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  • 12th April 2006

    Attorney appeals to stop gay partner benefits

    Republican Attorney General Mike Cox was in court yesterday arguing that university and local government policies offering health insurance to gay partners violated a 2004 amendment to the Michigan constitution

    12:00 AM — Health insurance should not be given to partners of gay workers, according to the state attorney in Michigan.Republican Attorney General Mike Cox was in court yesterday arguing that university and local government policies offering health insurance to gay partners violated a 2004 amendment to the Michigan constitution concerning marriage, by putting domestic partnerships on an equal par.

  • Gays face Christian school expulsion

    The group spoke out after five members of Soulforce, a gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender group, were arrested at the Brigham Young University

    12:00 AM — US gay and lesbian students face expulsion from Christian schools if they reveal their sexuality, a gay group has warned.Soulforce, a gay organisation, currently touring America promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, claims over 200 colleges and universities actively ban homosexual students.

  • Civil rights director in gay preference row

    Mr Vespa-Papaleo is widely credited for providing better facilities for the disabled and housing provisions for minorities

    12:00 AM — New Jersey's head of civil rights has been accused of discriminating against black employees by deliberately promoting whites, Latinos and gays ahead of them.The Division on Civil Rights director, Frank Vespa-Papaleo is cited in a lawsuit from his assistant director, Philip Freeman, who claims he was harassed because he is black and straight.

  • State hears gay marriage views 1

    “Governor Mitt Romney, known for his anti-gay views, said in a letter to the committee, ''The importance of marriage between mothers and fathers, wives and husbands is so great that we must take whatever action is needed to preserve it“

    12:00 AM — The Massachusetts State House held a six hour hearing on gay marriage yesterday as supporters and opponents came together to argue their case for a 2008 vote on a ban on same sex unions.Supporters of the ban are standing by the argument that legalised gay marriage undermines the traditional family structure, and opponents are pushing for further equality.

  • MEP slams Nigeria’s “homophobic” culture

    MEP Michael Cashman (UK), president of the Intergroup on gay and lesbian rights , accused the government of supporting a “homophobic“ culture

    12:00 AM — The Nigerian government is facing condemnation from the European Parliament over plans to make homosexual marriage illegal and to ban gay organisations.MEP Michael Cashman (UK), president of the Intergroup on gay and lesbian rights , accused the government of supporting a "homophobic" culture and threatening "the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender citizens."

  • Indiana gays gain anti-discrimination laws 1

    Sexual orientation and gender equality has been added to the Indianapolis Human Rights Ordinance thanks to a campaign from Indiana Equality

    12:00 AM — Indianapolis' economic health and viability has been enhanced by the extension of human rights protections to include the city's gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender citizens, declared leaders of the city's gay groups have declared.Sexual orientation and gender equality has been added to the Indianapolis Human Rights Ordinance.

  • Gay workers lose support

    Governor Ernie Fletcher announced the new law as part of the state's “Diversity Day“

    12:00 AM — Gay state workers in Kentucky have lost rights to anti discrimination laws after a new governor made changes to the 2003 employment policy.Governor Ernie Fletcher announced the new law as part of the state's "Diversity Day," he replaced former Governor Paul Patton's law with one that prohibits employment discrimination because of "race, colour, national origin, sex, age, religion, veteran status and disability," but no longer sexuality.

  • 10th April 2006

    Give gay Jews marriage rights, rabbi says 1

    The Jewish Conservative movement in America has agreed to discuss gay marriage rights

    12:00 AM — Jewish gay marriage should be supported whether or not the Conservative moment agrees, according to a US rabbi.Rabbi Michelle Robinson, a scholar at the Temple Emanuel, New England, told congregants in a sermon, that tradition should not be a stumbling block to "textual interpretations."

  • Senator refuses to budget gay bigotry

    Senator Ernesto Scorsone opposed an item proposing support for a pharmacy on the University of Cumberlands campus

    12:00 AM — A Kentucky State senator has refused to supporting budgeting a university which expelled a student for being gay.Senator Ernesto Scorsone opposed an item proposing support for a pharmacy on the University of Cumberlands campus, where a student was forced to leave after revealing his sexuality on a website.

  • Group declares gay bar demo a success

    The building was purchased by Poland's President Lech Kaczynski, who is known for his anti gay views

    12:00 AM — A demonstration against the closure of a political, cultural and gay club was labelled a "big political success" by organisers yesterday.Around 1000 people including political and cultural figures, as well as gay groups, turned up to oppose the closure of Le Madame in Warsaw, Poland.

  • Over half of New York supports gay marriage 1

    New York does not currently recognise gay marriage

    12:00 AM — Support in New York has steadily grown over the last three years for the right of gay people to marry, according to a poll released today by Empire State Pride Agenda, the state's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organisation.Conducted by Global Strategy Group in March, the poll found that 53% of New Yorkers support marriage for same-sex couples while 38% do not. These numbers and those from two other polls conducted for the Pride Agenda by Global Strategy Group in 2004 and 2005 track a steady increase in support among New Yorkers on this issue.

  • Censorship row hits Canadian gay pride

    The problem was revealed at the InterPride conference last weekend, when Bob Fougere, a gay parent, said his teenage grandson refuses to attend the parades because of the nudity.

    12:00 AM — Gay pride organisers in Canada have revealed problems with arrangements after some participants have complained about a lack of inclusive family events.Pride planners do not want to censor behaviour but also want to make everyone feel comfortable to attend.

  • San Francisco is most gay city but is also home to high HIV rates

    25.8 per cent of the gay male population is infected with the HIV virus

    12:00 AM — New statistics released by the San Francisco Department of Public Heath suggest that the city has the highest percentage of gay men in the world and that a quarter of them are HIV positive."Despite an overall loss in the population in San Francisco in the last five years, we think there has been an absolute gain in gay men," William McFarland, head of HIV/AIDS statistics at San Francisco's Department of Public Health, said in an interview. "From all the data I have seen ... it's the gayest city in the world."

  • Gay killer escapes jail for second time

    He was given a life sentence for second degree murder in 1989

    12:00 AM — A Canadian man serving a life sentence for stabbing his gay lover to death, is on the run for the second time.Andre Seguin, 41, has been allowed out for the day to take part in a volunteer work programme, but did not return to the minimum security penitentiary in Quebec.

  • American idol contestant blames anti-gay backlash for poor vote

    Mandisa Hundley said she is upset by speculation claiming she endorses the ex gay movement

    12:00 AM — An American Idol contestant has blamed her Christian beliefs as a factor for her being voted off the show last week.Mandisa Hundley, a Christian soul singer, says her praise of author Beth Moore, from biblical group, the Living Proof ministries, may have damaged her reputation and made people think she was anti gay.

  • Pro-gay Prodi wins Italian elections 2

    Romano Prodi, the new Italian Prime Minister

    12:00 AM — Romano Prodi's centre left coalition, The Union, has been declared the winner in the Italian elections, despite doubts being cast by outgoing Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.The results are good news for the gay community as Signor Prodi has promised to change Italy including introducing a civil partnership law.

  • Gay group condemns Pope’s “satanic” speech 3

    The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has branded the pontiff's remarks as “verging on the unhinged“

    12:00 AM — A gay group has launched an attack on the Pope days before his Good Friday speech where he is expected to condemn gay civil partnerships as "satanic."The Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) has branded the pontiff's remarks as "verging on the unhinged."

  • Elton John’s spring clearout

    A specially allocated Elton's Closet will offer designs from Versace, Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Prada

    12:00 AM — Gay star Elton John and David Furnish will be spring cleaning today as they sell off almost 10,000 articles of their clothing for charity.The closet clearout at the Rockerfeller Centre in New York, will raise money for the Elton John AIDs Foundation.

  • Gay boycott threat prompts gym sale

    To avoid problems, Mr Guzzardi sold his share of the gym

    12:00 AM — A gym popular with the gay community has avoided a boycott after one of the owners sold his share of the business.Gay and Democratic activists had planned to avoid Philadelphia's 12th Street Gym to protest Bob Guzzardi's support of anti gay Republican Senator Rick Santorum, as well as other conservative causes.

  • Gay student expelled for ‘promoting sexual behaviour’

    University president Jim Taylor said information the theatre arts student posted on a website went against university rules

    12:00 AM — A gay student has been expelled from a Baptist university after revealing his sexuality on an internet blog.Jason Johnson, 20, felt comfortable being gay at the University of Cumberlands as the school's code of conduct only "barred lewd and indecent conduct."

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