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Author photoTony Grew

Tony Grew edited PinkNews.co.uk between 2007 and 2009. He now edits ePolitix.com

  • 29th January 2007

    PM defends Ruth Kelly’s position

    She was given responsibility for equality issues in May 2006, but has refused to reveal her views on homosexuality.

    6:45 PM — A spokesman for the Prime Minister has said Mr Blair wants to pay tribute to Ruth Kelly.The Communities Secretary, who is responsible for equality matters, has been heavily criticised by gay campaigners and some MPs for her strong religious views.Ms Kelly, a devout Catholic, has been accused of bowing to pressure from the hierarchy of the church.

  • LibDem spokeswoman welcomes PM’s adoption stance 10

    Ms Burt, the MP for Solihull, said she was happy that the Catholic agencies will be given time to make new arrangements.

    5:27 PM — Politicians have spoken to PinkNews.co.uk of their delight at Tony Blair's decision to not grant an exemption from anti-discrimination laws to Catholic adoption agencies.Lorely Burt MP, the LibDem spokeswoman on equality, told PinkNews.co.uk:"Tony Blair's statement is welcome news.

  • Tories make no comment on adoption, LibDem furious

    A Tory spokeswoman repeated that the party's MPs will be given a free vote on the regulations when they come before the House of Commons next month.

    5:15 PM — A spokeswoman for Conservative Central Office has said the party has no statement to make about Tony Blair's announcement that Roman Catholic adoption agencies will not be exempted from anti-discrimination legislation.Meanwhile a LibDem MP who tabled an Early Day Motion calling on the government to exempt the Catholic Church has branded Tony Blair a coward.

  • Stonewall delighted by adoption decision 10

    Mr Summerskill dismissed claims that the Catholic agencies are the best in the country

    5:05 PM — The chief executive of Stonewall has warmly welcomed the statement from Tony Blair that Roman Catholic-run adoption agencies will not be granted an exemption to the Sexual Orientation Regulations.Ben Summerskill also questioned the claim by the church that their agencies are superior to state-run adoption facilities."We are delighted that the cabinet has listened carefully to what we have been saying."

  • Official – no Catholic adoption opt-out 10

    Instead, the regulations regarding adoption will come into force at the end of 2008.

    4:31 PM — The Prime Minister has announced that the government will not be granting an opt-out for Catholic adoption agencies from the Sexual Orientation Regulations.Instead, the regulations regarding adoption will come into force at the end of 2008.This means that Roman Catholic-run adoption agencies will have nearly two years to adjust to the new rules.

  • DNA evidence casts doubt on gay murder conviction

    Kennedy is reportedly becoming depressed and demoralised at his continued incarceration.

    3:51 PM — A man from Davenport who was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a gay pensioner could be freed in the light of new evidence.Robert Kennedy was found guilty of murdering Arthur Eathorne, a 74-year-old gay pensioner, at his Plymouth flat on September 21, 1990.Kennedy has spent the last 16 years at Garth prison in Preston, but has always maintained his innocence.

  • 12-year-old trans case “not unusual” 2

    It is very unusual for someone so young to even be considered for gender reassignment.

    12:56 PM — A 12-year-old Austrian child has undergone gender reassignment treatment after persuading her parents and doctors that she was sure she was a girl.The child, known as Kim, was born a boy and is currently receiving hormone treatment which will eventually lead to gender reassignment surgery.Persia West, who is a transgender activist, spoke to PinkNews.co.uk about the case.

  • Ban on gay sperm donation legal 2

    There is a similar ban on men over 40 donating sperm because of the higher risk of mutations.

    12:31 PM — A Canadian court has said that the ban on gay men donating sperm is perfectly legal.A lesbian woman had claimed that federal regulations that prohibit the use of sperm from any man who has had sex with another man was a breach of her rights.The woman wanted to use sperm from a gay friend, but a 1977 law prohibits him from donating.

  • Report reveals extent of anti-gay taunts in schools

    Schools Out, an organisation that has been working for equality for LGBT people in education since 1974, welcomed the research.

    12:13 PM — Research by the National Union of Teachers has revealed that the vast majority of their members hear the word gay used pejoratively on a regular basis.Many felt that sexist and homophobic language was institutionally tolerated.The study also revealed the high levels of sexist language being used in schools and that many female teachers are sexually harassed by pupils.

  • Tory leader rejects Catholic adoption exemption

    The comments from Mr Cameron this morning are the first time that a shadow Cabinet member has presented a solution to the ongoing controversy.

    9:22 AM — David Cameron has said there can be no opt-out for Roman Catholic-run adoption agencies from the Sexual Orientation Regulations.The Conservative party leader said there should be an adjustment period of three to four years for adoption agencies to allow them to adjust to the new rules, which outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services.

  • 26th January 2007

    Lib Dem MP calls for adoption opt-out 8

    Mr Younger-Ross, MP for Teigbridge, said he fully supports the rights of gay people.

    6:07 PM — A Roman Catholic Liberal Democrat MP has tabled an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons calling on the government to exclude Catholic adoption agencies from the Equality Act.Richard Younger-Ross' motion has been signed by only six other MPs.The Liberal Democrats have been very critical of the proposed opt-outs for Catholic adoption agencies.

  • Jewish adoption agency open to gays 3

    Norwood is not affiliated to any particular Jewish denomination but is run along traditional Jewish lines.

    4:47 PM — The only registered Jewish adoption and fostering agency in England has told PinkNews.co.uk that they are not seeking an exemption from the Sexual Orientation Regulations.Norma Brier, who is chief executive of the agency, Norwood, confirmed that they will comply with the regulations, which are designed to protect gay lesbian and bisexual people from discrimination when accessing goods and services.

  • Ruth resignation rumours rubbished 3

    It has been widely reported that Ms Kelly was the driving force behind the exemptions for Catholics.

    2:10 PM — A spokesman for Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly has dismissed rumours that she on the brink of resigning from the Cabinet.Ms Kelly has been the focus of much of the criticism the goverment has faced after it was revealed that they are considering granting exemptions to anti-discrimination legislation to Roman Catholic adoption agencies.

  • Tories comment on adoption row 3

    Ms Laing called on the government to find a way to balance the rights of gay people and the religiously devout.

    1:44 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive Eleanor Laing, The Conservative shadow minister for Women and Equality, has called on the government to find a solution to the row over exemptions from equality legislation for Roman Catholic adoption agencies.Ms Laing, the MP for Epping Forest, also criticised those who have attacked Ruth Kelly for her religious beliefs.

  • Gay rapper highlights school bullying 4

    “I hope the film not only breaks down the average teenager's residual homophobia,“ said QBoy

    12:02 PM — British rapper QBoy is to present a schools programme for Channel 4 in which he talks to children who have come out while still at school. Coming Out To Class is one of a series of programmes in the channel's Gay Week which starts on February 26th.QBoy told PinkNews.co.uk, "I am happy that this programme has been made as I hope it will shed light on a much ignored issue."

  • Tribunal told gay parents are bad for kids 2

    Dr Byrd flew in from Utah to share his opinions on gay parenting with the tribunal.

    11:12 AM — An employment tribunal in Yorkshire has heard evidence from an American academic who claims that placing children with same-sex couples damages them.Former magistrate Andrew McClintock is claiming the Constitutional Affairs department were acting unlawfully by not allowing him to opt out of ruling on cases where gay and lesbians were seeking to adopt children.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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