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March 21, 2015

Founder Lena Klimova said she would take proceedings to the European Court of Justice should the project be banned

Russian LGBTI youth support group Children-404 is facing the danger of being shut down for breaching the country’s ‘anti-gay propaganda’ laws.

Demands from the country’s media authority Roskomnadzor and the Kremlin-loyal youth organization Young Guard forced the General Prosecutor’s office into action, according to Russian newspaper Vedomosti and German news website queer.de.

March 11, 2015

Country’s leading gay rights activist, Frank Mugisha, reveals his strategy

LGBTI people in Uganda live with the threat of even more draconian legislation hanging over them. But there is hope.

Under a proposed new law, which is yet to be debated in parliament, even someone sending a text message mentioning homosexuality could be criminalized. Landlords would be punished for renting homes or offices to gay people – effectively making all gay people homeless.

But it is not only the haters who can strategize.

March 7, 2015

Obama administration files brief ahead of oral arguments in four cases expected to decide issue for the nation

The Obama administration has weighed in on the side of marriage equality in a brief filed Friday with US Supreme Court.

The court is set to hear four cases next month challenging marriage bans in four different US states. Their ruling is expected decide the issue for the nation where same-sex marriage is currently legal in 37 states plus the District of Columbia.

The brief describes LGBT people as 'a long-mistreated class of human beings' and states that bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional.

March 7, 2015

In all, 379 companies say marriage bans create logistical and economic problems

Some of the biggest media companies in the US on Friday urged the US Supreme Court to rule in favor of gay marriage when it considers cases from four states next month.

More than 300 companies including Apple, Google, Amazon, Disney and Facebook signed an Amicus (friend of the court) brief which points out that marriage bans hurt businesses because they create many economic and logistical hurdles.

March 5, 2015

Human rights group says the trial seems unfair

A Moroccan court has jailed two men for gay sex in what a human rights group says seems like an unfair trial.

An elected local official in his 50s and a student in his 20s were arrested in al Hoceima province on 13 December.

Only five days after their arrest, a court convicted the men of sexual deviancy and public indecency based on confessions they made to police then repudiated in court. No witnesses were called to testify.

March 5, 2015

Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio cases expected to settle marriage equality issue for the nation

The US Supreme Court announced today that it will hear oral arguments on same-sex marriage cases from four states on 28 April.

The cases, filed out Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, are expected to settle the marriage equality issue nationwide.

The high court will hear cases where federal judges had struck down marriage bans but those decisions were reversed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

The Court is expected to issue a decision by the end of June 2015.

February 27, 2015

Raymond Buys, 15, was beaten, forced to pick up his own faeces with his mouth, and chained to a bed

The owners of a South African gay 'cure' camp have been found guilty of murder, child abuse and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm. 

The ruling, made today by the Vereeniging Regional Court in Johannesburg, involved the case of Raymond Buys, 15, who tragically died in April 2011 after receiving horrific treatment at the hands of Alex de Koker and Michael Erasmus at the Echo Wild Game Rangers camp.

February 27, 2015

A teenage girl allegedly stubbed a cigarette out on a woman's face during the incident

A group of teenagers have been found guilty of assaulting a couple who were trying to defend their gay son. 

Following a hearing at Dublin Children's Court yesterday, three teenage girls – aged between 16 and 17 – were found guilty of 'committing a violent disorder'. 

After responding to a group of youths standing outside their home who were shouting homophobic abuse at their son, a woman claimed she was punched, kicked and had a ciggerette stubbed out on her face.

February 24, 2015

Massachusetts teen refuses to enter plea

A Philippine court has entered a not guilty plea on behalf of a US marine charged with the murder of a transgender woman.

Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, 19, refused to enter a plea at his arraignment on Monday (23 February).

The courthouse in Olangapo is a five-minute drive from the motel where Jennifer Laude, 26, was found dead in October last year.

The Massachusetts teen, who was in the Philippines for joint military exercises, was the last person to be seen with her.

February 21, 2015

'The rogue actions of Travis County judges do not withstand the scrutiny of law'

Texas wants its highest court to void the marriage license of the southern state's only legally married same-sex couple.

Yesterday, 20 February, state Attorney General Ken Paxton announced he filed a petition with the Texas Supreme Court.

February 20, 2015

Colombia’s Constitutional Court ruled Wednesday that same-sex couples can adopt jointly – but only if the child is the biological child of one of the partners

LGBTI rights activists in Colombia are disappointed after the country’s Constitutional Court ruled that the only circumstance where gays and lesbians should be allowed to adopt is where the child in question is the biological child of their partner.

The issue had been winding its way through the courts and there were hopes it might lead to full adoption rights for LGBTI Colombians, but Colombia’s highest court declared the matter settled on Wednesday via an announcement on Twitter.

February 13, 2015

First time a US court rules homosexuality is not a disease or disorder

A New Jersey judge has ruled misrepresenting homosexuality as a disorder in marketing conversion therapy services is consumer fraud.

The ruling marks the first time a US court has found that homosexuality is not a disease or a disorder and that it is fraudulent for conversion therapists to make such a claim.

Hudson County superior court judge Peter Bariso Jr said Tuesday (10 February) such claims violated the state's Consumer Fraud Act.

February 10, 2015

That's including you, Mississippi

Gay couples across the US could be celebrating the right to marry in every single state this June.

The Supreme Court has indicated the justices are likely to rule that no state can restrict marriage to only heterosexual couples.

Only two out of the nine justices - conservatives Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia - has dissented from the court's refusal to block gay weddings from starting in Alabama.

Same-sex marriage is now legal in 37 out of 50 states.

February 10, 2015

Judge says allegations of conspiracy are 'unsubstantiated by any facts'

Malaysia's top court today (10 February) upheld opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's conviction for sodomy, which is illegal in the Muslim-majority.

Federal Court judge Arifin Zakat said there was 'overwhelming evidence' that the former deputy prime minister had sodomized a male aide, and defense allegations that the case was a political conspiracy were 'unsubstantiated by any facts whatsoever.'

February 3, 2015

Richard Perrins is a solicitor at leading specialist fertility and family law firm Natalie Gamble Associates. Here he explores what happens when same-sex couples break up and decide to divorce or dissolve their partnership

Same sex marriage is now legal in England and Wales, which is cause for much celebration.

However, sadly and inevitably not all relationships will survive and understanding the process to end the legal relationship will be important.

Here is a basic guide, for those living in England and Wales, to the process for divorce and the dissolution of civil partnerships: the process is virtually identical save for a few exceptions identified below.

What is divorce/dissolution?

February 2, 2015

'My being out as a gay woman ... way before it was an okay thing to do'

Martina Navratilova won more singles and doubles titles than anyone - female or male - in the history of professional tennis.

While she has a lot of on-court achievements to be proud of, the tennis legend shared during an interview at the Australian Open what she's most proud of achieving off the court.

'My being out as a gay woman,' she said during the tournament where she not only was coaching world number six Agnieszka Radwanska but also did television commentary and presented the winner's trophy to Serena Williams.

February 1, 2015

Peter Morris, a partner, and Sue Parkinson, a trainee solicitor, with UK-based law firm Irwin Mitchell, look at some of the legal complications that may be involved with adopting; some of which can arise after a child has already joined your home

Adoption is permanent, involving the severing of ties between a child and their birth family.

Adoption is a positive way of assisting children to find a permanent, safe and loving home, and the child’s lifelong welfare is the paramount consideration.

Gay and lesbian singles as well as same-sex couples can adopt a child in the UK.

There are clear examples of a same sex placement being the best option for the child. These can include cases involving children with a background of emotional or physical abuse from a parent of a particular gender.

January 28, 2015

Top court bars five other states from intervening

Malaysia's Federal Court Monday (26 January) allowed Negeri Sembilan state to challenge the Court of Appeal's ruling against its Islamic cross-dressing ban.

However, the five-judge panel said it would only rule on whether the Shariah enactment contravened the constitution and would not hear arguments about whether religious law can be repealed by a civil court.

Muslim-majority Malaysia has a dual-justice system that separates secular and Sharia law. The latter only applies to Muslims and is a state matter.

January 25, 2015

'I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. My faith teaches me that, my Christian faith teaches me that'

Bobby Jindal, the governor of Louisiana, wants to see the US Constitution amended if the Supreme Court strikes down marriage equality bans.

The Republican was a guest on the Sunday news show This Week.

January 23, 2015

US president is interviewed by three YouTube stars

US President Barack Obama has said he hoped the Supreme Court would make the 'right decision' on gay marriage when it rules on the issue in spring.

The president yesterday (22 January) gave interviews to three YouTube stars in an attempt to reach a younger audience.

Obama told comedian GloZell Green that he was hopeful the high court would recognize there was 'no good reason' to ban gay marriage.

January 20, 2015

Supreme Court rules in favor of two non-operative transgender women

Transgender Israelis are no longer required to undergo sex reassignment surgery (SRS) to change the gender designation on their ID cards.

The change comes after the Supreme Court ordered the ministry of interior to legally change the gender of two transgender citizens from male to female, Haaretz newspaper reported.

A petition was filed at the court by a lawyer and an ex-soldier who started transitioning during her compulsory military service.

January 17, 2015

'...The history of the Supreme Court is a history of case after case after case holding that marriage is a fundamental right —that it protects individual freedom...'

David Boies, the attorney who argued against Proposition 8 in front of the US Supreme Court, thinks the country's highest court is ready to make a definitive legal answer on marriage equality.

January 14, 2015

'Shirvell's conduct reasonably could have created the impression that neither he nor the department enforced the law in a fair, even-handed manner without bias'

A court has found a former Michigan state's lawyer one-man campaign against an out college student does not fall under First Amendment protection.

Last week the Michigan appeals court ruled against Andrew Shirvell. The former state assistant attorney general was fired in 2010 for harassing the student body president of the University of Michigan, who happened to be gay.

January 10, 2015

US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denies request from Butch Otter for review of gay marriage ruling by full court

Idaho Governor Butch Otter lost a legal round on Friday (9 January) when the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied his request for a review of its decision to struck down his state's ban on gay marriage.

The ruling was made by a three judge panel of the court in October. Otter wanted the case to be reheard by the full 30-member court.

The court stated: 'The matter failed to receive a majority of the votes of the non-recused active judges in favor' of rehearing the case.

Just three judges voted for a rehearing before the full court.