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  • 18th December 2006

    Stormont criticised for allowing gay equality 3

    Assembly members failed to agree on a motion regarding the regulations at Stormont last week

    12:00 AM — A cleric who is prepared to go to jail by opposing new gay rights laws in Northern Ireland, has criticised the Assembly for failing to stop the legislation, prompting criticism from gay groups.The Sexual Orientation Regulations, which protect the LGBT community from discrimination in goods and services, are due in Northern Ireland next month, but the Reverend Eric McComb, a Pentecost Church minister, says the law only passed through because politicians "lack the moral fibre" to oppose it.

  • Young gay Londoners defend free buses

    Last week, Mr Evans proposed a motion to the London Assembly urging the Mayor and Transport for London to take action against people playing loud music on public transport

    12:00 AM — Young LGBT people have hit out at the deputy chairman of the London Assembly's transport committee for proposing to abolish free bus travel for under-18s.Conservative Assembly Member Roger Evans claims on his blog that the free travel scheme for young Londoners is costing £55 million and is being abused through anti-social behaviour.

  • 15th December 2006

    New Jersey approves gay unions 46

    The civil union bill, passed by the New Jersey Assembly and Senate this week, provides benefits like adoption and inheritance rights for same sex couples

    12:00 AM — A gay legal group has welcomed New Jersey's introduction of a civil union bill, but has warned that it still creates inequality between homosexual and heterosexual couples.The civil union bill, passed by the New Jersey Assembly and Senate this week, provides benefits like adoption and inheritance rights for same sex couples, but deliberately leaves out the word marriage.

  • Community urged to ‘mobilise’ for gay equality 12

    Speaking to a forum of LGBT groups at City Hall in London last night, Stonewalls Public and Parliamentary Affairs spokesman Alan Wardle warned that gay originations must stop religious groups mobilising against the laws

    12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveGay charity Stonewall has called on the community to get behind the Sexual Orientation Regulations, amid mounting opposition from the Christian Right.Speaking to a forum of LGBT groups at City Hall in London last night, Stonewalls Public and Parliamentary Affairs spokesman Alan Wardle warned that gay originations must stop religious groups mobilising against the laws.

  • Comment: Gay parenting is fine 2

    Family Pride executive director Jennifer Chrisler says James Dobson misuses science to discredit same-sex parenting

    12:00 AM — Following criticism of Time magazine's approval of an article by right-wing Christian James Dobson against gay parenting, same-sex family group, Family Pride has had a rebuttal printed by the publication.Family Pride executive director Jennifer Chrisler says James Dobson misuses science to discredit same-sex parenting.

  • Gay activists welcome ‘advances’ in equality 46

    “It is gratifying that we are achieving pro-active advances for equality instead of having to defend ourselves against attacks,” said Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign

    12:00 AM — Gay activists have welcomed "pro-active advances" in gay rights as New Jersey looks set to sign two gay equality bills into law.New Jersey lawmakers passed two pieces of legislation today that are seen as positive steps forward for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality in that state.

  • Romney repeats gay marriage opposition 2

    Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has reaffirmed his homophobic credentials

    12:00 AM — Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has reaffirmed his homophobic credentials amid reports that he once courted the gay lobby.The religious right in the US have been seeking answers from the potential Republican presidential candidate after it was revealed that he once courted the gay community for their support in a 1994 campaign for the US Senate.

  • Petition calls for end of ‘Special relationship’ with US

    The petition believes gay rights would not be mirrored by the US

    12:00 AM — A petition posted on the Downing Street website has called for the 'special relationship' between America and the UK to be scrapped, citing differences over foreign policy and gay rights.Following proposals this week proposing same-sex couples parenting and fertility rights in the UK, the petition declares that certain states in the US would fail to mirror these rights, if ratified in law.

  • Oz Federal Government rejects gay union proposal 1

    The ACT Attorney General Simon Corbell presented the Civil Partnerships Bill 2006 into the Legislative Assembly this week

    12:00 AM — Australia's Federal Government has again expressed dissatisfaction with gay union laws put forward by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).The ACT Attorney General Simon Corbell presented the Civil Partnerships Bill 2006 into the Legislative Assembly this week, months after it was rejected by Attorney General Philip Ruddock for being too similar to marriage.

  • 14th December 2006

    Lesbian Tory rejects selection jibe 2

    Margot James, the Tory Party's first openly lesbian candidate has hit out at a local councillor who implied that she received special treatment when she was selected to run for the Stourbridge seat

    12:00 AM — Margot James, the Tory Party's first openly lesbian candidate has hit out at a local councillor who implied that she received special treatment when she was selected to run for the Stourbridge seat last week because of her sexuality.Halesowen Conservative councillor Ken Turner claims that he was excluded from the MP selection process for the Halesowen and Rowley Regis constituency because he is a white male.

  • “Disgraced” anti-gay Tory resigns 14

    Councillor Peter Willows, 75, resigns today after a meeting with Conservative Group Leader Councillor Brian Oxley

    12:00 AM — The Tory Councillor found guilty of using abusive words against gay men by the Magistrates Court in Brighton last Tuesday has resigned.Peter Willows, 75, decided to resign from his post as Councillor for Hangleton and Knoll Ward in Brighton after a meeting with Conservative Group Leader Councillor Brian Oxley at Willow's home last night.

  • Smoking- giving up is hard to do 5

    All enclosed public places and workplaces in the UK will become smokefree from 1st July 2007 under the country's smoking ban

    12:00 AM — If you thought giving up smoking is hard, spare a thought for patients in Glasgow who applied for a pill to break the habit, but ended up being prescribed Viagra.The patients were expecting anti-smoking pill Zyban, but a computer glitch led sildenafil, another name for Viagra, being chosen.Pharmacists discovered the error when an influx of patients began asking for anti-impotence drugs, The Daily Telegraph reports.

  • Ireland court rejects gay marriage case 1

    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 has rejected a lesbian couple's case to recognise their Canadian marriage in Ireland.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.

  • 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.

  • Conservative Christians warn Archbishop over gay rift

    The group presented Dr Williams with a declaration stating that they would not work with those who had accepted gay priests or went against church teachings

    12:00 AM — Evangelical leaders are urging the Archbishop of Canterbury to let them overrule liberal bishops or face anarchy over controversial issues such as homosexuality, according to reports.Conservative clergy, backed by Bishop of Rochester, Reverend Michael Nazir-Ali, have told Dr Rowan Williams that a parallel structure must be created from liberal bishops within the Church of England and wider Anglican Communion.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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