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  • 21st December 2006

    Gay law group ensures New Jersey union fairness 46

    “In New York there has been widespread respect for same-sex couples' marriages entered in Canada, but far less respect for civil unions“

    12:00 AM — In an effort to ensure that same-sex couples in New Jersey are treated fairly under the new civil union law to be signed today by Governor Corzine, Lambda Legal has launched 'Civil Union Watch', an advocacy and monitoring programme."The law isn't even in effect yet and already we're seeing news reports of mayors planning to discriminate against same-sex couples," said David Buckel, Senior Counsel at Lambda Legal and lead attorney on the lawsuit that resulted in the October court decision and ultimately to today's civil union law.

  • Alaska Governor commits to gay benefits 3

    Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has reluctantly agreed to follow the state Supreme Court ruling that same sex partners should receive equal benefits

    12:00 AM — Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has reluctantly agreed to follow the state Supreme Court ruling that same sex partners should receive equal benefits to heterosexual couples.The court ruled on the issue in October 2005 and Ms Palin, a Republican, has vowed to introduce a law from next month.

  • Gay couple postpone ‘divorce’ 2

    The couple had been together for three years prior to their partnership

    12:00 AM — A gay man who was due to become the first to have a civil partnership dissolved has postponed the "divorce" to avoid being a "poster boy" for same sex couple's ending their partnerships.The civil partnership laws were implemented in the UK exactly a year ago today, meaning anyone wanting a 'divorce' can apply from now, however Darryl Bullock has deliberately avoided using today's date to avoid unwanted publicity.

  • California Activists welcome gay marriage review

    “The people who represent Californians in the state Legislature have already passed a bill that would remove all doubt that same-sex couples are free to marry in the Golden State, but Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed it“

    12:00 AM — Gay groups have welcomed a decision by the California Supreme Court to decide whether excluding same-sex couples from marriage is a violation of the state's constitution.The court announced yesterday that it will review an October decision by a lower court in the state which stated that banning gay marriage was not discriminatory.

  • Italy shocked by gay nativity scene

    It comes after conservative students at the University of Texas created a novel Nativity scene, with a gay couple called Gary and Joseph standing in for the Holy Family

    12:00 AM — Two Italian politicians have caused outrage in the country after placing a pair of dolls representing a gay couple in the parliament nativity scene.The Radical Party's Bruno Mellano and Donatella Porretti admitted the stunt and said it was to show support for gay union laws being proposed in the country.

  • Irish lesbian couple appeal marriage ruling 2

    Lawyers for the State have insisted the pair have no right to marry under the Constitution

    12:00 AM — A lesbian couple are to appeal a High Court decision which said their Canadian marriage could not be recognised in Ireland.Last week, Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne dismissed the case of Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan claiming that marriage could only be defined between members of the opposite sex, but the couple will now take their case to Ireland's Supreme Court.

  • Researchers slam anti-gay use of work

    The academic explains that there is nothing in her research that would lead anyone to agree with claims that gay and lesbian families are unhealthy

    12:00 AM — Researchers have criticised 'family values' chief James Dobson for using their work to prove his theories that gay and lesbian families are unhealthy for children.Mr Dobson, head of anti-gay group Focus on the Family, wrote an article in Time magazine criticising US Vice-President Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter over her parenting plans, he backed up his theories by using research from New York University psychologist Carol Gilligan and Yale professor Kyle Pruet.

  • 20th December 2006

    Schools allow access gay websites

    After months of appeals and legal pressure by the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council, the school district removed the pop-ups and once again allowed access

    12:00 AM — Students in southern Florida can freely access "gay-supportive" websites, thanks to pressure from the Palm Beach County Human Rights Council.The Palm Beach County School District previously blocked student and teacher access to several gay-friendly sites such as the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), the Gay-Straight Alliance Network, the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network—with "Sexuality/Alternative Lifestyles" popping up on screens when users attempted to visit them.

  • Judge denies push to dismiss charges in Gay Games protest

    A group of protesters from the Christian organisation Repent America (RA) staged several protests in response to the Gay Games

    12:00 AM — Federal Judge Milton Shadur, US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, has denied a motion from the city of Chicago to dismiss charges that it violated the First Amendment rights of anti-gay protestors during the Chicago 2006 Gay Games earlier this year.The organisation filed the civil law suit against the city of Chicago on the allegation that their members' free speech rights were violated.

  • US military recruits are comfortable with gay colleagues 5

    The study, released today, reveals that 73% of military members are comfortable with lesbians and gays, while nearly one in four (23%) service members report knowing for sure that someone in their unit is lesbian or gay

    12:00 AM — US military personnel are increasingly comfortable serving with openly gay colleagues, a poll from Zogby International and the Michael D. Palm Center claims.The study, released today, reveals that 73% of military members are comfortable with lesbians and gays, while nearly one in four (23%) service members report knowing for sure that someone in their unit is lesbian or gay, including 21% of those in combat units.

  • China bans foreign gay adoption

    The new rules will ban foreign people who are obese, disabled or unmarried, including gay people in the latter category

    12:00 AM — Gay people will be barred from adopting children in China as the country aims to stop an influx of foreign nationals wishing to adopt.The new rules will ban foreign people who are obese, disabled or unmarried, including gay people in the latter category.

  • Gay activists welcome President nod

    Mr Bush gave the bill his approval yesterday, making it law

    12:00 AM — Gay activists have praised US President George W Bush after he approved the Ryan White CARE Act this week.The Act provides medical and psychosocial services to people living with HIV/AIDS, it is named after a boy who was expelled from school for having AIDS, and dedicated his life to helping sufferers and proving that it is not a 'gay disease.'

  • Gay group advises Germany over EU role

    ILGA-Europe has published a memorandum to the EU Presidency highlighting how it would like the member state to act on issues of equality, non-discrimination and human rights

    12:00 AM — EU gay campaigners have published a document aimed at Germany as it steps into the presidency of the political body in the new year.Germany will take over from Finland which will complete its six month stint at the end of December, making way for the Germans in January 2007.

  • Swedish court rejects lesbian parents

    He claims that allowing this would undermine this right, despite legal precedents allowing lesbian adoption in the past

    12:00 AM — A Swedish court has rejected two separate applications from lesbians who want to adopt their partner's child.In both cases, the women were inseminated in Denmark where sperm donors are anonymous, but the Swedish judge has ruled that the child has the right to find out who their biological parents are.He claims that allowing this would undermine this right, despite legal precedents allowing lesbian adoption in the past.

  • Gay community refuses to hold burden over Anglican split

    The secession occurred over what the minority of Episcopal conservatives regard as a leftward drift in the Episcopal Church and the ordination of Bishop Gene Robinson, the openly gay bishop from New Hampshire

    12:00 AM — Progressive religious groups have expressed disappointment at the decisions by several Virginia parishes to spilt from the US Episcopal Church.The members of the Gay and Lesbian Task Force's National Religious Leadership Roundtable spoke out against a split after churches from the Diocese of Virginia, including the Truro Church and the Falls Church, which date back to British colonial times, voted to leave the Episcopal Church on Sunday.

  • Gay legal group settle over Subway HIV suit

    Among other things included in the settlement, the company agrees that its written policies will explicitly state that it does not discriminate against any qualified individuals with HIV

    12:00 AM — Gay law group Lambda Legal has today announced that it has settled a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, Las Vegas division, on behalf of a man who was fired by a Subway restaurant owner because he has HIV.Among other things included in the settlement, the company agrees that its written policies will explicitly state that it does not discriminate against any qualified individuals with HIV.

  • 19th December 2006

    Lesbian student awaits discrimination verdict

    Charlene Nguon. Nguon, 18, is suing her former principal, Ben Wolf, of Santiago High School in California, because he allegedly outed her to her mother

    12:00 AM — A decision will soon be made regarding the lawsuit filed by lesbian student against her school headmaster after she claims he outed her.Charlene Nguon. Nguon, 18, is suing her former principal, Ben Wolf, of Santiago High School in California, because he allegedly outed her to her mother after suspending her for being affectionate with her girlfriend on school grounds.

  • Police investigate internal gay rows 1

    Police are investigating religious expression within the force after rows have broken out between gay and Christian colleagues

    12:00 AM — Police are investigating religious expression within the force after rows have broken out between gay and Christian colleagues, according to reports.The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) will produce guidelines after the review to recommend the best way forward.

  • Gay activists welcome lobby group chief

    Mr Sammon immediately signalled an intention to move the Republicans into a more inclusive agenda

    12:00 AM — Gay lobby group The Log Cabin Republicans has named Patrick Sammon as the organisation's new President.Mr Sammon immediately signalled an intention to move the Republican Party into a more inclusive agenda, after disastrous mid term election results.

  • Councillors spur action on city HIV/AIDS budget cuts

    and Simon Williams asked the council's Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HOSC) to consider the issue

    12:00 AM — Brighton and Hove councillors have called on the local NHS to report on the impact of budget cuts into HIV/AIDS services in the city.Spending on HIV/AIDS services in the city has fallen from £437,000 in 2002/03 to £307,380 for this financial year (2006/7) and represents a cut of 30% if inflation is included.

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