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  • 14th January 2010

    Suspect in Puerto Rico gay murder will stand trial

    Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado was found murdered in November

    12:40 PM — The man accused of murdering a gay Puerto Rico teenager has been found fit to stand trial. Juan A Martinez Matos, 26, is accused of killing Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado in November in the city of Cayey.

  • Supreme Court bans broadcasting of California gay marriage trial 13

    The trial will not be broadcast (Photo: Flickr user albanytim)

    12:05 PM — The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that a trial on the constitutionality of California's gay marriage ban cannot be broadcast on the internet. It said that supporters of the ban could face harassment and "irreparable harm".

  • 13th January 2010

    Ugandan president Museveni distances himself from anti-gay bill 10

    Museveni said foreign policy interests must be considered

    8:36 PM — Uganda's president Yoweri Museveni said yesterday that the country must take into consideration its foreign policy interests when debating an anti-homosexuality bill.

  • China’s state press covers gay wedding 8

    The couple are shown in the top right

    7:20 PM — A state-run Chinese newspaper gave its front page to a gay wedding today. China Daily, an English-language newspaper, featured the wedding of Zeng Anquan and Pan Wenjie, which took place on January 3rd.

  • Scottish MPs condemn arrest of gay Malawian men 1

    Scottish MPs condemned the arrests

    4:29 PM — More than 20 members of the Scottish parliament condemned the arrest of two gay men in Malawi who held a wedding ceremony. The motion was signed by members of all main parties and called for parliament to condemn the "illegal and homophobic arrests" of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga.

  • Lady Gaga, Glambert and Glee up for GLAAD awards 4

    Adam Lambert was one nominee

    2:13 PM — Nominees for the most gay-friendly films, television programmes and performers have been announced by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

  • 12th January 2010

    Lawyers for Malawi gay couple to challenge homosexuality ban 2

    The couple's case has been widely reported

    5:20 PM — The lawyers representing two gay men who had a wedding ceremony in Malawi have asked for a review of the country's homosexuality ban.

  • Japanese trans man told that son is illegitimate 3

    The man's wife gave birth last year

    3:16 PM — A trans man in Japan who had a child with his wife has been informed by officials that the child is now classed as illegitimate.

  • China’s first gay pageant to be held this week 3

    Mr Gay China gets underway on Friday

    11:41 AM — Eight contestants will fight to the chance to be crowned Mr Gay China when the country's first gay pageant gets underway this week. China only decriminalised homosexuality in 1997 and it was seen as a mental illness until 2001.

  • 11th January 2010

    Temporary block on broadcasting Prop 8 trial 10

    Broadcasting on the trial has been blocked

    5:34 PM — The Supreme Court has temporarily blocked recording of the Proposition 8 trial in California, which begins today. Gay marriage opponents, who conducted a vocal public campaign, said they could be harassed if the trial was broadcast.

  • Pope calls gay marriage an ‘attack on creation’ 129

    The Pope attacked gay marriage

    1:17 PM — Pope Benedict XVI has called gay marriage laws an "attack" on the natural differences between men and women. He was speaking today after Portugal's parliament voted in favour of same-sex marriage.

  • 8th January 2010

    George Michael rules out Wham! reunion 4

    George Michael said Wham! would not reform

    4:29 PM — George Michael has said that he and former Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley will not reform the band. Unlike other ageing musical stars, he said the band was about being "young and exuberant".

  • Ugandan president Museveni ‘opposes death penalty for gays’ 15

    Yoweri Museveni does not support kiling gays, a minister said

    3:37 PM — President of Uganda Yoweri Moseveni opposes the death penalty for gays, the country's ethics minister has said. James Nsaba Buturo said the provision was likely to be removed from the country's anti-homosexuality bill, saying that reparative therapy would work better.

  • Portugal votes to legalise gay marriage 30

    Portugal's parliament approved the law

    3:09 PM — Portugal's parliament today voted to legalise marriage for gays and lesbians. The Catholic country will be the sixth in Europe to grant same-sex couples the right to wed, although this will not include adoption rights.

  • Gay marriage bill fails in New Jersey Senate 15

    The bill failed yesterday

    12:35 PM — A bill which would legalise gay marriage in New Jersey failed in the state Senate yesterday. It was defeated by 20-14 votes.

  • 7th January 2010

    Tiger Woods’ mistress ‘set to claim he had gay sex’ 22

    A mistress is reportedly set to claim Tiger Woods had sex with men

    5:06 PM — One of the women who reportedly slept with Tiger Woods is set to write a book claiming she saw him having sex with other men.

  • New South Wales government upholds gay adoption ban 7

    The adoption ban will remain (Photo: D Sharon Pruitt)

    4:13 PM — The Australian state of New South Wales has opted to continue a ban on gay couples adopting. Although a parliamentary inquiry had recommended that changing the law would be in the best interests of children, the state government said there was not enough evidence of support for it.

  • California gay marriage trial will be on YouTube 5

    The proceedings will be broadcast, a judge ruled.

    11:45 AM — A judge has ruled that next week's trial on California's gay marriage ban will be shown on YouTube. Defenders of Proposition 8, which restricts marriage to a man and a woman, had claimed that broadcasting proceedings could lead to intimidation of witnesses.

  • 6th January 2010

    Portugal expected to approve gay marriage this week 14

    Portugal could be the next European country to legalise gay marriage

    6:30 PM — Portugal is expected to approve gay marriage this Friday when a bill comes up for debate in parliament. It is thought the law is almost certain to pass, as left-wing parties who are supportive of gay marriage occupy a majority of seats.

  • Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon to fight gay adoption ban 5

    Cynthia Nixon is kicking off the gay adoption campaign

    5:46 PM — Lesbian actress Cynthia Nixon will be kicking off a campaign to repeal Florida's ban on gays and lesbians adopting. The Sex and the City star will kick off the American Civil Liberties Union's three-year campaign to end the ban this weekend at South Beach’s Shore Club.

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