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  • 23rd February 2011

    Video: Barack Obama rules US will not defend the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act 13

    President Obama says that the Defense of Marriage Act is unfair

    9:10 PM — In what could be a historic advance for gay rights in the United States, Barack Obama's administration has announced that it will not defend the Defense of Marriage Act in two specific cases because it defines a marriage as only being between a man and a woman.

  • Belgian gay couple to be reunited with baby son 12

    The couple have waited two years to take their son home (Photo: D Sharon Pruitt)

    5:14 PM — A Belgian gay couple whose baby son was stranded in Ukraine for two years expect to be reunited with him soon. Peter Meurrens and Laurent Ghilain had baby Samuel by surrogate in 2009 but red tape meant they could not bring him home.

  • Maryland Senate debates gay marriage

    Gay campaigners want Maryland to offer marriage equality (Photo: Matthias Homberg)

    3:37 PM — Maryland's Senate began debating gay marriage today. The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act will remove gender references in the US state's marriage laws and give churches the right not to conduct ceremonies.

  • Anti-gay singer Buju Banton guilty of drug charges 20

    Buju Banton was found guilty (Photo: Wili Hybrid)

    1:22 PM — The homophobic Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton has been found guilty of cocaine charges. The star was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute five kilograms of cocaine, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and aiding and abetting others.

  • 22nd February 2011

    Scottish police ‘are more gay-friendly than in San Francisco’ 12

    Scottish police are said to be more gay-friendly

    3:39 PM — Scottish police are more gay-friendly than their counterparts in San Francisco, a researcher claims. According to Northern Constabulary advisor Lisa Buchanan, victims of anti-gay hate crimes are more likely to come forward in Scotland than they are in the traditionally gay-friendly areas of California.

  • UK education secretary Michael Gove attacks past bans on gay or mixed race adoptions 19

    Michael Gove criticised past 'social engineering'

    2:06 PM — Education secretary Michael Gove announced new UK government guidelines on adoption today and attacked past limitations on sexual orientation, race and age. Outlining the new guidance, he said that the number of children adopted had fallen in recent years and children spend an average of 21 months in care before being placed with a family.

  • 21st February 2011

    Israel appoints first out gay judge 14

    Dori Spivak, an attorney and former Civil Rights Association chairman, was appointed as a judge at the Tel A gay judge has been appointed as Israel's first gay judge

    2:46 PM — The first openly gay judge has been appointed in Israel. Dori Spivak, an attorney and former Civil Rights Association chairman, was appointed as a judge at the Tel Aviv Labor Court on Friday.

  • Ugandan asylum seeker says publicity will put her life at risk 9

    Uganda does not allow homosexuality

    11:00 AM — A Ugandan asylum seeker who was ordered to leave the UK says that publicity means her life will be at risk if returned to Uganda. The woman, referred to as BN, initially claimed that she was a lesbian but a judge ruled that there was no evidence for this.

  • Gay-only hotels to be investigated for discriminating against straights 134

    Gay-only hotels are being investigated

    9:42 AM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission is to investigate gay-only hotels for possible breaches of equality law. The body said it needed to establish an "objective balance" after investigating Christian-run hotels which bar gay couples.

  • 20th February 2011

    Ireland’s first civil partnerships have taken place early and in secret 25

    The first two couples included a terminally ill partner (photo credit: Firemedic58)

    1:55 AM — The first civil partnerships in Ireland have already taken place, more than a month earlier than the planned introduction of the ceremonies. It is understood that at least one member of both couples involved are suffering from serious illnesses with a risk of that one may die before the three month notice period for a civil partnership would elapse.

  • 18th February 2011

    Court overturns Budapest police’s ban of gay pride march 10

    Budapest Pride will now reach the Parliament building

    11:09 PM — The Budapest Metropolitan Court has overturned a police decision to deny permission for Budapest's Pride march planned for June 18th 2011.

  • Man evicted after threatening to petrol bomb gay couple returns to same street 13

    Mr Saunders is to be evicted again

    4:22 PM — A Manchester man who was evicted after threatening to firebomb a local gay couple has returned to the same street. James Saunders, 36, and his partner Diane Halliwell, 42, were kicked out of their rented home on Windsor Road, Harpurhey, in November after the incident.

  • New Hampshire’s gay marriage law under threat 10

    New Hampshire's gay marriage law is under threat

    3:03 PM — Politicians in the US state of New Hampshire are attempting to repeal a 2009 marriage equality law. New Hampshire legalised the practice in 2009 but two bills to make it illegal are currently in front of the House.

  • Teenager jailed for kicking gay man in the face 13

    Kyle Watson was jailed for the attack

    1:39 PM — A teenager from Newcastle has been jailed for his part in an attack on a gay man. Kyle Watson, 19, admitted kicking 25-year-old Michael Gibbons after barging into his house.

  • Tory MP claims most gay people don’t want the right to marry 155

    Edward Leigh is the MP for Gainsborough

    10:03 AM — A Conservative MP has claimed that only a "tiny number" of gay people actually want the right to marry. Edward Leigh, the MP for Gainsborough, questioned why the language of marriage should be "mangled" and suggested that changing the law would lead to recognising polygamy.

  • 17th February 2011

    Amnesty International asks Hungary to allow Budapest gay Pride 1

    Budapest Pride has been banned

    5:37 PM — Human rights charity Amnesty International has asked Hungary to allow this year's Budapest Pride. After asking permission to hold a rally outside parliament, organisers were told that the entire march would be banned.

  • US teen ‘killed gay man in panic after cough medicine overdose’

    Michael Anderson said in 911 calls he killed the older man

    4:49 PM — A North Carolina teenager accused of murdering a gay man confessed he carried out the attack after overdosing on cough medicine, police say. Tapes from emergency calls also suggest that 19-year-old Michael Anderson attacked 36-year-old Stephen Starr after the older man made sexual advances to him.

  • New Moscow mayor says no to gay Pride marches 6

    Sergei Sobyanin is not in favour of gay rights marches

    3:43 PM — Moscow's mayor Sergei Sobyanin says that the city does not need gay Pride marches. When asked by the Ekho Moskvy radio station if a march would be permitted this year, he said: "I doubt it."

  • Four men arrested over Camden gay stabbing

    Four men have been arrested

    12:47 PM — Four men have been arrested over a homophobic stabbing in Camden, north London. The four, aged between 17 and 19, were arrested in Camden yesterday morning on suspicion of attempted murder.

  • Californian Supreme Court to hear Prop 8 case, delaying decision on gay marriage until 2012 8

    The issue will now be decided by the state Supreme Court

    2:56 AM — The legal saga over gay marriage in California looks set to drag on for another year. Last night, the Californian Supreme Court agreed to decide whether the backer of Proposition 8, the 2008 voter initiative that banned gay and lesbian marriages has the right to appeal a lower court decision that the ban was unconstitutional.

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