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  • 20th March 2006

    Australian state premier bars gay marriage bill 1

    A spokesperson for Steve Bracks said that gay marriage was “not on the Government's agenda“

    12:00 AM — The premier of the Australian state of Victoria has declared his opposition to proposals for a gay marriage bill similar to the British Civil Partnerships Act to be introduced in his state.Steve Bracks, the Australian Labor [sic] party Victoria premier has refused to allow an official who is responsible for drafting legislation to assist independent MP, Andrew Olexander to draft a civil unions bill.

  • Gay wedding numbers stabilise in the Netherlands 1

    At their peak, 3% of all marriages in the Netherlands were between same sex couples

    12:00 AM — The world's first same-sex marriages were introduced in the Netherlands five years ago when a record number 2,214 tied the knot representing some 3 % of the total Dutch weddings that year. Now the level has fallen due to what researchers label as "stabilisation."Demographics Professor Jan Latten at the Statistics Netherlands (CBS) said: "There was an element of hype in 2001. Lots of people who had already been together for 30 or 40 years got married. The numbers peaked in 2002 when 1,838 same-sex couples tied the knot.

  • Liberal Islamic scholar forced to pull out of gay rights speech by Muslim leaders

    Peter Tatchell said: “Support for a liberal, progressive Islam is an urgent priority“

    12:00 AM — The liberal Islamic theologian, Sheikh Dr Muhammad Yusuf, has been pressured to pull out of a lecture he was due to give tonight in London to raise funds for the gay rights activist Peter Tatchell, following protests and warnings by Muslim leaders.Dr Yusuf was due to call for an "Islamic Reformation" to an audience primarily made up of gay men and women.The engagement has allegedly provoked the wrath of senior Islamic clerics, who warned they could not guarantee his safety if the lecture went ahead.

  • Gay holiday camp owners claim they suffered hate crimes

    The camp owners accuse their neighbours of hate crimes

    12:00 AM — The owners of a popular gay holiday resort in Ozarks Missouri, USA are finally retaliating by taking their neighbours to court accusing them of violating the hate crime law, which includes crimes based on sexual orientation.Charles Franzke and James Thideman owners of Cactus Canyon Campground, claim to have endured seven years of torment including their guests being shot at and having rocks hurled at them.

  • 19th March 2006

    Gay Briton accused of murder released on bail in Crete

    Ryan Johnson was arrested on Monday and appeared in court on Crete on Thursday

    12:00 AM — A gay British man accused of killing his parents following a rift over his homosexuality has been bailed in Crete.Ryan Johnson, 32, from Newlyn, was arrested on Monday and appeared in court on Crete on Thursday. He is charged with murdering Terry and Jo Johnson, aged 53 and 54, at the weekend. Members of his family arrived on the Greek island on Thursday night.

  • British men jailed for gay abuse of children in India

    The pair abused boys in a shelter they had set-up

    12:00 AM — Two British men have been jailed for six years in India after they were found guilty of abusing boys at a children's shelter that one of the pair had set-up in Bombay.The court found Duncan Grant, a charity worker, and Allan Waters guilty of child sex abuse and engaging in unnatural acts with children. They were sentenced to six years in prison and a fine of £20,000 each.

  • Gay police chief believes he is being made the fall guy for the tube shooting 7

    Britain Paddick is furious at being “hung out to dry”

    12:00 AM — Sources close to the most senior gay police officer in Britain say that he has been made "the fall guy" in a campaign to save the job of Sir Ian Blair, the Metropolitan police commissioner.Colleagues of Britain Paddick, the deputy assistant commissioner say that he is furious at being "hung out to dry" by the force after he gave a testimony on his boss, Sir Ian to the investigators looking into the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, a 27-year-old Brazilian at Stockwell tube station last year.

  • 17th March 2006

    Iraqi Ayatollah sparks outrage after decreeing death to gays 2

    Haydar Faiek, aged 40, a transsexual Iraqi, was allegedly beaten and burned to death

    12:00 AM — A gay rights group will hold an anti war protest in London this weekend after a senior Iraqi Shia leader called for homosexuals to be killed in the ""worst, most severe way," according to gay rights activists.Outrage claim that Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani of Iraq is encouraging the murder of gays and lesbians through his website where he replied to a question on sodomy and lesbianism saying it is punishable by death.

  • St Patrick’s organiser compares gays to Nazis 2

    Ms Quinn, New York's first openly gay council leader, stayed away from the celebrations after Mr Dunleavey said Irish gay groups could not be involved as he wanted to keep politics out of the day

    12:00 AM — The organiser of today's St Patrick's Day parade in New York has created further controversy over banning gay groups from the march after comparing Irish gays to Neo-Nazis.In an interview with the Irish Times, John Dunleavy, said: "If an Israeli group wants to march in New York, do you allow neo-Nazis into their parade? If African Americans are marching in Harlem, do they have to let the Ku Klux Klan into their parade?"

  • Red Cross enters gay blood ban protests

    The health organisation, who claim to supply almost half of America's blood, believe improved HIV testing means the current ban is now not needed

    12:00 AM — The American Red Cross (ARC) is lobbying the US government to lift the Department of Health and Human Services' ban on gay blood donors.According to the American Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) gay men are at higher risk of contracting and transmitting HIV and other diseases such as hepatitis, which poses a health risk.

  • Gay banker’s sacking was “fair but not perfect” 4

    The head of the disciplinary hearing last year, Charles Laughton-Scott, told the Stratford tribunal, “We considered it had been a fair process. Was it perfect? No“

    12:00 AM — HSBC handled a gay banker's dismissal in a fair but not perfect way, a senior HSBC executive admitted to an employment tribunal yesterday.Peter Lewis, the bank's former equity head, was sacked after a disciplinary hearing where a fellow employee accused him of masturbating in front of him, but Mr Lewis claims he was discriminated against because of his sexual orientation.

  • Gay student suing school after expulsion 1

    Lawyers defending the school said the memo was “very troubling“

    12:00 AM — A former medical student claims to have evidence that he was expelled from his university because he was gay.Jeevan Padiyar, 29, told Manhattan Supreme Court that he had discovered a memo from a faculty member at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, which contains homophobic comments.

  • Son denies gay family rift

    Mr Johnson is being tried for murder on the Greek Island

    12:00 AM — A gay man has denied murdering his parents and vowed to find their killers.Speaking outside a court in Chania in Crete, where magistrate's had privately questioned him, Ryan Johnson refused to comment on claims that his sexuality caused rifts between him and his family.

  • Gay officer heats up tube shooting debate 8

    Brian Paddick may face a probe from The Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) for leaking the information

    12:00 AM — A senior gay police officer has revealed he may pursue legal action against the Metropolitan police to defend claims that a member of Met chief Sir Ian Blair's private team knew the Stockwell Tube shooting victim Charles de Menezes was an innocent man just six hours after his death.Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Brian Paddick believes he is being accused of lying after the Met said that rumours of a senior officer knowing Mr Menezes was wrongfully shot just six hours after his death were untrue.

  • Gay couple’s civil celebrations blocked

    The incoming Equality Bill would make it against the law for service providers such as hotels, to refuse products and access

    12:00 AM — A gay couple were not allowed to celebrate their civil partnership ceremony after a hotel refused to accept large celebrations.The four star, New World Hotel , told Richard Minns and Paul Rice that same sex celebrations could not have more than eight people at the reception.

  • Scottish hoteliers fear equal gay rights 2

    The Equality Act is expected to come into force in October

    12:00 AM — The Equality Act, which gives gays and lesbians equal access to products and services, could cause big loss for Highland tourism, it has been claimed.Hotel owners have voiced fears that religious views in the area could see places being shut down and tourists deliberately staying away.

  • Former nurse jailed for murdering gay pensioner

    Mark Pacelli Papazian, 50, was sentenced at the Old Bailey after pleading guilty

    12:00 AM — A man was jailed for 23 years today for murdering a gay retired English teacher who had treated him as a lover.The former psychiatric nurse was imprisoned after being found guilty of killing 65 year old Roger Hendra at his flat in Hampstead, London, last June.

  • Gay council leader boycotts St Patrick’s Day 2

    New York's Irish gay organisations had been pushing to march behind their own banner

    12:00 AM — New York's first openly gay council leader will boycott today's St Patrick's Day parade after Irish gay groups were blocked from participating.The chairman of the Manhattan parade, John Dunleavy, refused an approach from the leader of New York's City Council leader, Christine Quinn, to allow gay groups to join the march.

  • 16th March 2006

    Gay man challenges inheritance laws

    His lawyer claims that as there are no children, Mr Gory should be seen as the surviving spouse and therefore the legal heir

    12:00 AM — A gay man in South Africa is to contest a law which stops him inheriting his dead partner's estate.Mark Gory had a gay marriage ceremony with his partner who later died without leaving a will. His lawyer claims that as there are no children, Mr Gory should be seen as the surviving spouse and therefore the legal heir.

  • Gay barman in “rape lie” 1

    The jury heard that Mr Schwan became upset during an evening out and that he felt there was someone outside who wanted to “get him“.

    12:00 AM — A gay barman is being accused of perverting the course of justice after telling police he had been raped.Daniel Schwan, 29, an employee of the Chicago Rock Café in Hertfordshire, is on trial at a Cheshunt court for alleging he was attacked in a railway station car park.

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