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  • 6th July 2006

    “Marriage” defined as only between one man and one woman? 1

    Gay right's groups are determined to stop the proposal getting to the ballot papers

    12:00 AM — In Chicago the controversy over the proposal to define marriage as between one man and one woman takes another twist.The conservative Illinois Family Institute have formally challenged the initial findings of state officials, that the proposal does not have enough valid signatures to make it onto the November 7th ballot.The petition has 345,000 signatures. State law requires that more than 95% of a petition's signatures must be valid in order for it to be processed and eventually end up on the ballot.

  • Gay Jews to be welcomed at conference.

    “As an openly gay rabbi, I am proud to be a member of a movement that is making a difference,” Rabbi Young said.

    12:00 AM — Inclusiveness is at the top of the agenda at the Movement for Reform Judaism's biennial conference.The theme for the conference is "counting all of us in", and there will be sessions specifically aimed at gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Jews.Rabbi Roderick Young, who is leading one of these meetings said; "LGBT singles and couples form an important part of the Jewish community."

  • Ken Livingstone looks back to school days to launch anti-homophobia campaign

    Mayor of London, Ken Livinstone and Stonewall's Ben Summerskill at the launch of 'Spell it Out'

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone joined with teachers andeducationalists to launch an anti-homophobic bullying campaign spearheaded by the gay rights charity Stonewall.He drew on his own "behind the bike sheds" experiences to illustrate the change in educational needs relating to homophobia since the 1950s.

  • Jewish gay rights leader tells extremists: “our gentle innocent blood will be on your hands” 23

    Gay rights organisers say: “our gentle innocent blood will be on their hands“

    12:00 AM — A Jewish gay rights leader says that he will be ignoring threats from the religious communities within Israel to approach Temple Mount during the WorldPride march in Jerusalem next month.Charles Merrill, 72, was reacting to a statement by Arab member of the Israeli Parliament (Knesset), Ibrahim Sarsur, who said: " If gays will dare approach the Temple Mount during the parade, they will do so over our dead bodies."

  • Bi today, gay tomorrow? The Times of India wonders 1

    Bi to gay in the wink of an eye? (photo: raminber p.s.)

    12:00 AM — The Times of India has published an extraordinary story today, about the benefits of bisexuality."A few years ago, Angelina Jolie famously said she enjoyed spending time with her female lovers. Though no such high-profile entity has advocated the cause of bisexuality in India, it is a phenomenon that is being talked about," claims the paper.

  • Gay paedophile jailed indefinitely for assault on boy 1

    Judge Dutton said: “It is clear you have an unhealthy sexual attitude towards young people.“

    12:00 AM — A convicted paedophile from Warrington who sexually assaulted an 11-year-old boy has been imprisoned indefinitely after a judge labelled him as causing a "significant risk of danger" to young people.Sentencing Scott Worrall to a minimum of four years, Judge Roger Dutton said that he will not be released for as long as he remains a danger to society.

  • Homophobic harassment could lead to 6 figure pay out

    CP publishing could face a £100, 000 fine

    12:00 AM — A publishing company may be required to pay more than £100,000 to an ex employee who claims that he was harassed and then fired for being gay.Jonah Ditton has been awarded £1033 in lost wages by an employment tribunal in Glasgow yesterday, but the details of his compensation are yet to be decided upon.

  • Gay marriages illegal in New York- court rules

    Gay weddings held in New York will only be legal with a change in the law

    12:00 AM — The Court of Appeal in New York state has ruled that gay marriages are illegal.The judges at the state's highest court in a four against two decision rejected arguments from LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) campaigners that their inability to obtain marriage licences violated their constitutional rights.

  • Ex HSBC banker to appeal against unfair dismissal judgement 2

    HSBC face unfair dismissal appeal

    12:00 AM — The HSBC tribunal drama continues as the former employee, Peter Lewis, announces his plans to appeal against a judgement that ruled in favour of the bank.Although the tribunal ruled that Mr Lewis had "received less favourable treatment on the grounds of sexual orientation" during the bank's internal investigation into allegations of personal misconduct, it judged that the bank had not dismissed Mr Lewis because of his sexual orientation.

  • Indian Prince disinherited for being gay 4

    “I have found a family in the (gay) community“ Manvendra said.

    12:00 AM — Prince Manvendra (from the Royal family of Gujarat in North West India) has officially stated what has been long believed - that he is gay.Indeed, the Prince has never really sought to hide his sexual orientation, producing and staring in the gay film "Emotionally Yours", and setting up an HIV- awareness NGO to educate gay men about the dangers of the disease. This NGO, Lakshya, has solemnized gay "marriages" and is conducting research into acceptance for homosexuality in Holy Scriptures.

  • Faking HIV? AIDS campaigner arrested on fraud charges

    MS Weierbach is accused of falsifying her medical records and test results.

    12:00 AM — Cassey Weierbach, a 27 year old lesbian from Pennsylvania has been touring the US, speaking in youth groups, churches and medical conferences about her tragic childhood rape and infection with the HIV virus.But Ms Weierbach will have to put her lecture tour on hold while serious allegations that she may not in fact have HIV are investigated.

  • Couple speak out about concept of Catholic family

    Gay marriage is an “eclipse of God“ the Pope claims

    12:00 AM — Although Emilio Menendez and Carlos Baturin have been together for 30 years and were the first gay couple to get married in Spain when the law was changed last year, their "family" will not be welcome at the Catholic World Meeting of Families this weekend in Valencia.The Vatican has branded gay marriages an "eclipse of God".Pope Benedict XVI will be visiting the meeting this weekend, and is likely to reiterate the Catholic Church's official views.

  • 5th July 2006

    New York to decide on gay marriage

    New York does not currently recognise gay marriage

    12:00 AM — New York State's highest court is set to rule on a law allowing same sex couples to marry this week.It is one of five gay marriage cases along with the State's of California, Iowa, New Jersey and Washington, being heard in the US, buoyed by the Senate's rejection of a constitutional ban on same sex unions last month.

  • Gangster to be sentenced for gay masseur murder

    Their victims, who were robbed and beaten, targeted since 2004, included a woman in Regents Park, a Kenyan prostitute in Paddington, a woman known as 'Venus' in Fulham, and finally Niphan Trikhana, who was tortured and stabbed seven times in the neck

    12:00 AM — A British gangster will be sentenced today for the murder of a gay masseur.Darren Marcus Johnson, nicknamed Chaos, was convicted of murder at the Old Bailey after the body of gay Thai man, Niphan Trikhana, was found in his flat in 2004.

  • Gangster jailed for 35 years for gay masseur murder

    Judge Jeremy Roberts told Johnson that he was a sadistic individual who had shown a lack of remorse for his crimes.

    12:00 AM — A British gangster was sentenced for a minimum of 35 years for the brutal murder of a Thai gay masseur.Darren Marcus Johnson, nicknamed Chaos, was convicted of murder at the Old Bailey after the body of gay Thai man, Niphan Trikhana, was found in his flat in 2004.Judge Jeremy Roberts told Johnson that he was a sadistic individual who had shown a lack of remorse for his crimes.

  • London Mayor backs Cuban gay revolution 4

    Ken Livingstone took part in last weekend's EuroPride rally in London holding a Venezuelan flag as well as a flag of his hero, Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Mayor of London has given his backing to reports of a gay revolution in Cuba.Ken Livingstone, who yesterday joined gay charity Stonewall to launch an anti-homophobic bullying campaign in schools, said Cuba should look to fellow Latino's in Venezuela where the capital Caracas has been declared a "homophobia free zone."

  • Gay campaigner Nimrod Ping dies aged 46 5

    Nimrod Ping died on Monday at the age of 46

    12:00 AM — A gay former councillor well known in Brighton and Hove died on Monday at the age of 46.Nimrod Ping served for eight years as a councillor at the former Brighton Borough Council (now Brighton and Hove) from 1991. He was twice elected chairman of the planning committee and also the licensing committee.Thanks to his unusual name, Mr Ping attracted national notoriety.

  • Egyptian MPs criticise gay film

    The Egyptian parliament is considering requests to censor scenes containing homosexual elements after over 100 MPs launched a complaint about The Yacoubian Building

    12:00 AM — An Egyptian film featuring a gay newspaper editor's relationship with a male policeman has sparked controversy in the Middle Eastern country.The Egyptian parliament is considering requests to censor scenes containing homosexual elements after over 100 MPs launched a complaint about The Yacoubian Building, claiming it is derogatory towards Egypt's culture.

  • FA urged to report The Sun over gay “nancy boy” slur 1

    The Sun printed a story last Monday offering readers the chance to throw darts at a picture of Ronaldo

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay campaigner Peter Tatchell has called on the Football Association (FA) to report The Sun to the Press Complaints Commission after the paper branded Portuguese midfielder, Cristiano Ronaldo, a "nancy boy."The tabloid printed a story last Monday offering readers the chance to throw darts at a picture of Ronaldo, after he was accused of getting England striker Wayne Rooney sent off in the World Cup quarter final which also saw the midfielder score a penalty which knocked England out.

  • Prescott under fire for anti-gay link 1

    John Prescott is now under fire for his host's anti-gay links

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott has come under fire from the gay community for his decision to stay with an American billionaire who is not only bidding to run a government licensed casino, but is also a well known for his anti-gay views.This is just the latest in a long lines of scandals to have engulfed Mr Prescott in recent months and centres on his undeclared stay with senior civil servants on Philip Anschutz's ranch in July of last year.

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