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  • 15th December 2005

    Latvian Parliament amend constitution to ban gay marriage

    The amendment to the constitution must now be signed by the country's President, Vaira Vike Freiberga

    12:00 AM — MPs in Latvia have passed an amendment to their constitution barring gay marriages from taking place.65 MPs voted in favour of the change, six voted against the change whilst nine abstained from voting.Gay marriages have been illegal under civil law in Latvia since 1993 but the constitutional amendment ensures that any future recognition of gay relationships will be hard.

  • 12th December 2005

    3.6 million British gays – government audit claims 1

    In the first national quantification of the gay population, the Treasury have found that 6% of the country is gay

    12:00 AM — Government officials have this weekend revealed that 3.6 million British people are gay or lesbian.In the first national quantification of the gay population, the Treasury have found that 6% of the country is gay.The Treasury conducted the estimate to assess the financial impact of the introduction of the Civil Partnership Act this month.

  • Gay police offer accepts £30,000 in homophobia case 1

    Angela Black, representing Norfolk Police Authority and Norfolk Constabulary, said: “the police authority and constabulary strongly deny these allegations.”

    12:00 AM — An openly gay police officer that accused his force of homophobic bullying and anti-gay discrimination accepted a £30,000 out of court settlement this week.Inspector Neil Ferguson of the Norfolk Constabulary originally claimed £400,000 from the force and the local police authority over his claims to have suffered homophobia.

  • The Producers

    12:00 AM — Films based on books are commonplace. Films based on plays are likewise ten a penny. Films about putting on plays also have a long tradition in Hollywood, especially when, as here, the "putting on a show" idea provides an excuse for a number of song and dance numbers. On top of this, these days remakes of existing movies seem to be cropping up every month. But it is still rare - in fact well-nigh unprecedented - to get a film adaptation of a play that was itself an adaptation of a film that was about putting on a play.

  • 9th December 2005

    Comment: If Robbie Williams thinks it’s ok to be gay, why sue for libel? 8

    Peter Tatchell writes: “Robbie comes across as two-faced“

    12:00 AM — Peter Tatchell of gay rights group OutRage!considers why Robbie Williams took the decision to sue over allegations relating to his sexuality.Whatever Robbie Williams' intention, his legal action has created the impression he thinks it is shameful to be gay. If he sees nothing wrong with being gay, why did he sue for libel?

  • 7th December 2005

    March of the Penguins

    12:00 AM — We've been spoiled in Britain when it comes to nature documentaries. Since the 1950s, the British public has had innumerable superb expeditions into the wonderful world of wildlife beamed into their homes thanks to a combination of the BBC and the national treasure that is Sir David Attenborough, all of which have been in equal measures fascinating and expertly produced.

  • King Kong

    12:00 AM — How do you follow up on the most successful and critically acclaimed film trilogy since the original Star Wars movies? What do you do next after proving your critics wrong and pulling off a great adaptation of a book many still considered to be unfilmable? How do you move on from the longest and most complex deliberately-planned film shoot in the history of cinema?

  • Joyeux Noel

    12:00 AM — War films produced through cooperation between the combatant countries have had a fairly solid track record over the years. There's the epic re-telling of the Normandy Landings, 1962's The Longest Day, a British/German/French co-production, 1970's American/Japanese take on the attack on Pearl Harbor, Tora! Tora! Tora! and the British/Japanese prisoner of war movie Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence from 1983, all of which are superb in not only their historical accuracy but also their sensitivity.

  • Just Like Heaven

    12:00 AM — Yet another one of those films where you can just imagine the studio execs hammering out the pitch, which can't have been anything other than, "Ghost, but with the genders reversed - and it's a comedy!"Yep, whereas 1990's Ghost featured the living Demi Moore doing the whole love thing with the ghost of Patrick Swayze, helped out by a female medium, here we get the living Mark Ruffalo falling in love with the ghost of Reece Witherspoon, helped out by a male psychiatrist. And on top of that, they've chucked in the When Harry Met Sally idea (in itself pinched from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing) that on first meeting, they hate each other

  • 6th December 2005

    New Tory leader, David Cameron must keep to his promises on gay issues 27

    PinkNews.co.uk hopes that David Cameron lives up to his promises

    12:00 AM — David Cameron, the first party leader to be born since the decriminalisation of homosexuality has been elected. He must now prove that he can change the way that the Conservative Party relates to the gay community.Earlier this year, this website endorsed David Cameron as the candidate most likely to change the Conservative Party treats gay issues and move the party away from its homophobic past.

  • Terminally ill man and partner become first to have a gay wedding ceremony 1

    The waiting period is scrapped if doctors say that one partner has a terminal illness and are unlikely to recover

    12:00 AM — A terminally ill man and his partner have become the first gay couple to become civil partners following Monday's introduction of the Civil Partnership Act.The Act normally requires a 15-day waiting period between the application for a partnership and the ceremony. However, the waiting period is scrapped if doctors say that one partner has a terminal illness and are unlikely to recover.

  • 3rd December 2005

    PinkNews.co.uk Editor, released from hospital 3

    Benjamin Cohen thanked readers for their support

    12:00 AM — Readers will be pleased to hear that the Editor of PinkNews.co.uk, Benjamin Cohen, has been released from hospital following his recent illness.Benjamin was admitted after suffering serious problems with his vision, balance and co-ordination.Doctors at Barnet General Hospital in North London have found that two lesions on the right hand side of his brain had caused his problems.

  • 1st December 2005

    Pink news will not update until Monday 5th December at the earliest 3

    12:00 AM — Due to the unexpected hospitalisation of pinknews.co.uk's editor, Benjamin Cohen (23), there will not be any updates to articles. We will update this page as soon as any information becomes available on Benjamin.

  • 29th November 2005

    Christian pastor who compared gays to paedophiles acquitted of homophobic hate crimes 11

    Mr Green told the court that homosexuality is “abnormal, just like paedophilia”

    12:00 AM — Sweden's highest court has acquitted a Pentecostal pastor of hate crimes after he compared homosexuality to paedophilia and bestiality.He was convicted in 2004 under Sweden's hate crimes law but today, the country's Supreme Court upheld an appeals court verdict that found that the comments made by Ake Green, 64, were protected by the country's commitment to freedom of speech and religion.

  • 26th November 2005

    Elton John and David Furnish opt for private gay wedding ceremony

    Sir Elton said that his love for his partner David “doesn't come with a price tag”

    12:00 AM — Sir Elton John's gay wedding to his partner David Furnish will be a private affair after he turned sown an offer worth over £6m to broadcast the occasion.The popstar and his entertainment producer partner will be one of the first couples in Britain to take advantage of the Civil Partnership Act, which will allow 'gay marriages' in all but name from the 21st December.

  • 24th November 2005

    Conservative Equality Spokeswoman explains her party’s gay rights policies 1

    Ms Laing says, “every person in Britain today should be allowed to live their own lives as they wish”

    12:00 AM — Earlier this week, we reported that a Labour MP (Angela Eagle) described the Eleanor Laing, Conservative spokeswoman on Equality's attitude to the Equality Bill as 'sad'.Today, Ms Laing took advantage of our policy of allowing a right of reply to all articles by asking us to reprint this letter which she hopes will make her own views on the matter clear.

  • 22nd November 2005

    Gay rights officer claims he was sacked because of a sex change

    the council denies that its work environment was discriminatory

    12:00 AM — Brighton and Hove council's gay rights officer was hounded out of a job because he had a sex change, a tribunal heard this week.Andy Baldwin, 34, says he was forced out of his job for the local authority after he changed his name from Andrea. He claims that he lost his £26,000-a-year job due to a "culture of prejudice and discrimination against transsexuals."

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    12:00 AM — When Harry Potter first burst onto the scene and all those columnists in the newspapers began churning out ream after ream of gushing praise for the wonderful originality and depth of J K Rowling's contributions to fantasy fiction and children's literature, the few dissenting voices most often brought up C S Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia as a prime example of a classic children's book series that had done it all before. So it's really only fair that Narnia finally gets a cinematic outing, and also only fair that the first Narnia film is so much more accomplished than the first in the Harry Potter movie franchise.

  • 16th November 2005

    Broken Flowers

    12:00 AM — Of late, Bill Murray seems to be making a bit of a thing out of playing middle-aged men desperately searching for some kind of meaning in their lives. There was, of course, the almost depressingly bleak and lonely Lost in Translation, then the quirky The Life Aquatic and now this. As in that last film, Broken Flowers revolves around the discovery of a son he never knew existed and the resultant confusion about the state of his life.

  • The Legend of Zorro

    12:00 AM — It has been seven years since The Mask of Zorro catapulted its stars, Antonio Banderas and Catherine Zeta-Jones from moderate fame to stardom. Seven years is normally a very long time to wait for a sequel. There are few exceptions to the rule that more than three years equals disappointing box office and normally equally disappointing films.

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