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September 19, 2014

First Minister resigns after the country votes to stay in the union with the rest of the United Kingdom

Alex Salmond, the First Minister of Scotland that helped to pass same-sex marriage, is to step down.

He will also resign as leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP) after he lost the independence vote. The nation voted 55% against breaking up the union, and 45% were in favor of independence.

He said: 'For me as leader my time is nearly over but for Scotland the campaign continues and the dream shall never die.'

Salmond was an early supporter of same-sex marriage.

September 18, 2014

Norman Fowler apologizes for the law that banned the 'promotion' of homosexuality in schools

A long-serving member of Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet has apologized for the controversial Section 28 which banned the 'promotion' of homosexuality in schools.

Former health minister Lord Norman Fowler told the Evening Standard, ‘We have come a long way. It [Section 28] was a great mistake and I think it’s now recognized as a great mistake and I would apologize for it. It was totally misjudged.’

The law was repealed in 2003.

September 2, 2014

Historic new law allows individuals to self-determine their own gender identity, abolishing any requirements for medical intervention

Denmark's gender recognition law has come into effect this week, and is being described as one of the best trans laws in the world.

The first in Europe of its kind, it is based on the self-determination of the individual. It abolishes any requirements for medical interventions, such as psychiatric diagnosis, sterilisation or hormonal treatment.

August 29, 2014

All but one Australian Government lawmakers have pulled out of attending the anti-gay, anti-abortion World Congress of Families conference scheduled for tomorrow in Melbourne after the event struggled to find a venue over its controversial views

Australian Social Services Minister Kevin Andrews has pulled out of opening and closing the controversial World Congress of Families conference in Melbourne after it was announced the event would be hosted by the controversial Catch the Fire Ministries church after at least four other venues turned organizers away.

Controversial Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi, who has in the past said that same-sex marriage could lead to group marriage and the legalization of bestiality, has also pulled out of attending the event.

August 22, 2014

Deputy leader of Australia’s Northern Territory Dave Tollner will go to the back bench after he called a colleague’s gay son a ‘pillow biter’ and ‘shirt lifter’

The Deputy Chief Minister of Australia’s Northern Territory has had to apologize after he called a fellow MP’s gay son a ‘pillow biter’ and ‘shirt lifter’ and he has now resigned after days of sustained criticism.

Country Liberal Party MP and territory Treasurer Dave Tollner defended allegations of homophobia by pointing out that his mother has been in a same-sex relationship for 27 years and that he has a gay nephew who’s relationship he supports.

August 4, 2014

Living With The Enemy pairs two opposing views on topics in Australia

A gay couple will be living with the enemy in a brand new TV show.

The SBS documentary will follow a gay couple hoping to get married with an Australian preacher that believes homosexuality is an abomination.

The first episode of Living With The Enemy will look at equal marriage, and will see Melbourne couple Michael Barnett and Gregory Storer comes to blows with Anglican minister David.

Like with Wife Swap, the couple lives with the preacher for five days to hear him spout his homophobic views for the masses.

August 2, 2014

'I find it difficult sometimes to understand why ministers are willing to abandon the scripture to go along and get along. I just find that very puzzling'

Ben Carson, a noted US neurosurgeon and Republican activist, is standing against religious leaders who support gay marriage.

The potential 2016 presidential GOP candidate was a guest on James Dobson's 31 July radio program. According to Right Wing Watch, Carson expressed dismay toward ministers who support marriage equality.

July 29, 2014

The government of Sweden will give Uganda around $200 million in development aid over the next five years after it became one of the first countries to suspend or redirect aid to the country over the passage of its draconian Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Sweden has announced it will provide $200 million in aid to Uganda over the next five years to improve health care, with a focus on sexual health and human rights - despite being one of the first to withdraw aid over the Central African country’s passing a law punishing homosexuality with terms of up to life in prison.

July 25, 2014

Move may reassure people concerned Secretary of State for Education and Equalities Nicky Morgan voted against same-sex marriage

Britain’s Education and Equalities minister, Nicky Morgan, has appointed a current staffer from gay charity Stonewall as her new special advisor.

Luke Tryl, was until 5pm today, head of education at Stonewall, the UK’s leading gay rights organization.

But from Monday, he will start as special advisor to Morgan on equalities and education, Gay Star News can exclusively reveal.

July 22, 2014

Australia’s state and federal health ministers have signed on to a pledge to stop new cases of HIV by 2020 at the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne this week

Australia’s state and federal health ministers have announced a new HIV reduction target for the year 2020 at the 2014 International AIDS Conference being held in Melbourne, Australia this week.

The ministers want to see an end to new cases of HIV in Australia by 2020.

July 19, 2014

As protests by the public and boycotts by writers escalate, minister who earlier defended the decision now orders two children's books to be moved to adult section of library

After a vigorous 2-week public debate following the Singapore National Library Board's (NLB) decision to withdraw and destroy three children's books which depict same-sex parents and non-nuclear families, two of the titles will be placed in the adult section instead.

July 17, 2014

Australian government minister Kevin Andrews will open and close the World Congress of Families next month after it had to be moved from Russia after conflict broke out in the Ukraine

Leading Australian Government figures are endorsing a far-right anti-gay international conference of ‘family vales’ groups being held in Melbourne next month.

The 8th World Congress of Families had originally been scheduled to be held in Moscow but US and European sanctions against Russia over the crisis in the Ukraine forced organizers to hastily reschedule the event for Melbourne.

Conference organizers had praised the Russian government over its treatment of LGBTI people and ban on so-called gay propaganda to minors.

July 15, 2014

Nick Boles will be given a position in Business, Education and lead the implementation of same-sex marriage

Prime Minister David Cameron has given a gay Conservative MP a key role in implementing LGBT equality today (15 July).

Nick Boles, a former Planning minister, will be given a position in Business, Education and lead the implementation of same-sex marriage.

This comes as Nicky Morgan, who voted against same-sex marriage, was made the new Education Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities.

Boles, in a civil partnership and who voted for equal marriage, will serve under Morgan looking after policies important to the LGBTI community.

July 15, 2014

Nicky Morgan has been promoted in the reshuffling of David Cameron's Conservative-Liberal Democrat cabinet

Nicky Morgan, who voted against same-sex marriage, will lead the UK as the Education Secretary and Women and Equalities Minister.

In Prime Minister David Cameron’s reshuffling of his main cabinet today (15 July), the 41-year-old Conservative MP has been promoted to a higher office.

Previously the Minister for Women and Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Morgan takes over from Michael Gove as Education Secretary.

Phillip Hammond, who said he was ‘shocked’ by the idea of gay marriage, has also been promoted to Foreign Secretary.

July 15, 2014

The Rev. Charles Moore, 79, doused himself with gasoline and set himself alight in June to protest his church’s refusal to marry same-sex couples, prejudice against LGBTI people and other injustices in the world – hoping his death could make a change

A Texan retired United Methodist minister has made the ultimate sacrifice to protest discrimination against LGBTI people and other injustices in the world, burning himself to death in a car park in his home town of Grand Saline.

The Rev. Charles Moore, 79, doused himself with gasoline and set himself alight in the car park of a shopping mall, emulating Buddhist monks who burned themselves to death to protest the South Vietnamese government during the Vietnam War and Tibetan monks who did the same more recently to protest China’s rule over their country.

July 14, 2014

Last weekend, the sun came out for people of Jersey as they marched to demand same-sex marriage

The first ever LGBTI rally held in Jersey was a success, and participants now hope they have done enough to secure equal marriage on the island.

Marching to demand equal marriage for the LGBTI community of Jersey, people held rainbow flags and walked alongside their families in the sunshine last weekend (12 July).

July 13, 2014

Singapore National Library Board has pulled gay-friendly books from shelves, and LGBTI families fight back saying ‘we are real’

July 11, 2014

Politicians have delayed equal marriage on the little island of Jersey, even though 81% support it. Anger has sparked biggest ever LGBTI event

The little island of Jersey is set to see it’s biggest ever LGBTI event this weekend – a rally to demand same-sex marriage.

It comes after the island – which is part of the British Crown but has its own laws – delayed a decision to allow gay and lesbian marriage.

A poll by the Jersey Evening Post shows 81% of Jersey islanders support marriage equality.

July 9, 2014

Home Affairs Minister Ian Le Marquand lodged a last-minute amendment, forcing the British crown dependency to wait until next year to vote on marriage equality

Gay marriage is to be delayed in Jersey.

Home Affairs Minister Ian Le Marquand lodged a last-minute amendment preventing a vote, forcing the Chief Minister to conduct a ‘detailed study’ by 31 December.

He claimed same-sex marriage in the British crown dependency off the coast of France could have ‘unintended consequences’.

Critics have said Le Marquand’s amendment was clearly a delaying tactic and would turn the topic into a divisive issue during the October general election.

July 1, 2014

Comic legend unites a happy couple in matrimony at a book signing in New York City

Joan Rivers may be a comic that gets into more trouble than most, but she knows love when she sees it.

She was at a Barnes & Noble in New York City to sign copies of her new book, Diary of a Mad Diva, when two fans asked her if it was true she was an ordained minister.

Joe Aiello and Jed Ryan then asked her if she’d marry them right then and there.

The 81-year-old icon brought the couple of three years up on stage and performed the ceremony, as fans cheered from the crowd.

June 25, 2014

Reverend Frank Schaefer performed son's gay wedding and was defrocked for refusing to promise not to perform more ceremomies

Reverend Frank Schaefer is leaving Pennsylvania and heading to California.

The United Methodist Church pastor, defrocked after officiating his son’s same-sex wedding, was reinstated this with back pay and has received a new assignment.

Schaefer had been pastor at Zion United Methodist Church of Iona in Pennsylvania's South Lebanon Township for 11 years when he was defrocked.

Schaefer’s request to be transfered to the church's California-Pacific Conference has been granted. He will be appointed to to the Isla Vista Student Ministry in Santa Barbara.

June 24, 2014

Reverend Frank Schaefer was convicted of disobeying church law when he refused to promise to never perform another same-sex marriage ceremomy

A pastor who was defrocked in November for officiating his son’s same-sex wedding has been reinstated with back pay.

Reverend Frank Schaefer, a Pennsylvania United Methodist minister, had been convicted under church law of disobeying the church after he refused to never perform another gay marriage.

Schaefer appealed his dismissal and a nine-member church judicial panel on Tuesday (24 June) overturned the church's earlier ruling.

June 12, 2014

Several thousand LGBTI advocates and allies signed a petition calling for him to be blocked from taking the petition, but the UN failed to listen

Uganda’s foreign minister Sam Kutesa, accused of helping to pass the anti-gay law, has been elected United Nations president.

It was Africa’s turn to make the appointment, and 65-year-old was the continent’s unanimous choice for the role.

Several thousand LGBTI advocates and allies signed a petition calling for him to be blocked from taking the petition, but the UN failed to listen.

They accused him of playing a role in the enactment of Uganda’s strict anti-gay law, which sets up sentences of up to life in prison for homosexuality.

June 11, 2014

As of 1 September, all Danes over 18 will be able to apply to be recognized as their true gender by simply stating they are that gender

Denmark has scrapped a law requiring people to be sterilized before they can be legally recognized as another gender.

As of 1 September, all Danes over 18 will be able to apply to be recognized as their true gender by simply stating they are that gender.

This means they no longer have to undergo the physical procedure before obtaining a new gender on their identification card.