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  • 31st October 2007

    Irish gays drum up support for civil unions 13

    The opposition Labour party are to re-introduce the legislation in the Dáil, the Irish parliament, this evening.

    2:45 PM — The leading gay organisation in the Republic of Ireland has called on all political parties in the country to support a bill legalising same-sex civil unions.The opposition Labour party are to re-introduce the legislation in the Dáil, the Irish parliament, this evening.Eoin Collins, director of policy change at the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) said the proposed new legislation was a significant step.

  • Magistrate who refused to rule on gay adoption loses appeal 9

    Mr McClintock, a member of the Christian People's Alliance Council, wanted the tribunal to reinstate him with the understanding that he can opt out of cases that conflict with his Christian views.

    2:25 PM — A former magistrate who claimed unfair dismissal after he was told he could not pick and choose which adoption cases to rule on has lost his appeal.In March 62-year-old Andrew McClintock learned that his legal action against the Lord Chancellor, claiming that his Bible-influenced opinions should allow him to be excused from approving gay adoptions, was rejected by an employment tribunal.He said he was disappointed by today's decision by an employment appeal tribunal and vowed to take his case to the Court of Appeal.

  • Hillary pledges AIDS funds if elected

    Clinton co-sponsored bi-partisan legislation in the Senate to help African countries improve their health systems.

    11:21 AM — Senator Hillary Clinton pleased HIV and AIDS groups late last week by pledging that, if elected President, she will provide at least $50 billion for the fight against AIDS by 2013 and will "make significant progress toward providing an additional one percent of the U.S. budget to fighting poverty in impoverished countries."Religious and community leaders belonging to two groups, Iowans for AIDS Action and New Hampshire Fights AIDS, have been pressing presidential candidates to sign the "Presidential Pledge for Leadership on Global AIDS and Poverty."

  • Gay hate church trial nears end 3

    On Saturday alone, members the Kansas family demonstrated at the funerals of three soldiers.

    10:43 AM — Shirley Phelps-Roper took the witness stand last week as the lawsuit brought against her father's Westboro Baptist Church drew to a close.Phelps-Roper told jurors at the courtroom in Baltimore that she was an angel sent to speak the truth to "earth dwellers" about the hate God has for their evil.She explained last week that's why she picketed the funeral of Matthew Snyder, a 20-year-old Marine who was killed in Iraq in March of 2006.

  • 30th October 2007

    Former Australian PM was not gay says wife 2

    Sir William McMahon was Prime Minister of Australia between 1971-1972.

    4:32 PM — The widow of former Australian Prime Minister Sir William McMahon has said claims that her husband was gay are "outrageous."For a brief period in the 1970's Sonia McMahon was thrust into the spotlight as the spouse of one of Australia's shortest-serving Prime Ministers.Lady McMahon agreed to speak to author Susan Mitchell while she was writing her new book, Stand By Your Man.

  • Royal in “gay sex and drugs blackmail plot” named on US TV 25

    Interviewed on Fox News, journalist Nicholas Davies named a member of The Queen's family.

    2:37 PM — A member of the Royal Family has been named on American TV news as the target of alleged blackmailers.Interviewed on Fox News, journalist Nicholas Davies named a member of The Queen's family.The British press are legally restrained from revealing the identity of the person, thought to be a "minor" Royal, though it has been reported that he or she does not carry out any public duties.

  • Porn to be used as evidence in military trial

    Ronan allegedly used a video camera hidden in an air purifier in his home to tape academy midshipmen he hosted at his house last year.

    2:37 PM — Gay pornography found on the computer of a US Navy doctor has been accepted as evidence in his trial on charges that he made secret video recordings of Naval Academy midshipmen having sex in his home, a military judge ruled.Even if Commander Kevin Ronan is found innocent at the conclusion of his trial this month, the emergence of such evidence often triggers a military investigation into a service member's sexual orientation, which could mean the end of his military career.

  • Study claims homophobic literature is available at UK mosques 3

    Extremist texts that encourage hatred of gays, Christians and Jews can be easily found at many of Britain's mosques, a survey has found. photo: syN+H@flickr.com

    2:00 PM — Extremist texts that encourage hatred of gays, Christians and Jews are available at Britain's mosques.Researchers for the centre-Right think tank Policy Exchange claim to have found such publications in a quarter of the 100 mosques and Islamic institutions they visited, including London Central Mosque in Regent's Park, which is funded by Saudi Arabia.Many of the publications allegedly called on British Muslims to segregate themselves from non-Muslims and contained repeated calls for gays to be executed.

  • Cameron denies joking about Lithuanian lesbians 9

    A spokesman for the Tory leader insisted he never used the word 'lesbian.'

    12:35 PM — The Conservative party leader has outraged the government of an EU partner with some off-the-cuff remarks about arts funding.At an Arts Council lunch last Tuesday David Cameron reported to have said: "I hope you won't be giving too many grants to one-legged Lithuanian lesbians."The Lithuanian ambassador said his comments "prompted a wave of outrage" in his country and has written to Mr Cameron asking for a clarification.

  • Catholic Archbishop supports gay discrimination 13

    Cardinal Pell's comments were backed by evangelical Christian group the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL).

    12:30 PM — The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Australia has said it is acceptable to discriminate against people because of their sexuality.Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell said that comparisons between gay and racial discrimination are false.Australia's federal elections will be held on November 24th and the religious leader's comments are an attempt to influence discussion about gay equality.

  • Cambodian leader disowns lesbian daughter 2

    The Prime Minister's hardline stance contrasts with the views of King Sihanouk.

    12:15 PM — The Prime Minister of Cambodia has told an audience of students that he is disowning and disinheriting his adopted daughter because she is a lesbian.Sâmdech Hun Sen, 56, has led the country since 1993. He has five children, one of whom is adopted. His family is normally kept out of the public eye.At a graduation ceremony in the city of Phnom Pehn yesterday, Hun Sen said he will file court papers to "deprive her of any will and property of my family."

  • 29th October 2007

    Candidate drops out of election over nude photos on gay sites 4

    A spokeswoman for the party said that Quah has been expelled because he “does not share the party's values.“

    5:45 PM — An Australian campaigner for family values has been dumped as a candidate by the Family First Party after nude photos of him were discovered on gay websites.Although Andrew Quah, 22, admitted that it was possible he had posed for two of the images, he claimed that a third had been digitally manipulated.Several websites are running the pictures, with one describing him as "Australia's Smallest Loser."

  • MEP: Smile’s attitude makes me frown 96

    Mr Cashman has written to David Anderson, the Chief Executive of the Co-Op Bank.

    4:02 PM — Michael Cashman, member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands, has written to the Co-Operative Bank after a PinkNews.co.uk campaign.PinkNews.co.uk readers Joe and Neville Temple, who have cohabited for 42 years, tried and failed to persuade Smile, the internet subsidiary of the Co-Op Bank, to add an option for the legal status of Civil Partner to its application forms.Following our report, the bank now says that it will change its policy.

  • MP welcomes removal of “gay panic” defence

    Charles Chauvel said that the “gay panic“ defence was unacceptable.

    2:31 PM — A Gay Labour MP in New Zealand has praised the decision by the country's Law Commission to remove the "gay panic defence."Charles Chauvel said that the defence, which allowed a person charged with murder to claim that they were driven into a state of violent temporary insanity by a sexual advance from the victim, was unacceptable.The defendant rarely wins acquittals but if pleaded successfully the murder charge is reduced to manslaughter.

  • Evangelicals call for ban on Harry Potter books 10

    Other Christians groups have never been fans of the books, because they think they promote witchcraft.

    1:05 PM — America's largest conservative organisation has called for the banning of the Harry Potter books and films after author JK Rowling revealed that main character Albus Dumbledore was a gay wizard.The Christian Coalition of America claims to have 2.5 millions supporters and describes its mission as "defending America's Godly heritage."Its chairman, Roberta Combs, said she was disappointed that Rowling chose to out one of the most popular characters in children's literature.

  • United Nations to host LGBT rights panel

    The Yogyakarta Principles refer to the application of international human rights law in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity.

    12:35 PM — Following the launch of the groundbreaking Yogyakarta Principles earlier this year, the United Nations will be hosting a panel discussion next month to explore discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.The event, which will bring together non-governmental organisations, UN representatives and state delegates, is an initiative co-sponsored by Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.The Yogyakarta Principles refer to the application of international human rights law in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity.

  • Obama speaks out after “ex-gay” controversy 15

    Senator Obama rejected the assertion that he is putting his Chrisitan constituency above his gay supporters.

    11:35 AM — "There has not been a stronger and more consistent advocate on LGBT issues than I have been."That is the message US Presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama is trying to get across to gay voters in the face of controversy about his campaign in South Carolina.In an interview with LGBT publication The Advocate, the candidate for the Democratic party nomination asked LGBT voters to judge him by his policies.

  • Royal Family targeted in “gay sex blackmail plot” 25

    There has been widespread speculation as to the identity of the Royal Family member who is the victim of the alleged blackmail. photo: edwin11_79@flickr.com

    10:03 AM — Two men will appear at the Old Bailey next month charged with attempting to blackmail a minor member of the Royal Family.Ian Starchan, 30, and Sean McGuigan, 40, were arrested last month after police mounted a sting operation.They are alleged to have demanded £50,000 not to release a video showing a member of the Royal Family engaged in oral sex with an aide. This morning the story was reported as a "gay-sex-and-drugs blackmail plot" by The Times. 

  • 28th October 2007

    Co-op Bank change civil partner policy after PinkNews.co.uk expose 96

    Smile, part of the Co-op will now include “civil partner“ option on forms

    12:12 AM — Following an investigation by PinkNews.co.uk, the Co-operative Bank have announced that they will include a "civil partnership" option on its banking application forms.PinkNews.co.uk readers Joe and Neville Temple, who have cohabited for 42 years tried and failed to persuade Smile, the internet subsidiary of the Co-Op Bank to add an option for the legal status of Civil Partner to its application forms.

  • Scottish schools reject play on homophobia

    Rikki Beadle-Blair is angry after schools rejected his play Fit

    12:01 AM — One of Britain's most celebrated gay writers has accused Scotland of failing to tackle homophobic bullying after 50 schools have rejected his play on the subject.Rikki Beadle-Blair, who wrote the Channel 4 comedy drama Metrosexuality and presented the award BBC Radio 4 documentary, Roots of Homophobia believed that his play Fit would encourage young people to understand sexuality better.

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