5th January 2009
Two executed in Saudi Arabia for male rape 13
3:45 PM — Two Saudi men were publicly beheaded on December 26th after being found guilty of rape. The official SPA news agency said Nasser al-Harby and Majid al-Sibeiy had gone into the bedroom where the unnamed victim slept.
HIV+ judge appointed to South Africa’s highest court
3:28 PM — An openly gay man living with HIV has been appointed to the Constitutional Court of South Africa by the country's President.
Conservatives and Labour ignore gay victims of domestic abuse claims charity 3
12:38 PM — A new Tory party plan to spend an extra £2.6m on help for women experiencing domestic violence has been attacked by a gay charity.
Laws against gay sex are “like apartheid” says UN human rights chief 3
12:09 PM — The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has condemned the continued criminalisation of homosexual sex across the world.
2nd January 2009
Man becomes Australia’s first recognised gay war widow after 10 year struggle 3
2:27 PM — Sydney pensioner Edward Young has won a decade-long legal battle to receive his deceased partner's pension.
Catholic agencies turn on gay adoption rights as exemption period runs out 13
12:08 PM — 50% of the Catholic adoption agencies that threatened to close if forced to work with gay couples have adopted the new equality law.
Four arrested after lesbian attacked and raped 6
10:21 AM — Four males have been arrested in Richmond, California, during investigations over the alleged gang rape of a lesbian.
31st December 2008
Three black gay men gunned down in New Orleans 3
2:13 PM — New Orleans police are searching for the killers of three black gay men after they were found dead at their home on December 18th.
Vatican breaks with Italian law after refusing to sign UN sexuality declaration 11
12:07 PM — A new statute coming into effect on January 1st will allow the Vatican to bypass Italian law. This comes in the wake of a row at the UN, where the Vatican refused to sign up to a universal declaration of human rights regardless of gender or sexuality.
30th December 2008
Lawrence King murder suspect denied access to files 4
5:19 PM — 14 year old murder suspect Brandon McInerney's lawyers requested that a judge allow them access to files demonstrating how prosecutors decide to try under-18s as adults in court. McInerney stands accused of shooting classmate Lawrence King in February, who was reportedly openly gay and sometimes wore 'feminine' clothing to school, at a junior high school in Oxnard, California.
Mother fights against ban on sleeping with lesbian partner 8
3:46 PM — Divorcee and mother of two Angel Chandler has approached the Tennessee Court of Appeals to allow her to have her female partner stay overnight. Ms Chandler, who has been with her partner for almost a decade, is appealing against a child custody restriction known as a paramour clause, in which she is not permitted to have her lover stay overnight if her children are present.
Top legal website predicts gay marriage to be hot topic for 2009
3:07 PM — FindLaw, the most-visited legal site on the web, today released its Top Ten Legal Predictions for 2009. The list is a breakdown of what are expected to be next year's legal hot topics.
Australian equality act inquiry could be delayed until 2011 1
2:01 PM — An Australian Senate committee has recommended an inquiry into the need for an equality act banning homophobic or transphobic discrimination, following complaints to the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC). The AHRC is currently unable to protect the LGBT community fully as federal protections do not cover homophobia in the media or commercial services as other forms of discrimination are.
Spanish judge suspended for discrimination against lesbian parents 1
11:07 AM — A Spanish judge has suspended from work after attempting to stop a lesbian adopting her wife's child. Same-sex couples are permitted to adopt children in Spain, and gay marriage was legalised there in 2005.
Church group discrimination against New Jersey lesbians ruled unlawful 4
10:43 AM — A church group yesterday lost its case to a lesbian couple who it barred from holding a civil ceremony on their property. Civil unions were introduced in New Jersey after the state Supreme Court's 2006 ruling that gay and lesbian couples are entitled to equal civil rights.
29th December 2008
Funding cut at Brighton care home over gay questionnaire row 18
11:35 AM — A Brighton care home for the elderly has been accused of homophobic exclusion by the local authorities. Pilgrim Homes, a Christian care home which runs 10 projects for elderly people in the UK, is suing the council for religious discrimination.
24th December 2008
US federal judge orders Louisiana registrar to recognise out of state adoption 1
1:44 PM — An organisation that furthers gay rights through litigation has hailed a federal court decision on same-sex adoption as "a major victory for same-sex parents."
Mother admits abusing 16-year-old son for being gay 9
1:21 PM — A woman in Scotland has admitted in court that she sent homophobic text messages and shouted abuse at her own child because he is gay.
23rd December 2008
Ugandan judge rules in favour of LGBT activists and awards damages for illegal raid
5:32 PM — Ugandan Justice Stella Arach yesterday issued a ruling in favour of LGBT activists in their suit against the Attorney General of Uganda.
22nd December 2008
UNAIDS: Decriminalisation is key to universal access to HIV treatment
5:59 PM — The United Nations agency responsible for coordinating global efforts to combat HIV and AIDS has called for "enhanced action to promote and protect the human rights of men who have sex with men."