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  • 11th December 2006

    Brit sets gay union precedent in Peru

    Although the legal union between two adults of the same sex is not permitted in Peru, the couple was able to legally validate their partnership under British law

    12:00 AM — Peru held its first gay marriage ceremony last week, setting a precedent for the South American nation.News site LivinginPeru.com reports that a British citizen and his Peruvian partner formalised their union under British law in a ceremony held at the British Embassy in Lima.

  • Romney has a ‘pro-gay’ past 2

    Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has proudly spouted his negative attitudes towards gay issues

    12:00 AM — Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has proudly spouted his negative attitudes towards gay issues since coming to power two years ago.However, it has now been revealed that Mr Romney, a vocal opponent of his state's gay marriage laws, once courted the gay community for their support in a 1994 campaign for the US Senate.

  • 8th December 2006

    No going back on gay marriage – Canadian PM

    MPs had a free vote, and six Cabinet members voted against the government motion, while 13 Liberal members voted to end gay and lesbian marriages. photo: government of canada

    12:00 AM — The Conservative Prime Minister of Canada has conceded defeat over his plans to re-open the debate over gay marriage.In July 2005, under the previous Liberal administration, Canada became the fourth country to allow gay and lesbian couples to get married.During the 2006 election campaign, the Conservatives had pledged to re-open the debate about the issue.

  • Celebs split while gay marriage thrives

    It seems that before Pam Anderson and Kid Rock went their separate ways, they sat down with GQ Magazine for an interview appearing in this month's issue to discuss marriage

    12:00 AM — "Everybody sins. No sin is greater or different than the other. To each his own. If it don't bother Jennifer, then Jennifer don't mind. I don't really even think about it because I don't believe in judging people for what they do."Yes folks, you read it. Unfortunately, a reporter from the Dallas Voice quoted everybody's favourite Dreamgirl Jennifer Hudson (yeah, you heard that Beyonce) saying homosexuality is a sin when he asked the budding starlet where she stood on gay marriage.

  • New York health board rejects trans document changes

    The New York City Board of Health voted unanimously this week against a measure to allow transgender people to amend their birth certificates without requiring that they undergo sex reassignment

    12:00 AM — The New York City Board of Health voted unanimously this week against a measure to allow transgender people to amend their birth certificates without requiring that they undergo sex reassignment surgery.Transgender advocates who worked with the Board of Health to propose these policy changes have voiced their surprise and disappointment about the vote

  • UK Youth denounce Polish homophobia

    In July The prime minister of Poland claimed his country is being misrepresented by the press, and hit out at the Western media.

    12:00 AM — The UK's national youth council has called on politicians of all parties to denounce publicly the attitude of the Polish government towards LGBT people.The British Youth Council, a coalition of over 150 youth organisations, including GirlGuiding UK and the NUS, issued a statement today highlighting the multiple incidents of discrimination and homophobia involving high-ranking Polish government officials and politicians.

  • 7th December 2006

    US Jews welcome gays and lesbians 6

    The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, which represents more than 750 Conservative synagogues, with 1.5 million members, today welcomed the movement's decisions

    12:00 AM — Conservative Jews in America have welcomed a decision by the movement regarding gay rabbis and same sex marriage.A two day meeting of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, which gives recommendations on religious doctrine, presented three differing positions that may be adopted by Jewish seminaries, leaving it up to individual seminaries and synagogues, ranging from upholding a ban on lesbian and gay ordination to only allowing non-sexually active gay rabbis.

  • Electrifying performance kills drag artist

    It is thought that Montegracia's hands were wet, probably from sweat, and that the microphone was not wired correctly. photo: massless@flickr

    12:00 AM — Joan Montegracia was the third on stage at a competition for drag artists in the Philippine city of Caloocan. She was about to wow the audience with her impersonation of actress Aubrey Miles.As she moved to the centre of the outdoor metal stage and took the microphone, she dropped suddenly to the ground.The audience looked on in anticipation, thinking the dramatic fall to be part of the act. A loud round of applause failed to rouse Joan to her feet.

  • Paris Hilton says she wants children 7

    Paris Hilton: “I want children“ (according to “sources“)

    12:00 AM — Gay icon Paris Hilton says that she wants to be a mum after spending time playing aunty to fellow icon Britney Spear's children.Hilton says that she's prepared to sacrifice her party animal lifestyle if it means finding a husband and having children.That's according to a "source" who told US gossip magazine, In Touch magazine.

  • 6th December 2006

    Gay rabbis now kosher

    Conservative Jewish synagogues, who currently represent about 1000 'middle ground' rabbis, are losing worshippers to both the liberal Reform synagogues and the Orthodox ones.

    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.

  • Canada to vote today on keeping gay marriage

    During the federal election campaign at the beginning of 2006 the Conservatives vowed to re-examine the issue of gay marriages if they were elected to government.

    12:00 AM — The great 'debate' in the Canadian parliament yesterday about the legality of gay marriage turned out to be more like a cry in the dark.The minority Conservative government had made headlines across the world with its pledge to repeal the decision last year to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.In the event Prime Minister Stephen Harper did not even turn up for the debate. Neither did most of his cabinet.

  • South Australia gays get new rights

    Any two people who live together and present themselves as a couple will be covered by the legislation, regardless of whether or not their relationship is sexual.

    12:00 AM — South Australia is to grant a series of rights to gay and lesbian couples. The upper house of the state's parliament voted in favour of the measures yesterday.The new law is a major victory for gay rights campaigners in the state. Any two people who live together and present themselves as a couple, will be covered by the legislation, regardless of whether or not their relationship is sexual.

  • Gay Republicans welcome HIV law change

    The ban originates from 1987, when fear about the spread of the disease led US officials to require anyone with HIV to declare their status and apply for a special waiver visa

    12:00 AM — A gay Republican lobby group has applauded the US President after he eased travel restrictions for HIV travellers entering America.The Log Cabin Republicans welcomed an announcement from the White House on World AIDS Day that President George W Bush would issue an executive order allowing HIV-positive people to enter the US on short-term tourist or business visas without having to seek special permission.

  • Cheney’s lesbian daughter is pregnant

    Mary Cheney's autobiography which was released in May

    12:00 AM — Dick Cheney's daughter is having a baby, according to reports.While states across America argue over same sex marriage and gay parenting, the Vice President's daughter, Mary Cheney, is likely to create a shining example of same sex families.A source told the Washington Post that Ms Cheney and Heather Poe are "ecstatic."

  • Gay marriage bans losing support 2

    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

    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

    Andi Ravalepik told  Eesti Paevaleht  newspaper that he will be contesting a seat in the Riigikogu in the March 2007 general election.  photo: Stan Shebs

    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

    The couple, who are day labourers, now live together in the village. photo: eduardo bombarelli@flickr

    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

    This is the largest-ever statement delivered at the UN on sexual orientation issues

    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

    A gay family group are calling on Vice President Dick Cheney to consider the US administration's attitude towards gay rights

    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

    The left-wing council have granted family certificates at a time when the debate over gay marriage in Italy is raging. photo: mteson@flickr.com

    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.

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