15th June 2007
Massachusetts gay marriage referendum defeated
10:33 AM — The Massachusetts legislature yesterday voted down a discriminatory constitutional amendment that would have halted marriage equality in the state.The vote came amid heavy pressure to kill the measure from Gov. Deval Patrick and legislative leaders.It was a devastating blow to efforts to reverse a historic 2003 court ruling legalising same-sex marriage.
14th June 2007
Comment: Look how far we have come 3
6:15 PM — As Tony Blair prepares to leave office, Labour party activist Gavin Hayes argues that gay people should not forget the triumphs of the past ten years, but there is still much to be achieved under Gordon Brown. The Labour government has made huge progress on gay equality in the last 10 years.There is much to be proud of with respect to the government's record on delivering equal rights and social justice to gay people across the country.
London Assembly urge Moscow to respect human rights
4:53 PM — Representatives of the people of London from all political parties have joined forces to urge the Mayor of Moscow to lift the ban on the city's Gay Pride parade.A motion proposed by openly gay Green Assembly member Darren Johnson was passed unanimously.Last month Russian activists and supporters from other European countries were attacked by a homophobic mob as they attempted to deliver a letter to the Moscow Mayor protesting at his ban on gay Pride events.
Green coalition will bring progress on gay marriage
4:32 PM — Bertie Ahern will be sworn in as Taoiseach, or Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland, today after the Green Party agreed to join a coalition government under his leadership.The formation of a new administration follows weeks of negotiations among the country's political parties.The Taoiseach is committed to bringing forward legislation to recognise same-sex relationships.
Gay couple adoption splits Australian opinion 3
12:15 PM — The news that a gay male couple have adopted a baby has been welcomed by lawmakers in the state of Western Australia.Neither the couple or the mother of the child have been named, though it is understood the mother was consulted and approved of the adoption of her child by two gay men.It is the first same-sex couple adoption in Australia.
D-Day for gay marriage in Massachusetts
11:22 AM — Today lawmakers in the only US state to allow gay marriage will consider whether to call a referendum on changing the state constitutuion to ban it.Activists from both sides of the argument spent most of yesterday engaged in furious lobbying of members of the state legislature.A referendum of all Massachusetts voters on a change to the state's constitution needs the backing of a quarter of state lawmakers, in two successive sittings.
13th June 2007
Russian activists target “gay” park
6:03 PM — Religious and nationalist groups in Moscow have said they will patrol a small park in the city that they claim is used by gay men as a meeting place.Intelfax news agency reports that around 50 people gathered yesterday to "reclaim" the park and launch their campaign.The activists said they will ask people they suspect are gay to leave the park during their nightly patrols.
Congress celebrates Americans’ right to marriage
5:38 PM — The only openly lesbian member of the US Congress has highlighted the change in American attitudes towards marriage and asked that gay couples be given the same rights as straight citizens.A resolution authored by Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin passed the House of Representatives yesterday by unanimous consent commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the Loving v. Virginia decision.It ended the ban on interracial marriage in the United States and recognised that marriage is one of the "basic civil rights of man."
New equality proposals “oblivious” to needs of trans people 2
2:22 PM — PinkNews.co.uk exclusive The government has published its long-awaited Discrimination Law Review, and is asking the public for their views on a proposed new Equality Act.The purpose of the new legislation is to simplify the current piecemeal discrimination laws and to strengthen the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights, which comes into being this autumn.
Presidential candidates give support to equal rights
11:31 AM — The Human Rights Campaign have released their 2008 Democratic candidate questionnaire outlining where the announced candidates for President stand on issues important to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.The Human Rights Campaign, the largest gay civil rights organisation in the US, released the questionnaires along with a report card based upon the candidates' responses in order to assist pro-equality voters in determining the public policy positions of the candidates.
12th June 2007
Swedish government falls out over gay marriage 1
12:25 PM — The Swedish Prime Minister is facing a revolt from his own party because he will not commit to new legislation to allow gay couples to marry.The country's coalition government is split on the issue.Fredrik Reinfeldt's conservative Moderate party have so far not decided to support further rights for gay people, but eight MPs, including one Cabinet minister, are threatening to resign over the issue.
Openly gay sailor could serve a third time 1
11:15 AM — The United States Navy has again assigned an openly gay sailor to duty in the Individual Ready Reserves (IRR).Former Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason Knight, a Hebrew linguist recently deployed to Kuwait, has been placed on IRR duty until April 2009, despite publicly "coming out" in national media outlets and being told he would receive a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" dismissal.Knight's dismissal form, also called a DD-214, again lists his reason for dismissal as 'Completion of Service,' and places him in the IRR.
Ireland’s population is 6% gay, survey finds 1
11:00 AM — An estimated 6% of Irish adults are believed to be lesbian or gay, and results from the first ever market research measurement of the lifestyles and spending power of Ireland's 200,000 lesbians and gay men are about to be released.The new research will shed new light on gay community lifestyle and marketing issues. A new gay market research report is about to uncover Ireland's gay and lesbian communities.
11th June 2007
Paisley confused over homophobic son 27
5:42 PM — The First Minister of Northern Ireland has faced questions in the province's Assembly about the anti-gay views of his son, who is a junior minister in the devolved government.Ian Paisley Snr told Assembly members that he is opposed to any sort of discrimination, but would not give an assurance that Ian Jnr would be kept away from equality duties.Paisley Jnr angered political opponents when he said he finds gay and lesbian people repulsive.
More death threats for anti-gay bishop
4:17 PM — An Italian bishop who compared moves to give gay couples some rights to incest and child abuse has received three bullets and a threat against his life in the post.Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco's cathedral was attacked by vandals in April.He was placed under police guard after he was sent a bullet in the post later that month, accompanied by a picture of the Archbishop defaced with a swastika.
Americans more tolerant of gays
3:40 PM — A recent survey conducted by Gallup has found that US public "tolerance" toward gay rights has made a bit of a comeback.When Americans were first asked in 1977 whether gay relations should be legal, just 43 percent of respondents answered in the affirmative.By the middle of 2003, the number had jumped to 60 percent, only to plummet (to 50 percent) after the Supreme Court struck down a Texas sodomy law in June of that same year.
New York counts the cost of gay nuptials
2:45 PM — New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. has issued a study finding that the legalisation of marriage for same-sex partners could yield $142 million in economic benefits to New York City.The report, Love Counts: The Economic Benefits of Marriage Equality for New York, concluded that the revenue would be largely generated in the three years immediately following enactment of legislation and would be derived from the spending of residents and visitors on their weddings, along with the spending of their out-of-town guests.
General who opposed gays in the military leaves top job
2:15 PM — CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr has reported that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs General Peter Pace's departure from that post may be linked to his recent comments regarding lesbian and gay military personnel.According to Starr's report, Pace's comments, along with his role in planning the war in Iraq and his support for convicted Vice Presidential advisor I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby, played key roles in Congressional opposition to Pace's re-nomination.His recent statements that he believed homosexual statements are immoral presented a "significant problem" for Pace.
Violence casts a shadow over gay Pride
2:00 PM — Romania's gay pride celebration on Saturday was marred as police used tear gas against protesters who hurled stones at marchers in the capital city Bucharest, officials said.According to the Associated Press, about 100 people were detained for throwing stones and fireworks at police and about 400 participants in the gay rights march, said Christian Ciocan, a police spokesman.Police responded with tear gas. Nobody was injured, he said.
8th June 2007
Fired trans manager changes name 1
2:37 PM — A Florida city manager who was fired just days after her gender reassignment surgery has officially changed her name, from Steve Stanton to Susan Stanton, after a two-minute court hearing yesterday.Susan Ashley Stanton told reporters: "I didn't anticipate this being the emotional experience it was. It's a critical step."