2nd November 2007
Foster couple agree to council diversity policy
12:05 PM — A Christian couple have agreed to abide by the local council policy on diversity, despite previously resigning as foster carers over a row about homosexuality.65-year-old Vincent Matherick and his 61-year-old wife Pauline attracted the attention of the press when they stood down after six years of providing foster care, claiming that Somerset County Council was asking them to "promote" homosexuality.They have now issued a joint statement with the council and signed the Equalities Promise and may be allowed to continue fostering.
1st November 2007
Met found guilty over Menezes shooting 1
3:20 PM — London's police force has been found guilty of breaching health and safety laws when they gunned down Jean Charles de Menezes in Stockwell undergound station in July 2005.On their second day of their deliberation the jury found the Metropolitan Police guilty.The Met was fined £175,000 and ordered to pay £385,000 costs by judge Mr Justice Henriques at the Old Bailey.
Christians call for boycott of Stonewall 1
12:45 PM — The nomination of two senior bishops as Bigot of the Year at tonight's Stonewall Awards has angered an evangelical group of Scottish Christians.CARE Scotland said the nomination of the Bishop of Hereford and the Archbishop of Birmingham was an insult and in a letter to First Minister Alex Salmond called on the Scottish government to stop working with Stonewall.Archbishop of Birmingham was nominated for speaking out against new goods and services protections for gay people.
Australian “family values” party in new gay scandal
11:35 AM — The leader of a minor political party in Australia has had to apologise for one of his candidates who tried to out an electoral rival.In the Courier Mail newspaper, Family First candidate for the Leichhardt constituency in Queensland Ben Jacobsen said the voters had a right to know if his Liberal opponent Charlie McKillop is a lesbian."The voters might not give a rat's if a candidate is gay, but they have a right to know who you'll bat for," said Mr Jacobsen.
Pope to meet Saudi King Abdullah 4
11:10 AM — The leader of the Roman Catholic Church is to hold meetings with the head of state of Saudi Arabia.Tuesday's meeting between Benedict XVI and King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz will be the first between a Pope and a Saudi ruler.The King has been on a controversial state visit to the United Kingdom, which ended today.
Irish government to introduce civil partnerships 12
10:45 AM — The Irish Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform has announced that the government will introduce a bill to legalise civil partnerships by March 2008.While opposing a similar bill put forward by the opposition Labour party yesterday, Brian Lenihan said that details would follow soon.He confirmed that in the government's opinion the special place of marriage in the Irish Constitution there would be no moves to legalise gay marriage.
Republican resigns amid gay sex scandal 7
10:15 AM — A Washington state lawmaker who was caught with his pants down earlier this week - figuratively and literally - has resigned.On Monday Republican State Representative Richard Curtis told a local newspaper, The Columbian, "I have not had sex with a guy," the guy in question being Cody Castagna, a 26-year-old waiter from the Spokane area.Originally, Curtis told police he was the victim of an extortion attempt by Castagna at the posh Davenport Tower hotel on October 26th.
Hate church loses Marine funeral case 5
10:02 AM — A jury in the United States has awarded the father of a Marine whose funeral was targeted by Fred Phelps' anti-gay group nearly $11m in damages.It is the first individual lawsuit brought against Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) for its protests at military funerals.Albert Snyder claimed that protesters from the Kansas-based anti-gay group destroyed his only chance to bury in peace the son he lost in Iraq.
31st October 2007
Gay workplace protection law stalls in Congress
3:24 PM — The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) was due to come before lawmakers this week, but a slew of other business has delayed its passage, as arguments about trans protections continue.Attempts by a lesbian lawmaker in the US Congress to include trans people in new workplace legislation may fail to gain support from Democrats.Many of the Democrats elected for the first time last November do not want ENDA to include protections for trans people, fearful of a backlash from conservatives.
Pride petrol bomber charged with hate crime
3:00 PM — Prosecutors in Croatia yesterday charged a 25-year-old with a hate crime for attempting to throw petrol bombs at a Pride parade.Identified only as Josip S, he is the first person accused of a hate crime in the country since they became an offence under the country's Penal Code in 2006.Police spotted him at the Pride event on 7th July with petrol bombs but he fled the scene. He was later arrested.
Irish gays drum up support for civil unions 13
2:45 PM — The leading gay organisation in the Republic of Ireland has called on all political parties in the country to support a bill legalising same-sex civil unions.The opposition Labour party are to re-introduce the legislation in the Dáil, the Irish parliament, this evening.Eoin Collins, director of policy change at the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) said the proposed new legislation was a significant step.
Magistrate who refused to rule on gay adoption loses appeal 9
2:25 PM — A former magistrate who claimed unfair dismissal after he was told he could not pick and choose which adoption cases to rule on has lost his appeal.In March 62-year-old Andrew McClintock learned that his legal action against the Lord Chancellor, claiming that his Bible-influenced opinions should allow him to be excused from approving gay adoptions, was rejected by an employment tribunal.He said he was disappointed by today's decision by an employment appeal tribunal and vowed to take his case to the Court of Appeal.
Hillary pledges AIDS funds if elected
11:21 AM — Senator Hillary Clinton pleased HIV and AIDS groups late last week by pledging that, if elected President, she will provide at least $50 billion for the fight against AIDS by 2013 and will "make significant progress toward providing an additional one percent of the U.S. budget to fighting poverty in impoverished countries."Religious and community leaders belonging to two groups, Iowans for AIDS Action and New Hampshire Fights AIDS, have been pressing presidential candidates to sign the "Presidential Pledge for Leadership on Global AIDS and Poverty."
Gay hate church trial nears end 3
10:43 AM — Shirley Phelps-Roper took the witness stand last week as the lawsuit brought against her father's Westboro Baptist Church drew to a close.Phelps-Roper told jurors at the courtroom in Baltimore that she was an angel sent to speak the truth to "earth dwellers" about the hate God has for their evil.She explained last week that's why she picketed the funeral of Matthew Snyder, a 20-year-old Marine who was killed in Iraq in March of 2006.
30th October 2007
Former Australian PM was not gay says wife 2
4:32 PM — The widow of former Australian Prime Minister Sir William McMahon has said claims that her husband was gay are "outrageous."For a brief period in the 1970's Sonia McMahon was thrust into the spotlight as the spouse of one of Australia's shortest-serving Prime Ministers.Lady McMahon agreed to speak to author Susan Mitchell while she was writing her new book, Stand By Your Man.
Royal in “gay sex and drugs blackmail plot” named on US TV 25
2:37 PM — A member of the Royal Family has been named on American TV news as the target of alleged blackmailers.Interviewed on Fox News, journalist Nicholas Davies named a member of The Queen's family.The British press are legally restrained from revealing the identity of the person, thought to be a "minor" Royal, though it has been reported that he or she does not carry out any public duties.
Porn to be used as evidence in military trial
2:37 PM — Gay pornography found on the computer of a US Navy doctor has been accepted as evidence in his trial on charges that he made secret video recordings of Naval Academy midshipmen having sex in his home, a military judge ruled.Even if Commander Kevin Ronan is found innocent at the conclusion of his trial this month, the emergence of such evidence often triggers a military investigation into a service member's sexual orientation, which could mean the end of his military career.
Study claims homophobic literature is available at UK mosques 3
2:00 PM — Extremist texts that encourage hatred of gays, Christians and Jews are available at Britain's mosques.Researchers for the centre-Right think tank Policy Exchange claim to have found such publications in a quarter of the 100 mosques and Islamic institutions they visited, including London Central Mosque in Regent's Park, which is funded by Saudi Arabia.Many of the publications allegedly called on British Muslims to segregate themselves from non-Muslims and contained repeated calls for gays to be executed.
Cameron denies joking about Lithuanian lesbians 9
12:35 PM — The Conservative party leader has outraged the government of an EU partner with some off-the-cuff remarks about arts funding.At an Arts Council lunch last Tuesday David Cameron reported to have said: "I hope you won't be giving too many grants to one-legged Lithuanian lesbians."The Lithuanian ambassador said his comments "prompted a wave of outrage" in his country and has written to Mr Cameron asking for a clarification.
Catholic Archbishop supports gay discrimination 13
12:30 PM — The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Australia has said it is acceptable to discriminate against people because of their sexuality.Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell said that comparisons between gay and racial discrimination are false.Australia's federal elections will be held on November 24th and the religious leader's comments are an attempt to influence discussion about gay equality.