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  • 6th February 2007

    Blair offers solution to Catholic adoption 1

    Mr Blair told the committee of MPs that he thought it would be a tragedy if the Catholic adoption agencies had to close.

    1:38 PM — The Prime Minister has told a committee of senior MPs that Roman Catholic-run adoption agencies can find a way through the row over gay adoption.Speaking to the Commons liaison committee, Mr Blair said he hoped that the religious agencies would form "consortiums" with secular agencies to provide a "gateway" for all potential adoptive parents to access adoption services.

  • Fetishists at risk of detention say MPs

    The MPs also propose extra safeguards to protect patients who are force-fed. photo: fortune cookie@flickr

    12:22 PM — A new Mental Health Bill is facing mounting criticism from a group of MPs over its definition of mental disorder, which they say is putting those not regarded as mentally ill at risk.By broadening the definition of disorder, the bill would target individuals on grounds of sexual orientations or sexual identities.This effectively means people with unusual fetishes or wanting gender reassignment surgery are likely to face discrimination and possible detention in a mental institution.

  • Russian politician backs Pride ban 4

    Mr Chuyev said homosexuality should be confined indoors and in private, and the parade would have sent out the wrong signal to the “many young people and children.“

    11:49 AM — A senior figure in Russian President Vladimir Putin's government has openly backed the Moscow mayor's recent decision to ban the gay parade in the capital city for the second year in a row.Alexander Chuyev, deputy chairman of the State Duma Committee for Public Associations and Religious Organisations, made his remarks on a television show, insisting that he could see nothing wrong in banning a parade which he regarded as "propaganda" and "dangerous".

  • Clerk’s Valentines protest at gay inequality

    The constitutionality of California's current law banning gay marriage is currently before the state Supreme Court.

    10:48 AM — A county clerk-recorder in California is to hand out "certificates of inequality" to gay couples on Valentine's Day.United Press International reports that Freddie Oakley designed the certificates herself.She said she believes she should be able to give gay couples marriage licences.

  • Now GP wants adoption opt-out 4

    Dr Lockley is asking the Health Secretary, Patricia Hewitt, to grant exemptions to the regulations similar to the provisions in the 1967 Abortion Act.

    10:01 AM — A doctor employed by the National Health Service is to lobby the government for an opt-out from assessing gay couples as adoptive parents.Bedfordshire GP Dr John Lockley argues that his "Christian conscience" would stop him from giving a positive recommendation for gay patients to an adoption agency.Dr Lockley says that he faces being struck off if he refuses go give references under the terms of the new Sexual Orientation Regulations, due to become law in April.

  • 5th February 2007

    American public want gays in the military

    Since 1993, 11,082 members of the Marines, Navy, Army, Coast Guard and Air Force have been discharged.

    2:55 PM — A new poll of Americans has revealed that nearly half do not support the current US military policy of barring openly gay people from serving.The Harris Interactive survey, conducted last month, found that 55% of the 2,337 people questioned felt openly gay, bisexual or lesbian personnel should be allowed to serve, reports the Wall Street Journal. Only 18% of respondents felt that gay people should not be allowed to serve at all.

  • Gay policeman speaks out for LGBT History Month 2

    When Insp. Moore first became a police officer he did not feel confident enough to come out.

    2:05 PM — A gay police officer has given a newspaper interview about his sexuality in an effort to make the force more accessible to Bexley's gay community.40-year-old Phil Moore is an inspector responsible for 20 neighbourhood officers in the Bexley area of London.Moore joined the Metropolitan Police as constable in 1988 but did not tell his colleagues that he was gay until 10 years later.

  • Woman injured by letter bomb

    An area stretching from Westminster Abbey to Scotland Yard remains closed to the public.

    11:43 AM — Part of central London has been cordoned off after an explosion in an office building.What is thought to be a letter bomb detonated in the Capita building near well-known gay venue The Stag in Victoria.London Ambulance confirmed they had taken one person to hospital.

  • Evangelicals embrace Haggard’s rentboy

    Haggard resigned last year as president of the National Association of Evangelicals.

    11:11 AM — The former prostitute whose outing of New Life Church founder Ted Haggard led to his dismissal paid a visit last Sunday to the megachurch.The Christian Broadcasting Network reports that Mike Jones was warmly greeted by members of the congregation."A couple of ladies cried when they were touching me," Jones said.

  • Priests could be locked up, fears Catholic commentator 10

    Pope Benedict has denounced civil partnerships and gay marriage as an affront to Catholic ideas about marriage.

    10:50 AM — A leading Roman Catholic journalist has said he is concerned that laws protecting gay and lesbian people from discrimination could lead to prison for some clergy.John L Allen is an expert commentator on Vatican affairs for CNN and is known for his objectivity.He has published two books about the current Pope.

  • Trans rapist complains of jail prejudice

    Prison officers told Jessica to make a formal complaint.

    10:02 AM — A prisoner at the high security Whitemoor prison has complained that she is the victim of harassment by staff and inmates because he is transsexual.Jessica Winfield, formerly known as Martin, is serving a sentence for rape.Whitemoor prison, near March in Cambridgeshire, houses around 500 of the UK's most dangerous prisoners.

  • Nepal grants dual gender citizenship

    Sexual identity is complex in Nepal.

    9:40 AM — A 40-year-old in Nepal has been granted citizenship as both a man and a woman. It is thought up to 400 other Nepalese are seeking the same dual recognition.Chanda Rani received the official government document last week, where Rani's gender is listed as both male and female, announced the Blue Diamond Society, a gay rights group in Nepal."This is a landmark victory in our struggle," said Sunil Panta, president of the society.

  • 2nd February 2007

    Labour MP “uncomfortable” with gay adoption 8

    The MP is a practising Catholic

    11:27 AM — Labour MP Tony Cunningham has told his local newspaper that gay couples should not be able adopt children because he is "uncomfortable with the idea."Mr Cunningham, who is Catholic, has voted against gay rights before, in 2002, he voted against gays and lesbians being given equal rights for adoption.The MP told The Workington Times Star: "I was just uncomfortable with the idea."

  • Lesbian couple has Mexican state’s first gay wedding 1

    Karina Almaguer and Karla Lopez (source: GBRTV- news access)

    11:27 AM — A lesbian couple have become Mexico's first state recognised same-sex married couple.25-year-old Karina Almaguer and 30-year Karla Lopez travelled to Saltillo, Coahuilla from their home state of Tamaulipas, the only Mexican state to recognise gay marriage.The ceremony was witnessed by Coahuilla congresswoman Julieta Lopez.

  • Sex offender posed as school boy for two years, police claim 1

    The man posed as a school boy for two years

    10:39 AM — A 29-year-old man who had previously been convicted of sex offences shaved his entire body hair and used make-up to cover up stubble posed as a 12-year-old boy for two years, police in Arizona claim.Neil Havens Rodreick II, who is five foot eight, posed as school boy Casey Price at the Imagine School in Phoenix, Arizona, for four months, before being expelled for poor attendance.

  • 1st February 2007

    Mary Cheney stands up for her bump 1

    Vice President Cheney has always been publicly supportive of his younger daughter.

    5:22 PM — The daughter of US Vice President Dick Cheney has spoken publicly about her pregnancy, calling her child a blessing from God.While the imminent birth of a grandchild for Mr Cheney would not at first seem a matter of public controversy, Mary Cheney is gay.Conservative and Christian groups have questioned whether Ms Cheney and her partner of 15 years, Heather Poe, will make suitable parents.

  • Australian government propose new homophobic law 3

    In December 2005 Australia's right-wing Prime Minister ruled out ever recognising gay marriages.

    4:50 PM — The federal government of Australia is to bring forward legislation that will ensure that foreign children adopted by a same-sex couples will not be recognised as having two parents.An amendment the Family Law Act will bar any legal recognition in Australia of adoptions by same-sex couples which have taken place in other countries.Senator Andrew Bartlett and gay activist Rodney Croome drew attention to the proposed new law on their blogs.

  • Archbishop still hopeful about adoption opt-out 10

    Roman Catholic prelates had asked the government to exclude church-run adoption agencies from the regulations.

    3:16 PM — One of the Roman Catholic church's most senior figures has said he is still confident that the church's followers will be able to opt-out of new gay rights laws.The Archbishop of Birmingham said that he is still hopeful of a "common sense solution" to the issue.On Monday the Prime Minister announced that there would be no exemptions to the Sexual Orientation Regulations.

  • Jews urged to fight gay rights laws 1

    There is no consensus among the various denominations of Judaism in the UK about the proposed anti-discrimination legislation.

    2:38 PM — The Federation of Synagogues has called on Jews to fight the Sexual Orientation Regualtions due to come before Parliament this month.A spokesman for the federation described the idea of gay couples adopting children as "terrifying."The Jewish adoption agency Norwood, the only one in England, told PinkNews.co.uk last week that they were not interested in seeking an exemption from the regulations.

  • Putin: gays responsible for low birth rate 3

    Earlier this week the mayor vowed to ban a Pride march in Moscow planned for May 27th.

    12:30 PM — The President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, avoided a question about the comments by Moscow's mayor that gay people are Satanic.Instead Mr Putin joked that Russia's low birth rate may be due to homosexual people.At a news conference in the Kremlin, the President gave his backing to mayor Yuri Luzhkov, who has spoken of his hatred for gay and lesbian people on many occasions.

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