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  • 10th April 2006

    Over half of New York supports gay marriage 1

    New York does not currently recognise gay marriage

    12:00 AM — Support in New York has steadily grown over the last three years for the right of gay people to marry, according to a poll released today by Empire State Pride Agenda, the state's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organisation.Conducted by Global Strategy Group in March, the poll found that 53% of New Yorkers support marriage for same-sex couples while 38% do not. These numbers and those from two other polls conducted for the Pride Agenda by Global Strategy Group in 2004 and 2005 track a steady increase in support among New Yorkers on this issue.

  • Governor criticises gay law amendment

    Mr Kaine refused to sign the bill stating it would have negative consequences for all unmarried couples

    12:00 AM — A Democratic Virginia Governor has promised to vote against a constitutional amendment that would formally ban gay marriage.Mr Kaine refused to sign the bill stating it would have negative consequences for all unmarried couples in the state.

  • Give gay Jews marriage rights, rabbi says 1

    The Jewish Conservative movement in America has agreed to discuss gay marriage rights

    12:00 AM — Jewish gay marriage should be supported whether or not the Conservative moment agrees, according to a US rabbi.Rabbi Michelle Robinson, a scholar at the Temple Emanuel, New England, told congregants in a sermon, that tradition should not be a stumbling block to "textual interpretations."

  • Gay employee rights updated

    vailable in English and Welsh, the guide gives gay employees the basic information they need about the regulations protecting them at work

    12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall will today launch un updated version of the 2003 employment regulations relating to sexual orientation in the workplace.The 'Discrimination at work - it's so over' guide is the result of a joint initiative between Stonewall and the Trades Union Congress (TUC.)

  • Prankster looks for lesbian love in Church

    The request for a lesbian partner is believed to be a prank, but it is unclear how editors missed the material

    12:00 AM — Churchgoers have expressed shock after finding adverts for lesbian encounters in their Catholic newspaper.The advertisement appeared in Alive, an Irish church magazine, from a "Catholic lady" looking for a lesbian partner.It said, "Single Catholic lady, 38, seeks female companion for fun trip to Lesbania" and included a box number for replies.

  • Gay group condemns Pope’s “satanic” speech 3

    The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has branded the pontiff's remarks as “verging on the unhinged“

    12:00 AM — A gay group has launched an attack on the Pope days before his Good Friday speech where he is expected to condemn gay civil partnerships as "satanic."The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has branded the pontiff's remarks as "verging on the unhinged."

  • Seminary head calls for gay rabbi talks 1

    The Conservative Jewish movement has promised to discuss gay rights

    12:00 AM — Now is the right time to lift a ban on gay rabbis, according to the new chancellor of a seminary at the heart of the Jewish Conservative movement.Arnold Eisen, seen as a leading Jewish scholar, was appointed head of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) yesterday.

  • Group declares gay bar demo a success

    The building was purchased by Poland's President Lech Kaczynski, who is known for his anti gay views

    12:00 AM — A demonstration against the closure of a political, cultural and gay club was labelled a "big political success" by organisers yesterday.Around 1000 people including political and cultural figures, as well as gay groups, turned up to oppose the closure of Le Madame in Warsaw, Poland.

  • No evidence of gay “bug chasers,” AIDs group say

    The United Kingdom has seen the largest increase in HIV cases

    12:00 AM — The National AIDs Trust (NAT) has dismissed suggestions that gay men "fantasise about passing on HIV."A BBC3 documentary, "I love being HIV+," to be shown this evening, warns viewers that "bug chasers" may encourage people to try to get infected with the virus.

  • Police say homophophic attack must remind party-goers to be vigilant

    The police have warned gay party-goers to be vigilant when leaving gay venues

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Metropolitan Police have warned gay party-goers to be vigilant when leaving venues following the two gay men being subjected to a homophobic assault whilst waiting for a bus in Brixton during the early hours of Sunday morning.The incident that took place at or around 3 am on Sunday 9th April 2006 required both victims to receive medical attention from the London Ambulance Service.

  • San Francisco is most gay city but is also home to high HIV rates

    25.8 per cent of the gay male population is infected with the HIV virus

    12:00 AM — New statistics released by the San Francisco Department of Public Heath suggest that the city has the highest percentage of gay men in the world and that a quarter of them are HIV positive."Despite an overall loss in the population in San Francisco in the last five years, we think there has been an absolute gain in gay men," William McFarland, head of HIV/AIDS statistics at San Francisco's Department of Public Health, said in an interview. "From all the data I have seen ... it's the gayest city in the world."

  • Gay priest’s attacker is jailed 1

    Martin Powell,19, had pleaded guilty to assaulting the Most Rev Dr Barry Rathbone twice with the weapon

    12:00 AM — A teenager has been jailed for a homophobic attack on a priest after beating him with a metal baseball bat in Bournemouth.Martin Powell,19, had pleaded guilty to assaulting the Most Rev Dr Barry Rathbone twice with the weapon, and was sentenced to two years in a young offenders institute with a further two years on extended licence for the assault.

  • Pro-gay Prodi wins Italian elections 2

    Romano Prodi, the new Italian Prime Minister

    12:00 AM — Romano Prodi's centre left coalition, The Union, has been declared the winner in the Italian elections, despite doubts being cast by outgoing Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.The results are good news for the gay community as Signor Prodi has promised to change Italy including introducing a civil partnership law.

  • City awaits gay banker tribunal result 4

    The result will be a test of the rights of gay workers and for the reputation of HSBC

    12:00 AM — The City is nervously awaiting the outcome of a senior banker's compensation claim against HSBC over allegations that he was sacked because he was openly gay.It is believed to be the biggest case of its kind to have reached an industrial tribunal since December 2004 when sex discrimination rules became applicable to gays and lesbians.

  • Muslim Council gay rights u-turn “welcomed”

    The group expressed hope that Sir Iqbal would be part of constructive dialogue

    12:00 AM — Revelations that the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) has agreed to combat homophobia in the Muslim community have been "warmly welcomed" by OutRage!, the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender human rights group.MCB policy advisor, Muhammed Aziz, revealed a five-year plan against homophobia in an interview with PinkNews.co.uk last week.

  • Gay killer escapes jail for second time

    He was given a life sentence for second degree murder in 1989

    12:00 AM — A Canadian man serving a life sentence for stabbing his gay lover to death, is on the run for the second time.Andre Seguin, 41, has been allowed out for the day to take part in a volunteer work programme, but did not return to the minimum security penitentiary in Quebec.

  • Gay student expelled for ‘promoting sexual behaviour’

    University president Jim Taylor said information the theatre arts student posted on a website went against university rules

    12:00 AM — A gay student has been expelled from a Baptist university after revealing his sexuality on an internet blog.Jason Johnson, 20, felt comfortable being gay at the University of Cumberlands as the school's code of conduct only "barred lewd and indecent conduct."

  • 7th April 2006

    Bishop calls for universal gay marriage opposition 1

    The minister expressed hope that the Protection of Marriage Amendment would be introduced in the Senate in June

    12:00 AM — A senior US bishop has called on all Roman Catholics to oppose gay marriage by supporting a marriage amendment law.Bishop William Skystad, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops said a law protecting marriage was the only way to ban gay unions in the constitution.

  • Acid row lesbian jailed 1

    Lawson was jailed for three years by Wood Green Court

    12:00 AM — A woman has been jailed after throwing acid at her lesbian partner who she thought was having an affair.Juliet Lawson, 36, from Enfield, threw a bottle of ammonia at her partner during a row last year, leaving her with burns.The unnamed victim, 37, at first thought she had been scalded by boiling water in the argument and left the house to catch a bus, only to ask the driver to call an ambulance when the acid started to burn her face and back.

  • Anti homophobia event to be launched 2

    IDAHO was inaugurated last May to commemorate the World Health Organisation's removal of homosexuality from its list of mental disorders

    12:00 AM — The International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) will be formally launched this evening, amongst cross party support.IDAHO was inaugurated last May to commemorate the World Health Organisation's removal of homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.

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