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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Google vows to change derogatory gay translation 2

    Google has vowed to ameliorate the issue shortly

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveWhen the word "gay" is entered into Google's translation tools, the word "luti" is returned, an Arabic equivalent of "sodomite", to the ire of gay activists.The translation tools of Google, one of the world's leading internet corporations, are widely available on both Google's website and in downloadable software.

  • Gay Tory applies to be London Mayor

    Conservative leader David Cameron announced last month that the party will test an American open primary system to select their next candidate for Mayor of London

    12:00 AM — London could be getting its first gay mayor after Nick Boles director of Conservative aligned think tank Policy Exchange today confirmed that he will apply for the Tory's open primary to be held later this year.Mr Boles, this morning confirmed the rumours which were published recently on PinkNews.co.uk, and other political blogs, that he would put forward an application to stand for London Mayor in 2008.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lesbian couple fail in gay marriage bid 10

    Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson, a British lesbian couple married lawfully in Canada, challenged the UK government's laws claiming that their human rights were impeded by only being viewed as civil partners

    12:00 AM — The High Court has today rejected a lesbian couple's bid to have their Canadian marriage recognised in the UK.Celia Kitzinger and Sue Wilkinson, a British lesbian couple married lawfully in Canada, challenged the UK government's laws claiming that their human rights were impeded by only being viewed as civil partners.

  • Gay legal groups fight Nebraska discrimination

    The American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal asked a federal appeals court last week to reconsider its ruling upholding a Nebraska law that bans all protections for same-sex couples

    12:00 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal asked a federal appeals court last week to reconsider its ruling upholding a Nebraska law that bans all protections for same-sex couples."The federal appeals court panel that decided this case just ignored the US Supreme Court, which has ruled that states can't pass laws just to discriminate against gay people," said Matt Coles, director of the ACLU's Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Project.

  • 28th July 2006

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • 27th July 2006

    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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