23rd June 2009
Gay Mormons seek ‘reconciliation’ and an ‘apology’ from church leaders 10
1:33 PM — A website launched by current and former Mormons has petitioned leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to show “understanding” and “forgiveness” towards the gay and lesbian community.
BNP could face court injunction over membership policy 12
1:07 PM — The British National Party may face legal action over its membership policy, which essentially bans non-white people from joining the party.
US military gay ban ‘linked to poor performance’ 2
11:14 AM — Research has suggested that the ban on openly gay personnel serving in the US military may be lowering performance to life-threatening levels.
Lesbian parents test Florida adoption law 5
10:23 AM — The case of Lara Embry and Kimberly Ryan, two lesbians who adopted each others' daughters and are now separated, has forced the gay adoption issue in Florida into further deliberation.
22nd June 2009
Northern Ireland pastor calls homosexuality ‘an abomination’ 44
5:39 PM — The pastor of a Northern Ireland church has attacked homosexuality, saying it is associated with shortened lifespans and mental health problems and that people should change themselves.
Tories join with ‘homophobic’ Polish party in Europe 51
4:12 PM — The Conservative Party has joined with the Polish Law and Justice Party in Europe, it was announced today. The Polish party has been accused of homophobia, antisemitism and racism.
Florida synagogue to offer ‘covenant of love’ ceremonies to gay couples 7
3:11 PM — The Temple Sholom synagogue in Pompano Beach, Florida, has placed adverts in a local Jewish newspaper offering 'Jewish Covenant of Love” ceremonies to gay couples.
Gay New Zealand man beaten to death with banjo 8
1:20 PM — The trial of a Hungarian tourist who allegedly killed a 69-year-old gay man with a banjo has begun today in the Auckland High Court.
US census to count married gay couples 5
1:12 PM — US Census Bureau officials have said that the 2010 census will count married gay couples, despite previous statements that they would not be recognised.
Irish civil partnerships could be enacted by end of the year 9
11:33 AM — Irish minister for justice Dermot Ahern has said he will soon seek cabinet approval for a civil partnerships bill which could be enacted by the end of the year.
Christian registrar demoted for refusing to officiate civil partnerships 36
11:10 AM — Theresa Davies, a registrar for Islington Council, has claimed she was forced out of her post as registrar because of her religious beliefs against civil partnerships.
Man raped by taxi driver in Salford 12
11:00 AM — A 20-year-old man was raped by a taxi driver in Salford at around 6am on Sunday morning. The man had been out in the city centre when he got into a silver VW Passatt private hire car, with a taxi sign roof light, on Quay Street near the junction with Water Street.
Judge under investigation for nine-month affair with rent boy 21
10:51 AM — A senior judge is being investigated over an alleged affair with a male prostitute. Judge Gerald Price QC, 60, who is married with two children, reportedly had a nine-month relationship with 25-year-old Christopher Williams, allowing him to sit in court and see confidential documents.
19th June 2009
Gay couple win $15,000 compensation from bullying neighbours 5
5:13 PM — A Vancouver family has been forced to pay $15,000 to a gay couple following two years of homophobic abuse.
President of Iran admits gays do exist in his country as 700-strong crowd protests in London 39
4:42 PM — Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accused his opponents to pandering to the gay vote, despite previously saying gays do not exist in his country.
Identity of New Zealand man who ‘deliberately infected partners with HIV’ revealed 9
3:18 PM — The identity of a New Zealand man accused of deliberately infecting his sexual partners with HIV has been revealed by a court.
Lawsuit brought against DC decision to recognise gay marriage
12:36 PM — A group of same-sex marriage opponents has brought a lawsuit against the Washington DC council, claiming that its refusal to hold a referendum on the decision to recognise gay marriages from other states “must be legally challenged”.
Tax advice for gays criticised as ‘unnecessary’ 40
12:30 PM — Tax advice for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans people published by HM Revenue and Customs has been criticised as unnecessary.
Maine gay marriage opponents hire firm which led Proposition 8 campaign
11:52 AM — Opponents of gay marriage in Maine have hired the public relations firm which was instrumental in bringing about Proposition 8, the initiative that banned gay marriage in California.
18th June 2009
Peter Tatchell calls for UK intervention after Gibraltar defeats equal age of consent 66
6:10 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has called for Foreign Secretary David Miliband to intervene after Gibraltar today voted to defeat a bill equalising the age of consent for gay men.