18th November 2009
Consortium demands no ‘faith opt-outs’ in Equality Bill 8
6:24 PM — A consortium of liberal religious and secular groups will be launched at the House of Commons next Tuesday to examine exemptions for faith groups in the Equality Bill.
Austria allows civil partnerships but gay adoption ban stays 9
5:39 PM — Austria's government has agreed to legalise civil partnerships for gay couples. The law will come into force on January 1st 2010 if it is approved by parliament. Bans on adoption and fertility treatment will remain.
Thief robs gay men in Brighton 4
3:25 PM — Police have appealed for information to help catch a thief who befriends gay men in order to steal from them. Two men have reported having their possessions stolen by him after they invited him home.
Exclusive: Stonewall to fight for civil partnerships to be held in churches 63
1:17 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall said last night it will seek to add an amendment to the Equality Bill to allow religious buildings such as churches to hold civil partnership ceremonies.
Gay man killed by sparring partner he paid to fight him
11:10 AM — A gay businessman died after being beaten by a man he paid to fight for sexual thrills, a court heard yesterday. Colin Butler, 49, suffered fractures to his head, neck and ribs.
17th November 2009
Georgia teacher ‘threatened to have gay student killed’
5:53 PM — A teacher in the US state of Georgia is accused of trying to "put a hit" on a student he thought was gay Randolph Forde, a teacher at Mundy’s Mill High School in Clayton County, has been suspended with pay after being arrested last month.
Gay marriage campaign kicks off in California 3
12:57 PM — The fight to win back gay marriage has begun in California. Yesterday, gay rights group Love Honor Cherish launched its campaign to get one million signatures in favour of repealing the ban.
Updated: Gay teenager murdered in Puerto Rico 16
11:20 AM — A gay teenager has been found burned and decapitated on the island of Puerto Rico. The body of Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado was found on Saturday (November 14th) in Cayey, a city several miles away from his hometown of Caguas.
16th November 2009
Buenos Aires issues first gay marriage licence following last week’s court ruling 6
11:57 PM — Following the ruling by a judge in Buenos Aires last week, an Argentinian gay couple were today granted a same sex marriage licence. Jose Maria Di Bello and partner Alex Freyre argued that a ban on gay marriage violated the constitution of Argentina.
Man charged with murder of trans woman Destiny Lauren
4:28 PM — A 21-year-old man was due to appear in court today charged with the murder of Destiny Lauren, a trans woman. Lauren was found dead at her Kentish Town home earlier this month.
EHRC to ask MPs to include gay census question 19
11:26 AM — The Equalities and Human Rights Commission will ask MPs this week to include a question in the 2011 census on sexual orientation. The government has previously ruled out the question, saying it would be too controversial.
13th November 2009
Indian voters allowed ‘third gender’ option 3
6:14 PM — The Electoral Commission of India decided to give recognition on voter forms to those who see themselves as neither male or female. They can now list themselves as 'other'.
Argentinian judge permits gay couple to marry 3
5:28 PM — A gay couple in Argentina have been given permission to marry by a judge. Alex Freyre and Jose Maria Di Bello were granted the right by Judge Gabriela Seijas in Buenos Aires.
Rhode Island governor vetoes burial rights for gay partners 19
1:44 PM — The Republican governor of Rhode Island, Don Carcieri, has vetoed a bill which would allow people in gay relationships to make funeral arrangements for their partners.
Court of Appeal ruling on Lillian Ladele expected by Christmas 21
11:12 AM — Lillian Ladele, the Islington registrar who refused to carry out civil partnerships for gay couples, will hear whether her Court of Appeal bid has been successful before Christmas.
12th November 2009
Jewish settler accused of attacks on gay Israelis 12
6:32 PM — A Jewish settler accused of killing two Israelis and carrying out attacks on gays, left-wing Israelis and messianic Jews told a court this week that God was "proud" of him.
Gay blogger accused of terrorism by religious right-wingers 16
3:18 PM — A gay US blogger whose readers warned that radical gays and lesbians could attack right-wingers has been accused of terrorism and reported to the FBI.
Alabama school backs down over lesbian’s prom date 10
2:47 PM — An Alabama school which cancelled its prom after a lesbian student asked to bring a date has reversed its decision.
Free speech amendment will stay in homophobia law 98
2:36 PM — The government has admitted defeat over an amendment protecting free speech in homophobic hatred laws. The Ministry of Justice said it had to accept the House of Lords vote as the bill could no longer be delayed.
Straight couple want civil partnership 37
11:12 AM — A straight couple from London are demanding to be allowed a civil partnership because they do not believe in marriage. Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle believe everyone, gay or straight, should be allowed to chose whether to marry.