11th March 2008
Mehdi’s deportation to be raised in Euro Parliament 21
12:30 PM — MEP Michael Cashman has said he will raise the case of Mehdi Kazemi in the European Parliament in Strasbourg this week.The 19-year-old Iranian is currently being held in Holland and is fighting legal moves to return him to the UK, where he is likely to face deportation to his homeland.He had unsuccessfully applied for asylum in the United Kingdom following the execution of his partner by Iranian authorities after being found guilty of sodomy.
High number of Irish same-sex couples living in US
11:03 AM — New research into US Census Bureau data has revealed that 1,200 Irish-born gay men and lesbians are living with a same-sex partner in America.The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy also found that two-thirds of Irish-born same-sex partners are women and 15% are raising children.The Irish government is expected to bring forward proposals for a form of civil partnerships at the end of this month. They have been legal in Northern Ireland since 2005.
Pro-gay Governor of New York in prostitution scandal 1
10:10 AM — New York Democratic Governor Eliot Spitzer has been tied to a prostitution ring after a federal investigation revealed he was recorded on a wiretap arranging to meet with a prostitute.Identified as Client 9 at the Emperors Club VIP escort service, Spitzer was recorded confirming plans to fly a prostitute from New York to Washington to meet him at a hotel.According to the New York Times, court documents stated Client 9 arranged to meet with an Emperors Club VIP prostitute on February 13th in Washington DC.
Clinton campaign ad actress supports Obama 1
9:46 AM — It was an ad campaign that seemed to change the tide of Hillary Clinton's race for the Presidential nomination.Capitalising on her years of experience, Clinton assured viewers she was the best person to pick up the phone if a national emergency arose at 3am.The tactic seemed to work, but now it has emerged that an actress in the ad, Casey Knowles, says she is a actually an Obama supporter.
10th March 2008
Green candidate will attend Stonewall hustings 1
6:01 PM — Sian Berry has been confirmed as the fourth candidate for Mayor of London appearing at a hustings event organised by gay equality organisation Stonewall.The Green candidate will appear alongside incumbent Mayor Ken Livingstone, Tory candidate Boris Johnson and Lib Dem's Brian Paddick at the event at BFI Southbank on Saturday 19th April.The Stonewall hustings will be the last before Londoners go to the polls on May 1st. Ms Berry, 33, is the youngest candidate in the race.
Obama wins Wyoming as talk of a ‘Dream Team’ intensifies
4:20 PM — Barack Obama's campaign to win the Democratic nomination for President of the United States was given another boost when he won another state over the weekend.Wyoming may be the least populous state in the union, but his comfortable margin of victory, 61% to 38%, has heartened his supporters after his rival Senator Hillary Clinton won three key states last week.Senator Obama took seven of the twelve delegates Wyoming sends to the Democratic party nominating convention in August.
Thatcher may be invited to civil partnership
3:40 PM — Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's closeness to Tory Shadow Cabinet member Alan Duncan has led to speculation she will be invited to celebrate his civil partnership later this year.The Sunday Times reports that up to 300 people may attend the ceremony. Last week Mr Duncan became the first Conservative MP to announce his intention to enter into a civil partnership.He refused to comment on whether or not Lady Thatcher, who was Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, will be invited.
Clegg backs Paddick for mayor as domestic abuse revealed
1:20 PM — Nick Clegg yesterday used part of his first conference speech as leader of the Liberal Democrats to praise the party's candidate for Mayor of London.He called Brian Paddick "an outstanding candidate who will transform London."His endorsement came on the same day that extracts from Mr Paddick's autobiography Line of Fire were serialised in a newspaper he once sued.
Brown may offer Mandelson second term in Brussels
12:40 PM — The feud between Gordon Brown and Peter Mandelson is the stuff of Westminster legend, but according to some reports today the ice may be melting.Mr Mandelson backed Mr Blair over his close friend Mr Brown for the leadership of the Labour party in 1994. The Prime Minister is said to have nurtured a grudge against Mr Mandelson ever since.Peter Mandelson has previously announced he intends to stay in his post as EU Trade Commissioner until 2009.
Scottish politicians back removal of gay blood ban 18
12:10 PM — An MEP has questioned why the National Blood Service is importing blood from countries where gay men can donate while banning any man in Britain who has ever had sex with another man from giving blood.A petition is being prepared for submission to the Scottish Parliament calling for a repeal to the ban the prevents gay and bisexual men from donating blood in the UK.Rob McDowall, the creator of the petition, has received support from Tory and SNP MEPs.
9th March 2008
Pro-gay Zapatero wins re-election in Spain 5
11:40 PM — Pro-gay, socialist Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has won re-election this evening as voters ignored worries about the economy and the Basque militants.Although with 92 per cent of the votes counted, the Socialist party will not have an absoloute majority, it is understood he will form an alliance with smaller parties in order to govern the country."The Spanish people have spoken clearly and decided to start a new era," Mr Zapatero told supporters.
Ron Paul admits White House dream is over 1
5:30 PM — Seen by many as the Ralph Nader of the Republican party, Ron Paul issued his swan song of sorts to the tune of seeking out more money.It seems the Presidential hopeful will still visit any state in which the "enthusiasm for liberty exists," and accept cheques made payable to his Political Action Committee.But for now, it would seem, his bid to become President of the United States is done.
McCain displays his quick temper over links to Democrats 2
5:30 PM — He may have won the Republican Party nomination for Presidential candidate but this week John McCain let his temper flair when questioned about a potential former move to represent the Democratic Party.A New York Times reporter questioned McCain about conversations he had with 2004 Democrat nominee John Kerry about becoming a running mate which prompted a rather telling outburst.On Friday during a QA with reporters, Times staffer Elisabeth Bumiller posed the question.
Liam Fox’s “homophobic past” revealed 12
3:00 AM — Liam Fox, Conservative shadow defence secretary, displayed homophobic credentials whilst at university, an investigation by the Sunday Herald has found.The Tory MP, who stood against David Cameron in the 2005 Conservative Party leadership content, resigned as a member of the University of Glasgow's student council in protest at a gay and lesbian society being admitted to the Glasgow University Union (GUU).He apparently said at the time: "[I do] not want the gays flaunting it in front of me, which is what they would do".
7th March 2008
Obama adviser quits after calling Hillary a monster 1
7:35 PM — Unpaid foreign policy adviser Samantha Power has walked away from Barack Obama's Presidential campaign after describing New York Senator Hillary Clinton as a "monster" to a Scottish publication.Clinton's camp pushed for Obama to drop Power from his team, but the Harvard professor and author resigned after apologising for her inappropriate comment."It is wrong for anyone to pursue this campaign in such negative and personal terms," she said.
O’Loan to lead inquiry into human rights in Britain 1
4:25 PM — An independent inquiry into human rights in Britain is to be carried out almost ten years after the original Act was passed, it was announced today.The investigation comes after a poll for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) showed that the term 'human rights' still prompts mixed reactions from a large population of the British public.Former Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman Dame Nuala O'Loan will be leading the inquiry.
Art auction raises £230,000 for Ken campaign
4:10 PM — Well-known British artists such as Anthony Gormley, Banksy and Catherine Yass donated works to an auction in London last night to raise funds for Ken Livingstone's election campaign.The event at the Aquarium Gallery in Farringdon raised more than £230,000."London's openness and tolerance has made it one of the most creative cities in the world," Mr Livingstone said last night.
Socialists lead in poll ahead of Spanish election 5
11:00 AM — The government of Spain looks set to win another term of office in Sunday's election, according to polling data.The current Prime Minister and leader of the Socialist party, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, has vowed to protect the gay rights legislation he has introduced since taking office in 2004.In Spain it is illegal to publish opinion polls during the last five days of an election campaign. The Times commissioned and yesterday publshed one from the Spanish polling company Sigma Dos.
Comment: Florida’s governor is a hypocrite 4
10:30 AM — As far as Republican governors go, Charlie Crist appears to be a pretty good guy.He comes across as fair, smart, even-handed and independent in his thinking, and he has even broken ranks with conservatives from time to time to do what he perceives to be the right thing.And while he doesn't support gay marriage or gay adoption, he has publicly supported gay civil unions, which, socially, pretty much puts him miles ahead of the majority of his Republican colleagues.
6th March 2008
Gay marriage discussed at Council of Europe 2
5:30 PM — A Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) hearing on the legal recognition of same-sex partnerships will take place in Paris tomorrow.The 47-member Council of Europe predates the European Union. It promotes and protects democracy, educational and sporting co-operation and created the European Court of Human Rights.The hearing will involve representatives of the International Lesbian and Gay Association ILGA Europe as well as parliamentarians and academics.