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December 18, 2014

Some of Australia’s leading politicians, including Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s sister Christine Forster, have offered to have lunch with donors to a campaign to raise $50,000 for Australian Marriage Equality

Leading Australian political figures are offering to get up close and personal with members of the public as part of a campaign to raise $50,000 for the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia.

The fundraising campaign is being run by the group Australian Marriage Equality and has already raised $33,000 of a goal of $50,000 through crowdfunding website Pozible.

December 16, 2014

Over two thirds of Irish people support same-sex marriage

Ireland has set a month for a referendum on marriage equality.

Groups both for and against same-sex marriage will rally as they prepare for the public vote in early May 2015. No specific date has been announced as of yet.

The issue was discussed today by Ministers at their final meeting before Christmas.

It comes as Scottish gay couples are finally able to get married today, following England and Wales earlier this year. There are currently no plans for Northern Ireland to pass same-sex marriage.

December 16, 2014

She is among the 80 lawmakers demanding ban be replaced with a policy based on individual risk factors

A coalition of federal lawmakers called on the US government to end its lifetime ban on gay men donating blood.

The letter to the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) was led by the first openly gay US senator - Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin - as well as fellow Senate Democrats Tom Harkin of Iowa and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Democratic members of the US House of Representatives Barbara Lee of California and Mike Quigley of Illinois.

December 12, 2014

'I’ve always felt the correct retort to “It’s a choice” is “Prove it. Suck my dick'"

Controversial sex columnist Dan Savage has never been one to sugarcoat his words and that was the case in a new interview in which he told Republican Mike Huckabee to 'suck my dick.'

In the interview published today in Playboy magazine, the LGBTI activist laid into others in the media who offer sex advice.

'Dr Laura is a vile piece of shit,' he said.

What about Dr Phil?

December 11, 2014

Andrew Barr says he will campaign to marry his partner of 15 years

Andrew Barr today became the first gay government leader after he was sworn in as chief minister of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

He won yesterday's leadership ballot unopposed after the incumbent leader quit last week and said he would use his position to advocate for gay marriage.

During his emotional acceptance speech at the ACT legislative assembly, the Labor politician turned to his partner in the gallery and said, 'Anthony, I love you.

'I look forward to the day when we can legally marry in this country.'

December 11, 2014

Lesbian Queen of Shops to choose Britain’s LGBTI business stars

Mary Portas – known in Britain as the Queen of Shops – is joining the judging panel to choose the top 50 most influential LGBTI people in business.

Openly lesbian, Portas is best-known for her work on the Channel 4 show Secret Shopper.

She joins the Out at Work Top 50 judging panel, led by diversity and inclusion expert Linda Riley, Labour peer Michael Cashman and Lord Guy Black of the Daily Telegraph Group.

December 11, 2014

But will PM David Cameron listen?

Prime Minister David Cameron is facing further divides in his Conservative party over the legalisation of same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

Anti-gay backbenchers have said in a letter they are 'alienated' Tories have little chance of winning the next General Election in May 2015.

The letter has been sent as dozens of gay couples have already this week converted their civil partnerships to marriages under the new UK government laws.

December 10, 2014

'There's a lot of homosexuals in mixed martial arts who haven't yet come out'

Brazilian mixed martial arts legend Anderson Silva has addressed rumors surrounding his sexuality and said there are many gay men in the sport.

The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title-holder told Trip magazine a lot of people had asked him about his sexuality and teased him for his tidiness and good personal hygiene.

He said he answers, 'Look, not to my knowledge. But, I'm still young, it could be that in the future I'll find out that I'm gay.'

December 10, 2014

'I'm running for parliament to represent disabled and transgender people'

Emily Brothers yesterday (9 December) came out as one of the first transgender politicians to run for the UK parliament.

The Labour candidate for Sutton and Cheam lost her sight to glaucoma as a child and is a long-time disability rights campaigner.

'I have today spoken publicly about my transgender background and hope that in some way this helps contribute to better understanding of diversity,' she wrote on her website.

Party leader Ed Miliband said he was 'so proud to have Emily Brothers as a Labour candidate.'

December 6, 2014

State Republican leaders eventually plan to take their appeal to the state Supreme Court

Republican lawmakers in Missouri plan to appeal a judge's ruling requiring the US state to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

According to The Kansas Star, Senate President Pro Tem Tom Dempsey and House Speaker Tim Jones filed a motion on 3 December. The hope is to eventually take the case to the state Supreme Court.

December 3, 2014

The 10th Circuit appeals court has rebuffed the latest attempt by the state of Kansas to stop gay people from getting hitched

Kansas remains one of the US states where battles continue to be waged over same-sex marriage.

The US Supreme Court announced in early October that it declined to review pending same-sex marriage bans in several US states.

This paved the way for same-sex marriage in states such as Virginia and Wisconsin, among others, and sent out a clear signal to lawmakers elsewhere that should they continue to fight same-sex marriage in the courts, they would ultimately be disappointed should they get to the Supreme Court.

December 2, 2014

And what are the party’s real LGBTI policies?

A series of spoof Twitter accounts have been used to discredit British political party, UKIP, and make them seem even more homophobic.

That is the core of an angry claim from UKIP today (2 December).

It comes after an account claiming to be their official Twitter voice published tweets attacking equal marriage and suggesting World AIDS Day was a good reason for tightening border controls.

December 2, 2014

Prime Minister Tony Abbott backs away from his election promise to allow a conscience vote on marriage equality

An Australian senator yesterday threatened to block legislation if the prime minister breaks his election promise to allow a conscience vote on gay marriage.

Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm introduced a private bill to legalize gay marriage in parliament last week.

December 1, 2014

Gay rights campaigner Robert Biedron has pledged to ditch the limos and ride a bike

Poland has made history by electing the country's first openly gay mayor.

Voters in the Eastern European country, which is 90% Roman Catholic, showed their support behind LGBTI campaigner Robert Biedron.

The 38-year-old, a member of maverick MP Janusz Palikot’s ultra-liberal ‘Your Movement’, won the mayoral elections in Slupsk, northern Poland, today (1 December).

He secured 57% of the vote, beating the ruling Civic Playform candidate Zbigniew Zonwinski.

December 1, 2014

See what the gay blood donation situation is like in countries across the world

November 29, 2014

Fr Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin, likens gay relationships to ‘sexual friendships’, and says that although he is in favor of inheritance and visitation rights for long-term couples, is against same-sex marriage or adoption rights

With Ireland set to hold a referendum on the issue of same-sex marriage in early 2015, an increasing number of its religious leaders are weighing in on the debate.

The latest is the recently appointed Bishop of Elphin, Fr Kevin Doran – one of the country’s most senior Roman Catholic bishops.

November 28, 2014

The BBC presenter has told the Evening Standard newspaper of a late-night encounter with a London black cab driver who wanted to offer him more than a lift home

The newspaper approached several London figures in the wake of an incident this week when a politician was recorded swearing and arguing with a taxi driver.

Former Conservative cabinet minister David Mellor swore at the driver when they argued over the quickest route from Marylebone High Street to St Katherine’s Docks, East London. He has since said that he regretted losing his temper.

The Evening Standard asked celebrities about their most memorable rides in London taxis.

November 28, 2014

Finnish MPs are expected to vote on whether to allow same-sex couples to marry later today and a majority of their party leaders support the reform

Finland may become the last of the Nordic countries to legalize same-sex marriage when MPs sit in parliament today.

Parliament debated the issue yesterday despite the parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee recommending that the bill be rejected.

A majority on the committee were concerned that allowing Finns to enter into same-sex marriages might make it harder for Finnish parents to adopt children from abroad, particularly from neighboring Russia.

November 26, 2014

'I think people ought to have the freedom to choose their own life path'

Australian Senator David Leyonhjelm today (26 November) introduced his long-awaited gay marriage bill in parliament.

The straight Liberal Democrat told the upper house that he supported gay marriage 'because I think people ought to have the freedom to choose their own life path.'

'To most people, marriage equality means the right to get married irrespective of gender or sexual preference,' he said.

'But it is much more than that; it is the right to live your life as you choose and not have the government impose a particular view on you.'

November 21, 2014

City government is mulling an anti-gay hate law

The Seoul Municipal Government (SMG) yesterday (20 November) was forced to postpone a hearing on gay rights after 200 Christian protesters stormed city hall.

The hearing was called to gather opinions for the drafting of a Charter of Human Rights for Citizens in Seoul.

However, experts are divided on whether the law should include a ban on discrimination against LGBTI people.

November 20, 2014

Liberal MP Don Harwin says the hardships he had endured as a gay man gave him the determination to pursue a career in politics

A senior Australian politician publicly came out as gay today (20 November) in an emotional speech to New South Wales state parliament.

Liberal MP Don Harwin, 50, said the hardships he had endured as a gay man gave him the determination to pursue a career in politics during the last parliamentary session of the year.

'Life is so different for [young LGBTI people today] than it was for me,' the Sydney Morning Herald quoted him as saying.

November 18, 2014

Raymond Burke was head of the Vatican's supreme court until last month

Cardinal Raymond Burke has said he would refuse communion to lawmakers who voted for gay marriage, as he did with pro-choice legislators in his native US.

The prelate made the comments on Saturday (15 November) at a Catholic conference on the family in Limerick, Ireland.

Burke refused to comment on his recent demotion and Ireland's upcoming referendum on gay marriage, but said he would have 'issues giving holy communion' to lawmakers who voted in favour of gay marriage.

November 16, 2014

Same-sex marriage is a controversial issue in predominantly Catholic France and has drawn hundreds of thousands of protesters onto the streets

In what is said to be his strongest comment on the issue, former French president Nicolas Sarkozy on Saturday called for the country's same-sex marriage laws to be scrapped.

November 15, 2014

Rep. Patricia Todd wants to name her bill 'Tim Cook Economic Development Act' which will ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation for state employees

Alabama's first openly gay lawmaker Rep. Patricia Todd has announced the 'Tim Cook Economic Development Act', a bill which will ban workplace discrimination against gay and lesbian state employees.

Cook, who came out publicly last month, is the first CEO of a Fortune 500 company to do so.