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July 30, 2014

Game ranger course 'general' is on trial for murder, child abuse, neglect and allegedly forced teen to eat his own faeces

The man behind a South African ‘gay cure’ camp has insisted he is not the reason behind the death of a 15-year-old boy.

A picture of Raymond Buys, 15, taken in April 2011 showed a skeletal, emaciated figure fighting for his life.

Just 10 weeks before, the teen’s parents signed him up to the Echo Wild Game Rangers training course in South Africa in perfect health.

July 30, 2014

Boulder County had issued 202 marriage licenses to gay couples, and for now, will issue no more

Colorado’s Supreme Court has ordered a county to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

The court ruled yesterday in response to an appeal from Republican Attorney General John Suthers, who has been relentless in trying to stop same-sex marriage in Boulder County.

The court will hear the appeal, and in the meantime it is ordering the county to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples..

Boulder was the first Colorado county to begin giving licenses to gay couples in June.

July 29, 2014

Because the leaders of the two African countries refuse to change their laws criminalizing homosexuality, 10 American politicians want President Obama to hit them where it hurts: Their economy

Almost a dozen of America’s senators want US President Barack Obama to reconsider trade agreements with Nigeria and Uganda because of their homophobic laws.

Obama is scheduled to meet with African leaders next month from 4 to 6 August during the first-ever African Leaders Summit held in Washington DC.

July 29, 2014

Claiming voter fraud, a gay rights group has published 50,000 signatures from people who opposed a bill protecting LGBTI people from workplace discrimination

A Texas LGBT group has published on the Internet the personal details of Texans who signed a petition against a recent LGBT anti-discrimination bill.

A group under the website HeroPetition.com, named after the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), published the 50,000 names and addresses of Texans who want to overturn an anti-discrimination ordinance via public vote in November elections.

July 28, 2014

US Court of Appeals for Fourth Circuit is governing judicial circuit for Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and South Carolina

Calling civil marriage 'one of the cornerstones of our way of life,' a federal appeals court on Monday (28 July) ruled that Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

The 2-1 ruling from a three-judge panel came from the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit which is the  governing judicial circuit for Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina.

July 27, 2014

The towing company allegedly targeted cars during last year's Gay Days

A towing company is accused of illegally towing vehicles during Orlando's Gay Days.

Law officials charge ASAP Towing, owned by Jason Combs, towed up to 100 vehicles, between 5 June and 9 June, from a parking lot across from the host of the event, Doubletree by Hilton.

July 26, 2014

Like the avalanche of decisions we’re seeing from every corner of this country, the court recognized that loving, committed same-sex couples should have equal access to the law’s protection'

Alaska's Supreme Court ruled yesterday, 25 July, that same-sex partners should have access to survivor benefits.

The ruling stems from the 2011 workplace murder of Kerry Fadely. She was employed by Anchorage’s Millennium Hotel when shot and killed by a disgruntled former employee.

July 26, 2014

The second biggest bank in Italy will give gay employees the same marital rights as straight employees, despite gay marriage being illegal in Italy

One of the biggest banks in Italy, Intesa Sanpaolo, will give their LGBTI employees the same marital benefits as their heterosexual colleagues.

Gay marriage is illegal in Italy, however, the bank will give marital benefits to gay and lesbian employees who have been married in countries where same-sex marriage is legal.

‘The importance of the agreement serves to reinforce the group’s commitment to politics of non-discrimination and equal opportunity,’ said Intesa Sanpaolo.

July 26, 2014

Ruling is second in eight days declaring Florida ban unconstitutional

Florida's ban on same-sex marriage has suffered its second defeat in less than two weeks.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel has ordered that six same-sex couples who sued County Clerk Harvey Ruvin for marriage licenses in January should be allowed to get married.

But Zabel, who issued her ruling late Friday (25 July) afternoon, stayed her decision pending appeal so there will be no immediate marriages in the county.

Zabel cited a 1967 Supreme Court ruling overturning a state ban on interracial marriage in her ruling.

July 25, 2014

Some of our greatest LGBTI citizens have sharply different approaches to conflict between Israel and Palestine

A protest rally in Boston around the Israeli-Palestinian conflict saw members of the LGBTI community at each other’s throats.

It proved we’re not a monolith when it comes to passion and politics, and demonstrated how LGBTIs are inextricably tied to world events.

‘You’re a traitor to your people,’ Malkah Feldman of Cambridge shouted in a heated exchange with a Jewish Zionist protester at a pro-Palestinian rally outside the Boston Public Library that the Boston Herald captured both in a photo and on video.

July 24, 2014

She initially wondered: 'I don't see why I have to be identified with those queens'

Edie Windsor was far from the activist she would become at the time of the 1969 Stonewall Riots which marked the beginning of the modern-day gay rights movement.

'When Stonewall happened, I was really this ignorant middle class lady who said "I don't see why I have to be identified with those queens,"' Windsor said in an interview posted Thursday (24 July) by Marriage Equality USA.

But the woman whose lawsuit brought down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) soon realized how heroic the drag queens who took a stand against police raids were.

July 24, 2014

US District Judge Raymond Moore temporarily stays his ruling pending filing of expected appeals

A federal judge has struck down Colorado's ban on same-sex marriage after declaring it to be unconstitutional.

US District Judge Raymond Moore issued the ruling Wednesday (23 July) in a lawsuit filed this month by six gay couples who sued to have the state's ban no longer enforced.

It's the latest development in a state that has marriage equality battles going on on several legal fronts.

Moore stayed his ruling until 25 August - the deadline he gave Colorado Attorney General John Suthers to appeal his ruling to the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

July 24, 2014

Kenya’s high court has ruled that rights group Transgender Education and Advocacy must receive official recognition as a registered Non-Government Organization from the government

Kenyan transgender rights group Transgender Education and Advocacy (TEA) have won a major court battle, with the country’s high court ruling that the government’s Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) coordination board must allow them to register.

Justice George Odunga criticized the board for declining to recognize the group, saying that it had failed to carry out its own statutory function.

July 23, 2014

From the Queen and PM to celebrities, athletes and ordinary LGBTI people, we should use the Commonwealth Games to fight for gay rights

As the Commonwealth Games start today amid much fanfare in Glasgow, Scotland, 42 of the 53 countries competing still criminalize homosexuality.

That’s not just awkward or embarrassing. It’s shameful.

The collection of former British Empire countries, under the titular leadership of Queen Elizabeth II, is supposed to be held together by friendship, democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

July 22, 2014

The Minister for Education has warned a headmistress that her school could lose funding if it is found she fired a teacher for being gay

A Catholic school could lose its public funding if it is found they fired a teacher for being gay.

Italy’s Ministry of Education has launched an investigation into the Trento school after a teacher spoke out about being sacked to protect the school’s ‘ethics’.

Eugenia Libratore, the headmistress of Sacro Cuore, reportedly said she decided not to renew the ‘adequate and professional’ teacher’s contract because she ‘has the school’s environment to protect’ and ‘moral ethics’ to preserve.

July 21, 2014

Special Teams Coach Mike Priefer suspended for three games - could be reduced to two games with completion of sensitivity training

Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe expressed outrage Monday (21 July) that special teams coach Mike Priefer has been suspended for just three games for making a homophobic comment.

Priefer can have his suspension reduced to two games if he completes sensitivity training.

July 21, 2014

Order bans federal government and federal contractors from discriminating against emplyees based on sexual orientation or gender identity

US President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order today that protects employees of the federal government and of federal contractors from being discriminated based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

July 20, 2014

South Australia is one of the few regions of Australia where gay couples cannot adopt, but that could change following a planned public consultation on its adoption laws

The State Government of South Australia is planning a long-awaited review of its adoption laws, which will include looking at whether same-sex couples and singles will be able to adopt.

Currently, South Australia does not allow either same-sex couples or single people to adopt.

This is in contrast to most other parts of Australia: New South Wales, ACT, Western Australia and Tasmania all allow adoption by gay couples and LGBT individuals, as well as same-sex step-parent adoption.

July 20, 2014

LGBTs in Turkey hail the Supreme Court's confirmation that a news article calling gays 'perverts' constitutes hate speech

For the first time, hate speech on the basis of sexual orientation has been officially recognized by a court in Turkey.

July 19, 2014

Same three-judge panel from US Court of Appeals ruled last month that Utah's ban was unconstitutional

A federal appeals court ruled on Friday (18 July) that Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

The 2-1 decision came from the same three-judge panel in Denver that last month ruled that a similar ban in Utah violated the constitutional rights of same-sex couples.

The US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit placed a stay on its ruling pending expected appeals so same-sex marriages cannot yet begin taking place in the state.

July 19, 2014

As protests by the public and boycotts by writers escalate, minister who earlier defended the decision now orders two children's books to be moved to adult section of library

After a vigorous 2-week public debate following the Singapore National Library Board's (NLB) decision to withdraw and destroy three children's books which depict same-sex parents and non-nuclear families, two of the titles will be placed in the adult section instead.

July 18, 2014

Will protect employees of federal contractors from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity

US President Barack Obama has chosen Monday (21 July) as the day he will make good on his promise to sign an executive order to prohibit discrimination against LGBTI employees.

The order will apply to an estimated 28 million people - one-fifth of the US workforce - who work for federal contractors and the federal government.

July 18, 2014

Same-sex marriages were conducted in Utah from 2013 December to 2014 January, a 17 day window

The US Supreme Court is allowing Utah not to recognize approximately 1,300 same-sex marriages as the state appeals the legality of those unions.

This past December, District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby ruled Utah's gay marriage ban violated the Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process.

July 17, 2014

Case marks 25th consecutive legal victory for marriage equality since US Supreme Court gutted DOMA last year

Circuit Judge Luis Garcia struck down Florida's gay marriage ban on Thursday (17 July) declaring it unconstitutional.

The judge said the soonest same-sex marriages could take place in Monroe County (located in the Florida Keys) would be Tuesday (22 July). This is the only county in the state over which Garcia has jurisdiction.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi immediately filed an appeal and stated: 'Finality on this constitutional issue must come from the U.S. Supreme Court.'