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  • 14th September 2006

    Archbishop demands diverse gay view

    Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane, who is in charge of 24 bishops in the Province of Southern Africa said it was importance for the church to embrace diversity and find solutions to their differences

    12:00 AM — The Archbishop of Cape Town has given his backing to pro gay laws ahead of a conference in Rwanda next week on the controversial relationship between the church and homosexuality.Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane, who is in charge of 24 bishops in the Province of Southern Africa said it was importance for the church to embrace diversity and find solutions to their differences.

  • Pope in trouble for anti-Muslim remarks 12

    Just before his visit to Germany, Benedict castigated a delegation of Canadian bishops visiting the Vatican.

    12:00 AM — The leader of the world's largest Christian denomination has followed up his homophobic comments last week with alleged anti-Muslim remarks.Speaking during a trip to his German homeland, Pope Benedict XVI quoted a 14th century Christian ruler's view that the Prophet Mohammad had brought only evil to the world.

  • Canada considers gay marriage debate 1

    According to The Calgary Sun, the motion, which stems from an election pledge by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is expected to give MPs a clear-cut question on whether or not Parliament should revisit the issue—not poll the moral stand of each MP on gay marriage

    12:00 AM — Canada's conservative government could introduce legislative changes to enhance protections for those who oppose same-sex marriage on religious or moral grounds if Members of Parliament don't pass a motion to re-open the contentious debate.According to The Calgary Sun, the motion, which stems from an election pledge by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is expected to give MPs a clear-cut question on whether or not Parliament should revisit the issue—not poll the moral stand of each MP on gay marriage.

  • Doubts raised over South Africa gay marriage law 10

    Last December the Constitutional Court of South Africa ruled that same-sex marriages should enjoy the same legal status as those between men and women, thereby giving the parliament a year to amend the 1961 marriage law

    12:00 AM — South Africa's Civil Union Bill has drawn yet more criticism ahead of a hearing on the law next week.Committee members of the Department of Home Affairs, in charge of drafting the legislation, have raised concerns that not enough organisations were consulted about the bill.

  • Gay man denied fertility services 1

    The FDA currently has two categories of sperm donors — those who are “directed donors,” or who are donating to a consenting woman, and “anonymous donors,” who donate to a sperm bank

    12:00 AM — Gay legal group Lambda Legal has filed a complaint with the Orlando Human Rights Board this week on behalf of a gay man denied fertility services because of his sexual orientation."Dr. Barros was denied services not because of any real medical risk, but solely because of his sexual orientation," said, Gregory Nevins, a lawyer in Lambda Legal's southern regional office in Atlanta.

  • Gay worker wins homophobic graffiti case

    Yesterday an employment tribunal told Parkam Foods they had failed to deal with Mr Martin's complaint properly.

    12:00 AM — A gay man who was suspended for complaining about anti-gay graffiti has won his case at an employment tribunal.Chris Martin was employed by Parkam Foods, in West Yorkshire. The company supply pre-packaged meats to many of the major UK supermarkets.Finding offensive pornographic material in the men's toilet with his name written next to it, Martin complained to his superiors.

  • Legal recognition for gay couples in Uruguay 2

    The new law was a manifesto commitment by the ruling leftist coalition of President Tabare Vasquez. (photo: squeaky marmot @ flickr)

    12:00 AM — Uruguay is expected to become the latest country to recognise the legal rights of gay couples.The country of 3.6m people will become the first nation in South America to grant such protections, although many cities and regions throughout the continent have made similar legal provisions.

  • China facing gay AIDS epidemic

    One of China's major cities risks facing an AIDS epidemic reminiscent of San Francisco 25 years ago if authorities do not act, a study warns

    12:00 AM — One of China's major cities risks facing an AIDS epidemic reminiscent of San Francisco 25 years ago if authorities do not act, a study warns.British Sociological Association member, Jennifer Chapman, will argue that gay men in Shenzhen require a better understanding of sexual health, at the organisation's Medical Sociology Group Annual Conference in Edinburgh which starts today.

  • Historic gay rights activist dies 1

    Garner and John Lawrence were arrested after police — sent by a bogus report of an armed intruder — burst into Lawrence's apartment and found the two engaged in consensual sex

    12:00 AM — Tyron Garner, one of two men whose 1998 arrests led to a US Supreme Court decision that struck down bans on sodomy, has died, according to a spokesman for the legal firm that represented him.According to the Associated Press, Garner died early on Monday at a Houston hospital.

  • Gay clubs queue up to stop drink spiking 1

    Revenge reports that the number of people using the devices is increasing all the time as customers become more aware that protection is available

    12:00 AM — Gay clubs across the south are queuing up to get hold of drink anti-spiking devices after a nightclub in Brighton became the first to offer the protection last month.PinkNews.co.uk reported in August that Revenge nightclub, which is the biggest gay venue on the south coast, was to offer its customers drink protection after a nasty increase in drink-spiking incidents was reported by venues in the area.

  • Clare Short causes outrage – again

    Ms Short has previously been supportive of gay rights, voting for the equalisation of the age of consent in 1999 and the Civil Partnership Bill in 2004.

    12:00 AM — First she offended the gay community by meeting with a radical anti-gay Muslim group.Now former cabinet minister Clare Short has angered the Labour government by saying the country would be better off with a hung parliament after the next election.The government Chief Whip, Jacqui Smith, branded the maverick MP's comments as unacceptable and hinted that she will be disciplined when Parliament returns next month.

  • 13th September 2006

    Church condemns gay hate campaign

    Representatives from across the church, including more conservative groups, have criticised the offensive actions of the anonymous sender

    12:00 AM — New Zealand's Presbyterian Church has criticised a gay hate campaign amid a ruling by the denomination on homosexual clergy.Stickers have been sent to members of the Presbyterian Assembly with the phrase "gays are a cancer in our church, let's keep them out of leadership," as they prepare to vote later this month on whether to allow gay ministers in the church.

  • Anti-gay pastor “promoting hatred” 11

    Ake Green  delivered a fiery anti-gay sermon that triggered a legal battle testing the limits of Sweden's freedom of speech

    12:00 AM — Gay groups have expressed concern at a controversial Christian pastor who is currently touring the country holding debates on Christianity and sexual ethics.Pentecost Ake Green was convicted of hate crimes in 2004 after referring to gay people as a tumour on society in a sermon in Kalmar, Sweden, he was later acquitted but is now drawing criticism for a series of talks with Evangelical charity The Christian Institute.

  • Gay man wins graffiti discrimination claim

    The judgement concluded that Parkam Foods did not deal with Mr Martin's grievances adequately enough under the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003

    12:00 AM — A gay man who was suspended from a food manufacturing company after complaining about homophobic and pornographic graffiti has won a claim of constructive dismissal against his former employer.Chris Martin, a quality assurance assistant at Parkam Foods, a national poultry supplier, complained to his managers in May 2005 after finding offensive pornographic graffiti in the men's toilets, in what his lawyers are calling just one of a number of complaints against the company based on sexual harassment and discrimination laws.

  • Scottish gay adoption bill passes first stage

    The bill aims to counter a significant reduction in families available for vulnerable children by allowing gay and unmarried couples to adopt

    12:00 AM — The Scottish Parliament has given its backing to a new law allowing gay couples to adopt.Despite calls from the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland to oppose the bill, MSPs backed the principles of the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill by 103 votes to eight, with eight abstentions, potentially giving unmarried couples and gay partners the right to adopt children.

  • Childbirth group provides lesbian only classes

    Antenatal classes are an important way for women to prepare for childbirth

    12:00 AM — A national parenting support charity is to open lesbian only ante-natal classes for Bradford mums-to-be.The initiative, led by Sarah Williams, a National Childbirth Trust (NCT) ante-natal teacher is a first in this country and may soon reach the rest of the UK.

  • 12th September 2006

    Sisters argue for gay union and marriage inheritance rights

    Their case will by heard by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg today

    12:00 AM — Two elderly sisters are set to argue for inheritance tax exemptions which usually apply to civil partners and married couples.The siblings have been living together in Wiltshire since they were born, but Joyce, 88, and Sybil Burden, 80, fear that one of them will be left with a large inheritance tax bill when the other passes away.

  • Catholics losing faith over gay adoption

    The bill aims to counter a significant reduction in families available for vulnerable children by allowing gay and unmarried couples to adopt

    12:00 AM — Religious leaders have lost faith in Scotland's First Minister over controversial plans to allow gay couples to adopt.Jack McConnell met clergymen yesterday amid reports that the Bishop of Motherwell, Joseph Devine, a vocal opponent of the Adoption and Children Bill, wrote to Labour and Liberal Democrat MSPs outlining his disillusionment with the Scottish Executive.

  • Gay groups wary after killer escapes jail

    As part of the strategy police forces throughout the UK were notified and this resulted in Gwent Police receiving information from forces in the North of England linking Dewhurst to incidents in that area

    12:00 AM — A man who was jailed for murdering a gay singer in 1992 escaped from jail two months ago, it has been revealed this week.Gay groups are outraged that it has taken Gwent Police so long to inform them that Lee Dewhurst had failed to return to Prescoed open prison in South Wales where he was serving a life sentence for the murder of Stephen O'Hara.

  • Israeli Embassy pink with gay pride

    Perhaps surprisingly, the Israeli Foreign Ministry is considered one of the most developed ministries in the world in terms of its attitude towards diplomats who are recognised as gays and lesbians

    12:00 AM — The Israeli Embassy in Paris has been dubbed "the pink embassy" by Foreign Ministry officials.The nickname was awarded to the embassy after it was revealed that two of its employees are in same-sex relationships and are recognised as 'married' couples by the Foreign Ministry.

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