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  • 11th December 2006

    Ex-Tory leader undermines party’s ‘pro-gay’ image 3

    Launching a report on the importance of marriage and family to society, Mr Duncan Smith said gay couples were “irrelevant” to the work

    12:00 AM — Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith has come close to embarrassing the party's attempts at modernisation after appearing to suggest that gay couples cannot bring up children.Launching a report on the importance of marriage and family to society, Mr Duncan Smith said gay couples were "irrelevant" to the work.

  • Church split ‘bad news’ for gay community

    “The weak and vacillating Archbishop of Canterbury seems to have thrown in his lot with the evangelical bigots“

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners are warning that there may be fiercer religious opposition to pro-LGBT laws in the future amid reports that liberal bishops who support homosexual priests will be barred from certain churches and refused funds.The Sunday Telegraph reported that the rift over gay clergy in the Church of England has got to the stage where liberal dioceses are wishing to break away from the denomination and create their own panel.

  • Lesbian Tory selected for marginal seat 2

    Conservative Vice-Chairman Margot James has been selected to run for a key marginal seat at the next General Election

    12:00 AM — Conservative Vice-Chairman Margot James has been selected to run for a key marginal seat at the next General Election.Ms James, the party's first openly lesbian female candidate at the last election will fight Labour MP Lynda Waltho for the Black Country constituency of Stourbridge, a key Conservative target.

  • Gay council leader splits from wife 1

    The leader of Glasgow City Council, Stephen Purcell, has announced hat he has split with his wife and he is gay

    12:00 AM — The leader of Glasgow City Council, Stephen Purcell, has announced hat he has split with his wife and he is gay.It comes after increased speculation regarding his private life.One of Mr Purcell's close friend's, Jim Tait, told the Daily Record: "The reason he is speaking about this now is to put an end to the rumours which were circulating.

  • Lifting gay military ban will create ‘safe nation’

    The Iraq Study Group panel said the Pentagon and CIA have too few people with the language skills to operate effectively in Iraq

    12:00 AM — Gay campaigners are calling on the US to repeal its ban on openly gay military recruits after a report on the Iraq War highlighted the importance of language experts, some of whom have been sacked for being gay.Warning that "all of our efforts in Iraq, military and civilian, are handicapped by Americans' lack of language and cultural understanding," the Iraq Study Group, a panel of ten bi-partisan experts convened to examine military strategy in the war in Iraq, emphasised in a report last week the importance of recruiting and retaining language experts.

  • Gay activist deplores Holocaust denial conference 1

    It is thought that between 5,000 and 15,000 gay people, who were seen as “sexual deviants” were sent to gas chambers

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has described Iran's plans to host a conference on Holocaust denial this week as an "incredible insult to all minorities who suffered under Nazism."Since coming to power in 2005, Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has insisted that the Holocaust is a Zionist conspiracy, the event this week invites so called 'experts' to debate whether the event happened.

  • Northern Ireland debates gay equality law 12

    Beginning an Assembly debate on whether Northern Ireland should delay the regulations as in the rest of the UK until April 2007, Democratic Unionsist MP Jeffrey Donalldson warned that the laws will create an 'intimidating environment'

    12:00 AM — The new Sexual Orientation Regulations may lead to harassment claims from gay pupils against teachers, Northern Ireland MPs warned today.Beginning an Assembly debate on whether Northern Ireland should delay the regulations as in the rest of the UK until April 2007, Democratic Unionsist MP Jeffrey Donalldson warned that the laws will create an 'intimidating environment' for teachers.

  • Brit sets gay union precedent in Peru

    Although the legal union between two adults of the same sex is not permitted in Peru, the couple was able to legally validate their partnership under British law

    12:00 AM — Peru held its first gay marriage ceremony last week, setting a precedent for the South American nation.News site LivinginPeru.com reports that a British citizen and his Peruvian partner formalised their union under British law in a ceremony held at the British Embassy in Lima.

  • Northern Ireland tied on gay equality 12

    DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson had called for a debate asking for the law to be delayed

    12:00 AM — Stormont politicians have ended a debate on new gay equality laws in a stalemate.DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson had called for a debate asking for the law to be delayed by the Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain, as in the rest of the UK, for further consultation, claiming the regulations will inhibit religious rights.

  • Gay councillor to fight key Tory target 1

    Mike Freer at  a Conservative Friends of Israel event

    12:00 AM — Gay Barnet Council leader Mike Freer has been selected as the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Finchley Golders Green, for the next General Election.Mr Freer was selected last night by the local Party to represent former Tory Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's old constituency, a number one target for the Conservatives.

  • Lesbian Tory ‘feels at home’ after selection 2

    Ms James, a successful businesswoman, is one of the more high profile names on the “Tory A List” of candidates

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveConservative Party Vice-Chairman Margot James has spoken of her delight at being selected to contest the Stourbridge seat at the next general election, claiming it will be like "going home."Ms James, the party's first openly lesbian female candidate at the last election, will fight Labour MP Lynda Waltho for the Black Country constituency of Stourbridge, a key Conservative target, after being selected last week.

  • 8th December 2006

    No going back on gay marriage – Canadian PM

    MPs had a free vote, and six Cabinet members voted against the government motion, while 13 Liberal members voted to end gay and lesbian marriages. photo: government of canada

    12:00 AM — The Conservative Prime Minister of Canada has conceded defeat over his plans to re-open the debate over gay marriage.In July 2005, under the previous Liberal administration, Canada became the fourth country to allow gay and lesbian couples to get married.During the 2006 election campaign, the Conservatives had pledged to re-open the debate about the issue.

  • Ad watchdog investigating ‘anti-gay equality’ ad 18

    The Advertising Standards Authority has launched an investigation into an advert from Christian groups in The Times newspaper last month

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveThe Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has launched an investigation into an advert from Christian groups in The Times newspaper last month which described new gay equality laws as an attack on "conscience."It called on the government to include an opt out in the new Sexual Orientation Regulations.

  • Cabinet row over goods and services discrimination 3

    Kelly, a devout Catholic, is accused of being a closet homophobe and pandering to the Catholic Church in granting them exemptions based on prejudice.

    12:00 AM — Ruth Kelly and Peter Hain are at loggerheads over the introduction of new rules barring discrimination against LGBT people.Regulations making it illegal to refuse goods or services on the grounds of sexual orientation are being introduced in Northern Ireland before England and come into force on January 1st.As the Northern Ireland Assembly is suspended, decisions about the province are taken by the Secretary of State, Peter Hain.

  • Northern Ireland Assembly to debate gay laws 3

    As the Northern Ireland Assembly has no legislative powers while it is suspended, Monday's meeting will be nothing more than a talking shop

    12:00 AM — Members of the Northern Ireland Assembly will hold a debate on a motion from the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to repeal Sexual Orientation Laws until later next year rather than the scheduled date of January 2007.DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson has called for a debate asking for the law to be delayed by the Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Hain, as in the rest of the UK, for further consultation, claiming the regulations will inhibit religious rights.

  • New York health board rejects trans document changes

    The New York City Board of Health voted unanimously this week against a measure to allow transgender people to amend their birth certificates without requiring that they undergo sex reassignment

    12:00 AM — The New York City Board of Health voted unanimously this week against a measure to allow transgender people to amend their birth certificates without requiring that they undergo sex reassignment surgery.Transgender advocates who worked with the Board of Health to propose these policy changes have voiced their surprise and disappointment about the vote

  • UK Youth denounce Polish homophobia

    In July The prime minister of Poland claimed his country is being misrepresented by the press, and hit out at the Western media.

    12:00 AM — The UK's national youth council has called on politicians of all parties to denounce publicly the attitude of the Polish government towards LGBT people.The British Youth Council, a coalition of over 150 youth organisations, including GirlGuiding UK and the NUS, issued a statement today highlighting the multiple incidents of discrimination and homophobia involving high-ranking Polish government officials and politicians.

  • Scotland passes gay adoption law

    The bill aims to counter a significant reduction in families available for vulnerable children

    12:00 AM — A law allowing gay couples in Scotland to adopt passed yesterday, overcoming religious opposition and a last minute attempt to amend it.Despite calls from the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland to oppose the bill, MSPs backed the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill by 101 votes to six.The bill aims to counter a significant reduction in families available for vulnerable children by allowing gay and unmarried couples to adopt.

  • Media hails first gay divorce 2

    Now the phones have stopped ringing, and Fleet Street can rejoice after one couple took the bait this week and have split, according to reports.

    12:00 AM — Since the clock stuck midnight on Tuesday 5 December 2006 the mainstream press has been desperately scraping the barrel searching for the first gay couple in a civil partnership to divorce.The PinkNews.co.uk phones were jammed with researchers, and some more high profile broadsheets coyly asking, "Do you know any civil partners getting a divorce now that it's been a year since the legislation?"

  • 7th December 2006

    US Jews welcome gays and lesbians 6

    The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents more than 750 Conservative synagogues, with 1.5 million members, today welcomed the movement's decisions

    12:00 AM — Conservative Jews in America have welcomed a decision by the movement regarding gay rabbis and same sex marriage.A two day meeting of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, which gives recommendations on religious doctrine, presented three differing positions that may be adopted by Jewish seminaries, leaving it up to individual seminaries and synagogues, ranging from upholding a ban on lesbian and gay ordination to only allowing non-sexually active gay rabbis.

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