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UKIP rescued by a Polish man, and 6 other stories you might have missed this week

Nick Duffy October 26, 2014

PinkNews brings you a roundup of news from the past seven days.

Here are some of the most widely read, and notable news stories from the past week which you may have missed.

1. UKIP was rescued in Europe by a Polish man

There’s at least one Pole that Nigel Farage will be thankful for, after right-wing Polish MEP Robert Iwaszkiewicz rescued UKIP’s European Parliament group from collapse – saving them millions in funding.

Mr Iwaszkiewicz is a member of the fringe Kongres Nowej Prawicy (Congress of the New Right) party, which is strongly opposed to same-sex marriage, and pledges to “recognize the family, understood as a union between a woman and a man, as the basis of social life”.

2. Equal marriage arrived in Laramie, where Matthew Shepard was murdered

Marriage equality in Wyoming brought same-sex weddings to Laramie – the scene of the most well-known homophobic murders in US history.

The parents of Matthew Shepard – who was killed in 1998 – said: “There are few words to capture our joy to witness love and acceptance celebrated in the place where Matt’s life was tragically taken from us.”

3. The Jewish Masorti movement approved same-sex marriage in the UK

The conservative Jewish movement voted to join Liberal and Reform groups in allowing equal marriage.

Each of the Masorti’s 12 communities in the UK will be able to choose whether to perform same-sex marriages or not themselves – with no obligation for them to do so.

4. An artist created the weirdest Obama and Putin art you’ll ever see

Danish artist Jim Lyngvild unveiled his new work, which shows Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin as a gay couple in a variety of poses.

Mr Lyngvild said: “For me, it’s not provocative to show love between two men, but seeing opposing statesmen in love challenges people to understand that love is the answer to everything and that love makes everyone beautiful… even Putin.”

5. Lisa Kudrow said that gay men are ‘biologically superior’

The Friends actress said: “I don’t know who I’m going to offend by leaving them out… but I need to say that I think gay men are superior beings in my mind. I do believe that.

“It’s all so tricky. I studied biology and the brains are anatomically different. They just are.”

6. Michael Sam was cut from the Dallas Cowboys practise squad

The dream could be over for Michael Sam, who had hoped to become the first out NFL player, after he was dropped from his second team in two months.

After being cut, he said: “While this is disappointing, I will take the lessons I learned here in Dallas and continue to fight for an opportunity to prove that I can play every Sunday.”

7. Grindr users want to vote for Hillary, but hook up with JFK

A poll of 2400 users carried out by the hookup app ahead of next month’s midterm elections found that 53 percent of users would vote for Clinton if she runs in 2016.

Meanwhile, deceased President John F Kennedy was voted the hottest, with a massive 64 percent – with Obama trailing on 16 percent.

More: Dallas Cowboys, England, Europe, Gay, Grindr, JFK, John F Kennedy, Lisa Kudrow, man, michael sam, nfl, Nigel Farage, Phoebe Buffay, Poland, polish, Sport features, UKIP, US

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