3rd December 2009
Irish civil partnerships bill presented to parliament today 4
3:10 PM — A bill to allow civil partnerships in Ireland is to be presented to parliament today by minister for justice, equality and law reform Dermot Ahern. It would give gay couples many of the rights and benefits of marriage, but not all.
Peter Tatchell: The Equality Bill is less than equal 16
2:27 PM — Way back in 1983, when I stood as the Labour candidate in the Bermondsey by-election, I proposed the idea of a single, comprehensive anti-discrimination law, to guarantee equal treatment and protection for everyone. At the time, this proposal was dismissed as "ultra left," as too radical and daring. Three decades later, however, it is close to reality.
US bill could see witness immunity for gay soldiers 8
12:32 PM — A bill has been introduced to allow gay and lesbian servicemembers the right to immunity when appearing before congress to give evidence on the current military gay ban.
Vatican distances itself from cardinal’s homophobic comments 61
11:27 AM — The Vatican has issued an indirect rebuke to a Catholic cardinal who said gays and trans people could not enter heaven. Javier Lozano Barragan, a leading Catholic cardinal, said gay people are not born that way and were "an insult to God".
US suffers another setback for gay marriage in New York’s Senate 46
10:49 AM — The New York Senate yesterday voted to reject a bill which would allow gay marriage in the state. It needed 32 votes to pass but gay rights advocates were dismayed that it fell eight votes short in a 24-38 decision.
2nd December 2009
Catholic cardinal says gays are barred from heaven 94
7:34 PM — Javier Lozano Barragan, a leading Catholic cardinal, has said that gay and trans people "will never enter the kingdom of heaven". The cardinal cited Saint Paul's epistle to the Romans, which he claimed said men should not sleep with other men.
California groups ‘committed’ to 2010 gay marriage vote 6
6:22 PM — A coalition of Californian gay rights groups have said they are determined to get gay marriage back on the ballot next year. City gay rights activist Harvey Milk, they said he did not wait for research while campaigning for equality.
Man on trial for gay nightclub rapes in London
4:41 PM — A man is currently on trial at Woolwich crown court for sexual assaults on gay men in London. Mohamad Caid, 38, from Deptford, was charged in June with one rape, two attempted rapes, sexual assault and false imprisonment and remanded in custody.
California man campaigns to ban divorce to protect marriage 10
2:51 PM — A California man is leading a campaign to ban divorce in the state. John Marcotte, of Sacramento, believes that if state voters think gay marriage should be illegal, divorce should also be outlawed.
Teenager jailed for trying to gas gay lover 9
2:19 PM — An 18-year-old who had sex with an older man has been jailed after leaving on the gas taps in his lover's home. George Harding, of no fixed address, slept with 47-year-old Brian Monan after meeting on a gay internet site.
Washington DC gay marriage bill passes first reading 5
12:34 PM — A bill to allow gay marriage in Washington DC has passed its first reading by 11-2 votes. It was introduced in October by David Catania, one of two out gay council members.
Equality Bill to be debated today in House of Commons 17
12:15 PM — The Equality Bill has reached the report stage and will be debated in parliament today. This stage follows four weeks of debate by a committee and will allow the House of Commons to consider further amendments.
1st December 2009
Carwyn Jones appointed as Welsh Labour leader
7:40 PM — Carwyn Jones has been named as the new Labour leader in Wales, replacing incumbent Rhodri Morgan. The 42-year-old Welsh Assembly member for Bridgend is currently the leader of the House and has been a favourite to win the role.
California’s biggest gay group withdraws support for 2010 gay marriage battle 2
6:26 PM — California's largest grassroots gay advocacy group has withdrawn its support for the campaign to get gay marriage on the 2010 ballot. Courage Campaign, based in Los Angeles, said it does not believe the movement currently has enough leadership or financial support to be successful in the next 12 months.
Sweden to lift lifetime blood donation ban for gay men 5
6:11 PM — Sweden will allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood so long as they have not had sex with a man in the last 12 months. In a statement released today, which is World AIDS Day, the National Board of Health and Welfare confirmed the change.
Trial begins over gay man stabbed to death in London
12:49 PM — The trial of a man accused of attacking a gay couple with a knife has begun. David Kilcullen, 46, is accused of the fatal stabbing of Gerry Edwards, 59, and the attack on his partner, 56-year-old Chris Bevan. The couple lived in Bromley, south-east London.
Last-minute ruling halts first Latin American gay wedding 11
12:15 PM — A gay couple in Buenos Aires, Argentina, have had their wedding halted after a judge intervened at the last minute. Jose Maria Di Bello and partner Alex Freyre planned to marry today on World AIDS Day after Judge Gabriela Seijas ruled last month that the ban on gay marriage violated Argentina's constitution.
Tories to reward couples in marriages and civil partnerships 97
11:10 AM — Conservative leader David Cameron signalled yesterday that civil partnerships would be rewarded in the same way as marriages. He said that the Tories would change the tax system in order to give benefits to those in relationships recognised by the state.
30th November 2009
Tatchell calls for an end to the blood ban on gay men 8
5:35 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has called for the ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood to be abolished. Speaking ahead of World AIDS Day, which is tomorrow, Tatchell said the lifetime ban was based on "stereotyped, irrational, unscientific and homophobic assumptions".
Trans recognition laws to come before Irish parliament 15
5:27 PM — New laws to give greater legal recognition to trans people will come before the Irish parliament (Dail) next year. They have been proposed by the Green Party, who say that people should be able to chose which gender they want to be legally recognised by.