13th July 2006
Massachusetts delays gay marriage debate 1
12:00 AM — Massachusetts' lawmakers voted yesterday to delay a debate on gay marriage until after the state's general election in November.The decision to postpone the vote came after lawmakers debated for four hours on other agenda items at the Constitutional Convention.The Boston Globe reports that the delay is likely to cheer advocates of gay marriage, who believe that the more time they have to lobby lawmakers the better chance they have to defeat the proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex weddings.
Australia’s Uniting Church splits over gay row
12:00 AM — Evangelical conservatives are planning to create a new church group after the Australian Uniting Church decided to continue allowing the ordination of gay ministers.Gay churches were met with outrage from anti-gay leaders after the denomination's national assembly, where a 2003 ruling giving individual churches the right to appoint openly gay clergy was debated and preserved.
12th July 2006
MEP calls on Poland to condemn homophobia
12:00 AM — The president of the European Union's Intergroup on Lesbian and Gay Rights has called on the President of Poland, Lech Kaczynski, to condemn homophobia and homophobic violence in his country.Michael Cashman, Labour MEP for the West Midlands, has written to the President urging protection for all minorities in the wake of a recent statement from the Polish leadership criticising anti Semitism in the country.
Banton Danish gig met with gay protests 7
12:00 AM — Just a week after reggae artist Buju Banton was banned from performing in Brighton, gay activists in Denmark have protested against the singer's scheduled gig in the country.Over 250 Danish gay campaigners demonstrated outside The Rock concert venue, calling for "zero tolerance for homophobia" and the elimination of "murder music."
11th July 2006
California hears gay marriage arguments
12:00 AM — The California Court of Appeal heard oral arguments this week in six cases that will decide whether excluding same-sex couples from marriage violates the California Constitution.Last spring, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard Kramer held that California's exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage discriminates on the basis of sex and violates the fundamental right to marry under the California Constitution.
Gay adoption rights pursued in New Zealand
12:00 AM — The New Zealand government is considering legalising adoption for gay and unmarried couples.Under present law, New Zealand's citizens, including gays and lesbians, can adopt children, but because of the way the country's outdated Adoption Act is worded they can't if they are part of an unmarried couple.
Anti-gay “prank” causes serious concerns
12:00 AM — Ahead of WorldPride in Jerusalem, a leaflet has been circulated offering a $4,500 reward to anyone who kills a gay person taking part in the pride march.The leaflet, which is signed by a collective calling themselves the "Red Arm of Salvation" has understandably caused consternation amongst the gay community, though it was later revealed to have been a prank.
Fijian High Commission confirms; no more arrests for consensual gay sex in Fiji 1
12:00 AM — The Fijian High Commissioner has confirmed previously unofficial policy changes that men engaging in consensual gay sex will no longer be arrested.The news was welcomed by the New Zealand AIDS foundation, who have long suspected a link between driving the gay community underground and increased levels of HIV infection.
Canada accused of refusing entry to gay athletes attending Outgames 1
12:00 AM — The Canadian government is denying gay and lesbian athletes visitor visas for the upcoming Outgames, according to opposition Mps.Liberal politicians claim the Conservative government is delaying and in some cases refusing entry to participants in the sporting events because they are gay.
New EU presidency urged to protect gay rights
12:00 AM — The International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) has published a list of demands for the new presidency of the European Union.Finland will be in charge of the political body for the next six months after Austria's rule since January came to an end, and ILGA has immediately produced a memorandum on gay issues for the country to follow.
Massachusetts voters challenge gay marriage
12:00 AM — Massachusetts' highest court has ruled that voters will get the chance to overturn the state's landmark 2003 court decision that deemed banning gay marriage unconstitutional.The measure will appear on the state's 2008 ballot if it is approved by the Legislature, after it is considered in a constitutional convention tomorrow.
10th July 2006
Human rights groups to investigate gay immigration to USA 2
12:00 AM — Amid widespread national coverage of protests over United States immigration policy, two human rights organizations are turning a spotlight on the plight of bi-national gay and lesbian couples who are treated as "legal strangers" by US immigration.Last May, Human Rights Watch and Immigration Equality released the report "Family, Unvalued: Discrimination, Denial, and the Fate of Bi-national Same-Sex Couples Under United States Law," based on research conducted between 2003 and 2006.
“Gay Gene” debate opened again by Latter Day Saints 3
12:00 AM — The Salt Lake City Tribune has published evidence that it says shows that people are not genetically born gay."When you assert that individuals are born gay and cannot change, people naturally jump to the conclusion that same-sex marriage is the only rational choice for same-sex attracted individuals," the paper admits.
8th July 2006
Clinton disappoints gay community over marriage 3
12:00 AM — Presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton has disappointed the New York gay community by specifically leaving out any pledges on gay marriage in her call for equality for gay people.Mrs Clinton, who is a New York Senator, was reacting to the judgement of the New York State Court of Appeals who ruled on Thursday that only a change in law would allow gay marriage and that banning gay marriage was therefore constitutional.
Anti WorldPride petition gathers momentum 23
12:00 AM — Another day, another addition to the sea of protest surrounding WorldPride's decision to hold this year's event in the city of Jerusalem.Currently an online petition opposing the event is hovering around the 100,000 signature mark. It's organisers are confident that this target will soon be reached.
Pope says “no” to gay marriage, Spanish PM says no to Mass 4
12:00 AM — As Pope Benedict XVI starts his official visit to Spain, his views against gay marriage bring him into conflict with the secular Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. A senior Vatican source revealed that Mr Zapatero, who brought in Spain's gay marriage laws, is refusing to attend a Mass said by the Pope.Cardinal Mario Pompedda told Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper that Zapatero's decision was "an act of excessive secularism".
Gay only Guest houses in Cape Town
12:00 AM — The Commission for Gender Equality has ruled in favour of allowing gay guest houses on the Western Cape to exclude heterosexual couples if they would prefer to do so.Previously excluding straight guests had been seen as a form of discrimination, and was not allowed by law.Cape Town has become a popular gay holiday destination, with the attractions of beautiful beaches, lively nightlife and a thriving music scene.
Anti death penalty vigils planned in protest to gay executions 1
12:00 AM — The 19th of July will see anti-death penalty vigils being held all over the world to commemorate the public hanging in Iran of two gay men.Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni were accused of raping a 13 year old boy, though several human right's groups believed that this charge was invented in order to enable the authorities in Mashhad to serve a death penalty on the men who admitted to having gay sex, and denied the rape charge.
New Mexico Police raid “like the gay Abu Ghraib”
12:00 AM — As police force gay gym members to lie naked on the floor at gun point, questions are asked as to whether this was "overkill" for an alcohol inspection.Suspecting gym owner Ron Cordova of selling liquor without a license, the New Mexico State Police, supported by the Albuquerque fire marshal's office stormed the gym and ran checks on all of its customers. One man was arrested on an outstanding warrant and five others were issued alcohol-related citations.
Getting Married anyway – Pope’s words fall on deaf ears 1
12:00 AM — As the Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the Family Conference in Valencia continues, marriages between gay couples are continuing with joy and enthusiasm.Both Jose Francisco Lamo and Luisa Notario married their long term partners in civil ceremonies in the city, as the Pope's visit and anti-gay marriage statements continue.