14th September 2006
Canada considers gay marriage debate 1
12:00 AM — Canada's conservative government could introduce legislative changes to enhance protections for those who oppose same-sex marriage on religious or moral grounds if Members of Parliament don't pass a motion to re-open the contentious debate.According to The Calgary Sun, the motion, which stems from an election pledge by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is expected to give MPs a clear-cut question on whether or not Parliament should revisit the issue—not poll the moral stand of each MP on gay marriage.
13th September 2006
Gay man wins graffiti discrimination claim
12:00 AM — A gay man who was suspended from a food manufacturing company after complaining about homophobic and pornographic graffiti has won a claim of constructive dismissal against his former employer.Chris Martin, a quality assurance assistant at Parkam Foods, a national poultry supplier, complained to his managers in May 2005 after finding offensive pornographic graffiti in the men's toilets, in what his lawyers are calling just one of a number of complaints against the company based on sexual harassment and discrimination laws.
Scottish gay adoption bill passes first stage
12:00 AM — The Scottish Parliament has given its backing to a new law allowing gay couples to adopt.Despite calls from the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland to oppose the bill, MSPs backed the principles of the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill by 103 votes to eight, with eight abstentions, potentially giving unmarried couples and gay partners the right to adopt children.
12th September 2006
Sisters argue for gay union and marriage inheritance rights
12:00 AM — Two elderly sisters are set to argue for inheritance tax exemptions which usually apply to civil partners and married couples.The siblings have been living together in Wiltshire since they were born, but Joyce, 88, and Sybil Burden, 80, fear that one of them will be left with a large inheritance tax bill when the other passes away.
Catholics losing faith over gay adoption
12:00 AM — Religious leaders have lost faith in Scotland's First Minister over controversial plans to allow gay couples to adopt.Jack McConnell met clergymen yesterday amid reports that the Bishop of Motherwell, Joseph Devine, a vocal opponent of the Adoption and Children Bill, wrote to Labour and Liberal Democrat MSPs outlining his disillusionment with the Scottish Executive.
Gay groups wary after killer escapes jail
12:00 AM — A man who was jailed for murdering a gay singer in 1992 escaped from jail two months ago, it has been revealed this week.Gay groups are outraged that it has taken Gwent Police so long to inform them that Lee Dewhurst had failed to return to Prescoed open prison in South Wales where he was serving a life sentence for the murder of Stephen O'Hara.
11th September 2006
Gay groups unsure of South African marriage law
12:00 AM — It was hailed as a sign that the continent was becoming more tolerant towards homosexuality, but now campaigners are claiming South Africa's gay union legislation falls short of what they were promised by the country's highest court last year.Last December the Constitutional Court of South Africa ruled that same-sex marriages should enjoy the same legal status as those between men and women, thereby giving the parliament a year to amend the 1961 marriage law.
8th September 2006
Rights organisations condemn outing of gays 3
12:00 AM — Human rights activists have criticised a newspaper in Uganda for publishing a list of men they claim are gay. Red Pepper claims it did so to expose how " the terrible vice known as sodomy is eating up our society."Sodomy carries a life sentence in Uganda under laws that have remained in force since the country was a British colony.
Latvia avoids gay media ban 2
12:00 AM — Latvia's gay community has narrowly avoided a law which would have banned all mention of homosexuality in the mass media.The Latvian Parliament yesterday rejected a bill proposed by the Latvia First Party aiming to protect the "family institution."A party statement said the law should ensure the media do "not weaken the role of the family institution, do not split society, and do not create a misconception about a group of individuals claiming special treatment due to their beliefs."
Thug gets four years for glassing gay man
12:00 AM — Colin Black and his boyfriend Paul were enjoying a Boxing Day drink with family members in the City Arms pub in Saltney, Cheshire.The couple were excited - they had planned to have a civil partnership ceremony a few days after Christmas.As Black returned from the toilet, he was verbally abused. When he turned to see who had called him a queer, a bottle was smashed in his face by Anthony Close.
7th September 2006
Schwarzenegger vetoes gay school bill
12:00 AM — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger yesterday vetoed a bill prohibiting Californian public schools from portraying gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people negatively."I am vetoing Senate Bill 1437 because this bill attempts to offer vague protection when current law already provides clear protection against discrimination in our schools based on sexual orientation," the governor wrote in his veto letter to the Senate.
Gay community protests violent porn bill 6
12:00 AM — Sections of the gay community have joined protests against proposed legislation which would make possession of violent and extreme pornographic material a crime.The controversial law has been put through consultation by the Home Office after a campaign from family and friends of Jane Longhurst who was murdered in 2003 by a violent porn addict.
6th September 2006
Transsexual recognition increasing in South Korea
12:00 AM — South Korea has seen an increasing amount of transsexuals applying for gender reassignment since a landmark case allowed a transgender male to be legally recognised earlier this year.The Supreme Court announced that 17 transsexuals have applied to have their gender registered on legal records since the ruling last June.
Preacher denies Cardiff Mardi Gras charges 2
12:00 AM — Stephen Green, director of Christian Voice, has appeared in magistrates court following his arrest last weekend at Cardiff Mardi Gras.He denied charges that he had used threatening words and behaviour whilst handing out leaflets entitled "Same-sex love - same-sex sex: What does the Bible say?" at the entrance to the Cardiff festival on Saturday, reports BBC News Online.
4th September 2006
Spinster sisters challenge over gay tax rights
12:00 AM — Two octogenarian sisters are taking the British government to the European Court of Human Rights over a tax dispute..Since the introduction of civil partnerships earlier this year, gay and lesbian couples are now exempted from paying inheritance tax when their partner dies, the same exemption enjoyed by married couples.
Anti gay protester held after Mardi Gras 7
12:00 AM — Stephen Green, director of Christian Voice, was arrested at the Cardiff Mardi Gras for leafleting on Saturday.Mr Green was approached by officers who asked him to stop leafleting people, but he was arrested when he continued to distribute leaflets with extracts taken from the Gospel.
1st September 2006
NSPCC attacked for helping gay kids 2
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk Exclusive A charity claiming to protect the interests of children has launched a bizarre attack on Childline and the NSPCC.Despite advertising Childline on their website, the National Society for Children and Family Contact claim the well-respected charity is abandoning the religious views of its founders.
Woman dies in fire at gay sauna
12:00 AM — West Yorkshire police are appealing for witnesses to come forward after a woman died in a 'suspicious' fire in Leeds.The Spartan Mantalk Sauna, which formed part of an end-terrace house in the Harehills area of the city, was gutted in the blaze.A woman was rescued by fire crews at around 4am this morning, but she did not survive.
Gay marriage ban proposed on November ballot
12:00 AM — The Arizona Supreme court has decided to allow a controversial initiative that bans gay marriage and denies domestic partnership benefits throughout the state to remain on the November ballot.According to the Arizona Republic newspaper, opponents of the Proposition 107 had asked the court to block it from the ballot, arguing that it violated state law.
Charities welcome HIV prosecution review
12:00 AM — AIDS groups have welcomed a move by the Crown Prosecution Service today seeking opinions for a consultation to review criminal prosecutions for HIV transmission.The National AIDS Trust (NAT) and Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) have published guidance, encouraging organisations and people living with HIV to respond to the CPS consultation.