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January 23, 2015

Third time lawmakers reject full adoption rights for same-sex couples

Portugal's parliament yesterday (22 January) rejected draft laws that would allow gay couples to adopt children for the third time, although the vote margin was smaller than ever.

The bills were all defeated by some 30 votes in the Lisbon assembly, which 220 deputies attended.

The majority ruling right refused to back similar measures in 2012 and 2013.

The assembly legalized gay marriage in 2010, but expressly excluded the right for the couples to adopt a child together.

October 30, 2013

Campaigning group is calling for Vladimir Putin to cancel a series of concerts in December over fears the British singer will speak out on gay propaganda laws

Russia may have banned gay propaganda, gay adoption, but now they’re going after the gay King of Pop.

A campaign has now been launched to ban Elton John from Russia, as a group believes his music, style and views could ‘influence’ children.

The Ural Parent Committee wish for the government to cancel a series of concerts that the ‘I’m Still Standing’ singer has planned throughout Russia at the end of the year.

October 14, 2013

The former Eastern Bloc country of Moldova has decided to repeal its ban on the so-called propaganda of homosexuality to minors in the hopes of building greater ties with the European Union

Moldovan lawmakers have voted to repeal that country’s Russia style ban on so-called homosexual propaganda despite the country’s Orthodox Church and Communist Party joining forces against them.

August 26, 2013

Ben & Jerry’s Germany has used social media to attack Russia’s ban on so-called homosexual propaganda, calling on it to ‘tear down this law!’

Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in Germany has taken to social media to attack Russia’s law banning so-called homosexual propaganda to minors which potentially bans any public expression of LGBT identity.

June 7, 2013

Communist leaders are hoping the glittery singer will go for a dark kaftan, knee-high leather boots and a fut hat at his July gig

Flamboyant gay British singer Elton John may have to lose the glitter and glam for his upcoming performances in Russia, or face the backlash.

The ‘I’m Still Standing’ singer, who will play in the southern city of Krasnodar, could be breaking the anti-gay laws if he wears his usual outfits.

Local Communist party leader Mikhail Abramyan suggests instead of sparkling glasses and feather boas, perhaps ‘more respectable’ traditional Cossack clothes would be better for the concert.

May 8, 2012

Electorate turn to extremes in economically-battered Aegean nation

Sunday's general election in bankrupt nation Greece delivered a 6% rise in support for the far-right party, Golden Dawn, who won 21 out of 300 seats.

April 17, 2012

Communist party and Orthodox Church unite to stand in the way of anti-discrimination bill

The ruling coalition in Moldova has come under fire for attempting to pass an anti-discrimination bill.

The Alliance for European Integration (AIE), is trying to pass the bill to give protection to minority groups that include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

February 24, 2012

Gay rights campaigners have slammed the city of Balti's anti-gay law as 'shameful'

The decision by a city in Moldova to ban 'homosexual propaganda' has been branded 'shameful' by gay rights campaigners.

Balti's City Council yesterday announced it would prohibit 'aggressive propaganda of non-traditional sexual orientations', after 23 out of 35 members voted in favor of the law.

The legislation effectively bans public discussion of LGBT issues and was originally proposed by the Communist Party, which has the most representatives in the Council.