6th December 2006
Gay marriage bans losing support 2
12:00 AM — Bans on same-sex marriage performed more poorly in the November 2006 elections than in the past, in part due to their declining appeal in states with smaller "born-again" Christian populations, according to a study released this week.The research by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute claims that if current trends hold, such bans would fail at the ballot box in many of the states that have not yet considered same-sex marriage initiatives.
Estonian gay activist to stand for parliament 1
12:00 AM — One of Estonia's most prominent gay men has announced that he is to run for a seat in the country's parliament in next year's general election.Andi Ravalepik told Eesti Paevaleht newspaper that he will be contesting a seat in the 101-member Riigikogu in the March 2007 general election.
Indian tribe accept lesbian couple 57
12:00 AM — A lesbian couple have undergone a formal tribal 'wedding' ceremony in a village in eastern India. A priest of the Khanda tribe performed the ceremony after their families had persuaded villagers of the validity of their relationship.30-year-old Wetka Polang and Melka Nilsa, 22, from Dandabadi village in Koraput district, found love after disastrous relationships with men.They initially ran away to another village, but returned and paid fines to the village to allow their 'marriage' to be blessed.
Gay groups welcome stand against violence
12:00 AM — Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) from around the world have welcomed a landmark statement on human rights, sexual orientation and gender identity, delivered last Friday at the United Nations Human Rights Council by Norway on behalf of 54 States.The statement condemns human rights violations directed against people because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Grandfather Cheney urged to help gay families
12:00 AM — A gay family group are calling on Vice President Dick Cheney to consider the US administration's attitude towards gay rights now that his daughter is set to have a baby with her lesbian partner.The front page of the Washington Post's website announced today that Mary Cheney, Vice-President Cheney's gay daughter, is pregnant.
Italian city grants gay couples limited rights 4
12:00 AM — Padua city council has outraged the Vatican by allowing gay and lesbian couples to register their 'family.' The decision, taken late on Monday, also applies to unmarried heterosexual couples.In Italy, a "certification of family" is required for various minor legal procedures, such as officially taking time off work to care for a sick relative or being placed on waiting lists for council houses.
Gay rabbis now kosher
12:00 AM — The ruling body of American Conservative Judaism has come to a compromise over the ordination of gay rabbis.The Committee on Jewish Law and Standards held a two-day closed meeting in New York and yesterday presented three differing positions that may be adopted by Jewish seminaries across North America's 750 synagogues.
5th December 2006
Fight against Pentagon gay ban continues
12:00 AM — Activists campaigning against the US military's ban on openly gay or lesbian recruits have begun a blog counting down the Top 10 Don't Ask Don't Tell stories of 2006.Frontlines, the official blog of the SLDN, will re-visit a significant story from the past year each day, counting down to the most important event related to the military's gay ban on Friday, December 15th.
NYPD loses gay discrimination case 57
12:00 AM — The New York Police Department has said it will appeal a court ruling that found a senior officer guilty of homophobic discrimination.Assistant Chief James Hall blocked the appointment of a gay police sergeant to the Youth Services section, then harassed two other officers who stood by their colleague.
Human rights boss: Gays don’t deserve rights 2
12:00 AM — His appointment was controversial, and now gay groups seem to have been proven right after the head of Latvia's human rights committee told a press conference that the gay community should not be given equal rights to heterosexuals.Janis Smits told a press conference this week that gay people are not a legitimate minority and should "recover normal sexual orientation."
Top gay destination is Canada 2
12:00 AM — The Canadian city of Vancouver is the number one travel destination for gay and lesbians in the USA, a new survey has revealed.For the second year running, Canada beat the UK as the top international choice for gay travellers.The west coast city of Vancouver, famed for its cosmopolitan restaurants and relaxed atmosphere, has been assiduously courting US gays and lesbians.
Gay nativity scene not all it seems 4
12:00 AM — Rightwing students at the University of Texas have created a novel Nativity scene, with a gay couple called Gary and Joseph standing in for the Holy Family.The Young Conservatives group at the university's Austin campus have created the alternative scene to protest at what they perceive to be anti-Christian bias.The focus of their anger is the American Civil Liberties Union, long a bogey man of the American right.
US eases travel restrictions on HIV+ people
12:00 AM — The White House used World Aids Day last week to announce a change in the rules relating to people with HIV travelling into the USA.President Bush made no mention of travel restrictions during his remarks to the press on Friday, focusing instead on the problems AIDS poses in Africa.He pledged $15bn to continue programmes to make retroviral drugs available to people in developing nations.
4th December 2006
Bush and Harper in Brokeback parody
12:00 AM — A gay Canadian political leader is starring in a political parody of gay cowboy movie Brokeback Mountain, with US President George Bush and Canadian premier Stephen Harper in the lead roles.The sketch, featuring Andre Boisclair, leader of Pari Quebecois, a party seeking independence for the Quebec region in Canada, has already prompted outrage in political circles.It features actors with the heads of Mr Bush and Mr Harper superimposed, fooling around inside a tent.
Lesbian wins custody of ex-partner’s kids
12:00 AM — The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania let stand a lower court ruling awarding custody to a lesbian mother Patricia Jones because she would provide a better home than her ex-partner, Ellen Boring, the children's biological parent)."By refusing to hear this case, the Court has effectively affirmed the lower court's decision that Patricia can provide the best home for her kids," said Alphonso David, Lambda Legal staff attorney who argued the case before the Pennsylvania Superior Court.
Maryland activists argue for gay marriage
12:00 AM — In advance of oral arguments before Maryland's high court, prominent state psychologists, social workers, and child welfare advocates have spoken out in support of marriage for same-sex couples.The Maryland chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, representatives of these groups stressed extensive, consistent scientific evidence showing that children raised by lesbian and gay couples develop as well as children raised by heterosexual couples.
1st December 2006
Americans urged to fight HIV 1
12:00 AM — Gay campaigners in the US are urging people to support local AIDS organisations and to make sure political representatives push for funding and support.Today is World AIDS Day, and 2006 marks the 25th anniversary of the very first report of an HIV/AIDS case in the US by the Centre for Disease Control.
South Africa holds first gay wedding 10
12:00 AM — Just 24 hours after its same sex marriage laws were sealed, South Africa has had its first gay wedding.Vernon Gibbs and Tony Halls married today in the Southern Cape, making them the first couple to wed under the Civil Unions Act.The couple said they have been planning the occasion for the last eight months.
Sweden upholds gay blood ban for at least a year 5
12:00 AM — Plans to repeal Sweden's ban on gay blood donors have been delayed for at least a year.Last August, Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare announced they would be reviewing the rule, introduced to prevent the spread of HIV, with many thinking it would be amended to allow donations from gay men who had not had sex for six months.But a medical adviser told the Board that more analysis is needed.
30th November 2006
US Jews to discuss gay behaviour 3
12:00 AM — The Jewish Conservative Movement in the US is preparing for a vote on the issue of gay rabbis and same sex marriage next week with members of the community predicting that ordination and unions will be given the nod.It comes in reaction to rabbinical students pushing for "ordination regardless of orientation" and many rabbis coming out or performing same sex ceremonies despite a ban.