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September 30, 2014

'I did my job'

A Ugandan judge has revealed she has received death threats after anulling the anti-gay law earlier this year.

Solomy Bossa Balungi has said she has received numerous attacks from the public after she helped with the ruling the Anti-Homosexuality Act must be nullified.

On 1 August, the Constitutional Court found speaker Rebecca Kadaga had acted 'illegally' in rushing the anti-gay legislation through parliament.

'We have received a lot of community backlash for the annulment of the anti-gay law,' Bossa told local media.

September 29, 2014

We travel through time and the United States in honor of LGBT History Month, looking at where gay rights history was made

During October, we celebrate LGBT History Month in the US.

While the first celebration of LGBT History Month took place in 1994, the struggle for social, political and economic equality had been brewing for decades before.

Well into a new century, we look at the huge wins and massive losses we’ve seen in the legal and social battles to achieve true equality for LGBTI individuals not just in the US, but the world over.

We’ve been inspired by rebellious drag queens to stand up and speak out.

September 27, 2014

'However, the State urges that residents of Alaska possess the same fundamental right to retain the traditional definition of marriage'

The US state of Alaska argues citizens, not courts, have the right to define marriage.

Yesterday, 26 September, the state filed papers in federal court for a suit five same-sex couples initiated this past May. The plaintiffs insist the state's ban on marriage equality, passed by voters in 1998, violates the Constitution.

Alaska counters such decisions by citizens are essential to democracy.

September 25, 2014

Richard Perrins is part of the team of specialists at fertility and family law firm Natalie Gamble Associates. He explores the relative pros and cons of entering into a prenuptial agreement prior to a marriage or a civil partnership in England and Wales

When contemplating entering into a marriage or civil partnership the thought of entering into a pre-nuptial agreement is perhaps not the most romantic item on a couple’s list of things to do.

However, such agreements are not uncommon and can be incredibly useful documents.

Traditionally, in England and Wales, prenuptial agreements have long since been deemed as not legally binding and therefore generally not used as result. This has much to do with how family law is dealt with in the context of any disputes that may arise in any divorce or dissolution case.

September 23, 2014

Jim Deva fought a 20-year battle against the censorship of LGBTI books

A Canadian activist who fought a 20-year battle against the censorship of LGBTI books died yesterday in a freak accident.

Jim Deva, co-owner of Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium in Vancouver, fell from a ladder and broke his neck while gardening. He was 65 years old.

When Deva opened Little Sister's in 1983 it was the only LGBTI bookshop in western Canada and the target of repeated vandalism and bombings.

September 22, 2014

Ruling comes in case that involves lesbian couple's adoption of a child

A state judge in Lafayette has ruled that Louisiana's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional in a case involving a lesbian couple and the adoption of a child.

The ruling by Judge Edward Rubin will be made public on Tuesday (23 September) and is expected to be appealed by the state's attorney general.

Rubin's ruling came in family court in the case of Chasity S. Brewer and Angela M. Constanza who were legally wed in California and want the marriage recognized in Louisiana where they live.

September 22, 2014

Associate justice does the honors for her former law clerk and his husband

As the US Supreme Court is poised to announce which, if any, same-sex marriages cases it will review in its upcoming term, Justice Elena Kagan has reiterated where she stands on the issue.

The associate justice presided over the wedding of her former law clerk, Mitchell Reich, and hos husband, Patrick Pearsall, over the weekend in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

It was the first same-sex marriage officiated by Kagan.

Her colleague on the c0urt, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, has resided over four same-sex ceremonies.

September 21, 2014

Three couples filed their case against the state's same-sex marriage ban approximately a year ago

A US judge in West Virginia is waiting on the Supreme Court before going on with the gay marriage lawsuit on his docket.

According to WOUB.org, District Judge Robert Chambers points to an 'overlap of issues' with the marriage equality case in neighboring Virginia as the reason for delay.

September 20, 2014

'It been really great to hear the response of the entire community. It’s not just gay people who are signing the petition'

A friend of the gay couple recently attacked in Philadelphia is now working to include sexual orientation in the state's hate crime laws.

Caryn Kunkle is a longtime friend of the pair and put up a petition, for Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, on change.org.

September 19, 2014

Her hiring comes come five months after India's Supreme Court recognized transgender people as a legal third gender

Transgender female Padmini Prakash has made history by being hired as a news anchor at Lotus News in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Prakash is the first openly trans anchor in India - ever.

'I was very worried because I also had to focus on my diction and maintain a steady narrative pace to ensure that there was clarity and viewers could understand me,' Prakash tells the Times of India.

September 18, 2014

From gay culture to hotels in Germany’s major cities, here’s a website to spark your imagination and wanderlust

The lovely people at the German National Tourist Office have re-launched a brand new website just for LGBTI readers to learn more about Germany and everything the country has to offer.

The country that gave us Adidas, Einstein and World Cup winning super-stud, Mario Gotze (move over Beckham) has now published the perfect resource to plan your next trip to Germany.

September 17, 2014

Associate justice says there will only be urgency for high court if a state ban is upheld

Ruth Bader Ginsburg says the US Supreme Court won't be in a big rush to hear a gay marriage case unless the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upholds state marriage bans.

If that were to happen, 'there will be some urgency,' Ginsberg said during a talk at the University of Minnesota Law School on Tuesday (16 September).

The Sixth Circuit covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee and has marriage equality cases pending.

September 17, 2014

The US retailer appears to be working harder to assert its diversity and LGBTI-friendly credentials

US retail giant Target has not always stuck out its neck in support for LGBTI rights.

In 2010, it emerged that it had previously made financial donations to Republican politicians fiercely opposed to advancing gay rights, prompting a short-lived boycott by some customers.

September 15, 2014

'This amicus puts these corporations on record saying that in addition to this being an issue of civil rights, it complicates the running of our businesses'

It's easy to love Ben & Jerry's. Especially chocolate chip cookie dough.

The company just made its flavors more irresistible. According to the Human Rights Campaign, on 12 September, the ice cream maker announced it joined 30 other companies in an employers amicus brief to the Supreme Court.

September 15, 2014

A lesbian couple in Dane County have been granted permission to adopt each other’s children – while a final decision is still pending from the US Supreme Court on same-sex marriage in the state

Although same-sex marriage in Wisconsin remains barred for the time being, two judges in the state have granted adoptions that recognize the marriage of same-sex couples. Adoptions by same-sex couples have previously been illegal in the State.

A ban on same-sex marriage in Wisconsin was overruled in June when federal Judge Barbara Crabb said that the ban was unconstitutional. Over 500 same-sex couples rushed to take advantage of their legal ability to marry.

September 13, 2014

Federal judge orders Arizona to recognize gay couple's marriage despite state's same-sex marriage ban

It is victory for an 69-year-old gay man who had lost his spouse to cancer last month and was denied death benefits because Arizona does not recognize same-sex marriage.

Fred McQuire and George Martinez were partners of 45 years who got married in California this summer. However when Martinez, 62 and a Vietnam war veteran, died in late August, McQuire was unable to receive social security and veteran benefits because Arizona bans gay marriage.

September 12, 2014

'...Over the last few decades a number of well-known, reputable professional and scientific organizations have publicly condemned the practice of SOCE [sexual orientation change efforts]...'

A US court unanimously upheld New Jersey's ban on 'anti-gay' therapy for teenagers.

A panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled today (11 September) that the east coast state's law, prohibiting therapists from using conversion counseling with people under 18, does not violate free speech rights.

September 12, 2014

The government says transgender rights should not be extended to gay people

The Indian government on Wednesday filed an application to the Supreme Court seeking clarifications to a ruling that recognized transgender people as a third sex.

The Centre asked the top court to clarify the definition of transgender and for reassurance it would not include gay people.

September 10, 2014

A total of seven cases are now vying for review by nation's highest court

The attorney generals of both Indiana and Wisconsin petitioned the US Supreme Court on Tuesday (9 September) to review appeals court rulings that struck down gay marriage bans in their states.

Plaintiffs in both cases agree with the request to have the cases heard by the nation's highest court.

The latest two states to make this request are competing with similar requests made in cases in several other states including Virginia, Utah and Oklahoma.

September 10, 2014

Virginia, Utah, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Indiana cases in the running as justices meet on September 29

Justices of the US Supreme Court will meet later this month (29 September) to discuss whether to take on a gay marriages case during its next term which begins in October.

The high court indicated on Wednesday (10 September) that it will meet in a private conference to consider whether to grant review of appeals in cases challenging marriage bans in Virginia, Utah, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Indiana.

September 9, 2014

Three judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals left gay marriage supporters optimistic after challenging arguments used to uphold same-sex marriage bans in three states

The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco heard arguments this week for and against gay marriage in three states.

Justices Stephen Reinhardt, Ronald Gould and Marsha Berzon listened as supporters and opponents of gay marriage in Idaho, Hawaii and Nevada made their cases.

Even though same-sex marriage in Hawaii has been legal since 2 December 2013, gay marriage supporters are seeking to ensure the state's Supreme Court doesn't overturn the law in the future.

September 7, 2014

'The time has come to end the divisive national debate as to whether the Constitution mandates same-sex marriage'

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wants the US Supreme Court to make a definitive ruling on gay marriage.

September 6, 2014

'The status quo has not changed with today’s ruling'

J.B. Van Hollen, Wisconsin's attorney general, promises to take his battle against marriage equality to the US Supreme Court.

September 5, 2014

Ceremony to take place at a time when number of potential marriage equality cases that might go before the high court grows

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an associate justice of the US Supreme Court, is set to perform yet another same-sex wedding ceremony this weekend - her fourth.

Ginsburg, 81, will be conducting the ceremony of her former law clerk, Danny Rubens, and his fiance Danny Grossman.