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April 11, 2014

Bible fundamentalist takes on the gays of Soho in the name of Christ

A UK preacher is so angry gay people have made Soho their home, he is running as an independent candidate in the upcoming election.

Andrew Murray, a minister for the Hope Community Church, declared in March he wants to be a councillor ‘to better represent the people of Soho’, a gay area in London.

In his online posts, the church leader has ranted about same-sex marriage in England and Wales.

‘We simply believe that the Bible’s teaching about creation sets God’s pattern for human relationships,' he said.

March 5, 2014

While disagreeing with a colleague who believed Britain's floods should be blamed on gay marriage, a European Parliament hopeful thinks business owners should be able to turn away LGBTs and women

A UKIP politician believes business owners should be allowed to refuse to serve gay people.

Donna Edmunds, a Lewis district councillor and European Parliament hopeful, said all business owners should be allowed to refuse service to anyone they want for whatever reason they want.

Under UK law, the Equality Act 2010 protects people who access services from direct discrimination. This applies to disability, pregnancy, race, religion, or if they are LGBT.

January 29, 2014

US singer and Christian Martha Wash dismisses UKIP member David Silvester’s biblical theories

Original Weather Girl Martha Wash has some news for the politician who blamed gay people for God bringing floods to Britain, saying God loves 'all people'.

In response to the media storm surrounding the homophobic remarks made by UKIP politician David Silvester, a campaign was launched to get gay anthem Weather Girls' 'It's Raining Men' to the top of the UK charts.

The 61-year-old Wash, enjoying her comeback in the charts, called the British suspended councilor 'daft' and 'out of touch with reality'.

January 28, 2014

David Silvester, who blamed Britain's recent floods on gay marriage, has refused to apologize or step down as town councilor

David Silvester, the former UK politician who blamed gay people for flooding, has said he has no plans to resign.

The 73-year-old UKIP councilor was suspended from the party following his offensive comments about gay people earlier this month.

While he says he has had 70 messages of support from fellow Christians and UKIP members, more than 12,000 people in Henley have signed a petition calling for him to resign.

However, Silvester has refused to apologize.

January 28, 2014

Hallelujah! Weather Girls gay anthem could be topping the charts to fight against bigotry and celebrate England and Wales' gay marriage law

Hallelujah! It’s Raining Men is set to storm the UK charts following a protest from pro-gay music fans.

After UKIP councillor David Silvester blamed floods on gay marriage, thousands signed up to a Facebook campaign to get the Weather Girls’ track to number one.

With only a few downloads left to get the song into the top 20, the track currently sits at number 21 on day one.

‘We believe that that show of strength to get a song to Number 1 will create a huge spotlight on our campaign for equality as a whole,’ the Facebook group explained.

January 26, 2014

Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party, presented a spoof weather forecast on BBC One pointing out other political parties also have members with similarly unorthodox beliefs

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage responded to the recent ‘gay floods’ controversy on BBC One’s Sunday Politics show this morning (Sunday 26 January) by presenting his own weather forecast.

UKIP councilor David Silvester sparked the row last week when he claimed recent flooding in the UK was caused by the legalisation of gay marriage, quoting parts of the Bible. He was suspended shortly after he made the claim.

January 20, 2014

UKIP leader calls the Conservative defector to his party an 'embarrassment' after the widespread coverage of his remarks blaming recent storms on gay marriage

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage has called the recent media storm after one of the party’s councilors blamed floods on gay marriage to be ‘not news’.

He said it proved the media and the main political parties were ‘scared witless’ of the far-right political party.

Councillor David Silvester had said last week Britain was ‘beset by storms’ after David Cameron acted ‘arrogantly against the gospel’.

He was suspended from UKIP following his comments.

October 16, 2013

The Emilia Romagna regional assembly passes a resolution to guarantee a new life to Russian gay activists escaping from their country

An Italian regional assembly has passed a resolution to protect and host Russian gay refugees escaping from their country because of the new anti-gay laws.

The left-wing Emilia Romagna assembly has voted the bill thanks to the Partito Democratico and Italia dei Valori (Italy of Values) parties.

Now the region, one of the most gay-friendly in Italy, will accept Russian LGBT people wanting to change their lives.

October 7, 2013

Guido Barilla, who said 'We will never have gay people in our ads', meets the main Italian LGBT associations and promises some pro-gay policies

Owner of the Barilla pasta company Guido Barilla has met the Italian LGBT associations this morning (7 October) in Bologna, northern Italy.

The man who made the headlines for his anti-gay remarks apologized once again to the LGBT community and proposed ‘some pro-gay policies in the future’.

His remark the firm would never feature gay people in its advertising led to boycotts which are hitting particularly hard in the US where Barilla is a top brand.

July 24, 2013

Four Dutch citizens threatened, told the court will still charge them for 'propaganda' if police fix the 'adminstrative error'

Four Dutch tourists who were arrested for ‘gay propaganda’ in Russia are now banned for three years.

Despite being told they were free to go back to the Netherlands after being fined, the Russian Federal Migration Service has said they are blacklisted from the country.

July 22, 2013

Four Dutch filmmakers were not charge after making a documentary about gay rights in the Russian city of Murmansk - the footage was then seized by police

Four tourists who were arrested in Russia for ‘gay propaganda’ were told they were free to go today (22 July).

Due to an 'irregularity in the minutes', the four Dutch citizens said they would no longer be held by police. 

In Murmansk in North Russia, four Dutch citizens were arrested by police yesterday.

July 22, 2013

Three Dutch people were arrested for the anti-gay law in the northern city of Russia, and told they had 'violated the rules of stay' - a court date will follow tomorrow

Four tourists were arrested in Russia for ‘gay propaganda’ today (21 July), making them the first foreigners to be officially charged under the anti-gay law.

In Murmansk in North Russia, four Dutch citizens were detained by police.

One of those arrested is Kris van der Veen, a councillor for the left-wing green party GroenLinks in Groningen. He is also chairman of the foundation KGBT Groningen, which campaigns for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights.

June 18, 2013

Outcry across the political divide over Liberal senator Cory Bernardi's reiteration of his belief that gay marriage will lead to polygamy and bestiality

The lesbian sister of Australia's opposition leader Tony Abbott has condemned comments by Liberal senator Cory Bernardi about gay marriage.

This morning Bernardi reconfirmed his view that legalizing gay marriage will lead to calls for the right to mutli-person marriages and marriages between humans and animals.

June 18, 2013

GSN talks to Imma Battaglia, just elected as a Rome city councillor, who angered Pope John Paul II in 2000 by hosting a 'weird' World Pride

For the first time in history, an openly lesbian activist has become a local councillor in Rome, the city of the Holy See.

And she wants to unite the LGBT population of the city to make the eternal city a gay capital in the style of London, New York or Berlin.

Imma Battaglia, 53, has been elected for the Sinistra, Ecologia e Libertà party, led by gay Puglia governor Nichi Vendola.

Battaglia organized the first official Italian pride in 1994. And she was also in charge of the World Pride 2000, organized in Rome in the year of the Catholic Jubilee.

June 13, 2013

Labor councillor Simon Higgins says Melbourne should get a permanent celebration of the LGBT community

A Melbourne councillor is suggesting the city get its own rainbow crossing after a row over a seven-color painted street path in Sydney.

The first rainbow crossing was painted across a street in West Hollywood in Los Angeles for Pride month 2012.

June 12, 2013

The Vimercate town assembly voted to change the local rules so gay couples can apply to have adjacent graves but the local Catholic priest isn't happy

Gay couples can't be married in Italy but one town in the north of the country has decided they can, at least, be buried together.

Vimercate, a town in the Lombardy region, changed the rules yesterday (11 June) so gay and lesbian couples now have the right to apply to have adjacent graves in the local cemetery when they die.

The industrial town of 25,000 inhabitants, near Milan, split on the issue, with a part of the assembly – led by left-wing parties - voting against the new local law.

May 7, 2013

Voters expressed their opposition to the pro equal marriage councillors views when electing him to Leicestershire County Council

An anonymous Conservative politician said he was upset at anti same-sex marriage comments left next to his name on election papers.

He was elected to Leicestershire County Council in the UK’s local elections held last Thursday (3 May).

May 3, 2013

A candidate who claimed exercise prevents gayness and another who said gay sex is 'frightful sordidness' lost a UK local elections bid

Two anti-gay politicians from the United Kingdom Independent Party (UKIP) have been defeated in their bid to be elected as councilors in England.

John Sullivan, a UKIP candidate, who stated regular physical exercise in schools can 'avoided homosexuality’ failed to be elected as a Gloucestershire councilor.

Will Windsor-Clive of the Conservative party was elected on 988 votes with Sullivan 391 votes behind.

April 28, 2013

UKIP party face fresh allegation of anti-gay slurs - Philip Rose, a council candidate say gay sex is ‘sordid frightfulness’, while councillor Henry Reilly suggests a ‘militant gay lobby’ is trying to impose itself on Christian churches

Philip Rose, a UK councillor candidate says ‘gay folk’ are ‘being used by forces of evil’ to halt the UK Independence Party's progress.

And Henry Reilly a Northern Ireland UKIP councillor warned that a well-financed, militant gay lobby is seeking to impose itself on Christian establishments.

April 27, 2013

John Sullivan, a UKIP party candidate, up for election next week, has made a series of anti-gay Facebook comments, including congratulating Russia for banning gay Pride, and comparing gays to termites

John Sullivan, a UK councillor candidate congratulated Russia on banning gay Pride marches and claimed regular exercise in schools can prevent homosexuality.

In a series of Facebook posts, Sullivan, who is a member of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) likened gay activists to termites and stated that feminism is evil and being gay is even worse.

April 22, 2013

Liberal city councillor Christine Forster suggests a large rainbow flag in Taylor Square, independent MP Alex Greenwich says the idea should come from the community

Sydney city councillor Christine Forster is suggesting a large rainbow flag to replace a rainbow road crossing that was taken away by the state government due to safety concerns.

Forster, who is the lesbian sister of Australia's opposition leader Tony Abbott, said to the Daily Telegraph:

March 29, 2013

The African National Congress (ANC) says it will take action against Cape Town councillor Abdulhamied Gabier for his anti-gay rant

The ANC stated it will take action against its own Cape Town councillor (Cllr) Abdulhamied Gabier for alleging the city’s council is trying to promote Cape Town as ‘moffie city’, an offensive term roughly translated as ‘faggots’.

Gay Star News reported earlier today (29 March) that mayor Patricia de Lille, of the Democratic Alliance party (DA), slammed Gabier, saying: ‘the councillor had laid into Cape Town with a string of insults, among them the anti-gay slur’.

March 29, 2013

Patricia de Lille, mayor of Cape Town criticized councillor Abdulhamied Gabier for his anti-gay rant saying it insulting and against the law

Councillor (Cllr) Abdulhamied Gabier, of the ANC, has been sharply criticized when he said the city’s council is trying to promote Cape Town as ‘moffie city’, an offensive term roughly translated as ‘faggots’.

IOL portal reported yesterday (28 March) that mayor Patricia de Lille, of the Democratic Alliance party (DA), said ‘the councillor had laid into Cape Town with a string of insults, among them the anti-gay slur’.

March 29, 2013

Patricia de Lille, mayor of Cape Town criticized councillor Abdulhamied Gabier for his anti-gay rant saying it insulting and against the law

Councillor (Cllr) Abdulhamied Gabier, of the ANC, has been sharply criticized when he said the city’s council is trying to promote Cape Town as ‘moffie city’, an offensive term roughly translated as ‘faggots’.

IOL portal reported yesterday (28 March) that mayor Patricia de Lille, of the Democratic Alliance party (DA), said ‘the councillor had laid into Cape Town with a string of insults, among them the anti-gay slur’.