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  • 11th January 2010

    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.

  • Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon to fight gay adoption ban 5

    Cynthia Nixon is kicking off the gay adoption campaign

    5:46 PM — Lesbian actress Cynthia Nixon will be kicking off a campaign to repeal Florida's ban on gays and lesbians adopting. The Sex and the City star will kick off the American Civil Liberties Union's three-year campaign to end the ban this weekend at South Beach’s Shore Club.

  • Amnesty International joins calls for release of gay Malawi couple 4

    Amnesty International called for the men's release

    5:15 PM — Human rights organisation Amnesty International has joined the calls for a gay couple in Malawi to be released from prison. The group said that Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, who were arrested on December 28th, were "prisoners of conscience".

  • BNP may face prosecution over ‘misleading’ financial accounts 2

    The BNP records were "not accurate"

    4:00 PM — The British National Party could face prosecution for breaking the law over its accounting. The anti-gay political party has until Friday to submit further details of its spending after auditors said they were not adequate.

  • New Jersey in last-ditch vote on gay marriage 3

    New Jersey senators will vote on the bill tomorrow

    12:47 PM — New Jersey's Senate will vote tomorrow on gay marriage in a final attempt to pass the bill before a new governor takes office. A vote was cancelled in early December after Democrats were reportedly concerned the bill did not have enough votes to pass.

  • Rhode Island approves funeral rights for gays 6

    Gays will gain the right to plan their partners' funerals

    11:43 AM — Lawmakers in the US state of Rhode Island have approved a law to allow people in gay relationships to make funeral arrangements for their partners. They overrode a veto from Governor Don Carcieri.

  • 5th January 2010

    Malawi gay marriage trial expected next week 6

    The couple's arrest has been widely reported

    4:28 PM — The trial of two gay men arrested for holding a wedding party in Malawi is expected to begin on January 15th. Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza are being held in custody in Chichiri Prison and were denied bail by a judge yesterday.

  • Court case on California marriage ban to be heard next week 8

    The court will examine whether the ban is unconstitutional (Photo: Flickr user albany_tim)

    1:11 PM — Next Monday, a federal court will examine for the first time whether the US constitution allows states to ban gay marriage. The case, brought by two gay couples who argue that California's ban violates their constitutional rights, will be heard on January 11th and is expected to last two to three weeks.

  • Anti-gay hate preacher’s march may be banned 85

    Anjem Choudary has not given a date for the proposed march

    12:11 PM — An attempt by an anti-gay Muslim preacher to hold a march in a British town may be blocked by home secretary Alan Johnson. Islam4UK, headed by Anjem Choudary, plans to march through Wootton Bassett, a town famous for honouring soldiers killed abroad.

  • 4th January 2010

    Malawi gay couple ‘beaten in prison’

    The pair will face trial next week

    7:20 PM — A gay couple in Malawi who were jailed for holding a wedding ceremony have said they are being beaten in prison. Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza were denied bail and will face trial next week for indecency charges.

  • Gay son prevented from donating blood to dying mother 38

    Gay and bisexual men are barred from donating blood

    6:27 PM — A gay man whose mother died from cancer is calling for a change in the law after he was prevented from donating blood to help her. Dij Bentley's mother Christine, 47, died from acute myeloid leukaemia in August last year.

  • Woman fails to hand child to lesbian ex-partner 6

    The biological mother may be charged with parental child abduction

    12:27 PM — A US woman who was ordered to hand over custody of her child to her lesbian ex-partner could be charged with parental abduction for failing to comply with a court order.

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