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  • 12th March 2008

    EU criticised over ‘pass the parcel’ asylum policy 21

    EU leaders gave a pledge that they would have a common asylum system which fully respected the UN Refugee Convention.

    11:44 AM — A London MEP has called for an end to the "shameful shuffling" of gay and other asylum-seekers between EU member states.Tomorrow the European Parliament will vote on an emergency resolution calling for an Iranian teenager currently in Holland not to be sent back to the UK.19-year-old Mehdi Kazemi had unsuccessfully applied for asylum in the United Kingdom, following the execution of his partner by Iranian authorities after being found guilty of sodomy.

  • Obama victorious in Mississippi 1

    Obama currently leads Clinton by about 100 delegates and is expected to strengthen that lead with his win in Mississippi.

    11:10 AM — Illinois Senator Barack Obama increased his growing lead over rival New York Senator Hillary Clinton with a win in the Mississippi primary results yesterday.Obama was strongly favoured to win, largely due to the high percentage of black Democratic voters in the state.Clinton virtually conceded the state to Obama before voting even began and has shifted her focus to the upcoming battle for the Pennsylvania primary.

  • 11th March 2008

    Gay peer speaks out against deportations to Iran 21

    Lord Alli is one of only two openly gay peers.

    6:10 PM — A gay member of the House of Lords has demanded the government take action to stop a gay teenager being deported back to Iran where he could face the death penalty.Today it was revealed that 19-year-old Mehdi Kazemi, who was refused asylum in Britain and fled to Holland, will be deported back to the UK.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.

  • Iranian gay teen loses appeal against deportation to the UK 22

    The United Kingdom sent a formal request to Holland asking for Medhi's return to Britain, in order to proceed with his deportation to Iran.

    4:55 PM — A 19-year-old gay man from Iran who was refused asylum in Britain and fled to Holland will be deported back to the UK, according to gay rights activists connected with his case.Mehdi Kazemi had unsuccessfully applied for asylum in the United Kingdom following the execution of his partner by Iranian authorities after being found guilty of sodomy.He faces possible execution by stoning if he returns to Iran. Activists have pledged to take his case the EU courts.

  • Prodi to step down from Italian politics

    Mr Prodi served as President of the European Commission from 1999 to 2004.

    3:50 PM — Romano Prodi has announced that he is "finished" with politics in Italy.He has served twice as Prime Minister and heads the interim government in place until the country holds a general election next month.Mr Prodi, who also served as President of the European Commission from 1999 to 2004, lost the support of parliament in January after a nine-party coalition government he was leading fell apart.

  • Republican refuses to apologise for homophobic speech 10

    The YouTube video posted this weekend by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund featured Kern speaking out against gays.

    1:30 PM — Oklahoma state politician Sally Kern is under fire after an audio recording was leaked of her comparing gays to terrorists and telling fellow Republicans the "homosexual agenda is destroying this nation."The recording and accompanying YouTube video have sparked outrage from many, but Kern defends her words, telling the press: "What I'm saying, I believe in."The YouTube video posted this weekend by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund featured Kern speaking out against gays.

  • Obama dismisses talk of Vice Presidency

    Obama is not so taken with the thought of playing second fiddle to Clinton.

    1:22 PM — Illinois Senator Barack Obama yesterday firmly rejected the idea he would be willing to sign on as Vice President for Hillary Clinton.Obama's response comes after hints from Clinton that she would be willing to consider sharing a ticket with him in the November election."I don't know how somebody who is in second place is offering the Vice presidency to someone in first place," Obama said.

  • Democrat infighting may help McCain to the White House

    20% of white Democratic voters would vote for McCain if Obama is the Democratic nominee.

    1:10 PM — The Democrats' dilemma over choosing a nominee might just be John McCain's ace in the hole.The highly publicised description of Hillary Clinton as "a monster" capable of "stooping to anything" to win by Barack Obama foreign policy advisor Samantha Powers merely underscores the intensity of the growing discord between Clinton and Obama supporters as the race for the Democratic presidential nomination lumbers forward.Moreover, it is perhaps a powerful omen of the great divide that the Democratic Party's eventual nominee will have to bridge.

  • Mehdi’s deportation to be raised in Euro Parliament 21

    Cashman, who is one of only two out gay MEPs, co-initiated the resolution on behalf of the Socialist Group in the Parliament.

    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

    In December Ireland's Minister of Justice rejected the possibility of a referendum to allow gay marriage.

    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

    Spitzer informed his aides on Sunday of his involvement in the prostitution ring.

    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

    Clinton has run the race for the nomination on a platform of experience.

    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

    Ms Berry, 33, is the youngest candidate in the race.

    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

    Yesterday former President Bill Clinton talked up the prospect of a Clinton/Obama ticket.

    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

    The 81-year-old was taken to hospital on Friday night after being taken ill at a House of Lords reception. photo: The Thatcher Foundation.

    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

    The Mail on Sunday chose to dwell on the former senior police officer's homosexuality.

    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

    Mr Mandelson has been the UK's man in Brussels since November 2004.

    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

    Mr McDowall has been advised that the petition will be presented before the parliament's Petitions Committee on 15th April.

    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

    The Socialist party leader will remain prime minister

    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

    Spokesman Jesse Benton confirmed to the Washington Post that this video means Paul accepts he is not going to be the nominee.

    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.

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