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September 16, 2014

The country's UN ambassador says LGBTI rights 'go against our values'

A top Bangladeshi diplomat has said the Muslim country will oppose any recommendations on LGBTI rights at an upcoming UN conference on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Abdul Momen, Bangladesh Permanent Representative to the UN, told the Dhaka Tribune, 'It goes against our values. Like many other countries including those Muslims and Christian, we opposed it.'

September 12, 2014

Matt McCormick and Travis McIntosh got legally hitched in order to win a competition to attend the next Rugby World Cup

To the anger of many LGBT rights campaigners, two heterosexual men in New Zealand have gone ahead with their marriage to one another this morning.

They did so as a stunt, as part of a competition run by a local radio station, in order to win tickets to the Rugby World Cup in the UK in 2015.

April 23, 2014

A gay Muslim man from India has successfully sought asylum in Australia after a tribunal reversed an Australian Department of Immigration decision that had found he was not a victim of persecution

A gay Muslim man fleeing an arranged marriage and homophobic relatives in India has been found to be a genuine refugee and granted asylum by Australia’s Refugee Review Tribunal.

The tribunal is an appeals body that can overturn decisions about a person’s eligibility to claim asylum by the Australian Government’s Department of Immigration.

The Department of Immigration accepted that the unnamed man was gay in July of 2012 but suggested he could avoid persecution by simply moving from his home city of Hyderabad and relocating to another city.

April 1, 2014

Niki Quasney and Amy Sandler say they and their two children cannot wait any longer for the protections of marriage

An Indiana couple is asking a federal court to order their home state of Indiana to recognize their marriage because one of them is terminally ill.

Amy Sandler and Niki Quasney, together 13 years and raising two daughters under the age of 3, are in a race against time with Quasney having been diagnosed with stage IV cancer.

March 26, 2014

'It was never the intention of the Board to undermine our firm commitment to the authority of the Scripture'

The US branch of international poverty ministry World Vision appears to have quickly changed its mind about allowing the hiring of Christians who are in same-sex marriages.

It was less than two days ago that World Vision America president Richard Stearns (pictured) said in an interview with Christianity Today that such a change in policy would be taking place.

March 25, 2014

Christian humanitarian charity World Vision America will now employ Christians who are in committed same-sex marriages under rule changes announced earlier today

The US branch of Evangelical Christian humanitarian aid, development, and advocacy organization World Vision will begin hiring gay Christians who are in same-sex marriages.

The announcement was made by World Vision America president Richard Stearns in an interview with Christianity Today.

February 25, 2014

An Australian Senate estimates hearing has been told that LGBTI asylum seekers’ refugee applications are being processed under Papua New Guinea law – which punishes homosexuality with up to 14 years in jail

Asylum seekers who have been told they can never resettle in Australia and are being held in camps in neighboring Papua New Guinea are having their asylum claims processed under local law – which punishes homosexuality with up to 14 years in jail.

During the hearing Labor Senator Lisa Singh asked Immigration and Border Control Secretary Martin Bowles whether he was aware of LGBTI asylum seekers being held in Papua New Guinea by Australian authorities who feared for their safety due to local laws that criminalize gay sex.

February 14, 2014

Paul Hard wants to be listed as surviving spouse on death certificate and proceeds from pending wrongful death lawsuit

A federal lawsuit has been filed by a surviving spouse who is challenging Alabama's laws banning gay marriage.

Paul Hard is fighting for his 2011 Massachusetts marriage to David Fancher to be recognized in Alabama, the state the couple was living in when Fancher was killed in a car crash in 2012.

The lawsuit, filed on Hard's behalf by the Southern Poverty Law Center, seeks to overturn the Alabama's Marriage Protection Act, a 1998 law that bans the recognition of same-sex marriages from other states.

December 12, 2013

Gay asylum seekers being held on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island on behalf of Australia have been told they will be reported to police for having sex  - according to an Amnesty International investigation

Amnesty Australia has handed down a damning report on the conditions in refugee detention centers on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island where asylum seekers are being held on behalf of Australia.

The report details widespread mental distress among asylum seekers, poor sanitation and access to clean water, and gay refugees have been sent to Papua New Guinea despite telling authorities they are gay.

October 25, 2013

A record number of Russian LGBTs are seeking asylum in the United States with over 800 applications from Russian citizens during the last 12 months

Russia’s growing climate of intolerance for LGBT people appears to be responsible for a spike in applications for asylum in the United States by Russians.

837 Russians sought asylum in the US during the last 12 months compared to 722 the year before – the most since 2002.

LGBT group Immigration Equality say they have received 99 inquiries from Russian LGBT asylum seekers when they only received 63 inquiries from Russians during the previous 12 months – suggesting LGBT Russians make up a large proportion of the Russians to seek asylum in the US in 2013.

October 11, 2013

Gay rights activists and asylum experts say the conditions refugees live in are 'appalling' and could easily be 'illegal'

Gay refugees are being forced to hand over videos of themselves having sex in order to be granted asylum in the UK, MPs have said.

The Home Affairs Committee (HAC) has discovered in extreme cases of claimants who have handed over photographic and video evidence to prove their sexuality.

With some waiting up to 16 years for a decision, the housing with which they are provided was described as ‘appalling’.

September 28, 2013

UK PM shows his support for same sex marriage prior to Conservative party conference

UK Prime Minister David Cameron has announced tax breaks for same sex couples, ahead of the annual Conservative party conference.

The leader of the Conservative party announced his support over Twitter, stating that the recently announced £1000 tax break to married couples will apply regardless of sexuality.

In a tweet, the PM said: 'The £1000 marriage tax allowance will apply to straight and gay couples, as well as civil partners. Love is love, commitment is commitment.'

September 12, 2013

A gay dad examines the religious people who have refused wedding services to gay couples and why their attitude actually goes against the Bible

A wedding is one of the most popular and revered fixtures of modern culture. Children, particularly girls, are led to romanticize it. Television shows build whole ratings-grabbing boosts around their fictional renditions of it.

Weddings are loved, they are hated, they are dreamed about, they are dreaded. They can be magical and they can be disasters. Whatever they are… people remember their own wedding day, good or bad, their whole lives long. They are an important milestone for everyone who has one, and they should be treasured.

July 28, 2013

After suffering decades of abuse and volence, Immigration and Protection Tribunal upholds AO’s right to be treated without discrimination

Close on the heels of a gay Filipino emigrant to California succeeding in warding off his deportation because of his sexual orientation, a gay Pakistani has won refugee status in New Zealand.

“AO”, in his 50s, told the Immigration and Protection Tribunal he had endured continual verbal abuse, bullying and violence in his home town in northern Pakistan, a conservative Islamic region, Gaynz.com reported.

July 14, 2013

Donations rush in to make sure a terminally ill gay man from Ohio gets to marry his partner of 20 years

A gay man, bedridden due to ALS, received a final wish: marriage to his 20-year partner.

Since this past March Ohio resident John Arthur has been a patient with Crossroads Hospice, a facility that offers residents a 'perfect day.'

In late June, when the Supreme Court got rid of the Defense of Marriage Act, Arthur knew he wanted to marry  long-term partner Jim Obergefell.

May 29, 2013

Violent protests stopped as Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau became first gay couple in France to marry in Montpellier

A gay couple has made history by marrying in France today (29 May).

The grooms Vincent Autin and Bruno Boileau got married despite several people threatening to ruin the wonderful occasion. They were soon stopped by the police outside.

Visably emotional during the ceremony, the couple were united in front of 600 people including friends, family, activists, journalists and government ministers.

As Love and Marriage filled the room, Autin made a short speech thanking supporters and his family.

April 10, 2013

Narrated by George Takei, Married and Counting follows two grooms on their journey to marry in every state where same-sex marriage is legal

Married and Counting, a documentary about a gay couple who wed in eight states, premieres this month in New York City.

Narrated by openly gay actor George Takei and starring Pat Dwyer and Stephen Mosher, Married and Counting follows the couple on their journey to get married in every state where it was legal at the time.

March 22, 2013

Survey finds acceptance at 70% of those between ages of 18 and 32

Support for gay marriage among Generation Y, also known as the Millennial Generation, has reached 70%, according to a poll released Thursday (21 March) by The Pew Research Center.

Not only is this level of support among those 18-32 far higher than the support among older generations, it has grown dramatically from 51% 10 years ago.

This is particularly significant since 'Millennials' make up 27% of the adult population today compared to 9% in 2003.

Overall, support is at 49% compared to 33% in 2003.

February 5, 2013

Fernanda Milan is finally told she is safe from deportation back to Guatemalan where her trans rights activism puts her life in danger

For the first time, Denmark has granted asylum to a transgender person due to risk of persecution in her home country.

Fernanda Milan, a trans rights activist, has finally been granted asylum after she was granted a last-minute reprieve last September when the Refugee Board decided to put her deportation on hold and re-open her case.

January 31, 2013

The case sets a precedent for other gay asylum seekers, lawyer says

The refugee appeals board in Denmark has set a precedent by granting asylum to a gay man from Afghanistan because he is at risk of persecution if he returns home.

'People normally have to demonstrate they are being persecuted in their home country in order to be granted asylum,' said the man's lawyer, Kåre Traberg Smidt, The Copenhagen Post reports.

January 23, 2013

Judge addresses estimated 10 million women married to gay men in China, saying marriages can end in annulment rather than divorce

A court in Beijng has ruled that marriages between women and gay men can end in annulment rather than divorce.

The First Intermediate People's Court of Beijing has called for legislation on the matter, Xinhua state news agency reports.

The advantage of the proposals is that the women involved will be officially 'single' rather than a divorcee after the end of the marriage. The annulment option would only apply if the couple were childless.

October 10, 2012

'There's a world of difference between calling someone your 'partner' and calling them your 'husband'

Elton John used to say the civil unions were enough and that same-sex couples didn't really need marriage.

He doesn't feel that way anymore.

The singer and David Furnish became domestic partners on December 25, 2005, the very first day gay couples in Britain were allowed to obtain a civil partnership.

October 3, 2012

Omar Kuddus argues the case of Olalekan M Ayelokun shows Britain is not genuine about protecting LGBT people fleeing persecution

The recent attempt by the UK Border Agency to deport Olalekan M Ayelokun yesterday (2 October) from Britain shows the government’s real stand on LGBT asylum seekers.

Fortunately Olalekan’s deportation was delayed at the last minute and now supporters are trying again to stop it.

Olalekan fled eight years ago from Nigeria to escape persecution because of his sexuality.

September 18, 2012

Canada will help two Iranian gays, as well as make LGBT and women’s rights a corner stone of its international policy, say two Canadian ministers

Canadian foreign affairs minister John Baird pledged that Canada has will continue to help and has aided ‘a large number’ of gays and lesbians immigrate from Iran, which renounces them for their homosexuality.

Too many countries have regressive and punitive laws that criminalize homosexuality,’ he said.