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  • 19th March 2009

    Gay man de-baptises himself 69

    John Hunt's de-baptism certificate

    5:44 PM — A man has asked to be 'de-baptised', saying that he was too young to decide his religion at the age of five months. John Hunt, 56, says that he wants his 1953 baptism at the St Jude and St Aidan parish church in the Southwark diocese, south London, cancelled because he was not consulted and does not believe in God.

  • Dictionary redefines marriage to include gays 2

    Gay marriage is now in the dictionary (Flickr: Greeblie)

    4:15 PM — US dictionary-maker Merriam-Webster has redefined the word 'marriage' to include gays and lesbians. It added that the term also applies to "the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage".

  • Rowan Atkinson attacks gay hate law 57

    Rowan Atkinson criticised anti-gay hate laws (Photo: Gerhard Heeke)

    4:00 PM — Comedian Rowan Atkinson has criticised hate speech legislation, saying that the House of Lords must vote against a government attempt to remove a free speech clause in a homophobic hatred offence.

  • Court told gay man was burnt to death by ex-boyfriend 11

    Charlie Davies was attacked on June 14th last year

    3:20 PM — Kingston Crown Court has been told the final moments of a gay man who was doused in petrol and set alight outside his home. Charlie Davies, 23, was attacked on June 14th last year. He died 12 days later in hospital.

  • Hundreds gather to debate gay marriage in Vermont 1

    Vermont is holding a week of hearings on same-sex marriage

    2:45 PM — More than 500 people flocked to the house chamber in Montpelier, Vermont, last night to testify on same-sex marriage in the state. Amidst a week of hearings, the public debate last three hours and saw 115 people testify in favour of gay marriage and 85 against it.

  • Lesbian continues fight to be Presbyterian minister 7

    Lisa Larges has been fighting to be ordained since 1986.

    1:55 PM — A lesbian in San Francisco who has been a candidate for the Presbyterian ministry for 22 years is to have her case heard in church court this week. Lisa Larges' candidacy for ordination has twice been approved by her regional church authorities.

  • Amnesty asks Pope to defend gay rights 19

    Amnesty has asked the Pope to defend gay rights

    11:53 AM — Amnesty International has urged Pope Benedict XVI to condemn the criminalisation of homosexuality when he meets with African bishops today in Cameroon, which criminalises same-sex relations.

  • Gay hotel: Sewage ‘was actually sand’ 36

    A photo released by the club claiming to show sewage

    10:57 AM — It has been claimed that Club Tucanes, the gay hotel in Gran Canaria which evacuated guests due to a 'sewage leak', was actually evicted for non-payment of rent.

  • 18th March 2009

    Scottish hate crimes law to be extended to cover anti-gay crimes 4

    The Scottish Parliament heard today that the Bill will "send a clear message"

    5:41 PM — Scottish justice secretary Kenny MacAskill has said that extending hate crime laws to protect LGBT people and the disabled will send out a "clear message" that such crimes cannot be tolerated.

  • New York senior official in bid to become first openly gay senator 1

    Jon Cooper may run for senator

    4:55 PM — Jon Cooper, the majority leader of the Suffolk County legislature in New York, has announced he is considering whether to challenge US senator Kirsten Gillibrand in the Democratic primary in 2010. Cooper, who is openly gay and has five adopted children, would be the first out senator if successful.

  • Orange County gay event shut down amid claims of discrimination 1

    Spin Tuesdays was shut down (Flickr: Todd Baker)

    4:09 PM — A weekly gay bowling event in Orange County, Los Angeles, has been closed down. Police said it was due to venue Lucky Strike allowing live entertainment and outside promotions without a permit.

  • Minnesota gay marriage ban ‘will prevent world from ending’ 38

    The world will end if gays marry, religious groups have said

    3:07 PM — The Minnesota Family Council has introduced an amendment to ban gay marriage, which it claims will stop the world from ending.

  • Police close Birmingham gay club after ‘violence’ 4

    Club DV8 was closed early on Friday night by police

    2:42 PM — West Midlands police have said drunken violence was the reason they closed a gay club in Birmingham on Friday night. Club DV8, on Kent Street in the city's gay village, was asked by police to close early due to "substantial and widespread drunken disorder".

  • Italian footballer calls homosexuality ‘a sin’ 36

    Nicola Legrottaglie released his autobiography today

    1:23 PM — Juventus defender Nicola Legrottaglie has denounced homosexuality as a sin and said it is "seen like fashion" these days. In his autobiography, released today, he discussed his Christian beliefs and recommended that gay people should read the Bible.

  • LGBT workers call for ‘dignity and respect’ at work 1

    "Dignity and respect" are the top concerns for workers

    12:27 PM — The top priority of LGBT staff is "dignity and respect" at work, a Unite survey has shown. The union's Have Your Say survey also revealed that workers believe trade unions must use education to eliminate homophobia and tackle discrimination.

  • Scottish Parliament asked to review Marriage Act 10

    Scottish Parliament has been asked to reexamine the Act

    12:09 PM — The Scottish Parliament was asked yesterday to review the Marriage Act with regard to gay marriage. A request from the Public Petitions committee has asked MSPs to reexamine the act and detail any reasons for refusing to amend it.

  • Denmark parliament approves equal adoption rights 7

    Denmark joins other Nordic countries in allowing gay joint adoption

    11:32 AM — A majority vote in parliament yesterday will see the introduction of a bill giving equal adoption rights for civil partners and straight married couples in Denmark.

  • Obama to sign worldwide gay rights declaration 12

    Sources claim Obama will sign the declaration

    10:44 AM — The Obama administration is to endorse a UN declaration calling for the worldwide decriminalisation of homosexuality. President George W Bush had refused to sign the declaration during his office, making the US the only western state not to offer its support.

  • 17th March 2009

    Workplace equality ‘makes economic sense’

    Baroness Royall speaking at the conference

    5:49 PM — The Stonewall workplace conference, held yesterday, instructed employers to continue efforts with equality and combating discrimination through the economic downturn.

  • Gays and lesbians banned from marching openly in New York St Patick’s Day Parade 67

    Gays cannot march openly in the St Patrick's Day Parade (Flickr: Seamus Murray)

    5:31 PM — Gays and lesbians have once again been barred from marching openly in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York. The annual parade attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators to the streets.

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