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July 17, 2014

Lawmakers in the Macedonian Parliament have begun the process of moving an amendment to ban gay couples from marrying in the country’s constitution and the government should have the votes to do so

The Macedonian Parliament has begun the process of approving a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, with lawmakers agreeing Wednesday to consider amendments put forward by government MPs.

The ruling Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization – Democratic Party for Macedonian National Unity coalition of Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and his allies received a landslide win in elections in April of this year and it is believed they have the two-thirds majority of seats needed to change Macedonia’s constitution.

July 11, 2014

Freshly minted Australian micro-party senator David Leyonhjelm says he will put forward a bill to allow same-sex couples to marry after mentioning marriage equality in his inaugural speech

Liberal Democratic Party David Leyonhjelm plans to move quickly to fulfill an election promise to push for same-sex marriage, with reports saying he will move forward with his own bill on the issue.

Leyonhjelm is one of 8 senators from new parties that did not hold seats in the Australian Senate before July this year of who the Australian Government needs 7 to pass legislation if it is opposed by the opposition Labor and Greens parties.

July 11, 2014

Proud father of a gay son and marriage equality supporter, Senator Rob Portman has announced he is considering whether to put his hat in the ring to become the next Republican candidate for the presidency of the United States

Republican Senator Rob Portman, one of the most prominent supporters of marriage equality in his party, has said he is considering whether to step forward as a contender to become US president.

Portman made the comments to the Washington Post, saying he was reluctant to run but would be tempted to if he didn’t see a strong candidate that was able to win.

July 8, 2014

Grieving family members are pleading with anyone to come forward with video footage of a man possibly being abused by bouncers

Grieving family members are pleading with anyone to come forward with video footage of a man possibly being abused by bouncers at a gay-friendly club.

Police have issued the appeal following the death of 30-year-old Adam Hird, who died following an incident outside a bar in Vauxhall.

Detectives investigating believe a woman may have filmed the events on her mobile phone. A cash reward of £1000 is available ($1700, €1300).

July 4, 2014

A woman appeared to be attacked in the middle of a crowd by a man in purple

Police are hoping someone will come forward and identify a man who appeared to attack a woman at Birmingham Pride.

They have released CCTV footage in order to help with the investigation following the assault on Hurst Street just after 6pm on 25 May.

In the video, it appears a man wearing a purple cap and purple T-shirt began arguing with a woman.

When she reacted, he grabbed her around the neck and pushed her into the floor in the middle of a busy street.

With people pulling him off, he then walked off through the crowd.

June 27, 2014

Egypt and Sierra Leone put forward a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council on the ‘protection of the family’ which was passed without language inclusive of LGBTI families with the help of Russia

The United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a resolution on the ‘protection of the family,’ but attempts to have it amended to recognize there are a variety of family structures – including those headed by LGBTI people – were blocked.

The resolution was put forward by diplomats from Egypt and Sierra Leone during the Human Rights Council’s 26th Session yesterday and calls for a plenary panel on the protection of the family and its members at the Human Rights Council’s September Council session.

June 26, 2014

Meet the two dads, Ivan Lopez and Sam Laakkonen, scouring the world for the best products and thought-provoking advice for parents

Your baby deserves the best products and you need the best advice in the world as a new parent.

So step forward the two dads behind new website Wauwaa – Sam Laakkonen from Finland and Ivan Lopez from the US.

From funky giraffe bibs to shark swimsuits, their online shop has it all.

Just as importantly their videos and blogs give parents new and surprising insights into raising their kids.

What is Wauwaa?

June 24, 2014

A Florida HIV group that benefits from White Party Miami sales is disappointed Gay Days Fort Lauderdale has been scheduled for the same Thanksgiving weekend

Not everyone is happy Gay Days has announced Fort Lauderdale as the latest city to join its week-long pool party and DJ line-up.

Many Florida businesses are looking forward to the 15,000 LGBTI fans who will descend on the Florida city, infusing an estimated $18 million (€13 million) into the local economy.

But local HIV and AIDS organization Care Resource CEO Rick Siclari is disappointed the event is scheduled for the same weekend as White Party Miami, an event whose sales contribute to Care Resource.

June 23, 2014

The Government of Mongolia is proposing to pass new laws protecting LGBTIs and ethnic minorities from hate crimes after a wave of attacks by neo-Nazis against vulnerable groups in recent years

LGBTI people and ethnic minorities will be protected from being subjected to hate crimes in Mongolia if a government proposal goes forward.

Homosexuality has been legal in Mongolia since 1961 but homophobic views are pervasive throughout society and LGBTI rights were only discussed in parliament for the first time in April of last year.

LGBTI people have been subjected to a number of severe violent attacks in recent years, as have ethnic minorities, as there has been an up swell in neo-Nazi inspired nationalist groups in the country.

June 19, 2014

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has announced that his government will move forward with legislation to allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions and to recognize same-sex marriages performed overseas

Italy’s Senate will debate bills to allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions and to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed in other jurisdictions.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi announced his party’s intention to move forward with legislation so debates on the bill can begin in September.

The Italian model has been based on civil partnership schemes in Britain and Germany but the proposal in Italy is that same-sex spouses will only be allowed to adopt their partner’s children if the other parent dies.

June 12, 2014

Ex-Westboro Baptist Church member Libby Phelps is forbidden from speaking to her family

Libby Phelps knows her infamously anti-gay grandfather is probably rolling over in his grave over the fact that she posed this week for the NOH8 campaign.

But the granddaughter of Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps, who died earlier this year, is continuing to step forward in her public support for the community that her former church has focused much of its hate.

June 10, 2014

Two women filmed on CCTV have come forward to speak with police about the incident

London police are a step closer to finding the man who threw ammonia into a man’s face for being gay.

The authorities believe one man may have attacked three men in Vauxhall, an area of London south of the River Thames popular with gay clubbers.

Two women seen on CCTV around the time of the attack outside Lightbox club have come forward since the high-profile appeal launched.

They were not arrested after speaking to police, Scotland Yard said today.

June 6, 2014

Judge Barbara Crabb: 'This case is about liberty and equality, the two cornerstones of the rights protected by the United States Constitution'

The state of Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage has been struck down by a federal judge who has ruled it is unconstitutional.

US District Court Judge Barbara Crabb ruled Friday (6 June) in a lawsuit challenging the ban filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of eight couples seeking the right to marry or to have their out-of-state marriages recognized.

June 3, 2014

Out star already has crowded trophy shelf with four Emmys

Neil Patrick Harris has been the toast of the Tony Awards in the past as the singing and dancing host of Broadway's biggest night.

But on Sunday (8 June), it will be Hugh Jackman hosting and Harris will be in the audience as a nominee.

The consensus among pundits is that he can look forward to becoming a first-time Tony winner for his performance as a transsexual punk rock singer in the musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

May 18, 2014

Irish bishop Dr Paul Colton has said the church of Ireland is ‘not at all up to pace with the debate’ on gay marriage 

A Church of Ireland bishop has come forward and said he supports same-sex marriage.

Dr Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, was speaking to BBC Radio Ulster's Sunday Sequence programme about his views on gay marriage.

‘The events in society are moving very rapidly and the church is not at all up to pace with the debate’ he said.

‘I certainly support civil same sex marriage.

May 17, 2014

Scottish minister Jeremy Middleton will challenge a proposal to allow gay ministers to be elected by their congregation, in an attempt to ban LGBTI clergy from Scottish churches

A Scottish minister wants gay clergy banned from serving in Scottish parishes, despite the fact last year it was agreed congregations could choose a gay minister if they wanted.

A new compromise, put forward to encourage greater acceptance of LGBTI ministers in Church of Scotland parishes last year, said if a vacancy for a minister arose then individual congregations could choose if they wanted a gay priest to fill the position.

May 14, 2014

'If seeing my story helps somebody else accept who they are and to go for their dreams too, that's great'

Oprah Winfrey's cable channel is teaming up with Michael Sam to make a documentary series on Sam becoming the first openly gay player in NFL history.

Over the weekend, Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the final round of the draft. His story has dominated the news in recent days including debate over his kissing his boyfriend on live television after learning he had made history.

May 11, 2014

Judge says his decision to retire early came after an 'inappropriate invasion of my privacy'

Judge David Audlin on Friday retired as Monroe County’s chief circuit judge – with four years left in his second six-year term – to return to private practice.

May 11, 2014

The Vicar of St Matthew-in-the-City in Auckland has called on the General Synod to 'move forward on the blessing' of same-sex relationships and the ordination of those who may be in one

The recently appointed vicar of St Matthew-in-the-City in Auckland, Rev Dr Helen Jacobi, has called on the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia to 'move forward on the blessing of same gender relationships and the ordination of those who may be in a same gender relationship.'

May 11, 2014

President Obama congratulates Michael Sam as he is the first gay football player drafted to a NFL team and social media reacts to the news

President Barack Obama has joined in celebrating Michael Sam being the first football player drafted to a National Football League team.

News broke yesterday of Sam being drafted to the St. Louis Rams, making history as the first openly gay player for join a major NFL team.

Obama sent out a statement through the White House congratulating Sam, his new team and the NFL on the milestone achievement.

May 10, 2014

In an astounding leap of logic, he accuses marriage equality proponents of being like Nazis and persecuting those, such as himself, who oppose same-sex marriage

Texas Republican congressman Louie Gohmert on Friday accused LGBTI activists and people who support same-sex marriage as demonstrating  the same 'fascist intolerance' shown by the Nazis.

May 10, 2014

David and Jason Benham were fired by HGTV when David’s homophobic rants surfaced, but he has now changed his view saying he has nothing against gay people

May 5, 2014

'I'm just honored to be able to share my wedding with the world'

Lance Bass is looking forward to getting married to actor Michael Turchin and sharing the ceremony with the world.

The former 'N Sync band member tells Gay Star News there is no firm date set yet for the ceremony but he knows it will happen before the end of the year.

'We're filming it for an E! wedding special. It will probably air around Valentine's Day so it has to be before Valentine's Day I know that,' he explained before hosting the GMCLA Voice Awards in Las Angeles over the weekend.

May 1, 2014

Head of the Catholic Church will ask bishops on their findings after speaking to their congregations about what they think about family life

Pope Francis has called on his bishops to meet in order to discuss same-sex relationships, divorce and contraception.

Last year, the leader of the Catholic Church directed bishops around the world to speak to their flocks about family life.

In a meeting planned for this October at the Vatican, the religious leaders will put forward their findings.