21st March 2006
Bishop speaks out against gay adoption
12:00 AM — San Franciscan Archbishop George Niederauer has only been in office a month but he's making his presence felt with an anti gay adoption approach.He wants the social services arm of the Archdiocese of San Francisco to bring it's adoption programme "fully in sync" with the church's views while continuing to find homes for hard-to-place children, according to spokesman Maurice Healy.
International gay group still aiming for UN recognition
12:00 AM — An international group representing lesbians and gays have said that they will seek to put pressure on the United Nations to grant full recognition of lesbian and gay human rights through their biannual conference to be held in Geneva next week.The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) said the conference would be addressed by delegates from all continents, including countries where homosexuality is banned.
Bird Flu: God’s punishment for gay marriage – Rabbi claims 3
12:00 AM — Rabbi David Basri, a prominent Kabbalah preacher, has attributed an outbreak of deadly bird flu in Israel to calls in election campaigns to legalise gay marriages.With less than a week to go before the polls open, his remarks have caused a flutter through left-wing political campaigners. Mertez party member Yossi Beilin is seeking liberal votes with a pro gay marriage stance that he's quite literally pressing home on stickers reading "voice of the groom and groom."
20th March 2006
Australian state premier bars gay marriage bill 1
12:00 AM — The premier of the Australian state of Victoria has declared his opposition to proposals for a gay marriage bill similar to the British Civil Partnerships Act to be introduced in his state.Steve Bracks, the Australian Labor [sic] party Victoria premier has refused to allow an official who is responsible for drafting legislation to assist independent MP, Andrew Olexander to draft a civil unions bill.
Gay holiday camp owners claim they suffered hate crimes
12:00 AM — The owners of a popular gay holiday resort in Ozarks Missouri, USA are finally retaliating by taking their neighbours to court accusing them of violating the hate crime law, which includes crimes based on sexual orientation.Charles Franzke and James Thideman owners of Cactus Canyon Campground, claim to have endured seven years of torment including their guests being shot at and having rocks hurled at them.
Gay wedding numbers stabilise in the Netherlands 1
12:00 AM — The world's first same-sex marriages were introduced in the Netherlands five years ago when a record number 2,214 tied the knot representing some 3 % of the total Dutch weddings that year. Now the level has fallen due to what researchers label as "stabilisation."Demographics Professor Jan Latten at the Statistics Netherlands (CBS) said: "There was an element of hype in 2001. Lots of people who had already been together for 30 or 40 years got married. The numbers peaked in 2002 when 1,838 same-sex couples tied the knot.
19th March 2006
British men jailed for gay abuse of children in India
12:00 AM — Two British men have been jailed for six years in India after they were found guilty of abusing boys at a children's shelter that one of the pair had set-up in Bombay.The court found Duncan Grant, a charity worker, and Allan Waters guilty of child sex abuse and engaging in unnatural acts with children. They were sentenced to six years in prison and a fine of £20,000 each.
17th March 2006
Red Cross enters gay blood ban protests
12:00 AM — The American Red Cross (ARC) is lobbying the US government to lift the Department of Health and Human Services' ban on gay blood donors.According to the American Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) gay men are at higher risk of contracting and transmitting HIV and other diseases such as hepatitis, which poses a health risk.
Gay council leader boycotts St Patrick’s Day 2
12:00 AM — New York's first openly gay council leader will boycott today's St Patrick's Day parade after Irish gay groups were blocked from participating.The chairman of the Manhattan parade, John Dunleavy, refused an approach from the leader of New York's City Council leader, Christine Quinn, to allow gay groups to join the march.
Gay student suing school after expulsion 1
12:00 AM — A former medical student claims to have evidence that he was expelled from his university because he was gay.Jeevan Padiyar, 29, told Manhattan Supreme Court that he had discovered a memo from a faculty member at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, which contains homophobic comments.
St Patrick’s organiser compares gays to Nazis 2
12:00 AM — The organiser of today's St Patrick's Day parade in New York has created further controversy over banning gay groups from the march after comparing Irish gays to Neo-Nazis.In an interview with the Irish Times, John Dunleavy, said: "If an Israeli group wants to march in New York, do you allow neo-Nazis into their parade? If African Americans are marching in Harlem, do they have to let the Ku Klux Klan into their parade?"
16th March 2006
Gay Mormon faces dismissal 1
12:00 AM — A gay Mormon is facing expulsion from the church after marrying his partner in Canada.Buckley Jeppson has revealed that he received a verbal warning that his actions oppose the doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and that disciplinary action may be taken.
Minister cleared after conducting gay marriages
12:00 AM — A Presbyterian minister has escaped punishment for officiating over the marriage unions of two lesbian couples.The commission of the Presbytery of the Redwoods, ruled that the Rev. Janie Adams Spahr actions were justified within her "right of conscience" as a Christian when she performed the commitment ceremonies.
Support increases for gay pride ban
12:00 AM — Two senior political figures have joined supporters of the Moscow Gay Pride ban.Jerusalem's acting mayor, Yigal Amedi and Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia, have backed Moscow mayor Yury Luzhkov's decision to ban the event.
US politician says Elton John should be executed 5
12:00 AM — A US Senate candidate has claimed that gay singer Elton John and Dick Cheney's daughter should be sentenced to death because of they are homosexuals.Democratic candidate, Merril Keiser, appeared on a popular US podcast ,where he repeated previously reported views that homosexuality should be punishable by death.
Gays banned from St Patrick’s Day 2
12:00 AM — As big green hats and Guinness cans begin to fill the world's biggest cities for this year's St Patrick's Day, it has emerged that gay groups have been rejected from taking part in the New York parade.The annual Irish celebration which is embraced by all cultures irrelevant of the nationality, has been thrown into a gay rights debate after the chairman of the Manhattan parade, John Dunleavy, blocked an approach from New York's gay council leader, Christine Quinn, to allow gay groups to join the march.
Czech gays given marriage rights 1
12:00 AM — The Czech lower parliament has overruled a presidential veto on gay marriage to allow same sex couples to register their relationships, gain access to each other's health information and raise children.Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus had originally rejected the bill claiming it increased the state's power to interfere with individual lives and inhibited on the traditional views of family.
Gay man challenges inheritance laws
12:00 AM — A gay man in South Africa is to contest a law which stops him inheriting his dead partner's estate.Mark Gory had a gay marriage ceremony with his partner who later died without leaving a will. His lawyer claims that as there are no children, Mr Gory should be seen as the surviving spouse and therefore the legal heir.
15th March 2006
Health insurance for gay partners
12:00 AM — Partners of gay employees in the US state of Montana will be offered health insurance, according to the area's largest health cover provider.The domestic-partner policy from Blue Cross, which is available to big and small businesses, will be made accessible for gay and straight partners of workers from July.
Gays may have limited access to information
12:00 AM — Human rights groups are questioning new guidelines on security clearance which may discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation.Sexuality is referred to as a determining factor in access to classified information, according to a revision of the, Adjudicative Guidelines for Determining Eligibility for Access to Classified Information.