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May 27, 2015

Former Pennsylvania senator finished second to Mitt Romney in battle for party's nomination in 2012

Rick Santorum is giving it another try.

The former US Senator from Pennsylvania has officially thrown his hat into a crowded ring and will seek the Republican nomination for president.

Santorum, who finished second to Mitt Romney in 2012, is expected to confirm hios candidacy on Wednesday (27 May) in an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News.

May 27, 2015

India-based HR professionals labeled as ‘totally clueless’ and ‘insensitive’ to the situation faced by LGBT workers in the country

A new report from India has revealed that the vast majority of Indian businesses have yet to have embraced any form of LGBT diversity and inclusion practices.

Inclusion in India Inc. – Diversity, the core of our cultural fabric’ was produced by the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, in association with Biz Divas Foundation.

Biz Divas is an India-based organization that works specifically to promote female leadership in business and public life.

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 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 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 24, 2015

As president, Bush supported a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage

In 2013, former US President George W Bush asked to officiate the wedding of a lesbian couple.

According to the Washington Blade, the revelation appears in a Boston Globe article about Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush.

The Bush family have a compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. Jeb Bush is a patron of  HB Provisions, a general store owned by Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen.

May 23, 2015

See pictures from one of the first Prides of the year

Marchers in Birmingham Pride have taken a stand to protect UK’s Human Rights Act today (23 May).

The West Midlands English city has started the Pride season off with an incredible start, combining both protest and party.

Activists, trade unions and celebrants marched together in a statement to ensure UK law keeps people equal.

May 23, 2015

Supporters of equality turned out in their hundreds of thousands

Ireland has become the first country to pass marriage equality by public vote today (23 May).

Supporters of equality turned out in their hundreds of thousands to support their belief that gay couples have the right to wed.

Revealed moments ago, the official result saw 62.1% voting in support and only 37.9% were against.

Nearly all constituencies votes Yes; only Roscommon South Leitrim saw No win, with a small minority of 51.4% of voters casting their vote against marriage equality. 

May 23, 2015

In New Orleans, we believe religious liberty and freedoms should be protected and discrimination prohibited, and we have passed our own laws to reflect that principle'

Mitch Landrieu, the mayor of New Orleans, wants LGBTI residents, and visitors, to know the Big Easy continues to be a city that believes in diversity.

On 21 May, the Democrat signed an executive order describing New Orleans as 'an accepting, inviting city that thrives on its diversity and welcomes people from all walks of life with open arms.'

May 22, 2015

Probate judges must issue licenses to same-sex couples but ruling on hold until US Supreme Court rules on pending marriage cases

A federal judge has ordered all of Alabama's probate judges to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The ruling handed down by US District Court Judge Callie Granade on Thursday (21 May) will take effect when the US Supreme Court issues its decision - expected in late June - in several pending marriage equality cases in four states.

Granade's ruling came after four leading civil rights organizations requested the court expand the ruling in a Mobile County lawsuit to cover all same-sex couples and probate judges in all of the state’s 67 counties.

May 22, 2015

Former rugby pro turned independent senator Glenn Lazarus, AKA ‘The Brick With Eyes,’ has threatened to don the swimwear made famous by Borat if a popular vote on gay marriage were to fail in Australia

One of Australia’s most physically imposing lawmakers has pledged to walk all the way to Parliament House in Canberra wearing a mankini if his belief that Australian voters would back same-sex marriage in a popular vote proves to be wrong.

Independent Senator Glenn Lazarus, who earned the nickname ‘The Brick With Eyes’ during his sporting career due to his large frame, made the threat in an interview with ABC Radio in Brisbane in which he made his support for same-sex marriage public.

May 22, 2015

Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland strikes down last year's ruling allowing both men to be registered as fathers

Switzerland’s highest court has struck down a 2014 ruling allowing both partners in a gay relationship to be registered as the parents of their child.

Last year an administrative court in the canton of St Gallen ruled both men could be entered into the register as the boy’s parents.

Now the Swiss Federal Supreme Court returned a three to two verdict denying the men, who relied on a Californian surrogate to conceive and carry their child, to both be recognized as the child’s legal parents.

May 21, 2015

Robert Gates: Scouts can't 'ignore the social, political and juridicial changes taking place in our country'

Boy Scouts of America President Robert Gates said today that the organization can no longer ban openly gay adults.

Gates, a former US Secretary of Defense, said at the BSA's annual meeting in Atlanta: 'I must speak as plainly and bluntly to you as I spoke to presidents when I was Director of CIA and Secretary of Defense. We must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be. The status quo in our movement’s membership standards cannot be sustained.'

May 21, 2015

Experts are warning while the opinion polls look positive, the result will still be very close

Supporters of equality in Ireland are being urged to go and vote tomorrow as experts warn the referendum on same-sex marriage could still go either way.

Despite opinion polls largely showing strong support for the Yes vote, there are fears the 'silent opposition' will overpower the outcome.

In a recent poll by the Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI, it showed support for the Yes vote remains strong at 74% among a representative sample of 1,200 voters.

While clearly impressive, this is still six points down since the last poll in December.

May 20, 2015

Voting 'yes' in the upcoming marriage referendum on May 22 will not affect access to surrogacy, says Irish head of government

Voting in favour of same-sex marriage will not affect access to surrogacy in Ireland, Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirmed today.

In the final press conference for Fine Gael, the largest of the two political parties governing the country, Kenny admitted surrogacy laws need further clarification, although this remains a 'complicated area' requiring further consultation.

He is, however, committed to banning commercial surrogacy, whether or not a new law is passed.

May 20, 2015

Latest Gallup Poll shows 60% support for marriage equality - a 5% increase from a year ago

Support for same-sex marriage becoming legal across the US has reached an all-time high with 60% of Americans now in favor, according to a poll released on Tuesday (19 May).

The latest Gallup poll shows an increase of 5% in support from a year ago.

May 20, 2015

Host Chris Harrison says it's the audience who will dictate whether that ever happens

The latest season of the ABC reality franchise The Bachelor/The Bachelorette kicked off this week with 25 presumably heterosexual guys vying for the affections of one lucky lady.

The show's longtime host Chris Harrison has recently asked if the the show will ever feature an openly gay bachelor or bachelorette looking for same-sex love.

Harrison, who publicly supports same-sex marriage, says this would depend on the viewers and indicates that things would only change if ratings dropped.

May 19, 2015

'Since the child was gay, the abuse wasn’t as bad as if he weren’t'

An appeals court in Buenos Aires has reduced the sentence of a man convicted of abusing a 6-year-old boy because his victim is gay.

In a newly publicized 2014 ruling, judges Horacio Piombo and Benjamin Sal Llargues cut the prison sentence of Mario Tolosa, vice-president of a neighborhood soccer team, from six years to 38 months.

'Since the child was gay, the abuse wasn’t as bad as if he weren’t,' it read.

The judges reasoned that the boy had been previously abused by his father and was 'used to it.'

May 19, 2015

'If I liked her before, I like her now amazingly more'

Hillary Clinton Monday (18 May) visited the home of one of the first gay couples to marry in Iowa.

The Democratic presidential hopeful met more than 60 supporters at the Mason City house of Dean Genth and Gary Swenson, who got married on the first day the state legalized gay marriage in 2009.

Clinton has positioned herself as an LGBTI ally since she announced her presidential bid last month. Two gay couples appeared in her announcement video and days later she urged the Supreme Court to rule in favor of constitutional right for gay marriage.

May 18, 2015

Teen ‘tired of seeing the pain’ in moms’ eyes says it’s time for America to accept her parents’ relationship

A daughter who hopes to be maid of honor at her moms’ wedding took to the steps of the US Supreme Court last month to campaign in favour of same-sex marriage.

In an impassioned speech, 18-year-old Kinsey Morrison shared her views on behalf of the 6 million children of gay parents in the USA, in the hope that families like hers will become less invisible in the state of Kentucky.

May 18, 2015

US Supreme Court to rule on same-sex marriage next month

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg put special emphasis on the word 'constitution' while performing a marriage ceremony for two men in Washington DC over the weekend.

The wedding of Shakespeare Theater Company artistic director Michael Kahn and Charles Mitchem, who works at an architecture firm in New York, took place Sunday in Washington's Embassy Row neighborhood.

Ginsburg, who was performing her second same-sex ceremony, said that she was pronouncing the two men married by the powers vested in her 'by the Constitution of the United States.'

May 17, 2015

Perry is against marriage equality, open service in the military, and once compared being gay to alcoholism

Looks like the Republicans will have one more candidate for the 2016 presidential primary.

According to CNN, former Texas Governor Rick Perry will announce his 'intentions' next month.

If he runs, this will be Perry's second run at the White House. In 2012, his campaign was filled with errors and gaffes. He quickly dropped out of the primary after a poor showing.

One thing that has been clear in the conservative's political campaigns has been his anti-gay stances.

May 17, 2015

'It’s thousands of years of culture and history just being changed at warp speed. It’s hard to fathom why it is this way'

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is worried about the impact of same-sex marriage.

The potential 2016 presidential primary candidate was a guest on The Brody File, a Christian Broadcasting Network program.

According to the Washington Post, the Republican called traditional marriage 'a sacrament.'

May 17, 2015

'It's tough, members of the LGBT community face lots of discrimination in their lives, at work, at school... people are faced with violence in the streets'

Moscow police are holding 17 protestors after they attempted to release balloons in a IDAHOT celebration.

According to Reuters, approximately 50 people assembled today, 17 May, in a square outside a Moscow theater.

Before they could release balloons and a banner, crowd control police came up, in a bus, and pushed people in.