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  • 29th March 2007

    Cardinal questions loyalty of Catholic church to Britain 8

    In a lecture in London, the Cardinal said that Roman Catholics and other Christians and faith groups were going to demand their rights.

    10:30 AM — The head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has claimed that religion is under attack in this country.In his strongest condemnation yet of legislation designed to protect gay, lesbian and bisexual people from discrimination, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor last night became the first Catholic leader in nearly 200 years to question whether the policy of the government is at odds with practising the Roman faith.

  • 28th March 2007

    Bishops warn MPs about civil rights for gay Italians

    Members of Parliament have been strongly lobbied by the Catholic Church.

    6:18 PM — The Italian bishop's conference has today released a statement saying that the government attempt to legally recognise civil unions is unacceptable.The bishops called the idea that Catholic politicians might vote in favour of the proposals "incomprehensible."Italy has been gripped by the conflict between traditionalists and progressives.

  • Scottish Christian Party face fines for illegal posters 10

    Scottish electoral law says no candidates may put up posters until the election has been declared, and the SCP could be fined up to £1,000 per poster.

    5:54 PM — A minority party standing in the Scottish elections could face huge fines for illegally displaying election posters.On Friday areas of Glasgow were festooned with the distinctive purple notices of the Scottish Christian Party.The party - slogan Proclaiming Christ's Lordship - is funded by born-again Christian Rev George Hargreaves.

  • Anti-gay Christian’s White House scam

    White House officials contacted by Deutsche Presse-Agentur denied Hutcherson had any link with the office.

    4:20 PM — A row has erupted in Latvia after the US government denied links with an anti-gay preacher who travelled to the country claiming to be an official White House envoy.Kenneth Hutcherson, founder of the Antioch Bible Church, is an outspoken opponent of gay rights.He travelled to Latvia in earlier this month at the invitation of the New Generational Church.

  • Anglican university backs down on gay weddings

    The university is a teacher training college for the Church of England, and its Chancellor is the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.  photo: jay galvin@flickr

    3:41 PM — Canterbury Christ Church University has decided not to ban gay weddings on its grounds.The university is a teacher training college for the Church of England, and its Chancellor is the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.It has a licence for marriages and civil partnerships to take place at its Tunbridge Wells and Canterbury premises.

  • Ex-husband challenges alimony payments to trans wife

    The judge noted that appeals courts have declined to legally recognise a sex change in Florida when it comes to marriage.

    2:42 PM — Lawyers representing a man from Florida have argued that he should not have to continue paying alimony to his ex-wife because she has become a man.They said that he agreed to pay alimony to the woman he divorced, not the man she became after sex reassignment surgery.Lawrence Roach divorced his wife Julia in 2004, after 18 years of marriage.

  • Hacker turns US presidential candidate’s site pro-gay 1

    McCain, a Republican Senator and presidential hopeful, has a record of “U-turns“ on gay issues.

    2:27 PM — The MySpace site of John McCain has been manipulated to make it appear as if he supports lesbian marriage.Mike Davidson, a web publisher and writer, has claimed responsibility for the prank.A message was placed on the website supporting gay marriage.

  • Polish official wants to ban gays from range of jobs 4

    Poland is currently one of the most intolerant countries in Europe regarding gay rights.

    12:32 PM — The Polish ombudsman for children's rights has drawn up a list of professions for which homosexuals are considered unsuitable.Eva Sovinyska has asked the government to impose a ban on gay and lesbian people doing jobs on the list.Gay teachers, or sport and art instructors in schools, would no longer be able to apply for work in their profession.

  • Gay Humanist retires after 25 years activism

    Mr Broadhead co-founded GALHA in 1979.

    11:32 AM — Veteran gay activist George Broadhead has resigned as secretary of the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) after 25 years service.Mr Broadhead co-founded GALHA in 1979 and took on the role of itsadministrative secretary and principle spokesperson two years later.He had previously been involved with the Campaign for Homosexual Equality.

  • 27th March 2007

    Schools activist: bullying recommendations not good enough

    Sue Sanders (R) with Sir Ian McKellen and rapper Mz Fontaine at the launch of LGBT History Month in February.

    5:20 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive A gay rights activist who has been working for LGBT equality in education since 1974 has said that defeating homophobic bullying in schools will not be achieved by the recommendations of today's report from MPs.Sue Sanders, who is co-founder of Schools OUT, told PinkNews.co.uk that while she welcomed the focus on harassment in schools, without changes to the entire culture of education little would be achieved.

  • Israel urged to secure gay Palestinian meeting

    IGLHRC has asked Israeli leaders to speak out for freedom of expression, but none have done so yet.

    3:49 PM — The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) has called on political and religious leaders in Israel to ensure safety for participants in the ASWAT conference in Haifa.ASWAT is the only lesbian Palestinian organisation in Israel, and tomorrow it plans to celebrate its 5th anniversary in Haifa.The event, named "Home and Exile," will include a book launch to call attention to the needs of the lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

  • Gay separatist leader bombs at election

    Boisclair was Parti Québécois' youngest leader and was elected as a member of the legislature at the age of 23.

    3:35 PM — The Parti Québécois disappointed their voters with a low result in the state elections on Monday, and many blame their leader, Andre Boisclair.The PQ won just 36 of the province's 125 seats to finish in third place, one of the worst defeats in history for the party.There is now little chance of a referendum on the sovereignty of Quebec, a key electoral issue for the party.

  • Study claims a third of US lesbians have had a baby

    In the US, various state policies regarding LGB adoption and fostering vary.

    2:50 PM — A major research project in the United States has revealed that more than 35% of lesbians aged between 18 and 44 have given birth, and 16% of gay men have a child.The Williams Institute and the Urban Institute today released a major study on adoption and foster care by lesbian and gay parents.Nearly 52,000 lesbian and gay households include an adopted child under the age of 18.

  • Gay groups welcome bullying report 2

    Stonewall has been campaigning on homophobic bullying for several years through their Education for All campaign.

    1:12 PM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has welcomed the report by a committee of MPs on bullying in schools.The report highlights the prevalence of homophobic bullying and the lack of specific policies to protect LGBT pupils.MPs also highlighted the way in which children who are the victims of bullying are sometimes encouraged to stay at home or even leave the school.

  • Conservative Rabbi school allows gay admission 2

    Gay men and women can become rabbis in both the Reform Jewish movement and the smaller Reconstructionist wing of the faith.

    12:39 PM — A prestigious Conservative Jewish seminary in New York has taken a step towards equality by opening its doors to gay students.The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) announced on Monday that it would begin to accept applications from LGBT students, but that the decision was not taken lightly.The change in policy comes three months after the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards voted to allow the ordination of gays and lesbians.

  • MPs say Catholic schools fail to tackle gay bullying 2

    The Department for Education and Skills will now formally respond to the recommendations of the report.

    12:01 PM — A committee of MPs has attacked Roman Catholic church-run schools for refusing to implement government guidelines on setting up anti-homophobic bullying policies.The investigation into all bullying in schools was instigated by Liberal Democrat MP and education spokesman Stephen Williams."Bullying is a matter of child welfare, not one of theology," Mr Williams told PinkNews.co.uk

  • 26th March 2007

    Police warned to act straight on duty

    The Philippines has a reputation for tolerance toward homosexuality.

    4:22 PM — The Philippine National Police warned its gay officers not to sway their hips or demonstrate provocative behaviour while on duty or they risk losing their jobs."If they sway their hips while marching, or if they engage in lustful conduct, I think that will be ground for separation" from the service, Chief Supt. Samuel Pagdilao told the Philippine Star. 

  • Gay Democrat wins election despite porn allegations

    Buckley thanked party members who had been “incredibly strong and supportive“ during the last three months.

    3:35 PM — Ray Buckley was elected the first openly gay party chairman in the US on Saturday.New Hampshire's Democratic Party voted for him despite an ugly campaign in which he was accused, then cleared, of possessing child pornography.Buckley weathered the pornography accusations from state Representative Steve Vaillancourt, his former friend and roommate.

  • Yogyakarta Principles a milestone for LGBT rights

    The Yogyakarta Principles, named after the city whey they were adopted, were launched today.

    3:07 PM — Human rights groups have launched a groundbreaking set of principles on sexual orientation and international law in a bid combat gender inequality and promote human rights across the globe.The Yogyakarta Principles, named after the city whey they were adopted, were launched today by 29 international human rights experts at a UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva.Scott Long, director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights Programme at Human Rights Watch welcomed the strategy.

  • UK gay men flout anti-surrogacy laws 2

    So far, around three-quarters of couples have opted for male babies.

    1:25 PM — Dozens of gay men are turning to an American IVF programme for two-father families to get around British laws that prevent surrogacy.As reported by PinkNews.co.uk earlier this month, The Fertility Institute, a clinic in Los Angeles, has started running a programme where male couples pay for eggs from a university student to be implanted in another woman, often from a working-class background, who carries the child.

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