15th December 2006
Romney repeats gay marriage opposition 2
12:00 AM — Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has reaffirmed his homophobic credentials amid reports that he once courted the gay lobby.The religious right in the US have been seeking answers from the potential Republican presidential candidate after it was revealed that he once courted the gay community for their support in a 1994 campaign for the US Senate.
Petition calls for end of ‘Special relationship’ with US
12:00 AM — A petition posted on the Downing Street website has called for the 'special relationship' between America and the UK to be scrapped, citing differences over foreign policy and gay rights.Following proposals this week proposing same-sex couples parenting and fertility rights in the UK, the petition declares that certain states in the US would fail to mirror these rights, if ratified in law.
Oz Federal Government rejects gay union proposal 1
12:00 AM — Australia's Federal Government has again expressed dissatisfaction with gay union laws put forward by the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).The ACT Attorney General Simon Corbell presented the Civil Partnerships Bill 2006 into the Legislative Assembly this week, months after it was rejected by Attorney General Philip Ruddock for being too similar to marriage.
14th December 2006
Gay marriage opponents seek damages 1
12:00 AM — An anti-same-sex marriage group in Massachusetts is suing the state in a federal court seeking as much as $5 million in damages from lawmakers for blocking a final vote on the proposed constitutional amendment last month.The lawsuit, filed in US District Court by VoteOnMarriage.org, argues the 109 lawmakers violated the supporters' rights to free speech, to petition the government and to due process under the law.
Lesbian Tory rejects selection jibe 2
12:00 AM — Margot James, the Tory Party's first openly lesbian candidate has hit out at a local councillor who implied that she received special treatment when she was selected to run for the Stourbridge seat last week because of her sexuality.Halesowen Conservative councillor Ken Turner claims that he was excluded from the MP selection process for the Halesowen and Rowley Regis constituency because he is a white male.
“Disgraced” anti-gay Tory resigns 14
12:00 AM — The Tory Councillor found guilty of using abusive words against gay men by the Magistrates Court in Brighton last Tuesday has resigned.Peter Willows, 75, decided to resign from his post as Councillor for Hangleton and Knoll Ward in Brighton after a meeting with Conservative Group Leader Councillor Brian Oxley at Willow's home last night.
Smoking- giving up is hard to do 5
12:00 AM — If you thought giving up smoking is hard, spare a thought for patients in Glasgow who applied for a pill to break the habit, but ended up being prescribed Viagra.The patients were expecting anti-smoking pill Zyban, but a computer glitch led sildenafil, another name for Viagra, being chosen.Pharmacists discovered the error when an influx of patients began asking for anti-impotence drugs, The Daily Telegraph reports.
Ireland court rejects gay marriage case 1
12:00 AM — The High Court in Dublin has rejected a lesbian couple's case to recognise their Canadian marriage in Ireland.In a landmark case in October, the court heard arguments from Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan claiming discriminating against homosexuality can lead to clinical depression and that the current concept of marriage is outdated.
Irish Labour proposes gay union law 1
12:00 AM — Ireland's Labour Party has introduced a Civil Unions Bill into parliament, just hours after the High Court in Dublin declared that a lesbian couple's Canadian marriage could not be accepted in the country.Labour's Civil Unions Bill, would provide legal recognition and protection for couples of the same sex.
Prodi demands “wise and serious” gay laws 1
12:00 AM — Italy will push ahead with plans to give unmarried and gay couples rights, the country's Prime Minister has announced.Romano Prodi came to power in April promising civil partnership style laws for the gay community as well as heterosexual cohabiting couples.Equal Opportunities Minister Barbara Pollastrini said Mr Prodi wants to discuss a "wise and serious" law.
Irish students oppose gay marriage ruling 1
12:00 AM — The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has expressed disappointment at the High Court in Dublin's rejection of a bid by two women to have their marriage in Canada upheld under Irish law.Earlier today, Ms Justice Elizabeth Dunne dismissed the case of Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan claiming that marriage could only be defined between members of the opposite sex.
Government opens door to gay parenting
12:00 AM — The government has paved the way to free up discrimination in fertility and IVF treatment after removing reference to the "need for a father" in new proposals outlined today.The proposals follow an extensive public consultation exercise on the current law, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, and are contained in a new White Paper.
High Court to rule on lesbian marriage
12:00 AM — The High Court in Dublin will today rule on the validity of a lesbian couple's Canadian marriage in London.In a landmark case in October, the court heard arguments from Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan claiming discriminating against homosexuality can lead to clinical depression and that the current concept of marriage is outdated.
Media watchdog opposes homophobic platform
12:00 AM — A gay media watchdog is urging the community to protest against Time magazine allowing 'family values' fundamentalist James Dobson to contribute to the publication.The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) was outraged this week after Mr Dobson, head of Focus on the Family, wrote an article criticising US Vice-President Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter over her parenting plans.
Gay men urged to stub it out 5
12:00 AM — The NHS Smoking Helpline is calling on gay and bisexual men to stub out their cigarettes after a survey revealed that their habit is well above the national average.A study carried out amongst gay and bisexual men for the NHS Smoking Helpline has found that 41 per cent of gay and bisexual men are smokers, rising to 60 per cent for 25 to 34 year olds, well in excess of the national average of 25 per cent.
13th December 2006
European Court rejects sibling inheritance rights
12:00 AM — The European Court of Human Rights has rejected the pleas of two elderly sisters asking for the same inheritance tax rights as married and gay couples.The siblings have been living together in Wiltshire since they were born, but Joyce, 88, and Sybil Burden, 80, fear that one of them will be left with a large inheritance tax bill when the other passes away.
Gay groups welcome ‘historic UN decision’
12:00 AM — Three gay groups have been granted consultative status to the United Nations (UN).The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) this week granted consultative status to ILGA-Europe, the European Region of the International Lesbian and Gay Association, and to the Danish and German national lesbian and gay association, LBL and LSVD.
Gay community called to choose favourite Germany image
12:00 AM — For the past month, lesbians and gay men have been nominating their favourite images of gay travel and Germany in the MyGayGermany online promotion.The moment of truth has arrived in the campaign - as gay and lesbian travellers from across Ireland and the UK must now decide which of the nominated images are truly the most popular.
Gay support urged for porn petitions 5
12:00 AM — Different factions of the gay community are being urged to support one of two differing petitions on a new law regarding "violent pornography."The Criminal Justice Bill, unveiled in last month's Queen's Speech, would ban the possession of online and printed porn depicting "scenes of extreme sexual violence," a move opposed by some activists who claim the law is too vague and could lead to innocent people being prosecuted despite consenting to activities.
12th December 2006
Manchester’s Gay Village raises HIV funds
12:00 AM — Manchester's Biggest Ever World AIDS Festival raised over £20,000 for HIV related charities.Events took place between 24th November and 7th December across Manchester city centre to raise funds for local HIV good causes.Under the banner Red Wild, volunteers worked tirelessly over the two-week period either side of World Aids Day to raise more than £20,000 for HIV/AIDS related charities and organisations across Manchester.