4th November 2008
Death of Obama’s grandmother brings campaigning to a solemn end
1:28 PM — The woman who raised Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama from the age of ten has died. Her grandson is on the cusp of becoming the first African-American to win the highest office in America.
Connecticut gays can get married from November 12th
12:05 PM — A judge in Connecticut has scheduled a hearing for the morning of November 12th to enter the final judgment in a case that permits same-sex marriages.
18,000 same-sex marriages in California ahead of statewide vote 1
11:36 AM — A leading research centre has estimated that more than 18,000 gay and lesbian couples have got married in California since the state Supreme Court ruled in favour of same-sex marriages in May.
Lesbians face “double-glazed glass ceiling” in the workplace
11:09 AM — A new study into the experiences of lesbian and bisexual women in the workplace has revealed that many of them were more concerned about their gender than their sexuality.
Leading doctor suspended for sending gay hate letter 10
10:41 AM — The President of the Islamic Medical Association has been suspended from medical practice for 12 months by the General Medical Council.
Comment: Forget Obama, in California it’s all about Proposition 8 11
12:42 AM — Benjamin Cohen reports from San Francisco, where almost no one is talking about the Presidential election. The focus is Proposition 8.
3rd November 2008
Ministry of Justice accused of “collusion” over Cardinal Newman exhumation 11
2:51 PM — Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has accused the government of trying to cover up aspects of the decision to exhume the body of 19th century Catholic clergyman Cardinal Henry Newman.
Obama and McCain campaign in last few hours before election day
2:17 PM — Senator John McCain is fighting right down to the wire in the US Presidential election. More than 130 million Americans are expected to cast their votes tomorrow.
Commissioner tells ILGA that gays are denied “core human rights” 1
1:49 PM — Freedom of assembly, freedom of expression and the right to life, liberty and security are often not applied to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons, a Council of Europe commissioner has said.
Malaysian police target gay people in Saturday afternoon raids 2
1:27 PM — More than 70 men were arrested in a series of raids by police in Malaysia. It is reported that Chinese, US and European citizens are among them.
Borat’s gay alter-ego Bruno crashes vote Prop 8 rally 2
1:10 PM — British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has taken part in a rally opposing gay marriage, in the guise of his character Bruno, an camp Austrian fashionista.
Tory leader attacks BBC as ‘out of touch’ and bloated 6
12:54 PM — David Cameron has said the BBC is bloated with over-paid executives and the corporation has "lost touch with the values of the people who support it through the licence fee."
1st November 2008
Obama had “no knowledge” his aunt was in US illegally 3
7:30 PM — The Democratic party candidate for President of the United States has moved to distance himself from a relative who has been living in the country illegally.
Analysis: The complex system that elects a US President 1
5:54 PM — In most democratic countries, the people vote and either through first past the post or a form of proportional representation, a government or leader is elected.
Gay marriage compared to Nazi Germany as California gets ready to vote 9
3:45 PM — Proposition 8 is already the most expensive social issue ballot in US history, with more than $65m donated to both sides of the gay marriage debate.
Widdecombe defends constituency against homophobia charge 33
2:50 PM — Comedian Alan Carr has caused local upset in Kent after he claimed the town of Maidstone is both racist and homophobic.
Test case for straight man who suffered homophobic abuse at work 3
2:25 PM — A 56-year-old married man who was repeatedly taunted at work about being gay because he lives in Brighton has taken his case to the Court of Appeal.
31st October 2008
Bishop fails to stop same-sex parents as Embryology Bill passes final stage 4
9:20 PM — The House of Lords voted in favour of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill on Wednesday, marking the end of its Parliamentary journey.
Call for action after tear gas attack on gay event in Guatemala
7:31 PM — A gay human rights group has demanded action after recent attacks on gay events in Guatemala.
GP blackmailed by patient over ‘gay massage’ is struck off 1
6:25 PM — The General Medical Council has struck off a doctor who masturbated a male patient while giving him a massage and then paid him £100 a week not to report the incident.