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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.

November 28, 2014

Vitaly Cherkasov was accosted by a group of men after leaving a courthouse where he had been defending activist Kirill Kalugin

The Moscow Times reports that a human rights lawyer has been attacked whilst leaving a St. Petersburg court.

The lawyer, Vitaly Cherkasov, was employed to defend an LGBT activist and says that one of his assailants is the aide to a local anti-gay lawmaker.

November 12, 2014

Maxim Martsinkevich, known as 'Machete', will now be out of jail in under three years

A man who lured gay teens to a home, tortured them and reportedly drove several to suicide will now be free in under three years.

Maxim Martsinkevich, the leader of the anti-LGBTI group Occupy Pedophilia, had his sentence in a labor camp reduced by over two years yesterday at Moscow City Court.

He was not jailed for pioneering the horrific videos in which gay teens are 'punished for their sins', which have been imitated by several others across the country, but for 'hooliganism'.

November 7, 2014

Michael Adam Hamilton appeared in this week's episode of ABC legal drama

Michael Adam Hamilton found himself in very tight quarters with Jack Falahee in this week's episode of ABC's How to Get Away with Murder.

Hamilton was cast as a gay young lawyer named Julian who the gay character of Connor (Falahee) runs into at the courthouse.

It seems the two had hooked up in the past but Julian did not remember the encounter right away.

November 7, 2014

Would replace Anti-Homosexuality Act that was struck down earlier this year

Anti-gay legislators in Uganda aren't giving up.

Three months after the Anti-Homosexuality Act was struck down on technical grounds, new legislation has been drafted that is even more draconian than what was previously in place.

A human rights lawyer, Nicholas Opiyo, obtained a leaked copy of the proposed legislation and describes it as 'even worse, even more draconian,' according to BuzzFeed.

November 4, 2014

Ifeanyi Orazulike was arrested on the same day a challenge to the country's anti-gay law was dismissed

Nigerian LGBTI rights activist Ifeanyi Orazulike was arrested and detained without charge on the night of 22 October, the same day a constitutional challenge to the country's anti-gay law was dismissed.

The executive director of the International Center for Advocacy on the Rights to Health was arrested at his office in Abuja while celebrating his birthday with friends and colleagues.

He has filed a motion in Abuja High Court alleging he was arrested, detained and dehumanized without charge.

October 29, 2014

Action by Melissa Rivers could be first step in wrongful death lawsuit

t’s not known if Melissa Rivers will be filing a wrongful death lawsuit in shocking death last month of her mother, Joan Rivers.

But she seems to be laying the groundwork for the possibility.

Rivers has hired a law firm to look into the legendary comedian's death which occurred after what was to be a routine throat procedure on 4 September.

Although Rivers was 81, she appeared to be in good health even performing a stand-up routine in New York City the night before the procedure.

October 29, 2014

Court of Appeal rejects two constitutional challenges to the country's sodomy law

Singapore's highest court today ruled the country's sodomy law which criminalizes gay sex is constitutional.

The Court of Appeal found that section 377A of the penal code did not infringe on the rights of 51-year-old artistic therapist and social volunteer Tan Eng Hong.

Tan was arrested for having in oral sex with man in a public toilet in 2010. He contested the law but the High Court dismissed his application in 2013.

October 28, 2014

Judge tells Michael Egan: 'You understand this is a court of law.… You understand if you lie to me you'd get in trouble'

Michael Egan, the man who accused X-Men director Bryan Singer and other Hollywood players of sex abuse before dropping his case, did not have a very good day in court.

Egan appeared before a judge in Hawaii on Friday (24 October) in a malicious prosecution lawsuit brought by Garth Ancier, one of the other men he accused.

The judge called Egan out for lying when he claimed to not have had legal assistance in preparing his legal documents.

Judge J. Michael Seabright was not buying it.

October 28, 2014

'I do not believe that the United States Supreme Court could rule that all of those laws prohibiting marriage are suddenly constitutional after all these individuals have gotten married and their rights have changed'

The lawyer who defeated California's Proposition 8 doubts the US Supreme Court will reverse recent gains in marriage equality.

October 28, 2014

He says there is no 'probable cause for murder or any other crime'

A US marine accused of killing a transgender woman will stand trial in the Philippines but it is unclear whether he will face charges of murder of homicide.

Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, 19, was in the Philippines for joint military exercises and was the last person to be seen with Jennifer Laude, 26.

She was drowned in a hotel toilet in Olongapo city, northwest of Manila.

Pemberton skipped the preliminary investigation in Olongapo and failed to answer a murder complaint by yesterday's deadline.

October 23, 2014

Korea University council is the first student body to ban discrimination against LGBTI people

The student council of Korea University in Seoul has revised its rules to ban discrimination against LGBTI people after several homophobic incidents on campus.

It is the first student body of a South Korean university to do so.

Earlier this year, a placard welcoming new LGBTI students was torn down by unidentified individuals. A similar incident occured at Ewha Womans University, sparking concerns about homophobia on campuses.

October 23, 2014

Judge says the law does not affect the straight man who filed the suit

A Nigerian court has dimissed a challenge to the country's anti-gay law because the man who filed the suit is straight and it does not affect him.

Joseph Teriah Ebah sued the government in Abuja High Court for passing the ‘Jail All The Gays’ law last year, which he said violated the fundamental human rights of LGBTI Nigerians as enshrined in the constitution and the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.

October 15, 2014

A 60-year-old married Indian man threw his 20-year-old male lover through a third story window Tuesday morning after a dispute broke out between the pair while they were apparently having sex

A 20-year-old gay man is dead after being thrown through a third story window during a lovers quarrel in the Indian city of Hyderabad in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Police had been nearby at the time of the incident and heard a scream and the sound of the body hitting the ground and spotted a broken window on the third floor of a building above where the man had fallen from.

The still unidentified 20-year-old was naked and when police entered the building they discovered V. Narsingh Rao, 60, in an office belonging to his lawyer.

October 15, 2014

State's governor and attorney general accused of 'playing politics with our families'

The state of South Carolina was sued Wednesday (15 October) by two LGBTI groups for continuing to block same-sex marriages from taking place there.

Lambda Legal and South Carolina Equality claim that last week's decision by the US Supreme Court’s to let stand a 4th Circuit ruling striking down Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban also applies to South Carolina because it is in the same jurisdiction.

They want the marriages to begin immediately.

October 12, 2014

'They deserve the right to equality, and the same respect and decency that other people have that are living right next door'

October 9, 2014

Former law dean says the concept of marriage as between a man and woman is 'obsolete'

The former law dean of the University of the Philippines said saying denying LGBTI couples the right to marry was unconstitutional.

Pacifico Agabin made the comments at a professional lecture given by retired Supreme Court Associate Justice Jose Vitug.

The Inquirer quoted Agabin as saying, ‘The Family Code’s concept of marriage as a contract between a man and a woman aside from being obsolete, violates the equal protection clause of the Constitution.

September 12, 2014

Lawyer says being a male hairdresser or drinking a 'woman's drink' can be used as evidence of homosexuality in court

A Cameroonian human rights lawyer has described how courts in the African country use gender stereotypes to convict suspected gay people.

Michel Togue told the ThinkProgress blog that he had defended dozens of people charged with gay sex but very few were actually caught in the act.

Cameroon punishes gay sex with up to five years in jail and a fine, and according to human rights groups arrests more gay people than any other country.

September 11, 2014

'I’ve come to expect nothing from her, even though I feel I continually make the effort to break through'

When Rosie O'Donnell returns to ABC's The View on Monday (15 September), she will join a revamped show that has her co-hosting with a returning Whoopi Goldberg and newcomers Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace.

One person who won't be there will be Elisabeth Hasselbeck whose on-air clash with O'Donnell in 2007 was so traumatic (see video below) that O'Donnell left the show nearly a month before her one-year contract had expired.

September 10, 2014

Maura Healey, the 43-year-old former Massachusetts assistant attorney general who was instrumental in challenging DOMA, has secured the Democratic nomination for state attorney general

Maura Healey could become the first openly gay attorney general in the nation after securing the Democratic nomination Tuesday (9 September).

When the polls showed she defeated state lawmaker Warren Tolman for the nomination by 62.4% to 37.6%, she went on to thank those who supported her ‘underdog’ campaign, promising to champion the rights of workers, students and homeowners if elected.

September 3, 2014

Daniel Donaldson says Yes LGBT is misleading people into thinking an independent Scotland will better protect gay rights

An equality lawyer has said there are ‘fatal flaws’ in the Rainbow Paper that gay Scottish independence group Yes LGBT published on Monday.

Edinburgh-based Daniel Donaldson said the paper was ‘misleading’ and it was disingenuous of the group to say Scotland had consistently been more progressive than Westminster in terms of gay equality.

September 2, 2014

'Reply to all' claims another victim as a lawyer cites the Bible slamming a judge's decision to rule in favor of gay rights

A lawyer is regretting hitting that 'reply all' button after he sent out an offensive email calling AIDS the 'gay plague' to his entire company.

Now he is in 'severe' trouble after rallying against same sex marriage, spouting off religious bile in the name of opposing equality.

Walter Kubitz, a senior lawyer at Becker & Poliakoff, was angry a federal court recently found Florida's ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional.

September 1, 2014

One of the most renowned lawyers fighting for LGBTI freedom in Russia was attacked by two men in black hoods in Kostroma

A gay rights activist in Russia is speaking out after being attacked by two hooded thugs.

Nikolai Alekseev, a lawyer behind many of the legal fights against the country's anti-gay laws, was targeted early this morning in the city of Kostroma - a city north of Moscow.

At around 6.50am, as he was leaving the platform of the train station when two men in black hoods ran up to him.

August 14, 2014

Nathon Bailey and victim were to be married soon - Phillips' ex is suspect in Minnesota slaying and remains a fugitive

Nathon Bailey expected to be at his wedding to fiance Kelly Phillips later this year.

Instead, he will be attending Phillips' funeral.

A witness said that in the last horrific seconds of Phillips life, he was shot in the back as he tried to flee then in the head as he was on the ground pleading for his life.

The gunman then ran over his body as he drove away from the Minnesota gas station in the city of Arden Hills where the shooting occurred.