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  • 24th May 2007

    Gay couple settle adoption lawsuit

    As part of the settlement, the site's owners agreed to stop doing business with California residents.

    10:40 AM — A Californian couple has settled a lawsuit against Adoption.com, an Arizona-based website that refused to let them post a profile in the hopes of finding a birth mother.As part of the settlement, the site's owners agreed to stop doing business with California residents.According to the Associated Press, the company could have kept doing business in the state if they had been willing to let same-sex couples participate, but they were not.

  • 23rd May 2007

    Married woman in court over civil partnership 2

    It is thought to be the first case of its kind since civil partnerships became legal in December 2005.

    2:30 PM — A married woman will appear before a court on charges of making a false statement to a registrar, after she allegedly illegally entered into a civil partnership.Suzanne Mitchell appeared before Shrewsbury magistrates today and was given unconditional bail.She is to appear at Shrewsbury Crown Court for a plea hearing on 9th July. The 29-year-old lives in Wingfield Gardens in the town.

  • London Tory leader announces civil partnership 1

    Sir Simon, 45, chose to reveal his sexuality and his partnership plans to the  Evening Standard  newspaper.

    1:20 PM — The head of one of London's leading local authorities has publicly come out and announced he is to enter into a civil partnership.Sir Simon Milton is the leader of Westminster council and close to Conservative leader David Cameron.He is expected to be offered a seat in the Lords and possibly a job in government if the Tories win the next election.

  • Lesbian candidate a first for Japan

    If she wins, she'll be the first openly LGBT national politician ever in Japan.

    12:49 PM — Japan's second largest political party, the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), announced that Kanako Otsuji, the first openly lesbian politician in Japan, will be one of the party's official candidates for this summer's National Diet (parliament) election.Ms Otsuji, 32, was elected as an Osaka Assembly Member in April 2003.In August 2005, she came out of the closet in her book Coming Out.

  • Turned away from homeless shelter for being gay 1

    Only intervention by a concerned Chicago city employee prevented Wang from spending another night on the streets.

    10:31 AM — A Chicago woman denied access to a city-funded homeless shelter on a cold November evening because she is a lesbian is challenging the discrimination she experienced.The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois recently announced the filing of complaints with the City of Chicago Commission on Human Relations and the State of Illinois Department of Human Rights on behalf of Michelle Wang.

  • Analysis: British attitudes to gays are changing 28

    12:06 AM — The Stonewall survey published today is one of the most wide-ranging examinations of attitudes in the Britain towards the gay community.The results are heartening - even 49% of Daily Telegraph readers think that prejudice against gay and lesbian people should be tackled.Here, PinkNews.co.uk gives you some in-depth analysis of this landmark piece of research.

  • Survey reveals most Brits support gay rights 28

    Almost one in seven respondents have witnessed homophobic bullying in the workplace.

    12:03 AM — A in-depth survey of more than 2,000 people from all backgrounds, ages and religious beliefs across Britain has found that the vast majority of them are not homophobic.Britons are on the whole comfortable with gay people and believe that discrimination against gay, lesbian and bisexual people should be tackled.Only one in 20 people said they don't like lesbians and gay men.

  • 22nd May 2007

    South African churches reject gay weddings

    Last year South Africa made history as the first country in Africa, and only the fifth in the world to legalise same-sex marriages.

    5:56 PM — Four Christian churches in South Africa have said they will not bless same-sex marriages because they say they are "contrary to scripture."The Anglican Church, Catholic Church, Baptist Church and Presbyterian Church have all confirmed that they will not officiate or bless gay unions.The Methodist Church is still undecided on the issue. Same-sex unions are legal in South Africa.

  • Homophobic bullying not an issue for MEPs 57

    The declaration called for member states to support their gay communities.

    5:05 PM — Only 239 out of 785 members of the European Parliament have signed a declaration against homophobic bullying.Liberal Democrat MEP Baroness Sarah Ludford, a member of the European Parliament's intergroup on gay and lesbian rights, said:"While this result clearly signifies that combating homophobic bullying is more than a marginal issue for MEPs, we must work harder to make a majority understand the degree of misery and exclusion it can cause."

  • Lithuanians protest against diversity 2

    This is the latest of many homophobic incidents in Lithuania in the past few months.

    3:28 PM — Anti-gay feeling has reached new heights in Lithuania after a Swedish ambassador called for tolerance towards LGBT people.Ambassador Malin Karre delivered a speech to the Lithuanian Parliament on Wednesday May 16th to commemorate the International Day of Fighting Homophobia.She told the Lithuanian parliament that the Swedish government was "opposed to any goals to trample human rights, including the rights of people with non-traditional sexual orientation."

  • Republican presidential candidates want gay marriage ban 57

    Outsider Sam Brownback wants to ban gay marriage across America

    1:29 PM — Republican presidential candidates Sam Brownback and Mike Huckabee have both announced their support for a ban on gay marriage across America.Speaking at a Florida Family Policy Council dinner on Saturday night, the outsiders stuck to a strong message on family values.Kansas Senator Brownback said: "You need to redefine the definition of marriage as a union of a man and a woman. It's critical."

  • Gay bishop excluded from Anglican conference 17

    The worldwide Anglican communion have been at loggerheads over the issues of homosexuality and same-sex unions ever since a Gene Robinson, an openly gay man, was ordained as a bishop.

    1:20 PM — The controversial Bishop of New Hampshire has not been invited to the Lambeth Conference next year, Lambeth Palace revealed today.Conservative and liberal branches of the worldwide Anglican communion have been at loggerheads over the issues of homosexuality and same-sex unions ever since a Gene Robinson, an openly gay man, was ordained as a bishop in the US in 2003.

  • Euro MPs speak up for Moscow Pride 4

    Last week Russian pop duo t.A.T.u. released a statement on their official website announcing they want to attend Moscow Pride.

    12:57 PM — Members of the European Parliament have written to the Mayor of Moscow urging him to respect human rights and allow a gay Pride parade this weekend to go ahead.Marco Cappato, an Italian MEP and Dutch parliamentarian Sophie In't Veld's open letter to Yuri Luzhkov asks him to authorise Sunday's "March in support for tolerance and respect for the rights and freedoms of homosexual people in Russia."Organisers of the Pride event in Moscow have applied to the city for permission to march.

  • Church report into homophobia advocates “ex-gay” counselling

    The church also advocates controversial re-orientation counselling that champions the idea of “converting“ gay people.

    11:45 AM — Northern Ireland's largest Protestant church has produced a report on homophobia which has been accused of being homophobic.The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has over 300,000 members and 560 congregations in Ireland.Its controversial report by the Social Issues and Resources Panel will not be published until June, but was leaked to the BBC.

  • Trans man jailed in Pakistan over marriage

    The court had then called the bride's father, Tariq Hussain, who testified that Raj was a woman.

    11:45 AM — A couple have been jailed after doctors concluded the groom was actually a woman, despite gender reassignment surgery.A court in Lahore, Pakistan said that Shumain Raj, 31, and Shahzina Tariq, 26, married last year, in defiance of Islamic law.Mr Raj initially brought the marriage to the attention of the court, when he complained about threats from his wife's relatives.

  • Girl reunited with lesbian carer 1

    Parrott found Hadaway and her attorney in contempt of court, and sentenced them to jail time and a fine.

    10:12 AM — After almost three months, a seven-year-old girl has been reunited with the woman in whose care she'd thrived for almost a year before being sent to live in a crowded foster home.The child had been held in foster care since Feb. 20th, when a judge took her away from her home after he learned that she was being raised by a lesbian.Elizabeth Hadaway she first took in the little girl when the child's biological mother asked her to raise and adopt Emma.

  • 21st May 2007

    Opposition parties differ on homophobic incitement law 2

    A law protecting LGBT people similar to the Racial and Religious Hatred Act is a key campaigning aim of gay equality organisation Stonewall.

    5:39 PM — The Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties have responded to the discussion of an offence of homophobic incitement.Candidates for the Deputy Leader of the Labour party have given their support to such a law.Peter Hain, Harriet Harman and Alan Johnson all backed calls for a new law to outlaw anti-gay hatred. Hazel Blears said it was one way forward alongside other measures such as better support for victims.

  • Interview: Peter Hain sets out his stall

    Mr Hain himself greets me in a suitably grand office, as befits his status of Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Wales.

    3:00 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusiveWith the "battle" for the leadership of the Labour party over before it even started, all eyes are now on the deputy role. A lack of choice is hardly an issue in this race, with six MPs jockeying to fill John Prescott's shoes.Tony Grew met with contender Peter Hain to discuss gay rights in the UK and in Europe and to find out why the former anti-apartheid campaigner believes he is the best person to become deputy leader of a party desperate for a fourth term of office.

  • Homophobic poster campaign fails to swing Swiss voters

    The referendum result means same-sex couples will be exempt from inheritance tax if when one of them dies.

    1:47 PM — An overwhelming majority of voters in Geneva have voted in favour of granting gay and lesbian couples equal inheritance rights and other benefits.In a referendum yesterday 83% voted in favour of the changes, which were supported by all political parties except the Swiss People's Party (UDC).The right-wing party caused outrage earlier this month with advertising posters opposing the changes calling gay couples infertile.

  • Deputy leadership candidates support gay hate law 2

    Gay equality organisation Stonewall welcomed the support for a new law on homophobic incitement.

    1:12 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive Peter Hain, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and Wales, has said he would personally support new legislation outlawing incitement to homophobia.In an interview with PinkNews.co.uk, Mr Hain said that the government must make sure there are no hate crimes against any group in the UK.In January Home Office minister Tony McNulty vowed to review homophobic incitement laws.

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