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  • 6th March 2008

    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.

  • Pope praises US opposition to gay rights 26

    The Pope will visit Washington and New York between April 15th and 20th.

    12:36 PM — The leader of the Roman Catholic church has welcomed the new United States Ambassador to the Vatican with praise for her country's opposition to abortion and gay marriage.Mary Ann Glendon, a close friend of President Bush, took up her appointment last month.Speaking in English Pope Benedict XVI said that he is "looking forward" to his five-day trip to the US next month.

  • Dutch stand up for gays at UN Human Rights council 1

    The UN Human Rights Council was established in 2006, and is holding its seventh session in Geneva from 3rd to 28th March.

    11:40 AM — The Foreign Minister of the Netherlands today told an international meeting that gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people deserve equal rights.Maxime Verhagen made his remarks at the opening session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.In a wide-ranging speech he highlighted the rights of "children in Uzbekistan picking cotton for long hours for little or no wages" and proposed the EU move to ban on the sale of goods that have been produced "using any form of slavery."

  • Lesbian group criticise police in Croatia

    Ten people were injured when violence broke out at the gay Pride march in Zagreb.

    10:40 AM — A group representing lesbians in Croatia has questioned why only one person has been prosecuted for attacking last year's Pride parade in the capital city of Zagreb.Last week Josip Situm was convicted of endangering lives and property and ordered to undergo psychiatric treatment while behind bars after being found guilty of a hate crime.Police spotted him at the Pride event in Zagreb on 7th July 2007 with petrol bombs, but he fled the scene. Ten people were injured when violence broke out at the gay Pride march in Zagreb.

  • Battle for same-sex marriage continues in California

    Barring same-sex couples from marriage unconstitutionally discriminates on the basis of sex and violates the fundamental right to marry.

    10:30 AM — The California Supreme Court will today hear final arguments from same-sex couples who want access to civil marriage in the state.Attorneys will argue that California violates its own constitution by denying same-sex partners the right to marry.The California Supreme Court agreed to hear the case in 2006 after the California Court of Appeal reversed a decision by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard A. Kramer.

  • 3rd March 2008

    Obama uses Bible to defend civil unions 3

    Senator Obama continues to gain ground in the key primaries of Ohio and Texas, which will be held tomorrow.

    12:55 PM — Presidential candidate Barack Obama has defended his support of civil unions by referring to the Sermon on the Mount.The famous sermon given by Jesus, which includes the Beatitudes, the instruction to 'turn the other cheek' and the Lord's Prayer, is found in the book of Matthew in the New Testament.Senator Obama is thought to have been referring to Jesus' instruction to: "Do to others what you would have them do to you."

  • Jamaican gays reject tourist boycott over homophobia 2

    Hatred for gay people is often publicly expressed by political and religious leaders in Jamaica.

    12:35 PM — J-Flag, the Jamaican lesbian and gay rights group, has rejected calls for a tourist boycott in protest at homophobia on the island.Canadian newspapers have been focusing on the prejudice and violence gay people face in Jamaica since a leading activist sought asylum there, and some have called for Canadians to refuse to holiday in the popular destination.In a statement released yesterday, J-Flag, Jamaica's Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays, said it shared the frustration at the "slow progress towards transforming the social climate."

  • MP targeted by “Satan” after gay earthquake comments 14

    Shlomo Benizri, who is a member of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, has been targeted by someone using the name “Satan.“

    12:02 PM — A member of Israel's parliament who generated headlines across the world when he linked earthquakes to gay rights has been receiving death threats.Shlomo Benizri, who is a member of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, has been targeted by someone using the name "Satan."The Jerusalem Post reports: "It is unknown if those threats are connected to a suspicious envelope filled with white powder that the MK received last week."

  • Bishop stresses civil partnership is not marriage 3

    The term 'gay marriage' is often used to describe civil partnerships, despite significant differences.

    11:30 AM — A Church of England bishop has said it is "careless" to refer to civil partnerships as marriages.The Right Reverend Jonathan Gledhill, Bishop of Lichfield, also attacked the government for weakening the status of marriage."Most of my gay friends would want to distinguish between marriage, which is something that happens for a man and a woman," he said.

  • Civil partnership for senior Tory 7

    Mr Duncan, 50, is the Shadow Secretary of State for Business,  Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and MP for Rutland and Melton.

    10:55 AM — After a whirlwind 14-month romance leading Conservative MP Alan Duncan has proposed to his boyfriend.He met 39-year-old James Dunseath at a dinner arranged by friends and proposed to him on Valentine's Day during a holiday in Oman. They are expected to hold a civil partnership ceremony later this year.Mr Duncan, 50, is the Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and MP for Rutland and Melton.

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