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  • 10th July 2007

    Catholic hierarchy tussle with gay group over Mass rights 2

    A spokesperson for the Archdiocese asserted that Quest is not a officially recognised group in the Catholic Church.

    5:25 PM — Quest, the lesbian and gay group for Catholics, has accused the Catholic Church of un-Christian behaviour after the Archdiocese of Liverpool prevented them from using the University Catholic Chaplaincy for a Mass.The service was intended to help gay Catholics discuss their experiences and pray for understanding of issues of faith.Following the ban the meeting was held in a location not controlled by the church.

  • Cameron’s families speech doesn’t mention civil partnerships 12

    Mr Cameron conceded that the UK has become more tolerant under a Labour government.

    4:45 PM — David Cameron's big speech on social policy today ran to nearly 1,800 words, but several phrases were missing, among them 'civil partnerships.'The Tory leader set out proposals to encourage marriage through the tax system, which might introduce a married couples tax allowance, worth around £20 a week, aimed at making it easier for one parent to stay at home.Mr Cameron was responding to a report from former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith.

  • Budapest mayor defiant over Pride violence

    SZDSZ yesterday announced that it would ask for same-sex unions to be legalised.

    3:56 PM — Extremist elements who attacked gay Pride participants in the Hungarian capital over the weekend have been roundly condemned as "intolerant, primitive and cowardly."Budapest Mayor Gabor Demszky said yesterday that he and his political party, The Alliance of Free Democrats (SZDSZ), totally condemn the violence at last weekend's Gay Parade in Budapest.On Saturday skinheads and fascists massed along the route of the march for gay rights.

  • Vienna court acquits gay rights activists of libel 1

    The accused had lost a previous trial and were ordered to reimburse the MP an April court ruling.

    3:14 PM — Two activists from a gay rights organisation based in Vienna were fully acquitted in their appeal against a court ruling yesterday.The chairman of the Homosexual Initiative (HOSI), Christian Högl, and general-secretary Kurt Krickler, had been accused of libel by a Member of Parliament from the Christian-Conservative Party, Walter Tancsits.The accused had lost a previous trial and were ordered to reimburse the MP an April court ruling.

  • Blair laughed then worried about minister’s cruising 1

    Davies, married three times and the father of two children, later admitted he is bisexual.

    3:05 PM — It has emerged that Prime Minister Tony Blair laughed when first told that Welsh Secretary Ron Davies had been mugged while cruising on Clapham Common in 1998.However, after another gay revelation he started to worry that his government's image might be damaged.Alistair Campbell, the former Prime Minister's communications chief, published a bowdlerised version of his diaries yesterday, called The Blair Years. 

  • Homophobic government faces election test

    The Prime Minister rejected a demand by the democratic left alliance (SLD) to immediately dissolve parliament.

    12:37 PM — The conservative Polish coalition government, known for its nationalistic and homophobic views, is at risk of falling apart.Twins Jaroslaw and Lech Kaczynski, the Prime Minister and President respectively, run one of the largest countries in the EU with a population of 38 million people.Yesterday Prime Minister Kaczynski fired his coalition partner, deputy and head of the main coalition party, Andrzej Lepper, for suspected involvement in corruption.

  • Cherie Blair persuaded Tory to defect over Section 28

    Shaun Woodward was appointed to the Cabinet by Gordon Brown last week, as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

    11:40 AM — The much-anticipated diaries of spin doctor Alistair Campbell may have disappointed politics junkies with their lack of information about the decade-long feud between No 10 and No 11 Downing St, but his reminiscences still contain some interesting insights into the Blair years.One such nugget is the revelation that the Prime Minister's wife and a former gay Radio 1 DJ helped persuade a senior Tory MP defect to the Labour party because he was about to be sacked for supporting gay rights.

  • 9th July 2007

    Senate approves judge who attended gay ‘wedding’

    The Senate Judiciary Committee had approved Judge Neff for a seat on the US District Court in Michigan's Western District in October 2006.

    5:23 PM — An attempt by a conservative Republican to block the appointment of a federal judge because she had attended a same-sex commitment ceremony was defeated in the US Senate yesterday.Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas is one of the less prominent politicians vying for the Republican party's nomination for President.Last year he blocked the nomination of Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Janet Neff to the federal court.

  • Synod fails to heal Anglican divisions on gay issues

    The synod held that the issue of homosexuality, and the ordination of gay clergy in particular, exposed the 'deep flaws in how Anglican unity is maintained.'“

    4:03 PM — This weekend's General Synod in York resolved to create a disciplinary covenant that might see some gay-friendly clergy and bishops thrown out of the Anglican church.There is no resolution in sight as the Church of England continues to equivocate on the issue of the ordination of gay clergy.The rows over the blessing of same-sex relationships and the ordination of gay clergy threatens to split the worldwide Church.

  • Blair to recommend Peter Mandelson for House of Lords

    Mr Mandelson has had a colourful political career. One of the architects of New Labour, he became arguably Tony Blair's closest adviser.

    3:11 PM — Former Prime Minister Tony Blair is to recommend his close political ally Peter Mandelson for a peerage.Traditionally a departing PM draws up a resignation honours list, though for the first time the names put forward for the House of Lords will be scrutinised by the appointments commission.It is thought Mr Blair will only nominate a few people to the Lords because of the ongoing 'cash for peerages' criminal investigation.

  • Gay divorce becomes a reality in South Africa

    Mr Van Zyl and Mr Liedenberg married in Johannesburg on February 16th.

    2:03 PM — A South African gay couple divorced last week in the Praetoria High Court following just five months of marriage.IT support consultant Ignatius Kloppers van Zyl, 47, set in motion divorce proceedings against Jacques Liebenberg, 36.They were one of many homosexual couples who took advantage of legislation passed by the South African National Council in December 2006 permitting same-sex marriage.

  • Married woman pleads guilty to civil partnership charges 2

    Ms Mitchell, a mother of three children, denied the charges at an earlier magistrates hearing in March.

    1:32 PM — A married woman admitted to a court this morning that she made a false statement to a registrar, after she illegally entered into a civil partnership.Suzanne Mitchell appeared at Shrewsbury Crown Court before Judge Robin Onions, who chastised her for giving a press interview about her story.The 29-year-old lives in Wingfield Gardens in Shrewsbury. Ms Mitchell, a mother of three children, denied the charges at an earlier magistrates hearing in March.

  • Feature: The long road to decriminalisation 1

    Leo Abse, in an interview in The Observer, said the supporters of the bill had to use all their political acumen to drag it through parliament.

    12:07 PM — 40 years ago this month, a campaiging Welsh Labour MP by the name of Leo Abse managed to guide a Bill through both Houses of Parliament.By a combination of smart tactics and appealing to politicians to pity those 'less fortunate' than themselves, he got them to agree to a partial decriminalisation of male homosexual relations.It brought an end to hundreds of years of legal persecution, as Alex Bryce explains. 

  • Pride march attacked in Croatia

    Homosexuality was legalised in Croatia in 1977, and the age of consent was equalised in 1998.

    11:10 AM — Ten people were injured when violence broke out at a gay Pride march in Zagreb on Saturday.Police arrested eight people, some of whom were reported to be armed with petrol bombs. A gang of around 20 young men taunted and abused the Pride participants.Despite the Croatian government granting limited partnership rights for gay and lesbian couples, homophobia remains rife in the country, which is overwhelmingly Roman Catholic.

  • Law student challenges gay marriage exam question 1

    Mr Dunne scored a 268.866 on the bar exam, just missing a passing grade of 270.

    10:42 AM — A man who flunked Massachusetts' bar exam is claiming in federal court that he failed the test because he refused to answer a question related to gay marriage.According to the Associated Press, a question came up concerning the rights of two married lesbians, their children and their property.Stephen Dunne says the question itself was "morally repugnant," because it legitimises same-sex marriage and parenting, which he opposes.

  • Hungary’s first gay minister comes out at film festival 1

    Mr Szetey has been working as a state secretary at the Prime Minister's Office since last July.

    10:31 AM — Hungarian Socialist Gábor Szetey became the first elected political official in Hungary to publicly come out as being gay when he opened the 12th Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Film and Cultural Festival in Budapest last week.According to DPA, Mr Szetey's announcement came on the same day as junior coalition member the Alliance of Free Democrats (SZDSZ) announced that it would ask for same-sex unions to be legalised.

  • 8th July 2007

    David Cameron defends his appointment of anti-gay campaigner 21

    Mrs Warsi conducted a homophobic campaign in a failed attempt to become elected in the constituency of Dewsbury

    3:01 PM — Conservative Leader, David Cameron today defended the appointment to his Shadow Cabinet of a Muslim who previous campaigned against gay rights.As she failed in her attempts to be democratically electesd to the House of Commons, Sayeeda Warsi, will be ennobled as a "working peer" to become David Cameron's Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion. On the 6th July, PinkNews.co.uk reported that Mrs Warsi conducted a homophobic campaign in a failed attempt to become elected in the constituency of Dewsbury.

  • 6th July 2007

    Comment: Ex-gay journalist answers his critics 24

    “Coming out from under this packaged lie requires strong self-confidence and will and desire to know the Truth. “

    4:32 PM — Earlier this week PinkNews.co.uk reported on Michael Glatze, an award-winning gay journalist and activist who announced he is now an ex-gay.The founder of Young Gay America magazine and recipient of the National Role Model Award from leading gay rights organisation Equality Forum has contacted PinkNews.co.uk to put his side of the story. Here we reproduce his thoughts on the true nature of homosexuality.

  • Presidential hopeful caught in porn row

    Mr Romney emphasised that his main fear is young children innocently coming across pornography on television and the internet.

    4:17 PM — Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is being questioned by social conservatives over on-demand pornography in Marriott hotel chain rooms.Mr Romney, a Marriott board member from 1992 to 2001, has publicly voiced his opinions on the perils of pornography.Now conservative activists have attacked the candidate and the Marriott for presenting themselves as family-orientated when pornography continues to be distributed in their hotels.

  • Pub owner pleads not guilty plea over ‘gay’ sign

    The landlord, Mr Adrian Taylor, 54, is due to appear in court again in September.

    1:11 PM — The landlord of a Wiltshire pub who allegedly placed a homophobic sign outside his premises has pleaded not guilty to a public order offence at Chippenham Magistrates Court.The pub's former landlords John Williams, and his 26-year-old partner Lee, believe the sign, which read 'faggots and mince not on the menu', refers to them.Gay equality group Stonewall said the sign could breach new equality laws which came into force on April 30.

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