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August 29, 2014

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have married after nine years together, breaking a longstanding pledge to not get married until same-sex couples can, though we suspect most will forgive them after years of speaking out for the LGBTI community

Long time Hollywood allies of the LGBTI community Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have reneged on a 2006 pledge to not get married until same-sex marriage is legalized across America but we suspect most people will forgive them after years of advocacy by the couple for gay rights.

The couple were reported to have married in France on Saturday in a small private ceremony in a chateau near Nice.

The couple were married by a Californian judge who also provided their marriage license.

August 29, 2014

They file official request for high court review a day after plaintiffs in Virginia case do the same

It seems likely that the US Supreme Court will take on a gay marriage case next year but the question is which case will be the one to settle the issue once and for all.

Plaintiffs in a Utah case made clear on Thursday (28 August) that they want their lawsuit to be heard by the high court by officially filing a brief making that request.

The three couples challenging Utah’s ban on marriage for same-sex couples asked the court to accept the request of Utah state officials to review the case.

August 28, 2014

Group hopes to pressure Supreme Court to reject gay marriage when cases are appealed in October

A Christian group have decided on an unusual way of attempting to stop same-sex marriage in the US.

The Virginia-based Family Foundation have embarked on a 40 day 'fast' - but they're still allowed to eat.

They believe this pressure will force the Supreme Court to reject same-sex marriage appeals when they come up in October.

However, when it comes to giving up food - an integral part of the fasting process - they're not that bothered.

August 28, 2014

Frank Bernard quit job as a manager with third largest pizza chain in US when it refused to cover his husband of six years

California resident Frank Bernard is suing the Little Caesars pizza chain because it refused to provide health insurance benefits for the former manager's husband.

The chain, the third-largest in the US, offers benefits to the spouses of its heterosexual employees. Bernard, 47, has been legally wed to his husband for six years.

August 27, 2014

Australia’s Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Union will be investigated by the Human Rights Commission over allegations that its leaders systematically exclude LGBTI people from leadership positions

Australia’s biggest union will be investigated over allegations of systematic discrimination against its gay and lesbian members attaining leadership positions after allegations were made at a Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

A witness at the Royal Commission recently accused the leadership of the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Union (SDA) of refusing to allow openly gay or lesbian people to become union shop stewards and openly gay Australian Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson has agreed to open an investigation into the union.

August 27, 2014

States one judge: 'There was a tradition of not allowing black and whites' to marry. 'It was a tradition. It got swept aside'

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago expressed skepticism over gay marriage bans during oral arguments on cases in in Wisconsin and Indiana on Tuesday (26 August).

One member of the three-judge panel, Judge Richard Posner, hammered Wisconsin attorney Timothy Samuelson with questions seeking justification for why his state denies marriage rights to same-sex couples.

When Samuelson said it is a ban that is rooted in tradition, Posner stated: 'That’s the tradition argument. It’s feeble!'

August 27, 2014

High court expected to accept a marriage equality case next year but will have several to choose from

Celebrated lawyers Ted Olson and David Boies want to return to the US Supreme Court and argue for marriage equality.

The team, who successfully argued for the overturning of California's ban on gay marriage (Proposition 8), asked the high court on Wednesday (27 August) to review the Virginia marriage case they are currently fighting for.

The court is widely expected to take on a same-sex marriage case in 2015 but the Virginia case is one of several it will have to choose from.

August 27, 2014

Freeheld will tell the true story of one couple's fight for pension benefits after one of them becomes terminally ill

Steve Carell is joining Julianne Moore and Ellen Page to star in a film based on a landmark gay rights case.

Freeheld, directed by Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist's Petter Sollet, will tell the true story of Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree.

The couple fought to amend the Domestic Partnership Act, which grants pension benefits to domestic partners of all New Jersey public employees.

The couple were determined to make a change, after Ardeen (played by Page) was denied pension benefits of her Hester (Moore) when the latter became terminally ill.

August 27, 2014

A 26-year-old, who had been recovering from a serious assault, committed suicide in her home

A trans woman has hanged herself in Dublin, an inquest has heard.

Nikita Keane, 26, was found dead in her home in the Irish capital on 26 July last year.

During the inquest, her family demanded Keane be referred to her birthname and to use male pronouns. This is was in despite of her name had been changed by deed poll and she was in the process of transitioning.

August 23, 2014

'I'm into diversity. I kill everybody, I don't care'

A St. Louis area police officer has been suspended after a video was released of him disparaging multiple groups, including the LGBTI community.

Dan Page, a 35-year veteran of the St. Louis County Police Department, faces a review after a 2012 speech was brought to the attention of his superiors by CNN's out anchor Don Lemon.

August 22, 2014

Deputy leader of Australia’s Northern Territory Dave Tollner will go to the back bench after he called a colleague’s gay son a ‘pillow biter’ and ‘shirt lifter’

The Deputy Chief Minister of Australia’s Northern Territory has had to apologize after he called a fellow MP’s gay son a ‘pillow biter’ and ‘shirt lifter’ and he has now resigned after days of sustained criticism.

Country Liberal Party MP and territory Treasurer Dave Tollner defended allegations of homophobia by pointing out that his mother has been in a same-sex relationship for 27 years and that he has a gay nephew who’s relationship he supports.

August 22, 2014

US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago has set oral arguments for August 26

The next big legal stage in the fight for marriage equality in the US has been set.

On Tuesday (26 August), the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago will hear oral arguments in gay marriage cases from Wisconsin and Indiana.

The Seventh Circuit's jurisdiction also includes Illinois where same-sex marriage is already legal.

The circuit courts are the final stop before the US Supreme Court which may or may not choose to hear any of the cases recently decided.

August 22, 2014

Hallmark cards celebrating same-sex marriages have been pulled from the shelves of the Bringham Young University bookstore because it is owned by the Mormon church

A bookstore at Utah’s Bringham Young University has removed greeting cards celebrating same-sex marriages from its shelves because they aren’t in line with the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also known as the Mormons.

The Hallmark card company has been quick to capitalize on moves to legalize same-sex marriages across the United States and produces a range of cards for same-sex couples and they reached the shelves of the university’s bookstore on Tuesday.

August 21, 2014

US District Judge Robert L Hinkle thinks such bans will be looked upon in history the same as interracial marriage bans

In the most significant ruling to date on Florida's gay marriage ban, a federal judge on Thursday (21 August) has declared that the ban violates the US Constitution.

The ruling by Tallahassee-based US District Judge Robert L Hinkle comes after four state judges reached the same legal conclusion earlier this year.

August 21, 2014

High court won't allow marriages to begin in state until it decides whether or not to review case that struck down ban

The US Supreme Court has dashed, for now, any plans for same-sex weddings this week in Virginia.

Although it has not yet decided whether it will hear an appeal to a federal court's ruling that struck down the state's marriage ban, the high court has issued a stay on the ruling until it makes its mind.

Marriages were expected to begin in Virginia as early as this Thursday.

August 21, 2014

Evan Davies is tipped to win Journalist of the Year at the annual event held in London

New BBC Newsnight presenter Evan Davies is expected to win big at the European Diversity Awards.

The gay journalist is among the many names hoping to win one of the coveted awards.

Jane Hill, a BBC newsreader, will host the awards on 2 October in London.

‘’The European Diversity Awards recognize the efforts of people and organisations who are building a society across Europe which embraces all citizens,’ she said.

‘I'm proud to be taking part and highlighting some of the excellent work that is being done to make a lasting difference.’

August 20, 2014

The Ark Encounters theme park will not be hiring gays and lesbians or anyone who thinks the world is more than 6,000 years old when it opens in 2016 despite seeking millions in tax incentives

A planned Noah’s Ark themed entertainment park that will teach that the Biblical Great Flood was an actual historical event will reportedly refuse to hire gays and lesbians and anyone who does not believe that the Bible is 100% literally true.

The Ark Encounters theme park is to be built by Creationist group Answers in Genesis, which already operates another Christian theme park in Kentucky that claims that human beings lived side-by-side with dinosaurs and denies the theory of evolution.

August 20, 2014

The American Military Partner Association is suing the federal Veterans Affairs Department for continuing to deny some spousal benefits to same-sex couples who live in states where they can’t legally marry

The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is being taken to court over it continuing to deny some spousal benefits to military same-sex couples who live in states where same-sex marriage is banned despite the Supreme Court striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

The American Military Partner Association (AMPA) is bringing the action through its legal counsels Lambda Legal and Morrison and Foerster LLP who filed a law suit against the VA on Monday in the Federal Circuit Court.

August 20, 2014

Your gender doesn’t mean you are Bruce Willis or Barbie, so why are trans people forced to defend their gender identity?

I can’t remember how old I would have been when I realized that telling people I wanted to be a girl was not a wise thing to do.

Certainly I knew before I was seven. When the whole world is telling you that you’re a boy simply based on what’s between your legs, it takes a very strong-minded child indeed to stick to your convictions.

I wasn’t that strong-willed, and the physical evidence was hard to ignore. It’s why I’m so much in awe of those children who identify as trans and their parents who act constructively on it.

August 18, 2014

Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes said ‘I believe they are’ when asked if action legends Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jet Li play a gay couple in his movie

Did Arnie just play his first gay character? That’s what the director of the action blockbuster The Expendables 3 is saying.

August 17, 2014

The Mumbai chief of India’s ruling party, BJP, says his party is now against the misuse of section 377 and will raise the issue in Parliament

'Criminalizing the gay community by misusing section 377 of the IPC [Indian Penal Code] is not acceptable to the [ruling] BJP,' Mumbai chief Ashish Shelar told some 250 attendees at a special Independence Day event 'Acceptance Meet' On Friday. The meeting was organized by The Humsafar Trust, an NGO in Mumbai which promotes LGBTI rights, and other community organizations.

August 15, 2014

Edwin Sesange, Uganda gay rights activist, calls on the world to continue fighting for LGBTI rights in his country

Uganda’s anti-gay law is no more, and even the President might be changing his views. Could we finally be moving in the right direction?

President Yoweri Museveni’s recent comments, after the Constitutional Court nullified the law, are right. A bill like this is difficult to pass.

There are clearly so many open LGBTI people in Uganda that criminalizing them all would be a massive headache.

August 15, 2014

Group 'condemns all laws, regulations and rules or practices that discriminate' against an LGBT person

At its annual meeting in Boston this week, the American Bar Association officially adopted a policy recognizing the rights of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender as basic human rights.

A four paragraph resolution passed by the association's 560-member House of Delegates condemns laws, regulations, rules and practices that discriminate against LGBT people on the basis of their status and encourages the US government to work to end this discrimination.

August 15, 2014

'Genderless marriage, after all, necessarily undermines the importance of, and eliminates the Commonwealth's preference for, children being raised by both their mother and father'

A county clerk from Virginia asked the US Supreme Court to put a stay on a lower court's ruling striking down the state's gay marriage ban.

According to the site SCOTUSblog, attorneys for Prince William County Clerk Michelle B. McQuigg submitted papers to the country's highest court on Thursday afternoon (14 August).