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  • 14th January 2010

    Suspect in Puerto Rico gay murder will stand trial

    Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado was found murdered in November

    12:40 PM — The man accused of murdering a gay Puerto Rico teenager has been found fit to stand trial. Juan A Martinez Matos, 26, is accused of killing Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado in November in the city of Cayey.

  • Supreme Court bans broadcasting of California gay marriage trial 13

    The trial will not be broadcast (Photo: Flickr user albanytim)

    12:05 PM — The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that a trial on the constitutionality of California's gay marriage ban cannot be broadcast on the internet. It said that supporters of the ban could face harassment and "irreparable harm".

  • 13th January 2010

    Ugandan president Museveni distances himself from anti-gay bill 10

    Museveni said foreign policy interests must be considered

    8:36 PM — Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni said yesterday that the country must take into consideration its foreign policy interests when debating an anti-homosexuality bill.

  • Gay man avoids jail for trying to poison lesbian couple 5

    The curry was laced with slug pellets

    7:22 PM — A gay man who tried to poison his neighbours in a row over a cat avoided jail yesterday. Gareth Stewart, of Denton, Manchester, gave Marie Walton and Beverley Sales a curry laced with slug pellets after a feud which started years ago.

  • Man wanted for burglaries 9

    Lee Eves skipped bail

    4:48 PM — Manchester police are seeking a man who befriends people in gay bars in order to steal from their homes. Lee James Eves, 25, failed to answer bail on November 18th after he was arrested in connection with a burglary in Salford in May.

  • Man convicted for homophobic attack on gay teenagers 10

    The case was heard at Blackburn magistrates' court

    2:02 PM — A 19-year-old man was found guilty yesterday of a homophobic attack on two gay teenagers. Michael Lee Hannan shouted that he hated gays before punching and headbutting the pair, aged 17 and 18, Blackburn magistrates' court heard.

  • 12th January 2010

    Entry ban on anti-gay US ‘shock jock’ to stay in place 71

    Michael Savage will remain on the blacklist

    6:38 PM — A ban on a US radio presenter entering the UK will be upheld, the government has said. Michael Savage, known for his strong views on homosexuality, Islam and abortion, was barred from entering the country in May last year.

  • Lawyers for Malawi gay couple to challenge homosexuality ban 2

    The couple's case has been widely reported

    5:20 PM — The lawyers representing two gay men who had a wedding ceremony in Malawi have asked for a review of the country's homosexuality ban.

  • Japanese trans man told that son is illegitimate 3

    The man's wife gave birth last year

    3:16 PM — A trans man in Japan who had a child with his wife has been informed by officials that the child is now classed as illegitimate.

  • ‘No right to not be offended’, says Tatchell 59

    Peter Tatchell attacked the convictions

    1:11 PM — Peter Tatchell has spoken out in defence of five Islamic extremists convicted of abusive language at a march in Luton last year. He acknowledged their homophobia but said free speech must be defended.

  • 11th January 2010

    Temporary block on broadcasting Prop 8 trial 10

    Broadcasting on the trial has been blocked

    5:34 PM — The Supreme Court has temporarily blocked recording of the Proposition 8 trial in California, which begins today. Gay marriage opponents, who conducted a vocal public campaign, said they could be harassed if the trial was broadcast.

  • Religious civil partnerships amendment tabled in Lords 68

    The amendment would allow churches to hold civil partnerships

    4:59 PM — An amendment to the Equality Bill which would allow civil partnerships to be held in church was tabled in the House of Lords today.

  • Homeless charity warns of increase in gay Muslims fleeing family violence 13

    Young gay Muslims sometimes face family anger (Photo: B Hernandez)

    3:12 PM — The Albert Kennedy Trust, a charity which helps homeless LGBT young people, has said it is seeing an increase in the numbers of gay Muslims fleeing from forced marriages and family violence.

  • 8th January 2010

    Ugandan president Museveni ‘opposes death penalty for gays’ 15

    Yoweri Museveni does not support kiling gays, a minister said

    3:37 PM — President of Uganda Yoweri Moseveni opposes the death penalty for gays, the country's ethics minister has said. James Nsaba Buturo said the provision was likely to be removed from the country's anti-homosexuality bill, saying that reparative therapy would work better.

  • Portugal votes to legalise gay marriage 30

    Portugal's parliament approved the law

    3:09 PM — Portugal's parliament today voted to legalise marriage for gays and lesbians. The Catholic country will be the sixth in Europe to grant same-sex couples the right to wed, although this will not include adoption rights.

  • Equalities minister Harriet Harman fined for careless driving 7

    Harriet Harman pleaded guilty to careless driving

    2:46 PM — Harriet Harman, the minister for women and equality, has been fined £350 for driving without due care and attention. She was also ordered to pay £70 costs and a £15 victim surcharge, along with receiving three penalty points on her driving licence.

  • 7th January 2010

    New South Wales government upholds gay adoption ban 7

    The adoption ban will remain (Photo: D Sharon Pruitt)

    4:13 PM — The Australian state of New South Wales has opted to continue a ban on gay couples adopting. Although a parliamentary inquiry had recommended that changing the law would be in the best interests of children, the state government said there was not enough evidence of support for it.

  • Social worker struck off for abusing trans child 6

    The social worker was struck off

    2:18 PM — A social worker has been found guilty of shouting homophobic abuse at a child in his care. Stan Lansdell, 52, was struck off today for "gross abuse" of his position. He worked for Bradford council at the time of the offences.

  • California gay marriage trial will be on YouTube 5

    The proceedings will be broadcast, a judge ruled.

    11:45 AM — A judge has ruled that next week's trial on California's gay marriage ban will be shown on YouTube. Defenders of Proposition 8, which restricts marriage to a man and a woman, had claimed that broadcasting proceedings could lead to intimidation of witnesses.

  • 6th January 2010

    Portugal expected to approve gay marriage this week 14

    Portugal could be the next European country to legalise gay marriage

    6:30 PM — Portugal is expected to approve gay marriage this Friday when a bill comes up for debate in parliament. It is thought the law is almost certain to pass, as left-wing parties who are supportive of gay marriage occupy a majority of seats.

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