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April 18, 2015

Gay man tells Democratic party front-runner: 'That's our gal'

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received some positive reinforcement from a gay man she encountered on the campaign trail on Friday.

Mike Yowell, having coffee with Clinton during her visit to Council Bluffs, Iowa, said: "I was thrilled when you recently urged the Supreme Court to rule in favor of marriage equality. I was like 'That’s our gal. Yes.'"

Yowell clenched his fist and said: 'So thank you.'

April 18, 2015

'This Court believes that marriage, regardless of whether the union is between members of the same sex or opposite sex, is a fundamental right'

A Kentucky judge found the state's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.

Franklin Circuit Court Judge Thomas Wingate released his decision this past Thursday (16 April).

'This Court believes that marriage, regardless of whether the union is between members of the same sex or opposite sex, is a fundamental right,' the judge wrote in his 33-page decision, according to The Courier-Journal.

April 17, 2015

'The change definitely needs to start with our film industry'

'Bollywood is filled with closet gays who pretend to be straight,' says Indian actress and politician Kirron Kher – who is known the 'face' of the LGBTI community.

'Films help minorities,' she told the Mumbai Mirror

'It will take a long time for people to be open about the issue. The change definitely needs to start with our film industry.'

April 16, 2015

Some 16,000 have signed the pledge so far

Thousands of transgender women in India have pledged to donate their eyes in celebration of the first anniversary of a landmark ruling recognizing them as third sex.

Members of the community gathered in New Delhi on Wednesday (15 April), exactly one year after the Supreme Court ordered the government to provide transgender citizens with quotas in employment, education and basic amenities.

The country's apex court also instructed states to build special toilets and set up departments to look into their peculiar medical needs.

April 16, 2015

At an event in Dublin’s Digital Exchange, Ireland’s Taoiseach joined 150 business leaders in calling for the public to vote in favor of same-sex marriage in the republic

Ireland’s Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, joined tech business leaders at a press conference in Dublin this morning to speak out in support of equal marriage.

Ireland will hold a referendum on same-sex marriage on 22 May.

Kenny has previously said that his government supports same-sex marriage, but this morning’s conference was designed to highlight the fact that the corporate world also believes it to be the right thing to do.

April 16, 2015

That’s one of the messages being promoted by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, who represent the likes of Social Driver – a business owned by husbands Thomas Sanchez and Anthony Shop

Ahead of an expected ruling in the new few weeks, the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) is one of many advocate groups lobbying the US Supreme Court to rule in favor of marriage equality.

This week, NGLCC highlighted the fact that it represents many businesses that are owned by gay couples – individuals more directly affected by the discrepancy in marriage laws.

One such couple are Anthony Shop and Thomas Sanchez, who run the tech company, Social Driver.

April 15, 2015

Presidential candidate makes strongest statement yet on marriage equality

Just three days after formally announcing her candidacy for the presidency, Hillary Clinton is calling on the US Supreme Court to give same-sex couples the constitutional right to marry.

'Hillary Clinton supports marriage equality and hopes the Supreme Court will come down on the side of same-sex couples being guaranteed that constitutional right,' campaign spokesperson Adrienne Elrod tells Washington Blade.

April 15, 2015

Those in the New York City area will be spoilt for choice with workplace-related LGBT events and conferences next week, with the Rev Jesse Jackson among the many key speakers lined up to participate

A number of business-related diversity and inclusion events will take hitting the Big Apple next week.

As Gay Star Business has previously reported, LGBT Week NYC will run from 20-24 April. Organized by Community Marketing Inc, events will include an Entrepreneur Forum at the headquarters of Microsoft and an LGBT Travel & Hospitality Symposium at Google’s NY HQ.

April 14, 2015

They argue recognizing same-sex unions would 'demean' their marriages

A group calling themselves 'same-sex attracted men and their wives' has filed an amicus brief urging the US Supreme Court not to recognize gay marriage because doing so would devalue their relationships with women.

The group's members claim to have never attended 'reparative therapy' or ministries. Instead, they fully accept their same-sex attractions but 'attest that their attractions do not dictate their relationships.'

April 12, 2015

'The constitutionality of man-woman marriage is a question of historic importance'

An anti-gay group wants the US Supreme Court to review a decision that made same-sex marriage legal in Nevada.

As reported by the Washington Blade, the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage has filed a 32-page petition with the highest court in the country.

April 12, 2015

While she now supports marriage equality, question remain about how, and when, the former Secretary of State 'evolved'

Papers released by the Clinton Library this past week do not show where then First Lady Hillary Clinton stood on the Defense of Marriage Act.

In 1996, the bill passed both the House and Senate by huge margins. 

It was signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

April 11, 2015

'Look at the jihad that is being waged right now in Indiana and Arkansas'

US Senator Ted Cruz warned a number of homeschool advocates the LGBTI community is waging 'jihad' in Arkansas and Indiana.

According to Right Wing Watch, the 2016 candidate for the White House was part of candidate forum this past week in Iowa (the first state in the presidential primary).

April 10, 2015

A new poll of voting aged people in the United States finds that most Americans do not believe that business owners should be allowed to use their religious beliefs as a legal excuse to refuse to serve or hire LGBTI people or other groups

New polling by the Ipsos polling company for the Reuters news agency of the American public has found that only 28 percent believe that businesses should have the right to refuse service because they have a religious objection to a person being LGBTI or belonging to other groups.

April 9, 2015

This is the biggest stepback for a Latin American country in years

Nicaragua has rejected same-sex marriage and adoption by gay single people or couples.

The Family Code establishes that marriage is defined as 'between a man and a woman'. It also ensures only opposite-sex couples, foreign or Nicaraguan, can adopt.

Gay couples will also be banned from using fertility treatments to get pregnant and will not be entitled to social security protection or inheritance in the case of loss of a spouse.

April 7, 2015

This talented musical family are sharing their love with the world - with a little help from a fabulous Broadway-style show

A San Francisco family are taking on the critics of same-sex marriage with a personal cabaret about their lives.

Sonny Vukic, Frank Silletti, and their 11-year-old daughter Ava have produced a new cabaret show, titled 'The Book of Ava', to celebrate the modern family.

The show, which stars both Frank and Ava, features popular songs from Broadway musicals and the Great American Songbook that reflect how Frank and Sonny met and decided to adopt their daughter.

April 7, 2015

Even if the US Supreme Court rules that same-sex marriage must be legal in all 50 states, some self-governing American Indian reservations will continue to ban the practice

Around a dozen Federally recognized Native American tribes will continue to ban same-sex couples from getting married on their tribal lands even if the US Supreme Court produces a definitive ruling that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 US states.

Federally recognized Native American tribes have the same powers as US states to pass laws governing the lands that fall under their reservations but they are not bound by the US Constitution like states are so any reform on the issue will have to come from within.

April 7, 2015

In the wake of the ‘current conversations’ taking place across the US with regards to equality in service, the retail giant has co-opted a rainbow into its logo on social media

A recent posting by retailer Target on its Instagram feed has become the corporation’s most liked image on the social media site; it’s an image demonstrating the organization’s support for LGBTI rights.

Last week, in response to ongoing debates around the introduction of religious freedom laws in Indiana, Arkansas and other US states, Target felt moved to make a statement on the issue.

April 5, 2015

Cruz, an opponent to marriage rights, recently announced he's running for the White House

Two leaders in the US Republican Party filed briefs with the Supreme Court, asking the justices to uphold same-sex marriage bans.

April 3, 2015

The perfect place to begin your northern Norwegian adventure.

The snow lay thick on the mountains that surround the small city of Narvik as I emerged from the hotel, ready to take on the day.

My only previous experience of Norway had been a city break to Oslo a few years ago. This was a different trip altogether – heading to the north of the country to experience a Nordic winter.

April 3, 2015

Experience first hand why this harbor in northern Norway was a strategic World War II battleground.

The recent history of World War II can sometimes take you by surprise.

I had come to Narvik as part of my exploration of the north of Norway, experiencing a Nordic winter, chasing the northern lights.

I was staying at the Scandic Hotel, and across from the hotel was Narvik’s World War II museum.

While I’m not a huge military history buff, I like exploring museums so it was a bit of a no-brainer to check it out.

April 2, 2015

The Arctic destinations of Narvik and Tromsø offer unique opportunities to experience the indigenous Sami culture of the region.

The Sami are the indigenous people of the Arctic region that covers the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and the Kola Peninsula of Russia.

Traditionally, the Sami have been masters of coastal fishing, fur trapping, and sheep herding, but they are best known as the reindeer herders of these lands.

The Sami trace their history in this region for at least 5,000 years.

April 1, 2015

Argument mirrors Virginia's defense of interracial marriage bans 50 years ago

Gov Steve Beshear is arguing that Kentucky's ban on gay marriage isn't discriminatory because it bars both gay and straight people from same-sex unions.

A brief filed with the US Supreme Court last week states that 'men and women, whether heterosexual or homosexual, cannot marry persons of the same sex' and therefore the ban is not discriminatory and should be upheld.

March 30, 2015

They beat to death man they caught having sex in park toilet with metal pole

Two men were found guilty of murder Friday (27 March) in what prosecutors described as a 'vigilante attack' to rid a park in Perth of gay men.

Daniel Wade Jones and Mark Taylor were accused of fatally injuring Warren Batchelor, 48, after they caught him having sex with another man in a disabled toilet in November 2013.

Both men denied the charges but a jury found them guilty after five hours of deliberation.

The man who was in the cubicle with the victim testified that the pair burst in and punched, kicked and beat Batchelor with a meat pole.

March 30, 2015

The Republican lead government of Wisconsin will have to pay nearly $1.1 million in legal fees to the ACLU over its unsuccessful bid to stop marriage equality coming to the state – and that’s not even including what they had to pay their own lawyers

The State Attorney General of Wisconsin has reached a legal fees settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and eight same-sex couples who sued to win the right to be married by the state.

The deal was announced on Friday and will see taxpayers in Wisconsin foot a nearly $1.1 million legal bill for the ACLU.