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  • 18th April 2007

    Analysis: Pope’s birthday a time for reflection 1

    Venturing into politics, the Pontiff has given a stark warning to Catholic politicians that the faith's values are “not negotiable.“

    5:51 PM — As Benedict XVI, 80 this week, approaches his third year of his Papal reign there is little evidence to suggest that he his about to loosen his conservative grip.Since his election on April 19 2005, the leader of the world's 800 million Roman Catholics has taken an increasingly tough line in areas such abortion and same-sex marriage.

  • Aruba must recognise Dutch gay weddings

    Aruba is a 32km-long island in the Caribbean Sea that lies 27 km north of the Paraguaná Peninusla and Venezuela.

    2:00 PM — The Netherlands' supreme court has ruled that legislation allowing same-sex unions must be recognized in Aruba, a constituent country of Holland.The decision follows a row over a same-sex couple who were denied the right to register their union in Aruba's civil register.Aruba refused to recognise same-sex marriages in 2005 although it did legalise homosexual relations between consenting adults in private.

  • Gay Pride banned despite court ruling

    A government committee banned the march on the grounds that it could pose a public disorder threat.

    12:52 PM — For the third year in a row, Moldovan authorities have banned the gay pride march in the capital of Chisinau.Moldova is not part of the EU, but is influenced by its neighbour Romania, an EU member state since January 2007.The small landlocked country of 4m people gained independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

  • Tory MP worried by polygamous gay immigrants 7

    In all countries that have legalised gay marriage or any other form of same-sex recognition, polygamy is illegal.

    12:31 PM — A backbench Conservative MP has expressed concern that polygamous gay men or lesbians will be able to move to the UK and claim multiple benefits.David Davies told the Daily Mail that current provision which allows Muslims with more than one spouse to claim benefits for additional wives is unacceptable.

  • Anglican head says Bible’s “gay” message misinterpreted

    Williams argued that a strict theological reading of the text would not allow a Christian to condemn others or find fault in their actions.

    11:45 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has accused anti-gay conservative Christians of misinterpreting a key biblical passage written by Saint Paul almost 2,000 years ago.Rowan Williams, the spiritual leader of the world's 77 million Anglicans, is on a visit to Canada."Many current ways of reading miss the actual direction of the passage," Williams said.

  • Comment – It’s all change in France, Turkey and Britain 5

    The socialist Madame Royal has by far been the most vocal supporter for gay rights.

    11:34 AM — Across the continent, new leaders will be taking charge. What does it mean for gays? Ben Leung reports. For those of us living in Europe, the next six weeks could well be one of those extraordinary periods that future generations look back on with fascination.With two monumental elections taking place at either end of the continent - France in the west and Turkey in the east.

  • US lawmakers mock gender reassignment 1

    Another Republican asked if deer were going to be issued with new documents after they are neutered.

    10:45 AM — A bill which would have made it easier for people who have undergone gender reassignment to get new birth certificate has been treated with ridicule by Illinois representatives.The state's House of Representatives discussed the bill yesterday, and the comments of several members were accused of "serious insensitivity."The state of Illinois already allows for new birth certificates to be issued to people who undergo gender reassignment surgery in the US.

  • Iraqi gays victims of “sexual cleansing” 3

    Salim criticises the government for refusing to offer any protection to its LGBT citizens.

    10:12 AM — The lesbian and gay community in Iraq have called for urgent action from the international community to protect LGBT people in the country.The groups have labelled the violence in Iraq aimed at gay people "sexual cleansing," and say that the number of victims is growing on a daily basis.The last three months have seen the most bloodshed.

  • 17th April 2007

    Could drag past scupper Presidential dreams?

    The former mayor's drag performances are already showing up on YouTube.

    5:59 PM — The campaign of presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani could be damaged by his past as a drag queen, political experts say.Giuliani , the former Mayor of New York, has only appeared in drag in public a handful of times.At an annual political roast in 1997, Giuliani came on stage wearing a platinum blonde wig, makeup and a pink gown.

  • Gay activists focus on stopping the BNP 10

    Regarded as no more than a extreme minority group a decade ago, the BNP took their first three seats on Burnley council in 2002.

    5:03 PM — OutRage!, the gay rights action group, has urged LGBT people and their friends to vote in the elections on 3rd May to defeat the BNP.Elections will be held for the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly and for various councils across England.The BNP is openly homophobic, racist and Islamophobic, but claim they merely represent the views of British working-class white people.

  • Howard backs down over ban on HIV+ migrants

    Mr Howard's comments could be in breach of Australia's anti-discrimination legislation.

    2:59 PM — The Prime Minister of Australia has been forced to abandon plans to refuse entry to HIV positive migrants and refugees.A government spokesman has said that the commitment made by John Howard will be "quietly dishonoured," after he came under fire from HIV/AIDS groups.The HIV/AIDS Legal Centre said that HIV positive patients were already barred from entry into Australia in most cases.

  • London Muslims overwhelmingly oppose gays 57

    More than 80% of the public think sex outside marriage is acceptable, with only 10% of Muslims agreeing.

    1:56 PM — An in-depth survey into the attitudes of Muslims living in London has revealed that less than 5% think homosexual acts are "acceptable," compared with over 65% of the general populationThe Gallup poll, reported in The Times, found that Muslims differed significantly with the rest of the capital's population in their attitudes to a range of social questions.More than 80% of the public think sex outside marriage is acceptable, with only 10% of Muslims agreeing.

  • Williams to meet with American Anglicans 1

    The next Lambeth conference, which is held every decade to discuss global doctrine, will meet next year.

    11:58 AM — The Archbishop of Canterbury has announced plans to meet with the church in the US to discuss gay priests and same-sex marriage.Rowan Williams, the spiritual head of Anglicans worldwide, warned yesterday that the controversial issue could divide the church.Williams is currently visiting Canada.

  • Maoist rebels told to stop gay bashing

    Human Rights Watch said the kidnapping shows the need for all parties in Nepal to endorse protections for full equality.

    11:50 AM — The Communist Party of Nepal must stop anti-gay violence by its cadres and renounce anti-gay rhetoric, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to lawmakers.The former rebel Maoists are now part of the Nepalese governmentIn the most recent known example of discriminatory attacks, Maoist soldiers detained a woman and a teenage girl accused of having a sexual relationship.

  • Gay marriage stunned Canadian PM 1

    Same-sex marriage was cemented in law throughout Canada in 2005 by the Civil Marriage Act.

    11:12 AM — The former Prime Minister of Canada, Jean Chretien, has admitted that he was "stunned" by court rulings legalising gay marriage.In 2003, the last year of Chretien's premiership, eight out of ten Canadian provinces legalised gay marriage through a series of court rulings.Gay couples have had access to most rights associated with marriage since 1999.

  • 16th April 2007

    BB homophobe’s posters targeted

    Before the start of the election campaign, SCP posters were put up in parts of Glasgow, only to be ripped down again.

    5:41 PM — A candidate for a Christian party in the Scottish elections has complained that he is the victim of vandalism and theft.Tom Forrest gained press attention three years ago when he refused to take a booking for two gay men at his Bed Breakfast establishment.He is standing as a candidate for the Scottish Christian Party in the elections on May 3rd.

  • Church of England gay policy incoherent, tribunal told 11

    Bishop Priddis told the tribunal that he decided not to hire Mr Reaney as he felt he would not be able to remain celibate.

    4:55 PM — An employment tribunal in Cardiff heard today that the attitude of the Church of England towards gay people is inconsistent.Youth worker John Reaney is bringing the Hereford Diocesan Board of Finance to the tribunal, claiming that he was discriminated against on the grounds of his sexuality.Mr Reaney was previously employed as a youth officer for the Norwich and Chester Church of England diocese.

  • Anti-cruising councillor victim of hate campaign 2

    Local residents and allotment users had complained about gangs of men using areas of the park for sex during the day.

    3:51 PM — A Lib Dem candidate for Birmingham City Council is being targeted by a hate campaign after complaining about gay men using a local park for sex.Michael Mullaney is standing for re-election in the Moseley and Kings Heath ward.He used YouTube to highlight anti-social behaviour by gay cruisers. It has now been decided to cut back the bushes in Highbury Park.

  • Slow passage of gay adoption in Colorado

    The bill does not allow a gay couple to adopt a child that is un-related to either partner, leaving intact Colorado's law prohibiting such adoptions.

    11:35 AM — Same-sex couples can adopt each other's children in Colorado thanks to a bill given preliminary approval Wednesday by the state Senate.The bill passed on a party line voice vote over the objections of critics who accused majority Democrats of trying to override the voters' will."This bill is about the homosexual agenda, and it's not about what's best for children," said state Senator Scott Renfroe.

  • 13th April 2007

    Scrap faith schools, teachers conference told

    Last month MPs on the Commons education committee singled out the Roman Catholic church for criticism.

    5:35 PM — A radical proposal to remove all state funding from religious schools was defeated at the NASUWT conference in Belfast yesterday.However, teachers at the annual union conference did vote to call on the government to stop building new faith schools. The government is committed to increasing the number of faith-run schools.The union, the National Association of Schoolmasters and Union of Women Teachers, has 200,000 members across the UK.

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