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  • 26th July 2006

    Washington State to decide on gay marriage

    The case, Andersen vs King County, argues that the Defence of Marriage Act, limiting marriage to only between a man and a women violates Washington State's constitution

    12:00 AM — Washington could become the second state in the US to legalise same-sex marriages today as gay activists eagerly await the ruling of the state Supreme Court on the issue due out this morning.The ruling comes 16 months after a case involving 19 gay lesbian couples challenging the Washington's Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) came under consideration by the Supreme Court.

  • Law Lords overturn landmark lesbian mum ruling 3

    Five Law Lords today reversed the decision and ruled in favour of the natural mother

    12:00 AM — A landmark ruling which gave custody of two children to their biological mother's ex lesbian partner has been overturned by the Law Lords.The woman, who cannot be named for the children's protection, had been granted shared contact of her ex girlfriend's seven and four year old daughters, until the mother broke the order by moving away, prompting the High Court and the Court of Appeal to grant primary care to the former partner.

  • Washington rejects gay marriage

    Massachusetts remains the only US state to allow same sex marriage

    12:00 AM — Washington has rejected arguments for same sex marriage.The state's Supreme Court upheld the Defence of Marriage Act by a 5-4 vote today, arguing that it "preserves the institution of marriage and the healthy families and children it promotes."

  • 25th July 2006

    Pre-school gay education receives mixed reaction 1

    The issue was raised last week by the NUT in its submission to The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) consultation from the Department for Education and Skills on policies regarding pre-school children up to 5 years old

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA proposal by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) to make pre-school children more aware of gay relationships has received a mixed reaction in the gay community.The issue was raised last week by the NUT in its submission to The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) consultation from the Department for Education and Skills on policies regarding pre-school children up to 5 years old.

  • 24th July 2006

    NUT seek pre-school gay awareness 1

    Last week gay charity Stonewall produced a DVD entitled Spell It Out to be distributed to teachers in all London's secondary schools, as part of its campaign to combat homophobic bullying

    12:00 AM — Nurseries must play their part in challenging homophobia from an early age amongst pupils, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) has warned.The NUT reacted to The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) consultation from the Department for Education and Skills on policies regarding pre-school children up to 5 years old.

  • Tory councillor charged for alleged anti-gay remarks 14

    Peter Willows a Hangleton and Knoll ward councillor, faced widespread condemnation over the remarks and has been suspended from the local party

    12:00 AM — A Tory councillor has been summonsed to appear before magistrates for allegedly making homophobic remarks.Peter Willows, 75, of Brighton and Hove City Council allegedly said to guests that he believed homosexuals were paedophiles at a reception hosted by the mayor of Brighton and Hove.

  • Officials discuss ‘gay panic’ defence

    Several men convicted of gay bashing said they had previously been molested by a man or suffered guilt over participating in consensual gay sex

    12:00 AM — Prosecutors and law enforcement officials from across the nation gathered in San Francisco last week to discuss strategies to counter the "gay panic" or "transgender panic" defences used in courtrooms to gain acquittals or reduced punishments for violent crimes.According to The San Francisco Chronicle, the term "gay panic" had its origins in decades-old research suggesting that certain men are terrified by their own latent homosexual tendencies—prompting the theory that a gay advance might yank all those emotions out into the open and trigger an aggressive, even murderous, response.

  • 21st July 2006

    Nursing union seeks “equal” benefits for lesbian partner

    The Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) filed a suit in federal court this week seeking to reverse an arbitration award that denied health insurance benefits to the same-sex spouse

    12:00 AM — The Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) filed a suit in federal court this week seeking to reverse an arbitration award that denied health insurance benefits to the same-sex spouse of a registered nurse employed by Merrimack Valley Hospital.Maria Ciulla a resident of Methuen and the nurse who was denied health coverage for her spouse, stated the essence of the case in a letter she wrote to Merrimack Valley Hospital CEO Robert Allen following the arbitration ruling.

  • Gay holiday destination accused of discrimination

    The increase in tension between the straight and gay community appears to have coincided with a planned vote in the state Legislature on an amendment to ban gay marriage

    12:00 AM — For once gay people aren't being heckled instead they're turning on the straight people in a popular American gay holiday destination.Provincetown, dubbed New England's summer gay capital has seen a rise in harassment and discrimination of gay people in recent years.They've been targeted as "breeders" and "baby makers."

  • Massachusetts gay marriage pioneers split

    Friends said the split shows that gay couples are just like heterosexuals in that they can get married and later separate

    12:00 AM — The lesbian couple whose relationship spurred the state of Massachusetts to open up marriage for gay couples has separated.Julie and Hillary Goodridge, who were the lead plaintiffs in the landmark 2004 case announced an "amicable" separation last night.Mary Breslauer, a spokeswoman for the pair, told The Boston Globe, "Julie and Hillary Goodridge are amicably living apart."

  • 20th July 2006

    South African court debates gay inheritance

    A gay man who was locked in an inheritance battle with the parents of his late boyfriend has asked South Africa's Constitutional court to back a decision that he is the legal hei

    12:00 AM — A gay man who was locked in an inheritance battle with the parents of his late boyfriend has asked South Africa's Constitutional court to back a decision that he is the legal heir.In March the Pretoria High Court decided that Mark Gory should have a legal right to Henry Brook's estate under the Intestate Succession Act, although Mr Brook's parents said it was unfair as the couple were not legally married.

  • Gay community backs GPA’s anti-religion ad 9

    The Gay Police Association at the EuroPride parade

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe gay community has backed an advert by the Gay Police Association (GPA) which attributed recent homophobic attacks to religious belief.Scotland Yard is considering an investigation into the group after it placed an advertisement in The Independent's diversity supplement which coincided with the EuroPride rally, displaying a pool of blood next to a Bible.

  • Scottish homophobic attacks spur gay protection calls 1

    Figures obtained by a Scottish newspaper investigation suggest there has been a 100 per cent increase in incidents over the last year

    12:00 AM — The Scottish Executive is facing pressure to make homophobia a hate crime after new figures reveal a significant rise in anti-gay attacks.Figures obtained by a Scottish newspaper investigation suggest there has been a 100 per cent increase in incidents over the last year.The Scotsman claims that "In the Lothian and Borders region, police have revealed that 30 homophobic offences have been recorded this year, compared with 37 for the whole of 2005. In 2003, just 19 incidents were recorded.

  • 19th July 2006

    Gay marriage upheld in USA 4

    The American Civil Liberties Union today applauded the House of Representatives as it joined the Senate in overwhelmingly rejecting a proposal to amend the Constitution to deny marriage protections to gays and lesbians

    12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union today applauded the House of Representatives as it joined the Senate in overwhelmingly rejecting a proposal to amend the Constitution to deny marriage protections to gay and lesbian couples.The move follows a similar rejection by both houses of Congress in 2004, and by the Senate last month.

  • Australian Greens propose gay support

    Under their plans, support groups should be funded in each of Victoria's 79 local government areas

    12:00 AM — Young people in the Australia state of Victoria who suffer bullying because of their sexuality will have a local support network as part of a proposal by the Victorian Greens Party.Under their plans, support groups should be funded in each of Victoria's 79 local government areas.

  • Lesbian sues doctor for ‘ruining sex life’

    Two doctors are being sued for giving Ms Mueller the wrong type of treatment thinking she had ovarian cancer when the couple claim she really she had cancer of the appendix

    12:00 AM — A lesbian couple have filed a lawsuit against their doctors alleging that cancer treatments damaged their sex life.The case is a first under Connecticut's civil union legislation and if Margaret Mueller and Charlotte Stacey are successful it would be the first time a gay partner has sought compensation for medical malpractice in the state.

  • 18th July 2006

    Georgia gay alliance allowed back to school

    Federal courts have repeatedly ruled in favour of GSA's where schools tried to block their formation

    12:00 AM — A federal judge has issued a decision requiring White County High School in Georgia to allow students in the gay-straight alliance club (GSA) to meet on campus.The decision was cheered by the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the case on behalf of the students in the club.

  • Guernsey may lower gay age of consent 3

    The Guernesey flag

    12:00 AM — Guernsey Chief Minister Laurie Morgan has signalled that the island may follow neighbouring Jersey's lead in lowering the gay age of consent.His remarks came after the issue was raised at a meeting of the Crown Dependencies of Guernsey, Jersey, and the Isle of Man, after the fellow Channel Island of Jersey lowered the age of gay consent from 18 to 16 recently.

  • Vietnam to recognise transsexual plight 1

    Last month Vietnam legalised sex changes androgynies

    12:00 AM — Transsexuals are to be allowed sex change operations in Vietnam.A health ministry official in the country announced today that legislation will be prepared for a gender transition law which would allow a transgender person to become the right gender after medical and psychological tests.

  • Police appeal for help after homophobic assault

    At approx 1640 the female victim was walking with her girlfriend in Dean Street W1, near to the junction with Bateman Street when an unknown man approached them, attacked the victim and made a homophobic remark

    12:00 AM — Officers from the Westminster Community Safety Unit are appealing for information following a homophobic assault during the Euro Pride event on Saturday 1 July.At approx 1640 the female victim was walking with her girlfriend in Dean Street W1, near to the junction with Bateman Street when an unknown man approached them, attacked the victim and made a homophobic remark.

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