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Politics

  • 15th April 2009

    ‘Venomous’ Downing Street aide’s attack on PinkNews.co.uk 12

    PinkNews.co.uk questioned why Gordon Brown had not voted on gay rights issues

    4:11 PM — Damien McBride, the Labour aide forced to resign in shame last week over email smears about Tory MPs, had previously shown his poisonous side to PinkNews.co.uk over an article on Gordon Brown.

  • Congress could partially repeal Defence of Marriage Act

    It has been reported that some Congressional leaders are considering partially repealing DOMA

    1:31 PM — Some Congressional leaders are discussing partially repealing the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) to allow the federal government to recognise gay marriages.

  • 14th April 2009

    New York governor to introduce gay marriage bill

    New York could be the next US state to allow gay marriage

    5:21 PM — New York governor David Paterson is planning to introduce a gay marriage bill this week, according to reports. Various reports suggest that sources close to the governor say he will unveil the legislation this week.

  • Suspended Tory councillor defends views on gays 23

    Patrick Clark was suspended after making the comments in a newsletter

    4:53 PM — A Tory councillor who called gays "sexual deviants" has defended his views and denied being homophobic. Patrick Clark, the former deputy Conservative group leader for Derbyshire County Council, was suspended from his post as a county councillor for Duffield and Belper South last week at a group meeting.

  • Gay Iowa senator receives death threat 6

    Matt McCoy has received a death threat

    4:28 PM — Openly gay Iowa senator Matt McCoy has been the target of a death threat. Public safety officials in the state confirmed that he received the threatening telephone call yesterday.

  • 11th April 2009

    New leader of the Catholic Church rejects Tony Blair’s comments on gay rights 60

    Archbishop Nichols rejected Blair's comments on how Catholicism treats homosexuality

    5:34 PM — The Most Reverend Vincent Nichols, the new Bishop of Westminster, has dismissed Tony Blair's call for the Catholic Church to change its views on homosexuality.

  • 9th April 2009

    Rick Warren denies supporting gay marriage ban 18

    Rick Warren has denied supporting Prop 8 despite evidence

    5:27 PM — Preacher Rick Warren, who spoke out against gay marriage, has been accused of lying after he said he had never supported Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California.

  • New Hampshire House reverses trans discrimination decision 2

    Lawmakers have reconsidered the anti-discrimination protections

    12:00 PM — The New Hampshire House has opted to pass a bill extending discrimination protections to trans individuals. The bill will allow the words "gender identity" or "gender expression" to be added to current laws protecting from discrimination on the basis of sex, age, race, creed, colour, sexual orientation or religion.

  • 8th April 2009

    Washington DC to recognise gay marriages from other states 1

    Gay couples who married in other states will have their weddings recognised in Washington DC

    12:29 PM — The Washington DC council has voted unanimously to recognise gay marriages performed in other states. Previously, gay couples who were married in other states were recognised as domestic partners when they moved to DC.

  • Gay families invited for White House for Easter event

    LGBT families have been invited to the annual event

    11:17 AM — Gay couples and their children are being invited to the White House to take part in the annual Easter Egg Roll event. The Egg Roll is a race where children push a hardboiled egg through grass with a long-handled club and dates back to 1878.

  • Homophobic MP Iris Robinson exposed over expenses 10

    Iris Robinson's expenses claims have been exposed by a Sunday newspaper

    11:14 AM — Iris Robinson, the Northern Ireland MP who said gays were an "abomination" and compared homosexuality to paedophilia, has been exposed by a Sunday newspaper for claiming almost £600,000 a year in salaries and expenses with her husband.

  • Blair criticises Vatican on gay rights 61

    Tony Blair criticised the Catholic Church over its stance on homosexuality

    10:00 AM — Tony Blair has criticised the Catholic Church over its stance on gay rights. In an interview with Attittude magazine, the former prime minister said the Vatican needed to rethink "entrenched" attitudes towards homosexuality which are out of step with the feelings of most Catholics.

  • 7th April 2009

    Breaking: Gay marriage now legal in Vermont 16

    Vermont has voted to legalise gay marriage

    4:40 PM — Gay marriage is legal in Vermont after the House voted 100-49 to override a veto from state Governor Jim Douglas. Earlier today, the Senate voted 23-5.

  • Obama chooses gay official for faith council 8

    Harry Knox has been chosen to serve on the faith advisory board

    4:10 PM — President Barack Obama has selected a gay man to to serve on his Advisory Council on Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships. Harry Knox was one of the eight people chosen yesterday by the president to join the 25-member council.

  • Breaking: Vermont Senate votes to override gay marriage veto, House vote expected later 1

    Vermont could soon allow gay marriage

    3:44 PM — The Vermont Senate has voted 23-5 to override Governor Jim Douglas' veto of the gay marriage bill. This leaves the decision down to the House, which is expected to vote later today.

  • Vermont governor vetoes gay marriage bill 10

    Governor Jim Douglas has vetoed Vermont's gay marriage bill

    11:08 AM — Vermont governor Jim Douglas issued his promised veto against a Bill to introduce gay marriage in the state. Last week, the Bill passed through the House of Representatives. Lawmakers voted 95-52 in favour of the measure, but 100 votes are needed for a two-thirds majority to override the threat of a veto.

  • 6th April 2009

    North Dakota lawmakers deem sexual orientation ‘a lifestyle choice’ 12

    North Dakota has opted to defeat an anti-discrimination bill

    5:56 PM — The North Dakota House has opted to defeat an anti-discrimination bill as opponents derided it for protecting "lifestyle choices".

  • Mark Oaten: ‘Journalists knew about my secret gay sex life three years before exposé’ 19

    Mark Oaten claimed journalists knew about his sexual activities for three years

    3:21 PM — Liberal Democrat MP Mark Oaten has spoken of his public outing at the hands of a tabloid newspaper, claiming that the News of the World, which broke the story of his use of male prostitutes, had known of his activities for around three years before exposing him.

  • 3rd April 2009

    Uganda accuses UN of spreading homosexuality 8

    Uganda has blamed the UN for the "spread" of homosexuality

    5:39 PM — Ugandan ethics minister James Nsaba Buturo has accused United Nations member countries of being involved in a covert mission to 'impose' homosexuality' on other nations. Speaking at a press conference today, he also said that Uganda will not bow to international pressure to adopt gay rights.

  • Iowa Supreme Court allows gay marriage 7

    Iowa has passed gay marriage

    3:06 PM — The Iowa Supreme Court has voted to allow gay marriage in the state. In a summary of the unanimous decision, the judges said: “The Iowa statute limiting civil marriage to a union between a man and a woman violates the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution."

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