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April 17, 2015

Right-wing lawyer claims studies show gay sex 'can result in significant cost to the community that encourages it'

Right-wing lawyer Mat Staver claims that homosexuality has cost the US government more than $225 billion.

On his Freedom’s Call radio bulletin Wednesday (15 April), the former Seventh-day Adventist pastor discussed 'the damage of homosexuality.'

Staver is the founder of anti-gay law firm Liberty Counsel, which provides free legal assistance in defense of 'religious freedom,' abortion and the 'traditional family.'

'Studies repeatedly show that homosexual conduct can result in significant cost to the community that encourages it,' he said.

April 10, 2015

Pop stars, entrepreneurs, film makers, TV celebrities and a current prisoner

From India to Japan and everywhere in between, the LGBTI movement in Asia is gathering pace.

So meet 21 of its greatest heroes.

They’ve written books, made films, founded organizations, fought in the courts and taken on the most challenging work.

Most of all they’ve stood up for their fellow LGBTIs – and often been rewarded only with harassment, persecution and even imprisonment.

But now they are being recognized. They are all nominated for the second Asia LGBT Milestone Awards (ALMAs).

April 8, 2015

The Bible condemns both gay sex and shellfish as 'abominations'

A Californian activist has countered a ballot proposal calling for all LGBTI people in the state to be shot with his own – the Shellfish Suppression Act.

Joe Decker from San Jose filed the counter-initiative and a $200 cheque on 31 March.

Christian lawyer Matt McLaughlin filed the Sodomite Suppression Act in February, citing a verse from a book in the Bible that states: 'If a man also lies with a man, as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death.'

April 3, 2015

Claims he suffered a fractured arm and dislocated shoulder

A retired lawyer is seeking $990,000 in damages from a gay bar which he claims violently threw him out in April 2012.

Michael Babcock is suing Stock Bar in Montreal for 'pain, suffering, inconvenience and psychological anxiety.'

A court heard earlier this week that while trying to buy a drink for the bartender and a nude dancer, an unidentified employee told him to get out.

According to the lawsuit, when Babcock asked what he had done, he was escorted to the door.

March 26, 2015

Kamala Harris says proposal 'threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society'

California Attorney General Kamala Harris is asking a court to block a proposed ballot measure that seeks to make legal the execution of people for being gay.

The so-called Sodomite Suppression Act was filed last week by a Huntington Beach lawyer named Matt McLaughlin who paid $200 the file his proposal which he wants to appear on the ballot in November 2016.

'This proposal not only threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society,' Harris said in a statement on Wednesday (25 March).

March 24, 2015

Rodner Figueroa was fired after saying image of Michelle Obama looked like cast member of Planet of the Apes

Rodner Figueroa wants his job back.

A high-powered lawyer hired by the fired Univision personality says his client has been unfairly painted as a racist for a comment about US First Lady Michelle Obama and is demanding that he be reinstated and receive a public apology.

March 22, 2015

Can the outrageous proposal to make it legal to execute gays and lesbians be stopped?

A attorney in Huntington Beach, California by the name of Matt McLaughlin has spent US$200 to propose a ballot measure to make it legal to execute gay men and lesbians by 'bullets to the head,' or 'any other convenient method.'

March 15, 2015

His American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) group was named to the Human Rights Watch (HRW) 'Hall of Shame' in 2013 for 'endangering the lives and dignity of LGBT people' around the world

Republican Jeb Bush, who is being watched closely by gay rights activists as he continues to publicly oppose marriage equality while saying that his view is evolving, is said to have surprised some observers with the appointment of prominent anti-gay activist Jordan Sekulow to his Right to Rise PAC (political action committee).

Sekulow is an attorney, radio show host and the right-wing Executive Director of the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ).

March 3, 2015

'Sodomistic propaganda' would be also punished with a $1 million fine

A Christian lawyer has filed a ballot initiative to execute all gay people in California 'by bullets to the head.'

Matt McLaughlin, 45, submitted his draft Sodomite Suppression Act to the justice department on 24 February.

The bill says gay sex is a 'monstrous evil that Almighty God, giver of freedom and liberty, commands us to suppress on pain of our utter destruction even as he overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.'

March 3, 2015

Now he’s suing management and colleagues at leisure center

A gay swimming instructor was forced to change in the disabled toilet at work and told he should not be teaching young children, a tribunal heard today.

The UK employment tribunal was told Paul Britton was also dubbed ‘faggot’ and ‘gay boy’ at work and called a ‘paedo’ by his manager because was a Conservative Party member.

Colleagues at High Wycombe Sports Centre in Buckinghamshire, southern England, also sent him a lewd photo of a workmate in a mankini.

February 27, 2015

Complainant says he is not against homosexuality but wants to test the limits of the country's anti-gay law

India's largest online shopping site has been sued for 'abetting gay sex and exhibiting obscene products.'

Snapdeal.com sells vibrators and lubrication, which a Supreme Court advocate said broke laws banning gay sex and public obscenity.

Suhas Joshi said he filed the complaint not because he was against homosexuality, but to test the limits of the country's anti-gay law.

February 27, 2015

The club's management are being investigated after an anti-LGBTI group sent complaints about them to the local prosecutor's office

A lesbian nightclub in Russia is under investigation after a picture of its owner kissing another woman went viral.

Last month, the owner of the club, only identified as Kseniya, and her partner were sat in front of St Petersburg lawmaker Vitaly Milonov on an Aeroflot flight from Moscow.

Milonov, an outspoken critic of gay rights, was instrumental in the creation of Russia's infamous anti-gay propaganda law. 

February 24, 2015

The US Federal Bureau of Investigations kept records on pastor Fred Phelps over four decades but ultimately dismissed him as a time wasting attention seeker who deliberately sought to provoke death threats against himself

The founder of one of the most extreme homophobic religious groups in the United States was the subject of a series of investigations by the FBI, new documents have revealed.

US website The Daily Caller obtained the FBI’s files on Westboro Baptist Church founder Pastor Fred Phelps via a freedom of information request – the earliest of which dates from 1967 when Phelps was working as a civil rights lawyer.

February 16, 2015

One of 26 Egyptian men who were caught up in a raid on a bath house that police claimed revealed a gay orgy has self immolated, saying no one trusts him anymore despite his acquittal

A man who was among a group of 26 Egyptian men who were accused by police of taking part in an orgy in a public bath house but were subsequently acquitted has attempted to kill himself by burning himself.

The man, who wishes to remain unnamed, made a statement to Al-Watan newspaper via his lawyer on Sunday (15 February), saying his life remains unbearable despite the charges against him being thrown out.

February 5, 2015

The Supreme Court of Florida is hearing a case where it must decide whether sex between men meets the legal definition of intercourse in the state’s law criminalizing people who lie about having HIV to their partners

Florida’s state Supreme Court will have to decide whether sex between people of the same-sex constitutes intercourse after a defense lawyer successfully argued that his client had not violated the state’s law criminalizing people who lie about their HIV status because the sex was gay.

The case came about after a Key West man named Gary Debaun was accused of lying to his partner about whether he had HIV.

According to court records Debaun was asked to take a HIV test by his partner.

January 27, 2015

Lawyer says the case 'will definitely have an impact' on LGBTI rights

A Chinese court last week heard the first workplace discrimination lawsuit in the southern city of Shenzhen, a case that could have far-reaching implications.

The plaintiff said he was fired from the design company he worked for a week after he was outed as gay in a viral online video.

'We're very optimistic,' Liu Xiaohu, a lawyer for the plaintiff, told AFP, adding that the case 'will definitely have an impact' on views of LGBTI rights in China.

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 18, 2015

Finally married! After being turned away three times and having their ceremony last Saturday cancelled due to a complaint that they 'suffer from madness'

Victor Manuel Aguirrre and Fernando Urias have become the first same-sex couple get married in the Mexican city of Mexicali, near the border with California, on Saturday after local officials ended an 18-month fight that led to a Mexican Supreme Court order to permit the wedding.

The lawyer for the couple had filed a complaint on Friday against Mexicali officials after authorities again blocked the marriage despite the high court ruling.

Only the capital Mexico City and the northern state of Coahuila permit same-sex unions.

January 18, 2015

'The Supreme Court of the United States, 15 times over the last 120 years, has said that marriage is a fundamental right'

Ted Olson, one of the lawyers who argued against California's Prop 8, went toe-to-toe with anti-gay marriage advocate Tony Perkins on today's (18 January) Fox News Sunday show.

The two were invited to discuss the Supreme Court's announcement that in April it will hear four marriage equality cases.

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.

December 24, 2014

Governor wants to take his gay marriage battle to the Supreme Court

A federal judge has ordered Idaho to pay more than $400,000 to the lawyers who successfully fought the state's gay marriage ban.

US Magistrate Judge Candy Dale on Friday (19 December) awarded the six lawyers a total $401,663, which is still about 10% less than what they requested.

'There is no dispute that plaintiffs are the prevailing parties and are therefore entitled to an award of reasonable attorney fees and litigation expenses,' she wrote in an order.

December 10, 2014

Activists call on the international community to pressure Mayor Park into passing his scrapped human rights charter

The occupation of Seoul city hall by LGBTI activists enters day five as the mayor remains silent on a human rights charter he indefinitely postponed last week.

Today is World Aids Day and was the scheduled date for the enactment of the charter, which includes provisions banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

A coalition of 20 LGBTI groups started the sit-in on Saturday 'out of rage' that Mayor Park Won-soon nullified the charter after anti-gay protests, despite a citizens committee passing the measure.

December 6, 2014

Auckland lawyer Matthew Muir was sworn in as the first openly gay judge to sit on New Zealand’s High Court bench on Friday

One of the lawyers behind the campaign to legalize homosexuality in New Zealand in 1986 has seen his career come full circle as he was just appointed to sit on the bench of the High Court of New Zealand.

Auckland lawyer Matthew Muir was one of a group of lawyers who advised the authors of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill which legalized sex between men in New Zealand in 1986 after decades of activism by the LGBTI community.