9th July 2010
Massachusetts judge rules Defence of Marriage Act is unconstitutional 9
10:42 AM — A judge in Boston, Massachusetts, has ruled that America's federal ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional as it interferes with the individual rights of states. The ruling means the estimated 16,000 married gay couples in Massachusetts have the right to the same federal benefits enjoyed by married straight couples.
8th July 2010
Legal charity warns US gay soldiers not to answer Pentagon survey 3
5:32 PM — Gay soldiers soldiers have been warned by one legal group not to answer a Pentagon survey on lifting the military's ban on out troops.
Sark will equalise age of consent for gay men 15
3:50 PM — Sark, in the Channel Isles, is to equalise the age of consent for gay men. The island is following advice that the current age, 21, breaks international human rights laws.
Comment: Time for Jewish leaders to show some pride 46
2:59 PM — I've been to many LGBT Pride events before; last year I accompanied the-then prime minister's wife Sarah Brown at London's Pride march. This year, both in Tel Aviv and in London, the experience was different, I wasn't just 'coming out' as LGBT, I was coming out as an LGBT Jew.
Cameroon denies gay asylum seeker was persecuted 8
2:38 PM — Cameroon's communications minister has denied that a gay asylum seeker to the UK faced persecution in his home country. The man, known only as HT, won a case in the Supreme Court yesterday which ruled he had the right to asylum in the UK.
US Catholic priest ‘spent $1.3m on male escorts and hotels’
1:59 PM — A Catholic priest from Connecticut has been accused of embezzling almost $1.3 million (£857,000) from his church and spending it on a lavish lifestyle and male escorts.
Chinese gay man has blood donation lawsuit rejected 3
12:52 PM — A Chinese gay man who tried to sue after being barred from donating blood has had his lawsuit rejected by a court. Wang Zizheng hoped to sue the Beijing Red Cross centre for discrimination as China bars gay men and lesbians from donating blood.
Gay cleric Jeffrey John rejected from Bishop of Southwark post 41
10:27 AM — The openly gay cleric Rev Jeffrey John has been blocked from becoming a Church of England bishop. Dr John was shortlisted for the post last week and was believed to be the obvious choice for the role, with reports suggesting prime minister David Cameron was minded to back his appointment.
7th July 2010
Interview: Labour leadership frontrunner David Miliband speaks to PinkNews.co.uk 21
5:41 PM — David Miliband is tipped to win the Labour leadership this year. His brother Ed is in second place, while the other contenders trail behind. We interviewed him this afternoon to find out why he believes the gay community should back his leadership bid, if he agrees with full marriage equality and why he enthusiastically supports the Pope's UK visit.
Legal club drug NRG-1 ‘should be banned’ 13
5:22 PM — A drug used on the gay clubbing scene should be banned, the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) has said. NRG-1, which is made from the chemical naphyrone and is similar to mephedrone, is a legal high but should be made a class-B drug, the body advised.
Comment: What exactly is the coalition government’s stance on gay marriage? 42
4:53 PM — To some, the difference is negligible. To others, the word 'marriage' is the only way they want to see their relationships recognised in law. Civil partnerships were a fantastic milestone for gays and lesbians but it is clear now they are not good enough.
Hawaii governor rejects gay civil unions bill 17
11:26 AM — Hawaii's governor Linda Lingle has rejected a bill which would have allowed civil unions for gay couples in the state. The bill would have given both straight and gay couples the right to have their partnerships recognised with all the rights of marriage.
Supreme Court rules gay asylum seekers have right to stay in UK 76
10:40 AM — The Supreme Court has ruled that two gay men from Iran and Cameroon have the right to asylum in the UK. The pair took their cases to the court after being told by the Home Office they could safely return home if they were "discreet" about their sexual orientation.
6th July 2010
Supreme Court to rule on UK’s ‘discretion’ policy for gay asylum seekers 5
5:03 PM — The Supreme Court will issue a decision tomorrow on a test case on the UK's policy of telling gay and lesbian asylum seekers to go home and be discreet.
Lesbian and gay lawyers ‘deterred from becoming judges’
3:52 PM — Research has has suggested that the judiciary is failing to represent lesbian and gay people. According to a study by LGBT lawyers' network Interlaw, a perception of hostility to out gay judges, judicial culture and the isolation of the job puts gay and lesbian lawyers off becoming judges.
Anti-Pope protesters urged to show tolerance 74
2:15 PM — The prime minister's special representative for Pope Benedict's visit to the UK says protesters should show restraint. Chris Patten, a former governor of Hong Kong and Tory minister, also said the taxpayer's share of the costs of the visit had risen to £12 million, excluding security.
5th July 2010
Homophobic Polish politician Jaroslaw Kaczynski loses presidential election 11
5:06 PM — Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the homophobic right-wing Polish politician, has lost a presidential election. The election was called after the death of his twin, the late president Lech Kaczynski, in a plane crash in April.
Opponents say appointing gay bishop ‘will split Church of England’ 18
4:12 PM — Traditionalists have claimed that the Church of England may be split in two if an out gay cleric is appointed Bishop of Southwark. Dr Jeffrey John, the Dean of St Albans, is the front-runner for the job and is thought to be supported by prime minister David Cameron.
Gay-friendly Christian church to carry out gay weddings in Spain 10
3:31 PM — The US-based Metropolitan Community Church hopes to open a congregation in Madrid, Spain, this year to perform same-sex weddings. As the Roman Catholic Church in Spain fiercely opposes equal marriage rights, the MCC will be the first church in the country to hold gay weddings.
Gay Lib Dem MP David Laws may face police investigation 6
3:08 PM — David Laws, the former cabinet minister, may face a police fraud investigation into his expenses claims. A Sunday newspaper said his utility, telephone and other bills are under scrutiny.