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  • 14th December 2006

    Irish Labour proposes gay union law 1

    Labour's Civil Unions Bill, would provide legal recognition and protection for couples of the same sex

    12:00 AM — Ireland's Labour Party has introduced a Civil Unions Bill into parliament, just hours after the High Court in Dublin declared that a lesbian couple's Canadian marriage could not be accepted in the country.Labour's Civil Unions Bill, would provide legal recognition and protection for couples of the same sex.

  • Prodi demands “wise and serious” gay laws 1

    Romano Prodi came to power in April promising civil partnership style laws

    12:00 AM — Italy will push ahead with plans to give unmarried and gay couples rights, the country's Prime Minister has announced.Romano Prodi came to power in April promising civil partnership style laws for the gay community as well as heterosexual cohabiting couples.Equal Opportunities Minister Barbara Pollastrini said Mr Prodi wants to discuss a "wise and serious" law.

  • Irish students oppose gay marriage ruling 1

    The USI's gay and lesbian spokesperson Steve Conlon described the judgement as “questionable”

    12:00 AM — The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has expressed disappointment at the High Court in Dublin's rejection of a bid by two women to have their marriage in Canada upheld under Irish law.Earlier today, Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne dismissed the case of Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan claiming that marriage could only be defined between members of the opposite sex.

  • Government opens door to gay parenting

    However, Public Health Minister Caroline Flint, insists that the removal of the “need for a father” does not mean same sex couples will automatically be entitled to NHS fertility treatment

    12:00 AM — The government has paved the way to free up discrimination in fertility and IVF treatment after removing reference to the "need for a father" in new proposals outlined today.The proposals follow an extensive public consultation exercise on the current law, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, and are contained in a new White Paper.

  • High Court to rule on lesbian marriage

    In a landmark case in October, the court heard arguments from Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan claiming discriminating against homosexuality can lead to clinical depression

    12:00 AM — The High Court in Dublin will today rule on the validity of a lesbian couple's Canadian marriage in London.In a landmark case in October, the court heard arguments from Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan claiming discriminating against homosexuality can lead to clinical depression and that the current concept of marriage is outdated.

  • Homophobia illegal in Faeroe Islands

    The Faeroe Islands parliament has passed a law banning discrimination against the gay community

    12:00 AM — The Faeroe Islands parliament has passed a law banning discrimination against the gay community.It comes after a petition from campaigners expressed discontent that homophobia is made "perfectly legal" because the government does nothing against it, but yesterday a new law was passed by 17 votes to 13.

  • Media watchdog opposes homophobic platform

    It comes after Mary Cheney announced she is having a baby with her partner Heather Poe

    12:00 AM — A gay media watchdog is urging the community to protest against Time magazine allowing 'family values' fundamentalist James Dobson to contribute to the publication.The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) was outraged this week after Mr Dobson, head of Focus on the Family, wrote an article criticising US Vice-President Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter over her parenting plans.

  • Gay men urged to stub it out 5

    A study carried out amongst gay and bisexual men for the NHS Smoking Helpline   has found that 41 per cent of gay and bisexual men are smokers, rising to 60 per cent for 25 to 34 year olds, well in excess of the national average

    12:00 AM — The NHS Smoking Helpline is calling on gay and bisexual men to stub out their cigarettes after a survey revealed that their habit is well above the national average.A study carried out amongst gay and bisexual men for the NHS Smoking Helpline has found that 41 per cent of gay and bisexual men are smokers, rising to 60 per cent for 25 to 34 year olds, well in excess of the national average of 25 per cent.

  • Gay marriage opponents seek damages 1

    Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has proudly spouted his negative attitudes towards gay issues

    12:00 AM — An anti-same-sex marriage group in Massachusetts is suing the state in a federal court seeking as much as $5 million in damages from lawmakers for blocking a final vote on the proposed constitutional amendment last month.The lawsuit, filed in US District Court by VoteOnMarriage.org, argues the 109 lawmakers violated the supporters' rights to free speech, to petition the government and to due process under the law.

  • 13th December 2006

    Another day, another gay clergyman 1

    Paul Barnes has stepped down as head of the Grace Chapel in Colorado after an anonymous rent boy threatened to go public with his name and others

    12:00 AM — Just when the Christian-Right was recovering from the revelations of Evangelical preacher Ted Haggard's gay meetings, another leader has stepped down after a male prostitute revealed more gay relations within the church.Paul Barnes has stepped down as head of the Grace Chapel in Colorado after an anonymous rent boy threatened to go public with his name and others.

  • European Court rejects sibling inheritance rights

    European Court judges rejected the case this morning

    12:00 AM — The European Court of Human Rights has rejected the pleas of two elderly sisters asking for the same inheritance tax rights as married and gay couples.The siblings have been living together in Wiltshire since they were born, but Joyce, 88, and Sybil Burden, 80, fear that one of them will be left with a large inheritance tax bill when the other passes away.

  • Gay groups welcome ‘historic UN decision’

    Three gay groups have been granted consultative status to the United Nations

    12:00 AM — Three gay groups have been granted consultative status to the United Nations (UN).The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) this week granted consultative status to ILGA-Europe, the European Region of the International Lesbian and Gay Association, and to the Danish and German national lesbian and gay association, LBL and LSVD.

  • Gay community called to choose favourite Germany image

    Director, UK and Ireland for the German National Tourist Office, Udo Grebe, said that the GNTO were excited to see what most appeals about Germany to the gay community

    12:00 AM — For the past month, lesbians and gay men have been nominating their favourite images of gay travel and Germany in the MyGayGermany online promotion.The moment of truth has arrived in the campaign - as gay and lesbian travellers from across Ireland and the UK must now decide which of the nominated images are truly the most popular.

  • Debate rages over councillor’s gay slur ruling 14

    Willows, a member of Brighton and Hove City Council for 12 years, was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £250 in court costs

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveDebate is raging in Brighton and amongst the wider gay community regarding yesterday's conviction of Tory Councillor Peter Willows over remarks he made linking gay people with paedophilia.Willows, a member of Brighton and Hove City Council for 12 years, was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £250 in court costs by Brighton Magistrates yesterday in a ruling welcomed by some councillors and members of the gay community, but seen as an attack on freedom of speech by others.

  • Gay support urged for porn petitions 5

    The controversial law has been put through consultation by the Home Office after a campaign from family and friends of Jane Longhurst who was murdered in 2003 by a violent porn addict

    12:00 AM — Different factions of the gay community are being urged to support one of two differing petitions on a new law regarding "violent pornography."The Criminal Justice Bill, unveiled in last month's Queen's Speech, would ban the possession of online and printed porn depicting "scenes of extreme sexual violence," a move opposed by some activists who claim the law is too vague and could lead to innocent people being prosecuted despite consenting to activities.

  • Anti-gay church fined for funeral protests

    The church believes that disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, AIDS, September 11th and military deaths in Iraq are due to the US's tolerance of homosexuality

    12:00 AM — Westboro Baptist Church has been ordered to pay $3000 of compensation in court costs and fines after a soldier's father complained about the group protesting outside his son's funeral.The Kansas church, led by Reverend Fred Phelps, is known for its protests at military funerals where its members attribute America's problems to its liberal stance towards homosexuality.

  • Tanzanian Anglicans cut US ties over gay issues

    The African Anglican Church expressed dismay at the decisions which ignored most of the recommendations of the Windsor Report

    12:00 AM — The Anglican Church of Tanzania has broken away from the US Episcopal Church claiming it can no longer tolerate the denomination's liberal view on gay clergy and same sex unions.It reflects a growing rift within the Anglican Communion on the issue of homosexuality.The African clergymen agreed a statement earlier this week at a meeting in Dar es Salaam, which expressed opposition to gay ordinations and unions.

  • 12th December 2006

    Cheney puts lesbian daughter first

    US Vice-President Dick Cheney has been applauded by gay campaigners for his attitude towards his lesbian daughter's pregnancy

    12:00 AM — US Vice-President Dick Cheney has been applauded by gay campaigners for his attitude towards his lesbian daughter's pregnancy.Mr Cheney's office released a statement last week describing him and his wife as "looking forward with eager anticipation to the arrival of their sixth grandchild" amid reports that their daughter Mary is having a baby with her partner of 15 years Heather Poe.

  • Nigeria debates gay ban law 1

    The Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill now in the National Assembly, was introduced by Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo

    12:00 AM — Nigerian lawmakers are currently debating a bill that would ban same sex marriage as well as any gay organisations or meetings.The Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill now in the National Assembly, was introduced by Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo.It would even ban sharing a meal with a gay person.

  • Gay community fear ageing 1

    In the UK, the Age Concern charity recently launched a pack to help those working in care homes and extra-care housing support for older lesbians, gay men and bisexuals

    12:00 AM — LGBT baby boomers have more distinct concerns about ageing with regard to financial stability, personal support and end-of-life legal issues than those in the general population, according to a new survey."Out and ageing: The MetLife Study of Lesbian and Gay Baby Boomers," the first national survey of its kind, found both men and women fear outliving their income in retirement.

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