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  • 14th February 2008

    ONS explains thinking on gay census question 5

    There will be an option to record civil partnership alongside marriage on the 2011 census.

    6:15 PM — The Office for National Statistics has spoken to PinkNews.co.uk about why it does not propose to ask a question about sexual orientation in the 2011 Census.Earlier this week gay equality organisation Stonewall joined forces with the Trades Union Congress to press for the inclusion of such a question.A spokesman for the ONS told PinkNews.co.uk that they do not propose to ask a question in 2011 as they consider that there are better ways to collect "timely and reliable" sexual identity information.

  • London mayor candidate backs Page 3 girls 1

    Until he left the police last May,  Mr Paddick was the most senior out gay officer in the country.

    5:30 PM — The Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London has told The Sun that the pictures of topless women on published on page three of the paper "shows that you don't need to be stick-thin to be attractive."Brian Paddick also said that if elected he may withdraw millions of pounds worth of funding from London Fashion Week in protest at the use of "size zero" models.He told the paper: "Sun girls are proof you can be curvy and gorgeous, unlike the stick-insects you see on the catwalk."

  • Australian government objects to same-sex ceremonies

    Mr McClelland yesterday said the ceremonial aspects of the ACT model are “inappropriate.“

    4:25 PM — Gay rights advocates in Australia have asked the country's Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, explain why same-sex couples in the ACT (Australia Capital Territory) should not be allowed to officially solemnise their unions.Responding to the ACT government's renewed commitment to its civil partnership law, Mr McClelland yesterday said the ceremonial aspects of the ACT model are "inappropriate."ACT Liberal party Senator Gary Humphries attacked the Labour government's position on the issue.

  • Jamaican activist seeks asylum in Canada 3

    International human rights organisations have described Jamaica as one of the most homophobic places in the world.

    3:40 PM — A prominent member of gay rights group J-FLAG, Jamaica's Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays, is claiming refugee status in Canada.Gareth Henry, who spoke at Pride London last year about the plight of lesbian and gay people in his country, told CBC News that 13 of his friends have been killed in the last four years.On this day last year Mr Henry was one of three gay men stoned by a huge mob in a homophobic attack.

  • Crackdown on gays proposed in Bahrain 8

    Mr Fairooz said that homosexuals were a “threat to our society and Islamic values.“ photo: fractal00@flickr.com

    2:31 PM — MPs in the Gulf state of Bahrain are calling for a range of measures to be taken against gay people in the country, including deporting foreigners suspected of being gay.The foreign affairs, defence and national security committee has backed proposals to tighten immigration checks to stop foreign gay people entering the country."The Interior Ministry has told us that it already bans suspected homosexuals as they try entering the country from Bahrain International Airport," committee secretary Jalal Fairooz told Gulf Daily News. 

  • Sex sting Senator “acted improperly” 4

    Senator Craig announced that despite the court decision against him he will remain in the Senate until the end of his term.

    12:40 PM — The US Senate Ethics Committee has criticised Senator Larry Craig over in incident in an airport bathroom which led to him being arrested for cruising, but has decided to take no further action against him.The Senator from Idaho, who married with three children, denies he is gay.He was arrested on June 11th by an undercover police officer in a Minneapolis airport toilet.

  • Irish gays picket parliament over marriage equality 5

    Homosexuality was decriminalised in the Republic of Ireland in 1993.

    12:20 PM — A recently former pressure group will protest at the Irish parliament today and present the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) with 1,000 messages demanding full civil marriages for gay people, something the Irish government has ruled out as contrary to the country's constitution.Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered (LGBT) Noise is highlighting the lack of rights gay couples have in relation to care of children, inheritance, pensions and wills.

  • Gay groups’ observer status at UN blocked 2

    ILGA has been facilitating the presence of LGBT activists at the United Nations Human Rights Council since 2004.

    12:02 PM — LGBT rights groups from Spain, the Netherlands and Brazil have been refused observer status that allows Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) to participate in United Nations business.The UN Committee on NGOs was tied, with Columbia, Dominica, Israel, Peru, Romania, UK and the USA voting yes and Burundi, China, Egypt, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia and Sudan voting no.Angola, Guinea, India and Turkey abstained while Cuba was not present. The UK representative on the committee said they were discriminating against LGBT NGO applicants.

  • Moscow Pride ban challenged in human rights court

    The mayors of Moscow and Paris both condemned the Moscow authorities for banning the gay march.

    11:20 AM — The organisers of the banned Moscow Pride have sent an application to the European Court of Human Rights claiming the ban breached their rights and seeking compensation of 1 million euros.Documents were sent to the court in Strasbourg today.Last year Moscow Pride organisers, MEPs and prominent British gay activists were among 31 people arrested as they attempted to deliver a letter of protest about the ban to the mayor's office.

  • 13th February 2008

    Census question is about sexuality not sex 5

    Information about individuals collected from the census is secret for 100 years and only the aggregate statistics are published.

    4:50 PM — A proposal to include a question on sexuality in the next UK-wide census has been backed by trade unionists and the Green party, but caused confusion among some people.A senior researcher who is an expert on LGBT issues told PinkNews.co.uk that any question must focus on sexual identity and not orientation.The academic, who asked not to be named, explained: "Some have put forward the argument that such a question involved someone's private sexual behaviour.

  • Germany criticised by EU over gay discrimination 2

    The EU commissioner said that the partnership registration scheme available to German same-sex couples do not represent equal rights.

    2:25 PM — The European Union commissioner for employment, social affairs and equal opportunities has started an infringement procedures against Germany and eleven other member states for failing to implement EU equal opportunities legislation correctly.Vladimir Spidla said that the German government has failed to bring provisions on equal treatment of gay and lesbian partnerships in line with EU directives.He said that the partnership registration scheme available to German same-sex couples do not represent equal rights.

  • Spanish opposition leader targets gay adoption 2

    PP has promised to establish a new “family“ ministry if they win the elections next month.

    12:20 PM — The man who wants to be the next Prime Minister of Spain has said he will move to ban gay adoption in the country.Mariano Rajoy, who leads the conservative Partido Popular, said in an interview that he is ready to take away the right to adopt from gay couples.Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has called a general election for March 9th.

  • Obama sweeps to victory in latest primaries 1

    In Washington DC Senator Obama took 75% of the vote, in Virginia 64%.

    11:35 AM — Presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama won primaries in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC yesterday, as his rival for the Democratic nomination faced serious questions about her campaign.Senator Hillary Clinton flew to Texas, a key state, as analysts pored over data that suggests her support among women, Hispanic and older voters may be weakening in the face of Obama's string of wins.

  • 12th February 2008

    Clinton tries to lock down gay voters 11

    The former First Lady is facing a serious and sustained challenge for the Democratic party nomination from Barack Obama.

    2:05 PM — Presidential hopeful Senator Hillary Clinton has given an interview to an American gay newspaper in an attempt to portray herself as the obvious candidate for LGBT votes.The former First Lady, who is facing a serious and sustained challenge for the Democratic party nomination from Barack Obama, spoke to the Washington Blade on Sunday about issues such as workplace protection and hate crimes legislation.Her comments came just two days ahead of today's primaries in the states of Maryland and Virginia and Washington DC.

  • Irish mostly comfortable with gay family 11

    The Irish government is expected to bring forward proposals for a form of civil partnerships in the EU nation at the end of March.

    12:45 PM — A new survey published ahead of proposed legislation to legally recognise same-sex relationships has found that more than half of Irish people would be unconcerned if their child or sibling is gay.The Sunday Independent/Millward Brown IMS poll did find that significant proportion of people would be "concerned."The high figures of acceptance, 53% unconcerned about a gay child and 56% a gay sibling, highlight the growing acceptance of LGB people in a society that only decriminalised homosexuality 15 years ago.

  • Unions demand gay question on 2011 census 25

    Final decisions on the content of the 2011 Census will not be made until the consultation and testing programme is complete and Parliament gives formal approval in 2010.

    12:20 PM — The General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress Brendan Barber has joined with gay equality organisation Stonewall's chief executive Ben Summerskill to ask for questions on sexual orientation to form part of the census.The next national survey will take place in 2011.It is conducted every 10 years by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), who announced last year that they did not think a question about sexual orientation would not be suitable.

  • Huckabee challenges result in Washington

    Huckabee defeated McCain by a narrow margin in the Louisiana Republican primary and beat him by a large tally in the Kansas caucuses.

    12:05 PM — Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is refusing to concede a loss to Arizona Senator John McCain in the Washington Republican caucuses.The Huckabee campaign is asking for a full recount of the caucus votes in order to determine the true winner of the contest.McCain believes he won the race, but has conceded to Huckabee's right to ask for a recount.

  • 11th February 2008

    Romania moves to exclude same-sex marriage

    Romania only joined the EU at the beginning of 2007, at which time it was required to recognise same-sex couples registered in other member states.

    7:30 PM — A leading human rights group has condemned an attempt by Senators in the Romanian parliament to change the country's Family Code on marriage.The far-right Greater Romania Party's amendment, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman, was passed unanimously by the Senate Judicial Committee.It will need full Senate approval before it moves to the Chamber of Deputies.

  • Swedish lesbians have a legal right to puppies

    During a phone call to the kennel owner enquiring about a puppy advertised for sale, the lesbian woman mentioned her partner.  photo: frazzledjen@flickr.com

    5:06 PM — An unusual case of discrimination in Sweden has led to a court ruling in favour of a women turned away from buying a puppy because she is a lesbian.The Local reports that the court of appeal in Stockholm confirmed that a kennel owner must pay 20,000 kronor (£1,580) for discrimination and harassment on the grounds of sexual orientation.During a phone call to the kennel owner enquiring about a puppy advertised for sale, the lesbian woman mentioned her partner. The owner then refused to sell the puppy to her.

  • Huckabee victories point to problems for McCain

    It is almost certain that Senator McCain will end up with the nomination.

    4:02 PM — He may be the Republican nominee for President in all but name, but results from two primaries over the weekend indicate that it could be a tough battle for Senator John McCain to win over sections of his own party.In the Kansas caucus former Governor of Arkansas and Baptist minister Mike Huckabee took 60% of the vote to 24% for McCain and 11% for maverick candidate Ron Paul.Huckabee also took Louisiana and the results from Washington state are still too close to call.

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