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May 25, 2015

Huckabee stated Supreme Court is not 'the supreme being', so will not listen to their ruling

 Anti-gay US Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has suggested he would ignore any supreme court rulings on same-sex marriage should he win the election in 2016.

When he announced he was running for president on 5 May, he stated: ’Many of our politicians have surrendered to the false god of judicial supremacy, which would allow black-robed and unelected judges the power to make law as well as enforce it.’

May 25, 2015

With prominent Australian Labor Party right faction member Tony Burke going public with his support for marriage equality, campaigners say they would only need 2 more House of Representative MPs to change their mind for the reform to pass

Two more prominent members of the right wing of the Australian Labor Party have gone public with their support for marriage equality – saying their Western Sydney and rural electorates are now ready for the reform.

Watson MP Tony Burke revealed his change of mind yesterday, saying the success of the referendum in Ireland had convinced him that same-sex marriage in Australia was now an inevitability.

May 24, 2015

As president, Bush supported a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage

In 2013, former US President George W Bush asked to officiate the wedding of a lesbian couple.

According to the Washington Blade, the revelation appears in a Boston Globe article about Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush.

The Bush family have a compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. Jeb Bush is a patron of  HB Provisions, a general store owned by Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen.

May 23, 2015

The Tea Party favorite is against marriage equality, lumped LGBTI people with people who have sex with animals, and is concerned Christians can no longer practice their faith

Today, 23 May, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson won the Southern Republican Leadership Conference's presidential straw poll.

According to The Hill, The Tea Party favorite won 25.4% of the vote. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker took 20.5%, and placing third was Senator Ted Cruz with 16.4%.

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry took 5% and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush won 4.9%.

The conference was in Oklahoma City.

May 23, 2015

Europe and Australia battle it at the biggest Eurovision Song Contest in history

Tonight in Vienna, Austria, the 60th Eurovision Song Contest takes place and will be watched by a global audience in excess of 150 million people.

It's the biggest Eurovision to date with 27 countries taking part, the 10 qualifiers from the two semi-finals, the host country Austria, the 'big 5', France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK and finally special invitee Australia.

The Austrians have spared no expense in putting on an amazing spectacle and, not to be outdone by the last two host countries, Sweden and Denmark, have made the event super gay-friendly.

May 22, 2015

'I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret'

Josh Duggar, executive director of the lobbying arm of the anti-gay Family Research Council, resigned on Thursday (21 May).

He has admitted to sexually abusing five young girls, including some of his sisters, when he was a teenager.

Duggar is one of the members of the evangelical Christian family that stars in the TLC reality series 19 Kids and Counting. He is one of the 19 children of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar and a married father of three himself.

May 22, 2015

'I’ve deeply hurt our community – and I am truly sorry'

Gay hotelier Ian Reisner has apologized again for hosting a dinner with homophobic presidential hopeful Ted Cruz and has donated $20,000 to the Fire Island Pines' advocacy arm.

Reisner and business partner Mati Weiderpass, who is also gay, own the Out NYC Hotel. Reisner paid $10.1 million in January for a commercial strip along the Fire Island Pines, which along with the hotel have been boycotted by their mainly gay clientele.

May 22, 2015

Duggar was head of lobbying arm of anti-gay Family Research Council

The TLC reality series 19 Kids and Counting has been pulled off the air after one of the 19 admitted to sexually abusing five young girls, including some of his sisters, when he was a teenager.

Josh Duggar, executive director of the lobbying arm of the anti-gay Family Research Council, is at the center of a growing scandal that also led to his resigning from his FRC job on Thursday (21 May).

May 21, 2015

Even Lithuania is same-sex kissing its way through Eurovision

It's time for the second semi-final of the Eurovision song contest in Vienna as 17 countries take to the stage to try to win a place in Saturday's grand final.

In rehearsals, Lithuania have been featuring not one but two same-sex kisses on stage! Will they do so again tonight?

Here are our seven to watch:

1 LITHUANIA

The second semi-final starts with Lithuania who are the only country to feature a same-sex couple in their promotional video.

May 20, 2015

'He certainly is a different kind of Republican, isn't he?'

David Letterman is certainly not shying away from political hot topics during his final days as host of CBS's The Late Show.

During his monologue on Tuesday (19 May), Letterman took presumed contender for the Republican nomination for president Jeb Bush to task for his opposition to same-sex marriage.

May 20, 2015

Viewers have been calling for the British presenter to be fired

Loose Women's Coleen Nolan has not apologised after inferring that supporting gay rights is like supporting ISIS.

The British ITV presenter discussed the court case in Northern Ireland that saw a Christian bakery being found guilty of discrimination for refusing to make a pro-gay rights cake.

May 20, 2015

'As long as I’m governor, we will fight to protect religious liberty and not apologize for it'

Lousiana Governor Bobby Jindal on Tuesday (19 May) issued an executive order allowing businesses to turn away LGBTI customers, two hours after a House panel rejected a 'religious freedom' bill.

A bipartisan committee voted 10-2 to return HB 707 to the calendar, effectively killing the bill for this legislative session.

But the potential presidential hopeful then bypassed the legislature altogether and ordered the law to be enforced anyway.

May 18, 2015

GSN speaks to artists from across Europe as they spread LGBTI love

Huge crowds watched as artists from 40 participating countries walked the red carpet for the opening ceremony of the Eurovision Song Contest yesterday.

They were entertained by a live orchestra as they saw the stars arrive, including last year's winner Conchita Wurst, at the Rathaus in Vienna, Austria.

Gay Star News was there and talked to the most fabulous performers as they arrived at the star-studded event.

Artists send a message of peace, love and hope to the LGBTI community through song. Yes, even from Russia.

May 17, 2015

Perry is against marriage equality, open service in the military, and once compared being gay to alcoholism

Looks like the Republicans will have one more candidate for the 2016 presidential primary.

According to CNN, former Texas Governor Rick Perry will announce his 'intentions' next month.

If he runs, this will be Perry's second run at the White House. In 2012, his campaign was filled with errors and gaffes. He quickly dropped out of the primary after a poor showing.

One thing that has been clear in the conservative's political campaigns has been his anti-gay stances.

May 17, 2015

Deva Özenen could become the country's first transgender MP in the election next month

The Turkish parliament could soon be home to the country’s first transgender MP.

Deva Özenen, the candidate for the recently founded progressive nationalist party, could be making history if she wins the election on 7 June; she is running as one of four LGBTI candidates standing for election in the whole of Turkey.

Her goal is to fight the growing discrimination the Turkish LGBTI community face amidst the country’s growing conservatism and wants to give her voice to the growing equal rights movement.

May 15, 2015

While the majority of Colombians are opposed to same-sex marriage, the government say they are committed to equality

Gay marriage in Colombia has had a long and difficult journey, but the government is apparently determined to bring in equality.

Interior Minister Juan Fernando Cristo has confirmed the leading political party, the left-leaning National Unity Coalition, has every intention for gay couples to be able to get married soon.

'The government supports the fight for equality and we will adopt measures providing equal marriage rights for all,' Cristo said at the Andes University in Bogota on Thursday, as reported by Efe.

May 15, 2015

 Louis Virtel: 'I hate, hate, hate that I didn't just say "I'm gay" on air'

Journalist Louis Virtel has no doubt that anyone who saw his recent appearance as a contestant on TV's Jeopardy! figured out pretty quickly he is gay.

'If you watch the show, I'm slamming around on the buzzer with a wrist flicked up to heaven. I'm coltish in my feminine movements. I gush about meeting Jane Fonda, my favorite movie star of all time, during my contestant interview,' he writes in a column for HitFix.

And there's more.

May 12, 2015

'Boycotting me for a discussion? When did we grown so small and intolerant?'

Out hotelier Mati Weiderpass no longer appears to be sorry for hosting homophobic presidential hopeful Ted Cruz and slammed 'gay extremists' who attacked him on social media.

Weiderpass and business partner Ian Reisner own the Out NYC Hotel and have a shared 80% stake in Fire Island Pines, as well as other venues patronized by LGBTI people.

Weiderpass initially defended his decision to host Cruz, a vocal opponent of LGBTI rights and gay marriage.

May 11, 2015

'He has turned down requests from celebrity magazines to cover the event'

Luxembourg's openly gay Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, will marry his partner later this week, according to sources.

Bettel has kept tight-lipped about his wedding plans in order to minimize press coverage in the conservative Catholic-majority duchy, which legalized gay marriage in June.

May 8, 2015

Indicates scale of the swing against the Liberal Democrats in UK general election

Bisexual MP Simon Hughes has lost the seat he has held for over three decades.

In a close fought race, Hughes’ constituency of Bermondsey and Old Southwark, in south London has gone to Neil Coyle of Labour.

Liberal Democrat Hughes had a sizeable majority at the last election in 2010 of over 8,500 votes and 19%. But Coyle slashed that lead, winning 22,146 votes to Hughes' 17,657.

The third placed candidate was a gay Conservative, Jean-Paul Floru, who gained 6,051 votes.

May 8, 2015

Big hitters lost but some new victories

It has been a night of new victories and some surprising losses for LGBTI politicians in the UK general election.

While the results are still being counted, GSN can confirm at least 24 LGBTI Members of Parliament have been elected, with a few other candidates likely to win.

It is still possible there will be over 26 openly gay, lesbian, bi or trans MPs, beating the previous number.

In line with their general disastrous performance, the Liberal Democrats lost its LGBTI giants.

May 7, 2015

General election will see tight races with some LGBTI champions at risk of losing their seats

The UK may be about to elect the largest number of LGBTI MPs of any country in the world, according to analysis by a leading expert.

If the prediction is correct, there will be 29 openly LGBTI Members of Parliament in the 650-seat House of Commons following today’s general election.

That’s 5% of the total – particularly significant as the UK government estimates 6% of the population is LGBTI – so the country would be the most representative of our community of anywhere in the world.

May 7, 2015

Poll found that over 60% of respondents in the state would support employment protection for LGBT employees – in contrary to what some of local lawmakers may believe

Despite the fact that Texas lawmakers have recently proposed a raft of discriminatory legislation, a new study has found that a majority of voters in the state believe workplace protection should be introduced for LGBTI employees.

The study, undertaken by G Squared Public Strategies for Texas Wins, took place in early April. The statewide survey spoke to 800 likely voters.

May 5, 2015

Party say leaflet is not of a high enough standard to represent 'the UKIP brand'

A group supporting UKIP has handed out homophobic leaflets claiming LGBTI people ‘recruit’ children to turn them gay.  

Christian Soldiers for UKIP, a group set up by Christian members of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), distributed leaflets attacking same-sex education in British schools at a husting event in East Anglia.

In February, the same leaflet circulated on the UKIP party conference, according to the Mirror.