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April 11, 2014

The Philippines Supreme Court has ruled that the government can provide condoms and other forms of contraception to the public for free following years of opposition by the Catholic Church

The fight against HIV and overpopulation in the Philippines has just been given an important new weapon as the country’s Supreme Court has ruled the government can provide free condoms and other kinds of contraception after a tooth-and-nail battle with the Catholic Church.

April 10, 2014

Three-judge panel will decide whether to uphold ruling that declared ban unconstitutional

A federal court in Colorado heard oral arguments in a case appealing a judge's decision that declared Utah's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional.

The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit heard arguments for more than an hour on Thursday (10 April).

They will decide whether to uphold a ruling in a case brought by three Utah couples.

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, who is defending the law, walked across the aisle in the courtroom at one point to meet the three couples seeking to have their marriages recognized by their state.

April 7, 2014

Jeremy Hunt, the Northern Ireland Health Secretary, has previously claimed banning blood is needed to ensure public safety

Northern Ireland is being called on to defend its ban against gay men giving blood.

Jeremy Hunt, the Northern Ireland Health Secretary, has previously claimed banning 'gay blood' is needed to ensure public safety.

He has begun a legal appeal after a judge ruled it was up to him if gay men could donate blood in NI. A ban, which was enforced during the 1980s, 90s and 00s, was lifted in England, Scotland and Wales in 2011.

New rules allow gay and bisexual men to donate blood as long as their last sexual contact with another man was more than a year ago.

April 7, 2014

Case stemmed from photographers who refused to shoot a same-sex wedding based on religious beliefs

The US Supreme Court announced Monday (7 April) that it will not hear an appeal to a widely-publicized New Mexico involving a photography business that refused to take photos for a same-wedding.

The court, which passed on the case without comment, had been asked to consider the case of Elaine and Jonathan Huguenin had found guilty of violating their state's anti-discrimination law.

April 2, 2014

Michigan’s Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette is seeking to defend his state’s ban on same-sex marriage but he has condemned the far right nationalist Traditionalist Youth Network for trying to join him in doing so

A far right nationalist group is seeking to join the Michigan State Government’s efforts to defend that state’s ban on same-sex couples marrying but the government would rather not have their help.

The Traditionalist Youth Network has filed an amicus curiae, or friend of the court, brief with the Sixth Circuit of the US Court of Appeals which is hearing Michigan’s appeal to the striking down of it ban on same-sex marriage.

March 29, 2014

Jasvir Ginday told a court hearing that he panicked when his wife threatened to out him to his family

A UK man has told a court panic and fear led him to killing his wife after she discovered he was gay because he did not want anyone to know about his sexuality.

The story was revealed earlier this month when Jasvir Ginday, 29, was accused of strangling and killing his wife Varkha Rani, 24, at their home on 12 September 2013.

March 28, 2014

US actress Sally Field has written about her experiences raising a gay son alongside two straight ones in a moving letter aimed at bolstering support for the US’ Human Rights Campaign

Sally Field, best known for her title role in the 1960’s television series The Flying Nun, has written about her experiences raising a gay son along two straight sons in a letter aimed at bolstering support for the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) efforts to stop state legislatures passing laws that legalize discrimination against LGBTI people.

Field wrote that despite her award winning acting career, spanning five decades, her greatest achievement was as a mother.

March 26, 2014

Defense tackles claims about fake identities. Doctor’s measurement of PR guru’s penis size captures imagination on Twitter

British PR guru Max Clifford has told the court in his sex abuse trial the only voice he can put on is a ‘gay’ one.

The strange claim came on the same day the court heard that a doctor had measured Clifford’s penis as part of his defense case.

Clifford denies 11 counts of indecent assault relating to seven alleged victims, aged from 14 to 20, between 1966 and 1984.

March 14, 2014

The couples moved to Tennesee after legally marrying in other states - filed federal lawsuit last October

A federal judge in Nashville ruled on Friday (14 March) that Tennessee must recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples while their lawsuit against the state's gay marriage ban is pending.

The three couples were legally married in other states before moving to Tennessee.

They filed suit last October claiming the ban violates the federal Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and due process and the constitutionally protected right to travel between and move to other states.

March 8, 2014

Human rights groups have called the campaign against the former deputy prime minister politically motivated

A Malaysian court on Friday overturned an earlier acquittal and sentenced opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to five years in jail on sodomy charges, ending his hopes of contesting a local by-election this month.

In 2008, Anwar was charged for having sex with a male aide. He was acquitted in 2012 by a High Court citing a lack of evidence. The government later appealed the court’s ruling.

March 6, 2014

Israeli prosecutors are considering charging the key witness in the Tel Aviv gay youth center shooting trial with perjury after their case against the main suspect collapsed

The key witness in the court case over the 2009 Tel Aviv mass shooting attack on the Bar Noar gay youth center may be charged with perjury, obstructing justice and fabricating evidence after the case against the main suspect in the attack collapsed.

Israeli prosecutors believe the case against suspect Hagai Felician will not be successful without the unnamed witness’ testimony and the witness has agreed to the cancellation of his state’s evidence agreement.

March 6, 2014

WARNING: Graphic details. Newcastle Crown Court hears how a former government vet indulged in 'inflicting pain on others' in sex session that allegedly went too far

WARNING: This article contains graphic details that some readers may find distressing

A British man is being accused of killing his gay lover in a crystal meth S&M extreme sex session.

Kirk Thompson, 46, is alleged of causing severe internal injuries to David Kochs, 43, during the session at his home in Newcastle.

Thompson, who previously worked as an animal welfare adviser for the government, invited Kochs over after meeting him online.

March 2, 2014

If passed, a new bill would enshrine in law a pre-existing government policy that transgender people must undergo full gender reassignment surgery to change their legal gender

Should transgender people unwilling to undergo full gender reassignment surgery have the same rights as 'post-operative' transsexuals?

That is the question before the public and lawmakers in Hong Kong after the Security Bureau on Friday published a proposed bill to amend the city's marriage ordinance.

Hong Kong law currently allows a transgender person who has undergone gender reassignment surgery to change their gender status in legal documents such as the identity card and passport, but not the birth certificate.

February 27, 2014

The Anti-Homosexuality Bill was so controversial few saw it before it became law. Now we know what LGBTI Ugandans really have to face

It’s only three days old but the full horror of Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act is already shrouded in myth.

Most know it’s draconian, few realize just how bad it is. The confusion has been fuelled by government lies, media misreporting and the fact the text of the act has only just become available.

It was originally dubbed the ‘Kill the Gays Bill’ but the death penalty was replaced by life imprisonment before it became law.

So here we explain the letter of the law and what it means for LGBTI people in Uganda.

February 25, 2014

Conservative radio host says: '... It's now been proven (it) didn't happen' while discussing Jason Collins wearing #98 in honor of Shepard

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh made tne bizarre claim on Monday that Matthew Shepard, whose 1998 murder led to a federal hate crime law in the US, was not killed because he was gay.

Limbaugh was discussing the return to the NBA of Jason Collins who wears the number 98 on his uniform in honor of Shepard and the year he was murdered.

February 21, 2014

Federal judge says 'there is no reason to delay further' and wait until June for implementation

Same-sex couples in Illinois who can't or don't want to wait until June to get married in the state will not have to wait any longer.

A federal court today ordered that the Cook County Clerk’s office immediately begin providing marriage licenses to same-sex couples rather than requiring them to wait until June.

In her decision today, US District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman noted that the question before her was 'why should we wait?' 

February 20, 2014

The Liberal president of the Western Australia state Legislative Council has ruled that a Greens Party bill that would allow same-sex marriages at a state level can be considered by the chamber

A bill to allow same-sex marriages at a state level cleared its first hurdle in the Western Australia state Parliament on Tuesday with the Liberal Party’s President of the Legislative Chamber ruling not to withdraw the Same-Sex Marriage Bill introduced by Greens Member of the Legislative Council (MLC) Lynn MacLaren late last year.

February 18, 2014

'I think it's an insult to gay people to think that they are going to be looking at their teammates in a sexual way. That's an insult to all gay men'

When it comes to LGBTI equality, Charles Barkley has always been a vocal ally.

He supports same-sex marriage and has noted, multiple times, that when it comes to gay athletes all that matters is field performance.

February 14, 2014

The ruling, which would make Virginia 18th state in the US to have gay marriage, has been stayed pending appeal

A federal judge has declared Virginia's gay marriage ban to be unconstitutional paving the way for the state to become the 18th in the US with marriage equality.

The decision by the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia was made public late Thursday (13 February), just hours before Valentine's Day.

But marriages cannot begin right away because the decision has been stayed pending an appeal.

February 13, 2014

The Mormon Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints have filed a ‘friend of the court’ brief in the Utah state government’s appeal of a court decision that overturned its ban on same-sex marriage

The Mormon church has filed a last minute legal brief with the 10th US Circuit Court of Appeals which is hearing the Utah state government’s appeal of the court decision that struck down its ban on same-sex marriage.

Nearly a thousand same-sex couples were able to marry in Utah during a brief window before the US Supreme Court issued an order for state officials to stop marrying more gay couples until an appeal could be held.

February 8, 2014

The former chief justice responsible for the landmark judgement in 2009 says the criminalization of gay sex in effect 'offend(s) the dignity of a person'

Homosexuality is neither a disease, nor is it punishable under any penal laws, Justice Ajit Prakash Shah, who authored the judgment that decriminalized homosexuality as chief justice of the Delhi High Court in 2009, said on Friday.

The Delhi High Court’s historic judgement which decriminalized gay sex was overturned by the Supreme Court on December 11, 2013. The bench ruled that it is for Parliament and not the court to repeal section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.

February 1, 2014

Charlie Drummond, 2007 Mr Gay UK regional champion and Big Brother Series 10 finalist, has been sentenced to 21 months in prison after he snapped a man’s ankle in an unprovoked assault in Newcastle last April

Charlie Drummond, a former Big Brother finalist and Mr Gay UK regional winner, was yesterday (31 January) found guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm and sentenced to 21 months behind bars.

On trial at Newcastle Crown Court, the jury heard how Drummond had launched an unprovoked attack which left the victim with a fractured leg and badly dislocated ankle.

January 31, 2014

Founder of a VK page, which encourages gay teens to write letters and share their stories, could be facing a huge fine

A Russian gay teen social media support group is being charged with breaking propaganda laws.

Elena Klimova, the founder of the group Children-404 which operates on Russian social network VK, is accused of breaking the law by encouraging teens to believe being gay is normal.

She was summoned to the court in the Russian region of Ural to answer the charges.

On the website, ‘Children 404’ encourages LGBTI teens to share their stories to make others feel less alone.

The name is a reference to the internet error page ‘404 – Page Not Found’.

January 31, 2014

Ivan Okhlobystin, the actor and former Russian Orthodox priest who said he wanted to ‘burn homosexuals alive,’ is being taken to court over those comments by a gay activist

An LGBTI Russian activist is taking homophobic actor Ivan Okhlobystin to court over his comment that homosexuals should be ‘thrown in a furnace while they are still alive.’

Okhlobystin made the comments during a speech to fans in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk in December – also adding that he wanted ‘faggots’ stripped of their voting rights because they are a ‘psychical anomaly.’