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  • 18th May 2006

    Lesbian couple plan first civil partnership divorce

    The break up came after Ms King told her partner she no longer loved her

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA lesbian couple who are planning a divorce just two months after having a civil partnership face tough times ahead, a legal expert has warned.Liz King, 40, and Daphne Ligthart, 36, registered their partnership in Kent last February, they then shared a romantic honeymoon in Amsterdam, but will now become the first female same sex couple to have a divorce since the legislation began in December 2005.

  • Third gay porn soldier charged

    The charges indicate the soldiers' behaviour is ``a much more serious matter than just their sexual orientation''

    12:00 AM — A third paratrooper has been charged with engaging in sex acts on a gay porn website.Wesley Mitten, 21, one of seven accused soldiers, pleaded guilty to appearing on the site and to sodomy, cocaine use and detrimental conduct.He joins private Kagen Mullen and Richard Ashley, who pleaded guilty last month.

  • Gay couple victims of “bizarre” abuse claims 3

    Mr Wathey and Mr Faunch were approved by social services in 2003, but used their position within months to video and perform sex acts on troubled boys, the jury heard

    12:00 AM — A gay couple accused of abusing young children in their care are victims of "bizarre" and "incredible" allegations, Leeds Crown Court heard today.Ian Wathey, 40, and Craig Faunch, 32, allegedly took advantage of children put in their care by Wakefield Council in West Yorkshire, and molested several children.

  • 17th May 2006

    Georgia Judge rejects gay marriage ban

    A Georgia judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban

    12:00 AM — Declaring a measure overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2004 violated a provision of the state constitution that limits ballot questions to a single subject, a Georgia judge struck down the state's gay marriage ban this week.Fulton County Superior Court Judge Constance Russell handed down the ruling that gay rights supporters who filed the court challenge in November 2004 had been eagerly awaiting, shortly after the constitutional ban was approved.

  • Ex officer accused of ‘underage gay relationships’

    Ben Stokes is claiming the Sergeant Hart waged a homophobic campaign against him

    12:00 AM — A police officers' flat was searched after he was suspected of having underage gay relationships, a tribunal heard yesterday.Ben Stokes, 23, a former member of the Nottingham Police claims he was discriminated against by his force after his sexuality was revealed when he started a relationship with a male teenager.

  • Girls school facing lesbian abuse investigation

    The Health Service Executive (HSE) West is looking into allegations of inappropriate sexual activity at Kylemore Abbey school in County Galway, in the West of Ireland

    12:00 AM — One of Ireland's most prestigious girls school is under investigation for lesbian sex abuse, according to reports.The Health Service Executive (HSE) West is looking into allegations of inappropriate sexual activity at Kylemore Abbey school in County Galway, in the West of Ireland.

  • 16th May 2006

    ‘Bogus’ lesbian refugee avoids deportation

    Carol Ajoh claimed she was a lesbian to avoid being sent back to Jamaica in 2000,  claiming she would be persecuted over her sexuality

    12:00 AM — An asylum seeker who pretended to be a lesbian to ensure she could remain in the UK, has won the right to stay because the Home Office delayed over her appeal, a judge ruled today.Carol Ajoh claimed she was a lesbian to avoid being sent back to Jamaica in 2000, claiming she would be persecuted over her sexuality if she returned to her home country.

  • Lesbian couple seek UK marriage recognition 10

    The landmark case will be heard in the High Court on 6 June 2006

    12:00 AM — The Green Party has been invited to submit evidence to the High Court in support of a lesbian couple's bid to get their Canadian marriage recognised in the UK.Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson were married in Canada in 2003 and for the first two years, their marriage had no legal standing in the UK, instead being converted into a Civil Partnership, but the couple are now fighting for the status of marriage.

  • Gay army group appeals Pentagon policy defence

    The First Circuit has never handled a challenge to the military's gay ban

    12:00 AM — As was widely expected among political analysts, the Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN) has asked the US Court of Appeals' First Circuit to review its challenge to the ban on gay men and lesbians in the military.SLDN filed a lawsuit against the 1993 statute in federal court in Boston in December 2004., but last month, US District Court Judge George O'Toole dismissed the case, ruling that Congress had a legitimate interest in segregating the armed forces.

  • Exxon debates gay rights policy

    Exxon withdrew gay policies in 1999 from Mobil when the two companies merged

    12:00 AM — America's only major company without sexual orientation policies is set to vote on anti discrimination protection regarding sexuality and gender this month.It follows a campaign from gay group, the Equality Project and one of the energy company's biggest shareholders, the New York City Employee's Retirement System (NYCERS.)

  • CCTV captures homophobic attackers, police claim

    If you are one of the men pictured, or you know who they are, please contact CID at Bootle Street police station on 0161 856 3240 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111

    12:00 AM — Detectives believe they have uncovered new evidence relating to a homophobic attack which left a man with serious head injuries this year.Greater Manchester Police are appealing for help in identifying four men from CCTV pictures believed to be responsible for a hate crime in which two men were seriously assaulted in Manchester City Centre in the early hours of March 18 2006.

  • 15th May 2006

    Two men detained over Caribbean homophobic attack 5

    CBS news producer Dick Jefferson and his friend Ryan Smith, 25, also a producer, were beaten unconscious by a homophobic gang on the Caribbean Island  last month

    12:00 AM — Saint Maarten's Commissioners of Tourism, Theo Heyliger and Romeo Fleming, have confirmed the apprehension of two additional suspects in the attack against two gay American TV producers last month, bringing the total of those detained for their alleged participation in the incident to three.In a joint statement Mr Heyliger and Mr Fleming said, "The entire community of St Maarten expresses its gratitude for the cooperative efforts of the Chief Prosecutor's office with French officials in apprehending these individuals.

  • Pair admit murdering gay barman 2

    Jody Dobrowski, 24, assistant manager at Bar Risa Jongleurs, in Camden, was found unconscious in south London last year and died in hospital with head, neck and facial injuries

    12:00 AM — Two men have pleaded guilty to murdering a gay barman on Clapham Common.Thomas Pickford, 25, and Scott Walker, 33, both of no fixed address admitted killing Jody Dobrowski in October 2005 after earlier denying the charge.

  • ‘Framed’ gay Muslim appeals conviction 2

    The group claims to have new evidence of bias, intimidation and perjury which shows Mohamed was the victim, not the perpetrator

    12:00 AM — A gay Muslim prisoner has launched an appeal against a conviction for grievous bodily harm, claiming he was framed by the men who had been targeting him in a homophobic hate campaign.The 28 year old, Mohamed S, whose full identity cannot be revealed for safety reasons, was jailed for eight years in 2002, but has had his case accepted for review by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC,) who decide if a conviction should be sent to appeal.

  • Transgendered man deceived wife for 17 years with home made penis

    The Court of Appeal ruled against the transgendered man

    12:00 AM — A female-to-male transgendered person who made his own penis did not tell his wife of 17 years that he was born a woman lost his parental rights to his wife's daughter at the Court of Appeal earlier today.The man referred to as Mr J, is legally considered to be a male following the 2004 Gender Recognition Act that allows a transgendered people to legally take on a different sexual identity to their birth and can therefore marry someone of the same birth sex.

  • Supreme Court avoids gay parenting issue

    Judges were accused of avoiding the gay issue and the chance to clarify gay parenting rights

    12:00 AM — The Supreme Court has today refused to amend a Washington ruling which allowed a lesbian to seek access to a child she helped raise.Judges were accused of avoiding the gay issue and the chance to clarify gay parenting rights, after a Washington state court had let Sue Ellen Carvin pursue links with the 11-year-old girl as a "de facto" parent.

  • 12th May 2006

    Australian gay couples get civil union law 1

    ACT leader, John Stanhope, said the law will still “deliver recognition, without conflicting with or changing the meaning of marriage”

    12:00 AM — Gay groups in Australia are celebrating a landmark law passed in the Australian Capital Territory last night giving same sex couples the right to civil unions for the first time.The local assembly approved the bill in a late night vote yesterday.A spokesman for Federal Government Attorney General Phillip Ruddock, who along with Prime Minister John Howard had vowed to block the law, told the Associated Foreign Press, the government was happy with the changes made.

  • Residents despair after discovering gay paedophile neighbour 3

    William McIntyre, 63, and his boyfriend, Geoffrey Taylor, 50, were jailed by Wood Green Crown Court for six years after sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy

    12:00 AM — Enfield residents are demanding to know why they were not informed about a convicted paedophile and his gay lover living in their area for 20 years unchecked, as vandals begin to target the couple's flat.William McIntyre, 63, and his boyfriend, Geoffrey Taylor, 50, were jailed by Wood Green Crown Court for six years after sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy, who came forward seven years later.

  • Report seeks Irish gay unions

    The report concerns couples cohabiting outside of marriage, including both opposite-sex and same-sex partners

    12:00 AM — Civil partnerships should be implemented in Ireland according to human rights laws, a report recommends today.The Irish Human Rights Commission produced their findings, which assessed the adequacy of current Irish law with international human rights standards, to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Michael McDowell.

  • Dead teen had “evil streak”

    He was due to testify against Frederick George Rix, 78, who was eventually found not guilt of sexually assaulting Mr Light in 1996, after the jury could offer no evidence

    12:00 AM — A gay teenager who was killed days before giving evidence against a man accused of sexually assaulting him had an "evil streak," his alleged attacker claims.The skeletal remains of Arron James Light, 17, were found in a shallow grave in Sydney in March 2002 after being reported missing since December 1997, an inquest into his death has brought forward allegations that he was a prostitute.

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