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  • 8th February 2008

    Bishop must pay £47,000 compensation to gay man 6

    Mr Reaney was interviewed by a panel of eight people for the post of Youth Officer in the Diocese of Hereford in summer 2006.

    10:15 AM — An employment tribunal has ruled that the Bishop of Hereford must pay £47,345 in compensation to John Reaney, the gay man who brought a claim of discrimination claim against him.The case was supported and funded by Stonewall.Mr Reaney was interviewed by a panel of eight people for the post of Youth Officer in the Diocese of Hereford in summer 2006.

  • 7th February 2008

    Homophobic Islamic cleric to be extradited to US 5

    US authorities want to put Hamza on trial for allegedly running a terrorist “training camp“ in Oregon between 1998 and 2000.

    7:50 PM — Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri is be extradited to the United States to face terrorist charges, the Home Secretary has announced.In 2006 he was convicted and jailed for seven years by a British court on charges of inciting murder and race hate.His numerous lectures and sermons targeted homosexual vicars, the tourist industry, the Royal Family and women in bikinis.

  • LGBT Muslims condemn ban on homophobic preacher 19

    The Home Office today announced  Dr al-Qaradawi would be refused entry over concerns his presence “could foster inter-community violence.“

    6:45 PM — Europe's largest support group for Muslim LGBT people has expressed concern that the decision to bar a controversial Islamic scholar from the UK could contribute to Islamophobia.Imaan has released a statement joining mainstream Muslim groups concerned at the Home Office decision to ban Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi.The spiritual leader of Islamicist organisation the Muslim Brotherhood is known to have supported suicide bombings in Israel.

  • Politicians dismiss Archbishop’s Islamic law comments 50

    A Downing St spokesman said that aspects of Islamic law could never be justified for breaking UK laws.

    6:30 PM — The Prime Minister's spokesman has distanced him from comments by the Archbishop of Canterbury concerning the introduction of aspects of Sharia law in the UK.Dr Rowan Williams said earlier today that a "constructive accommodation" must be found over issues such as divorce and added that people should not imagine "we know exactly what we mean by Sharia and just associate it with Saudi Arabia."A Downing St spokesman said that aspects of Islamic law could never be justified for breaking UK laws.

  • Romney withdraws from White House race

    He was weakened by defeat in Iowa at the hands of Huckabee and in New Hampshire at the hands of McCain.

    6:02 PM — Mitt Romney has dropped out of the contest to become the Republican party nominee for President of the United States.The former Governor of Massachusetts met with aides most of yesterday to discuss his next step.On Tuesday, when almost half of the states chose a Republican candidate, he was roundly defeated by Senator John McCain and lost a string of Southern states to Mike Huckabee, the former Governor of Arkansas.

  • California and New York gays voted for Hillary 7

    Senator Clinton, 60, won eight states, including many with large populations and therefore a high number of delegates.

    4:10 PM — Exit polling during Super Tuesday's Democratic primaries in two key states found that a clear majority of gay, lesbian and bisexual voters supported Hillary Clinton.The Advocate reports that in California, the most populous state in the US, 4% of voters told pollsters they are gay, lesbian or bisexual and 63% voted for the Former First Lady, with 29% voting for Barack Obama.In New York, the only other state where voters were asked about their sexuality, 7% said they were LGB.

  • “Gay wedding” men released from jail in Senegal 5

    Senegal is one of the few Francophone African countries that penalises homosexuality.

    3:35 PM — A group of men arrested in Senegal on suspicion of homosexuality have been released from prison.Seven arrested last weekend in Dakar, the Senegalese capital, were released yesterday, according to Radio France Internationale.The arrests followed the publication in local magazine Icones photographs of a "marriage ceremony" between two Senegalese men.Sources report that the photographs were sold to the magazine by the photographer for 1,500,000 CFA francs (£1,500).

  • Sharia law will be recognised in UK predicts Archbishop 51

    Dr Rowan Williams said that a “constructive accommodation“ must be found over issues such as divorce.

    3:15 PM — The head of the Anglican communion has said he think it is "unavoidable" that some parts of Muslim Sharia law will be adopted in Britain.Speaking on BBC Radio 4, Dr Rowan Williams said that a "constructive accommodation" must be found over issues such as divorce and said that people should not imagine "that we know exactly what we mean by Sharia and just associate it with Saudi Arabia."However, the Archbishop went on to criticise the practice of Sharia law in some Muslim states.

  • Interest rate fall good news for homeowners 1

    An average £100,000 mortgage will only reduce by £16 and not all mortgage holders will see a reduction.

    1:45 PM — LGBT homeowners will benefit from another reduction in interest rates by the Bank of England, the second in three months.The Bank's Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) voted to reduce rates by a quarter of one percent to 5.25 per cent.An average £100,000 mortgage will only reduce by £16 and not all mortgage holders will see a reduction.The US Federal reserve last month slashed rates by a total of 1.25 per cent.

  • Dutch OK with gay, atheist, female Prime Minister 1

    Given the Dutch reputation for tolerance, some of the figures are surprising. photo: thepatrick@flickr.com

    1:10 PM — 78% of voters in Holland would be comfortable with a homosexual leader, a wide-ranging opinion poll has revealed.Under a third would find an Islamic Prime Minister acceptable, while just 33% would be happy with a fundamentalist Christian.21,000 members of popular TV programme EenVandaag's opinion panel gave their views.34% would accept a PM who visits prostitutes and 26% one who took hard drugs such as heroin.

  • Christians present petition opposing gay adoption 9

    Andrew McClintock, a leading member of the CPA unsuccessfully tried to opt out of gay adoptions on religious grounds.

    12:55 PM — A lobby group called the Christian People's Alliance (CPA) has presented a petition with 838 signatures to Sheffield City Council protesting that gay people can adopt.The action was inspired by the case of former magistrate Andrew McClintock, a leading member of the CPA, who tried unsuccessfully to opt out of approving gay adoptions on religious grounds.A key part of his case was that as a magistrate he has to act in the best interests of the child and that placing them with gay people was detrimental to them.

  • Judge reduces hate church compensation payout 1

    Members of the church have led over 22,000 demonstrations since 1991.

    12:35 PM — Westboro Baptist Church must pay $5m (£2.5m) in compensation to a soldier's father who sued them for protesting outside his son's funeral a judge has ruled.At an earlier hearing last October Albert Synder was awarded $10.9m for emotional distress and invasion of privacy.The Kansas church, led by Reverend Fred Phelps, is known for its protests at military funerals where its members attribute America's problems to its liberal stance towards homosexuality.

  • Hate preacher refused UK entry visa 19

    al-Qaradawi is banned from entering the United States, but has visited Sweden and France in recent times.

    12:05 PM — An Islamic preacher who has called for gay people to be put to death has been denied entry into the UK for medical treatment.Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, 80, was at the centre of a row in 2004 when he spoke at an event in City Hall as a guest of London Mayor Ken Livingstone, who was then heavily criticised by gay rights campaigners and Jewish organisations for inviting him.The spiritual leader of Islamicist organisation the Muslim Brotherhood, Dr Qaradawi is known to have supported suicide bombings in Israel.

  • 6th February 2008

    Clinton retains slight lead in delegate count 7

    Counts are on-going and GayWired.com will continue to update these numbers throughout the day.

    10:00 PM — Every delegate counts, Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are finding, as the fight for the Democratic nomination continues the morning after Super Tuesday.According to CNN.com, at current count, Clinton has the slight edge over the Senator from Illinois—823 total delegates to his 731.And while Clinton took several key states—among them California, Massachusetts and New York.

  • Poll exposes high levels of Russian homophobia

    In December's poll 84% of respondents said they find homosexuality morally unacceptable.

    4:30 PM — New data released yesterday in Moscow has found that just 5% of Russians do not view homosexuality as morally unacceptable.The Levada-Centre, a well-respected polling organisation, held a poll last year and found that negative attitudes to gay people are on the increase.Just last year 47% of people condemned LGB people. In December's poll 84% of respondents said they find homosexuality morally unacceptable reports Kommersant.com.

  • Obama and Clinton both win on Super Tuesday

    42% of the total delegates to the Democratic convention were apportioned yesterday.

    3:00 PM — With the results from yesterday's primaries and caucuses in nearly half of the United States counted, it appears that the Republicans have chosen their candidate for President while the Democrats are still unable to choose between a woman and a black man.Senator John McCain, the 71-year-old war hero and former Vietnam prisoner of war, took nine of the 21 states voting in the Republican contests.The big surprise of the night was former Governor of Arkansas Mike Hucakee.

  • Keep up to date with Stonewall’s work for gay equality 2

    Stonewall's campaigning has led to a catalogue of legislative changes.

    3:00 PM — Stonewall, the UK's leading gay, lesbian and bisexual equality organisation is actively involved in a range of areas, from campaigning for legislation to working towards workplace equality, from media monitoring to tackling homophobia in schools.Now you can keep up to date with Stonewall's work by signing up to their monthly e-bulletin. Sent straight to your inbox, it provides a regular update of progress in the charity's vital work for justice and equality. To sign up, simply click here.

  • Questions over MrCain’s eligibility for Presidency

    Where do we draw the line at who can run for the highest office in America?

    2:50 PM — With Arizona Senator John McCain finishing on Super Tuesday as the likely Republican presidential front runner, a strange new question about his eligibility for the office has bubbled up on the internet.As someone born in the Panama Canal Zone, is McCain a "natural born" US citizen, as required of the President by the country's Constitution?In an op-ed piece posted this week, American Voice Radio's Francis Steffan states that John McCain is not eligible for the position of President of the United States, because he is not a "natural born citizen."

  • Egypt accused of criminalising HIV positive gay men

    On Saturday a Cairo appeals court upheld their one-year prison sentence.

    1:11 PM — Four men convicted last month by a court in Cairo of consensual homosexual sex are the victims of state prejudice against people with HIV, according to a leading human rights organisation.A series of arrests began when one man, challenged by police during a street altercation with another man, told officers he is HIV positive.Both were arrested and investigated for homosexual conduct and had to undergo anal examinations that would be used as "proof" they had sex, says Human Rights Watch.

  • April elections likely in Italy after dissolution of parliament

    If new elections bring Mr Berlusconi and his allies back into office the gay rights agenda is likely to be abandoned completely.

    12:25 PM — The President of Italy today formally dissolved the country's parliament after the coalition government fell apart last month.Romano Prodi, who resigned as Prime Minister but remained in a caretaker role, is expected to hold a cabinet meeting later today to fix a date for new elections.Reports from Rome indicate that April 13th or 14th are the most likely dates. Romano Prodi's government fell after he lost a vote of confidence in the Italian Senate last week.

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