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March 20, 2013

Kostroma regional court made a landmark ruling saying that gay pride events were previously illegally banned by the authorities

Press Secretary of the Kostroma Oblast Court Julia Medvedeva announced the court ruled illegal a ban on gay pride marches in the region and on two rallies against the local law prohibiting propaganda of homosexuality among minors.

‘The Civil Chamber of Kostroma Regional Court granted the appeal of Moscow Pride and events founder Nikolai Alekseev against the decision of Sverdlovsk District Court’, said Medvedeva today (20 March).

March 4, 2013

Jane Fae argues the Catholic leadership’s failure to deal with their problems is killing her faith and could be suicidal for the church itself

Does the Catholic Church have a death wish? I hope not, because that would mean it was suicidal and, of course, suicide is the worst of all sins, it being, by definition, the only one for which there is no chance of seeking forgiveness after.

January 1, 2013

Several gay and lesbian couples celebrated the arrival of the New Year with marriage across the state of Maryland

Seven gay couples were married on the New Year’s first moments, in Maryland, with thousands of same-sex couples to follow, after the state legalized gay marriage.

The couples were pronounced lawfully married at half past midnight during a ceremony on New Year's Day (1 January 2013) in Baltimore's City Hall, the state's largest city.

Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake officiated at the wedding of the first of the couples, 68-year-old James Scales and 60-year-old William Tasker.

The couple have been together for 35 years.

October 26, 2012

US President Barack Obama has backed moves to legalize same-sex marriage in three states deciding ballot initiatives on the issue at elections in November

The Obama campaign released statements in support of ballot measures on same-sex marriage in Maine, Maryland and Washington state on Thursday.

If any of the initiatives are approved it will be the first time that same-sex marriage has been legalized through a popular vote in the US.

Voters in 32 states have voted on the issue up until now, with all of those voting against same-sex marriage.

Northeast Regional Press Secretary for the Obama campaign Michael Czin released a statement in which he outlined the President’s support for the Maine initiative.

August 3, 2012

Gay activist Nikolai Alekseev says protests against Russia’s largest social network, VKontakte, will change little while much of the country remains homophobic

Russian social network VKontakte has sparked fury after it banned a user from stating he was in a gay relationship.

A male user known only as Oleg allegedly wrote to the network's administrators for help after being unable to select the ‘boyfriend’ option under his relationship status.

However, Oleg was outraged after the website refused to help him change his status.

While the website’s response have sparked anger from many in Russia’s LGBT community, gay rights activist Nikolai Alekseev says protests against the decision will have little impact.

May 9, 2012

Many believe he is seeking to remain neutral on issue after presidential election i

President Barack Obama's official stance that he is still 'evolving' on the issue of gay marriage continued to be scrutinized on Tuesday (8 May).

For the second day in a row, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney faced questions about the president's position which is being increasingly focused on following Vice President Joe Biden's public support of marriage equality this week.

March 21, 2012

Says make-up of Supreme Court may impact ability to 'love whomever we choose'

While campaigning for her husband in New York City, First Lady Michelle Obama twice reminded people that it is the president who makes appointments to the US Supreme Court and that those appointments could impact gay marriage.

At an event hosted by actor Robert De Niro on Monday (19 March), the First Lady said: 'Let us not forget what [the Supreme Court's] decisions - the impact those decisions will have on our lives for decades to come - on our privacy and security, on whether we can speak freely, worship openly, and, yes, love whomever we choose.'

March 3, 2012

Despite appeals by Amnesty, journalists and diplomats, Tunisia's Human Rights minister stands by his words that gays are sick and their freedom of expression should be limited

Tunisia's minister for human rights Samir Dilou is sticking by the homophobic statement he made on celebrity host Samir Wafi’s TV talkshow on 4 February despite domestic and international pressure.

January 21, 2012

No reported changes in Obama's 'evolution' on gay marriage

Jay Carney, the White House Press Secretary, was asked if President Barack Obama would be discussing his 'evolution' on gay marriage in the upcoming State of the Union address.

As reported by Think Progress, Carney fielded two questions about marriage rights. The first reporter asked what books the president might be reading on the topic.