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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.

  • 6th April 2006

    Mother loses child custody to ex lesbian partner 2

    The judge decided that since the couple had both raised the children, there was no distinction of a biological relationship

    12:00 AM — A lesbian has been given custody of her former partner's children after a landmark court ruling decided she could be considered their "natural parent."The woman, who cannot be named for the children's protection, had been granted shared contact of her ex girlfriend's seven and four year old daughters, until the mother broke the order by moving away.

  • 5th April 2006

    Scotland Yard to produce gay census

    The system of sexuality declaration would be voluntary and anonymous

    12:00 AM — Police officers will be asked to declare their sexuality, according to a new paper to be produced by Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Ian Blair.The policy, which will be presented to the equality committee of the Metropolitan Police Authority, is expected to set out plans to gain an accurate quota of gay and lesbian officers in the police force.

  • New York gays must file separate tax returns

    he tax department said: “Since the petitioner's marriage to his same-sex partner is not a marriage for federal income tax purposes, it is not a marriage for New York State

    12:00 AM — Gay couples who marry outside the state of New York cannot file joint tax returns, according to the New York Department of Taxation and Finance.In response to petitions filed by Lambda Legal, officials cited state tax law and said that New York same-sex married couples cannot file their taxes jointly as married couples.

  • Gay candidate running for Hackney Mayor 5

    Mr Boff is promising voters' initiatives which would see important issues put to a ballot of Hackney residents

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA gay candidate has been unveiled as the Conservative Party's representative for the Hackney mayoral elections in May.Andrew Boff, a runner up in the 2002 local election, will campaign for a council closer to the people and better services.

  • 4th April 2006

    Irish PM promises gay marriage laws

    he Republic of Ireland was one of the last Western European countries to legalise homosexuality

    12:00 AM — The Republic Of Ireland will soon have its own civil partnership laws for the gay community, according to the Irish prime minister.Bertie Ahern made the announcement yesterday at the opening of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network's (GLEN) offices in Fumbally Court, Dublin.

  • Exclusive: Christian party may seek to overturn pro-gay laws 5

    Councillor Alan Craig led a campaign against civil partnerships last year

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Christian People's Alliance (CPA) would not necessarily uphold the laws on gay adoption and marriage if the party comes into power at the upcoming local elections, according to their federal president.Peter Flower told PinkNews.co.uk today that the CPA would only support policies relating to supporting the family and areas where the group feels there is a proper need for funding such as council tax and pensions.

  • 31st March 2006

    ‘Gay list’ editor jailed 1

    Ten libel complaints have been filed since the lists were published in February.

    12:00 AM — A second newspaper editor in Cameroon has been sentenced over a recent media gay witch hunt in the African country.Ayisi Biloa, publication director of Nouvelle Afrique, was jailed for six months and received a 4 million FCFA (6500 euros) fine after libel claims from a doctor and a government minister.

  • Gay man given inheritance rights

    The Pretoria High Court declared the Intestate Succession Act as unconstitutional

    12:00 AM — A landmark South African ruling has named a gay man as the sole heir to his late partner's estate.Mark Gory had been locked in a court battle with the parents of his boyfriend, Henry Brooks over who should rightfully be the legal heir after he died suddenly in April 2005 without a will.

  • Howard: No anti gay agenda

    Mr Howard stated he is simply trying to uphold the special place marriage holds in Australia

    12:00 AM — Australian Prime Minister John Howard has stood by his view on gay marriage stating that he does not have an anti homosexual agenda.The federal government threatened to introduce legislation to counter plans in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) to introduce a law on same sex unions last week, prompting accusations of homophobia.

  • Gay Lib Dem MSP weds partner

    Mother-of-two Ms Smith split from her husband in 2000 and later announced she had a female partner

    12:00 AM — A Liberal Democrat has become the first MSP to have a civil partnership, after she wed her partner on the weekend.Margaret Smith, 45, MSP for Edinburgh West, registered her relationship with Suzanne Main in a ceremony with family and friends on Saturday.

  • First Minister criticises Church’s gay adoption view

    enior Bishops are seeking a “conscience clause” giving the church and other faith-based groups the right to reject applicants to their adoption agencies on the basis of gender

    12:00 AM — Scotland's first minister has condemned claims by a prominent Roman Catholic that the Scottish Executive is giving in to political correctness through gay adoption policies.The Rt Rev Joseph Devine, Bishop of Motherwell told Jack McConnell he would not support "politically correct zealots" and would not "stand by and watch the destruction of Christian values and truth."

  • US bishops may “repent” gay policy

    Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Anglican Bishop, said that he believed that the Anglican Communion will eventually come to embrace gay men and women, although it is unlikely to be in his lifetime.

    12:00 AM — American bishops will "repent" for creating turmoil in the Anglican Church by abandoning their constant pro gay support, according to leaks from a private meeting last week.Reports suggest the American Anglican Church is ready to apologise for the consecration of gay bishop Gene Robinson in New Hampshire and may back an indefinite ban on gay marriages.

  • Church joins Australian gay marriage debate

    ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope described the bill as “an acceptance of other relationships for same-sex couples “

    12:00 AM — The Australian Church has entered into the ever increasing debate over gay marriage.Two bishops have labelled the Australian Capital Territory's plans to give gay couples marriage rights a step to far and have called for an abandonment of the Civil Partnership Bill.

  • 30th March 2006

    Australian PM vows to block gay marriage

    Mr Howard views the ACT plans as a threat to 2004 federal legislation which defines marriage as a union between man and woman

    12:00 AM — The Australian Prime Minister faced accusations of homophobia today when he vowed to block any attempts to "undermine" marriage.John Howard's government threatened to introduce legislation to counter plans in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) to introduce a law on same sex unions.

  • Explanation sought for “gay terrorists” incident

    Commentators argue that President Lech Kaczynski, former mayor of Warsaw who banned gay pride parades, could have used the incident to evoke a terrorist threat

    12:00 AM — Poland's opposition party is demanding an explanation for an incident in last year's elections when a bomb hoax was blamed on "gay terrorists."Wojciech Wierzejski, an MP from conservative Catholic party, LPR, told a Polish radio station it is more likely the ruling Law and Justice Party played a part in planting the fake bombs rather than gay organisations as it was originally suggested.

  • Schoolboy bullied by gay jibes website 1

    The hate filled site, which received over 500 visitors, was set up by two pupils,  they uploaded images of him in school uniform along with hurtful accusations.

    12:00 AM — A young pupil was forced to move school after bullies set up a website accusing him of being gay.The 13 year old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was deliberately targeted for almost a year with bogus and abusive claims including false lists of likes and dislikes which labelled him as gay.

  • Lesbian and Gay film festival rides into town

    Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal will appear  in a screening of award winning gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain

    12:00 AM — The 20th London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival was launched in the West End last night by former Friends star Lisa Kudrow.Leicester Square welcomed the comedy actress who played dipsy Phoebe in the sitcom, along with director Don Ross, who wrote Happy Endings, starring Kudrow, which was shown last night.

  • Euro MPs support gay club protests

    President Kaczynski is being called on to stop the police siege of the club

    12:00 AM — Green Party Euro-MPs have warned of escalating state-sponsored homophobia in Poland after police in Warsaw blockaded 'Le Madame', a hugely popular gay club hosting political and cultural activities.Jean Lambert and Caroline Lucas today called on the Polish government to change their "old-fashioned" and "discriminatory policies" and order police to abandon the siege immediately.

  • Pope: No gay marriage negotiations 4

    The pontiff called all other views on marriage harmful and vowed to oppose them

    12:00 AM — The Church's position on gay marriage is "non negotiable," according to the Pope.Pope Benedict XVI has launched a fresh attack on gay marriage and abortion just days before national elections in Italy, stating the Vatican's right to speak out on difficult issues.

  • Gay groups question Lambeth councillor revelation 3

    Cllr Anglin told the South London Press this is a private matter

    12:00 AM — A local paper has exposed a Lambeth councillor who posed naked on a gay website, prompting a negative response from gay groups.The front page story of today's South London Press, revealed the openly gay Liberal Democrat councillor, Charles Anglin, posted nude pictures of himself and recounted sexual wrestling fantasies on the Gaydar internet site.

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