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  • 14th December 2006

    Gay men urged to stub it out 5

    A study carried out amongst gay and bisexual men for the NHS Smoking Helpline   has found that 41 per cent of gay and bisexual men are smokers, rising to 60 per cent for 25 to 34 year olds, well in excess of the national average

    12:00 AM — The NHS Smoking Helpline is calling on gay and bisexual men to stub out their cigarettes after a survey revealed that their habit is well above the national average.A study carried out amongst gay and bisexual men for the NHS Smoking Helpline has found that 41 per cent of gay and bisexual men are smokers, rising to 60 per cent for 25 to 34 year olds, well in excess of the national average of 25 per cent.

  • Gay marriage opponents seek damages 1

    Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has proudly spouted his negative attitudes towards gay issues

    12:00 AM — An anti-same-sex marriage group in Massachusetts is suing the state in a federal court seeking as much as $5 million in damages from lawmakers for blocking a final vote on the proposed constitutional amendment last month.The lawsuit, filed in US District Court by VoteOnMarriage.org, argues the 109 lawmakers violated the supporters' rights to free speech, to petition the government and to due process under the law.

  • Lesbian Tory rejects selection jibe 2

    Margot James, the Tory Party's first openly lesbian candidate has hit out at a local councillor who implied that she received special treatment when she was selected to run for the Stourbridge seat

    12:00 AM — Margot James, the Tory Party's first openly lesbian candidate has hit out at a local councillor who implied that she received special treatment when she was selected to run for the Stourbridge seat last week because of her sexuality.Halesowen Conservative councillor Ken Turner claims that he was excluded from the MP selection process for the Halesowen and Rowley Regis constituency because he is a white male.

  • “Disgraced” anti-gay Tory resigns 14

    Councillor Peter Willows, 75, resigns today after a meeting with Conservative Group Leader Councillor Brian Oxley

    12:00 AM — The Tory Councillor found guilty of using abusive words against gay men by the Magistrates Court in Brighton last Tuesday has resigned.Peter Willows, 75, decided to resign from his post as Councillor for Hangleton and Knoll Ward in Brighton after a meeting with Conservative Group Leader Councillor Brian Oxley at Willow's home last night.

  • Smoking- giving up is hard to do 5

    All enclosed public places and workplaces in the UK will become smokefree from 1st July 2007 under the country's smoking ban

    12:00 AM — If you thought giving up smoking is hard, spare a thought for patients in Glasgow who applied for a pill to break the habit, but ended up being prescribed Viagra.The patients were expecting anti-smoking pill Zyban, but a computer glitch led sildenafil, another name for Viagra, being chosen.Pharmacists discovered the error when an influx of patients began asking for anti-impotence drugs, The Daily Telegraph reports.

  • Conservative Christians warn Archbishop over gay rift

    The group presented Dr Williams with a declaration stating that they would not work with those who had accepted gay priests or went against church teachings

    12:00 AM — Evangelical leaders are urging the Archbishop of Canterbury to let them overrule liberal bishops or face anarchy over controversial issues such as homosexuality, according to reports.Conservative clergy, backed by Bishop of Rochester, Reverend Michael Nazir-Ali, have told Dr Rowan Williams that a parallel structure must be created from liberal bishops within the Church of England and wider Anglican Communion.

  • Ireland court rejects gay marriage case 1

    In a landmark case in October, the court heard arguments from Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan claiming discriminating against homosexuality can lead to clinical depression

    12:00 AM — The High Court in Dublin has rejected a lesbian couple's case to recognise their Canadian marriage in Ireland.In a landmark case in October, the court heard arguments from Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan claiming discriminating against homosexuality can lead to clinical depression and that the current concept of marriage is outdated.

  • Irish Labour proposes gay union law 1

    Labour's Civil Unions Bill, would provide legal recognition and protection for couples of the same sex

    12:00 AM — Ireland's Labour Party has introduced a Civil Unions Bill into parliament, just hours after the High Court in Dublin declared that a lesbian couple's Canadian marriage could not be accepted in the country.Labour's Civil Unions Bill, would provide legal recognition and protection for couples of the same sex.

  • Prodi demands “wise and serious” gay laws 1

    Romano Prodi came to power in April promising civil partnership style laws

    12:00 AM — Italy will push ahead with plans to give unmarried and gay couples rights, the country's Prime Minister has announced.Romano Prodi came to power in April promising civil partnership style laws for the gay community as well as heterosexual cohabiting couples.Equal Opportunities Minister Barbara Pollastrini said Mr Prodi wants to discuss a "wise and serious" law.

  • Irish students oppose gay marriage ruling 1

    The USI's gay and lesbian spokesperson Steve Conlon described the judgement as “questionable”

    12:00 AM — The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has expressed disappointment at the High Court in Dublin's rejection of a bid by two women to have their marriage in Canada upheld under Irish law.Earlier today, 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.

  • 13th December 2006

    European Court rejects sibling inheritance rights

    European Court judges rejected the case this morning

    12:00 AM — The European Court of Human Rights has rejected the pleas of two elderly sisters asking for the same inheritance tax rights as married and gay couples.The siblings have been living together in Wiltshire since they were born, but Joyce, 88, and Sybil Burden, 80, fear that one of them will be left with a large inheritance tax bill when the other passes away.

  • Debate rages over councillor’s gay slur ruling 14

    Willows, a member of Brighton and Hove City Council for 12 years, was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £250 in court costs

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveDebate is raging in Brighton and amongst the wider gay community regarding yesterday's conviction of Tory Councillor Peter Willows over remarks he made linking gay people with paedophilia.Willows, a member of Brighton and Hove City Council for 12 years, was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £250 in court costs by Brighton Magistrates yesterday in a ruling welcomed by some councillors and members of the gay community, but seen as an attack on freedom of speech by others.

  • Gay groups welcome ‘historic UN decision’

    Three gay groups have been granted consultative status to the United Nations

    12:00 AM — Three gay groups have been granted consultative status to the United Nations (UN).The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) this week granted consultative status to ILGA-Europe, the European Region of the International Lesbian and Gay Association, and to the Danish and German national lesbian and gay association, LBL and LSVD.

  • Anti-gay church fined for funeral protests

    The church believes that disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, AIDS, September 11th and military deaths in Iraq are due to the US's tolerance of homosexuality

    12:00 AM — Westboro Baptist Church has been ordered to pay $3000 of compensation in court costs and fines after a soldier's father complained about the group protesting outside his son's funeral.The Kansas church, led by Reverend Fred Phelps, is known for its protests at military funerals where its members attribute America's problems to its liberal stance towards homosexuality.

  • Gay community called to choose favourite Germany image

    Director, UK and Ireland for the German National Tourist Office, Udo Grebe, said that the GNTO were excited to see what most appeals about Germany to the gay community

    12:00 AM — For the past month, lesbians and gay men have been nominating their favourite images of gay travel and Germany in the MyGayGermany online promotion.The moment of truth has arrived in the campaign - as gay and lesbian travellers from across Ireland and the UK must now decide which of the nominated images are truly the most popular.

  • Gay support urged for porn petitions 5

    The controversial law has been put through consultation by the Home Office after a campaign from family and friends of Jane Longhurst who was murdered in 2003 by a violent porn addict

    12:00 AM — Different factions of the gay community are being urged to support one of two differing petitions on a new law regarding "violent pornography."The Criminal Justice Bill, unveiled in last month's Queen's Speech, would ban the possession of online and printed porn depicting "scenes of extreme sexual violence," a move opposed by some activists who claim the law is too vague and could lead to innocent people being prosecuted despite consenting to activities.

  • Tanzanian Anglicans cut US ties over gay issues

    The African Anglican Church expressed dismay at the decisions which ignored most of the recommendations of the Windsor Report

    12:00 AM — The Anglican Church of Tanzania has broken away from the US Episcopal Church claiming it can no longer tolerate the denomination's liberal view on gay clergy and same sex unions.It reflects a growing rift within the Anglican Communion on the issue of homosexuality.The African clergymen agreed a statement earlier this week at a meeting in Dar es Salaam, which expressed opposition to gay ordinations and unions.

  • Another day, another gay clergyman 1

    Paul Barnes has stepped down as head of the Grace Chapel in Colorado after an anonymous rent boy threatened to go public with his name and others

    12:00 AM — Just when the Christian-Right was recovering from the revelations of Evangelical preacher Ted Haggard's gay meetings, another leader has stepped down after a male prostitute revealed more gay relations within the church.Paul Barnes has stepped down as head of the Grace Chapel in Colorado after an anonymous rent boy threatened to go public with his name and others.

  • 12th December 2006

    Tory councillor guilty of homophobic slur 14

    Peter Willows, a member of Brighton and Hove City Council for 12 years, was charged with Public Order Offences

    12:00 AM — A Conservative Councillor has been found guilty of Public Order Offences after calling gay people paedophiles at a council reception.Peter Willows, a member of Brighton and Hove City Council for 12 years, was charged with Public Order Offences, after making the comments at a civil reception at Brighton Pavilion held in honour of the new Mayor.

  • Turkish gay magazine owner face prison

    It comes after the July issue of the magazine was confiscated by Turkish authorities

    12:00 AM — A criminal case has been filed in Ankara against the chief editor and owner of Turkey's only gay magazine, Kaos GL.Umut Guner, owner of the magazine and vice president of the Kaos GL Association, is being accused of publishing pornographic issues based on Turkish Penal Code, Article 226.If convicted, he will face up to three years of jail sentence.

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