6th June 2006
US President backs gay marriage ban despite waning support 4
12:00 AM — US President George W Bush yesterday called for support of the proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage to be debated in the Senate from today.The President, who had been tight lipped in recent months on the issue of same-sex marriage, announced last week he supports an amendment to the constitution, sticking firm to the belief than marriage is between a man and a woman, despite the fact that Vice President Dick Cheney and even the first lady have offered differing opinions.
Australia set to lose gay union laws 1
12:00 AM — Just weeks after the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) approved a gay civil union law, the Federal Government has promised to overturn it.Despite an initial willingness to consider the law, Attorney General Philip Ruddock has now stated that it would be against the Federal Marriage Act as it is too similar to marriage and fails to take heed of the government's concerns.
Vatican attacks gay marriage 3
12:00 AM — The Vatican expressed fresh criticism of gay marriages today, just days before Pope Benedict XVI visits Spain, where same sex marriage is legal.The document, produced by the Pontifical Council for the Family, titled Family and Human Procreation, sets out doctrines on the relationship between family and reproduction.
Activists oppose anti-gay Nigerian law
12:00 AM — Human rights activists in Nigeria have formed an alliance against the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill now in the National Assembly, saying it violates people's sexual rights.The bill calls for imprisonment for any person who "goes through the ceremony of marriage with a person of the same sex", anyone who helps them and any gay clubs or organisations.
5th June 2006
Bush backs gay marriage ban 4
12:00 AM — US President George W Bush has used his weekly radio address to voice support for a constitutional amendment which would ban gay marriage, ahead of a Senate vote on the issue.The amendment, which would prohibit states from recognising same-sex marriages, needs a two-thirds majority in the Senate and House, and then would need to be ratified by at least 38 state legislatures before becoming a law.
Religious protests hit Romanian Gay Pride
12:00 AM — Gay campaigners marching for tolerance and diversity in Romania were hit with violence and protest last weekend.Around 500 activists attended a parade on Saturday evening in Bucharest, which was targeted by eggs and anti gay slogans as well as a counter march by the Romanian Christian group Noua Dreapta, promoting "family values."
MTV awards Brokeback kiss
12:00 AM — The Brokeback Mountain clinch between Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger has been voted the Best Kiss, ahead of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, at the MTV Movie Awards in California.The stars of the gay cowboy movie won the accolade, voted by MTV viewers, last night along with a Best Performance award for Gyllenhaal.
UNAIDs meeting was “massive disappointment” 3
12:00 AM — UK charities and Non Governmental Organisations are calling the UN High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS "a massive disappointment."After three days of intense negotiation, lobbying and demonstrations, UK groups attending the UN High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS expressed disappointment at the political declaration and perceived lack of genuine involvement of community organisations and people living with HIV and AIDS.
2nd June 2006
Colorado Governor rejects gay anti-discrimination law
12:00 AM — The Governor of Colorado has been called "out of step" with his State after rejecting a law which would have prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.Bill Owens vetoed the legislation for the second time claiming it would see an increase in lawsuits against local businesses and "had the potential to be costly for Colorado businesses due to an expansion of their tort liability."
Canada to vote on gay marriage 1
12:00 AM — Canada will hold a free vote in Parliament later to this year, the prime minister announced today.The Canadian Parliament will decide whether to scrap gay marriage laws which were adopted last year.Stephen Harper came to power last January campaigning to reopen the debate on laws governing same sex partnerships in the country.
Gay Americans let down in AIDs epidemic 3
12:00 AM — The USA is rejecting gay, black and poor communities in its response to AIDs, according to a health watchdog.The report, published by the Public Health Watch HIV/AIDS Monitoring Project of the Open Society Institute (OSI), provides the first comprehensive analysis of how the United States is responding to the domestic AIDS epidemic and calls on the US government to step up prevention and treatment efforts.
Calls for Moscow Gay Pride investigation 4
12:00 AM — Russian authorities must launch a full investigation into the attacks on gay pride activists in Moscow last weekend, a human rights group demanded today.Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the investigation must also encompass the police response to the attacks and drop charges against participants in pride events for taking part in "an unsanctioned demonstration."
Gay groups walk to protest Senate gay marriage vote 4
12:00 AM — A US gay group is hosting a coast to coast bridge walk in support of gay marriage tomorrow in response to the upcoming Senate vote deciding whether to ban same sex marriage.Marriage Equality USA (MEUSA) and Marriage Equality New York (MENY) are hosting simultaneous walks across the Brooklyn Bridge and Golden Gate Bridge in support of marriage equality for same-sex couples.
Methodist Church backs gay marriage
12:00 AM — The Methodist Church has backed gay clergy and same sex marriage.In a vote at the annual state convention of the church in Minneapolis yesterday, members approved a resolution supporting equal access to the faith for all sexualities and the removal of a prohibition on 'homosexual unions.'
Danish lesbians gain artificial insemination rights
12:00 AM — A new law passed today by the Danish parliament gives lesbian couples the same rights to artificial insemination in public hospitals as straight couples.The legislation which also applies to single women, was passed by 86 politicians who voted for the amendment, against 82 politicians who either abstained or voted against.
Kofi Annan: Gays must be recognised as AIDs risk group 3
12:00 AM — Homosexuals, prostitutes and drug users must been seen as risk groups in the battle against the AIDs epidemic, the United Nations (UN) secretary general said today.Kofi Annan told delegates at the UN General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS that certain groups need protection and cannot be ignored in fighting the epidemic.
Grandpa accused of infecting gay men with HIV
12:00 AM — An Australian grandfather deliberately made friends with gay men on the internet to infect them with HIV, a court was told today.Michael Neal, 48, appeared at Melbourne Magistrates Court charged with attempting to infect people with HIV and rape.He met victims including one who he allegedly drugged and raped, on the internet and persuaded them into unprotected sex, telling them he was HIV negative, the jury heard.
Spanish government backs transsexual law 1
12:00 AM — Transsexuals in Spain are to be given the right to change their gender documents in civil registries without undergoing a sex change, according to new laws passed by the Spanish government today.The law is expected to be produced this summer and will allow doctors to certify that a person is living as the wrong sex after they have lived as the appropriate sex for a year and a half and been approved by a psychiatrist.
1st June 2006
Transsexual jailed for stealing baby’s identity
12:00 AM — A transgender woman has been jailed in a man's prison in New Zealand after pleading guilty to stealing a dead baby's identity to forge passport documents and gain false benefits.A Christchurch District Court sentenced Lelilani Sialapae to 12 months despite calls from her lawyers to defer the sentence until she had completed a sex change process.
Support drops for Canadian gay marriage backtrack
12:00 AM — Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper is losing support for a new vote on whether to keep gay marriage laws.Mr Harper's Conservative government campaigned on the promise that it would allow Parliament to vote on whether to reopen the issue, but now cabinet members and MPs appear to have lost enthusiasm.