3rd June 2009
Chicago may appoint ‘anti-gay’ city councillor 5
1:05 PM — The mayor of Chicago may be about to appoint an openly homophobic alderman to its city council, according to reports.
Tribunal rules Catholic charities are breaking the law over gay adoptions 42
10:56 AM — The Charity Tribunal has ruled that Catholic adoption charities which refuse to serve gay couples are breaking the law.
2nd June 2009
Hillary Clinton promises to fight for gay rights abroad 10
7:25 PM — US secretary of state Hillary Clinton said yesterday she will fight for gay rights abroad. Speaking prior to this month's 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, Clinton called the persecution of gays and lesbians "an affront to human decency".
LGBT legal group praises Obama’s nomination of Sotomayor for US Supreme Court 2
6:16 PM — US President Barack Obama's nominee for the vacant seat on the country's Supreme Court is on Capitol Hill this morning meeting with key Senators ahead of her confirmation hearings.
Dick Cheney speaks out in favour of gay marriage 17
3:17 PM — Former US Vice President Dick Cheney has said gay Americans should have the right to get married. Addressing the National Press Club Mr Cheney, whose daughter Mary is a lesbian, said that freedom "means freedom for everyone".
Comment: Barack Obama’s proclamation for LGBT Pride Month 7
1:59 PM — Forty years ago, patrons and supporters of the Stonewall Inn in New York City resisted police harassment that had become all too common for members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.
US President Barack Obama proclaims June to be LGBT Pride Month 17
1:03 PM — The President of the United States yesterday issued a proclamation in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans Pride month.
64% of homophobic incidents in Northern Ireland are not reported 16
12:59 PM — One of the largest surveys on the experiences of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Northern Ireland has revealed many have been the victim of homophobic abuse and violence.
PinkNews.co.uk poll: Tories top pick for gay voters, Greens top for EU election 67
9:18 AM — A survey of PinkNews.co.uk readers has found that support for Labour has dropped dramatically since the last general election. 39 per cent of respondents said they planned to vote Tory in the next general election, compared to only 29 per cent for Labour.
1st June 2009
Spanish Supreme Court rules judges cannot refuse to marry gay couples 3
6:17 PM — The Spanish Supreme Court has ruled that judges in lower courts or in local town halls must marry gay and lesbian couples if required.
Nevada overrides governor’s veto to provide domestic partnerships 2
5:32 PM — The Nevada Assembly has voted 28-14 to override Governor Jim Gibbons' veto of a law allowing domestic partnerships for gay and straight unmarried couples.
Scottish National Party and Catholic Church’s ‘secret plan’ to defy gay adoption laws 53
4:40 PM — The Scottish National Party and the Catholic Church worked together secretly in order to avoid new legislation requiring religious adoption agencies to help gay couples, it has been reported.
Sweden appoints lesbian bishop 4
2:11 PM — The Church of Sweden has appointed a lesbian as the Lutheran bishop of Stockholm. Eva Brunne, who is in a registered partnership, is believed to be the world's first lesbian bishop. She won the post by 413 votes against 365 votes and will succeed Bishop Caroline Krook, who is to retire in November.
New Hampshire reaches compromise on gay marriage 1
1:15 PM — The New Hampshire House and Senate have agreed to change one word and add a sentence to a bill which will allow gay marriage in the state.
Police ‘concern’ over gay murders and rise in homophobic hate crimes 32
11:01 AM — Police have expressed concern over a rise in homophobic violence following a number of murders of gay men. Scotland Yard statistics show a nine per cent rise in homophobic and transphobic offences to 1,372 in the year up to April. Greater Manchester police saw a 63 per cent rise in homophobic crime.
Gay asylum seeker John Bosco Nyombi wins right to stay in UK 35
10:38 AM — Ugandan gay asylum seeker John Bosco Nyombi has finally won asylum in the UK after an eight-year campaign. A High Court judge ruled that his removal had been "manifestly unlawful" as he had been forcibly deported while his case was still under review. He will now seek damages from the government.
29th May 2009
Coalition attempts to block DC gay marriage bill 2
4:23 PM — A group of church leaders and gay marriage opponents formally requested a citywide referendum yesterday to prevent Washington DC passing a law which will recognise gay marriages performed in other states.
Interview: Minister for Europe Caroline Flint 22
12:43 PM — PinkNews.co.uk meets Minister for Europe Caroline Flint, to discuss the BNP, expenses, gay marriage and who she voted for in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Radical Iraq cleric orders ‘depraved’ homosexuality to be eradicated 38
11:55 AM — Moqtada Sadr, a radical Shiite cleric in Iraq, has ordered that the "depravity" of homosexuality must be eradicated, yet urged an end to violence against gays and lesbians.
28th May 2009
California parole board appointee rejected over homophobic comments 3
5:01 PM — An appointee selected by California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to serve on the state's parole board has been rejected over homophobic comments he had made in 1993, despite apologising for his words.