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May 27, 2015

Parliament unanimously approves gay marriage and adoption

Greenland's parliament Tuesday (26 May) voted unanimously to adopt Danish laws legalizing gay marriage and gay adoption.

Greenland is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark and has been self-governing since 2009.

The Arctic nation adopted Denmark’s civil union law in 1996. But it did not do the same when Denmark legalized gay marriage in 2012.

In February, it was announced that a bill to remedy this would be introduced in spring, which parliament passed by a vote of 27-0 with two absentations.

May 27, 2015

Republican presidential hopeful says Christian teaching on homosexuality will be labeled hate speech

Florida Senator Marco Rubio has warned gay marriage poses a 'real and present danger' to Christianity.

The Republican presidential hopeful made the comment during an interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, which was uploaded online on Tuesday (26 May).

'We are at the water's edge of the argument that mainstream Christian teaching is hate speech,' he said.

'Because today we've reached the point in our society where if you do not support same-sex marriage you are labeled a homophobe and a hater.'

May 27, 2015

'He is gay, gay, gay and pretty popular in the ballroom scene'

The suspect in a brutal attack on a gay couple is himself gay.

Bayna El-Amin is wanted by police after hitting Jonathan Snipes and Ethan York-Adams over their heads with a chair at Chelsea Dallas BBQ in Manhattan earlier this month.

Snipes alleged that his attacker said, 'Take that faggot,' while kicking him, and police are treating the assault as a hate crime.

May 27, 2015

He was once caught having sex with a man in a church van

A pastor who was caught having sex with a man in a church van has stolen more than $60,000 from his congregation and spent the money on gay dating sites.

Pastor Boyd Watson Holder Jr, 44, was arrested Thursday (22 May) night after officials at Victory Apostolic Church in Kingsport discovered 'between $70,000 and $100,000' missing from the church bank account – which only Holder had access to.

When they confronted him, Holder responded by saying 'It’s none of your business!' and banishing them from the congregation.

May 27, 2015

Anti-gay hate group proclaimed 'God Hates' Ireland' in upside down sign

Someone forgot to tell the Westboro Baptist Church that the Irish flag is always flown with the green at the hoist.

The anti-gay hate group protested Ireland's marriage equality referendum, which overwhelmingly passed over the weekend, with a 'God Hates Ireland' sign that got it all wrong.

May 26, 2015

Even though state's ban on gay marriage was declared unconstitutional

Alabama has given a minister jail time for exercising her 'religious freedom' and trying to marry a lesbian couple, even though state's ban on gay marriage was declared unconstitutional.

Non-denominational minister Anne DiPrizio on 18 May was sentenced to 30 days in jail and a fine of $250 after she pleaded guilty to misdemenour disorderly conduct.

The sentence was then suspended for six months.

May 26, 2015

Parliamentary debate on marriage equality bill is brought forward to June

A cabinet minister in the Australian government has said he expects parliament to legalize gay marriage by the end of the year, as debate on a marriage equality bill is brought forward to next month.

'I’m confident the matter will be dealt with in the course of this year and of course, we obviously need a bill. There is a change in sentiment all the time,' Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull told ABC radio on Tuesday (26 May).

May 26, 2015

Australian Labor Party leader Bill Shorten has given formal notice he will move a bill to legalize same-sex marriage at the next sitting of the House of Representatives on Monday

Australian Opposition leader Bill Shorten has become the first leader of a major political party to put forward legislation to allow same-sex marriage in Australia just days after more members of the conservative wing of his party announced they now would vote in favor of marriage equality.

May 26, 2015

Matriarch had compared trans people to child predators while knowing her son had molested his sisters and others

Columnist and LGBTI activist Dan Savage thinks the Duggar family are hypocrites.

The stars of the TLC reality show 19 Children and Counting have been rocked by scandal after it became public last week that eldest child Josh Duggar had molested five girls when he was a teenager - including two of his sisters.

Savage wasted no time in pointing out that in 2012 family matriarch Michelle Duggar made a Robocall speaking out against legislation in Fayetteville, Arkansas, that would let transgender people use bathrooms based on their gender identity.

May 26, 2015

Ready the rainbow confetti

Same-sex marriage in Ireland is now legal thanks to the landslide referendum that made history, but gay couples still have to wait before they can officially call themselves husband and husband or wife and wife.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has said the bill to implement same-sex marriage should be passed before the planned recess on 16 July.

But while any couple would typically have to notify the government three months before they get married, same-sex couples will have an exemption.

May 26, 2015

Italy is now the only Western European country that does not recognize same-sex unions

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has said his country can no longer put off civil unions after Catholic-majority Ireland legalized gay marriage by referendum on Friday (22 May).

Socially conservative Italy is now the only country in western Europe that does not recognize either gay marriage or civil unions.

'Civil unions cannot be delayed any longer,' Renzi privately confided after the vote, according to the La Repubblica newspaper.

May 26, 2015

But how will the hand give birth?...

A Turkish televangelist has claimed men who masturbate will meet their 'pregnant hand in the afterlife'.

Mücahid Cihad Han, a Muslim preacher, was answering viewers' questions on 2000 TV on 24 May when one asked him about masturbation.

The viewer said he 'kept masturbating, although he was married, and even during the Umrah', the piligrimage to Mecca performed by Muslims.

In the bizarre response, Han insisted Islam strictly bans masturbation.

May 26, 2015

'I’m just here to play football. I’m not here to try to do anything historic'

Michael Sam just wants to be one of the guys.

The man who made history as the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team was taking a far more low-key approach when he was officially introduced Tuesday as the newest member of the Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes.

'I’m just here to play football,' Sam said at a press conference. 'I’m not here to try to do anything historic.'

May 26, 2015

Two were caught having sex in a mechanic's workshop

Three men have been sentenced to three years in jail for gay sex in Morocco, where homosexuality and premarital sex are illegal.

The sentence was handed down on Friday (22 May) by a court in the northeastern city of Taourirt.

Police were tipped off to two of the men, a mechanic in his 40s and a man in his 20s, who they caught having sex in the mechanic's workshop. 

During their detention, they said they met through a mutual friend, who was then also arrested.

May 26, 2015

Let there be (no gay) cake

The Northern Ireland Christian bakery at the center of a legal row is now not serving any wedding-themed cake as they can not, by a court ruling, discriminate against LGBTI people.

Ashers Baking Company was found guilty earlier this month after refusing to make a pro-gay Bert and Ernie cake.

As they are not a religious organization, the judge ruled they cannot discriminate against LGBTI people.

They are appealing the decision.

May 26, 2015

'It was agony for him to undress and shower'

A third transgender teen has committed suicide in San Diego in less than three months.

Kyler Prescott, 14, locked himself in the bathroom and took his life on 18 May.

He came out to his supportive family a few years ago but sank into depression when puberty hit.

'It was agony for him to undress and shower. He was trapped in the wrong body,' his mother Katharine Prescott told 10News.

May 26, 2015

Young people prove the Catholic Church's power over Ireland has waned, Vatican paper says

The Catholic Church's attempt to keep gay couples away from marriage in Ireland has failed, a Vatican newspaper has lamented.

The Osservatore Romano has said they have been 'defeated', highlighting a gap between their dated views and the ones held by 62% of Irish voters.

With young people proving the Church's power over the country has waned, the newspaper said the result spoke of a 'challenge for the whole [of the Catholic community].'

May 25, 2015

'This was only a mistake he made while intoxicated'

A South Korean comedian turned director has confessed to molesting a sleeping man in a sauna but denies that he is gay.

Baek Jae Hyun, 45, performed oral sex on the man, only identified as A, in the sleeping room of a 24-hour sauna in Seoul.

The comedian, or 'gagman' as they are known in Korea, was booked without detention at around 3am on 17 May.

'Baek Jae Hyun said that he is not gay and this was only a mistake he made while intoxicated,' police told reporters last week.

May 25, 2015

Says he will bypass legislature and 'directly enforce' marriage equality

Taiwanese presidential hopeful Shih Ming-teh on Sunday (24 May) said he will allow gay couples to marry and give them the same rights as straight couples if he is elected.

The 74-year-old said posted an article about the Irish referendum on Facebook with the comment, 'If only I was elected president, in fact the Legislative Yuan wouldn't need to pass any new bills.'

May 25, 2015

Huckabee stated Supreme Court is not 'the supreme being', so will not listen to their ruling

 Anti-gay US Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee has suggested he would ignore any supreme court rulings on same-sex marriage should he win the election in 2016.

When he announced he was running for president on 5 May, he stated: ’Many of our politicians have surrendered to the false god of judicial supremacy, which would allow black-robed and unelected judges the power to make law as well as enforce it.’

May 25, 2015

With prominent Australian Labor Party right faction member Tony Burke going public with his support for marriage equality, campaigners say they would only need 2 more House of Representative MPs to change their mind for the reform to pass

Two more prominent members of the right wing of the Australian Labor Party have gone public with their support for marriage equality – saying their Western Sydney and rural electorates are now ready for the reform.

Watson MP Tony Burke revealed his change of mind yesterday, saying the success of the referendum in Ireland had convinced him that same-sex marriage in Australia was now an inevitability.

May 25, 2015

Local campaigners in Roscommon-South Leitrim say very few politicians responded to their letters and phone calls

 Campaigners in the Irish constituency of Roscommon-South Leitrim have blamed local politicians for the return of a ‘no’ vote in the same-sex marriage referendum.

The constituency was the only one in the Republic of Ireland to return a ‘no’ vote in the historic referendum.

The YesEquality Roscommon group have said they ‘watched in envy’ as politicians from across Ireland backed the equal rights campaign, saying that compared to the rest of the country, they only received backing from two politicians.

May 25, 2015

BSA President Robert Gates: 'There would be a First Amendment protection for their right to do so'

Even if the Boy Scouts of America lift their ban on gay adult volunteers, religious-sponsored units could continue with the ban, according to BSA President Robert Gates.

'There would be a First Amendment protection for their right to do so,' Gates told National Public Radio over the weekend. 'But from the National Council's standpoint, gays would be permitted in units that want to have them.'

May 25, 2015

Bill Novak adopted his partner Norman MacArthur as a way they could ensure legal rights

 A same-sex couple legally registered as ‘father’ and ‘son’ are to be married, after a judge vacated their adoption decree.

Bill Novak and Norman MacArthur were originally registered as domestic partners in 1994, when they lived in New York City. However, when they relocated to Pennsylvania, they found out their status was not recognised by the state.

Therefore, the only way for the couple to obtain legal rights for hospital visitation and inheritance was for Novak to adopt MacArthur as his son.