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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 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

'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).

August 15, 2014

C1 Financial has become the first publicly traded American bank to have an openly gay man to head the company in CEO Trevor Burgess

Florida based bank C1 Financial became the first publicly listed bank in the United States to have an openly gay CEO when its stock became available to trade on Thursday.

C1 Financial CEO Trevor Burgess had to disclose his husband owns shares in the bank in filing the paper work necessary for its shares to be made publicly listed – something that he would not had to have done prior to the Supreme Court’s striking down of the federal Defense Of Marriage Act last year.

August 14, 2014

Travel company Hotwire has produced a sweet and matter-of-fact video advert featuring a couple of same-sex parents

When campaigning group One Million Moms makes a complaint about a company it’s usually because that company – in the eyes of many LGBTI people – is doing something right.

The latest organisation to draws its ire is travel brand Hotwire. Its crime? It’s produced an advertising video featuring a real-life couple of gay dads.

August 13, 2014

High court intervention last resort after appeals court denies delay in ruling that struck down marriage ban

A federal appeals court on Wednesday (13 August) refused to delay its ruling that struck down Virginia's gay marriage ban earlier this year.

This means that barring the granting of an emergency delay by the US Supreme Court, same-sex couples might start getting married in the state as early as next week.

'No one anticipated we would be this close this quickly to the day when all Virginians have the right to marry the person they love,' Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said in a statement.

August 12, 2014

For the fifth year in a row, LGBTI Nepalese have appropriated the traditional Hindu festival of Gaijatra to demand that their government grants them the equality ordered by the country’s courts

Nepal’s LGBTI community took to the streets for the fifth year in a row on Monday to take part in the traditional Hindu festival of Gaijatra, or Festival of Cows.

Gaijatra is a traditional time when Nepalese people dress up, wearing flamboyant costumes to remember those who have died in the past year, and traditionally many people have cross-dressed for the festival.

Participants gathered for a march organized by LGBTI rights group the Blue Diamond Society at Basantapur, Kathmandu to toot horns and ring chimes in a colourful and noisy display.

August 12, 2014

A Tennessee county judge has ruled that the US constitution does not protect same-sex couples’ right to marry in the first legal loss of its kind since the US Supreme Court overturned the federal Defense Of Marriage Act

Roane County Tennessee Circuit Judge Russell E Simmons Jr has declared his state’s ban on same-sex marriage to be constitutional, bucking the nation-wide legal trend on the issue.

Simmons had been hearing the case of Fredrick Michael Borman and Larry Kevin Pyles-Borman, a same-sex couple who had married in Iowa in 2010 and were seeking to have that marriage recognized in their home state of Tennessee.

August 12, 2014

Appearing to come back from the US with a change of heart, the Ugandan president has urged MPs to think of international relations before bringing back the anti-gay law

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has urged lawmakers to not ‘rush’ bringing back the Anti-Homosexuality Act.

Parliament is desperate to recover after the humiliating loss at the Constitutional Court last week when it nullified the anti-gay law due to lack of quorum.

With Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and over 200 MPs vowing to bring back the law as quickly as possible, the president is advising caution.

After flying back from a visit to see President Barack Obama at the White House, Museveni told MPs the law was not a priority for the country’s development.

August 10, 2014

'It is time to discard these discriminatory bans and to recognize the humanity, dignity, and rights of gay and lesbian Americans seeking to forge life-long bonds'

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is asking the US Supreme Court to review a lower court's decision on his state's marriage ban.

Last month the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit ruled the southern state's marriage equality prohibition is unconstitutional.

On 8 August Herring, a marriage equality supporter, filed a writ of certiorari petition to the country's highest court.

August 9, 2014

The Christian activist admitted to creating a fake organization and website to dupe parade organizers and Trojan condoms to get condom sponsorship

Bill Whatcott, who was found guilty by the Supreme Court of Canada last year of promoting hatred against gays and lesbians by distributing hateful pamphlets, boasted that his marching in the Vancouver Pride Parade last weekend to be 'unorthodox evangelism.'

Whatcott, who is the executive director of anti-gay group Christian Truth Activists, applied to march in the parade using a pseudonym and a fake society called the Calgary Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster alongside four other evangelical Christians.

August 9, 2014

Proposed legislative change is the latest move in the country’s clampdown on LGBTI rights

Indian’s Union Government has moved to stop same-sex couples from adopting children. The decision was taken while the federal cabinet reviewed amendments on Wednesday (6 Aug) to the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000.

Although LGBT single people are not currently banned from adopting, campaigners in the country now fear that the ban on same-sex couples could be extended to single LGBT people too.

August 8, 2014

14 lesbians and four gay men submitted an appeal to Congress demanding not just marriage equality, but adoption, social security and all the rights that heterosexuals enjoy with marriage

A group of 18 gay and lesbian Mexicans are stepping up the fight for gay marriage in Baja California Sur, bordered by the northern state of Baja California.

According to BCS Noticias, the group this week submitted an appeal to the Judicial Power of the Federation (PJF) urging Congress and the governor Marcos Covarrubias Villaseñor to change articles 330 and 150 of the Baja California civil code to allow same-sex marriages in the state.

August 8, 2014

The former actor had the first gay kiss in a British soap, co-founded Stonewall and went on to be an MEP campaigning for LGBTI rights

Michael Cashman will join the UK's House of Lords, it was announced today. It is believed his new title will be Lord Cashman of Limehouse.

The openly gay former actor is famous for the moment when his character, Colin, had the first gay kiss in a British soap opera, EastEnders.

He was one of the co-founder of Stonewall, along with fellow actor Sir Ian McKellen, and went on to be a Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands of England.

As an MEP he was president of the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights.

August 8, 2014

Ahead of a secret gay pride celebration in Uganda, lawmakers refuse to let the Anti-Homosexuality Act die and push the case to the Supreme Court

Uganda’s attorney general will appeal the Constitutional Court’s decision last week to nullify the country’s anti-gay law.

Even though the Constitutional Court agreed with gay rights activists that parliament did not follow the proper procedure when passing the anti-Homosexuality Act, the attorney general has pushed for the Constitutional Court to revisit its latest decision.

August 7, 2014

Lawmakers are determined to reinstate one of the most draconian laws in the world

Uganda’s anti-gay law could be returning as soon as next week.

A group of lawmakers have announced they will call for a motion, to reinstate the law, be passed in parliament on Tuesday (12 August).

The 165 members of parliament who have signed the petition are hoping a swift vote will undo a ruling last week by Uganda’s Constitutional Court that invalidated the Anti-Homosexuality Act.

August 6, 2014

San Francisco’s Tom Ammiano explains why he has drafted his ‘Modern Family Act’, and how it might benefit those – LGBT or heterosexual – who are already parents or planning for children in the future

Later this month, lawmakers in California are expected to vote on updating family laws in order to reflect the evolving nature and diversity of modern families.

Following the legalisation of gay marriage in California last year, and following some high-profile legal disputes involving parental rights, State Assembly member Tom Ammiano – a Democrat for the 17th District, San Francisco – has drafted what has been dubbed the ‘Modern Family Act’.

August 6, 2014

Site describes actor's relationship with Scott Haze as 'somewhat ambiguous, seemingly gay, probably romantic'

Are James Franco and actor Scott Haze, who Franco directed in the new film Child of God, more than best buddies?

Gawker decided to come to its own conclusion by reading between the lines of a recent New York Times article on Franco.

August 6, 2014

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Ohio will rule on cases in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee

A three-judge panel of the US Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati heard oral arguments Wednesday (6 August) in six cases challenges gay marriage bans in four different states.

The judges will be deciding whether to uphold rulings by various federal judges in lower courts who ruled that the marriage bans in Michigan, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio are unconstitutional.

The Court heard the Michigan case first, followed by two Ohio cases, then two Kentucky cases, and finally the Tennessee case.

Rulings are not expected for a few more weeks.

August 6, 2014

Utah’s ban on same-sex marriage will be decided by the US Supreme Court in only the second gay marriage case to be brought before it and the court could potentially decide the issue for all of America

The Utah state government has asked the Supreme Court of the United States to hear an appeal to a ruling striking down that state’s ban on same-sex marriage in a case that could potentially settle the issue once and for all.

The US Supreme Court has not heard a case involving same-sex marriage since it struck down California’s ban on same-sex marriage.

The Supreme Court could have ruled that same-sex marriage was legal throughout all 50 states in the California case but declined to do so. However this Utah case now gives it another opportunity.

August 6, 2014

Gay activists have said they are 'betrayed' by Obama inviting the Ugandan president to a summit at the White House

Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni has met with President Barack Obama days after the repeal of the anti-gay law.

The first sitting US president to back equal marriage and the First Lady posed for a picture with the man that agrees homosexuality is an ‘abomination’.

The White House was holding a dinner yesterday with heads of state from Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya among others to discuss strengthening the US’ ties with Africa.

August 3, 2014

The UNDP, which is known to be a supporter of LGBT rights worldwide, had provided funding for the original two committees that drafted the codes but did not monitor their outcome, Sunil Pant, Nepal's first openly gay politician, tells Gay Star News

It’s a dramatic reversal for a country whose Supreme Court ruled in 2007 to ensure broad protections for LGBTI people and whose government was looking into legalizing same-sex marriage after a Supreme Court decision in 2008.

Today, the LGBTI community faces fresh opposition as the law ministry under law and justice minister Narahari Acharya of the ruling Nepali Congress is seeking to enact punitive laws to recriminalize gay sex, Sunil Pant, the country's first openly gay politician and former member of parliament, told Gay Star News in an email.