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May 5, 2015

Party say leaflet is not of a high enough standard to represent 'the UKIP brand'

A group supporting UKIP has handed out homophobic leaflets claiming LGBTI people ‘recruit’ children to turn them gay.  

Christian Soldiers for UKIP, a group set up by Christian members of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), distributed leaflets attacking same-sex education in British schools at a husting event in East Anglia.

In February, the same leaflet circulated on the UKIP party conference, according to the Mirror.

May 4, 2015

Dr Ben Carson hopes to be the Republican Party’s 2016 candidate for president and must think his past comments about the LGBTI community will not be a barrier to that

A leading African American Republican who once lumped the LGBTI community in with groups including people who have sex with animals and those advocating for the legalization of child sexual abuse has announced his formal candidacy to become the next President of the United States.

May 4, 2015

'I can't live under this Conservative Government, this Coalition.'

Paul O'Grady has claimed that he will leave the UK if David Cameron is elected Prime Minister again. 

The comedian, who has previously labelled Cameron a 'twat', told a crowd during a rally in support of Labour leader Ed Miliband that he would rather 'get a house on the Lido in Venice' than live under another Conservative Government. 

'I can’t live under this bloody government any more. I am going to get a house on the Lido in Venice,' said O'Grady. 'I have paid a fortune in tax and I will say "you can have that mate"'.

May 2, 2015

'Ministers should have the right to uphold their religious beliefs'

Texas lawmakers are pushing hard to pass a religious freedom bill that offers protections the clergy already have.

Last week, on the day the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for four gay marriage ban cases, state Sen. Craig Estes introduced legislation allowing ministers of faith to not participate in wedding ceremonies on religious grounds.

May 1, 2015

Argues same-sex marriage led to breakdown of the family, which in turn contributed to poverty

Republican congressman Bill Flores has linked the Baltimore riots to gay marriage, arguing that a breakdown of the family had contributed to poverty.

The Texas Rep made the bizarre claim Wednesday (April 28) during a discussion about an anti-gay marriage rally he attended that morning, on the Family Research Council’s (FRC) Washington Watch radio show.

April 30, 2015

Bill Shorten has distanced himself from calls by Labor deputy leader Tanya Plibersek for all of the party’s lawmakers to be compelled to vote for legalizing same-sex marriage whether they agree with the reform or not

Australian Labor Party (ALP) leader Bill Shorten has distanced himself from a campaign by his deputy leader to have the next ALP national conference decide to bind all Labor lawmakers to vote in favor of same-sex marriage.

The 2011 conference voted to add same-sex marriage to the party’s platform but in order to appease conservative ALP members, gave federal Labor lawmakers a guaranteed conscience vote on the issue if it comes up for a vote.

April 29, 2015

Amnesty International says the country is 'being left behind as a discriminatory backwater for gay and lesbian people'

Northern Ireland's Legislative Assembly Monday (27 April) voted down a gay marriage bill for the fourth time.

Politicians at Stormont narrowly rejected the motion put forward by the left-wing Sinn Féin party by 49 votes to 47.

Sinn Féin MLA Catriona Ruane said they wanted to 'drown out the bile' put forward by opponents of gay marriage.

'Together we will build a society that includes and embraces,' she said.

April 28, 2015

The hotel’s gay owners held an intimate gathering at their apartment last week for Ted Cruz, a virulent opponent of same-sex marriage

Around 100 protestors took to the street outside New York’s gay hotel, The OUT NYC, yesterday evening.

They were protesting the fact that the hotel’s owners, gay businessmen Mati Weiderpass and Ian Reisner, hosted an intimate party last week at their penthouse apartment for Republican Senator Ted Cruz and his wife.

April 28, 2015

The Presidential hopeful turned her logo rainbow-colored and posted two tweets about marriage equality while Supreme Court justices began to hear arguments in Washington

Democrat Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is among those who have posted their support for marriage equality today, ahead of the US Supreme Court hearing arguments in favour of same-sex marriage recognition across the US.

Clinton changed her Twitter image to a rainbow-colored ‘H’ and posted ‘Every loving couple & family deserves to be recognized & treated equally under the law across our nation. #LoveMustWin #LoveCantWait –H’

Shortly later, she tweeted a video of herself discussing marriage equality with a grandparent in Iowa.

April 28, 2015

The Court’s justices will begin to hear arguments this morning in Washington in cases brought buy Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee

US Supreme Court justices in Washington are due to meet today to begin hearing arguments ahead of them making a decision on same-sex marriage.

Thirty-six US states, and the District of Washington, have already legalized gay marriage. Others have continued to argue over the legality of same-sex unions – with the decision ultimately being referred to the Supreme Court for consideration.

The Court will be hearing case brought by Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee.

April 27, 2015

'It is a clear question. Do we support legal discrimination against one group in this country? Or do we not?'

The acting leader of Australia's ruling party has said she will push to make it compulsory that all Labor MPs vote for gay marriage.

Tanya Plibersek will argue for a binding vote on marriage equality at the Labor National Conference in July.

The party changed its policy to support gay marriage at the 2011 conference but allowed its parliamentarians a free vote on the issue.

'Labor has always been a party that is opposed to discrimination,' she told Fairfax Media.

April 25, 2015

Aaron and Melissa Klein, of the Sweet Cakes By Melissa bakery, refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple for 'religious reasons'

 An Oregon judge has proposed that a lesbian couple who were turned away by a Christian bakery for asking them to make a same-sex wedding cake should receive $135,000 in damages.

Alan McCullough, an administrative law judge who ruled in January that Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes By Melissa, discriminated against Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer for their sexuality, proposed an offer on Friday (24 April) which awards the couple $75,000 and $60,000 respectively for emotional suffering.

April 24, 2015

British boyfriend: 'When people complain about immigration, this is not someone you need to worry about'

A Jamaican bisexual asylum seeker could be deported at any moment after being detained by the UK government today (24 April).

Orashia Edwards, 32, was ruled to be lying about his sexuality in the final judgment of his asylum case earlier this month.

This is in despite of a man in the UK saying he has been in a relationship with Edwards for the past two years and his entire family being British citizens. Two specialists living in Jamaica have also written on Edwards' behalf to the UK, saying it is not safe for him to return.

April 21, 2015

Ohio Governor John Kasich will be attending the same-sex wedding of a close gay friend despite his personal disagreement on the issue because he says their friendship is more important to him

Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio may have said that he would hypothetically attend the same-sex wedding of someone that he was close to despite his opposition to the idea, but rival Republican candidate John Kasich has already accepted the invitation.

April 21, 2015

British political party pledges to review gender identity law, tackle homophobic bullying and deliver 'Turing's Law'

Labour has revealed their manifesto specifically for LGBTI issues today (21 April).

In the list of pledges, the left-leaning British political party says they are determined to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools and undertake a review of gender identity law.

They will appoint an international envoy for LGBTI rights and also ensure asylum procedures are fair to people fleeing persecution based on sexuality or gender identity.

April 20, 2015

Australian Minister for Communications Malcolm Turnbull has told a community forum on same-sex marriage that he expects that Government MPs will be allowed to vote with their consciences on the issue and that a vote will come before the year’s end

Australian lawmakers will get another chance to get it right on marriage equality before the end of the year according to one of the most senior members of the Australian Government.

Australian Communications Minister and Liberal Member for Wentworth Malcolm Turnbull reportedly told a community forum on marriage equality on Thursday that he fully expects another vote on same-sex marriage in the Australian Parliament before the end of the year and that he and his colleagues will be given a conscience vote on the issue.

April 19, 2015

The Republican is not a supporter of marriage equality

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has been a guest at the wedding reception of a same-sex couple.

The likely candidate for a 2016 presidential run made the announcement last night, 18 April, after a speech in New Hampshire, an early primary state.

April 17, 2015

Fellow Republican Marco Rubio says 'of course' he would 

Rick Santorum has said he will never attend a gay wedding – even a loved one's.

The Republican presidential hopeful made the statement Thursday (16 April) on Hugh Hewitt's radio show.

'Would you, Rick Santorum, attend a same-sex wedding of a loved one or a family friend or anyone you were close to?' the host asked.

'No, I would not,' he replied.

'Because I don’t — as a person of my faith, that would be something that would be a violation of my faith.

April 13, 2015

Florida's Marco Rubio supported Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act and is against gay marriage

Marco Rubio, the US Senator from Florida with a solid anti-gay record, announced today he is running for president.

Rubio, 43, is a Republican trying to become the first-ever Cuban-American elected to The White House.

Rubio tells ABC News he is 'absolutely' the most qualified person to be president.

April 12, 2015

The Media Research Center and Family Research Council said more than 21,000 postcards have been sent and over 4,000 telephone calls have been made to get ABC to abandon the series

Anti-gay conservative groups are trying to get ABC to kill a new sitcom which features a teenage son who comes out as gay, and his family life.

The sitcom is said to be marginally based on the life of sex columnist and gay rights activist Dan Savage who is also an executive producer of the series, tentatively titled 'The Real O’Neals.'

Savage is the author of the wide known internationally syndicated 'Savage Love' relationship and sex advice column, and co-founder of the It Gets Better Project.

April 10, 2015

Two weeks after voting to allow same-sex couples to adopt in the state, the Florida House of Representatives has approved a bill that would allow private adoption agencies to reject them as potential parents on religious grounds

The Florida state House of Representatives has approved a bill that would allow private adoption agencies that have contracts with the state to discriminate against same-sex couples if the owner says they have a religious objection to them.

Representatives voted 75-38 in support of the bill with most of the votes against it coming from House Democrats.

Republicans say the bill is needed to protect religious adoption agencies from having to either go against their conscience or close down if another bill formally allowing same-sex couples to adopt becomes law.

April 10, 2015

Republican lawmakers in Washington state unsuccessfully tried to strip verbal counselling from a bill to ban attempts to change people’s sexuality on the grounds that it might harm free speech and patient-counselor confidentiality

Washington state Republicans say they are opposed to ‘treatments’ aimed at changing people from gay to straight if they involve physical interventions like making people take baths in freezing water but they draw a line when it comes to spoken ‘ex-gay’ therapies.

Republican members of the state House of Representatives unsuccessfully tried to strip a prohibition on verbal counseling from a Washington Senate bill to ban attempts to ‘cure’ people of their sexual orientation in the state.

April 8, 2015

National AIDS charity demands apology, calling the comment 'vulgar and defamatory'

Nicolas Sarkozy is being accused of making an offensive comment about a rival politician, claiming he is like AIDS and if you 'touch him, you die!'

The former president of France made the alleged comments about the leader of the Democratic Movement party François Bayrou.

As quoted by La Parisien, Sarkozy said: 'Bayrou is like AIDS...whoever touches him - dies!

Sarkozy, who is also the leader of the Union for a Popular Movement party, and his spokespeople have denied that he made this comment.

April 6, 2015

Former Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum says compelling a Christian baker to make a gay wedding cake against their will would be the equivalent of forcing a gay owned print shop to print signs for the Westboro Baptist Church

Former senator and 2012 Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has expressed his disappointment that so-called ‘religious liberties’ laws have either been amended to leave less room for discrimination against LGBTI people or have failed to become law in Indiana and Arkansas – saying discrimination because of one’s religious beliefs is a different category of discrimination compared to simple prejudice.