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  • 7th March 2008

    Obama adviser quits after calling Hillary a monster 1

    Unpaid foreign policy adviser Samantha Power has walked away from Barack Obama's Presidential campaign.

    7:35 PM — Unpaid foreign policy adviser Samantha Power has walked away from Barack Obama's Presidential campaign after describing New York Senator Hillary Clinton as a "monster" to a Scottish publication.Clinton's camp pushed for Obama to drop Power from his team, but the Harvard professor and author resigned after apologising for her inappropriate comment."It is wrong for anyone to pursue this campaign in such negative and personal terms," she said.

  • O’Loan to lead inquiry into human rights in Britain 1

    Former Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman Dame Nuala O'Loan will be leading the inquiry.

    4:25 PM — An independent inquiry into human rights in Britain is to be carried out almost ten years after the original Act was passed, it was announced today.The investigation comes after a poll for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) showed that the term 'human rights' still prompts mixed reactions from a large population of the British public.Former Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman Dame Nuala O'Loan will be leading the inquiry.

  • Art auction raises £230,000 for Ken campaign

    “London's openness and tolerance has made it one of the most creative cities in the world.“ - Ken Livingstone.

    4:10 PM — Well-known British artists such as Anthony Gormley, Banksy and Catherine Yass donated works to an auction in London last night to raise funds for Ken Livingstone's election campaign.The event at the Aquarium Gallery in Farringdon raised more than £230,000."London's openness and tolerance has made it one of the most creative cities in the world," Mr Livingstone said last night.

  • Jail for lesbian couple who murdered teenager

    The court was told that the two women became sexually aroused as they beat the teenager with a concrete block.

    1:20 PM — Two lesbian lovers have been jailed for life after bludgeoning a British girl to death in Australia because they found her "annoying."Jessica Stasinowsky, 21 and Valerie Parashumti, 19, pleaded guilty to murdering 16-year old Stacey Mitchell, whose family had moved to Australia from West Moors, Dorset in 2001.The court was told that the two women became sexually aroused as they beat the teenager with a concrete block and made a mobile phone video of the murder scene.

  • Monk may face charges after porn theft 6

    A search of his room at the medieval Abbey of Maria Laach in Rhineland-Palatine found more than 200 similar DVDs. photo: Nikanos@wikipedia.com

    11:40 AM — A 49-year-old German monk may face criminal charges after he was caught steal gay porn DVDs from a shop.A search of his room at the medieval Abbey of Maria Laach in Rhineland-Palatine found more than 200 similar DVDs.The Benedictine monk was challenged when he tried to steal four DVDs from a sex shop in the Bavarian city of Würzburg, reports Abendzeitung newspaper.

  • Socialists lead in poll ahead of Spanish election 5

    Mr Zapatero promised to fight any attempt to remove or weaken gay rights laws he has introduced as Prime Minister.

    11:00 AM — The government of Spain looks set to win another term of office in Sunday's election, according to polling data.The current Prime Minister and leader of the Socialist party, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, has vowed to protect the gay rights legislation he has introduced since taking office in 2004.In Spain it is illegal to publish opinion polls during the last five days of an election campaign. The Times commissioned and yesterday publshed one from the Spanish polling company Sigma Dos.

  • Comment: Florida’s governor is a hypocrite 4

    Sometimes good people do bad things.  photo: State of Florida,

    10:30 AM — As far as Republican governors go, Charlie Crist appears to be a pretty good guy.He comes across as fair, smart, even-handed and independent in his thinking, and he has even broken ranks with conservatives from time to time to do what he perceives to be the right thing.And while he doesn't support gay marriage or gay adoption, he has publicly supported gay civil unions, which, socially, pretty much puts him miles ahead of the majority of his Republican colleagues.

  • 6th March 2008

    New York court upholds recognition of foreign marriages

    Lambda Legal intervened in the lawsuit Lewis v. Department of Civil Service on behalf of Peri Rainbow and Tamela Sloan.

    6:00 PM — A lawyer from Lambda Legal has welcomed a ruling by a New York State judge upholding the state's policy of recognising Canadian marriages of same-sex couples for purposes of spousal health insurance coverage for public employees."Yet another court is saying that respect for out-of-state marriages of same-sex couples is the law in New York," said Susan Sommer, Senior Counsel.Lambda Legal is a US-wide organisation committed to achieving full recognition of LGBT civil rights.

  • Gay marriage discussed at Council of Europe 2

    The UK delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe was led by former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott.

    5:30 PM — A Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) hearing on the legal recognition of same-sex partnerships will take place in Paris tomorrow.The 47-member Council of Europe predates the European Union. It promotes and protects democracy, educational and sporting co-operation and created the European Court of Human Rights.The hearing will involve representatives of the International Lesbian and Gay Association ILGA Europe as well as parliamentarians and academics.

  • National newspaper takes up gay Iranian story 6

    The Independent newspaper devoted its front page to 19-year-old Medhi Kazemi, who fled to the Netherlands last year after his appeal for asylum in the UK was refused.

    4:40 PM — A concerted campaign by gay rights activists on behalf of a gay teenager facing deportation to Iran and possible execution has pushed his plight into the national press.This morning The Independent newspaper devoted its front page to 19-year-old Medhi Kazemi, who fled to the Netherlands last year after his appeal for asylum in the UK was refused.His story was first reported on PinkNews.co.uk on February 19th. He appeared in a Dutch court yesterday asking to be allowed to remain in the Netherlands.

  • London Mayor candidates will attend gay hustings 1

    The Mayor of London holds powers which can make the lives of over a million lesbian, gay and bisexual Londoners better - or worse.

    3:25 PM — The three leading candidates for Mayor of London have confirmed they will take part in hustings organised by gay equality organisation Stonewall.Ken Livingstone, Boris Johnson and Brian Paddick will answer questions from the gay community on Saturday 19th April.PinkNews.co.uk is proud to be Stonewall's media partner for the hustings, which will be held at the BFI Southbank between 11am and 12.30pm.

  • Ukrainian MPs attack “popularisation” of homosexuality 1

    Since 1991 Ukraine, formerly part of the Soviet Union, has had an equal age of consent.

    11:44 AM — A parliamentary committee in the Ukraine has recommended that the state take steps to repress "homosexualism, lesbianism, other sexual perversions, which do not correspond to moral principles of the society."The Committee on the Issues of Freedom of Speech and Information's stance follows letters from MPs claiming that gay and lesbian people threaten national security and contradict the national interest.

  • Good news for Obama in Texas 1

    Clinton's camp is trying to paint Obama as the villain by whatever means necessary.

    10:35 AM — Though Hillary Clinton took Texas with the popular vote in the primaries, Barack Obama regained some lost ground by winning the state's caucus, which accounts for one-third of the state's delegates.But the win is bittersweet, with the Clinton campaign crying foul, saying it might mount a legal challenge to the state's caucus results.Clinton's camp is citing what it says are "hundreds of complaints" they received accusing the Obama campaign of mischief.

  • 5th March 2008

    Straight man taunted for being gay backed by EHRC

    The EHRC incorporates three new human rights strands - age, sexual orientation and religion and belief.

    5:40 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission has taken up the case of a 56-year-old married man who was repeatedly taunted at work about being gay because he lives in Brighton.An employment tribunal and an appeal tribunal have both rejected his claims of sexual discrimination.Stephen English suffered years of abuse and insinuation from colleagues at Thomas Sanderson Blinds, based near Portsmouth, where he had worked in sales.

  • McCain is the Republican choice as Huckabee withdraws

    As McCain emerges the victor on the Republican side, its still way too close to call for the Democrats.

    10:51 AM — He took all four, and with Mitt Romney out of the way and Mike Huckabee officially bowing out gracefully, John McCain has locked up the GOP presidential nomination with wins in Texas, Rhode Island, Vermont and Ohio. His victory tonight was somewhat anti-climactic.McCain has emerged as a clear frontrunner for the Republican nomination on Super Tuesday, shortly after which Romney bowed out and offered his endorsement.

  • Hillary stays in the race with three wins

    Five weeks from now, we may well be no closer to knowing who the Democratic nominee is than we are today.

    10:50 AM — Senator Hillary Clinton's firewall against the momentum of the Barack Obama campaign held on Tuesday night, as Clinton scored major victories in Texas, Ohio and Rhode Island.Most important for the Clinton campaign was a decisive win in the Ohio primary which has historically been a bellwether for how candidates perform in a general election. No candidate in the last five or so decades, Democrat or Republican, has lost the Ohio primary and gone on to win in November.

  • 4th March 2008

    Pensioner charged over Manchester gay village murder 1

    Craig Douglas, who was straight and a father and stepfather, died on Monday after he was stabbed on Canal Street.

    11:50 PM — A 70-year-old man has been charged with murdering a a 25-year-old man in the heart of Manchester's gay village.At about 7.30pm on the 25th February 2008 Craig Douglas, who was straight, and another man were approached by two men and the four got into an argument on Canal Street close to its junction with Minshull Street and Aytourn Street. David Brodie from Victoria Square, Manchester, has been charged with murdering Mr Douglas.

  • Northern Ireland First Minister to resign 7

    Ian Paisley is well known for his homophobic attitudes

    6:20 PM — The homophobic First Minister of Northern Ireland, the Reverend Ian Paisley, is to stand down in May and quit his post as leader of the Democratic Unionist Party.The 81-year-old will retain his seats in the House of Commons and Northern Ireland Assembly. Rev Paisley said: "I came to this decision a few weeks ago."He will depart after an economic conference in May, which is also the first anniversary of the power-sharing executive taking office.

  • Gay porn house ruling upheld

    The ADF is a fundamentalist Christian group who oppose any same-sex marriage.

    3:30 PM — A Court of Appeal in Florida has upheld a ruling in favour of a homeowners' association that claimed a group of men leasing a house in its neighbourhood were violating its restrictions on running a business out of a home.The homeowner, Judith Crago, leased the home to Charles Foulk, the owner of the 'College Boys Live' pornography site.24 live feed cameras where installed so that customers could pay to watch live sex acts.

  • Mayor backs Christian challenge over fostering

    Conservative councillor Pauline Latham, who holds the ceremonial post of Mayor of Derby, has backed the Johns.

    2:45 PM — The Mayor of Derby is backing a Christian couple who are appealing against a decision that they were not suitable foster parents.Eunice and Owen Johns approached the council about providing weekend respite care for children under 10.They were rejected by an adoption panel after it emerged that Mrs Johns, a Sunday school teacher, wanted any children in their care to go to church on Sundays.The Johns also refused to teach children that gay and lesbian relationships are normal, as required by gay equality laws.

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