30th December 2008
Lawrence King murder suspect denied access to files 4
5:19 PM — 14 year old murder suspect Brandon McInerney's lawyers requested that a judge allow them access to files demonstrating how prosecutors decide to try under-18s as adults in court. McInerney stands accused of shooting classmate Lawrence King in February, who was reportedly openly gay and sometimes wore 'feminine' clothing to school, at a junior high school in Oxnard, California.
Mother fights against ban on sleeping with lesbian partner 8
3:46 PM — Divorcee and mother of two Angel Chandler has approached the Tennessee Court of Appeals to allow her to have her female partner stay overnight. Ms Chandler, who has been with her partner for almost a decade, is appealing against a child custody restriction known as a paramour clause, in which she is not permitted to have her lover stay overnight if her children are present.
Top legal website predicts gay marriage to be hot topic for 2009
3:07 PM — FindLaw, the most-visited legal site on the web, today released its Top Ten Legal Predictions for 2009. The list is a breakdown of what are expected to be next year's legal hot topics.
Australian equality act inquiry could be delayed until 2011 1
2:01 PM — An Australian Senate committee has recommended an inquiry into the need for an equality act banning homophobic or transphobic discrimination, following complaints to the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC). The AHRC is currently unable to protect the LGBT community fully as federal protections do not cover homophobia in the media or commercial services as other forms of discrimination are.
Catholic leader claims Pope’s homophobic outburst “misrepresented” 53
12:57 PM — Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales and Archbishop of Westminster, has defended Pope Benedict XVI's controversial comments about gay people.
Top players to speak out against homophobia in FA video 7
11:49 AM — The Football Association has agreed to organise and fund a video / DVD featuring premier league players speaking out against homophobia. The idea was put to the FA several months ago by Peter Tatchell of the gay human rights group OutRage!, as way of challenging the anti-gay abuse hurled by fans at players like Ashley Cole and Sol Campbell.
Playstation game restricts gay words
11:31 AM — Playstation's latest venture, PS Home, is described by Home Service Manager Daniel Hill as "unique compared to anything else in the gaming world."
Spanish judge suspended for discrimination against lesbian parents 1
11:07 AM — A Spanish judge has suspended from work after attempting to stop a lesbian adopting her wife's child. Same-sex couples are permitted to adopt children in Spain, and gay marriage was legalised there in 2005.
Church group discrimination against New Jersey lesbians ruled unlawful 4
10:43 AM — A church group yesterday lost its case to a lesbian couple who it barred from holding a civil ceremony on their property. Civil unions were introduced in New Jersey after the state Supreme Court's 2006 ruling that gay and lesbian couples are entitled to equal civil rights.
Sean Penn to win award for gay politician role
10:22 AM — Holllywood actor Sean Penn will be honoured at January's Palm Springs International Film Festival for his role in new film Milk.