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  • 25th March 2009

    New York Senator’s U-turn on gay marriage 1

    Sen Charles Schumer has come out in support of gay marriage

    5:02 PM — New York Senator Charles Schumer has revealed that after years of opposing gay marriage, he now supports it. The Democrat made his announcement at a meeting in a Manhattan restaurant but did not release news of his change of opinion until after it was reported by Empire State Pride Agenda this week.

  • Gainesville keeps LGBT discrimination protections 5

    Gainesville has voted to keep its anti-discrimination provisions

    4:15 PM — LGBT campaigners in Gainesville, Florida, are celebrating after voters opted against stripping the city's anti-discrimination provisions. Fifty-eight per cent of residents voted against cancelling the anti-discrimination protections Gainesville extends to gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people in order to conform to the Florida Civil Rights Act.

  • 24th March 2009

    Government wins House of Commons vote on anti-gay hate speech 22

    The government won tonight's vote on anti-gay hate laws

    11:59 PM — The government has defeated an amendment in the House of Commons that would have created a defence of "free speech" in a bill that is designed to criminalise incitement of hatred in relation to sexual orientation.

  • Interview: Encouraging gays to take their place in Parliament 7

    Anne Begg said she believes identity politics are not yet a thing of the past

    5:49 PM — Anne Begg is an instantly recognisable presence in the House of Commons. The former English teacher is the first wheelchair user to be elected as an MP. Chatty, amiable and refreshingly straightforward, Ms Begg can often be spotted in the chamber, in her chair at the side of the Labour benches.

  • 23rd March 2009

    New Hampshire introduces bill to protect trans people 1

    New Hampshire is introducing a bill to protect against trans discrimination

    5:51 PM — The US state of New Hampshire is introducing a bill to protect trans people from discrimination. The bill means the words "gender identity" or "gender expression" will be added to current laws protecting from discrimination on the basis of sex, age, race, creed, colour, sexual orientation or religion.

  • 20th March 2009

    Northen Ireland MP Iris Robinson will not face prosecution for comparing homosexuality to paedophillia 69

    Iris Robinson compared homosexuality to paedophilia

    3:58 PM — A Northern Ireland MP who said gay people could be 'turned around' and compared homosexuality to paedophilia will not be prosecuted. Iris Robinson, the MP for Strangford, was investigated by police after complaints.

  • 19th March 2009

    Hundreds gather to debate gay marriage in Vermont 1

    Vermont is holding a week of hearings on same-sex marriage

    2:45 PM — More than 500 people flocked to the house chamber in Montpelier, Vermont, last night to testify on same-sex marriage in the state. Amidst a week of hearings, the public debate last three hours and saw 115 people testify in favour of gay marriage and 85 against it.

  • 18th March 2009

    Scottish hate crimes law to be extended to cover anti-gay crimes 4

    The Scottish Parliament heard today that the Bill will "send a clear message"

    5:41 PM — Scottish justice secretary Kenny MacAskill has said that extending hate crime laws to protect LGBT people and the disabled will send out a "clear message" that such crimes cannot be tolerated.

  • New York senior official in bid to become first openly gay senator 1

    Jon Cooper may run for senator

    4:55 PM — Jon Cooper, the majority leader of the Suffolk County legislature in New York, has announced he is considering whether to challenge US senator Kirsten Gillibrand in the Democratic primary in 2010. Cooper, who is openly gay and has five adopted children, would be the first out senator if successful.

  • Scottish Parliament asked to review Marriage Act 10

    Scottish Parliament has been asked to reexamine the Act

    12:09 PM — The Scottish Parliament was asked yesterday to review the Marriage Act with regard to gay marriage. A request from the Public Petitions committee has asked MSPs to reexamine the act and detail any reasons for refusing to amend it.

  • Obama to sign worldwide gay rights declaration 12

    Sources claim Obama will sign the declaration

    10:44 AM — The Obama administration is to endorse a UN declaration calling for the worldwide decriminalisation of homosexuality. President George W Bush had refused to sign the declaration during his office, making the US the only western state not to offer its support.

  • 17th March 2009

    Pope claims condoms ‘could make African AIDS crisis worse’ 59

    Pope Benedict said condoms were making the African AIDS crisis worse

    4:45 PM — Pope Benedict XVI today added to the controversy over the Catholic church's stance on condoms when he argued that they were not the answer to Africa's fight against HIV and Aids and could even make the problem worse.

  • Lib Dems: ‘Tories must clarify whether they plan to ally with homophobes’ 22

    The Lib Dems have called the Polish party 'homophobic'

    3:43 PM — The Liberal Democrats have called for the Conservative Party to clarify whether they intend to form an alliance with the Polish Law and Justice Party in the European Parliament. The Law and Justice Party has a reputation for anti-gay sentiment.

  • Vermont deliberates over gay marriage 9

    Vermont State House (Flickr: Joe Shlabotnik)

    12:04 PM — A week of hearings began yesterday on a bill to allow same-sex couples in Vermont, US, to marry. If approved, the state would join Massachusetts and Connecticut as the only US states that allow gay marriage.

  • 16th March 2009

    Mexican politician hopes to be first gay mayor

    Miguel Galán hopes to be the first openly gay mayor of Guadalajara

    5:58 PM — An openly gay Social Democrat Party (PSD) politician is to stand for mayor of Guadalajara in Mexico. Miguel Galán, 31, will discover whether his party will put him forward as the official candidate at the end of this month, reports The Argentimes.

  • Interview: Britain’s gay Consul General to Cape Town 6

    Richard Wood

    5:28 PM — Coming from Leeds polytechnic university, Richard Wood was always going to be an unusual diplomat. Currently, he heads the British Consulate in Cape Town and lives in the city with his partner, riding a red Vespa to work.

  • 13th March 2009

    US Republican Party head: ‘I can’t deny gays their nature’ 12

    Michael Steele said he was against gay marriage

    4:49 PM — The new head of the Republican Party, Michael Steele, has spoken out on gay issues. However, he admitted being against marriage for same-sex couples but denied his view was homophobic.

  • Eleven gay discharges in US military in January 9

    Eleven service members were discharged in January under the policy

    1:32 PM — Eleven gay servicemembers were discharged from the US military in January under the 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy, including a human intelligence collector, a military police officer and four infantry personnel.

  • Exclusive: Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman warns of rise of ‘homophobic’ BNP 42

    Harman spoke last night at the LGBT Labour Vote Launch

    11:54 AM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Minister for Equality, Harriet Harman has said that the expected low turn-out in the European elections may lead to the "pressing forward of the far right" with groups such as the BNP gaining seats in the European parliament.

  • 12th March 2009

    Florida bill will repeal gay adoption ban 5

    The bill will repeal a 1977 law

    11:04 AM — A bill to repeal a 1977 ruling against gays and lesbians adopting in Florida, US, has been introduced. It is sponsored by state senator Nan Rich, a Democrat from Weston, who is introducing another bill to grant judges the discretion to determine adoptions solely on “the best interests” of the child.

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