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  • 29th January 2007

    Ban on gay sperm donation legal 2

    There is a similar ban on men over 40 donating sperm because of the higher risk of mutations.

    12:31 PM — A Canadian court has said that the ban on gay men donating sperm is perfectly legal.A lesbian woman had claimed that federal regulations that prohibit the use of sperm from any man who has had sex with another man was a breach of her rights.The woman wanted to use sperm from a gay friend, but a 1977 law prohibits him from donating.

  • Report reveals extent of anti-gay taunts in schools

    Schools Out, an organisation that has been working for equality for LGBT people in education since 1974, welcomed the research.

    12:13 PM — Research by the National Union of Teachers has revealed that the vast majority of their members hear the word gay used pejoratively on a regular basis.Many felt that sexist and homophobic language was institutionally tolerated.The study also revealed the high levels of sexist language being used in schools and that many female teachers are sexually harassed by pupils.

  • Ear bitten off in homophobic attack

    Before making his getaway the motorist chewed off a piece of the mans ear.

    11:30 AM — A motorist in San Diego's vibrant Hillcrest district bit the ear off a gay man in a homophobic assault.The incident occurred at 11.10pm on Friday, and has been particularly shocking for the gay community given the area's diverse and tolerant culture.The victim, a 43 year old man, had stopped in a San Diego car park with two companions.

  • Gibraltar gay rights record criticised 25

    GGR was established in 2000 by Felix Alvarez. They are openly campaigning for rights equal to those enjoyed by gay people in the UK.

    10:43 AM — The government of Gibraltar is failing to protect sexual minorities, say gay rights campaigners in the territory.Gib Gay Rights Group are to approach the European Commission in Brussels to raise their concerns about the government's attitude towards LGBT people.Gibraltar is a self-governing overseas territory of the United Kingdom, but the government in London have no control over social policy.

  • Tory leader rejects Catholic adoption exemption

    The comments from Mr Cameron this morning are the first time that a shadow Cabinet member has presented a solution to the ongoing controversy.

    9:22 AM — David Cameron has said there can be no opt-out for Roman Catholic-run adoption agencies from the Sexual Orientation Regulations.The Conservative party leader said there should be an adjustment period of three to four years for adoption agencies to allow them to adjust to the new rules, which outlaw discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services.

  • 26th January 2007

    Lib Dem MP calls for adoption opt-out 8

    Mr Younger-Ross, MP for Teigbridge, said he fully supports the rights of gay people.

    6:07 PM — A Roman Catholic Liberal Democrat MP has tabled an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons calling on the government to exclude Catholic adoption agencies from the Equality Act.Richard Younger-Ross' motion has been signed by only six other MPs.The Liberal Democrats have been very critical of the proposed opt-outs for Catholic adoption agencies.

  • Jewish adoption agency open to gays 3

    Norwood is not affiliated to any particular Jewish denomination but is run along traditional Jewish lines.

    4:47 PM — The only registered Jewish adoption and fostering agency in England has told PinkNews.co.uk that they are not seeking an exemption from the Sexual Orientation Regulations.Norma Brier, who is chief executive of the agency, Norwood, confirmed that they will comply with the regulations, which are designed to protect gay lesbian and bisexual people from discrimination when accessing goods and services.

  • Ruth resignation rumours rubbished 3

    It has been widely reported that Ms Kelly was the driving force behind the exemptions for Catholics.

    2:10 PM — A spokesman for Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly has dismissed rumours that she on the brink of resigning from the Cabinet.Ms Kelly has been the focus of much of the criticism the goverment has faced after it was revealed that they are considering granting exemptions to anti-discrimination legislation to Roman Catholic adoption agencies.

  • Tories comment on adoption row 3

    Ms Laing called on the government to find a way to balance the rights of gay people and the religiously devout.

    1:44 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive Eleanor Laing, The Conservative shadow minister for Women and Equality, has called on the government to find a solution to the row over exemptions from equality legislation for Roman Catholic adoption agencies.Ms Laing, the MP for Epping Forest, also criticised those who have attacked Ruth Kelly for her religious beliefs.

  • Scottish prelate pledges to defy the law 3

    The Roman Catholic Church still have a strong influence in some parts of Scotland, in particular Glasgow.

    1:21 PM — The Archbishop of Glasgow has said that Catholic adoption agencies in Scotland will continue to turn away gay couples in defiance of the Equality Act.Archbishop Conti, who has been consistently hostile towards gay rights, has taken the hardline stance as the row over gay adoption looks set to become a major issue in the upcoming elections for the Scottish Parliament.

  • Tribunal told gay parents are bad for kids 2

    Dr Byrd flew in from Utah to share his opinions on gay parenting with the tribunal.

    11:12 AM — An employment tribunal in Yorkshire has heard evidence from an American academic who claims that placing children with same-sex couples damages them.Former magistrate Andrew McClintock is claiming the Constitutional Affairs department were acting unlawfully by not allowing him to opt out of ruling on cases where gay and lesbians were seeking to adopt children.

  • Mexico to consider trans rights 1

    Mr Sanchez Camacho, who is gay, has previously spoken out in favour of same-sex marriage.

    10:30 AM — A Mexican politician has announced he is to bring forward legislation in March to amend the country's constitution to grant legal protection for transgender people.David Sanchez Camacho, a Federal congressman for the socialist Partido de la Revolución Democrática, (PRD), also revealed he intends to propose new laws to allow trans people to legally change their gender and name.

  • 25th January 2007

    Greens attack Catholic adoption “opt-out” in Scotland 1

    The Scottish Parliament has legal powers over adoption, but not equality legislation.

    5:47 PM — The Scottish Green Party has spoken out against Labour and the Scottish National Party over rumours of an opt-out for Catholic adoption agencies in the country.On the day that the London press is reporting a defeat for the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, the two largest parties in Scotland appear to be supporting the denial of gay and lesbian couples in Scotland to equal treatment by Catholic adoption agencies.

  • John Reid says gay rights a matter of principle 1

    Senior Roman Catholic figures had threatened to close adoption agencies rather than allow gay or lesbian couples to be considered.

    5:20 PM — The Home Secretary has told a Westminster audience that the fundamental principle of equality must not be undermined.Reid, a Roman Catholic, is considered one of the only members of the Cabinet who could mount a serious challenge to Gordon Brown in the contest for Labour party leader, due to take place after Tony Blair leaves office later this year.

  • COMMENT: Archbishops suffer from flawed reasoning 6

    Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury and John Sentamu, Archbishop of York,  wrote an open letter to the Prime Minister in support of Murphy-O'Connor's threat.

    3:54 PM — The Prime Minister announced today that, despite press reports to the contrary, he is still thinking about whether or not to grant Roman Catholic adoption agencies an exemption from legislation to protect gay people from discrimination.Perhaps he, like commentator Nicolas Chinardet, is trying to unravel the flawed logic of the senior churchmen who have been writing to him this week. 

  • Lawyers launch free employment advice DVD 2

    “This DVD will help many lesbian, gay and bisexual people give meaning to their new rights at work.“

    3:38 PM — The Law Centres Federation has launched a free DVD that informs lesbian, gay and bisexual people about their employment rights. Pride Not Prejudice focuses on discrimination and harassment at work on the grounds of sexual orientation.It explains the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) regulations which were introduced in December 2003 and describes how they protect people in the workplace.

  • PM – no final decision made about gay adoption

    It has been widely reported this morning that the Prime Minister has caved in to pressure from many Labour MPs and Cabinet ministers

    1:43 PM — An official statement from Downing St says that a final decision has not been made on whether or not Roman Catholic adoption agencies will be allowed to refuse to consider gay or lesbian couples as potential parents.It has been widely reported this morning that the Prime Minister has caved in to pressure from many Labour MPs and Cabinet ministers who argue that granting exemptions to any group betrays the spirit of anti-discrimination legislation.

  • Dick Cheney defends lesbian daughter’s pregnancy 1

    Mr Cheney, who will be 66 at the end of this month, was visibly displeased at the attempt to paint his child as a bad role model.

    12:45 PM — The Vice President of the United States has told CNN that he is delighted about the imminent birth of his sixth grandchild, and told presenter Wolf Blitzer he was out of order for bringing it up.Mr Cheney was piqued that the TV host chose to mention the pregnancy of his younger daughter Mary in the context of criticism from fundamentalist groups who think it is wrong for a lesbian to have a child.

  • Tory website abuzz with opinions on gay adoption

    “'Why are they all so terrified of the homosexual mafia?' - are you referring to gay priests in the Vatican?“ said Alison Anne Smith.

    12:15 PM — While Conservative MPs have been silent on the issue of gay adoption, grassroots members have made their feelings clear on Tory discussion boards.Despite the positive approach towards LGBT people favoured by party leader David Cameron, comments posted on a Tory supporters website demonstrate that many activists disagree with him.Conservativehome.com contains some lively debate on the gay adoption row.

  • Euro survey reveals attitudes to diversity

    Some 73 percent of Italians thought discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation was widespread, the highest figure in the EU.

    11:31 AM — A survey carried out across the EU has found that the Italians are the most attuned to homophobia, while Swedes are the quickest in the European Union to embrace the concept of the multi-cultural society.They are also among the least satisfied with efforts to combat discrimination, according to a new Eurobarometer survey.Some 73 percent of Italians thought discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation was widespread, the highest figure in the EU.

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