7th June 2006
Canadian wives – British civil partners 10
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusivePinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman meets a lesbian couple determined to be recognised as wives in the UK.Marriage is currently a big issue in Parliament's across the globe. UK High Court rulings have set precedents for bigger divorce settlements, and last week the Law Commission recommended rights for unmarried couples, including gays and lesbians, while the US senate is considering a constitutional gay marriage ban and Canada is contemplating repealing its gay marriage laws.
Consultation on gay adoption ends
12:00 AM — The Scottish Parliament's consultation into the Adoption and Children Bill which would give gay couples adoption rights, ends today.The Education Committee has heard views from a cross section of Scottish society since the bill was produced last March, and will begin to consider the submitted evidence in the coming months.
Senate rejects gay marriage ban 4
12:00 AM — The US Senate has rejected calls for a gay marriage ban.The law, supported by US President George W Bush, would have amended the Constitution to deny States the ability to define marriage themselves, mandating that marriage be only between one man and one woman, and would deny all benefits of marriage to all unmarried couples.
6th June 2006
US President backs gay marriage ban despite waning support 4
12:00 AM — US President George W Bush yesterday called for support of the proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage to be debated in the Senate from today.The President, who had been tight lipped in recent months on the issue of same-sex marriage, announced last week he supports an amendment to the constitution, sticking firm to the belief than marriage is between a man and a woman, despite the fact that Vice President Dick Cheney and even the first lady have offered differing opinions.
Australia set to lose gay union laws 1
12:00 AM — Just weeks after the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) approved a gay civil union law, the Federal Government has promised to overturn it.Despite an initial willingness to consider the law, Attorney General Philip Ruddock has now stated that it would be against the Federal Marriage Act as it is too similar to marriage and fails to take heed of the government's concerns.
Lesbian couple begin battle for marriage recognition 9
12:00 AM — A lesbian couple seeking UK recognition for their marriage in Canada began their case at the High Court today.University professors Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger were married lawfully in Canada in August 2003, while Sue was working there, after the province of British Columbia opened up marriage to same-sex couples.
5th June 2006
Bush backs gay marriage ban 4
12:00 AM — US President George W Bush has used his weekly radio address to voice support for a constitutional amendment which would ban gay marriage, ahead of a Senate vote on the issue.The amendment, which would prohibit states from recognising same-sex marriages, needs a two-thirds majority in the Senate and House, and then would need to be ratified by at least 38 state legislatures before becoming a law.
Lesbian couple seek UK gay marriage rights 10
12:00 AM — A British lesbian couple married lawfully in Canada will challenge the UK's gay marriage laws in the High Court tomorrow.University professors Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger were married lawfully in Canada in August 2003, while Sue was working there, after the province of British Columbia opened up marriage to same-sex couples.
Western Isles to lift ban on gay marriage
12:00 AM — The Western Isles (Eilean Siar) are preparing to reverse their ban on civil partnerships or gay weddings taking place on the islands.The Western Isles became the only part of Britain to ban gay marriages after local councillors and registrars agreed to a boycott.Registrars are permitted under the Civil Partnership Act to refuse to conduct a ceremony on moral grounds.
HIV positive rapist is “lowest of the low” says gay rights campaigner
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveHuman rights campaigner, Peter Tatchell has branded an HIV positive Zimbabwean who pretended to be gay as "the lowest of the low" after he raped two teenage girls.Gabriel Vengesai, 45, had already been found guilty of statutory rape after he had consensual, unprotected sex with a 14-year-old girl who bore him a child.
Gay community urged to ensure faith support 13
12:00 AM — The Green Party's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) group is calling on the gay community to respond to the Government's Equality Bill consultation on whether to ban discrimination against LGBT people in the supply of goods and services such as hotels and charitable services.They are worried that extreme religious groups might persuade the Government to exempt them from any obligations under the new law on grounds of religious faith.
2nd June 2006
Grandpa accused of infecting gay men with HIV
12:00 AM — An Australian grandfather deliberately made friends with gay men on the internet to infect them with HIV, a court was told today.Michael Neal, 48, appeared at Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with attempting to infect people with HIV and rape.He met victims including one who he allegedly drugged and raped, on the internet and persuaded them into unprotected sex, telling them he was HIV negative, the jury heard.
Spanish government backs transsexual law 1
12:00 AM — Transsexuals in Spain are to be given the right to change their gender documents in civil registries without undergoing a sex change, according to new laws passed by the Spanish government today.The law is expected to be produced this summer and will allow doctors to certify that a person is living as the wrong sex after they have lived as the appropriate sex for a year and a half and been approved by a psychiatrist.
Colorado Governor rejects gay anti-discrimination law
12:00 AM — The Governor of Colorado has been called "out of step" with his State after rejecting a law which would have prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.Bill Owens vetoed the legislation for the second time claiming it would see an increase in lawsuits against local businesses and "had the potential to be costly for Colorado businesses due to an expansion of their tort liability."
Canada to vote on gay marriage 1
12:00 AM — Canada will hold a free vote in Parliament later to this year, the prime minister announced today.The Canadian Parliament will decide whether to scrap gay marriage laws which were adopted last year.Stephen Harper came to power last January campaigning to reopen the debate on laws governing same sex partnerships in the country.
Danish lesbians gain artificial insemination rights
12:00 AM — A new law passed today by the Danish parliament gives lesbian couples the same rights to artificial insemination in public hospitals as straight couples.The legislation which also applies to single women, was passed by 86 politicians who voted for the amendment, against 82 politicians who either abstained or voted against.
1st June 2006
Gay marriage goes to New York court
12:00 AM — New York's highest court heard oral argument yesterday in Lambda Legal's lawsuit seeking marriage for same-sex couples."Today is an historic day for same-sex couples and their families in New York," said Susan Sommer, senior counsel at Lambda Legal and lead attorney on the case.
Gay adoption row hits Scotland 10
12:00 AM — The Scottish Parliament's Education Committee has hit a stumbling block over a new law allowing gay couple's to jointly adopt in the country.Conflicts emerged in a consultation meeting yesterday attended by adoption agencies, gay groups and Catholic organisations.
Transsexual jailed for stealing baby’s identity
12:00 AM — A transgender woman has been jailed in a man's prison in New Zealand after pleading guilty to stealing a dead baby's identity to forge passport documents and gain false benefits.A Christchurch District Court sentenced Lelilani Sialapae to 12 months despite calls from her lawyers to defer the sentence until she had completed a sex change process.
Support drops for Canadian gay marriage backtrack
12:00 AM — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is losing support for a new vote on whether to keep gay marriage laws.Mr Harper's Conservative government campaigned on the promise that it would allow Parliament to vote on whether to reopen the issue, but now cabinet members and MPs appear to have lost enthusiasm.