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  • 11th March 2008

    High number of Irish same-sex couples living in US

    In December Ireland's Minister of Justice rejected the possibility of a referendum to allow gay marriage.

    11:03 AM — New research into US Census Bureau data has revealed that 1,200 Irish-born gay men and lesbians are living with a same-sex partner in America.The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy also found that two-thirds of Irish-born same-sex partners are women and 15% are raising children.The Irish government is expected to bring forward proposals for a form of civil partnerships at the end of this month. They have been legal in Northern Ireland since 2005.

  • Pro-gay Governor of New York in prostitution scandal 1

    Spitzer informed his aides on Sunday of his involvement in the prostitution ring.

    10:10 AM — New York Democratic Governor Eliot Spitzer has been tied to a prostitution ring after a federal investigation revealed he was recorded on a wiretap arranging to meet with a prostitute.Identified as Client 9 at the Emperors Club VIP escort service, Spitzer was recorded confirming plans to fly a prostitute from New York to Washington to meet him at a hotel.According to the New York Times, court documents stated Client 9 arranged to meet with an Emperors Club VIP prostitute on February 13th in Washington DC.

  • Clinton campaign ad actress supports Obama 1

    Clinton has run the race for the nomination on a platform of experience.

    9:46 AM — It was an ad campaign that seemed to change the tide of Hillary Clinton's race for the Presidential nomination.Capitalising on her years of experience, Clinton assured viewers she was the best person to pick up the phone if a national emergency arose at 3am.The tactic seemed to work, but now it has emerged that an actress in the ad, Casey Knowles, says she is a actually an Obama supporter.

  • 10th March 2008

    Green candidate will attend Stonewall hustings 1

    Ms Berry, 33, is the youngest candidate in the race.

    6:01 PM — Sian Berry has been confirmed as the fourth candidate for Mayor of London appearing at a hustings event organised by gay equality organisation Stonewall.The Green candidate will appear alongside incumbent Mayor Ken Livingstone, Tory candidate Boris Johnson and Lib Dem's Brian Paddick at the event at BFI Southbank on Saturday 19th April.The Stonewall hustings will be the last before Londoners go to the polls on May 1st. Ms Berry, 33, is the youngest candidate in the race.

  • Obama wins Wyoming as talk of a ‘Dream Team’ intensifies

    Yesterday former President Bill Clinton talked up the prospect of a Clinton/Obama ticket.

    4:20 PM — Barack Obama's campaign to win the Democratic nomination for President of the United States was given another boost when he won another state over the weekend.Wyoming may be the least populous state in the union, but his comfortable margin of victory, 61% to 38%, has heartened his supporters after his rival Senator Hillary Clinton won three key states last week.Senator Obama took seven of the twelve delegates Wyoming sends to the Democratic party nominating convention in August.

  • Thatcher may be invited to civil partnership

    The 81-year-old was taken to hospital on Friday night after being taken ill at a House of Lords reception. photo: The Thatcher Foundation.

    3:40 PM — Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's closeness to Tory Shadow Cabinet member Alan Duncan has led to speculation she will be invited to celebrate his civil partnership later this year.The Sunday Times reports that up to 300 people may attend the ceremony. Last week Mr Duncan became the first Conservative MP to announce his intention to enter into a civil partnership.He refused to comment on whether or not Lady Thatcher, who was Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, will be invited.

  • Clegg backs Paddick for mayor as domestic abuse revealed

    The Mail on Sunday chose to dwell on the former senior police officer's homosexuality.

    1:20 PM — Nick Clegg yesterday used part of his first conference speech as leader of the Liberal Democrats to praise the party's candidate for Mayor of London.He called Brian Paddick "an outstanding candidate who will transform London."His endorsement came on the same day that extracts from Mr Paddick's autobiography Line of Fire were serialised in a newspaper he once sued.

  • Brown may offer Mandelson second term in Brussels

    Mr Mandelson has been the UK's man in Brussels since November 2004.

    12:40 PM — The feud between Gordon Brown and Peter Mandelson is the stuff of Westminster legend, but according to some reports today the ice may be melting.Mr Mandelson backed Mr Blair over his close friend Mr Brown for the leadership of the Labour party in 1994. The Prime Minister is said to have nurtured a grudge against Mr Mandelson ever since.Peter Mandelson has previously announced he intends to stay in his post as EU Trade Commissioner until 2009.

  • Scottish politicians back removal of gay blood ban 18

    Mr McDowall has been advised that the petition will be presented before the parliament's Petitions Committee on 15th April.

    12:10 PM — An MEP has questioned why the National Blood Service is importing blood from countries where gay men can donate while banning any man in Britain who has ever had sex with another man from giving blood.A petition is being prepared for submission to the Scottish Parliament calling for a repeal to the ban the prevents gay and bisexual men from donating blood in the UK.Rob McDowall, the creator of the petition, has received support from Tory and SNP MEPs.

  • US gay Catholics plan special welcome for Pope 26

    The Pope, who has been outspoken in his opposition to equal rights for LGBT people, will visit Washington and New York between 15th and 20th April.

    10:22 AM — A group that works for the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans in the Roman Catholic church is planning a series of protests against Pope Benedict during his visit to the US next month.The Rainbow Sash Movement said it is calling on "Catholics of good will" to take the Papal visit as an opportunity to shower the Pope mobile with ashes instead of confetti."Ashes are an ancient and appropriate greeting for a sinner who has caused the Church so much division and pain," RSM said in a statement.

  • 9th March 2008

    Pro-gay Zapatero wins re-election in Spain 5

    The Socialist party leader will remain prime minister

    11:40 PM — Pro-gay, socialist Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has won re-election this evening as voters ignored worries about the economy and the Basque militants.Although with 92 per cent of the votes counted, the Socialist party will not have an absoloute majority, it is understood he will form an alliance with smaller parties in order to govern the country."The Spanish people have spoken clearly and decided to start a new era," Mr Zapatero told supporters.

  • Ron Paul admits White House dream is over 1

    Spokesman Jesse Benton confirmed to the Washington Post that this video means Paul accepts he is not going to be the nominee.

    5:30 PM — Seen by many as the Ralph Nader of the Republican party, Ron Paul issued his swan song of sorts to the tune of seeking out more money.It seems the Presidential hopeful will still visit any state in which the "enthusiasm for liberty exists," and accept cheques made payable to his Political Action Committee.But for now, it would seem, his bid to become President of the United States is done.

  • McCain displays his quick temper over links to Democrats 2

    I>Times staffer Elisabeth Bumiller posed the question to McCain about his 2004 conversations with Kerry.

    5:30 PM — He may have won the Republican Party nomination for Presidential candidate but this week John McCain let his temper flair when questioned about a potential former move to represent the Democratic Party.A New York Times reporter questioned McCain about conversations he had with 2004 Democrat nominee John Kerry about becoming a running mate which prompted a rather telling outburst.On Friday during a QA with reporters, Times staffer Elisabeth Bumiller posed the question.

  • Liam Fox’s “homophobic past” revealed 12

    Liam Fox resigned from the Glasgow University Union over a gay society being formed

    3:00 AM — Liam Fox, Conservative shadow defence secretary, displayed homophobic credentials whilst at university, an investigation by the Sunday Herald has found.The Tory MP, who stood against David Cameron in the 2005 Conservative Party leadership content, resigned as a member of the University of Glasgow's student council in protest at a gay and lesbian society being admitted to the Glasgow University Union (GUU).He apparently said at the time: "[I do] not want the gays flaunting it in front of me, which is what they would do".

  • 7th March 2008

    Obama adviser quits after calling Hillary a monster 1

    Unpaid foreign policy adviser Samantha Power has walked away from Barack Obama's Presidential campaign.

    7:35 PM — Unpaid foreign policy adviser Samantha Power has walked away from Barack Obama's Presidential campaign after describing New York Senator Hillary Clinton as a "monster" to a Scottish publication.Clinton's camp pushed for Obama to drop Power from his team, but the Harvard professor and author resigned after apologising for her inappropriate comment."It is wrong for anyone to pursue this campaign in such negative and personal terms," she said.

  • O’Loan to lead inquiry into human rights in Britain 1

    Former Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman Dame Nuala O'Loan will be leading the inquiry.

    4:25 PM — An independent inquiry into human rights in Britain is to be carried out almost ten years after the original Act was passed, it was announced today.The investigation comes after a poll for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) showed that the term 'human rights' still prompts mixed reactions from a large population of the British public.Former Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman Dame Nuala O'Loan will be leading the inquiry.

  • Art auction raises £230,000 for Ken campaign

    “London's openness and tolerance has made it one of the most creative cities in the world.“ - Ken Livingstone.

    4:10 PM — Well-known British artists such as Anthony Gormley, Banksy and Catherine Yass donated works to an auction in London last night to raise funds for Ken Livingstone's election campaign.The event at the Aquarium Gallery in Farringdon raised more than £230,000."London's openness and tolerance has made it one of the most creative cities in the world," Mr Livingstone said last night.

  • Jail for lesbian couple who murdered teenager

    The court was told that the two women became sexually aroused as they beat the teenager with a concrete block.

    1:20 PM — Two lesbian lovers have been jailed for life after bludgeoning a British girl to death in Australia because they found her "annoying."Jessica Stasinowsky, 21 and Valerie Parashumti, 19, pleaded guilty to murdering 16-year old Stacey Mitchell, whose family had moved to Australia from West Moors, Dorset in 2001.The court was told that the two women became sexually aroused as they beat the teenager with a concrete block and made a mobile phone video of the murder scene.

  • Monk may face charges after porn theft 6

    A search of his room at the medieval Abbey of Maria Laach in Rhineland-Palatine found more than 200 similar DVDs. photo: Nikanos@wikipedia.com

    11:40 AM — A 49-year-old German monk may face criminal charges after he was caught steal gay porn DVDs from a shop.A search of his room at the medieval Abbey of Maria Laach in Rhineland-Palatine found more than 200 similar DVDs.The Benedictine monk was challenged when he tried to steal four DVDs from a sex shop in the Bavarian city of W├╝rzburg, reports Abendzeitung newspaper.

  • Socialists lead in poll ahead of Spanish election 5

    Mr Zapatero promised to fight any attempt to remove or weaken gay rights laws he has introduced as Prime Minister.

    11:00 AM — The government of Spain looks set to win another term of office in Sunday's election, according to polling data.The current Prime Minister and leader of the Socialist party, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, has vowed to protect the gay rights legislation he has introduced since taking office in 2004.In Spain it is illegal to publish opinion polls during the last five days of an election campaign. The Times commissioned and yesterday publshed one from the Spanish polling company Sigma Dos.

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