22nd March 2006
Gay asylum seekers sent back to Iran
12:00 AM — Gay asylum seekers to the Netherlands from Iran will be sent back there, Rita Verdonk, Dutch Immigration minister decides.She is lifting a ban that was put in place 6 months ago following reports that Iranian homosexuals were being executed. Jean Lambert Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London spoke out against the lifting of the ban, expressing concern that Iranian Lesbian Gay Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT) immigrants would face a frightening and uncertain future. "It is extremely worrying that some EU countries are willing to ignore the advice of the Human Rights Watch and signs of danger in Iran."
Gay marriage vote in New Hampshire
12:00 AM — A vote in New Hampshire yesterday had a tentative pro gay marriage result. A constitutional amendment had been proposed which would ban same sex marriage specifically in the state's Bill of Rights. It was defeated by 207 votes to 125.Senator Jack Raymond, an opponent of gay marriage said that he would respect the views of the house and not pursue a similar amendment in the State Senate. "The people is the third rail in politics" he said, "and obviously the people that voted against it didn't want it to hit the third rail".
First gay club registered in India 13
12:00 AM — The first gay club to be officially registered in India has been founded in Chennai - a brave move in a country where homosexuality is illegal, and homosexuals are viewed with suspicion and contempt.The group's founder, Mr Vasu, said that he created the Men's Community Development Society (MCDS) to draw attention to the injustices that gay people suffer. Unofficially the group has been meeting for 6 years and has over 700 members in Chennai alone, but Mr Vasu decided to take the step of registering the MCDS after police discrimination convinced him that some official protest should be made.
Vicars weigh in on both sides of gay marriage issue
12:00 AM — The Rev Steve Goold and the Rev Doug Donley found themselves on opposites sides of the debate as their prayers to god for guidance on the issue of gay marriage gave them both different answers.Mr Goold, senior pastor of the Crystal Evangelical Free Church in New Hope said that he felt compelled by God to voice his objection in the gay marriage debate at the Minnesota Capitol.
India’s celebrities speak up for gay rights
12:00 AM — With the recent official founding of gay group the Men's Community Development Society (MCDS), Indian celebrities have been moved to speak out about attitudes towards gay people in the popular paper Hindustan Times.Male supermodel Dino Morea kicked off the debate noting: "when I entered the modelling world after completing my graduation, I had loads of stories about homosexuals forcibly making you enter into an act with them."
Gay Iraqis face death squads 1
12:00 AM — PinkNews.co.uk ExclusiveDeath Squads searching for gay men are active in Iraq, claims exiled poet Ali Hili. Transsexuals, he claims, are being burned and beaten to death in Baghdad.The murdered Iraqi men are "usually discovered with their hands bound behind their back, blindfolds over their eyes and bullet wounds in the back of the head", Mr Hili asserts.
Parity for gay men in South Korean army
12:00 AM — South Korea's defence ministry issued a statement addressing the issue of the treatment of gay soldiers in the army."The military will treat homosexual soldiers the same as heterosexual ones," the ministry said in a written statement distributed to news gathering groups.
21st March 2006
Battle in Conneticut court over gay marriage rights
12:00 AM — Eight same sex couples are suing the Department of Public Health in New Haven Connecticut after they were denied marriage licenses in 2004.Backed by an LGTB advocacy group, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), the couples will argue that the refusal to grant marriage licenses to same sex couples violates the Constitution's guarantees of liberty and equality for all of the state's citizens.
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
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.