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  • 22nd November 2010

    Australian Greens predict legal gay marriage as poll shows majority support 7

    The Australian Greens say gay marriage will soon be legalised

    2:58 PM — The Australian Green party is predicting that gay marriage will soon become law as a poll shows 57 per cent of the public are in favour of the change. Of the 37 per cent who were against the change, 16 per cent were opposed and 21 per cent were strongly opposed.

  • Gay Saudi prince convicted of murder must pay prosecution costs 5

    Saud was convicted of murdering his servant

    12:36 PM — A gay Saudi prince convicted of murdering his servant must pay his prosecution costs. Saud Abdulaziz bin Nasser al Saud, 34, will have to pay more than £100,000 for the cost of his trial at the Old Bailey.

  • Straight Bristol couple next to demand a civil partnership 7

    The couples are challenging the bans on gay marriage and straight civil partnerships (Photo: made-underground)

    11:18 AM — A heterosexual couple from Bristol will attempt to get a civil partnership tomorrow morning. Ian Goggin and Kristin Skarsholt say the ban on straight civil partnerships is "unjust, discriminatory and offensive".

  • 19th November 2010

    Two soldiers held over shooting at Rio de Janeiro Pride

    The teenager was shot at Pride

    4:30 PM — Two soldiers are being held by the Brazilian army after a teenager was shot at Sunday's Rio de Janeiro Pride. Nineteen-year-old student Douglas Igor Marques Luiz was shot once in the stomach during the gay festival.

  • ‘Shameful’ UN vote ‘may lead to more gay executions’ 28

    The UN vote removed reference to gays and lesbians in the resolution

    11:06 AM — A United Nations panel’s decision to remove sexual orientation from an anti-execution resolution is “shameful” and may encourage murders of LGBT people, gay rights campaigners say.

  • 18th November 2010

    UN deletes gay reference from anti-execution measures 17

    The resolution condemns unjustified executions (Photo: Bryan Davidson)

    4:54 PM — A United Nations panel has deleted a reference to gays and lesbians in a resolution condemning unjustified executions. The motion was introduced by Morocco and Mali and the vast majority of countries in support were African or Arabic.

  • US Senate to vote again on gay military ban 6

    The Senate is expected to vote on the measure next month

    4:02 PM — The US Senate is expected to vote again next month on the ban on out gay soldiers. Senate majority leader Harry Reid said the vote would be scheduled after Thanksgiving.

  • Australian MPs to canvass voters on gay marriage 4

    Australian MPs voted to canvass the public on gay marriage

    12:02 PM — Australian politicians will ask voters whether gay marriage should be legalised after the Green Party won a motion on the issue. A recent poll commissioned by gay groups found 62 per cent of respondents in favour of the change.

  • 17th November 2010

    US county elects first transgender judge 10

    Victoria Kolakowski is the first trans trial judge in the US

    3:11 PM — Victoria Kolakowski has become the first trans person to be elected as a trial judge in the US. She was elected as a superior court judge in Alameda County, California, beating deputy district attorney John Creighton with 51 to 48 per cent of the vote.

  • Christian doctor loses gay adoption case 34

    Dr Sheila Matthews was told there was no evidence for her case

    2:15 PM — A Christian doctor who claimed she was a victim of religious discrimination has lost her case against Northamptonshire County Council. Dr Sheila Matthews said homosexuality was "not God's will" and that children do better with heterosexual parents.

  • May scraps ‘ridiculous’ equality duty but promises new action on anti-gay bullying 35

    Home Secretary Theresa May scrapped the public body equality duty

    12:56 PM — Schools will be given new powers to deal with homophobic and transphobic bullying and measures to delete historic sex convictions will be in the Freedom Bill, Home Secretary Theresa May announced today. She also said that an equality duty on public bodies would be scrapped.

  • 16th November 2010

    Thirteen gay activists arrested after White House DADT protest 7

    Protesters chained themselves to the White House fence

    3:10 PM — Thirteen gay rights campaigners have been arrested after handcuffing themselves to the White House fence in protest at the ban on out gay troops.

  • 15th November 2010

    US Supreme Court denies request to lift gay military ban 6

    The ban on out gay soldiers was upheld

    6:01 PM — The US Supreme Court declined a request to lift the ban on out gay troops serving in the military on Friday. In the latest round of the fight to have the law repealed, Republican gay group Log Cabin Republicans asked the court to overturn a lower court's ruling that the ban should remain in place indefinitely.

  • Gay Northampton couple attempt to marry 17

    Gay couples cannot currently get married (Photo: Matthias Homberg)

    3:55 PM — A gay couple in Northampton will attempt to marry tomorrow as part of a campaign to open up marriage and civil partnerships to both straight and gay couples.

  • Texas gay couple marry by Skype 3

    Texas does not allow gay marriage

    1:04 PM — A gay couple have circumvented Texas' ban on gay marriage by marrying over Skype. Mark Reed and Dante Walkup used the internet software to link to Washington DC, where a registrar conducted the ceremony.

  • Christian doctor begins legal fight over gay adoptions 75

    Dr Matthews will ask whether medical opinion should override equality laws

    11:54 AM — A Christian doctor who was removed from an adoption panel after she refused to endorse applications by same-sex couples hopes to go to the European Court of Justice. Dr Sheila Matthews, of Kettering, will ask the court to establish whether medical opinion should be permitted to override equality laws.

  • 12th November 2010

    New lawsuit over severance pay to outed gay US troops 6

    The ACLU is challenging the policy

    4:53 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union has launched a lawsuit over the US Defence Department's policy of paying just half the usual severance pay to individuals sacked under Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

  • Gibraltar Supreme Court considers gay age of consent 11

    Gibraltar's age of consent for gay men is 18

    3:41 PM — The Gibraltar Supreme Court is considering whether the age of consent for gay men is discriminatory. The territory currently allows lesbians and heterosexuals to have sex at 16, but the age of consent for gay men is 18. Anal sex is illegal between men and women.

  • Illinois university official ‘fired’ for announcing lesbian wedding 6

    The Catholic university said Ms Tadlock showed "disregard for fundamental Catholic beliefs".

    3:00 PM — A lesbian official at a Catholic university in Illinois claims she was fired after announcing her wedding in a local newspaper. Laine Tadlock, 60, says that her bosses at Benedictine University in Springfield were aware that she was a lesbian but fired after she announced her marriage.

  • Video: Cindy McCain criticises DADT while husband John defends it 2

    Cindy McCain in a previous gay rights campaign

    12:39 PM — Republican senator John McCain's wife Cindy appears in a new video which attacks the ban on out gay soldiers. In the latest ad, she appears to be suggesting that her husband is partly responsible for the homophobic bullying with has led to a number of gay teenage suicides.

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