18th August 2010
UK gay rights groups (with one exception) set out positions on marriage equality 75
4:59 PM — After a PinkNews.co.uk poll showed high support for opening up civil marriage to gay couples, we asked UK gay rights groups to set out their views on the issue. Eight accepted our invitation, but Stonewall, Britain's largest LGB charity declined to take part and clarify their stance on the issue.
US gay group angry at retailer Target’s donations to ‘anti-gay’ Republican 2
4:25 PM — America's largest gay group, Human Rights Campaign, is protesting over Target's $150,000 donation which was used to support a Republican gubernatorial candidate who has opposed gay rights.
Police appeal after toilet fire at Brighton Pride 3
3:22 PM — An arson attack on portable toilets at Brighton Pride caused £30,000 worth of damage. The fire was started at the block of toilets at the north side of the park near Preston Park Avenue at around 10pm on Saturday August 7th.
US lesbian student sues school after being excluded from yearbook 19
2:00 PM — An American teenager is suing her school district after being excluded from the yearbook for wearing a tuxedo in her photo. Ceara Sturgis, 18, is a lesbian and prefers to wear masculine clothing.
17th August 2010
Edinburgh teenager guilty of extorting £87,000 in chatline sting 7
6:10 PM — A 19-year-old Edinburgh man has been found guilty of extortion for his part in a gay and adult chatline sting. Kelz Sutherland was part of a group which tricked men into talking about underage sex and then threatened to expose them to family and friends if they did not hand over money.
Bogus policeman tried to trick man into ‘fine’ for gay sex 3
4:32 PM — A man who pretended to be a policeman in order to "fine" a man he tricked into meeting for sex has been jailed for nine months. David Catleugh, 27, admitted blackmail, theft and fraud.
German court says gay couples must have equal inheritance tax rights 2
3:01 PM — The highest court in Germany has ruled that gay couples must be given equal tax inheritance rights. The Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe said that gay couples were currently at a marked disadvantage to heterosexual couples.
Teenager ‘stabbed student support officer who threatened to say he was gay’
2:32 PM — A 17-year-old boy accused of murdering a student support officer has claimed that the victim made sexual advances to him.
Mexico City’s gay adoption law upheld
1:01 PM — Mexico's Supreme Court has ruled that a law allowing gay couples to adopt in the country's capital is constitutional.
Registrars investigated for ‘avoiding carrying out civil partnerships’ 45
11:02 AM — Two registrars in south London are being investigated over allegations that they swapped shifts to avoid carrying out civil partnerships for gay couples. The pair allegedly said they could not officiate the ceremonies because civil partnerships are against their religious beliefs.
Temporary ban on California gay marriages extended to end of year 16
9:21 AM — A California appeals court has extended the ban on gay marriage until the end of this year. After US District Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that the ban was unconstitutional, weddings were to begin today at 5pm.
16th August 2010
Gay men warned of dangers of drink spiking 3
4:52 PM — Gay men in London have been warned to stay on their guard after several instances of drink spiking. In one incident, a man was robbed after accepting a spiked drink from men he met at London Pride last month.
Gay activist pleads guilty to fraud 4
2:11 PM — An LGBT community leader in Lincolnshire has pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud. Daniel Boulton, of Brereton Avenue, Cleethorpes, is known for running gay support groups around Grimsby.
Teenager shot dead at Brazil pride festival 1
11:49 AM — A teenage boy was killed in a shooting at a pride festival in south-east Brazil on Saturday. The teenager was killed at the Juiz de Fora Pride, which attracted nearly 70,000 people.
13th August 2010
Glasgow gay and lesbian centre: eviction begins 3
12:31 PM — A gay and lesbian centre in Glasgow run on public money is to be finally evicted from its premises after a series of financial irregularities has come to light.
Top-ranking lesbian cadet quits West Point over anti-gay military policy
10:55 AM — A lesbian cadet offered her resignation this week to top US military academy West Point over the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which bars openly LGBT people from serving in the US armed forces.
12th August 2010
Judge rules gay marriage in California to resume next week 25
9:18 PM — Same-sex marriages are to resume next week in California after a federal judge lifted the ban. Judge Vaughn Walker ruled last week that banning gay marriage in the state is unconstitutional but ruled on Thursday that his verdict should apply now, rather than staying the order while gay marriage opponents appeal.
Comment: Marriage is the gold standard for gay couples 44
10:26 AM — It's a common refrain of politicians (and some lobby groups) to say that while they are not against equal civil marriage, it is not clear how many gay people actually want it. Our poll - conducted over two days with almost 800 responses - shows otherwise. LGBT people demand marriage equality.
98 per cent of PinkNews.co.uk readers want full marriage equality 46
10:21 AM — A poll of almost 800 LGBT PinkNews.co.uk readers has found that the vast majority want equal marriage rights. The survey found that 98 per cent agreed that marriage laws should be gender-neutral, while just two per cent feel civil partnerships are adequate.
11th August 2010
Costa Rica court says no to referendum on civil unions 4
4:41 PM — Costa Rica's Supreme Court has ruled against allowing a referendum on whether gay couples should be permitted to have civil unions. The referendum was supported by Catholic groups but the court said that the majority should not decide the rights of a minority.