2nd June 2009
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.
David Cameron voted worst politician of the year 75
4:07 PM — Tory leader David Cameron has been voted the worst politician of the year. Cameron, who reportedly plans to prioritise outreach to gay groups, topped the poll of bad politicians in the Gay Times Readers' Awards.
Civil servant escapes jail over gay male prostitute service 4
3:09 PM — An Irish civil servant who was exposed by journalists for running a gay escort service has avoided jail. Eugene Leech, 48, given a six-month suspended sentence at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court after pleading guilty to controlling or directing the activities of prostitutes for gain on dates between May and July in 2005
Majority of Rhode Island residents support gay marriage
1:53 PM — A survey of Rhode Island voters has found that 60 per cent support the introduction of a law allowing gay couples to marry. The New England state is now the only one which does not allow gay marriage.
27th May 2009
Nick Griffin pulls out of Queen’s garden party 26
3:42 PM — BNP leader Nick Griffin has said he will not attend a garden party hosted by Buckingham Palace. The politician was invited by fellow BNP member Richard Barnbrook, but said today he has “no wish to embarrass the Queen”.
Desmond Tutu supports gay clergy 20
3:03 PM — Archbishop Desmond Tutu received a standing ovation when he spoke out in support of gay clergy at the Church of Scotland General Assembly yesterday.
PinkNews.co.uk reader survey: Will the expenses row change your vote in the European Elections? 16
2:33 PM — The European Elections will be held on Thursday June 4th and the recent furore over expenses, coupled with the rise of the BNP, are expected to substantially increase the turnout. PinkNews.co.uk is inviting UK readers to take part in a survey on how they plan to vote. To take the survey, please click here.
Stars out in force to oppose Prop 8 ruling 6
12:50 PM — Celebrities such as Kelly Osbourne, Perez Hilton, Pete Wentz, and Emmy Rossum joined the vocal protesters who marched on Los Angeles yesterday to demonstrate their opposition to the California Supreme Court's decision not to overturn the ban on gay marriage.
Gay minister faces new challenge in ‘disrepute’ allegation 11
12:18 PM — Openly gay minister Scott Rennie, whose appointment threatened to split the Church of Scotland, is facing a new challenge after it was claimed his congregation had not known he was gay.