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  • 24th May 2006

    Court drops Oklahoma’s anti gay adoption law

    The Adoption Invalidation Law, passed at the end of the 2004 Oklahoma legislative session, had said that Oklahoma “shall not recognise an adoption by more than one individual of the same sex from any other state or foreign jurisdiction”

    12:00 AM — In a 31-page decision, a federal court has struck down an Oklahoma law described as so extreme that it would have had the potential to make children adopted by same-sex couples in other states legal orphans when the families are in Oklahoma."Gay and lesbian parents in Oklahoma can now breathe a collective sigh of relief because their relationships with their children are no longer threatened by the state of Oklahoma," said Ken Upton, senior staff attorney in Lambda Legal's south central regional office.

  • Elton John wins damages over ‘tinpot dictator’ slur

    The damages will be donated to the Elton John Aids Foundation

    12:00 AM — Gay star Sir Elton John has accepted £100,000 libel damages from the Daily Mail over claims he issued a "bizarre and absurd edict" telling guests at a charity fundraiser not to approach him.The singer disputed reports in the paper that he had told attendees of his annual White Tie and Tiara charity summer ball to only speak to "speak only when you're spoken to."

  • Communications group face homophobic lawsuit

    Qwest spokesman Bob Toevs said an agreement had been reached between Mr Moreau and the company

    12:00 AM — A gay man is suing communications company Qwest claiming he was forced out of his job because of homophobic harassment.Donald Moreau, 46, is being represented by gay law group, Lambda Legal against his former employers who despite having anti discrimination polices, is allegedly not following them appropriately.

  • First gay marriage army recruits split

    Sonya Gould, 19, and Vanessa Haydock, 19, privates in the Royal Logistics Corps, were the first gay army recruits to have a civil ceremony

    12:00 AM — The first lesbian army soldiers to have a civil partnership are to split.Sonya Gould, 19, and Vanessa Haydock, 19, privates in the Royal Logistics Corps, were the first gay army recruits to have a civil ceremony last February.

  • Liberty group pushes for gay equality

    The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) entitled “Equality for All Families,”  the group outlines the need for Constitutional and legislative changes in order to bring the protection of family life in Ireland into line with international best practice

    12:00 AM — The gay community in the Republic of Ireland has been given a boost regarding gay marriage after a human rights group called for recognition of partnership rights for everyone this week.In a report published by the Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) entitled "Equality for All Families," the group outlines the need for Constitutional and legislative changes in order to bring the protection of family life in Ireland into line with international best practice.

  • HIV charities criticise MP’s ‘alien disease’ question

    A spokesman for Anthony Steen said the question was supposed to raise issues of sexual health education

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA Conservative MP has caused alarm amongst HIV and AIDs charities after raising concerns from the Ascension island of St Helena regarding workers bringing "alien diseases such as HIV and AIDs."Anthony Steen, MP for Totnes, addressed the Foreign and Commonwealth questions session in Parliament yesterday and claimed residents of St Helena were worried that the planned building of an airport on the land by the UK would bring "health implications" and "diseases that are alien to the island like HIV and AIDs."

  • Church of Scotland considers gay marriage

    Scotland's national church considered the issue of civil partnerships in a legal questions session at a meeting of its General Assembly

    12:00 AM — The Church of Scotland may become the first major denomination in Britain to bless gay "marriages" after agreeing that individual ministers should be free to decide on the issue.Scotland's national church considered the issue of civil partnerships in a legal questions session at a meeting of its General Assembly, which is taking place all this week.

  • Kenya snubs gay lobby bishop 2

    Bishop Gladwin was reported to have been named as a patron for Changing Attitude, an Anglican group campaigning for lesbian, gay and bisexual equality

    12:00 AM — An Anglican bishop has been shafted while on a visit to Kenya over his views on homosexuality.Reverend John Gladwin, Bishop of Chelmsford, had been visiting churches in the country with 20 clergymen, but was yesterday told that hospitality towards him had been "withdrawn" after a local paper claimed he was a member of a gay rights lobby.

  • Scottish church backs gay adoption

    Currently individual homosexuals can adopt, but their partners have no legal rights

    12:00 AM — The Church of Scotland has given its backing to allow gay couples to adopt.In a meeting of the church and society council at the national church's general assembly yesterday, committee members agreed that legal recognition for gay adoption would create more solutions for looking after children safely and securely.

  • 23rd May 2006

    Elderly gay community gains support

    The publication is part of Age Concern's Opening Doors programme of publications, resources and events for and about older lesbians, gay men and bisexuals

    12:00 AM — A new resource pack has been launched to help those working in care homes and extra-care housing support older lesbians, gay men and bisexuals.The pack clearly sets out the type of support that these groups might need and encourages managers and staff to think about their own attitudes and approaches.

  • Prodi cautious on gay marriage 1

    Romano Prodi's election success in Italy last month was viewed positively as he has promised to change Italy including introducing a civil partnership law

    12:00 AM — Italy's new Prime Minister Romano Prodi has publicly slammed three women ministers for speaking about issues of abortion and gay marriage before policy has been decided.He reprimanded the politicians for expressing their positions on Vatican sensitive issues.

  • Religious leaders oppose gay marriage ban 2

    The amendment law will be decided in a Senate vote on June 6 2006

    12:00 AM — Religious groups have joined together to oppose a constitutional gay marriage ban in the US, in anticipation of the Senate debate next week.Christian and Jewish leaders gathered on Capitol Hill yesterday to lobby senators to reject the legislation which would entrench a gay marriage ban in the US constitution and therefore nullify the law allowing same sex couples to marry in Massachusetts.

  • Bishop denies gay lobby links 2

    Reverend John Gladwin denied reports in a local paper that he was in the area to promote homosexuality

    12:00 AM — A British Anglican bishop faced a hostile reception on a visit to a Kenyan diocese in East Africa yesterday after being accused of representing a gay rights lobby in the country.Reverend John Gladwin, visiting St Thomas Cathedral in Kerugoya, denied reports in a local paper that he was in the area to promote homosexuality.

  • UK falling behind in 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 — New UK laws will require companies to understand and meet the needs of Britain's 3 million gay and lesbian customers who now account for more than £70 billion pounds in earnings each year, according to research.A study between Australia and the US revealed today that UK companies risk falling behind overseas counterparts in marketing to lesbian and gay consumers.

  • Former governor describes gay affairs

    James McGreevey, who came out in 2004 while announcing he intended to resign his post as governor, will go into detail on his longtime struggle with coming to terms with being gay

    12:00 AM — Former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey reveals that he once resorted to anonymous gay hook-ups and highway rest-stops, according to the Associated Press, which reviewed excerpts from his memoir, due in bookstores later this year.Mr McGreevey, who came out in 2004 while announcing he intended to resign his post as governor, will go into detail on his longtime struggle with coming to terms with being gay in his book The Confession.

  • Conservative councillor suspended after ‘gay paedophile’ slur 15

    Peter Willows a Hangleton and Knoll ward councillor, faced widespread condemnation over comments labelling gay people as paedophiles

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveA Brighton and Hove Conservative Councillor has been suspended from the local Party and is now facing a police investigation and a possible reference to the Standards Board for England regarding homophobic remarks.Peter Willows a Hangleton and Knoll ward councillor, faced widespread condemnation over comments labelling gay people as paedophiles, which he was reported to have made at an annual Brighton and Hove City Council party last week.

  • Howard: Gay campaigners are fundamentalists

    Australia's Prime Minister John Howard has described gay campaigners as fundamentalists

    12:00 AM — Australia's Prime Minister John Howard has described gay campaigners as fundamentalists, prompting activists to brand him as out of touch and ignorant to the public.On a visit to a university in Dublin, Ireland this week, Mr Howard insisted it is not discriminatory to deny marriage for same sex couples.

  • AIDs charity back drug consumption rooms

    The number of injecting drug users with HIV is the highest since 1992 according to the NAT

    12:00 AM — The National AIDs Trust (NAT) has backed calls for drug consumption rooms amid rising numbers of drug related HIV infections, despite opposition from the government.The number of injecting drug users with HIV is the highest since 1992, with one in 62 injecting drug users now infected with HIV, according to the NAT.

  • Gay asylum group push for Iraqi protection

    Liam Byrne was appointed immigration minister at the Home Office today

    12:00 AM — The UK Lesbian Gay Immigration Group (UKLGIG) has reacted immediately to the replacement of immigration minister, Tony McNulty with Liam Byrne, by requesting an urgent review of the plight of lesbian and gay asylum seekers from Iraq.The UKLGIG wrote to Mr Byrne, MP for Hodge Hill in Birmingham, asking him ensure that no Iraqi lesbian or gay asylum seeker be removed from the UK whilst the current situation persists and that the guidance it gives to its decision makers (known as Operational Guidance Notes) is updated to include details of the risks faced in Iraq by lesbians and gay men.

  • European court backs transsexual pension rights 1

    The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Linda Grant's “right to respect for private and family life“ was being breached by the British government

    12:00 AM — A transsexual has been granted female pension rights by the European Court of Human Rights.The court ruled that Linda Grant's "right to respect for private and family life" was being breached by the British government by being told she would have to wait until she was 65 for a male pension instead of the female age of 60.

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