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Author photoMarc Shoffman

Marc Shoffman was chief correspondent of PinkNews.co.uk between 2005 and 2006. He was online editor between 2006 and 2007.

  • 11th December 2006

    Italian politicians attack Vatican’s ‘anti-gay’ attitude

    L'Osservatore Romano, the official Vatican newspaper, accused Italian politicians of “eradicating the family“

    12:00 AM — Left wing members of Italy's ruling coalition have criticised the Vatican for opposing plans to allow gay couples in Padua to register their 'family.'Last week, Padua city council, outraged the Vatican by allowing gay and lesbian couples to register their 'family.' in a decision which also applies to unmarried heterosexual couples.

  • Ex-Tory leader undermines party’s ‘pro-gay’ image 3

    Launching a report on the importance of marriage and family to society, Mr Duncan Smith said gay couples were “irrelevant” to the work

    12:00 AM — Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith has come close to embarrassing the party's attempts at modernisation after appearing to suggest that gay couples cannot bring up children.Launching a report on the importance of marriage and family to society, Mr Duncan Smith said gay couples were "irrelevant" to the work.

  • Gay councillor to fight key Tory target 1

    Mike Freer at  a Conservative Friends of Israel event

    12:00 AM — Gay Barnet Council leader Mike Freer has been selected as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Finchley Golders Green, for the next General Election.Mr Freer was selected last night by the local Party to represent former Tory Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's old constituency, a number one target for the Conservatives.

  • Romney has a ‘pro-gay’ past 2

    Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has proudly spouted his negative attitudes towards gay issues

    12:00 AM — Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has proudly spouted his negative attitudes towards gay issues since coming to power two years ago.However, it has now been revealed that Mr Romney, a vocal opponent of his state's gay marriage laws, once courted the gay community for their support in a 1994 campaign for the US Senate.

  • Church split ‘bad news’ for gay community

    “The weak and vacillating Archbishop of Canterbury seems to have thrown in his lot with the evangelical bigots“

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners are warning that there may be fiercer religious opposition to pro-LGBT laws in the future amid reports that liberal bishops who support homosexual priests will be barred from certain churches and refused funds.The Sunday Telegraph reported that the rift over gay clergy in the Church of England has got to the stage where liberal dioceses are wishing to break away from the denomination and create their own panel.

  • Gay activist deplores Holocaust denial conference 1

    It is thought that between 5,000 and 15,000 gay people, who were seen as “sexual deviants” were sent to gas chambers

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has described Iran's plans to host a conference on Holocaust denial this week as an "incredible insult to all minorities who suffered under Nazism."Since coming to power in 2005, Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has insisted that the Holocaust is a Zionist conspiracy, the event this week invites so called 'experts' to debate whether the event happened.

  • 8th December 2006

    Scotland passes gay adoption law

    The bill aims to counter a significant reduction in families available for vulnerable children

    12:00 AM — A law allowing gay couples in Scotland to adopt passed yesterday, overcoming religious opposition and a last minute attempt to amend it.Despite calls from the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland to oppose the bill, MSPs backed the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill by 101 votes to six.The bill aims to counter a significant reduction in families available for vulnerable children by allowing gay and unmarried couples to adopt.

  • Ad watchdog investigating ‘anti-gay equality’ ad 18

    The Advertising Standards Authority has launched an investigation into an advert from Christian groups in The Times newspaper last month

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has launched an investigation into an advert from Christian groups in The Times newspaper last month which described new gay equality laws as an attack on "conscience."It called on the government to include an opt out in the new Sexual Orientation Regulations.

  • Media hails first gay divorce 2

    Now the phones have stopped ringing, and Fleet Street can rejoice after one couple took the bait this week and have split, according to reports.

    12:00 AM — Since the clock stuck midnight on Tuesday 5 December 2006 the mainstream press has been desperately scraping the barrel searching for the first gay couple in a civil partnership to divorce.The PinkNews.co.uk phones were jammed with researchers, and some more high profile broadsheets coyly asking, "Do you know any civil partners getting a divorce now that it's been a year since the legislation?"

  • Arsenal urged to curb homophobic chants 1

    Cole left Arsenal for the Blues earlier this season and this Sunday's match at Stamford Bridge will be their first meeting since his departure

    12:00 AM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell is calling on Arsenal football club manager Arsene Wenger and captain Thierry Henry to speak out against plans by their fans to subject Ashley Cole to gay-baiting ahead of the Gunner's London derby with Chelsea this weekend.Cole left Arsenal for the Blues earlier this season and this Sunday's match at Stamford Bridge will be their first meeting since his departure.

  • Police to search fans for homophobic materials 1

    Stewards will be leafleting and postering the Stamford Bridge stadium with anti-homophobic messages, including on the big screen

    12:00 AM — Football fans attending the London derby between Arsenal and Chelsea this Sunday will be searched for homophobic materials amid reports that sections of the Gunners' crowd had planned to carry inflatable mobile phones in reference to tabloid allegations about former Arsenal defender Ashley Cole's sexuality.Sections of the travelling Arsenal fans are reportedly being encouraged by supporter's website Arsenal World to take their revenge by printing fake banknotes with the defender superimposed as the Queen, and by carrying blow-up mobile phones in reference to tabloid rumours about a gay orgy involving the player.

  • “I will never abandon Total Eclipse of the Heart”

    Bonnie Tyler is back with a new version of Total Eclipse of the Heart with BabyPinkStar

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveWelsh singing legend Bonnie Tyler is planning a return to the UK charts next month with a new version of Total Eclipse of the Heart, but as she explains to PinkNews.co.uk, she has never been away from the music scene.Love is love, Bonnie Tyler declares when asked on her view on gay equality. Tyler's discography reads like a biopic of the last 30 years of gay life; heartbreak, tension, and striving against all odds.

  • 7th December 2006

    Archbishop aims to quell university gay feuds 2

    Dr Williams said that Christian views on gay sexual activity were often mistaken for hatred

    12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has criticised universities for reprimanding Christian Unions over their stance on homosexuality.Writing in the Times Higher Education Supplement, Dr Rowan Williams accused Student Unions of fearing an "open argument."His comments come after Christian Unions in Exeter, Birmingham and Edinburgh have been prohibited from using university faculties and in some cases from being recognised as a club because of alleged discrimination towards non-Christians and gay people.

  • Socialists urge MSP to resign over gay adoption view

    Solidarity party members have called on Ms Cunningham to accept SNP commitments to equality or resign

    12:00 AM — Scotland's socialist Party has condemned moves by Nationalist MSP Roseanna Cunningham to table amendments today which could effectively block gay couples from adopting children.Ms Cunningham argued ahead of a Holyrood debate today, that moves to allow the Bill to proceed would be "against nature's design."Solidarity party members have called on Ms Cunningham to accept SNP commitments to equality or resign.

  • Police promise more raids against gay hate

    The dawn raids, named Operation Athena, last Thursday, were part of a two-week initiative to put the fear back onto the offenders, and encourage victims to report crimes

    12:00 AM — Last week's police raids in London targeting suspected perpetrators of domestic, race hate and homophobic violence will not be the last, a member of the Metropolitan Police's Violent Crime Directorate has warned.DCI Gerry Campbell said last week's operation signals the Metropolitan Police Service's commitment to taking on hate crime offenders, but added that it is not a one off job.

  • US Jews welcome gays and lesbians 6

    The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents more than 750 Conservative synagogues, with 1.5 million members, today welcomed the movement's decisions

    12:00 AM — Conservative Jews in America have welcomed a decision by the movement regarding gay rabbis and same sex marriage.A two day meeting of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, which gives recommendations on religious doctrine, presented three differing positions that may be adopted by Jewish seminaries, leaving it up to individual seminaries and synagogues, ranging from upholding a ban on lesbian and gay ordination to only allowing non-sexually active gay rabbis.

  • 6th December 2006

    Cheney’s lesbian daughter is pregnant

    Mary Cheney's autobiography which was released in May

    12:00 AM — Dick Cheney's daughter is having a baby, according to reports.While states across America argue over same sex marriage and gay parenting, the Vice President's daughter, Mary Cheney, is likely to create a shining example of same sex families.A source told the Washington Post that Ms Cheney and Heather Poe are "ecstatic."

  • Grandfather Cheney urged to help gay families

    A gay family group are calling on Vice President Dick Cheney to consider the US administration's attitude towards gay rights

    12:00 AM — A gay family group are calling on Vice President Dick Cheney to consider the US administration's attitude towards gay rights now that his daughter is set to have a baby with her lesbian partner.The front page of the Washington Post's website announced today that Mary Cheney, Vice-President Cheney's gay daughter, is pregnant.

  • Gay Republicans welcome HIV law change

    The ban originates from 1987, when fear about the spread of the disease led US officials to require anyone with HIV to declare their status and apply for a special waiver visa

    12:00 AM — A gay Republican lobby group has applauded the US President after he eased travel restrictions for HIV travellers entering America.The Log Cabin Republicans welcomed an announcement from the White House on World AIDS Day that President George W Bush would issue an executive order allowing HIV-positive people to enter the US on short-term tourist or business visas without having to seek special permission.

  • Northern Ireland politicians call for gay rights repeal 13

    DUP Assemblyman Jeffrey Donaldson has tabled an Early Day motion to Parliament asking for the law to be delayed

    12:00 AM — Northern Ireland politicians are calling on the UK government to repeal the Sexual Orientation Regulations to be introduced in the province in the New Year, until the Assembly is fully restored.DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson has tabled an Early Day motion to Parliament asking for the law to be delayed by the Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain, as in the rest of the UK, for further consultation.

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