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25 January 2007

  • 25th January 2007

    Greens attack Catholic adoption “opt-out” in Scotland 1

    The Scottish Parliament has legal powers over adoption, but not equality legislation.

    5:47 PM — The Scottish Green Party has spoken out against Labour and the Scottish National Party over rumours of an opt-out for Catholic adoption agencies in the country.On the day that the London press is reporting a defeat for the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, the two largest parties in Scotland appear to be supporting the denial of gay and lesbian couples in Scotland to equal treatment by Catholic adoption agencies.

  • John Reid says gay rights a matter of principle 1

    Senior Roman Catholic figures had threatened to close adoption agencies rather than allow gay or lesbian couples to be considered.

    5:20 PM — The Home Secretary has told a Westminster audience that the fundamental principle of equality must not be undermined.Reid, a Roman Catholic, is considered one of the only members of the Cabinet who could mount a serious challenge to Gordon Brown in the contest for Labour party leader, due to take place after Tony Blair leaves office later this year.

  • COMMENT: Archbishops suffer from flawed reasoning 6

    Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury and John Sentamu, Archbishop of York,  wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister in support of Murphy-O'Connor's threat.

    3:54 PM — The Prime Minister announced today that, despite press reports to the contrary, he is still thinking about whether or not to grant Roman Catholic adoption agencies an exemption from legislation to protect gay people from discrimination.Perhaps he, like commentator Nicolas Chinardet, is trying to unravel the flawed logic of the senior churchmen who have been writing to him this week. 

  • Lawyers launch free employment advice DVD 2

    “This DVD will help many lesbian, gay and bisexual people give meaning to their new rights at work.“

    3:38 PM — The Law Centres Federation has launched a free DVD that informs lesbian, gay and bisexual people about their employment rights. Pride Not Prejudice focuses on discrimination and harassment at work on the grounds of sexual orientation.It explains the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) regulations which were introduced in December 2003 and describes how they protect people in the workplace.

  • Exhibition focuses on gays in the press

    1967 and All That will showcase press items about gay and lesbian issues from the past forty years.

    3:20 PM — The London Borough of Barnet will celebrate LGBT History Month next week with an exhibition at the Church Farmhouse Museum in Hendon.1967 and All That will showcase press items about gay and lesbian issues from the past forty years.The Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archives has loaned its extensive collection for the exhibition.

  • PM – no final decision made about gay adoption

    It has been widely reported this morning that the Prime Minister has caved in to pressure from many Labour MPs and Cabinet ministers

    1:43 PM — An official statement from Downing St says that a final decision has not been made on whether or not Roman Catholic adoption agencies will be allowed to refuse to consider gay or lesbian couples as potential parents.It has been widely reported this morning that the Prime Minister has caved in to pressure from many Labour MPs and Cabinet ministers who argue that granting exemptions to any group betrays the spirit of anti-discrimination legislation.

  • Dick Cheney defends lesbian daughter’s pregnancy 1

    Mr Cheney, who will be 66 at the end of this month, was visibly displeased at the attempt to paint his child as a bad role model.

    12:45 PM — The Vice President of the United States has told CNN that he is delighted about the imminent birth of his sixth grandchild, and told presenter Wolf Blitzer he was out of order for bringing it up.Mr Cheney was piqued that the TV host chose to mention the pregnancy of his younger daughter Mary in the context of criticism from fundamentalist groups who think it is wrong for a lesbian to have a child.

  • Tory website abuzz with opinions on gay adoption

    “'Why are they all so terrified of the homosexual mafia?' - are you referring to gay priests in the Vatican?“ said Alison Anne Smith.

    12:15 PM — While Conservative MPs have been silent on the issue of gay adoption, grassroots members have made their feelings clear on Tory discussion boards.Despite the positive approach towards LGBT people favoured by party leader David Cameron, comments posted on a Tory supporters website demonstrate that many activists disagree with him.Conservativehome.com contains some lively debate on the gay adoption row.

  • Sacked actor speaks out about ‘faggot’ incident 5

    Washington drew fire after using the word 'faggot' backstage at the Golden Globe Awards in January.

    12:06 PM — Actor Isaiah Washington, fired this month from Grey's Anatomy after the months-long controversy he incited by using an anti-gay slur, claims ABC "fired the wrong guy."In an interview with the Houston Chronicle, Washington blames former cast mate T.R. Knight for stoking the scandal that led him to lose his role in the ABC hit.Knight, who came out after the incident, is the one who should have been let go, he told the newspaper.

  • Euro survey reveals attitudes to diversity

    Some 73 percent of Italians thought discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation was widespread, the highest figure in the EU.

    11:31 AM — A survey carried out across the EU has found that the Italians are the most attuned to homophobia, while Swedes are the quickest in the European Union to embrace the concept of the multi-cultural society.They are also among the least satisfied with efforts to combat discrimination, according to a new Eurobarometer survey.Some 73 percent of Italians thought discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation was widespread, the highest figure in the EU.

  • Gay father praises Catholic agencies and defends Ruth Kelly 57

    Fr Reynolds went on to say he was disturbed by the way in which Ruth Kelly has been abused because of her religious beliefs.

    11:14 AM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive A gay Anglican priest who has fostered a child for 15 years has defended the staff of Catholic adoption agencies and criticised the way in which Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly has been pilloried for her religious beliefs.Fr Martin Reynolds, who is a prominent member of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, said that everything must be done to preserve the "outstanding work" that social workers and other staff in Catholic agencies do to help vulnerable children.

  • Catholic adoption opt-out ruled out 1

    Angela Eagle, MP for Wallasey, who is gay, said the compromise, which has Cabinet backing, is a sensible one.

    10:01 AM — Adoption agencies run by the Roman Catholic Church will have to consider gay couples as potential parents or close down, it has emerged.After meeting with MPs and the Cabinet yesterday, Prime Minister Tony Blair has bowed to strong criticism from his own party over a suggested exemption from the Sexual Orientation Regulations for Catholic providers of adoption services.

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