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  • 4th February 2008

    Speaker calls for transparency on MPs allowances 31

    177 other MPs, among them 95 Labour MPs, two members of the Cabinet, and 75 Tories, employ members of their family using tax payers money.

    4:40 PM — The Speaker of the House of Commons has urged MPs from all sides to move quickly to reform of the allowances system.A meeting of the Members' Estimates Committee is to consider new rules, including a ban on employing relatives with public funds.Speaker Michael Martin, a member of the committee, made a statement to MPs this afernoon. "We must take fully into account the public interest in transparency," he said.

  • Human rights group condemns Jamaica violence 28

    The Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-Sexuals and Gays, JFLAG, brought the most recent attack to wider attention.

    2:40 PM — A leading US-based rights organisation has said that the latest incident of homophobic mob violence in Jamaica shows that the police in the Caribbean nation are failing in their duties.Scott Long, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Programme at Human Rights Watch, said: "Gays and lesbians in Jamaica face violence at home, in public, even in a house of worship, and official silence encourages the spread of hate."The Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-Sexuals and Gays, JFLAG, brought the most recent attack to wider attention.

  • Super Tuesday could decide the 2008 Presidential race 7

    A clear victory tomorrow for any of the four major candidates still in contention will almost guarantee them their party's nomination.

    2:20 PM — Tomorrow Democrats, Republicans and Independents in 24 US states will take part in the biggest vote before the Presidential election in November.At a series of caucuses and primaries across America, 41% of the pledged delegates for the Republican convention and 52% of the votes at the Democratic convention will fall behind one of the candidates still in the race.No wonder they call it Super Tuesday.

  • Boles donates money to Boris campaign 7

    Mr Boles was a strongly-tipped candidate for the Tory nomination for Mayor of London, but withdrew in July when he was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, a type of cancer.

    1:45 PM — A leading gay Tory has donated £20,000 to the campaign to elect Boris Johnson as Mayor of London.Nick Boles was the frontrunner to be his party's candidate for Mayor until he withdrew from the race after being diagnosed with a form of cancer.Now it has emerged that he is among a list of donors to Boris' campaign, alongside property developers, hedge fund managers, lobbyists and art dealers.

  • Florida will vote on same-sex marriage ban

    Florida4Marriage.org's question on the 2008 ballot follows an amendment to the state's constitution regarding civil marriage.

    1:00 PM — An initiative to ask Florida's citizens to ban gay marriage in the state will be voted on in November. It was the only one of more than fifty proposed ballots to get the required 611,009 signatures.A state constitutional amendment requires the approval of 8 percent of Florida voters who cast ballots in the last Presidential election.All signatures must be presented to state officials on February 1st at 5pm. The gay marriage ban ballot was certified with 649,346 signatures.

  • Ambassador complains to Vatican about election statement 13

    The rift between church and government in Spain shows no signs of healing.

    12:35 PM — Spain's ambassador to the Vatican met with Church officials over the weekend to protest about interference in the country's elections by the country's bishops.Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos revealed on Saturday that Ambassador Francisco Vazquez expressed his "perplexity and surprise" at statement issued last week by the Spanish Bishop's Conference.The Zapatero government introduced full gay marriage in Spain in 2005.

  • 3rd February 2008

    New York to recognise out of state gay weddings

    Court of Appeals of the State of New York handed down the judgement on Friday

    11:00 PM — A New York appeals court ruled last Friday that gay marriages or civil partnerships conducted in other states or countries are to be legally recognised in the state.Donna Lieberman of the New York Civil Liberties Union said: "This is a victory for families, it's a victory for fairness and it's a victory for human rights. Now we need to work toward a New York where you don't have to cross state or country lines to get married."

  • Suspended MP accuses newspapers of homophobia 32

    Derek Conway defends his gay son

    1:20 AM — The Conservative MP suspended from the House of Commons after it emerged that he his son and his friend were given public funds in breach of Parliamentary rules has publically defended his gay son and accused the media of homophobia.Derrick Conway has paid his son out of Parliamentary expenses whilst he was a full time student in Newcastle. A number of tabloid newspapers have focused on Henry Conway's sexuality.

  • 1st February 2008

    Homophobic mob attack Jamaican gay men 29

    International human rights organisations have described Jamaica as one of the most homophobic places in the world.

    4:45 PM — The Jamaican government is being urged to tackle mob violence against gay people in the country after an attack on a group of men alleged to be homosexual.The Jamaica Forum for Lesbians All-Sexuals and Gays, JFLAG, is urging the Jamaican government to action."This has become a blot on Jamaica's human rights record," said a JFLAG spokesperson. "No modern democracy can afford to revert to jungle justice."

  • Catholic Church tries to influence Spanish elections 13

    The Zapatero government introduced full gay marriage in Spain in 2005 and the main opposition party, Partido Popular, has said it does not intend to overturn it.

    4:20 PM — Socialist politicians in Spain have expressed anger at a statement from the country's Roman Catholic bishops that tells the faithful not to vote for parties that support gay marriage.The Spanish Bishop's Conference issued a statement earlier this week: "Catholics may support and join different parties it is also true that not all (electoral) programmes are equally compatible with the faith and Christian demands in life."Socialist spokesman Jose Blanco said that many Catholics would feel ashamed at attempts by religious leaders to influence March's election.

  • Judge to be investigated over treatment of HIV+ witness 3

    Ontario's Criminal Lawyers Association has also lodged a complaint about the judge's behaviour.

    4:00 PM — The Ontario Judicial Council has received complaints from HIV advocacy groups in Canada after a judge demanded that a witness with the virus wore a mask when giving evidence.The Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and the HIV and AIDS Legal Clinic are calling for an investigation into Barrie judge Jon-Jo Douglas' conduct on November 23rd last year.When a witness who has Hepatitis C and is HIV-positive took the stand, Judge Douglas told the Crown counsel: "I mean, he speaks within two feet of me with two serious infectious diseases."

  • Bail for sauna rape suspect

    Anyone with information has been asked to contact police,

    12:20 PM — Police in Manchester have bailed a man arrested on suspicion of rape.Shortly after 2.30am on Tuesday police received reports that a man had been raped at the Basement Complex, a gay sauna on Tariff Street."An investigation was launched and a 31-year-old man from the Miles Platting area was arrested on suspicion of rape on Wednesday 30 January 2008," Greater Manchester Police said in a statement.

  • Comment: Keep Huckabee out of the White House

    With a campaign based almost exclusively on drilling fear into the minds of Americans, be afraid, be very afraid.

    11:30 AM — It has been 15 years since Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee suggested to the Associated Press that steps should be taken to "isolate the carriers of this plague" with regards to the AIDS epidemic.But time and awareness haven't changed the presidential hopeful's tune.Just months ago, he told Fox News: "I had simply made the point, and I still believe this today, that in the late 80s and early 90s, when we didn't know as much."

  • 31st January 2008

    Brian Paddick on Elton, cruising and his partner 6

    Mr Paddick was chosen last year by Lib Dem London members as their candidate.

    1:01 PM — The Lib Dem candidate for Mayor of London has spoken to PinkNews.co.uk about his friendship with Sir Elton John and David Furnish.Earlier today it was revealed that the international star and his film producer partner hosted a dinner where they introduced Brian Paddick to potential donors to his campaign."I have met David probably on twenty or more occasions, and we have had dinner together alone on a number of occasions," Mr Paddick told PinkNews.co.uk.

  • Man arrested on suspicion of sauna rape

    Greater Manchester Police said that anyone who has been a victim of rape or sexual assault can contact on 0161 872 5050 or 999 in an emergency.

    12:10 PM — Police in Manchester have confirmed they have made an arrest in relation to the alleged rape in a gay sauna in the city centre earlier this week.Shortly after 2.30am on Tuesday police received reports that a man had been raped at the Basement Complex on Tariff Street.An investigation was launched and a 31-year-old man from the Miles Platting area has been arrested on suspicion of rape. He is currently in police custody.

  • Disgraced Tory MP paid son’s friend 32

    Mr Conway announced he would be stepping down from Parliament at the next election after being censured by the Commons Standards and Privileges Committee.

    9:35 AM — A Conservative MP who will today be suspended from the Commons for ten days after revelations about payments to his family has been accused of making additional payments to his son's friend.The Sun reports that "disgraced Tory MP Derek Conway gave a job to a close pal of his gay son Henry."Earlier this week Mr Conway announced he would be stepping down from Parliament at the next election after being censured by the Commons Standards and Privileges Committee.

  • Gay group faces court challenge in Turkey 1

    The closing of Lambda would be a devastating blow for the European LGBT emancipation movement.

    8:30 AM — Efforts by Turkish officials to close one of the country's leading LGBT organisations will resume in court today.A department of the Istanbul Governor's office responsible for non-governmental organisations alleges that the group, Lambda Istanbul, violates Turkish laws on morality.They claim that Lambda violates both the Penal Code, as an association in violation of "law and morals," and Article 41 of the Turkish constitution, which is concerned with "the peace and welfare of the family."

  • Defeated Giuiliani endorses McCain for President 2

    Failure in Florida left Giuliani with little hope of finding any success in the vital “Super Tuesday“ races next week.

    8:10 AM — Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuiliani ended his campaign for the Republican 2008 Presidential nomination yesterday after losing by a significant margin to rivals John McCain and Mitt Romney in the Florida primary.Giuliani endorsed McCain in a speech from California yesterday afternoon.Once considered a strong frontrunner for the Republican Presidential nomination, Giuiliani has trailed largely behind candidates John McCain and Mitt Romney in national polls recently.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Elton John backs Paddick’s campaign for Mayor 6

    Mr Paddick told guests how his background ideally qualified him for the job.

    7:45 AM — The Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London received a boost last night when singer Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish held a fundraising event for him.The celebrity couple held a dinner for friends in their London home to introduce them to Brian Paddick.Speaking to PinkNews.co.uk this morning, Mr Paddick said: "I have been friends with Elton and David for many years and I am so grateful to them for supporting me in this way."

  • 30th January 2008

    Candidates praise Edwards for “classy” campaign

    Barack Obama said Edwards had left the presidential battle in a “classy“ way.

    8:03 PM — Former North Carolina Senator John Edwards has announced he will be dropping out of the race for the Democratic Presidential nomination.The decision comes after a consistent inability to compete strongly against rivals Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and a disappointing third place finish in the Florida Democratic primary on Tuesday.Barack Obama said Edwards had left the presidential battle in a "classy" way.

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