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  • 31st March 2008

    Support for gay marriage increases in Ireland 4

    In 2007 the Prime Minister of Ireland Bertie Ahern said that legislation would be approved during the lifetime of his government.

    1:55 PM — As Irish gay rights advocates await the government's proposals on legal recognition of same-sex partners, a new opinion poll has found that the vast majority of their countrymen and women are in favour.MarriagEquality, a group formed to push for full civil marriage, has released the details of a poll it commissioned which shows the number of Irish people who support partnerships only has fallen from 33% to 26%.Overall 84% of those polled support either gay marriage or civil partnerships.

  • Cameron backs Boris at launch of London campaign

    Londoners go to the polls on May 1st to elect a Mayor and the 25-member London Assembly.

    1:30 PM — Conservative leader David Cameron has publicly backed the party's candidate for Mayor of London as officially launched his campaign this morning.He said Boris Johnson would be a "brilliant" mayor, claimed that "London's real problem is a lack of leadership" and said incumbent Mayor and Labour candidate Ken Livingstone had lost touch with the voters.Londoners go to the polls on May 1st to elect a Mayor and the 25-member London Assembly.

  • Gay couple excite press interest during visit to Poland 2

    Brendan Fay and Tom Moulton (third and fourth from left)  met with gay rights leaders on the first day of their trip to Poland.

    11:45 AM — A New York couple who spoke out after footage of their wedding was used in a TV address by the President of Poland attacking gay rights are on a three-day visit to the country.Brendan Fay and Tom Moulton met with gay rights leaders on the first day of their trip to the country, which was sponsored by TVN television.President Lech Kaczynski's speech to the nation last week used heavy-handed tactics to warn of the dangers of the Lisbon treaty.

  • 28th March 2008

    Evangelicals attack Ecuador’s protection of sexual minorities 2

    Queirolo has embraced the ultra-conservative Christian Evangelical movement and campaigning against constitutional protection for homosexuals.

    1:35 PM — A member of Ecuador's National Assembly has caused outrage throughout the gay community by comparing homosexuality to paedophilia and bestiality.Rosanna Queirolo, a former model, television news anchor and triathlon athlete, won election on a manifesto of environmental protection.However, since joining the Assembly she has caused controversy by embracing the country's ultra-conservative Christian Evangelical movement.

  • Mayor “not ready” to support gay rights

    19 mayors from across the EU have signed up, but Mr Imbrasas said: “I am not ready for such things yet.“

    1:15 PM — One of Europe's most bigoted politicians has once again defended naked prejudice in his city.Juozas Imbrasas, the Mayor of Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, was asked by journalists if he would back a campaign affirming freedom of assembly and expression for LGBT people in Europe.19 mayors from across the EU have signed up, but Mr Imbrasas said: "I am not ready for such things yet." His response was unsurprising considering that Vilnius city council has effectively banned any gay Pride events.

  • Scottish campaign aims to stop deportation of gay teenager 5

    Campaign workers are encouraging supporters to write to their local MP or to write directly to Home Secretary Jacqui Smith.

    12:50 PM — A campaign has been launched to save a teenager from Syria being deported to his homeland.Jojo Jako Yakob, 19, claims he will be executed if he is returned.He has been held at Polmont Young Offenders in Falkirk, Scotland for the last 12 months after being arrested for possessing a fake Belgian passport. His lawyers say an asylum application for his stay in the UK was mistakenly withdrawn.

  • ‘Blogfather’ joins Paddick campaign as nominations close 5

    Nominations for Mayor close today and the election will be held on May 1st.

    12:45 PM — A second American political strategist has been appointed to Brian Paddick's campaign to become the first Lib Dem Mayor of London.Nominations for Mayor close today and the election will be held on May 1st.Jerome Armstrong, sometimes called the Blogfather, will be the campaign's web strategist. He was instrumental in US Presidential hopeful Howard Dean's grassroots campaign in 2004, regarded as the first major campaign to effectively use the internet to fundraise and win support.

  • Homophobic politician meets gay family group 10

    In 2004 Kern was elected for the first time with 67.65% of the vote.

    11:45 AM — An Oklahoma politician who described gay people as a bigger threat to America than terrorism has met with local members of the advocacy group Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).Representative Sally Kern received international attention after her homophobic speech to a group of fellow Republicans was posted on YouTube earlier this month by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund.Her supporters claim she has been subject to death threats, something denied by state police.

  • 27th March 2008

    ‘Obama Girl’ wants Hillary Clinton out of Presidential race 11

    The first “Obama Girl“ video was released last summer and rapidly spread like wildfire, launching Ettinger into semi-stardom.

    6:50 PM — Amber Lee Ettinger, also known as "Obama Girl," has released a new video calling for New York Senator Hillary Clinton to drop out of the US Presidential race against Barack Obama.The first "Obama Girl" video was released last summer and rapidly spread like wildfire, launching Ettinger into semi-stardom.The videos are the creation of BarelyPolitical.com and the original video has been viewed more than seven million times on YouTube.com alone.

  • UK asylum system “not fit for purpose”

    The head of the Border and Immigration Agency, Lin Homer, told the BBC: “I totally refute any suggestion that we treat asylum applicants without care and compassion.“

    1:55 PM — A commission established to examine asylum policy and practice in the UK has concluded that it falls below the standards of a civilised nation.The 12-member Independent Asylum Commission's findings have been rejected by the Border and Immigration Agency, who claim they treat people with "care and compassion."The volume of people seeking asylum in the UK has fallen sharply and last year there were just over 23,000.

  • Cuban parliament considers LGBT rights bill 1

    The proposed change to Cuban family law would put members of same-sex unions on a par with heterosexual couples.  photo: exfordy@flickr.com

    1:10 PM — A draft lesbian, gay and trans rights bill will be considered by Cuban legislators today.The proposed new law would grant equal rights to all citizens and is the first step towards same-sex unions and access to gender reassignment surgery.Mariela Castro, director of the National Sex Education Centre, said:"A relevant resolution will be signed in the nearest future by the Ministry of Health, which will determine the procedure for such surgery."

  • Obama and Clinton supporters attracted by McCain

    Republican John McCain can possibly expect to receive a healthy dose of Democratic support in November regardless of whether he is facing Clinton or Obama.

    10:55 AM — A surprising number of supporters of both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton would throw their votes to Republican John McCain if their candidate does not become the Democratic Presidential nominee, according to a new Gallup poll released yesterday.While only 19 percent of Obama supporters said they would vote for McCain over Clinton, 28 percent of Clinton supporters would switch their vote to the Republican nominee.

  • 26th March 2008

    Paddick still favourite with gay voters 47

    Mr Paddick was until last year was the most senior out gay police officer in the UK.

    6:20 PM — The results of the second PinkNews.co.uk Mayor of London poll show that Lib Dem candidate Brian Paddick still leads among respondents.225 people who live in the London area took part in the poll. Mr Paddick, who until last year was the most senior out gay police officer in the UK, won 43.5%, or 98 of the first preference votes.He was followed by incumbent Mayor and Labour candidate Ken Livingstone, with 29.4% (66 votes). Tory candidate Boris Johnson won 12% (27 votes).

  • Hillary caught out over “sniper fire” claims

    footage of her arrival uncovered by US TV stations shows the First Lady and her daughter being greeted by a small girl with a posy of flowers as they walk calmly from the plane.

    3:55 PM — Presidential hopeful Senator Hillary Clinton has admitted she "made a mistake" over her claims that while visiting Bosnia in 1996 she was subject to sniper fire.The Former First Lady has been keen to portray her time in the White House as proof of her foreign affairs credentials.In a series of interviews last week she claimed that after her plane landed in Tuzla, Bosnia, she and her daughter Chelsea had to run for cover as they were targeted by sniper fire.

  • Lords debates illustrate objections to gay equality 17

    Their Lordships spent hours discussing whether it is correct to remove the 'need for a father' and replace it with the need for 'supportive parenting.'

    12:45 PM — The Prime Minister's decision to allow Labour MPs a free vote on three clauses of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill has surprised many Westminster watchers.The issues surrounding so-called 'saviour siblings,' human-animal embryos and the requirement for doctors to consider 'the need for a father' when deciding on whether to agree to carry out fertilisation or fertility treatments were all discussed at length in the Lords.Those debates should give us a flavour of the debate in the Commons, which is not expected until after the local council elections in May.

  • Downing St explains why MPs are getting a free vote 17

    As many as 12 ministers, three of them in the Cabinet, were reported to be considering leaving the government rather than vote for parts of the bill.

    12:30 PM — Gordon Brown is "following the precedent set in 1990 with the original Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill" in allowing his MPs a free vote on measures that ensure gay equality.Roman Catholic Labour MPs are expected to challenge the removal of a requirement for doctors to "consider the need for a father" when deciding to consent to IVF or assisted conception treatments.The bill proposed to replace that with a need for "supportive parenting."

  • How will the embryology bill help gay and lesbian parents? 17

    At present the law requires that NHS fertility clinics take account of the “need for a father“ when assessing women for treatment.

    12:30 PM — The Prime Minister's announcement that Labour MPs will be allowed a free vote on legislation designed to ensure equal treatment for gay and lesbian people has dismayed gay rights groups and angered many in his own party.The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill currently before Parliament aims to make it easier for lesbian couples to access NHS fertilisation services and ensure that a lesbian or gay couple can become the legal parents of their children.Tory MPs will be given a free vote on the bill.

  • Stonewall “disappointed” over free vote on gay equality 17

    As many as 12 ministers who are also Roman Catholics reportedly threatened to resign unless they were allowed to opt out of voting in favour of parts of the bill.

    11:40 AM — Gay equality organisation Stonewall has criticised the Prime Minister's decision to give Labour MPs a free vote on provisions in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill that aim to give gay and lesbian people equal access to NHS fertility and assisted conception services.The bill, currently before Parliament, would replace the current need for doctors to consider the need for a father when decided whether or not to provide such treatments with the need for supportive parenting.

  • NY gay couple demand meeting with Polish leader 19

    The President, a notorious homophobe, claimed the EU treaty would “affect the accepted moral order in Poland.“

    11:03 AM — An American gay activist and his partner, whose wedding video was used by the President of Poland during a televised address to the nation in which he warned of the danger of same-sex marriage, want an apology and a meeting.Brendan Fay, who is originally from Ireland, met with journalists yesterday at the headquarters of New York-based advocacy group Human Rights Watch.President Kaczynski's address to the nation last week used heavy-handed tactics to warn of the dangers of the Lisbon treaty.

  • Obama and Bush are distant relatives claim genealogists

    Obama and the current President Bush are 10th cousins, once removed, according to the study.

    10:30 AM — A research study conducted by the New England Historic Genealogical Society has turned up a variety of interesting relations to the current Democratic and Republican candidates for US President.According to the study, Barack Obama is distantly related to such luminaries as George W. Bush and Brad Pitt, while Hillary Clinton has familial ties to Angelina Jolie and Madonna.John McCain turns out to be a cousin of First Lady Laura Bush.

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