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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

'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 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 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.

October 6, 2014

Same-sex couples in all 64 Colorado counties are now allowed to get married

Colorado Attorney General John Suthers on Monday (6 October) ordered that all 64 counties in his state begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

His actions came shortly after the US Supreme Court announced that it would let stand a 10th Circuit Court's ruling granting marriage equality.

The high court denied a hearing for cases in both Oklahoma and Utah which, like Colorado, are also in the 10th Circuit.

October 6, 2014

Thousands of same-sex couples can now marry in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin

Thousands of gay couples in the United States are now able to marry thanks to a historic Supreme Court decision today (6 October).

The high court turned down same-sex marriage appeals from five states - Indiana, Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia and Wisonsin. Gay marriage is now legal there and couples can begin to get their marriage licenses.

By rejecting the appeals in these cases, the court left intact lower-court rulings that ruled same-sex marriage bans were unconstitutional.

October 2, 2014

US high court is staying silent on same-sex marriage as anxious Americans wait to hear their decision on whether they will accept or reject the issue

The US Supreme Court has announced 11 cases it will hear in the new term, with same-sex marriage not being one of them.

Anxious Americans are waiting for history to be made, as one decision could affect all 50 states on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage.

The justices had been scheduled earlier this week to privately consider pending appeals from five states over their bans on gay couples from marrying.

But an orders list, issued today (2 October), indicate the court are not prepared to immediately review the core constitutional question.

September 29, 2014

The men were arrested in a raid on an apartment they rented out as a place for gay sex

An Egyptian court has sentenced six allegedly gay men to two years in jail with labor on charges of 'committing debauchery.'

Ahram Online reported on Thursday that the men were arrested in a raid on an apartment and two of them were caught 'red-handed.'

The court said the men were advertising their apartment as a place for gay sex on Facebook for $200 a night.

The men were also fined LE200 each ($30). One of them was a Moroccan national.

September 26, 2014

The company was found guilty of 'advertising goods and services banned in Kazakhstan'

A Kazakh advertising agency has been fined for creating a poster for a gay club that sparked outrage last month.

A court in Almaty found Havas Worldwide Kazakhstan guilty of 'advertising goods and services banned in Kazakhstan.'

The court on Wednesday ordered director Daria Khamitzhanova pay a $700 fine and her company a $1,000 fine.

The case was filed by Almaty youth authorities.

The ad, created for the Studio 69 club in the largest city Almaty, shows Kazakh composer Kurmangazy Sagyrbayuly kissing Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.

September 25, 2014

Richard Perrins is part of the team of specialists at fertility and family law firm Natalie Gamble Associates. He explores the relative pros and cons of entering into a prenuptial agreement prior to a marriage or a civil partnership in England and Wales

When contemplating entering into a marriage or civil partnership the thought of entering into a pre-nuptial agreement is perhaps not the most romantic item on a couple’s list of things to do.

However, such agreements are not uncommon and can be incredibly useful documents.

Traditionally, in England and Wales, prenuptial agreements have long since been deemed as not legally binding and therefore generally not used as result. This has much to do with how family law is dealt with in the context of any disputes that may arise in any divorce or dissolution case.

September 25, 2014

Gay rights activists say, even though the law has been upheld by the Constitutional Court, it could be the sign of change

Russia has upheld the gay propaganda law in the Constitutional Court. But gay activists believe the phrasing of the ruling could be key to finding an end to the federal law.

Earlier this morning, one of the highest courts in the country found the law that bans 'propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations' to be constitutional.

Gay rights activsts Nikolai Alekseev, Yaroslav Yevtushenko and Dmitry Isakov filed a complaint after they were found in violation of the law and fined 4,000 rubles ($104, €82).

September 23, 2014

Female same-sex couples will now be allowed to adopt babies born of IVF and other medically assisted procedures

France's highest civil court has given married lesbians more adoption rights.

The Court of Cassation has said even though gay couples are still banned from using IVF and other medical ways to assist with reproduction, that is not enough to prevent gay women their legal right to adopt their married partner's child.

As these female same-sex couples are stopped from accessing fertility treatment in France, it has sent many of them to Belgium or Spain.

September 17, 2014

Associate justice says there will only be urgency for high court if a state ban is upheld

Ruth Bader Ginsburg says the US Supreme Court won't be in a big rush to hear a gay marriage case unless the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upholds state marriage bans.

If that were to happen, 'there will be some urgency,' Ginsberg said during a talk at the University of Minnesota Law School on Tuesday (16 September).

The Sixth Circuit covers Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee and has marriage equality cases pending.

September 12, 2014

'...Over the last few decades a number of well-known, reputable professional and scientific organizations have publicly condemned the practice of SOCE [sexual orientation change efforts]...'

A US court unanimously upheld New Jersey's ban on 'anti-gay' therapy for teenagers.

A panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled today (11 September) that the east coast state's law, prohibiting therapists from using conversion counseling with people under 18, does not violate free speech rights.

September 12, 2014

The government says transgender rights should not be extended to gay people

The Indian government on Wednesday filed an application to the Supreme Court seeking clarifications to a ruling that recognized transgender people as a third sex.

The Centre asked the top court to clarify the definition of transgender and for reassurance it would not include gay people.

September 11, 2014

The Court of Final Appeal has ended a three-year battle over the 'right to dance' at protests

Hong Kong's highest court yesterday dismissed a police appeal against a ruling in favor of LGBTI activists who danced at an anti-homophobia rally in 2011, putting an end to a three-year battle over the 'right to dance' at protests.

Three out of five judges ruled in favor of the activists, who staged a dance performance at an International Day Against Homophobia rally in May 2011. 

September 10, 2014

Virginia, Utah, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Indiana cases in the running as justices meet on September 29

Justices of the US Supreme Court will meet later this month (29 September) to discuss whether to take on a gay marriages case during its next term which begins in October.

The high court indicated on Wednesday (10 September) that it will meet in a private conference to consider whether to grant review of appeals in cases challenging marriage bans in Virginia, Utah, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Indiana.

September 9, 2014

Three judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals left gay marriage supporters optimistic after challenging arguments used to uphold same-sex marriage bans in three states

The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco heard arguments this week for and against gay marriage in three states.

Justices Stephen Reinhardt, Ronald Gould and Marsha Berzon listened as supporters and opponents of gay marriage in Idaho, Hawaii and Nevada made their cases.

Even though same-sex marriage in Hawaii has been legal since 2 December 2013, gay marriage supporters are seeking to ensure the state's Supreme Court doesn't overturn the law in the future.

September 7, 2014

'The time has come to end the divisive national debate as to whether the Constitution mandates same-sex marriage'

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wants the US Supreme Court to make a definitive ruling on gay marriage.

September 4, 2014

'...The only rationale that the states put forth with any conviction – that same-sex couples and their children don’t need marriage because same-sex couples can’t produce children, intended or unintended – is so full of holes that it cannot be taken seriously'

The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin are unconstitutional.

The unanimous decision was released today (4 September).

September 1, 2014

The country’s Constitutional Court has ruled in favor of a lesbian who wants to step-adopt her partner’s biological children

Following a five-year legal battle by a lesbian couple, Colombia’s Constitutional Court has ruled that sexual orientation must not be regarded as a discriminating factor by welfare services considering second-parent adoptions.

Ana Leiderman and Veronica Botero, who live in Medellin, share the upbringing of Leiderman’s children: a six-year-old girl and a four-year-old boy. Both children were born after Leiderman underwent artificial insemination. The women underwent a civil union in Germany in 2008, and Botero first applied to adopt the-then baby girl five years ago.