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  • 8th June 2006

    Father sues anti-gay protesters who picketed son’s funeral 1

    Soldier's father sues anti-gay protesters who picketed his son's funeral.

    12:00 AM — The father of a Marine whose funeral was picketed by an anti-gay group is taking them to court.Albert Synder is seeking unspecified damages against Westboro Baptist Church, who picketed the funeral, accusing its members of "intentional and outrageous" conduct during his son's funeral service.

  • Policeman discovered wife’s lesbian affair after murder incident, court told

    Morris of Craigh-cefn-parc, South Wales, had his previous murder conviction quashed over a conflict of interest in the legal procedure

    12:00 AM — A police inspector has denied involvement in the murder of his wife's lesbian lover and three family members.Stephen Lewis told Newport Crown Court that he first found out his wife Alison was having a lesbian affair with family friend Mandy Power, after Ms Power was murdered.

  • Senate praised after rejecting gay marriage ban 4

    The Senate's rejection will add protection to married gay couples in Massachusetts, where same sex couples can marry, and could see increase calls for marriage to be opened up

    12:00 AM — The US Senate has been applauded for rejecting a constitutional gay marriage ban yesterday.The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) praised the legislators for rejecting the discriminatory proposal, which would have defined marriage between a man and a woman in the Constitution, effectively nullifying existing US gay marriages and the chance of any future unions.

  • US will ‘neither confirm nor deny’ gay surveillance

    “2006 is the new 1984,“ said SLDN executive director C Dixon Osburn

    12:00 AM — In a June 5 letter to lawyers for the Servicemembers Legal Defence Network (SLDN), the National Security Agency (NSA) says it will "neither confirm nor deny the existence or non-existence" of information that may have been obtained through agency surveillance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.SLDN sought information, through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, after media reports indicated the agency may have been monitoring groups and individuals opposed to the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel.

  • Homophobia forces Dutch Ambassador to resign 2

    Homophobia forces Dutch Ambassador to resign

    12:00 AM — Hans Glaubitz, the Dutch Ambassador in Estonia has resigned from his post because of the homophobic abuse he and his partner have had to suffer."It is not very nice to be regularly abused by drunken skinheads ... and to be continuously gawped at as if you have just stepped out of a UFO," Mr Glaubitz told reporters.

  • 7th June 2006

    Korean academics surprised at lifting of gay soldier ban

    The statement by the Defence Ministry followed a recommendation by a government human rights group that the military take steps to ensure the rights of its gay troops

    12:00 AM — In the wake of the recent announcement by South Korea that it plans to ease or end its ban on gay soldiers, researchers of gender, sexuality and military culture say the developments are surprising for a nation that is not known for tolerance of open homosexuality.According to the Associated Press, the statement by the Defence Ministry followed a recommendation by a government human rights group that the military take steps to ensure the rights of its gay troops. Before that, gays were discharged for "mental illness" and were sometimes the target of harassment.

  • Campaign targets gay crystal meth epidemic

    Crystal Meth is a powerful mood-altering stimulant

    12:00 AM — As the discovery of AIDS reaches its 25th anniversary, the gay community is grappling with a new epidemic, an increase in the use of what many consider to be the most dangerous drug in the United States, Crystal Meth.In an effort to combat abuse of this highly addictive drug, New York City's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender Community Centre has announced the launch of a new ad campaign with the message, "Silence=Meth."

  • Senate looks unlikely to ban gay marriage 4

    The Senate will vote on the issue this morning

    12:00 AM — An increasing number of religious, civil rights and political groups have spoken out against the Federal Marriage Amendment currently being debated in the US Senate, claiming it distracts attention from the real problems facing Americans.The law would amend the Constitution to deny States the ability to define marriage themselves, mandating that marriage be only between one man and one woman, and would deny all benefits of marriage to all unmarried couples.

  • HP joins gay friendly workplace scheme

    Stonewall's Diversity Champions programme, established in 2001, seeks good practice on sexual orientation

    12:00 AM — Stonewall has announced that membership of its Diversity Champions programme for employers has now reached 200, making it Britain's fastest growing workplace equality programme.International IT company Hewlett-Packard will be the 200th organisation to join and will be working with Stonewall to promote good working conditions and equal treatment for its lesbian, gay and bisexual employees.

  • Canadian wives – British civil partners 10

    Sue and Celia want the High Court to recognise their marriage as a marriage, not as a civil partnership

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusivePinkNews.co.uk's Marc Shoffman meets a lesbian couple determined to be recognised as wives in the UK.Marriage is currently a big issue in Parliament's across the globe. UK High Court rulings have set precedents for bigger divorce settlements, and last week the Law Commission recommended rights for unmarried couples, including gays and lesbians, while the US senate is considering a constitutional gay marriage ban and Canada is contemplating repealing its gay marriage laws.

  • Consultation on gay adoption ends

    The bill aims to counter a significant reduction in families available for vulnerable children by allowing gay and unmarried couples to adopt

    12:00 AM — The Scottish Parliament's consultation into the Adoption and Children Bill which would give gay couples adoption rights, ends today.The Education Committee has heard views from a cross section of Scottish society since the bill was produced last March, and will begin to consider the submitted evidence in the coming months.

  • Vatican acting like ‘dictators’ 3

    Pope Benedict XVI haas been criticised for constantly speaking out against issues of gay marriage

    12:00 AM — The Vatican's comments on the rights of gay people are beginning to sound like the kind of propaganda used by the worst dictators, a gay group claims.The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) described recent remarks as defamatory and authoritarian.

  • Senate rejects gay marriage ban 4

    The Senate's rejection will add protection to married gay couples in Massachusetts, where same sex couples can marry, and could see increase calls for marriage to be opened up

    12:00 AM — The US Senate has rejected calls for a gay marriage ban.The law, supported by US President George W Bush, would have amended the Constitution to deny States the ability to define marriage themselves, mandating that marriage be only between one man and one woman, and would deny all benefits of marriage to all unmarried couples.

  • Gay activist to expose animal cruelty 1

    John Carmody is off  Spain to take part in the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Running of the Nudes campaign

    12:00 AM — Gay animal activist John Carmody is off Spain to take part in the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Running of the Nudes campaign, a human alternative to the Running of the Bulls event in the country.Mr Carmody is calling for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community around the world to join him and the more than 1,000 others representing 40 countries who will converge on Pamplona on 5 July 2006, two days before the bull run, and race through the same course, wearing nothing but red scarves and plastic bullhorns.

  • Homophobia “threatening democracy” in Poland 1

    President Lech Kaczynski, the former leader of the ruling Law and Justice Party, has long opposed lesbian and gay people's rights to expression and assembly

    12:00 AM — Recent threats by Polish officials against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and organisations threaten everyone's basic freedoms, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today in a letter to Poland's Prime Minister Kasimierz Marcinkiewicz.Last week Poland's State Prosecutor instructed local prosecutors in five municipalities to launch sweeping investigations into the conduct of "homosexuals" on unspecified allegations of "paedophilia" and gay bars and organisations across the country have recently been closed down.

  • 6th June 2006

    Australia set to lose gay union laws 1

    ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell accused the government of  “pandering to conservative politics”

    12:00 AM — Just weeks after the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) approved a gay civil union law, the Federal Government has promised to overturn it.Despite an initial willingness to consider the law, Attorney General Philip Ruddock has now stated that it would be against the Federal Marriage Act as it is too similar to marriage and fails to take heed of the government's concerns.

  • Lesbian couple begin battle for marriage recognition 9

    University professors Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger were married lawfully in Canada in August 2003

    12:00 AM — A lesbian couple seeking UK recognition for their marriage in Canada began their case at the High Court today.University professors Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger were married lawfully in Canada in August 2003, while Sue was working there, after the province of British Columbia opened up marriage to same-sex couples.

  • Williams reinstates bishop after gay row

    The Archbishop of Canterbury has accepted the Bishop of Winchester's conclusions and has encouraged the parties to put this episode behind them

    12:00 AM — An Evangelical clergyman who lost his standing as a bishop over a gay row has been reinstated by the Archbishop of CanterburyDr Rowan Williams allowed an appeal by the Reverend Richard Coekin against the revocation of his bishop licence by the Bishop of Southwark, Reverend Tom Butler.

  • Vatican attacks gay marriage 3

    The document, produced by the Pontifical Council for the Family, titled Family and Human Procreation, sets out doctrines on the relationship between family and reproduction

    12:00 AM — The Vatican expressed fresh criticism of gay marriages today, just days before Pope Benedict XVI visits Spain, where same sex marriage is legal.The document, produced by the Pontifical Council for the Family, titled Family and Human Procreation, sets out doctrines on the relationship between family and reproduction.

  • Activists oppose anti-gay Nigerian law

    Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo's outlawing of homosexuality looks set to become law

    12:00 AM — Human rights activists in Nigeria have formed an alliance against the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill now in the National Assembly, saying it violates people's sexual rights.The bill calls for imprisonment for any person who "goes through the ceremony of marriage with a person of the same sex", anyone who helps them and any gay clubs or organisations.

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