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December 11, 2014

''The circuit courts of appeal are split as to whether a law restricting what counselors or health-care providers may say and what clients or patients may hear in the privacy of the counselor-client or doctor-patient relationship is speech protected by the First Amendment'

Conversion therapy advocates are taking the battle to the US Supreme Court.

Lawyers for two counselors, the National Association for Research and Therapy of Homosexuality, and the American Association of Christian Counselors filed a petition requesting the highest court to review New Jersey's 'ex-gay' therapy ban for minors.

December 8, 2014

The Catholic Bishops of Northern Ireland say they can no longer support the agency now that it’s ‘legally obliged’ to allow same-sex couples to adopt

The Catholic Church has announced that it is ending its relationship with an adoption service in Northern Ireland following changes in legislation that mean the service must accept applications from unmarried and same-sex couples as potential adoptive parents.

The agency in question is The Family Care Society NI. The agency was originally founded by the Church and has offices in Belfast.

December 5, 2014

RIP Nazim Mahmood

A British gay doctor killed himself days after coming out to his mother, in which she responded by telling him to seek a 'cure' for his 'illness'. 

Dr Nazim Mahmood committed suicide by jumping naked from his luxury penthouse London apartment balcony and falling four storeys to the ground on 30 July.

St Pancras Coroners' Court heard how the 34-year-old doctor told his mother he was in a 13-year relationship with a man, his fiancé Matthew Ogston, just days before his death.

December 2, 2014

Sex videos and humiliating 'tests' infringe on human dignity

Europe's top court has ruled gay refugees should not have to undergo 'tests' or to sacrifice their dignity to prove it.

This ruling from the European Court of Justice will apply to all EU member states, saying they all must respect human dignity.

It comes after three men, including a Ugandan, was refused asylum in the Netherlands after a Dutch court said they had not proved their sexuality.

Some countries have been condemned for asking refugees inappropriate questions, or accepting indecent pictures or film as 'evidence' for their case.

November 26, 2014

'The court concludes that Mississippi’s same-sex marriage ban deprives same-sex couples and their children of equal dignity under the law'

Another barrier has been swept away. At least for now.

Today, 25 November, US District Court Judge Carlton W. Reeves ruled against Mississippi's amendment banning same-sex marriage.

November 24, 2014

Richard Perrins is part of the team of specialists at fertility and family law firm Natalie Gamble Associates. He explores issues around known donation and co-parenting arrangements with regards to UK law

For same-sex couples who are looking to start a family there are a variety of options available in order to do this.

For lesbian couples a common preference is to conceive a child through a licensed UK fertility clinic with the assistance of the sperm from an anonymous donor.

November 17, 2014

University of Massachusetts basketballer Derrick Gordon became the first openly gay player in the US National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1 in April and he scored 17 points for his team in his first game on Friday night

22-year-old University of Massachusetts basketballer Derrick Gordon has made an impressive start to his collegiate basketball career, scoring 17 points and being cheered by fans as he helped to take his team to victory in his first time on the court as a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division 1 player.

Gordon became the first player in that division in April when he came out in an interview with ESPN, saying that he had been inspired to do so by Jason Collins who came out as gay before signing with the Brooklyn Nets earlier this year.

November 14, 2014

'It has been a long and arduous journey towards recognition and we are relieved that the court has protected our rights'

A gay and lesbian group has won the right to exist in a country where it is illegal to be gay today (14 November).

Botswana's High Court ruled in the landmark legal case the government had acted unconstitutionally when they blocked the group, Legabibo (Lesbians, Gays, and Bisexuals of Botswana), from registering.

'Lesbians, gays and bisexuals have long strived to be able to form an organisation which can support them and be their voice on matters that affect them,' the group's Caine Youngman told reporters.

November 10, 2014

Court found a state ban on cross-dressing unconstitutional

Malaysia's deputy prime minister has called for a review of last week's landmark ruling that scrapped a state Sharia enactment banning cross-dressing.

Muhyiddin Yassin said that while the government respected the Court of Appeal's decision, the Attorney-General's Chambers and Negeri Sembilan state religious department should appeal to the federal court because of its huge implications on society.

November 7, 2014

Judge says the law is 'degrading, oppressive and inhuman'

A Malaysian court today scrapped a ban on Muslim transgender women wearing female clothing in Negeri Sembilan, a landmark ruling that could trigger similar challenges in other states.

The three-judge panel of the Court of Appeal unanimously ruled that the Sharia law contravened the constitution and did not give transgender women 'the right to live with dignity.'

Judge Mohamad Yunus said the law and punishments were 'degrading, oppressive and inhumane.'

November 1, 2014

'Using criminal law to prosecute individuals for engaging in consensual same sex conduct violates a host of human rights guaranteed by international law,' says the UN human rights office

The United Nations human rights office on Friday expressed its disappointment over a ruling by the Singapore Supreme Court to uphold an 150-year-old British colonial law criminalizing consensual same-sex relations between adult men.

On Wednesday, the Court of Appeal rejected two separate Constitutional challenges by Tan Eng Hong who filed the first challenge in 2010, and gay couple Gary Lim and Kenneth Chee in 2012.

October 31, 2014

Top court rejected two constitutional challenges to the country's sodomy law

Singaporean LGBTI activists are 'shocked and disappointed' by the country's top court ruling to uphold the anti-gay law.

The Court of Appeal on Wednesday rejected two challenges to the law brought by a couple of 15 years, Kenneth Chee and Gary Lee, and Tan Eng Hong.

October 29, 2014

Court of Appeal rejects two constitutional challenges to the country's sodomy law

Singapore's highest court today ruled the country's sodomy law which criminalizes gay sex is constitutional.

The Court of Appeal found that section 377A of the penal code did not infringe on the rights of 51-year-old artistic therapist and social volunteer Tan Eng Hong.

Tan was arrested for having in oral sex with man in a public toilet in 2010. He contested the law but the High Court dismissed his application in 2013.

October 29, 2014

Sam Ganafa was arrested for 'unnatural offenses' last year

A Ugandan court has dismissed criminal charges against prominent LGBTI rights activist Samuel Ganafa.

The executive director of LGBTI rights group Spectrum Uganda Initiatives and three colleagues were arrested in November last year for 'unnatural offenses,' which is punishable by up to life in jail.

The court dismissed the charges on 8 October, nearly a year after his arrest.

October 23, 2014

Judge says the law does not affect the straight man who filed the suit

A Nigerian court has dimissed a challenge to the country's anti-gay law because the man who filed the suit is straight and it does not affect him.

Joseph Teriah Ebah sued the government in Abuja High Court for passing the ‘Jail All The Gays’ law last year, which he said violated the fundamental human rights of LGBTI Nigerians as enshrined in the constitution and the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.

October 22, 2014

Alex Au is accused of implying courts are 'systemically biased' against homosexuality

A contempt of court case against gay activist Alex Au started yesterday in Singapore.

The Attorney-General accused the blogger of implying there is 'systemic bias' within the judiciary in cases involving homosexualiy in two posts publised in October last year.

Au wrote on the Yawning Bread blog, 'I take the view that my writings constituted fair criticism, and that the function of the concept of fair criticism is to protect the individual’s right to freedom of speech and expression.'

October 17, 2014

Governor Matt Mead does not think state should appeal the ruling

A federal judge on Friday (17 October) struck down Wyoming's ban on gay marriage.

US District Court Judge Scott Skavdahl made the ruling then placed it on hold until next Thursday (23 October) in order to give state officials time to prepare an appeal.

But that may not even happen.

The state's Republican governor, Matt Mead (pictured, said at a debate Thursday (16 October) that the legal handwriting is on the wall.

October 17, 2014

The company's director says she will file a complaint with the UN Human Rights Committee

A Kazakh court has upheld a fine imposed an advertising agency over a contraversial gay club poster.

The poster shows Kazakh composer Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly kissing Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.

A court in Almaty last month found Havas Worldwide Kazakhstan guilty of 'advertising goods and services banned in Kazakhstan' and fined the company and director a total 314,000 tenge ($1,700).

The judge said, 'The court of the first instance gave the correct assessment based on available proof.'

October 17, 2014

High court rejects state's request for a stay with one line order

The US Supreme Court has weighed in on marriage equality in Alaska: same-sex marriages can resume.

The high court needed just one line to respond to the state's request for a stay on a judge's ruling this week which declared Alaska's ban in gay marriage unconstitutional.

The ruling issued Friday (17 October) stated: 'The application for stay presented to Justice Kennedy and by him referred to the Court is denied.'

But marriages cannot not resume until Monday (20 October) because state offices are closed for Alaska Day.

October 13, 2014

US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issues order after Supreme Court rejects state's request for a stay

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an order that will allow same-sex couples to get married in the state of Idaho starting early Wednesday (15 October).

The court’s order comes less than a week after it declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional along with the ban in the state of Nevada where marriages began taking place last week.

'At long last, all Idaho families will enjoy the dignity, security, and protection that marriage provides,' said National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR) Legal Director Shannon P. Minter.

October 12, 2014

'For many years, there have been powerful voices condemning homosexual conduct as immoral, but the Court’s obligation in this case is not to determine or mandate a particular moral code, but rather "to define the liberty of all"'

A federal judge in Alaska ruled the US state's marriage ban is unconstitutional

According to local news station KTUU, District Court Judge Timothy Burgess issued his summary judgment today, 12 October, in the case Hamby et al. v. Parnell et al.

October 9, 2014

Jane Fae reflects on the trial of the millionaire Shrien Dewani, accused of murdering his wife on their honeymoon

Shrien Dewani has pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife on their honeymoon in South Africa four years ago. And in doing so, has told the court he is bisexual and has had relationships with male prostitutes.

No doubt he knew he didn't have the remotest hope of hiding this little detail once the trial was underway: someone, somewhere calculated that coming clean might just minimise the damage of this awkward fact about his personal life.

October 7, 2014

Decision comes a day after marriage equality comes to six additional US states

Same-sex weddings in Las Vegas?

It appears to be just a matter of time now that the Ninth District Court of Appeals has struck down gay marriage bans in the states of Nevada and Idaho.

The ruling comes a day after the US Supreme Court opted not to intervene in gay marriage appeals in Utah, Virginia, Oklahoma, Indiana and Wisconsin making same-sex marriage legal in those states. Colorado also began issuing licenses to same-sex marriages this week.

October 6, 2014

NOM President Brian Brown: 'We are not defeated or dispirited'

Monday was not a good day for the National Organization for Marriage, one of the most vocal opponents of gay marriage in the US.

The US Supreme Court's decision to pass on reviewing any of the seven same-sex marriage cases submitted to them has resulted in same-sex marriage immediately becoming legal in Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin and Indiana on the same day.

In addition, Colorado also announced it would begin issuing marriage licenses state-wide to same-sex couples with five more states likely to soon follow suit.