18 September 2007Court supports Maryland’s ban on gay marriage 88 Maryland's highest court has upheld a state law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman; ending a discrimination case brought by 19 gay couples.The Court of Appeal ruled four to three that Maryland's 1973 ban on same sex marriage does not deny gay people fundamental human rights and does not discriminate on the basis of gender.
19 September 2007Presidential hopeful’s u-turn on gay rights 1 Anyone who has paid close attention to the political career of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney knows the Massachusetts Republican used to be a supporter of gay rights.To the rest of us—and that includes many Republican Americans currently considering him for the country's highest office—Romney's past support of the gay and lesbian community is a bit of a mystery.The mysterious crust covering Romney's past is slowly but surely being chipped away.
19 September 2007Interview: Pricking the bubble of Hollywood celebrity + "What child would want to be Graham Norton when they are older?" asks Paul Burston."No offence to Graham, what he does is great, but he is not the image you aspire to.
19 September 2007Controversial Tory attacks government over race 2 A vice-chairman of the Conservative party has attacked the government's record on race equality.Sayeeda Warsi was appointed Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion by David Cameron earlier this year, the first Muslim woman to sit in the Tory Shadow Cabinet.The final report from the Commission for Racial Equality was released yesterday.
19 September 2007ACLU: Craig toilet sting “unconstitutional” 1 The American Civil Liberties Union has submitted a brief to a Minnesota District Court urging it to allow Senator Larry Craig to withdraw his guilty plea because the secret sting operation used to arrest him was likely unconstitutional."The real motive behind secret sting operations like the one that resulted in Senator Craig's arrest is not to stop people from inappropriate activity.Craig's affidavit said he decided on the day of his arrest to plead guilty to whatever charge was eventually filed against him.
19 September 2007Homophobic attacker may be evicted 4 A youth who took part in a vicious assault on two lesbian friends of popstar Ana Matronic may be evicted from her home.Three young people, aged between 18 and 20, were found guilty of attacking Nina Meffen, 36 and Carol Cashmore, 42, in their driveway on the evening of 31st July last year.Hyde Housing Association, which owns Emer Close, the location of the attack and home to both the victims and the ringleader of the group, says it will be pursuing further action.
19 September 2007Lesbian parents sue doctor over IVF twins 1 A lesbian couple in Sydney, Australia are suing a doctor following IVF treatment that left them with twins.The couple requested a single baby during treatment in November 2003, but the mother was implanted with two embryos rather than one.The couple discovered the second embryo had been implanted in the hospital but were warned that an operation to remove it would put the other embryo at risk.
19 September 2007Australian politicians back Christians over gay marriage + The Prime Minister of Australia has addressed an event organised by a faith-based charity where he faced calls to ban state recognition of non-married couples.The National Strategic Summit on Marriage, Family Fatherhood was held at the Australian Parliament yesterday.Prime Minister John Howard told delegates that marriage is "the best social welfare device mankind has ever devised." Politicians from other major parties attended the conference, organised by the Fatherhood Foundation.
19 September 2007Gay beauty contest winner murdered + LGBT activists in Brazil have spoken about the high levels of homophobia in their society in the wake of the brutal sexual assault and murder of a gay teenager.Osvan Inacio dos Santos, 19, was attacked in a street near a bar where he had just won the local "Miss Gay" competition.The attack and murder, in the town on Batingas in northeast Brazil, is just one high-profile example of the problems the LGBT community face in the country, which is often viewed as liberal in matters of sexuality.
19 September 2007Hate crime defendant comes out during murder trial 1 A New York man accused of a homophobic murder is claiming mid-trial that he is also gay.The defendant Anthony Fortunato, 21, was outed by his lawyer Gerald J.
19 September 2007Archbishop criticised for demanding gay concessions 1 The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, is in New Orleans today meeting with bishops of the American branch of the Anglican church.It has been widely reported that he will demand guarantees from them that no more gay bishops will be ordained and that the American church will not bless gay relationships.The crisis over gay issues began in 2003 with the ordination in New Hampshire of the first openly gay bishop, Gene Robinson.
19 September 2007Lesbian urged to quit Scwarzenegger’s staff 1 The chief of staff to the Governor of California, Susan Kennedy, is facing calls for her to resign after Mr Schwarzenegger said he would veto same-sex marriage legislation.Robin Tyler, a lesbian activist and plaintiff in a same-gender marriage test case to be heard before the California Supreme Court next year, said that she was "disappointed" in Ms Kennedy, who "married" her lesbian partner in Hawaii several years ago.
19 September 2007HIV prevention drug could save millions + US researchers have identified a preventative measure against HIV that could dramatically reduce the number of new cases in high risk areas such as sub-Saharan Africa.Tenofovir is an antiviral drug that is currently used in combination medications given to HIV patients.Is is being trailed on HIV negative participants of groups who are considered at high risk of contracting the virus, including gay and bisexual men, sex workers and drug users.
19 September 2007Former minister Twigg to return to Commons + Stephen Twigg, then man who famously defeated Michael Portillo in the safe Tory seat of Enfield Southgate, in 1997 is set to return to the House of Commons.Mr Twigg, 40, who was the first MP to have been first elected as an openly gay man.
20 September 2007Gay sports people star in GLAAD ads + This month the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced a new series of "Be an Ally a Friend" public service announcements featuring 22 top entertainers.Sports stars John Amaechi, and Martina Navratilova, join award-winning actors like Marlee Matlin and T.R.
20 September 2007Xbox game courts controversy with lesbian scene 1 A new video game designed exclusively for the Xbox 360 is stirring up controversy for including an optional lesbian sex scene.Mass Effect, from game developer BioWare, will allow players to engage in romantic interludes with other game characters, including same-sex relationships between female characters.Spoilers on the game were published recently by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).
20 September 2007“Robocop” mayor backs gay village in Middlesborough 1 The elected mayor of Middlesborough has called for more events and even a nightclub for the gay community in the town.Ray Mallon, one of the most popular mayors in the UK, has even suggested a gay quarter, and plans to speak to local authorities in other cities about their success in creating a vibrant gay scene.Known as "Robocop" because of his zero tolerance approach to crime while a senior officer in Cleveland police, Mr Mallon told a meeting of the Middlesborough Council Executive that it is important to raise the issue.
20 September 2007Nominees for Stonewall Awards announced 3 Gay equality organisation Stonewall has announced the nominees for their annual awards.Coronation Street actor Antony Cotton, comedian Sue Perkins, singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, rapper Mz Fontaine and The Feeling vocalist Dan Gillespie-Sells are nominated for Entertainer of the Year.In the category of Broadcast or Broadcaster of the Year, Doctor Who, Hollyoaks, ITV drama Housewife 49, Capital Radio show Lucio's Drivetime and digital radio station Gaydar Radio are the nominees.
20 September 2007Australia refuses to recognise married transsexual 6 A post-operative transsexual has been told by Australian authorities that in order to be registered as her correct sex she must divorce her wife.Completing her gender reassignment in 2002, the unnamed woman, who is happily married, has been unable to change her gender on her birth certificate in her current married status as same sex marriage is still banned in Australia.The couple took the case to court claiming discrimination on the grounds of gender and marital status but the case has been dismissed from both federal court and the appeal court.
20 September 2007Britney’s biggest fan gets reality TV show 1 New internet celebrity Chris Crocker, whose melodramatic yet heartfelt "leave Britney alone" tantrum has received more than 8 million hits on YouTube, has reportedly landed a television deal.Signed by 44 Blue Productions, Tennessee's newly famous 20-year old is set to appear in his own reality TV show.The award-winning production company based in California company told Variety.com: "It's going to pretty much be the 'Chris Crocker experience'".
Articles from September 2007
- US church tells PinkNews: Equal marriage is to blame for violent Woolwich murder2
- US Boy Scouts President: Allowing gay boy scouts would be ‘the right decision’+
- Peter Tatchell: ‘I may disagree with David Cameron on austerity, but on equal marriage I salute him’+
- Ukraine: Gay pride rally cancelled by court for fear that it will spark violence+
- Cornwall: Tory deputy chair Sarah Newton defends abstaining in equal marriage Commons vote11
- Sir Gerald Howarth: ‘I should have used ‘militant’ rather than ‘aggressive’ to describe the ‘homosexuality community’23
- Lib Dem MP John Pugh criticised for voting against equal marriage bill — Simon Hughes and Tim Fallon abstained14
- Tory MP Sir Gerald Howarth defends ‘aggressive homosexual community’ equal marriage slur56
- Columnist Richard Godwin: Does Tory MP Sir Gerald Howarth ‘dream that everyone in Soho wants to bum him?’10
- David Cameron called ‘marriage wrecker’ and warned of ‘long battle’ over equal marriage in House of Lords47
- US church blames Woolwich suspected terror killing on UK acceptance of gay people44
- Tory MP Sir Gerald Howarth defends 'aggressive homosexual community' equal marriage slur 56
- David Cameron called 'marriage wrecker' and warned of 'long battle' over equal marriage in House of Lords47
- Seven amusing and shocking things we learned during the equal marriage debate7
- Columnist Richard Godwin: Does Tory MP Sir Gerald Howarth 'dream that everyone in Soho wants to bum him?' 10
- US church blames Oklahoma tornado on gay basketball player Jason Collins56
- Sir Gerald Howarth: 'I should have used 'militant' rather than 'aggressive' to describe the 'homosexuality community'23
- Canada lifts lifetime ban on gay men giving blood, but they can only donate if celibate for five years24
- US radio host: Employers should be allowed to discriminate against gays who 'display their lifestyle'45
- Lib Dem MP John Pugh criticised for voting against equal marriage bill -- Simon Hughes and Tim Fallon abstained14
- London: Gay couple threatened with death in violent late night homophobic assault141
- Government considers watered down same-sex marriage bill to minimise Tory rebellion133
- Tory MP Gerald Howarth: 'There are plenty in the aggressive homosexual community who want more than just same-sex marriage'94
- France: Far right activist commits suicide in Notre Dame following legalisation of equal marriage93
- Philip Hammond: 'No great demand for gay marriage and it's upsetting vast numbers of people'73
- Government to consider abolishing civil partnerships or opening up to straight couples68
- Norman Tebbit: David Cameron has 'f**** things up' with his equal marriage bill66
- David Cameron: Gay teenagers will stand that bit taller following equal marriage vote62
- Lib Dem Deputy Leader Simon Hughes: 'Marriage should be between one man and one woman'58
- US church blames Oklahoma tornado on gay basketball player Jason Collins56
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