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  • 8th April 2009

    Washington DC to recognise gay marriages from other states 1

    Gay couples who married in other states will have their weddings recognised in Washington DC

    12:29 PM — The Washington DC council has voted unanimously to recognise gay marriages performed in other states. Previously, gay couples who were married in other states were recognised as domestic partners when they moved to DC.

  • Gay families invited for White House for Easter event

    LGBT families have been invited to the annual event

    11:17 AM — Gay couples and their children are being invited to the White House to take part in the annual Easter Egg Roll event. The Egg Roll is a race where children push a hardboiled egg through grass with a long-handled club and dates back to 1878.

  • Homophobic MP Iris Robinson exposed over expenses 10

    Iris Robinson's expenses claims have been exposed by a Sunday newspaper

    11:14 AM — Iris Robinson, the Northern Ireland MP who said gays were an "abomination" and compared homosexuality to paedophilia, has been exposed by a Sunday newspaper for claiming almost £600,000 a year in salaries and expenses with her husband.

  • Blair criticises Vatican on gay rights 61

    Tony Blair criticised the Catholic Church over its stance on homosexuality

    10:00 AM — Tony Blair has criticised the Catholic Church over its stance on gay rights. In an interview with Attittude magazine, the former prime minister said the Vatican needed to rethink "entrenched" attitudes towards homosexuality which are out of step with the feelings of most Catholics.

  • Lesbian couple win sex discrimination claim 5

    Beth Moules and Sharleen Amos won their claim for sexual discrimination

    9:57 AM — A lesbian couple who were harassed by colleagues over their sexuality have won their claim for sexual discrimination. Beth Moules and Sharleen Amos told an employment tribunal in Bristol that they had been ridiculed and humiliated by comments from colleagues over their relationship.

  • 7th April 2009

    Breaking: Gay marriage now legal in Vermont 16

    Vermont has voted to legalise gay marriage

    4:40 PM — Gay marriage is legal in Vermont after the House voted 100-49 to override a veto from state Governor Jim Douglas. Earlier today, the Senate voted 23-5.

  • Obama chooses gay official for faith council 8

    Harry Knox has been chosen to serve on the faith advisory board

    4:10 PM — President Barack Obama has selected a gay man to to serve on his Advisory Council on Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships. Harry Knox was one of the eight people chosen yesterday by the president to join the 25-member council.

  • Breaking: Vermont Senate votes to override gay marriage veto, House vote expected later 1

    Vermont could soon allow gay marriage

    3:44 PM — The Vermont Senate has voted 23-5 to override Governor Jim Douglas' veto of the gay marriage bill. This leaves the decision down to the House, which is expected to vote later today.

  • Senegal: Nine men contest gay prison sentences

    The nine men are appealing against their sentences

    2:02 PM — Nine Senegalese men who were sentenced to eight years in prison for "indecent conduct and unnatural acts" are appealing against the decision. The men, most of whom belong to a group set up to combat HIV/AIDS, appeared at the Dakar Court of Appeal yesterday with their attorneys.

  • Playboy exec sues over gay discrimination 3

    Joseph DeAcetis is suing Playboy

    1:26 PM — Playboy's former fashion director is suing the magazine for alleged sexual orientation and age discrimination. Joseph DeAcetis, 45, filed a lawsuit in the Manhattan supreme court on Friday, claiming he was harassed by Playboy's editorial director, Christopher Napolitano, and that he was fired because of his age.

  • Murder accused ‘was owed £2,000 by victim’

    Charlie Davies died in June last year

    11:54 AM — A man accused of murdering his ex-boyfriend by setting light to him was allegedly owed £2,000 by him, a court has heard. Nadim Kurrimbukus, 25, allegedly told childhood friend Yusuf Dulloo that his ex-boyfriend, Charlie Davies, owed him money and he needed help to get it back.

  • Vermont governor vetoes gay marriage bill 10

    Governor Jim Douglas has vetoed Vermont's gay marriage bill

    11:08 AM — Vermont governor Jim Douglas issued his promised veto against a Bill to introduce gay marriage in the state. Last week, the Bill passed through the House of Representatives. Lawmakers voted 95-52 in favour of the measure, but 100 votes are needed for a two-thirds majority to override the threat of a veto.

  • 6th April 2009

    North Dakota lawmakers deem sexual orientation ‘a lifestyle choice’ 12

    North Dakota has opted to defeat an anti-discrimination bill

    5:56 PM — The North Dakota House has opted to defeat an anti-discrimination bill as opponents derided it for protecting "lifestyle choices".

  • Mark Oaten: ‘Journalists knew about my secret gay sex life three years before exposé’ 19

    Mark Oaten claimed journalists knew about his sexual activities for three years

    3:21 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Mark Oaten has spoken of his public outing at the hands of a tabloid newspaper, claiming that the News of the World, which broke the story of his use of male prostitutes, had known of his activities for around three years before exposing him.

  • Lesbian couples undergoing IVF now permitted to put both names on birth certificates 4

    Lesbian couples can now list both their names on birth certificates

    10:48 AM — Lesbian women in civil partnerships who use IVF to conceive children will now be legally recognised on birth certificates. This new right was introduced as part of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill which was approved by the House of Commons last year.

  • 4th April 2009

    Six gay men murdered in Iraqi slum 6

    Sadr City has seen a number of anti-gay murders

    7:56 PM — Two gay men have been found dead in the Baghdad Shiite slum of Sadr City following condemnations of homosexuality by a leading local cleric. It has also emerged today that a further four were murdered in March.

  • 3rd April 2009

    Chicago police officer accused of gay harassment 2

    The policeman has been accused of gay harassment

    5:49 PM — A Chicago police officer has been accused of making false drink-driving arrests, using excessive force and gay harassment. The Chicago Tribune reports that four lawsuits were filed against Town Hall District Police Officer Richard Fiorito on Thursday.

  • Uganda accuses UN of spreading homosexuality 8

    Uganda has blamed the UN for the "spread" of homosexuality

    5:39 PM — Ugandan ethics minister James Nsaba Buturo has accused United Nations member countries of being involved in a covert mission to 'impose' homosexuality' on other nations. Speaking at a press conference today, he also said that Uganda will not bow to international pressure to adopt gay rights.

  • Gay man killed and partner shot in Bradford 13

    Police are looking for Ernest Wright

    4:36 PM — Police are seeking to trace a man after a gay couple were attacked at their home. Forty-four-year-old Neville Corby was shot dead in the "execution-style" attack, while his partner is recovering in hospital.

  • Iowa Supreme Court allows gay marriage 7

    Iowa has passed gay marriage

    3:06 PM — The Iowa Supreme Court has voted to allow gay marriage in the state. In a summary of the unanimous decision, the judges said: “The Iowa statute limiting civil marriage to a union between a man and a woman violates the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution."

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