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  • 31st July 2006

    Lesbian couple to appeal “insulting” gay marriage snub 10

    Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson, both university professors, were legally married in a civil ceremony in Vancouver, British Columbia on 26 August 2003

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA lesbian couple who failed in their bid to have their Canadian marriage recognised in the UK based on their human rights have branded the judgement "insulting" and "punitive."Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson, a British lesbian couple married lawfully in Canada, have announced plans to appeal against this morning's High Court decision rejecting the validity of their marriage in the UK.

  • Most families welcome civil partnerships, study shows

    The study, carried out by sociologists at The University of Manchester, was based on interviews and focus groups with 91 gay men and lesbians who are either planning or have had a civil partnership

    12:00 AM — The first major research into attitudes to same sex civil partnerships since they were legalised in December 2005 has shown general acceptance from families and friends, with some exceptions.The study, carried out by sociologists at The University of Manchester, was based on interviews and focus groups with 91 gay men and lesbians who are either planning or have had a civil partnership.

  • Madrid Mayor conducts gay wedding despite opposition from his own party

    Alberto Ruiz Gallardon claimed he was just following the law

    12:00 AM — The mayor of Madrid has been criticised by his own party for officiating at the gay wedding of one of his staffAlberto Ruiz Gallardon is a member of the Spanish People's Party (PP), who themselves opposed the introduction of gay marriage in the country last year.Señor Ruiz Gallardon conducted the ceremony of Javier Gomez, a PP strategist and Manuel Rodenas, a city council employee.

  • Time magazine recognises gay market

    The PinkNews is an example of the latest delve into the gay market, it will be produced by PinkNews.co.uk in association with 3SIXTY

    12:00 AM — The new issue of Time in Europe features something a little out of the ordinary for the readers of their business pages.The magazine's lead article discusses the growing importance of advertising to a gay consumer market that exists all across the Continent.

  • Outrage oppose “homophobic” High Court marriage judgement 10

    Sue Wilkinson and Celia Kitzinger outside the High Court, with Peter Tatchell of OutRage!, which backed their legal challenge to the non-recognition of same-sex marriage

    12:00 AM — Gay rights group Outrage protested against the High Court's decision to reject an application by a British lesbian couple to have their Canadian marriage recognised in the UK.Sir Mark Potter, President of the Family Division of the High Court, ruled this morning that their union could only be recognised as a civil partnership.

  • 28th July 2006

    Gays earning less in workplace, study shows

    A study by the Centre for Economic Performance published in its CentrePiece magazine today, found that despite having equal opportunity legislation regarding sexual orientation in the workplace since December 2003, gay men are still paid around 6% less

    12:00 AM — Anti discrimination policies in the workplace do not appear to have had an impact on wages for gay employees, research suggests.A study by the Centre for Economic Performance published in its CentrePiece magazine today, found that despite having equal opportunity legislation regarding sexual orientation in the workplace since December 2003, gay men are still paid around 6% less than heterosexual colleagues.

  • George Michael to sue over “media slurs” 4

    George Michael has announced his first international tour for 15 years from this September

    12:00 AM — Gay star George Michael has threatened to sue over "slurs" on his relationship after a tabloid claimed he was cruising on Hampstead Heath last weekend.The News of the World published a series of photographs of the star which they claim prove that he was illegally having sex in a public place.

  • Labour gay group criticises “fascist” slur

    12:00 AM — The Labour Campaign for Lesbian and Gay Rights (LCLGR) has condemned a statement made by a pro-life group which accuses "gay fascists" of bullying fire fighters.LifeLeague an organisation which purports to campaign peacefully against contraception and abortion, drew outrage after criticising the Fire Service's decision to place ten Glasgow fire-fighters under disciplinary investigation for refusing to participate in a Pride Scotia event.

  • High Court to rule on UK gay marriage case 10

    Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson, both university professors, were legally married in a civil ceremony in Vancouver, British Columbia on 26 August 2003

    12:00 AM — Judgment will be handed down early next week in the landmark High Court case on same-sex marriage.Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson, a British lesbian couple married lawfully in Canada, have challenged the UK government's laws regarding same-sex marriage.

  • Oaten’s wife forgives gay affair 5

    Liberal Democrat MP Mark Oaten has been forgiven by his wife

    12:00 AM — Liberal Democrat MP Mark Oaten has been forgiven by his wife over recent revelations of an affair with a gay rent boy.Mr Oaten's marriage to Belinda was cast into controversy last January after the former home affairs spokesperson resigned and dropped out of the Lib Dem leadership election amid newspaper allegations of a gay relationship with a male prostitute.

  • Washington judge dismisses gay army challenge

    According to The Associated Press, Air Force Reserve Major Margaret Witt, 42, of Spokane asked US District Judge Ronald Leighton to reinstate her, citing a US Supreme Court ruling striking down a Texas anti-sodomy law

    12:00 AM — Gay rights advocates in Washington were dealt another loss this week when a federal judge dismissed a challenge to the military's "Don't ask, Don't tell" policy brought by a highly decorated Air Force nurse who was forced out of her job because she's a lesbian.According to The Associated Press, Air Force Reserve Major Margaret Witt, 42, of Spokane asked US District Judge Ronald Leighton to reinstate her, citing a US Supreme Court ruling striking down a Texas anti-sodomy law.

  • Lesbian Tory denies homophobia lost her ‘A List’ seat 2

    James, one of the more high profile names on the “Tory A List” of candidates which includes Conservatives expected to receive priority treatment in the selection process to represent winnable seats during the next General Election,  last week failed in an effort to be selected in West Worcestershire

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveSources in the Conservative Party who did not wish to be named have claimed to PinkNews.co.uk that lesbian businesswoman Margot James struggled to be selected for a parliamentary seat because of her sexuality.Ms James, one of the more high profile names on the "Tory A List" of candidates which includes Conservatives expected to receive priority treatment in the selection process to represent winnable seats during the next General Election, last week failed in an effort to be selected in West Worcestershire.

  • Turkey bans gay magazine

    As part of its application for membership of the European Union, Turkey is expected to allow greater rights including freedom of speech  and press and greater rights for the gay community

    12:00 AM — Turkey's only gay magazine has been banned, according to reports.The Kaos GL Gay and Lesbian Cultural Research and Solidarity Association claim that the latest issue has been confiscated by Ankara 12th Justice Court because it has been deemed "pornographic."

  • Brown’s office criticises “garbage” gay voting report 25

    Gordon Brown's press secretary has today defended the Chancellor of the Exchequer

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGordon Brown's press secretary has today defended the Chancellor of the Exchequer after a PinkNews.co.uk investigation revealed the minister has consistently failed to turn up to vote for gay rights.Research published by PinkNews.co.uk this week has shown that Mr Brown has never attended Parliament when gay rights have been voted on whilst Labour has been in power.

  • 27th July 2006

    MPs target homophobic bullies

    Homophobic bullying is to be targeted on a par with other types in school (Photo: Creap)

    12:00 AM — Gay charity Stonewall welcomed a motion by the Liberal Democrats to combat homophobic bullying in schools this month, which has already been signed by a cross section of MPs from the main political parties.Lib Dem Shadow Education Secretary Sarah Teather put forward an Early Day Motion to Parliament pushing for "anti-bullying policies in all schools to include measures specifically to deal with homophobic bullying, and training for at least one member of staff in how to tackle homophobic bullying."

  • C of E “indirectly” backs gay unions 1

    Dr Rowan Williams said: “I can envisage, though I don't in the least want to see, a situation in which there may be more divisions than at present“

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Church of England has inadvertently proposed handing civil partners greater rights, legal experts claim.In a motion agreed at the denomination's national assembly, the General Synod, members reaffirmed, "the importance of marriage as central to the stability and health of society and the best context in which to bring up children."

  • Homophobia can only be ended through school

    Ben Summerskill is chief executive of Stonewall

    12:00 AM — Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay charity Stonewall outlines the importance of schools in the fight against homophobiaAt Stonewall we've just launched a major national survey to find out exactly what's happening to young gay people in our schools.Hundreds of pupils have already visited www.speakoutonline.org.uk to reveal their experiences of anti-gay bullying.

  • Political and social change don’t always march in lock step together

    Conservative Party Chairman Francis Maude outlines the importance of pro gay politics

    12:00 AM — Conservative Party Chairman Francis Maude outlines the importance of pro gay politics.Sometimes social change walks faster than political change and sometimes the parties and if I may say, the Conservatives in particular have to move faster to catch up with the social change.

  • Warrant issued for gay man charged with passing on HIV 1

    Judge Jonathan Lowen at Isleworth Crown Court said that sentence would be passed down for the florist in his absence if he was not caught soon

    12:00 AM — A warrant has been issued for a man who recently became the first gay person to be prosecuted for recklessly passing on the HIV virus.Mark James of West Sussex admitted to the charges last April but yesterday failed to turn up for sentencing.Judge Jonathan Lowen at Isleworth Crown Court said that sentence would be passed down for the florist in his absence if he was not caught soon.

  • Gay legal group remains optimistic over marriage

    In May 2004, Massachusetts became the first state in the nation to open marriage to same-sex couples

    12:00 AM — Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) legal group Lambda Legal insists it is not "discouraged" by Washington State's rejection of a gay marriage law.The state's Supreme Court upheld the Defence of Marriage Act by a 5-4 vote yesterday, arguing that it "preserves the institution of marriage and the healthy families and children it promotes."

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