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Politics

  • 25th June 2010

    European law not required to grant marriage rights to same-sex couples, court rules 33

    Gay marriage is only legal in seven countries of the European Council

    4:59 PM — The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has ruled that under European law, the 47 member states have no legal obligation to grant same-sex couples the right to marry.

  • New gay Tory MP pays tribute to Alan Turing 21

    Alan Turing's death in 1954 was ruled a suicide

    4:06 PM — Newly-elected Tory MP for Milton Keynes South, Iain Stewart, made his first speech in the House of Commons last night in which he spoke of the heroic life and tragic early death of gay mathematician and wartime code-breaker Alan Turing.

  • Sofia Pride in Bulgaria Tomorrow 3

    The German embassy in Sofia flies the flag for the city's pride celebrations this Saturday

    3:10 PM — Bulgaria's capital city, Sofia, will host their third pride parade tomorrow, Saturday 26 June. The event will mark the culmination of a week of Pride-related events, including photographic exhibitions, a number of social and cultural events and a conference on hate crime which included a call for such crimes against LGBT people to be criminalised in Bulgaria. Statements of support have come from both the British and Norwegian ambassadors.

  • Israeli police reject proposed gay pride parade route through Jerusalem 8

    Jerusalem Pride 2010's proposed route has been rejected

    12:09 PM — The Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance's proposed route from for a gay pride march through the city has been rejected by Israeli police, who claimed one reason for their concern is that the route would pass a yeshiva, an institution for the study of traditional Jewish texts such as the Torah.

  • Signers of ballots against gay marriage may no longer remain anonymous, US Supreme Court rules 6

    The state of Washington approved same-sex domestic partnerships in 2009

    11:15 AM — The US Supreme Court ruled yesterday that those who sign referendum petitions may no longer be able to do so anonymously. In doing this, the Court rejected the claims of an anti-gay rights group, who argued the ruling went against their First Amendment protection of political expression.

  • Delegates at faith-based Maltese seminar condemn gay marriage 16

    Maltese Catholics and Muslims united against gay marriage

    10:34 AM — Muslim and Catholic preachers gathered at the Islamic Cultural Centre in Paola, Malta, yesterday to discuss the role of the family in a modern, globalised society, negative media coverage of faith and the issue of gay marriage, which they united against.

  • 24th June 2010

    Woman attempted to sue church for performing same-sex ceremony. 11

    Many Baptists disagree with same-sex marriage

    6:11 PM — In a CNN report on how the issue of same-sex marriage has impacted upon the Christian Church in America, Soledad O'Brien spoke to a woman who set out to sue her Washington DC church for performing a same-sex ceremony.

  • Manchester Cathedral celebrates LGBT heritage of the city 14

    The Bishop of Manchester welcomed LGBT groups to the city's cathedral

    5:11 PM — The Bishop of Manchester, the Right Reverend Nigel McCulloch, last night welcomed the city’s LGBT community to Manchester Cathedral for a service to celebrate their heritage in the city. This was the second such service to take place, the first being in 2008. Bishop McCulloch, along with the Dean of Manchester, the Very Reverend Rogers […]

  • New Australian PM Julia Gillard is no fan of same-sex marriage 30

    Julia Gillard is Australia's first female PM

    4:26 PM — Julia Gillard took over today as Australia's first female prime minister after Kevin Rudd's withdrawal from the leadership of the Australian Labor [sic] party. Ms Gillard, who will be officially sworn in next week, has been described as a committed and savvy politician by pundits, but, apparently, is no fan of gay marriage.

  • Hillary Clinton discusses subject of homophobia in Albania 1

    Hillary Clinton spoke out against homophobia in Albania

    2:59 PM — During her speech in honour of LGBT month, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke out in support of an Albanian man who came out publicly on television. The man, Klodian Cela, was appearing in the country's version of Big Brother.

  • Ugandan Bishop speaks out against homophobia 22

    LGBT persons are heavily persecuted in some African nations, including Uganda

    1:56 PM — Anglican Bishop Christopher Senyonjo has spoken out against the Anti-Homosexuality Bill that is being proposed in his native Uganda. Bishop Senyonjo was speaking at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, at the end of a speaking tour of Ireland.

  • Scotia Pride 2010 takes place this Saturday in Edinburgh 5

    Scotia Pride 2010 takes place this Saturday

    1:04 PM — Scotland's annual LGBTI festival, Scotia Pride, will take place this Saturday 26 June in Edinburgh.

  • Australian politician introduces same-sex adoption bill 2

    Same-sex couples cannot yet adopt in Australia. Credit: ILGA Europe.

    11:03 AM — Independent Australian MP Clover Moore introduced a same-sex adoption bill on Thursday. New South Wales Premier, Kristina Keneally, said she plans to allow a conscience vote on the bill.

  • 23rd June 2010

    Marchers to defy St Petersburg Pride ban 4

    St Petersburg Pride March has been banned

    6:14 PM — The organisers of St Petersburg's first gay pride march, which was due to take place this Saturday, have been told by city officials that they are forbidden to go ahead with the event.

  • Potential violence expected at Czech Pride 2

    The third Czech Pride takes place this weekend

    3:33 PM — The Czech city of Brno will host the country's third gay pride festival this coming Saturday. However, organisers say that threats of organised violence have already appeared on some nationalist websites.

  • Toronto gay rights protesters march against G20 1

    Toronto's LGBT community protested against the coming G20 summit

    1:24 PM — Gay rights activists stormed the streets of downtown Toronto yesterday ahead of this week's G20 summit, demanding that world leaders seriously address LGBT issues. It was described by one protester as "a carnival of resistance".

  • Syrian authorities crack down on gay men 6

    Gay rights are nonexistent in Syria

    12:40 PM — Syrian authorities have raided several different private gay parties over the last few weeks, arresting over 25 men during the most recent swoop.

  • President Obama vows to push ahead with gay rights agenda 5

    President Obama addressed an LGBT reception yesterday

    11:47 AM — President Obama addressed an LGBT audience at the White House last night, assuring them that he is fully committed to repealing the Defense of Marriage Act and to other issues including same-sex visitation rights in hospitals and the repeal of the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.

  • 22nd June 2010

    HIV charity concerned at disability allowance reforms 23

    NAT fears HIV-positive people could struggle to get disability allowances

    5:17 PM — The HIV/AIDS charity National AIDS Trust has said it is "very concerned" at a Budget announcement that Disability Living Allowance will be reformed. New and existing claimants for the support will be subjected to medical tests.

  • Homosexuality is ‘icky’, says Mike Huckabee 30

    Mike Huckabee does not support gay marriage

    3:59 PM — Mike Huckabee, the Republican 2012 presidential candidate, has said he does not support gay marriage partly because of the "ick factor". The former Arkansas governor, who ran for the presidential nomination in 2008, has a long history of making homophobic remarks.

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