15th December 2006
New Jersey approves gay unions 46
12:00 AM — A gay legal group has welcomed New Jersey's introduction of a civil union bill, but has warned that it still creates inequality between homosexual and heterosexual couples.The civil union bill, passed by the New Jersey Assembly and Senate this week, provides benefits like adoption and inheritance rights for same sex couples, but deliberately leaves out the word marriage.
Comment: Gay parenting is fine 2
12:00 AM — Following criticism of Time magazine's approval of an article by right-wing Christian James Dobson against gay parenting, same-sex family group, Family Pride has had a rebuttal printed by the publication.Family Pride executive director Jennifer Chrisler says James Dobson misuses science to discredit same-sex parenting.
Gay activists welcome ‘advances’ in equality 46
12:00 AM — Gay activists have welcomed "pro-active advances" in gay rights as New Jersey looks set to sign two gay equality bills into law.New Jersey lawmakers passed two pieces of legislation today that are seen as positive steps forward for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender equality in that state.
Romney repeats gay marriage opposition 2
12:00 AM — Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has reaffirmed his homophobic credentials amid reports that he once courted the gay lobby.The religious right in the US have been seeking answers from the potential Republican presidential candidate after it was revealed that he once courted the gay community for their support in a 1994 campaign for the US Senate.
Lesbian comic apologises to Chinese community 2
12:00 AM — Lesbian comedian Rosie O'Donnell has apologised for mocking Chinese people on her talk show The View.O'Donnell was criticised by Asian Americans across the country after imitating Chinese broadcasters in a discussion about actor Danny DeVito being drunk.
Petition calls for end of ‘Special relationship’ with US
12:00 AM — A petition posted on the Downing Street website has called for the 'special relationship' between America and the UK to be scrapped, citing differences over foreign policy and gay rights.Following proposals this week proposing same-sex couples parenting and fertility rights in the UK, the petition declares that certain states in the US would fail to mirror these rights, if ratified in law.
14th December 2006
Media watchdog opposes homophobic platform
12:00 AM — A gay media watchdog is urging the community to protest against Time magazine allowing 'family values' fundamentalist James Dobson to contribute to the publication.The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) was outraged this week after Mr Dobson, head of Focus on the Family, wrote an article criticising US Vice-President Dick Cheney's lesbian daughter over her parenting plans.
Gay marriage opponents seek damages 1
12:00 AM — An anti-same-sex marriage group in Massachusetts is suing the state in a federal court seeking as much as $5 million in damages from lawmakers for blocking a final vote on the proposed constitutional amendment last month.The lawsuit, filed in US District Court by VoteOnMarriage.org, argues the 109 lawmakers violated the supporters' rights to free speech, to petition the government and to due process under the law.
Homophobia illegal in Faeroe Islands
12:00 AM — The Faeroe Islands parliament has passed a law banning discrimination against the gay community.It comes after a petition from campaigners expressed discontent that homophobia is made "perfectly legal" because the government does nothing against it, but yesterday a new law was passed by 17 votes to 13.
Prodi demands “wise and serious” gay laws 1
12:00 AM — Italy will push ahead with plans to give unmarried and gay couples rights, the country's Prime Minister has announced.Romano Prodi came to power in April promising civil partnership style laws for the gay community as well as heterosexual cohabiting couples.Equal Opportunities Minister Barbara Pollastrini said Mr Prodi wants to discuss a "wise and serious" law.
13th December 2006
European Court rejects sibling inheritance rights
12:00 AM — The European Court of Human Rights has rejected the pleas of two elderly sisters asking for the same inheritance tax rights as married and gay couples.The siblings have been living together in Wiltshire since they were born, but Joyce, 88, and Sybil Burden, 80, fear that one of them will be left with a large inheritance tax bill when the other passes away.
Gay groups welcome ‘historic UN decision’
12:00 AM — Three gay groups have been granted consultative status to the United Nations (UN).The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) this week granted consultative status to ILGA-Europe, the European Region of the International Lesbian and Gay Association, and to the Danish and German national lesbian and gay association, LBL and LSVD.
Tanzanian Anglicans cut US ties over gay issues
12:00 AM — The Anglican Church of Tanzania has broken away from the US Episcopal Church claiming it can no longer tolerate the denomination's liberal view on gay clergy and same sex unions.It reflects a growing rift within the Anglican Communion on the issue of homosexuality.The African clergymen agreed a statement earlier this week at a meeting in Dar es Salaam, which expressed opposition to gay ordinations and unions.
Another day, another gay clergyman 1
12:00 AM — Just when the Christian-Right was recovering from the revelations of Evangelical preacher Ted Haggard's gay meetings, another leader has stepped down after a male prostitute revealed more gay relations within the church.Paul Barnes has stepped down as head of the Grace Chapel in Colorado after an anonymous rent boy threatened to go public with his name and others.
Anti-gay church fined for funeral protests
12:00 AM — Westboro Baptist Church has been ordered to pay $3000 of compensation in court costs and fines after a soldier's father complained about the group protesting outside his son's funeral.The Kansas church, led by Reverend Fred Phelps, is known for its protests at military funerals where its members attribute America's problems to its liberal stance towards homosexuality.
Is Britney Spears proving she’s not a lesbian with a new lover?
12:00 AM — Just a few days after denying a lesbian tryst with celebrity heiress and air head Paris Hilton, Britney Spears has allegedly found a new boyfriend.Only a few weeks after announcing her divorce from Kevin Federline, Spears was apparently spotted cuddling up with Jonathan Rotem, who coincedinatlly produced Federline's recent album.Spears and Federline announced a split after a two year marriage.
12th December 2006
Cheney puts lesbian daughter first
12:00 AM — US Vice-President Dick Cheney has been applauded by gay campaigners for his attitude towards his lesbian daughter's pregnancy.Mr Cheney's office released a statement last week describing him and his wife as "looking forward with eager anticipation to the arrival of their sixth grandchild" amid reports that their daughter Mary is having a baby with her partner of 15 years Heather Poe.
ACT awakens gay union debate 1
12:00 AM — The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) has proposed a new gay unions law after the Federal Government overruled legislation it introduced earlier this year.The ACT Attorney General Simon Corbell presented the Civil Partnerships Bill 2006 into the Legislative Assembly this week.
Nigeria debates gay ban law 1
12:00 AM — Nigerian lawmakers are currently debating a bill that would ban same sex marriage as well as any gay organisations or meetings.The Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Bill now in the National Assembly, was introduced by Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo.It would even ban sharing a meal with a gay person.
Gay community fear ageing 1
12:00 AM — LGBT baby boomers have more distinct concerns about ageing with regard to financial stability, personal support and end-of-life legal issues than those in the general population, according to a new survey."Out and ageing: The MetLife Study of Lesbian and Gay Baby Boomers," the first national survey of its kind, found both men and women fear outliving their income in retirement.