9th March 2008
Liam Fox’s “homophobic past” revealed 12
3:00 AM — Liam Fox, Conservative shadow defence secretary, displayed homophobic credentials whilst at university, an investigation by the Sunday Herald has found.The Tory MP, who stood against David Cameron in the 2005 Conservative Party leadership content, resigned as a member of the University of Glasgow's student council in protest at a gay and lesbian society being admitted to the Glasgow University Union (GUU).He apparently said at the time: "[I do] not want the gays flaunting it in front of me, which is what they would do".
7th March 2008
Obama adviser quits after calling Hillary a monster 1
7:35 PM — Unpaid foreign policy adviser Samantha Power has walked away from Barack Obama's Presidential campaign after describing New York Senator Hillary Clinton as a "monster" to a Scottish publication.Clinton's camp pushed for Obama to drop Power from his team, but the Harvard professor and author resigned after apologising for her inappropriate comment."It is wrong for anyone to pursue this campaign in such negative and personal terms," she said.
O’Loan to lead inquiry into human rights in Britain 1
4:25 PM — An independent inquiry into human rights in Britain is to be carried out almost ten years after the original Act was passed, it was announced today.The investigation comes after a poll for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) showed that the term 'human rights' still prompts mixed reactions from a large population of the British public.Former Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman Dame Nuala O'Loan will be leading the inquiry.
Art auction raises £230,000 for Ken campaign
4:10 PM — Well-known British artists such as Anthony Gormley, Banksy and Catherine Yass donated works to an auction in London last night to raise funds for Ken Livingstone's election campaign.The event at the Aquarium Gallery in Farringdon raised more than £230,000."London's openness and tolerance has made it one of the most creative cities in the world," Mr Livingstone said last night.
Socialists lead in poll ahead of Spanish election 5
11:00 AM — The government of Spain looks set to win another term of office in Sunday's election, according to polling data.The current Prime Minister and leader of the Socialist party, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, has vowed to protect the gay rights legislation he has introduced since taking office in 2004.In Spain it is illegal to publish opinion polls during the last five days of an election campaign. The Times commissioned and yesterday publshed one from the Spanish polling company Sigma Dos.
Comment: Florida’s governor is a hypocrite 4
10:30 AM — As far as Republican governors go, Charlie Crist appears to be a pretty good guy.He comes across as fair, smart, even-handed and independent in his thinking, and he has even broken ranks with conservatives from time to time to do what he perceives to be the right thing.And while he doesn't support gay marriage or gay adoption, he has publicly supported gay civil unions, which, socially, pretty much puts him miles ahead of the majority of his Republican colleagues.
6th March 2008
Gay marriage discussed at Council of Europe 2
5:30 PM — A Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) hearing on the legal recognition of same-sex partnerships will take place in Paris tomorrow.The 47-member Council of Europe predates the European Union. It promotes and protects democracy, educational and sporting co-operation and created the European Court of Human Rights.The hearing will involve representatives of the International Lesbian and Gay Association ILGA Europe as well as parliamentarians and academics.
National newspaper takes up gay Iranian story 6
4:40 PM — A concerted campaign by gay rights activists on behalf of a gay teenager facing deportation to Iran and possible execution has pushed his plight into the national press.This morning The Independent newspaper devoted its front page to 19-year-old Medhi Kazemi, who fled to the Netherlands last year after his appeal for asylum in the UK was refused.His story was first reported on PinkNews.co.uk on February 19th. He appeared in a Dutch court yesterday asking to be allowed to remain in the Netherlands.
London Mayor candidates will attend gay hustings 1
3:25 PM — The three leading candidates for Mayor of London have confirmed they will take part in hustings organised by gay equality organisation Stonewall.Ken Livingstone, Boris Johnson and Brian Paddick will answer questions from the gay community on Saturday 19th April.PinkNews.co.uk is proud to be Stonewall's media partner for the hustings, which will be held at the BFI Southbank between 11am and 12.30pm.
Ukrainian MPs attack “popularisation” of homosexuality 1
11:44 AM — A parliamentary committee in the Ukraine has recommended that the state take steps to repress "homosexualism, lesbianism, other sexual perversions, which do not correspond to moral principles of the society."The Committee on the Issues of Freedom of Speech and Information's stance follows letters from MPs claiming that gay and lesbian people threaten national security and contradict the national interest.
Good news for Obama in Texas 1
10:35 AM — Though Hillary Clinton took Texas with the popular vote in the primaries, Barack Obama regained some lost ground by winning the state's caucus, which accounts for one-third of the state's delegates.But the win is bittersweet, with the Clinton campaign crying foul, saying it might mount a legal challenge to the state's caucus results.Clinton's camp is citing what it says are "hundreds of complaints" they received accusing the Obama campaign of mischief.
5th March 2008
McCain is the Republican choice as Huckabee withdraws
10:51 AM — He took all four, and with Mitt Romney out of the way and Mike Huckabee officially bowing out gracefully, John McCain has locked up the GOP presidential nomination with wins in Texas, Rhode Island, Vermont and Ohio. His victory tonight was somewhat anti-climactic.McCain has emerged as a clear frontrunner for the Republican nomination on Super Tuesday, shortly after which Romney bowed out and offered his endorsement.
Hillary stays in the race with three wins
10:50 AM — Senator Hillary Clinton's firewall against the momentum of the Barack Obama campaign held on Tuesday night, as Clinton scored major victories in Texas, Ohio and Rhode Island.Most important for the Clinton campaign was a decisive win in the Ohio primary which has historically been a bellwether for how candidates perform in a general election. No candidate in the last five or so decades, Democrat or Republican, has lost the Ohio primary and gone on to win in November.
4th March 2008
Northern Ireland First Minister to resign 7
6:20 PM — The homophobic First Minister of Northern Ireland, the Reverend Ian Paisley, is to stand down in May and quit his post as leader of the Democratic Unionist Party.The 81-year-old will retain his seats in the House of Commons and Northern Ireland Assembly. Rev Paisley said: "I came to this decision a few weeks ago."He will depart after an economic conference in May, which is also the first anniversary of the power-sharing executive taking office.
Mayor backs Christian challenge over fostering
2:45 PM — The Mayor of Derby is backing a Christian couple who are appealing against a decision that they were not suitable foster parents.Eunice and Owen Johns approached the council about providing weekend respite care for children under 10.They were rejected by an adoption panel after it emerged that Mrs Johns, a Sunday school teacher, wanted any children in their care to go to church on Sundays.The Johns also refused to teach children that gay and lesbian relationships are normal, as required by gay equality laws.
Dutch stand up for gays at UN Human Rights council 1
11:40 AM — The Foreign Minister of the Netherlands today told an international meeting that gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people deserve equal rights.Maxime Verhagen made his remarks at the opening session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.In a wide-ranging speech he highlighted the rights of "children in Uzbekistan picking cotton for long hours for little or no wages" and proposed the EU move to ban on the sale of goods that have been produced "using any form of slavery."
3rd March 2008
Obama uses Bible to defend civil unions 3
12:55 PM — Presidential candidate Barack Obama has defended his support of civil unions by referring to the Sermon on the Mount.The famous sermon given by Jesus, which includes the Beatitudes, the instruction to 'turn the other cheek' and the Lord's Prayer, is found in the book of Matthew in the New Testament.Senator Obama is thought to have been referring to Jesus' instruction to: "Do to others what you would have them do to you."
Jamaican gays reject tourist boycott over homophobia 2
12:35 PM — J-Flag, the Jamaican lesbian and gay rights group, has rejected calls for a tourist boycott in protest at homophobia on the island.Canadian newspapers have been focusing on the prejudice and violence gay people face in Jamaica since a leading activist sought asylum there, and some have called for Canadians to refuse to holiday in the popular destination.In a statement released yesterday, J-Flag, Jamaica's Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays, said it shared the frustration at the "slow progress towards transforming the social climate."
MP targeted by “Satan” after gay earthquake comments 14
12:02 PM — A member of Israel's parliament who generated headlines across the world when he linked earthquakes to gay rights has been receiving death threats.Shlomo Benizri, who is a member of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, has been targeted by someone using the name "Satan."The Jerusalem Post reports: "It is unknown if those threats are connected to a suspicious envelope filled with white powder that the MK received last week."
Civil partnership for senior Tory 7
10:55 AM — After a whirlwind 14-month romance leading Conservative MP Alan Duncan has proposed to his boyfriend.He met 39-year-old James Dunseath at a dinner arranged by friends and proposed to him on Valentine's Day during a holiday in Oman. They are expected to hold a civil partnership ceremony later this year.Mr Duncan, 50, is the Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and MP for Rutland and Melton.