18th November 2009
Consortium demands no ‘faith opt-outs’ in Equality Bill 8
6:24 PM — A consortium of liberal religious and secular groups will be launched at the House of Commons next Tuesday to examine exemptions for faith groups in the Equality Bill.
Austria allows civil partnerships but gay adoption ban stays 9
5:39 PM — Austria's government has agreed to legalise civil partnerships for gay couples. The law will come into force on January 1st 2010 if it is approved by parliament. Bans on adoption and fertility treatment will remain.
Washington Blade successor could be launched this week 1
5:22 PM — A new gay newspaper and website to replace the Washington Blade could hit the streets as soon as Friday. Former editor Kevin Naff said staff hoped to release the first edition under a new name.
Gay priests ‘no more likely to abuse children than heterosexuals’ 19
4:35 PM — A study commissioned by the US Roman Catholic Church has found no evidence that gay priests are more likely to sexually abuse children than heterosexual clergy.
Scottish presbytery ‘broke gay moratorium’ by accepting gay man for training 4
3:56 PM — A Church of Scotland court has upheld a complaint that a presbytery broke the moratorium on gay clergy by nominating a gay man for training as a minister. It said no new gay candidates would be taken on.
Thief robs gay men in Brighton 4
3:25 PM — Police have appealed for information to help catch a thief who befriends gay men in order to steal from them. Two men have reported having their possessions stolen by him after they invited him home.
Exclusive: Stonewall to fight for civil partnerships to be held in churches 63
1:17 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall said last night it will seek to add an amendment to the Equality Bill to allow religious buildings such as churches to hold civil partnership ceremonies.
Ben Elton makes gay joke about Prince Edward 29
1:06 PM — Comedian Ben Elton was accused of poor taste last night after making a remark about Prince Edward's sexuality and calling the Queen "a sad old lady".
Exclusive: HIV film ‘dangerous and misleading’ 468
12:32 PM — A film about HIV and what causes AIDS has been attacked for being misleading and even dangerous. HIV charities and health experts have told PinkNews.co.uk that the ideas the film promotes are "pseudo-science" and could damage the public health.
Gay man killed by sparring partner he paid to fight him
11:10 AM — A gay businessman died after being beaten by a man he paid to fight for sexual thrills, a court heard yesterday. Colin Butler, 49, suffered fractures to his head, neck and ribs.