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  • 16th January 2007

    Arnie faces pressure from gay Republicans 1

    The Austrian-American has a poor record on gay rights.

    6:09 PM — The Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, is under pressure from gay activists in his own party to approve a gay marriage bill.The former action star is seen as a moderate Republican who learned to work with the Democrat-controlled state legislature since he took office in 2003.Now members of the Log Cabin Republicans, an LGBT lobbying group, are calling on the governor to treat gay rights as a civil rights issue.

  • Ex-archbishop steps into Exeter student row 4

    Lord Carey has given a written statement to the High Court, supporting the ECU.

    3:37 PM — George Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, has involved himself in the ongoing dispute between student groups at Exeter University.As previously reported on PinkNews.co.uk, a group of Christian students at Exeter University are going to court to try to set a legal precedent about acceptance of gay rights.

  • Gay judge hearing Tube bomb trial 1

    His appointment as a High Court judge in 2002 was the first time that an openly homosexual QC had been elevated to the court.

    12:14 PM — The first openly gay man to be appointed a High Court judge is presiding over the trial of six men accused of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to cause explosions.The charges relate to an attempt to bomb the London underground system on July 21st 2005, two weeks after the devastating attacks of July 7th.Muktar Ibrahim, Manfo Asiedu, Hussein Osman, Yassin Omar, Ramzi Mohammed and Adel Yahya all deny the charges.

  • Czech gay man wins landmark discrimination case

    In court the centre's management said they had found a better qualified candidate for the job.

    11:51 AM — In yet another sign of positive change in the new EU states, a gay man has won damages after being denied a job as a masseur because of his sexuality.Lech Sydor, a 43-year-old Czech citizen, was awarded 70,000 koruna (£1,660) and received an apology for his treatment, AFP reports.The landmark ruling is the first time that a Czech court has ruled on an issue of work discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.

  • Transsexual’s two passports request denied 1

    In the UK, the Gender Recognition Act came into effect in 2005 and granted legal recognition to transsexuals. photo: jcorrius@flickr

    10:51 AM — Norwegian police officials have turned down a request from a transsexual to be issued with two passports.The 63-year-old, reported to be a crime fiction author, accused the authorities of trans discrimination.The Aftenposten newspaper in Oslo reported yesterday that the Ministry of Justice had dismissed the accusation of discrimination.

  • Men and women involved in homophobic attack

    A gang  of men and women confronted them and hurled homophobic abuse the pair, then assaulted them.

    10:20 AM — Two brothers were set upon by a gang of men and women, punched, kicked and knocked to the ground in a homophobic attack in County Durham.The attack happened in the village of Spennymoor in the early house of Monday morning.The brothers, aged 26 and 21, were on their way home from a nightclub when they passed the Victoria Inn, the BBC  reports.

  • Sir Ian to launch LGBT History Month 3

    The History Month seeks to reclaim the position of LGBT people in the curriculum and in wider society.

    10:05 AM — Actor and activist Sir Ian McKellen will be the featured speaker at the launch of LGBT History Month next month.The launch will form part of the annual Schools Out conference, on Saturday 3rd February at the Drill Hall theatre in London.Schools Out is one of the oldest gay campaigning groups in the UK.

  • 15th January 2007

    ENDA on the agenda as Congress returns to work

    The White House has already indicated that the President will veto ENDA if it makes it through the Senate.

    3:20 PM — As US legislators return to work in Washington today, gay rights activists are hopeful that hate crimes and workplace protection legislation will move forward in the coming session.The Democrats are in control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate.While politics watchers are immersed in the Presidential campaigns, all of the House and a third of the Senate are also up for re-election in November.

  • Gay Democrats unhappy with Leadership choice 1

    In 2004, with his eye on his failed bit for the Senate, Harold Ford reversed his past opposition to an amendment to the United States Constitution.

    2:17 PM — The National Stonewall Democrats today spoke of their deep concern that former Congressman Harold Ford, Jr has been named as Chair of the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC).NSD said the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community should closely scrutinise the record of Congressman Ford in light of the development.In 2004, with his eye on his failed bit for the Senate, Harold Ford reversed his past opposition to an amendment to the United States Constitution.

  • Gay unions in South Africa delayed by bureaucracy 57

    In the UK, churches are specifically barred from performing civil partnerships.

    2:17 PM — Lesbian and gay couples in South Africa hoping to get married in church are facing delays because of a backlog of people waiting to take a qualification exam.Government "registrars," called marriage officers, were all trained about the Civil Unions Act last year, before the Act became law.

  • Bashkortostan is latest country to debate gay marriage

    It is unclear how other politicians in the federal republic of 4 million people will react to the law.

    1:53 PM — A politician in a remote Russian republic is to introduce a bill recognising same-sex partnerships.Edward Murzin, a member of the Bashkir State Assembly, has introduced the bill.He told the Interfax news agency that he wanted to uphold the Russian constitution, which bars discrimination of any kind.

  • Mexican bishop slams same-sex unions

    The Mexico City assembly in November passed a similar measure.

    1:21 PM — A northern Mexican bishop has criticised the approval of a bill to recognize gay unions in the Mexican state of Coahuila.It is the second such measure in the predominantly Roman Catholic nation.According to the Associated Press, Roman Catholic Bishop Alonso Gerardo Garza said the law was an attack on the institution of marriage.

  • Comment: Romney must win Michigan to stay in race 1

    Romney is behind 'comeback-senior' John McCain, the 72-year-old Senator from Arizona, in national polls among the crowded GOP pack.

    12:35 PM — Money, the pundits have long said, is the 'mother's milk' of politics. On the other hand, the Beatles might counter, "money can't buy you love."Multi-millionaire and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is about to find out if all the money he's spent on consultants, ads, and organisational infrastructure trying to win the Republican presidential nomination will buy him the love of voters in today's Michigan Primary.Michigan is a must-win for Romney after coming in second in Iowa and New Hampshire.

  • Lesbian partner ordered to pay child support 57

    Miller returned to her home state of Virginia with the child, and renounced her lesbianism.

    12:04 PM — A custody battle between two lesbians is highlighting the differing attitudes to same-sex relationships in America.Janet Jenkins and Lisa Miller got married in 2002 in Vermont, the only state that currently has legal gay civil unions.Shortly afterwards the couple decided to have a child and Miller became pregnant through articifial insemination.

  • Scottish government backs hate crimes bill 74

    Recent studies in Scotland revealed that violence against the gay community is reaching a devastating level.

    11:20 AM — Ministers, MSPs, police chiefs, the Equality and Human Rights Commission and gay rights activists have welcomed the announcement that the government in Scotland will support an extension of the country's hate crimes legislation to protect LGBT people and the disabled.The Sentencing of Offences Aggravated by Prejudice (Scotland) Bill was proposed by Patrick Harvie, a Scottish Green MSP.It will bring Scotland into line with England and Wales.

  • Transsexual postal worker convicted of hiding mail 2

    After the hearing, Pearson made a statement outside court, apologising to the Royal Mail. photo: c;est moi@flickr

    11:02 AM — A postman who is on the NHS waiting list for gender reassignment surgery has been convicted of hiding and dumping post.43-year-old Michael Pearson, from Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire, told Dewsbury Magistrates Court that gangs of youths were victimising him during his postal round in Birstall, throwing stones at him and taunting him about his effeminate appearance.

  • Italian gays protest at the Vatican 2

    The protesters carried banners calling on the Italian government to legalise gay unions.

    10:32 AM — A group of around 150 protesters attended a rally in St Peters Square on Saturday to protest against the anti-gay stance of Pope Benedict XVI.The protest, organised by gay rights group Arcigay, was held on the ninth anniversary of the suicide of writer Alfredo Ormando.The protesters carried banners calling on the Italian government to legalise gay unions.

  • 14th January 2007

    Spanish voters will go to the polls in March 5

    The Church has been accused of interfering in the political process in recent months.

    3:10 PM — Prime Minister of Spain Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has called a general election for March 9th.King Juan Carlos has given his approval. While the campaign proper runs for the two weeks leading up to the poll, in effect political parties have been electioneering for months.While some polls show the incumbent Socialists a few points ahead of their main conservative rivals Paritdo Popular, most have them tied.

  • New Jersey legislates against gay bullying

    The bill would establish a 'Commission on Bullying in Schools'.

    10:10 AM — A bill that would strengthen current laws against hate crimes and bullying has been passed to the New Jersey General Assembly.The bill was sponsored by Puerto Rican Assemblyman Wilfredo Caraballo."Acts of hatred or violence against a person - especially a child - cannot be tolerated in our state in this day and age," said Caraballo told the New Jersey Politicker .

  • 12th January 2007

    Gay sex scandal minister’s political comeback

    He claimed he was going for a walk, and accepted an invitation from a man to go and dine with him. He was mugged, and the tabloids seized on the whiff of a sex scandal.

    11:48 AM — The politician who provided the first sex scandal of Tony Blair's government has told ITV that he intends to stand for the Welsh Assembly.Ron Davies was Secretary of State for Wales in 1998, when an incident on Clapham Common forced him to resign from the government.

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