16th March 2007
Gay students to study at conservative rabbi school 1
11:40 AM — A Los Angeles college of Conservative Judaism has accepted openly gay applicants for the first time since the ban on gay ordination was lifted.A spokeswoman for The Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (L.A. University of Judaism) announced on Tuesday that a gay man and a lesbian will enrol at the school in the autumn.At the Conservative movement's beacon school, the Jewish Theological Seminary, the policy is still being debated.
First civil unions in a changed Mexico
10:40 AM — A prominent journalist in Mexico City was legally joined with his male partner in one of the first same-sex civil unions in the city yesterday.Antonio Mendina , 38, is one of the 1200 gay and lesbian people who have registered to go through the new legal ceremony, yet another sign of the changing nature of Mexican society.Last week 22-year-old Christian Chavez, a member of the hugely popular Mexican pop band RBD, revealed his homosexuality.
15th March 2007
Gay bishop says coming out is God at work
5:37 PM — The openly gay bishop of New Hampshire, Gene Robinson, has robustly defended his position.At a public meeting in Washington DC Bishop Robinson claimed that of the nearly 8000 parishes in the American Episcopal Church, only 47 have sought guidance from outside bishops after his ordination."If you want to know my homosexual agenda, it's Jesus," Bishop Robinson said.
Hillary and Obama avoid answering homosexuality question
5:19 PM — US Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has come under fire for saying on Tuesday that said she believed it is for "others to conclude" if homosexuality is morally wrong.Her comments were in response to the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the American armed forces, Marine General Peter Pace, who said in an interview on Monday that he thought homosexuality was immoral.Yesterday she issued a statement saying: "I disagree with what he said and do not share his view, plain and simple."
Drop in number of gay dimissals from US military
3:24 PM — The number of troops dismissed last year is less than half the total number of discharges in the year preceding the Sept. 11th 2001 terrorist attacks.The US Department of Defence dismissed 612 service members last year under the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel, Pentagon officials confirmed late Tuesday evening.Pentagon officials released the data following remarks by General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Magistrate appeals against tribunal’s gay rights ruling 9
2:27 PM — The Christian former magistrate who claimed unfair dismissal after he was told he could not pick and choose which adoption cases to rule on is to appeal.Andew McClintock claims that evidence given in his defence by a right-wing American academic, claiming that gay parents were bad for kids, was not given due consideration by an employment tribunal."Gay couples have human rights too," the tribunal said.
Comment: Does religion breed homophobia? 3
1:53 PM — There is no debate about the acceptance of homosexuality in Britain. It is useless to try and create a religious one, argues Balaji Ravichandran. So, the Sexual Orientations Regulations, which outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation when accessing goods and services, will finally come to effect this April.It seems like only yesterday that anti-gay lobbies took to the streets to hold a torch-lit demonstration protesting these same regulations.
Southern Baptist in “babies born gay” row 1
1:18 PM — One of America's foremost evangelical clergymen has angered many Christians by saying there might be a biological explanation for homosexuality.Rev. R. Albert Mohler wrote in an article on his website earlier this month entitled "Is Your Baby Gay? What If You Could Know? What If You Could Do Something About It?"In it he says that while being gay might be a biological reality, it is still sinful.
14th March 2007
LA gets first gay men baby clinic
3:49 PM — A Los Angeles fertility clinic has launched the world's first programme dedicated to male couples wishing to become biological parents.While other centres have made headway into providing gay couples with biological children, The Fertility Institute is the first with a comprehensive programme covering each stage of the process.This includes psychological, legal, medical and surrogate issues, as well as care for both donor and patient.
Gay ex-Governor launches custody battle 1
2:34 PM — A former Governor of New Jersey is launching a custody battle for his daughter.The legal move follows the breakdown of divorce settlement talks with his estranged wife.Jim McGreevey became the first openly gay state governor in American history following his dramatic public confession of an affair with his former homeland security advisor, Golan Cipel.
Ghana’s gays in human rights plea 1
12:29 PM — Gay pressure group OutRage! has sent a letter to Ghanaian President John Agyekum Kufuor demanding he repeal laws criminalising homosexuality in his home country.The President is visiting London this week to mark 50 years of Ghana's independence from Britain.Prince MacDonald, President of the Gay and Lesbian Association of Ghana, called for protests during the official visit.
Polish government plan own version of Section 28 4
12:09 PM — The Polish Minister of Education is proposing a law that would bar the "promotion" of homosexuality in schools.Gay rights activists in the country have spoken out against the EU, saying the organisation is not responding robustly enough to attacks on human rights in the new member states.Roman Giertych, is deputy Prime Minister of Poland as well as Education Minister.
Vatican attacks kids attending gay rights rally 1
11:14 AM — The official newspaper of the Vatican has lambasted the demonstration in Rome on Saturday to demand legal rights for unmarried same sex couples. L'Osservatore Romano said that children attending the event were the victims of abuse.50,000 activists took to a Roman piazza and rallied in support of a bill that would offer greater legal protection to unmarried couples.
13th March 2007
Gay marriage illegal in France, says court
6:02 PM — France's highest court has ruled that the marriage of two men is unlawful and should be annulled.Stephane Charpin and Bertrang Charpentier were married in Begles, a small town in Bordeaux, in 2004.They are the only same-sex couple in France to have married, rather than undertaken a Civil Solidarity Pact.
US general half-apologises for “gays are immoral” comment 3
6:02 PM — The most senior miltary office in the US Armed Forces has admitted he should not have expressed his personal view that homosexuality is immoral.His admission came after his boss, Defence Secretary Robert Gates, and leading Republican and Democratic politicians condemned his remarks.Marine General Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Chicago Tribune on Monday that homosexual acts are immoral.
Gay war hero calls on homophobic general to apologise 3
5:17 PM — General Peter Pace has come under heavy fire from gay advocacy groups and the first serviceman wounded in Iraq, after he made homophobic remarks in a newspaper interview.Eric Alva, the first soldier to be wounded in the current Iraq conflict, who came out as gay last month, slammed the General's comments."Certain leaders' bigotry should not be a rational basis for discrimination," he said.
Clergyman refuses to marry straight couples
5:09 PM — An American Episcopal clergyman has announced that he will not perform marriage ceremonies as a protest against the church's bar on gay unions.A conference of Anglican primates from around the world last month urged the American communion, known as Episcopalians, to desist from appointing openly gay bishops and blessing gay partnerships.The Americans had caused tension with traditional churches by performing the blessings.
Pope instructs politicians to vote against gay marriage 6
1:33 PM — The leader of the Roman Catholic church has said that politicians have a moral duty to vote against gay marriage or partnership legislation.In a 140-page document covering a range of moral issues, Pope Benedict has reiterated his hard-line attitude towards gay people.The Apostolic Exhortation, published today, calls on all Catholics to uphold what the Pontiff refers to as fundamental values.
Comment: Are we too quick to scream homophobia? 2
12:48 PM — Ben Leung, himself a member of an ethnic minority, considers the seriousness of last week's racist and homophobic outbursts from prominent right-wingers in Britain and the US. I've been contributing to this website for a few months now, and have always tried to remain as politically neutral as possible.However, events in the last week on both sides of the Atlantic have made me wonder.
General in favour of gay military ban 3
11:40 AM — One of America's most senior army generals has come out in support of a total ban on gay men and women serving in the military.Marine General Peter Pace described homosexual acts as "immoral" in the Chicago Tribune newspaper, likening them to adultery.Gen Pace is the chairman of the US military Joint Chiefs of Staff. He said that he backed the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.