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Politics

  • 23rd October 2007

    More Democrats sign up to repeal gay military ban

    Congressman Murphy is a former JAG Corps attorney, and served two deployments after the terrorist attacks of September 11th 2001.

    3:33 PM — Five more members of the House of Representatives have added their support to removing the ban on openly lesbian, gay and bisexual military personnel in the US Armed Forces.136 Congressmen and women are now co-sponsors of The Military Readiness Enhancement Act, which repeals the policy of "Don't Ask Don't Tell."The policy, introduced in 1994, states that LGB people can serve in the Armed Forces as long as they conceal their orientation.

  • Christian backlash against US gay legislation 3

    ENDA will be voted on by the House of Representatives this week.

    2:01 PM — Evangelical Christians in the United States have attacked proposals to protect LGBT people from employment discrimination and a new hate crimes bill.Americans for Truth About Homosexuality, which describes itself as a "national organisation devoted exclusively to exposing and countering the homosexual activist agenda," is one of several groups protesting against the Employment Non Discrimination Act, currently before Congress.

  • Senator Obama linked to “ex-gay” singer 15

    Obama belongs to the United Church of Christ, which supports gay marriage.

    11:20 AM — Senator Barack Obama has drawn criticism for signing up a gospel singer with controversial views about gays and lesbians for his campaign in South Carolina.According to AP, gay rights group Truth Wins Out has urged the Democratic Presidential candidate to his cut ties with Donnie McClurkin, one of several gospel singers scheduled to raise money for the Illinois senator at a concert in South Carolina this weekend.

  • US Senate candidate outs himself

    Democrat Jim Neal, who says he will challenge Republican Senator Elizabeth Dole for the seat, surprised many last weekend when he outed himself.

    11:02 AM — North Carolina voters will be given the opportunity to vote into office an openly gay Senator next year, should the candidate in question follow through with his current plans.Democrat Jim Neal, who says he will challenge Republican Senator Elizabeth Dole for the seat, surprised many last weekend when he outed himself during a discussion on liberal blog, BlueNC.com.At one point, another participant in the discussion asked Neal if he was gay.

  • Australian opposition won’t change gay marriage law 13

    Mr Rudd stood by his Labour party line that marriage is between a man and woman, but admitted it was not a popular view in some circles.

    11:02 AM — The Australian opposition leader, Kevin Rudd, has said he would still love his three children if they were gay, but as prime minister he would not change the law to allow gays to marry.Earlier this month, the announcement that a general election will be held in Australia on 24th November prompted evangelical groups in the country to begin campaigning against gay equality.Speaking on the Austereo network on Tuesday, Mr Rudd stood by his Labour party line that marriage is between a man and woman.

  • Interview: The Tories, gays and education 6

    Gove, who is married with two small children, has risen quickly through the ranks since becoming an MP

    12:20 AM — While many in David Cameron's Conservatives are recent converts to gay equality, including Cameron himself, there are a few who spoke out long before it was fashionable.The Shadow Secretary of State for Children, Families and Schools, Michael Gove, was urging the party to break with the past long before he took his place in the House of Commons.Elected in 2005 to represent the true-blue constituency of Surrey Heath, Gove is a clever, articulate Scot, a former Times journalist and an archetypal new Tory.

  • 22nd October 2007

    Analysis: The battle for gay marriage will be fought in the states

    The message was clear; Democrats love the gays, or at least they say they do.

    11:30 PM — If you believe some of the hype out there you might think that 4th November 2008 will be a turning point in the long campaign to achieve equal human rights for America's gay men and lesbians.The mutual love-in that was the Logo Democratic Presidential "gay" forum this summer was more reminiscent of a sofa-style chat with Oprah than a fully-fledged political battle of ideas.The message was clear; Democrats love the gays, or at least they say they do.

  • Brazilian senator uses paedophilia to condemn gay rights 1

    In Brazil homophobia is widespread and activists claim that 2,680 gay people were murdered between 1980 and 2006.

    6:53 PM — A Brazilian politician has caused outrage by comparing homosexuality to paedophilia.Senator Magno Malta made the comment during a speech opposing a proposed new law which will classify homophobia as a criminal offence.Mr Malta said that allowing homosexuals to be openly affectionate in public would be the same as legalising paedophilia.

  • Comment: Stop deporting gay refugees back to Iran 28

    Several failed asylum seekers have committed suicide, rather than face the barbaric persecution, torture and punishment awaiting them in Iran, having publicly admitted their sexuality to the Home Office.

    4:31 PM — Detention centres stand as monuments to Britain's attitude to human rights, incarcerating behind razor wire asylum seekers awaiting deportation.They are the last stop for those who have failed to make a successful asylum claim, a key tool in the British governments attempt to "manage migration" and hold an average 25,000 every year.Much of the debate around immigration to the UK focuses on the legitimacy of asylum claims.

  • A new dawn for Poland as homophobes lose power 1

    Civic Platform are a conservative party, and they plan to halve the number of MPs and introduce a flat tax.

    12:01 PM — Poland will have a new Prime Minister after Jaroslaw Kaczynski and his Law and Justice party conceded defeat to Civic Platform.The League of Polish Families, a junior partner in the former coalition government and the most outspokenly homophobic party, did not meet the 5% threshold and now have no seats in Parliament.While in government League party leader Roman Giertych was deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister.

  • 21st October 2007

    Polish government headed for defeat

    Jaroslaw Kaczynski looks set to loose his grip on power

    10:49 PM — The Polish prime minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski, tonight faces defeat following snap parliamentary elections. Exit polls indicate that the right wing, homophobic Law and Justice (PiS) party looks set to lose power following official declarations likely to be held on Tuesday.Exit polls for the TVN24 news channel indicate that the Civil Platform party (PO) won 44 per cent of the popular vote with the Law and Justice Party taking just 31 per cent.

  • 19th October 2007

    Clegg launches bid for Lib Dem leadership

    Lib Dem members will be sent ballot papers on November 21st, and they must be returned by 15th December.

    6:10 PM — Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg has become the second candidate for the leadership of the Liberal Democrat party."We cannot go on testing the patience of the British people," he told an audience in his constituency at the launch of his campaign."We must come together now and make a long-term commitment to British Liberalism. We must step up or risk falling back for good."Former party leader Lord Paddy Ashdown is supporting Mr Clegg's candidacy.

  • Singapore gay rights drive meets opposition 4

    The government has assured the local gay community that it would not actively prosecute them but gay rights advocates say that it is not enough.

    1:20 PM — A group calling itself "The Majority" has set up a website asking the government of Singapore to retain laws outlawing homosexual sex.An online letter to the country's Prime Minister asks him to "do what is right and retain Section 377A for the future of our children and our nation."Laws established during colonial times have held that same-sex relationships could be punishable by fines and jail time.

  • Gay workplace protection law moves forward 21

    87% of the top Fortune 500 companies in the US already provide protection from discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation.

    10:40 AM — A committee of the US House of Representatives yesterday approved the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.The proposed legislation, which covers gay, lesbian and bisexual but not trans people, will now to the floor of the House for a vote next week.The landmark Act was originally designed to protect the American LGBT community from workplace discrimination.

  • 18th October 2007

    Interview: The ever-controversial Mr Phillips 1

    “We are no longer in a time when it is OK and accepted that you should be quiet about your sexual orientation. We've seen how grotesque that can be.“

    10:30 PM — Trevor Phillips meets me in an office he has just moved into. The L-shaped sofa came from his own home; his framed Martin Luther King montage sits on the floor waiting to be hung. A small silver bust of Lenin on his desk catches my eye.The new public body of which he is chairman, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, only came into being a few days before we met.Phillips' office, at the end of an open-plan room, has a fine view of London's City Hall.

  • Senator in cruising scandal denies he is bisexual 3

    Senator Craig denied that he had used foot and hand gestures to signal interest in a sexual encounter.

    5:55 PM — Larry Craig, the United States Senator who pleaded guilty to charges of cruising in an airport toilet, gave an hour-long TV interview last night in which he discussed the incident in detail.Appearing alongside his wife, the 62-year-old Republican politician was asked by NBC correspondent Matt Lauer: "Are you technically not a homosexual?"Is it possible you're bisexual?" The Senator replied: "It's no to both."

  • Commons debates homophobic bullying in schools

    The minister said that the guidance on homophobic bullying the department issued has been well-received.

    3:55 PM — MPs from all parties contributed to a debate in the House of Commons yesterday that extensively discussed homophobic bullying.Schools minister Kevin Brennan opened the debate, pointing to the new guidelines introduced last month as positive evidence of the government's commitment to protect gay, lesbian and bisexual children.Tory MP John Bercow welcomed the government guidance on homophobic bullying, but said they were particularly needed in faith schools.

  • The gay hate church and the Presidential candidate

    Thompson considers the church to be “a radical fringe group, looking to draw attention to themselves.“

    10:41 AM — Members of the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas have sent a letter to Republican Presidential candidate Fred Thompson in the hopes he will support their stance against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.In the letter, released to the press earlier this week, the church said, "We know what your position used to be on the homosexual question - and it was wonderful and we saw eye to eye."

  • 17th October 2007

    Clegg gathers support in Lib Dem leadership contest

    Mr Clegg, 40, has already got the support of nearly half of the present Lib Dem frontbench team,

    8:49 PM — The race to succeed Sir Menzies Campbell as leader of the Liberal Democrats gathered pace today as Chris Huhne launched his campaign.As several potential leadership candidates today announced they would not be standing it looks increasing likely that the Nick Clegg will be the only other challenger for the leadership.He is expected to launch his campaign tomorrow.

  • Activists welcome moves to restore trans rights to ENDA 3

    Representative Tammy Baldwin announced today that she has secured an agreement from the Democratic leadership.

    6:10 PM — The only openly lesbian Congresswoman has said that trans protections will be re-introduced to the Employment Non-Discrimination Act currently before the US Congress.Representative Tammy Baldwin announced today that she has secured an agreement from the Democratic leadership to introduce an amendment on the floor of the House of Representatives next week, after the bill protecting gay, lesbian and bisexual people at work moves through the House Education and Labour Committee tomorrow.

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