey revealed that their habit is well above the national average.A study carried out amongst gay and bisexual men for the NHS Smoking Helpline has found that 41 per cent of gay and bisexual men are smokers, rising to 60 per cent for 25 to 34 year olds, well in excess of the national average of 25 per cent.

  • Media watchdog opposes homophobic platform

    It comes after Mary Cheney announced she is having a baby with her partner Heather Poe

    12:00 AM — A gay media watchdog is urging the community to protest against Time magazine allowing 'family values' fundamentalist James Dobson to contribute to the publication.The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) was outraged this week after Mr Dobson, head of Focus on the Family, wrote an article criticising US Vice-President Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter over her parenting plans.

  • Sir Elton may perform Diana tribute song 1

    Performers at the event, named Concert for Diana, to be held at Wembley Stadium, include gay singing legend Sir Elton John, who brought the nation to tears with his rendition of Candle in the Wind, at her funeral

    12:00 AM — Sir Elton John has revealed he will rehash Candle in the Wind at the Concert for Diana next summer if Princes William and Harry feel it is appropriate.The gay pop legend rewrote and performed the hit at Princess Diana's funeral in 1997 and vowed never to sing it again, but now he says he will seek royal approval before playing it.

  • Conservative Christians warn Archbishop over gay rift

    The group presented Dr Williams with a declaration stating that they would not work with those who had accepted gay priests or went against church teachings

    12:00 AM — Evangelical leaders are urging the Archbishop of Canterbury to let them overrule liberal bishops or face anarchy over controversial issues such as homosexuality, according to reports.Conservative clergy, backed by Bishop of Rochester, Reverend Michael Nazir-Ali, have told Dr Rowan Williams that a parallel structure must be created from liberal bishops within the Church of England and wider Anglican Communion.

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