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May 21, 2015

University's response: 'That's not new'

A Christian college in Texas has banned gay athletes from dating and vocalizing support for same-sex marriage.

LeTourneau University (LETU) in Longview recently updated its student-athlete handbook, which bears the National Collegiate Athletic Association logo.

'Consistent with our desire to celebrate and model a Scriptural approach to sexuality;, the University prohibits same-sex dating behaviors and public advocacy for the position that sex outside of a biblically-defined marriage is morally acceptable,' it now reads.

May 20, 2015

Enough is enough after fifth gay sex shop opens on five-block stretch of Eighth Avenue, New York

Gay parents in New York City are campaigning against the opening of multiple sex shops in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.

Known for its large gay population and its liberal values, Chelsea now has five sex shops within a five-block stretch of Eighth Avenue, prompting 125 residents to sign a letter of opposition.

May 19, 2015

Israel’s armed forces have given gay and lesbian parents more options for when they are called to serve so that both parents are not deployed away from their children at the same time

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has updated its regulations to accommodate the family needs of reservists who are in same-sex relationships in the same way they do those in opposite-sex relationships.

All Israelis are supposed to do compulsory military service but until now only reservists in opposite-sex relationships have been able to apply to postpone their service if both members of the couple are asked to deploy militarily at the same time.

May 18, 2015

Herman Kelly, a communications director at the eurosceptic group Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy – who works largely with UKIP MEPs and Nigel Farage – posts anti-gay parenting rant on Twitter

Director of Amnesty International Ireland Colm O’Gorman was embroiled in a vitriolic Twitter spat with Director of Communications for EFDD Group (Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy) Hermann Kelly this evening, as Kelly posted a series of anti-gay parenting messages.

The EFDD is a Eurosceptic grouping within the European Parliament. Just under half of its 47 members are UKIP MEPs, and its co-President is Nigel Farage.

May 17, 2015

94 out of 100 delegates at the United Protestant Church of France’ synod voted for vicars to be allowed to bless same-sex marriages but dissenters will not be forced to do so against their will

The largest Protestant Christian denomination in France has approved church blessings for same-sex couples when they marry just two years to the month after France legalized same-sex marriage.

The United Protestant Church of France is the fourth largest religious denomination in France after Catholicism, Islam and Judaism and the largest group representing Protestants and has around 400,000 members.

May 16, 2015

Bishop Juan Vicente Cordoba of Fontibon, Colombia has suggested that one of Jesus’ inner circle could have been gay or lesbian in making a ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’ case against gay marriage

A Colombian Catholic bishop has said that having same-sex attraction is not in itself a sin and suggested that Jesus would have been happy to have been close to someone who was gay or lesbian.

'No one chooses to be gay or straight,’ Bishop Vicente Cordoba said Thursday at a conference on same-sex marriage and adoption at the University of Los Andes.

‘One simply feels, loves, experiments, is attracted, and no attraction is bad.’

May 13, 2015

Caroline Dinenage may have voted against it, but she says she'll help to progress LGBTI rights in her new role

Prime Minister David Cameron has appointed a Minister for Equalities that has voted against same-sex marriage.

Caroline Dinenage, the Conservative MP for Gosport in South Hampshire, was promoted to minister at the Ministry of Justice as well as a Minister for Equalities at the Department for Education.

During the same-sex marriage debate back in 2013, she was one of the 175 politicians that voted to keep gay couples unequal in the eyes of the law.

May 13, 2015

Only around 60% of Turks now say gay and lesbian relationships are unacceptable according to new research by the Gender and Women's Studies Research Center of Kadir Has University

Acceptance of same-sex relationships in Turkey are at a record high in the majority Muslim nation, according to new research.

The Gender and Women's Studies Research Center at Kadir Has University in Istanbul surveyed a thousand people across 26 cities on a range of issues and found that attitudes towards women’s rights and LGBTI rights are steadily improving.

Only around 6-out-of-10 of those surveyed said that same-sex relationships were unacceptable.

May 6, 2015

Mother who broke surrogacy agreement used 'offensive language' in court

A baby girl in the United Kingdom is going to live with her father and his boyfriend after her mother supposedly broke a surrogacy deal.

The ruling is supposed to settle a fight between the parents over the agreement; while the girl’s biological father said the mother agreed to be a surrogate for him and his partner, she argued the men had agreed for her to be the main parent.

‘The pregnancy was contrived with the aim of a same-sex couple having a child to form a family assisted by a friend,’ Ms Justice Russell said.

May 3, 2015

New study finds it’s ‘misplaced’ to focus on whether children of same-sex parents are negatively impacted by their family structure

Children of same-sex parents are getting more one-on-one time with their parents than children with different-sex parents, according to a new study published in the June issue of Demography.

April 30, 2015

'Notorious RBG' destroys every argument put forward against gay marriage

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had the perfect response to every argument against gay marriage put forward at the Supreme Court on Tuesday (28 April).

The 82-year-old justice has become a liberal champion for her support of gay marriage and has been dubbed the 'notorious RBG' by younger fans.

First, Ginsburg promptly shut down the argument that the court does not have legal right to change a 'millennia' of tradition.

April 29, 2015

Is this about antique morality or thinly disguised hatred of LGBTI people? Jane Fae asks the big question to Britain's far-right party

Let’s get this straight (if that is not, given the subject, too unfortunate a turn of phrase!). UKIP has produced a manifesto that would give workers with traditional views on sex and marriage the right to refuse to carry out tasks which they believe would amount to condoning same-sex unions.

This, they claim, is no more than standing up for traditional Christian values. Alongside Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (the DUP) – likewise not renowned for embracing diversity – they are enthusiastically endorsing 'muscular Christianity'.

April 28, 2015

Lesbian partner of woman who gave birth to twins recognized as second mother at birth

The partner of a woman who gave birth to twins was automatically recognized at birth as the babies' mother, in a landmark ruling in Tel Aviv, Israel this week.

Before the children’s birth, the couple, who have been together for nine years, filed a petition to recognize the non-birth mother as a parent, to speed up the official process of adoption.

The usual process would involve going through the complicated legal adoption process after the birth of the child - often taking months or even years to complete.

April 24, 2015

'I was not attacking the homosexual community, I was attacking their campaign for marriage, which is seeking an end to traditional marriage'

Northern Ireland's Health Minister Jim Wells has apologised for saying gay couples are more likely to abuse children.

Speaking at a South Down hustings event last night (23 April) the DUP minister said gay couples were more likely to be in 'unstable relationships'.

Social media erupted, with opposition party Ulster Unionists issuing a statement describing the comments as 'absolutely appalling' and 'totally wrong'.

April 15, 2015

UK fashion brand Matalan are celebrating families in all genders, colors and sizes with a new ad campaign

A childless gay couple, two lesbian parents and their children, and a straight couple with their cat are some of the stars of a new advertising campaign showcasing the modern family in Britain.

The campaign, created by fashion brand Matalan, celebrates the shift from the 'traditional' family of a husband, wife, and 2.4 children, to the wonderfully diverse combinations in modern arrangements today - often including step-parents, in-laws, partners, and pets.

April 14, 2015

They argue recognizing same-sex unions would 'demean' their marriages

A group calling themselves 'same-sex attracted men and their wives' has filed an amicus brief urging the US Supreme Court not to recognize gay marriage because doing so would devalue their relationships with women.

The group's members claim to have never attended 'reparative therapy' or ministries. Instead, they fully accept their same-sex attractions but 'attest that their attractions do not dictate their relationships.'

April 1, 2015

Family who own restaurant says they now have the right to refuse service

The family behind an Indiana pizzeria has said the new law allows them to refuse service to gay couples.

Crystal O'Connor, whose family owns Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, said their Christian beliefs mean they will not cater a same-sex couple's wedding.

'If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide them pizzas for a wedding, we would have to say no,' O'Connor told WBND.

'That's a lifestyle that you choose,' Kevin O'Connor, her father, added.

April 1, 2015

The National Black Church Initiative coalition of churches have declared that Presbyterians are effectively no longer Christians and have lost ‘Christ’s saving grace’ for allowing gays and lesbians to have church weddings

A coalition of conservative African American churches from 15 denominations claiming congregants numbering almost 16 million have declared they are no longer in Christian fellowship with Presbyterians over that church’s acceptance of same-sex marriage – and they ‘urge the entire [of] Christendom to do so as well.’

March 30, 2015

Faith-based adoption agencies should be able to refuse to place a child in the care of same-sex couples, according to Australian Christian Lobby

Adoption agencies are at risk of closure unless they are allowed to show preferential treatment to heterosexual families, an Australian religious pressure group warns.

In a submission to the government in Victoria, the Australian Christian Lobby are looking to introduce a 'religious exemption' clause, that would give faith-based agencies the right to choose which couples can and cannot adopt children, according to the beliefs of the agency.

March 21, 2015

Calling for a calm and respectful discussion, he said the language used in the correspondence he had received from those who oppose gay marriage was 'obnoxious, insulting and unchristian in regard to gay and lesbian people'

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has called for a calm and respectful discussion before an upcoming referendum vote on same-sex marriage in May.

In an address on Thursday night, Dr Martin said he had received correspondence from people who supported a 'No' vote and hit out at those who had used language that was 'not just intemperate but obnoxious, insulting and unchristian in regard to gay and lesbian people.'

March 20, 2015

Historic city's first LGBTI group talks to Gay Star News about Asia's young LGBTI movement

Macau tops the world in terms of GDP but on many social issues the city is still very backward, says Anthony Lam, the co-founder of the city's first LGBTI group.

The director-general of Rainbow of Macau said that he views the progress of LGBTI rights as an index of how internationalized the former Portuguese colony actually is.

Right now, the fight for LGBTI rights centers around the Domestic Violence Bill, and is one of the reasons why Rainbow was founded two years ago.

March 17, 2015

It will be held outside D&G's flagship store in the UK capital

London gay activists are calling for others to join them in their protest against Dolce and Gabbana and their comments against gay couples with children.

The gay fashion duo said the only family they believed in was a 'traditional' one, with a mother and a father.

This prompted a huge backlash, led by Elton John and supported by numerous celebrities.

The Peter Tatchell Foundation and LGBT Out and Proud Diamond Group believes Dolce and Gabbana are 'siding' with the Vatican.

March 9, 2015

Original couple Joke and Art proposed to Bell while he was in hospital

Meet the three men who became the world's first gay married 'throuple' last month.

Joke, 29, Bell, 21 and Art, 26, exchanged vows in a traditional water-pouring ceremony on Valentine's Day at their home in Uthai Thani province, Thailand, and became internet sensations in the southeast Asian country after photos from their wedding shoot went viral.

March 5, 2015

Australia, USA and Israel among countries asked to clarify rights of traveling British wedded same sex couples
 

British married gay couples hoping to travel will soon know their rights abroad in more than 70 countries, following a request from the UK government.

Equalities minister Jo Swinson has requested that countries including Australia, Israel and the US make clear how safe it is for married gay tourists.

More than 70 government authorities have been questioned to clarify the rights of gay people while working, travelling or living abroad- which has been a grey area.