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08 February 2008

  • 8th February 2008

    Civil rights leader joins marriage equality fight

    Julian Bond has been a frontline leader in the movements for civil rights and economic justice.

    11:28 PM — The national chairman of National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People, the oldest civil rights group in America, is to join the Fairness for All Families Campaign.Julian Bond, described as "an icon in the civil rights movement for nearly 50 years" and long time national Chairman of the NAACP, will serve on the honorary Board of the campaign.He joins former US Attorney General Janet Reno on the board of Fairness for All Families.

  • Radio 4 presenter cleared of rape 8

    Nigel Wrench was cleared of all charges.

    4:20 PM — BBC Radio 4 presenter Nigel Wrench was today cleared by a court of raping a man that he met at a New Years Eve party.He was accused of drugging and sexually assaulting the 26-year-old after inviting him back to his flat in north London after meeting him at a New Years party. The presenter of Radio 4's PM programme admitted snorting cocaine with the man at a Kennigton party before taking him home to view his art collection.

  • Turks reject gays or atheists as neighbours 7

    Turkey is a candidate country for EU membership, but concerns about human rights are one factor frustrating negotiations.

    3:25 PM — A survey of Turkish attitudes has found that the vast majority would not want to live next to a gay person.1,579 persons in 41 cities were polled by Bahcesehir University's Economic and Social Research Centre.The results show that Turks are generally happy, think their country will join the EU if it meets all the criteria, but do not want to live next door to people with different identities.

  • ‘Gay’ executions imminent in Iran, claims Amnesty 18

    All death sentences in Iran must be approved by the Head of the Judiciary.

    3:05 PM — Human rights pressure group Amnesty International has warned that two men may soon be executed by being thrown off a cliff, an Islamic punishment for homosexual sex.Six men were sentenced by a court in May 2007 of having abducted two young men in the city of Arsanjan, to the east of Shiraz, stealing their property and raping them.Tayyeb Karimi and Yazdan (surname unknown) were sentenced to death by the judge, who stipulated they be thrown from a height.

  • Huckabee endorsed by evangelical Christians 3

    Arizona Senator McCain has than 707 nominating delegates to Governor Huckabee's 195.

    2:35 PM — A former Baptist minister who wants the Republican party nomination for US President has been backed by one of the most influential evangelicals in America.James Dobson from Focus on the Family is notorious for his homophobic views. His endorsement of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee was announced yesterday.Focus on the Family claims to be a non-partisan organisation that "nurtures and develops families."

  • Stonewall ready for Commons battle over gay parents 20

    Christian MPs have raised objections to new rights for gay and lesbian parents.

    12:30 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has said that new legislation before Parliament that will grant new rights to gay and lesbian parents will face further attempts to wreck it in the Commons.The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill proposes new recognition of same-sex couples as legal parents of children conceived through the use of donated sperm, eggs or embryos.The Bill was passed by the Lords on Monday and now goes to the House of Commons.

  • Gay couple victims of intimidation campaign 3

    The couple, one of whom is disabled, have been the victims of an intimidation campaign by locals in the Creggan area of the city.

    12:03 PM — In scenes reminiscent of Northern Ireland's sectarian past, a gay couple in the city of Londonderry have spoken out after a gang threatened to burn them out of their home.The couple, one of whom is disabled, have been the victims of an intimidation campaign by locals in the Creggan area of the city.Last month at Derry MP spoke out after an arson attack on the home of a gay couple in his constituency.

  • Christian magistrate loses gay adoption appeal 2

    Mr McClintock resigned from the South Yorkshire Courts Panel after being informed he would not be allowed to opt-out of cases that he felt would conflict with his religious views.

    11:45 AM — A former magistrate who claimed unfair dismissal after he was told he could not pick and choose which adoption cases to rule on has had a second appeal rejected.He announced yesterday that following the decision of the Court of Appeal the issue "will not be debated further."In March 2007 Andrew McClintock's legal action against the Lord Chancellor, claiming that his Bible-influenced opinions should allow him to be excused from approving gay adoptions, was rejected by a Sheffield employment tribunal.

  • London Mayor candidate rejects Sharia law proposal

    Mr Paddick faces incumbent Mayor Ken Livingstone, the Labour candidate, and Tory MP Boris Johnson in the election for Mayor of London on May 1st.

    11:25 AM — The Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London, Brian Paddick, has criticised the head of the Anglican communion for arguing that aspects of Sharia law should be recognised in Britain.Speaking on LBC radio this morning, Mr Paddick also revealed a new policy on bus fares and revealed that he did not recognise one of the Hollywood stars at his celebrity fundraising dinner.Politicians from all parties have criticised the Archbishop of Canterbury for remarks yesterday suggesting that certain aspects of Islamic law could be adopted in the UK.

  • Tatchell criticises ban on Islamic scholar

    Tatchell says that the British government's decision to ban Muslim cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi from entering Britain to receive medical treatment is “illiberal, unwarranted and unmerciful.“

    11:02 AM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has said that the British government's decision to ban Muslim cleric Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi from entering Britain to receive medical treatment is "illiberal, unwarranted and unmerciful."The spiritual leader of Islamicist organisation the Muslim Brotherhood, Dr Qaradawi is known to have supported suicide bombings in Israel, the oppression of women's rights and has argued in the past that homosexuals should be put to death.

  • Analysis: Barack and Clinton’s numbers game 7

    A brokered convention is only further evidence of a bitterly divided Democratic party. photo: jessamyn@flickr.com

    10:44 AM — On Tuesday Senator Hillary Clinton managed to secure a slight edge over Barack Obama in terms of the number of delegates won over the course of 22 nationwide primaries.While Clinton used her experience, star quality, deep political connections and long-term history to score eight major wins in delegate rich states like California, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey, Obama played to his oratorical and organisational strengths in smaller states.

  • Bishop must pay £47,000 compensation to gay man 6

    Mr Reaney was interviewed by a panel of eight people for the post of Youth Officer in the Diocese of Hereford in summer 2006.

    10:15 AM — An employment tribunal has ruled that the Bishop of Hereford must pay £47,345 in compensation to John Reaney, the gay man who brought a claim of discrimination claim against him.The case was supported and funded by Stonewall.Mr Reaney was interviewed by a panel of eight people for the post of Youth Officer in the Diocese of Hereford in summer 2006.

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