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  • 22nd December 2006

    Pope attacks “dismal” gay recognition

    The pontiff, speaking to delegates in Rome, described legal recognition for unmarried couples and gay partners as “dismal”

    12:00 AM — The Pope used his Christmas address today to launch yet another attack on gay marriage.The pontiff, speaking to delegates in Rome, described legal recognition for unmarried couples and gay partners as "dismal."Referring to gay marriage, Pope Benedict said: "This tacitly accredits those dismal theories that strip all relevance from the masculinity and femininity of the human being as though it were a purely biological issue."

  • Trevor Phillips ‘failing’ gays and other minorities

    He described Mr Phillips as a failure in his current role as chief of the Commission for Racial Equality

    12:00 AM — London mayor Ken Livingstone has renewed his feud with the incoming head of the Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR) Trevor Phillips, accusing him of failing minorities.Mr Livingstone said plans to put minority groups such as black, people, the gay community and women under one organisation are "rubbish."

  • Christmas comes early for gay equality 3

    The law, which protects LGBT people from discrimination in goods and services, will now be introduced in Northern Ireland in January

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners have received an "early Christmas present" after a High Court judge in Belfast rejected pleas from Christian groups to postpone the introduction of the Sexual Orientation Regulations next month.The law, which protects LGBT people from discrimination in goods and services, will now be introduced in Northern Ireland in January 2007, followed by the rest of the UK in April.

  • New Jersey gay unions ‘just the beginning’ 46

    Joe Solmonese, President of the Human Rights Campaign, reacted to New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine's signing of a civil unions bill

    12:00 AM — Gay activists have described gay union laws passed in New Jersey yesterday as "just the beginning."Joe Solmonese, President of the Human Rights Campaign, reacted to New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine's signing of a civil unions bill which gives same sex couples the same rights as married couples without using the word 'marriage.'

  • Gay campaigners demand removal of Catholic director

    MassEquality, a statewide organisation that has fought to preserve marriage equality, this week demanded that Catholic Citizenship immediately remove its executive director

    12:00 AM — MassEquality, a statewide organisation that has fought to preserve marriage equality, this week demanded that Catholic Citizenship immediately remove its executive director following a physical assault of a marriage supporter this past weekend.The assault occurred when VoteonMarriage.org, which opposes marriage equality, held a rally in Worcester.

  • Gay ‘page dog’ hails Brighton’s 680th civil partnership

    Jamie's boxer dog, Humphrey, performed the role of page boy

    12:00 AM — A gay dog, a gay choir and a drag queen bridesmaid helped bring in Brighton's 680th civil partnership yesterday.Jamie Hakim, co owner of PinkNews.co.uk's media partner 3SIXTY magazine took the plunge with Graeme Youngs at Brighton Town Hall.

  • 21st December 2006

    Gay couple postpone ‘divorce’ 2

    The couple had been together for three years prior to their partnership

    12:00 AM — A gay man who was due to become the first to have a civil partnership dissolved has postponed the "divorce" to avoid being a "poster boy" for same sex couple's ending their partnerships.The civil partnership laws were implemented in the UK exactly a year ago today, meaning anyone wanting a 'divorce' can apply from now, however Darryl Bullock has deliberately avoided using today's date to avoid unwanted publicity.

  • California Activists welcome gay marriage review

    “The people who represent Californians in the state Legislature have already passed a bill that would remove all doubt that same-sex couples are free to marry in the Golden State, but Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed it“

    12:00 AM — Gay groups have welcomed a decision by the California Supreme Court to decide whether excluding same-sex couples from marriage is a violation of the state's constitution.The court announced yesterday that it will review an October decision by a lower court in the state which stated that banning gay marriage was not discriminatory.

  • Researchers slam anti-gay use of work

    The academic explains that there is nothing in her research that would lead anyone to agree with claims that gay and lesbian families are unhealthy

    12:00 AM — Researchers have criticised 'family values' chief James Dobson for using their work to prove his theories that gay and lesbian families are unhealthy for children.Mr Dobson, head of anti-gay group Focus on the Family, wrote an article in Time magazine criticising US Vice-President Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter over her parenting plans, he backed up his theories by using research from New York University psychologist Carol Gilligan and Yale professor Kyle Pruet.

  • EU gay campaigners encourage Pride in Moldova

    The Intergroup called on the state authorities to stop all actions which are in violation of the fundamental right to assembly

    12:00 AM — As the start of the Pride Season 2007 comes closer on the LGBT community calendars, the European Parliament's Intergroup on Gay and Lesbian Rights focused its attention on the situation in Moldova.Since 2005, attempts to organise Pride marches in favour of equality and diversity have been stopped by the authorities, recently, the organiser of these Pride Marches, GenderDoc-M, has been receiving further harassment from the authorities disabling its work.

  • Irish lesbian couple appeal marriage ruling 2

    Lawyers for the State have insisted the pair have no right to marry under the Constitution

    12:00 AM — A lesbian couple are to appeal a High Court decision which said their Canadian marriage could not be recognised in Ireland.Last week, Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne dismissed the case of Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan claiming that marriage could only be defined between members of the opposite sex, but the couple will now take their case to Ireland's Supreme Court.

  • Gay law group ensures New Jersey union fairness 46

    “In New York there has been widespread respect for same-sex couples' marriages entered in Canada, but far less respect for civil unions“

    12:00 AM — In an effort to ensure that same-sex couples in New Jersey are treated fairly under the new civil union law to be signed today by Governor Corzine, Lambda Legal has launched 'Civil Union Watch', an advocacy and monitoring programme."The law isn't even in effect yet and already we're seeing news reports of mayors planning to discriminate against same-sex couples," said David Buckel, Senior Counsel at Lambda Legal and lead attorney on the lawsuit that resulted in the October court decision and ultimately to today's civil union law.

  • Alaska Governor commits to gay benefits 3

    Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has reluctantly agreed to follow the state Supreme Court ruling that same sex partners should receive equal benefits

    12:00 AM — Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has reluctantly agreed to follow the state Supreme Court ruling that same sex partners should receive equal benefits to heterosexual couples.The court ruled on the issue in October 2005 and Ms Palin, a Republican, has vowed to introduce a law from next month.

  • Italy shocked by gay nativity scene

    It comes after conservative students at the University of Texas created a novel Nativity scene, with a gay couple called Gary and Joseph standing in for the Holy Family

    12:00 AM — Two Italian politicians have caused outrage in the country after placing a pair of dolls representing a gay couple in the parliament nativity scene.The Radical Party's Bruno Mellano and Donatella Porretti admitted the stunt and said it was to show support for gay union laws being proposed in the country.

  • 20th December 2006

    Gay activists welcome President nod

    Mr Bush gave the bill his approval yesterday, making it law

    12:00 AM — Gay activists have praised US President George W Bush after he approved the Ryan White CARE Act this week.The Act provides medical and psychosocial services to people living with HIV/AIDS, it is named after a boy who was expelled from school for having AIDS, and dedicated his life to helping sufferers and proving that it is not a 'gay disease.'

  • Gay group advises Germany over EU role

    ILGA-Europe has published a memorandum to the EU Presidency highlighting how it would like the member state to act on issues of equality, non-discrimination and human rights

    12:00 AM — EU gay campaigners have published a document aimed at Germany as it steps into the presidency of the political body in the new year.Germany will take over from Finland which will complete its six month stint at the end of December, making way for the Germans in January 2007.

  • Swedish court rejects lesbian parents

    He claims that allowing this would undermine this right, despite legal precedents allowing lesbian adoption in the past

    12:00 AM — A Swedish court has rejected two separate applications from lesbians who want to adopt their partner's child.In both cases, the women were inseminated in Denmark where sperm donors are anonymous, but the Swedish judge has ruled that the child has the right to find out who their biological parents are.He claims that allowing this would undermine this right, despite legal precedents allowing lesbian adoption in the past.

  • Gay legal group settle over Subway HIV suit

    Among other things included in the settlement, the company agrees that its written policies will explicitly state that it does not discriminate against any qualified individuals with HIV

    12:00 AM — Gay law group Lambda Legal has today announced that it has settled a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, Las Vegas division, on behalf of a man who was fired by a Subway restaurant owner because he has HIV.Among other things included in the settlement, the company agrees that its written policies will explicitly state that it does not discriminate against any qualified individuals with HIV.

  • Schools allow access gay websites

    After months of appeals and legal pressure by the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, the school district removed the pop-ups and once again allowed access

    12:00 AM — Students in southern Florida can freely access "gay-supportive" websites, thanks to pressure from the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council.The Palm Beach County School District previously blocked student and teacher access to several gay-friendly sites such as the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), the Gay-Straight Alliance Network, the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network—with "Sexuality/Alternative Lifestyles" popping up on screens when users attempted to visit them.

  • Judge denies push to dismiss charges in Gay Games protest

    A group of protesters from the Christian organisation Repent America (RA) staged several protests in response to the Gay Games

    12:00 AM — Federal Judge Milton Shadur, US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, has denied a motion from the city of Chicago to dismiss charges that it violated the First Amendment rights of anti-gay protestors during the Chicago 2006 Gay Games earlier this year.The organisation filed the civil law suit against the city of Chicago on the allegation that their members' free speech rights were violated.

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