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July 31, 2014

Justices rule that registry does not violate the state's ban on gay marriage

Same-sex couples still can't get married in Wisconsin but they can continue to register to have some of the rights heterosexual married couples automatically have.

The state's supreme court ruled Thursday (31 July) that a 2009 that established a registry for same-sex couples in 2009 does not violate the state's ban on gay marriage.

The registry grants same-sex couples such things as insurance benefits under their partner's plan, the right to inherit assets upon the death of their partner as well as hospital visitation and medical leave to care for their partner.

July 29, 2014

Roy Cooper believes federal court decision in Virginia case makes gay marriage inevitable in his state

North Carolina's attorney general announced Monday (28 July) that he believes it will be 'futile' to defend his state's ban on gay marriage in court.

July 25, 2014

Applause comes from an unlikely source as members from Commonwealth countries that criminalize homosexuality react to the Glasgow kiss that went around the world

Gay actor and singer John Barrowman has been heaped with praise and criticism ever since he kissed a male dancer at the opening of the Commonwealth Games.

But there has been one piece of applause that has come from an unlikely source.

Grace Eriyo, a coach with the Ugandan team, has praised the kiss.

She was quoted in The Times as saying: ‘Where we come from it is illegal to kiss a man, but here you can have it on the TV, right in front of the Queen.

‘To me that is so great.’

July 18, 2014

Jack Renshaw refuses to see the argument - that being gay is completely natural - staring at him in the face

The leader of British National Party Youth, the most anti-gay rights party in the UK, is a little barking mad at the moment.

Jack Renshaw, who believes ‘militant homosexuals’ are ‘destroying British families’, has launched an attack on his dog for ‘licking the penises of other male dogs’.

In a post taken from his Facebook account, Renshaw said: ‘I wish my dog would stop licking the penises of other male dogs.

‘I love you, Derek (my dog) – but – don’t challenge my principles because my principles will likely win.’

July 14, 2014

In July 2009, Argentina became the first country in Latin America, the second-biggest in the Americas and tenth in the world legalize same-sex marriage

15 July marks four years of Argentina passing marriage equality laws.

Four years later, pro-gay marriage advocates continue to face opposition from religious leaders.

In a March 2014 interview with La Nacion, Héctor Aguer, one of Argentina’s highest religious officials, called marriage equality an ‘unjust law’ that goes against the ‘natural order’, not just that of the Church.

July 11, 2014

Homophobic pundit Peter LaBarbera attacked gay people on a US radio show, and accused Obama of being obsessed with homosexuality

A US anti-gay pundit went on air to attack gay men, saying men choose to be gay for a ‘cheap orgasm’.

Peter LaBarbera, a self-confessed opponent of gay rights and founder of anti-gay group Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, was a guest on the James David Manning’s radio show (8 July).

Manning, a pastor who regularly rallies against the LGBTI community, and LaBarbera also claimed US president Barack Obama is obsessed with gay people.

July 9, 2014

State is bypassing entire 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals for 'clarity and resolution'

Utah wants the US Supreme Court to decide whether or not same-sex couples can get married in the state.

The state attorney general's office announced today in the coming weeks, it will be filing an appeal with the nation's highest court to challenge a federal judge's finding that the state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional.

By choosing to appeal straight to the Supreme Court, Utah is bypassing having the ruling be reviewed by the entire 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. A three-judge panel from that court upheld a federal judge's initial ruling.

June 30, 2014

They wonder if ruling could open the way for companies to also claim religious exemption on non-discrimination policies

The US Supreme Court's ruling that closely held corporations are not required to provide birth control under their insurance plans has alarmed LGBT organizations who fear potentially harmful implications.

The decision on Monday (30 June) came in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc.  It limits a provision of the Affordable Care Act which requires that all health insurance plans include preventative healthcare, including contraception coverage.

June 30, 2014

Sikh parents Harcharan and Kamlesh Bagga have made a video for the Asian Pride Project in which they urge other Asian parents of LGBTI people to accept their children and fight for their right to equality

The North America based Asian Pride Project has released a video in which an Indian Sikh family talk about their support for their gay son and urge other Asian parents to support their LGBTI children and help fight for their rights.

The Asian Pride Project posted the video to video hosting website Vimeo last month.

June 18, 2014

A federal appeals court will rule on the constitutionality of bans on same-sex marriage in all four states covered by the US judicial Sixth Circuit in the last step for opponents short of taking the issue to the Supreme Court

A federal appeals court is set to rule on the constitutionality of bans on same-sex marriage across Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee – deciding to hear all of the cases together.

Those four states make up the judicial Sixth Circuit – one of 13 such legal circuits across the United States.

A three judge panel will hear arguments in five cases from the four states from 6 August and is likely to rule on the issue before year’s end.

June 16, 2014

The US state of Alabama has hung onto its ban on same-sex couples having sex despite it being ruled unconstitutional in the US Supreme Court in 2003 but a state appeals court has now struck it down

Alabama’s ban on consensual oral and anal sex has been struck down as unconstitutional by a state Court of Criminal Appeals.

Alabama state laws defines ‘deviate sexual intercourse’ as ‘any act of sexual gratification between persons not married to each other involving the sex organs of one person and the mouth or anus of another,’ and can attract punishments of up to a year in prison or hard labor and fines of up to $2,000.

June 9, 2014

Lex Watson, who co-founded the Campaign Against Moral Persecution, founded the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby and was first president of the AIDS Council of NSW, has been given the Australian equivalent of a knighthood just weeks after his passing

Lex Watson, one of the most important gay rights activists in Australian history, has been honored with the Australian equivalent of a knighthood for his decades of activism on behalf of LGBTI people.

Watson was made a Member of the Order of Australia as part of the release of today’s Queen’s Birthday honors list.

June 7, 2014

Jamaican newspaper The Gleaner attacked the inequalities faced by LGBTI people, and criticized hypocritical attitudes over marriage

A Jamaican newspaper has published an editorial in support of gay marriage.

The Gleaner, a popular broadsheet published six days a week, ran the editorial on 5 June with the headline ‘Same-Sex Unions And The Marriage Contract’.

The beginning of the article highlighted statistics about marriage in Jamaica, such as rising divorce rates, and argued in favour of gay marriage, underlining the hypocrisy and inequality of the current climate in Jamaica.

May 25, 2014

An unlikely alliance was formed when gay rights activists helped raised funds for miners and their families during a devastating year-long strike in 1984 and 1985

Pride, a film by British Tony Award winning theatre director Matthew Warchus, has won this year's unofficial Queer Palm award for films that best touch on homosexual, bisexual and transgender issues at the Cannes Film Festival.

May 11, 2014

Traditional marriage advocates charge by striking down Arkansas' ban against marriage equality, Judge Chris Piazza has created havoc

Judge Chris Piazza

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced he will appeal a judge's decision striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

According to the Associated Press, the state's top lawyer made the statement late last night (10 May).

May 9, 2014

City officials allow gay rights activist to hold a protest in what is believed to be the first time since the federal anti-gay laws took effect last summer

Gay people will have the rare chance to speak out against hatred in Russia after authorities approved a protest yesterday (8 May).

Alexander Yermoshkin, a gay rights activist, will gather up to 100 people to release a rainbow of balloons into the sky on 17 May for International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.

May 7, 2014

Co-founder of the Campaign Against Moral Persecution, founder of the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby and first president of the AIDS Council of NSW, Lex Watson passed away yesterday evening but will be remembered for his decades of activism in support of his community

Lex Watson, one of the most important gay rights activists in Australian history, passed away last night after his health declined in the last few weeks.

Lex had been instrumental in the foundation of most of the LGBTI rights groups in the state of New South Wales, beginning with the Campaign Against Moral Persecution (CAMP) in 1970, and was one of the first gay people to advocate openly for their rights on Australian television.

May 2, 2014

A Russian lawmaker who believes gay groups should be shut down and anti-gay laws enforced accidentally marched alongside a gay rights protest

Hundreds of LGBTI activists joined the largest protest so far against Russia’s anti-gay laws since they were introduced yesterday (1 May).

With a large rainbow banner reading ‘Love Is Stronger Than Hate’, around 300 protestors marched through the streets of St Petersburg fighting for their rights.

Some held rainbow flags, some carried the pink, blue and purple flag representing bisexuality, and others held posters calling for love, not hate.

The march coincided with a May Day rally, with numerous groups and organizations taking part in the event.

April 25, 2014

Labour party leader is opposed to repealing Jamaica’s anti-gay laws, saying: ‘My sentiments reflect the sentiments of the country.’

Jamaica’s opposition leader has called for a public vote on the ban on homosexuality.

Andrew Holness, the head of the Labour party, has called for a ‘grand referendum’ in 2015 to deal with a number of social issues.

Apart from the sodomy law, he has called on the people to choose on the liberalization of cannabis or whether Jamaica wants to continue having Queen Elizabeth II as the head of state.

April 23, 2014

India’s Chief Justice has decided he will hear an appeal to the Supreme Court’s decision reinstating the country’s ban on gay sex in what will be the last chance to reverse that verdict before a new government takes power

Chief Justice P Sathasivam has decided to hear a final appeal of the Indian Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate the country’s Section 377 colonial era sodomy law – giving new hope that homosexuality will again become legal in the South Asian country.

The judicial appeal was sought by the Naz Foundation earlier this week but it was unknown whether Sathasivam would accept the case which seeks to contradict the rulings of more junior Supreme Court justices.

April 20, 2014

'The bill will create more problems than it will solve by telling some Louisianians that their belief system is not full equal'

The legislature in Louisiana is considering making the Bible the state's official book.

On 10 April, a committee in the southern US state's House of Representatives passed the bill 8 to 5.

According to National Public Radio the legislation, which is ready for consideration by the full House, was supported by both Democrats and Republicans.

April 18, 2014

'We did not fight for this Zimbabwe so it can be a homosexual territory. We will never have that here'

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's live televised independence speech was filled with anti-gay rhetoric and threatened unspecified action on LGBTI rights groups and their allies.

'Some years ago, l was warned that there was some secret organization ... which was addressing young men in universities sand schools to join them as homosexuals,' he said. 'This nonsense from Europe, keep their homosexual nonsense there and not cross over with it.'

April 9, 2014

Culture Secretary resigns from her post after funding a home for her parents at taxpayers' expense

Conservative politician Maria Miller, who saw through same-same sex marriage in England and Wales, has resigned as culture secretary.

Following a row over her expenses, Downing Street said they had recieved a resignation letter from the member of parliament (MP) today (9 April).

David Cameron said while he was sorry to get the letter, he accepted her decision.

A huge outrage followed after Miller was cleared of funding a home for her parents at taxpayers' expense.

April 7, 2014

At least 17 gay people, with the majority of them being under the age of 25, have attempted to kill themselves over Uganda parliament introducing the anti-gay law

A Uganda gay teen has committed suicide over the homophobic law, it was reported today (7 April).

The young man, who we will call Denis, overdosed on pills and swallowed rat poison around a month ago.

For the past few weeks, he showed little signs of recovery as he slipped in and out of consciousness. He also lost his ability to speak.

Last Thursday (3 April), Denis was pronounced dead. He was just 17 years old.

Pepe Julian Onziema, a Uganda LGBTI activist, paid tribute to Denis saying he was ‘gone too soon’.