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  • 15th November 2010

    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.

  • 11th November 2010

    Irish civil partners to be included in immigration laws 17

    Ireland will soon allow civil partnerships

    6:21 PM — The Irish justice minister Dermot Ahern has tabled amendments to give civil partners equal treatment in Ireland's immigration laws. The Immigration, Residence and Protection Bill is currently at Committee stage in the Dáil.

  • £10,000 reward offered for information about death of gay man 17

    Nigel Price died in hospital four months after he was attacked

    5:00 PM — A £10,000 award is being offered to anyone who has information to solve the death of a gay man who was attacked in Southampton a year ago. Nigel Price, 58, was found on Southampton Common on Saturday November 14th 2009 with severe head injuries.

  • Man stabbed 12 times ‘after youths thought he was gay’

    The case continues

    12:39 PM — Four men have been accused of stabbing a London man 12 times because they believed he was gay, a court has heard. The group, aged between 16 and 31, allegedly believed that the victim had made advances to young boys after offering them drink or drugs,

  • Pentagon report says ‘minimal risk’ to lifting gay military ban 8

    Most troops were reportedly ok with out gay colleagues

    12:15 PM — A Pentagon report says that repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell will have have minimal risk to the war effort and troops' safety, sources say. The Washington Post, which cites two sources familiar with the document, says that more than 70 per cent of the troops surveyed said the effect of lifting the ban would be positive, mixed or non-existent.

  • 10th November 2010

    Repeal of military gay ban looks doubtful this year 4

    A survey of troops will be published in three weeks (Photo: US Army)

    4:58 PM — Repealing the US ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military by the end of 2010 now looks less likely. Congress will begin a lame-duck session on Monday and the White House is pushing to repeal the law.

  • Two lawsuits filed against US Defence of Marriage Act 9

    Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer's marriage was not recognised by the federal government

    3:27 PM — Two lawsuits have been filed against the US Defence of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of gay marriage. Couples and bereaved spouses in New York, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire will challenge the law.

  • 9th November 2010

    Saudi man receives lashes and prison sentence for gay video 17

    Saudi Arabia has strict laws against homosexuality

    6:53 PM — A 27-year-old Saudi man has been punished with 500 lashes and five years in prison after appearing in a gay video. The short film was allegedly made inside a prison, although the Prison Administration denies this.

  • Gay married couple may be split up after US deportation order 6

    The couple fear they will be split up

    6:33 PM — A Brazillian man and his American husband may be split up after the US attorney-general refused to reverse an immigration order. Genesio Oliveira, 31, is married to Tim Coco, 49, of Massachusetts, but Mr Oliveira believes he may be sent back to Brazil within six months.

  • Straight couple denied civil partnership again 34

    Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle were refused a civil partnership

    5:36 PM — A straight couple from London have once again been denied a civil partnership. Tom Freeman and Katherine Doyle, both 26, expected to be turned away from Islington registry office this morning but said they would take legal action over the refusal.

  • Australian lesbian couple banned from school ball 13

    The girls complained that they been been discriminated against

    3:09 PM — A teenage lesbian couple in Australia are changing schools after they were barred from attending a ball together. Hannah Williams, 16, wanted to take her girlfriend Savannah Supski, also 16, to the event at Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar in Melbourne but the Year 11 student was told she could only attend the ball with a boy.

  • 8th November 2010

    ‘Gay’ Lebanese man refused Australian visa 6

    The man was denied a protection visa because authorities did not think he was gay

    5:22 PM — A Lebanese Muslim man was refused a protection visa in Australia because authorities did not believe he was gay. The man, who cannot be named, says he is gay but became engaged to an Australian woman to escape his abusive father.

  • Lesbian and gay man in child custody battle 6

    The lesbian couple are appealing against a ruling granting the father joint custody

    4:25 PM — A lesbian and a gay man are fighting a custody battle over their two children who were conceived by artificial insemination. The lesbian mother, who is in a civil partnership, had two children, now aged seven and nine, with the man after he advertised in a gay magazine to become a father.

  • 2nd November 2010

    Men accuse TfL of ‘failing to investigate anti-gay tube abuse’ 18

    The three men are considering legal action against TfL

    6:41 PM — Three gay friends are considering legal action against Transport for London (TfL) after they say the company failed to properly investigate an incident in which they claim they were subjected to homophobic abuse by a member of tube staff

  • Equal Love campaign: First gay couple denied marriage 21

    All eight couples will file a legal challenge (Photo: Katie Tegtmeyer)

    4:46 PM — The first of eight gay and straight couples to challenge the UK's marriage laws have been denied a marriage at a London registry office, as expected. Rev Sharon Ferguson and her partner Franka Streitzel, the lead gay couple in the Equal Love campaign, were denied permission to marry this morning in Greenwich.

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