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  • 3rd August 2011

    American Indian tribe approves gay marriage 26

    The tribe will recognise gay marriage

    1:32 PM — An American Indian tribe in Washington has become the second in the US to approve gay marriage. On Monday, the Suquamish Tribal Council voted to give marriage rights to gay couples on its Seattle reservation.

  • Teachers were concerned over shot gay teen’s feminine appearance

    Larry King was shot dead by his classmate

    1:28 PM — The case of a US student who shot dead a gay classmate has heard from the victim's teachers. Larry King, 15, who self-identified as gay and wore feminine clothing, was shot in the head on February 12th 2008 during a lesson, allegedly by Brendan McInerney, his classmate at E.O. Green Junior High School in Oxnard, California.

  • Tory MP Chloe Smith supports gay marriage 88

    Chloe Smith is the MP for Norwich North

    10:26 AM — Conservative MP Chloe Smith says she supports the campaign for marriage equality. The 29-year-old politician, who is one of the youngest MPs in the House of Commons, joined Norwich Pride last weekend.

  • 2nd August 2011

    Scottish youth parliament calls for gay marriage 55

    Young politicians are urging parliament to grant marriage equality

    10:57 AM — Scotland's youth parliament has launched a campaign to urge the government to give gay couples the right to wed. The Love Equally campaign is seeking full marriage equality and also calls for straight people to be given the right to have civil partnerships.

  • 1st August 2011

    California Supreme Court to hear gay marriage case next month 35

    This is the latest round in California's gay marriage fight

    4:26 PM — California's highest court is to hear arguments on September 6th around the state's gay marriage ban. The Supreme Court will consider whether gay marriage opponents in the state have the legal standing to challenge a court ruling overturning the 2008 ban, known as Proposition 8.

  • Ugandan gay rights group has computers, member list stolen 13

    The group has accused police of failing to investigate

    1:40 PM — A Ugandan gay rights group is urging police to fully investigate a burglary at its offices. Freedom and Roam Uganda (FARUG), which has offices in Kampala, was broken into on Saturday night.

  • Man responsible for anti-gay stickers convicted of painting burkas over women in Lynx adverts 238

    10:26 AM — Two Muslim teenagers from east London have been convicted of causing criminal damage for spray-painting burkas over scantily-clad women in adverts on the street. Mohammed Hasnath and Muhammed Tahir, both 18, admitted the offence and said they were acting in the greater good because women should not be uncovered.

  • 29th July 2011

    Indian lesbian couple win police protection after death threats 14

    The couple were granted police protection

    3:02 PM — A lesbian couple in India have been granted 24-hour police protection after family members allegedly threatened to kill them. The women, named as Savita, 25, and Veena, 20, from Manesar, near New Delhi, married last week and went to a court to ask for protection.

  • North Cyprus campaigners call for repeal of anti-gay laws 11

    Gay sex is illegal in North Cyprus

    2:21 PM — Following reports of two men being arrested for gay sex, rights activists in Northern Cyprus are calling for the decriminalisation of homosexuality. Homofobiye Karsi Inisiyatif (Initiative Against Homophobia) has been campaigning for years to have the penal code changed.

  • Parliament inquiry to be held on religious rights 310

    MPs will consider whether discrimination laws need changing

    11:16 AM — A parliamentary committee is to examine whether changes should be made to discrimination laws after a raft of legal cases over Christian rights. Public hearings will be held in the autumn, with MPs and Lords invited to give their views on whether current laws are adequate.

  • 28th July 2011

    Men arrested in North Cyprus for gay sex 90

    Gay sex remains illegal in North Cyprus

    5:23 PM — Two men have reportedly been arrested in North Cyprus for having gay sex. According to Kibris newspaper, the men were accused of having "unnatural intercourse" in a hostel in Nicosia.

  • Tory MP defends religious rights motion 153

    At least three MPs have withdraw their signatures from the motion

    11:05 AM — A Conservative MP who tabled a motion supporting the Equality and Human Rights Commission's push for 'compromise' for anti-gay workers says it is about freedom of religion. Gary Streeter, the MP for South West Devon, said religious people have been marginalised but denied that his early day motion backs discrimination.

  • Street preacher ‘told gay couple to burn in hell’ 142

    The gay couple say a Christian preacher told them to 'burn in hell'

    10:32 AM — A gay couple in Taunton, Somerset, say that Christian street preacher told them to "burn in hell". Craig Manning and his civil partner, who does not want to be named, say they were walking through the town centre holding hands last month when the man began abusing them in public.

  • 27th July 2011

    Student in gay suicide case wants charges dismissed

    Tyler Clementi jumped to his death last September

    4:57 PM — Lawyers for a student accused over the suicide of his gay roommate say the charges against him should be dismissed and that prosecutors withheld evidence. Dharun Ravi, 19, of Plainsboro, New Jersey, is accused of invasion of privacy and bias intimidation in the case of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi (pictured).

  • US to look again at gay blood donation ban 2

    The US bans gay and bisexual men from donating blood

    2:00 PM — The US Department of Health and Human Services is to look again at the lifetime blood donation ban for men who have had gay sex. The department said yesterday that the current policy is "sub-optimal" and announced it has instructed advisors to study whether the strict rules can be relaxed.

  • Michigan court won’t hear lesbian custody case 6

    Renee Harmon lost custody of her children (Photo: Christopher Meredith)

    11:06 AM — Michigan's Supreme Court has refused to hear a child custody case involving two lesbians. The court said there was no evidence that a review is necessary in the case of Renee Harmon and her former partner Tammy Davis.

  • Italy rejects anti-homophobia bill 127

    Italy has no legal protection against LGBT discrimination (Photo: Vaughan Leiberum)

    9:49 AM — Italy's parliament has rejected a bill to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people from discrimination. The Chamber of Deputies voted yesterday 293 votes to 250 not to approve the legislation.

  • 26th July 2011

    Indian lesbian couple ask court for protection from anti-gay family members 25

    The couple say their families have threatened to kill them (file photo)

    5:13 PM — A newly-married lesbian couple in India have asked a court to protect them from homophobic family members. The women, aged 20 and 25, from Manesar, near New Delhi, say their families have threatened to kill them since they wed on July 22nd.

  • Another MP withdraws from religious rights motion 66

    Another MP has withdrawn his name from the motion

    11:25 AM — Another MP has withdrawn his name from a motion apparently calling for religious workers to be allowed to refuse to serve gay people. Liberal Democrat MP for Portsmouth South Mike Hancock, who recently accused the UK Border Agency of homophobia, said he signed the early day motion by accident.

  • 25th July 2011

    Anti-gay group files lawsuit against New York gay marriage 28

    An anti-gay group wants to challenge the gay marriage law

    6:07 PM — An anti-gay group in New York has filed a lawsuit against the city's new marriage laws. The group, called New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, claims the state Senate acted illegally when it voted to approve a gay marriage bill earlier this year.

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