20th March 2007
Switch of tactics on marriage splits US activists 6
12:09 PM — Supporters of gay marriage in America have been outraged by the tide turning against their cause, even amongst other gay rights advocates.Bills to legalise gay marriage have been introduced in the state of Rhode Island every year for the past ten years, and have been rejected every time.So this year, as well as filing for the legalisation of gay marriage, campaigners are fighting for basic rights enjoyed by heterosexual couples.
Cardinal accuses Blair of abuse 2
12:03 PM — Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has accused Tony Blair of abusing Parliament by not allowing MPs more time to debate the Sexual Orientation Regulations.A proposed opt-out for Roman Catholic-run adoption services caused a Cabinet row earlier this year.The head of the Roman Catholic church in England and Wales said that adoption agencies will close rather than comply with new rules outlawing discrimination.
Gordon Brown and David Cameron vote for gay regulations 1
11:33 AM — An attempt to block legislation that will protect gay people from discrimination has failed.Tory MPs in the House of Commons forced a vote on the Sexual Orientation Regulations yesterday. However, the regulations passed by 310 votes to 100.29 Tory MPs voted in favour of the regulations, among them party leader David Cameron and gay MPs Nick Herbert and Alan Duncan.
Greens call for teacher training on homophobia 1
10:57 AM — The Green Party in Brighton is calling on the city's council to improve anti-homophobia training for headteachers.The party says that the council has a responsibility to protect LGBT education workers."Thanks to a EU directive, workers in the UK now enjoy protection from homophobic and transphobic discrimination and harassment," says Nigel Tart, Chair of the Green Party LGBT group.
19th March 2007
Bishops urged to scupper gay discrimination rules 6
4:18 PM — Christian opposition to gay rights laws has escalated as protestors realise that the House of Lords debate on Wednesday will be the last chance to derail new regulations.Members of the General Synod, or ruling body, of the Church of England have written to all bishops urging them to go to the Lords and vote against the Sexual Orientation Regulations.The rules make it illegal to discriminate against lesbian, bisexual or gay people when providing goods and services.
Polish homophobia a Tory legacy, claims MEP 3
2:56 PM — Labour MEP Michael Cashman has claimed that the language used by Polish ministers to oppose equal rights for gay people is a legacy of the previous Conservative government in the UK.Tens of thousands of teachers marched in Poland at the weekend to protest the proposed new law that would, "prohibit the promotion of homosexuality and other deviance" in schools."I am not in the least bit surprised by this," Mr Cashman told PinkNews.co.uk.
Nigerian gay group claim new law could create exodus
2:17 PM — A gay rights pressure group has condemned Nigeria's anti-gay marriage bill, warning that its passing would cause significant problems for other countries.Changing Attitudes Nigeria (CAN), an Anglican Church pressure group on LGBT rights, attacked a bill that would ban same-sex marriage and imprison anyone associated with promoting gay rights.Davis Mac-Iyalla, head of Changing Attitudes Nigeria, warned that acceptance of the bill would see vast numbers of Nigerians fleeing.
US soldiers come out to expose military’s gay hypocrisy
11:53 AM — A group of seven high-ranking military veterans have responded to recent remarks by General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.Last week he called lesbian, gay and bisexual service members "immoral" and re-iterated his support for the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual service members.The officers, who are all lesbian or gay, called on Congress to repeal the law, and demanded that General Pace apologise for his remarks.
Swedes could be allowed gay church weddings 3
11:40 AM — The Church of Sweden has given its support to proposals that would allow gay couples to marry in church ceremonies on the same basis as heterosexual couples.An official government report, due to be presented next week, would amend existing marriage laws to ensure that all couples have the same marriage rights regardless of their sexual orientation.Bishop Claes-Bertil Ytterberg, head of the Church of Sweden's Västerås diocese, signalled his support for the changes.
SNP accepts donation from homophobe 2
10:53 AM — A Scottish businessman notorious for his anti-gay views has donated £500,000 to the Scottish National Party.In 2000 Mr Souter gave over a million pounds to a campaign in Scotland to uphold Section 28, which banned the promotion of homosexuality.He cited his religious beliefs as justification for his actions, insisting he is not homophobic.
16th March 2007
Cardinal says Pope should stop giving orders
5:43 PM — An Italian cardinal has criticised other church leaders for opposing the legal recognition of same-sex partnerships.Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini told Italian pilgrims in Bethlehem yesterday that, "The Church does not give orders."His statement is seen by many as a clear rebuke to the Pope's stance in the current Italian same-sex union row.
Tories attempt to delay Sexual Orientation Regulations 4
5:20 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive New rules outlawing discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation have been approved by MPs, despite attempts by some Tory members to disrupt proceedings.Yesterday morning a meeting of the Commons Committee on Delegated Legislation saw all three political parties pledge their support for the regulations
Analysis: Beginning of the end for “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” 1
11:44 AM — Marine General Peter Pace, the US military's chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called homosexuality "immoral" on Tuesday and likened it to adultery.Now military analysts said his comments suggest the armed forces have run out of rationales for banning known gays from service.The policy of "Don't Ask Don't Tell," introduced in the United States Armed Forces in 1993 by then-President Bill Clinton.
Gay students to study at conservative rabbi school 1
11:40 AM — A Los Angeles college of Conservative Judaism has accepted openly gay applicants for the first time since the ban on gay ordination was lifted.A spokeswoman for The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (L.A. University of Judaism) announced on Tuesday that a gay man and a lesbian will enrol at the school in the autumn.At the Conservative movement's beacon school, the Jewish Theological Seminary, the policy is still being debated.
First civil unions in a changed Mexico
10:40 AM — A prominent journalist in Mexico City was legally joined with his male partner in one of the first same-sex civil unions in the city yesterday.Antonio Mendina , 38, is one of the 1200 gay and lesbian people who have registered to go through the new legal ceremony, yet another sign of the changing nature of Mexican society.Last week 22-year-old Christian Chavez, a member of the hugely popular Mexican pop band RBD, revealed his homosexuality.
15th March 2007
Gay bishop says coming out is God at work
5:37 PM — The openly gay bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson, has robustly defended his position.At a public meeting in Washington DC Bishop Robinson claimed that of the nearly 8000 parishes in the American Episcopal Church, only 47 have sought guidance from outside bishops after his ordination."If you want to know my homosexual agenda, it's Jesus," Bishop Robinson said.
Hillary and Obama avoid answering homosexuality question
5:19 PM — US Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has come under fire for saying on Tuesday that said she believed it is for "others to conclude" if homosexuality is morally wrong.Her comments were in response to the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the American armed forces, Marine General Peter Pace, who said in an interview on Monday that he thought homosexuality was immoral.Yesterday she issued a statement saying: "I disagree with what he said and do not share his view, plain and simple."
Drop in number of gay dimissals from US military
3:24 PM — The number of troops dismissed last year is less than half the total number of discharges in the year preceding the Sept. 11th 2001 terrorist attacks.The US Department of Defence dismissed 612 service members last year under the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel, Pentagon officials confirmed late Tuesday evening.Pentagon officials released the data following remarks by General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Magistrate appeals against tribunal’s gay rights ruling 9
2:27 PM — The Christian former magistrate who claimed unfair dismissal after he was told he could not pick and choose which adoption cases to rule on is to appeal.Andew McClintock claims that evidence given in his defence by a right-wing American academic, claiming that gay parents were bad for kids, was not given due consideration by an employment tribunal."Gay couples have human rights too," the tribunal said.
Comment: Does religion breed homophobia? 3
1:53 PM — There is no debate about the acceptance of homosexuality in Britain. It is useless to try and create a religious one, argues Balaji Ravichandran. So, the Sexual Orientations Regulations, which outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services, will finally come to effect this April.It seems like only yesterday that anti-gay lobbies took to the streets to hold a torch-lit demonstration protesting these same regulations.