17th April 2009
Gay domestic partners in Washington state to receive same state benefits as married couples
2:36 PM — A bill passed this week in Washington grants same-sex domestic partners the same rights and benefits the state offers to straight married couples.
Gay penguins book tops list of titles Americans want banned 33
11:49 AM — A children's book about two male penguins who adopt a baby chick is the book most Americans want banned, according to the American Library Association (ALA). And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell has been slammed as anti-family, anti-religion and pro-gay.
Football bodies urged to crack down on homophobic and racist abuse
10:41 AM — The Professional Footballers' Association warned yesterday that football governing bodies must take stronger action on racism and homophobia or risk footballers going on strike.
16th April 2009
Family of murdered gay teen Michael Causer back appeal against sentences 1
5:31 PM — The family of murdered gay teenager Michael Causer have told PinkNews.co.uk that with the Crown Prosecution service, they will attempt to appeal against the sentences given to his killer and the defendant who admitted lying to police.
Christian association bites back after gay marriage video faces widespread ridicule 10
4:21 PM — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), which released an ominous video last week detailing its fears over gay marriage, has insisted on its widely-mocked audition tapes being removed from YouTube.
Vatican launches investigation over nuns’ teachings on homosexuality 13
3:33 PM — The Vatican is investigating the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, allegedly because it has not towed the official line sufficiently on teachings on homosexuality and other issues.
Military gay ban supporter warns of mass resignations 21
2:26 PM — A retired army general who is leading the campaign against allowing gays to serve openly in the US military has warned of "mass resignations" if Section 654 of US Code Title 10 is repealed.
Civil liberties group challenges US school boards to remove internet ban on gay sites
12:10 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has asked school board officials in Tennessee to stop censoring gay websites. Schools in the area use a web filtering system that censors out unsuitable material such as websites which have sexual content but this also excludes educational gay sites.
Spanish gay murder reveals issues with domestic violence laws 5
11:01 AM — The case of a man who killed his ex-partner before committing suicide last week in Almeria, Spain, has revealed that domestic violence legislation in the country does not apply to gay men.
15th April 2009
Man goes on trial over murder of trans woman 7
2:25 PM — A man who allegedly battered a trans woman to death when he discovered she had been born physically male has gone on trial in Colorado, US.
Congress could partially repeal Defence of Marriage Act
1:31 PM — Some Congressional leaders are discussing partially repealing the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) to allow the federal government to recognise gay marriages.
Airline ‘refused to hire male air stewards in case they were gay’ 8
10:22 AM — An employment tribunal has heard that an airline refused to hire male stewards because it would be assumed they were gay.
14th April 2009
New York governor to introduce gay marriage bill
5:21 PM — New York governor David Paterson is planning to introduce a gay marriage bill this week, according to reports. Various reports suggest that sources close to the governor say he will unveil the legislation this week.
Gay Iowa senator receives death threat 6
4:28 PM — Openly gay Iowa senator Matt McCoy has been the target of a death threat. Public safety officials in the state confirmed that he received the threatening telephone call yesterday.
Boy, 11, commits suicide after gay taunts 8
1:40 PM — An 11-year-old boy from Massachusetts, US, killed himself after he was repeatedly bullied by classmates who bombarded him with anti-gay taunts. Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover was found dead at his Springfield home last Monday night. He had hanged himself with an extension cable.
Amnesty International attacks Iraqi president over gay murders 2
11:28 AM — Amnesty International has taken the unusual step of writing to Iraqi president Nouri al-Maliki to demand "urgent and concerted action" by his government to stop the killings of gay men in the country.
11th April 2009
New leader of the Catholic Church rejects Tony Blair’s comments on gay rights 60
5:34 PM — The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, the new Bishop of Westminster, has dismissed Tony Blair's call for the Catholic Church to change its views on homosexuality.
9th April 2009
Rick Warren denies supporting gay marriage ban 18
5:27 PM — Preacher Rick Warren, who spoke out against gay marriage, has been accused of lying after he said he had never supported Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California.
Belfast church to challenge ruling on ‘homophobic’ adverts 3
2:48 PM — A Belfast church has said it will go to the high court to contest a ruling from the Advertising Standards Authority that its adverts were homophobic. Sandown Free Presbyterian Church placed the adverts in the Belfast News Letter last summer.
Confusion grows over reports of gay executions in Iraq 8
2:24 PM — Human rights organisations are working to establish whether a number of men have been executed in Iraq for being gay. Homosexuality is not illegal in Iraq but is seen as a taboo. Last week, six gay men were shot and killed in the Baghdad Shiite slum of Sadr City