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August 28, 2014

A gay couple became dads after using a surrogate mom in California but faced problems when registering the child on the Swiss national register of births

A court in Switzerland has made the historic decision to recognise two men as the legal parents of a child born to a surrogate mom in the United States – despite surrogacy being illegal in the country.

The two men, who live together in a registered partnership, are originally from the St Gallen region of northeast Switzerland. They became fathers through the use of a surrogate mom in California, with the child being conceived through artificial insemination, a donor egg and the sperm of one of the men.

August 27, 2014

High court expected to accept a marriage equality case next year but will have several to choose from

Celebrated lawyers Ted Olson and David Boies want to return to the US Supreme Court and argue for marriage equality.

The team, who successfully argued for the overturning of California's ban on gay marriage (Proposition 8), asked the high court on Wednesday (27 August) to review the Virginia marriage case they are currently fighting for.

The court is widely expected to take on a same-sex marriage case in 2015 but the Virginia case is one of several it will have to choose from.

August 6, 2014

After breakup, biological mother tried to prevent stepmother from having any further contact with child

A lesbian who helped raise the child of her former partner has won the right to seek visitation or custody after being kept from the child after a break up.

An appellate court in New Jersey issued the decision on Wednesday (6 August) which found that if it is in the best interests of the child, maintaining a strong relationship with a 'psychological parent.'

The male child's name or the names of the parents were not made public to protect the identity of the child.

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 2, 2014

The English seaside city will spend the weekend dancing, with a park festival and street party

A group of LGBTI Ugandans were the happiest people dancing in the Brighton Pride parade on the south coast of England today (2 August).

They were celebrating the Ugandan Constitutional Court’s decision to strike down the Anti-Homosexuality Act yesterday.

While homosexuality remains illegal in Uganda, the court’s decision removes one of the world’s most draconian pieces of anti-gay legislation.

August 2, 2014

A UK man said he wanted to line up and shoot gay people in a Facebook rant, and defended himself in court by saying he was just ‘having a bad day’ 

A UK father of three was condemned by a court for threatening to ‘line up and shoot’ gay people in several Facebook rants.

Paul Gair, from Gateshead, UK, posted the disturbing threats on the Facebook page of UK local newspaper The Chronicle.

The Facebook page was promoting Northern Pride, an LGBTI pride event in Newcastle, northern England, which seemed to provoke the outburst from Gair.

August 1, 2014

The law, which was overturned by the Constitutional Court moments ago, punished homosexuality with life in prison

Uganda has struck down one of the most draconian anti-gay laws in the world.

The law, which was overturned by the Constitutional Court moments ago (1 August), punished homosexuality with life in prison.

Petitioners called on the court to find that parliament passed the law without following proper procedure.

House Speaker Rebecca Kadaga ignored a quorum call by Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi when she moved the bill for a vote on 20 December. Without a quorum, the petitioners argue, the bill was not lawfully passed.

August 1, 2014

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg predicts high court will not duck marriage equality once a case is properly before the court

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg predicts that the nation's high court will hear a same-sex marriage case by June 2016 if not next year.

Since the court, in a 5-4 decision in June 2013, gutted key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act, federal courts have struck down gay marriage bans in several states.

Cases on appeal in such states as Utah, Indiana or Virginia could be one of those selected by the court for a landmark ruling.

July 31, 2014

Activists are hoping the Constitutional Court will do the right thing and repeal one of the most draconian anti-gay laws in the world

One of the most draconian anti-gay laws in the world could be repealed tomorrow (1 August).

For two days, the Uganda’s Constitutional Court has heard submissions from LGBTI rights activists in order to repeal the anti-gay legislation.

In this ruling, the court will judge on whether parliament broke the rules.

The central argument of the pro-gay activists was the law was passed without quorum, without the required number of lawmakers in parliament to vote on the legislation.

July 31, 2014

Justices rule that registry does not violate the state's ban on gay marriage

Same-sex couples still can't get married in Wisconsin but they can continue to register to have some of the rights heterosexual married couples automatically have.

The state's supreme court ruled Thursday (31 July) that a 2009 that established a registry for same-sex couples in 2009 does not violate the state's ban on gay marriage.

The registry grants same-sex couples such things as insurance benefits under their partner's plan, the right to inherit assets upon the death of their partner as well as hospital visitation and medical leave to care for their partner.

July 31, 2014

The Core Issues Trust, a Christian group that claims people can be ‘ex-gay’ and ‘post-gay’, has accused the London mayor Boris Johnson as 'pandering to the homosexual agenda’

A ‘gay cure’ group has lost its battle to put its adverts on London buses.

The Core Issues Trust (CIT), a Christian group that claims people can be ‘ex-gay’ and ‘post-gay’, has accused the London mayor Boris Johnson of being one of the ‘political elite [who] is prepared to go to pander to the homosexual agenda’.

The Mayor’s office has rejected the CIT’s claims.

The Court of the Appeal ordered the probe after it said an earlier ruling on the issue was flawed.

July 30, 2014

Boulder County had issued 202 marriage licenses to gay couples, and for now, will issue no more

Colorado’s Supreme Court has ordered a county to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

The court ruled yesterday in response to an appeal from Republican Attorney General John Suthers, who has been relentless in trying to stop same-sex marriage in Boulder County.

The court will hear the appeal, and in the meantime it is ordering the county to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples..

Boulder was the first Colorado county to begin giving licenses to gay couples in June.

July 25, 2014

A suicidal Orashia Edwards was suddenly detained earlier today, with no warning given to him or his family

A mother says the UK government is giving her bisexual son a ‘death sentence just for being who he is’.

Vienna Brown, mom to 32-year-old Orashia Edwards, spoke to GSN in tears about her son’s fate now he has been refused asylum in Britain.

He is to be sent back to Jamaica – where he has been vilified in the national press making him a target for anti-gay thugs.

Earlier today (25 July), Edwards was detained after a routine sign-in at Water Side Court in Leeds, north-east England.

July 24, 2014

The Grease star has long tried to silence his former airline pilot, Douglas Gotterba, who wants to publish a book about their ‘relationship’ in the 1980s

John Travolta’s former pilot, that has alleged a six-month affair with the Hollywood star, is now free to tell all.

The Grease star has long tried to silence his former airline pilot, Douglas Gotterba, who wants to publish a book about their ‘relationship’ in the 1980s.

In the court documents, Gotterba says the two had a ‘personal and intimate’ relationship.

The judge ruled the former pilot has the right to sue to speak openly, saying Gotterba has no duty of confidentiality to the star.

July 22, 2014

23-year-old Donovan Haynes, who told police he beat his daughter so that she would become a lesbian and avoid bad men like her, will spend at least 18 years and 9 months in prison over her death before being released

A Michigan man who told police he beat his two-year-old daughter to death in an attempt to turn her off men has been sentenced to 40 years in prison with a non-parole period of 18 years and 9 months.

23-year-old Donovan Haynes pleaded no contest to a charge of second degree murder in what Genesee Circuit Judge Joseph J Farah told the court was one of the worst things he had ever had to hear about in his time on the bench.

July 20, 2014

LGBTs in Turkey hail the Supreme Court's confirmation that a news article calling gays 'perverts' constitutes hate speech

For the first time, hate speech on the basis of sexual orientation has been officially recognized by a court in Turkey.

July 19, 2014

Same three-judge panel from US Court of Appeals ruled last month that Utah's ban was unconstitutional

A federal appeals court ruled on Friday (18 July) that Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

The 2-1 decision came from the same three-judge panel in Denver that last month ruled that a similar ban in Utah violated the constitutional rights of same-sex couples.

The US Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit placed a stay on its ruling pending expected appeals so same-sex marriages cannot yet begin taking place in the state.

July 17, 2014

‘Sexual orientation is not in itself a risk' - Gay rights activists are calling for all lifelong bans on gay and bisexual men donating blood to be lifted

Being a gay or bisexual man should not mean a lifelong ban from giving blood in many European countries, according to the Court of Justice.

Paulo Mengozzi, one of the Advocate Generals, gave his opinion that refusing blood donated by a man who has had sex with another man is discriminatory, unnecessary and should be stopped.

Geoffrey Léger, a Frenchman, went to a doctor in 2009 to give blood at the Établissement Français Du Sang (French Blood Agency).

Refused for being gay, Léger fought back against the decision.

July 17, 2014

European Court of Human Rights: Countries without gay marriage laws are not obligated to marry same-sex couples if one of the partners is transgender

Married trans people living in countries without same-sex marriage must divorce if they want their true gender recognized, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.

Heli Hämäläinen, a Finnish trans woman, lost her case yesterday (16 July). She was told she can only have her female gender recognized if she divorces her wife.

The ECHR ruled there is no obligation on states without gay marriage laws to marry two people of the same gender if one of the partners is transgender.

July 14, 2014

76-year-old former social studies teacher Jim Gaylord, fired as a teacher for being gay in 1972, finally got an apology from Washington’s Tacoma School Board on Sunday

76-year-old Jim Gaylord has received an apology for the termination that ended his teaching career 42 years ago.

Gaylord was fired from Wilson High School in Tacoma, Washington, in 1972 after the local school board learned that he was gay after 12 years of teaching social studies at the school.

The school found out after a gay student at the school who knew an adult friend of Gaylord’s had sought out his counsel about his sexual orientation.

Gaylord did not confirm his sexual orientation to the student but gave him advice.

July 13, 2014

'I think a lot of these measures that ultimately will come before the court will not survive a heightened scrutiny examination'

If a US state's gay marriage ban is argued in front of the Supreme Court, Attorney General Eric Holder promises the Department of Justice will file a friend of the court brief asking for the prohibition to be removed.

Holder was a guest today, 13 July,  on the ABC News show This Week.

July 6, 2014

Parents of Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide after his roomate broadcast his sexual encounter, have condemned the repeal of New York's anti-cyberbullying law saying young people are the 'most vulnerable' online

New York's highest court on Tuesday struck down an ordinance in Albany County (New York) which outlaws 'cyber-bullying’ against ‘any minor or person'. The court called the law an overly broad statute that violates the First Amendment's protection of free speech.

July 4, 2014

Reverend Irene Monroe explains why two recent Supreme Court decisions could be game changers for straight and LGBTI women in the worst way

This month in the US we celebrate the Fourth of July with rounds of festivities marking America's 238 years of independence.

People will be singing the Star Spangled Banner, or reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, or reenacting the Continental Congress of 1776.

Many will simply be singing reproductions of the ‘rockets red glare and bombs bursting in air’.

All of this and more will be done on a grander and highly commercialized scale. All this happens at home as our American troops continue to soldier on.