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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.

September 9, 2014

Activists fear the gay marriage bill has been shelved indefinitely

More than forty marriage equality and civil rights groups gathered outside the Taiwanese legislature in Taipei this morning calling on lawmakers to pass a marriage equality bill they say has been deliberately set aside.

They also announced a larger protest that will see 99 civil rights groups surround the Legislative Yuan when it reopens on October 5.

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.

May 19, 2014

The Catholic Church in New Zealand plans to promote a documentary in which celibate gay Catholics encourage other LGBTIs to remain celibate, saying they should love God instead of each other

New Zealand’s Catholic Church plans to use a new documentary to encourage Catholic gays and lesbians to not act on their feelings, telling them to love God instead.

New Zealand Bishops Conference secretary Bishop Patrick Dunn told the Catholic News Agency that he planned to use The Third Way documentary to minister to Catholics who are attracted to people of the same-sex.

‘The initial response has been overwhelmingly positive, especially for such a controversial topic,’ Dunn said.

April 6, 2014

Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith said Culture Secretary Maria Miller’s support for gay marriage is partly to blame for the expenses row backlash from ‘bitter’ Conservative MPs

Work and Pensions Secretary Ian Duncan Smith claimed calls from Conservative MPs for Culture Secretary Maria Miller to be sacked in the wake of her recent expenses row are partly due to her support for equal marriage.

Miller, the minister responsible for the same-sex marriage bill that came into force last weekend, wrongly claimed £90,000 for her tax-payer funded second home in Wimbledon, which was also home to her parents.

March 13, 2014

By the end of the year, Scottish gay couples should be able to unite in matrimony. England and Wales couples will be able to marry on 29 March

Queen Elizabeth II has signed same-sex marriage into law in Scotland today (13 March).

By the end of the year, Scottish gay couples will be able to unite in matrimony.

It is the last step in the long battle to get the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill through parliament, making it an Act.

Alex Neil, cabinet secretary for health and wellbeing, said: 'I am delighted that the Same Sex Marriage Bill has now received Royal Assent.

February 25, 2014

An Australian Senate estimates hearing has been told that LGBTI asylum seekers’ refugee applications are being processed under Papua New Guinea law – which punishes homosexuality with up to 14 years in jail

Asylum seekers who have been told they can never resettle in Australia and are being held in camps in neighboring Papua New Guinea are having their asylum claims processed under local law – which punishes homosexuality with up to 14 years in jail.

During the hearing Labor Senator Lisa Singh asked Immigration and Border Control Secretary Martin Bowles whether he was aware of LGBTI asylum seekers being held in Papua New Guinea by Australian authorities who feared for their safety due to local laws that criminalize gay sex.

January 15, 2014

Calls for review of constitutionality of law which 'may fuel prejudice and violence'

UN Secretary Ban Ki-Moon on Wednesday (15 January) condemned Nigeria's new anti-gay law which have already resulted in numerous arrests and 11 allegedly gay men being put on trial in an Islamic court.

A spokesperson for Moon said the Secretary-General has 'deep concern' particularly about the Same-Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act in Nigeria which is 'in breach of fundamental human rights.'

December 13, 2013

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: 'They deserve our respect and the benefits they are entitled to under the law'

Mississippi was the last holdout.

But US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced today that all states have now agreed to comply with federal policy and grant full benefits to gay military personnel and their families.

Mississippi and Georgia had been the only two states out of compliance at the start of the week but like Texas and Louisiana before them, have decided to now follow federal law and process same-sex benefits.

December 11, 2013

The Supreme Court of India has set aside a 2009 Delhi High Court ruling that legalized homosexuality, passing the issue back to lawmakers to deal with in a major setback for LGBTI rights in India

India’s Supreme Court has found the country’s colonial era Section 377 anti-sodomy law legal – potentially seeing a return to the criminalization of India’s LGBTI community.

The Supreme Court justices said that Indian society was not yet ready for the law to be repealed and handed the issue back to lawmakers to deal with.

'It is for the legislature to look into desirability of deleting section 377,' Supreme Court justices G S Singhvi and S J Mukhopadhaya ruled.

November 8, 2013

Jennifer Boylan to share duties at LGBTI media advocacy organization with Steve Warren

GLAAD, a group that didn't include transgender people in its original acronym, today appointed a transgender woman as co-chair of its board of directors.

The media advocacy organization no longer uses the original name of Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and instead is simply known as GLAAD.

Professor Jennifer Finney Boylan, a transgender woman, is now co-chair of the national board of directors along with a gay man, Steve Warren.

October 19, 2013

Teacher Tippi McCullough married her partner in New Mexico, only to be told by the principal she should resign or face 'public firing'

A lesbian teacher at an Arkansas Catholic school has been fired after she married her partner of 14 years.

 

Tippi McCullough, a teacher at Mount St Mary's Academy in Littlerock, Arkansas, had travelled to New Mexico to marry her partner, Barb Mariani.

 

However, shortly after the ceremony the school's secretary called, telling McCullough she would be fired were she to get married.

October 19, 2013

President Barack Obama calls Jeh Johnson, the Homeland Security secretary nominee, 'an absolutely critical member of my national security team'

President Barack Obama has nominated Jeh Johnson, a lawyer who co-authored the US Pentagon's Don't Ask, Don't Tell study, to be the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

DADT forced gay and lesbian personnel to conceal their sexual orientation in order to avoid being discharged.

October 2, 2013

Australian Workers Union boss Paul Howes told GSN he believes his party must vote as one to preserve the legislative independence of the Australian Capital Territory as it moves to become the first Australian jurisdiction to allow same-sex couples to wed

Australian Workers Union national secretary Paul Howes, a key power broker in the right wing of the Australian Labor Party, has told GSN that it is vital that his party defend the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) from any attempt by the Australian Government to interfere with it’s ability to pass its own laws.

‘Labor has always been the party that has supported self government in the territories,’ Howes said, taking a question from GSN.

October 1, 2013

Bangladeshi Muslim groups have threatened to hold nationwide protests today against Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus over his opposition to Uganda’s persecution of homosexuals in what appears to be the latest effort to smear the Nobel Prize winner

Islamic groups in Bangladesh have called for nationwide protests today against Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus over his support of a statement in 2012 against the persecution of LGBTs in Uganda in the latest attack on the Grameen Bank founder.

October 1, 2013

Protests seem to be fizzling against Muhammad Yunus but the anger against his LGBT comments highlights the plight of millions of Bangladeshis

Bangladesh’s main mosque and an Islamic group with links to the government have launched a campaign, in this deeply conservative Muslim country, against the Nobel laureate and micro-loan pioneer Muhammad Yunus, whom they say should be prosecuted for supporting homosexuals.

The sudden storm is surprising because the ‘offending comments’ date from April 2012, following prosecutions of LGBTs in Uganda.

The 73-year-old economist made the statement along with three other Nobel laureates.

August 29, 2013

Direct result of Supreme Court striking down key provision of DOMA

Same-sex couples in the US who are legally married can begin filing joint federal tax returns regardless of which state they live in now.

The US Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) made the announcement today. The change implements federal tax aspects of the US Supreme Court's striking down of a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act in June.

This means same-sex couples will be treated as married for all federal tax purposes, including income and gift and estate taxes.

August 13, 2013

The newly confirmed next US Ambassador to Australia married his same-sex partner over the weekend

America's new ambassador to Australia, John Berry, has married partner Curtis Yee in a ceremony in Washington DC where same-sex couples have been able to marry since March of 2010.

‘John Berry and Curtis Yee, partners of 17 years, were formally married on Saturday August 10, at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Washington DC,’ a statement by the couple reads.

July 19, 2013

In the latest Vatican gay sex controversy, a journalist has published details of a high-ranking clergy member caught in ‘compromising situations’

The Vatican Bank’s newst appointee is at the center of an international gay sex scandal.

Leaders in the Catholic Church have been turning a blind eye to the homosexual misconduct of Monsignor Battista Mario Salvatore Ricca, claims veteran journalist Sandro Magister.

In a story published in Italian weekly L’Espreso,  Magister wrote that Ricca was caught in several ‘compromising situations' while based in Uruguay from 1999 to 2004, one of which included his getting beaten up at ‘a meeting place for homosexuals’. 

July 13, 2013

The political secretary hopes her appointment would pave the way of equal treatment for trans people

A lawmaker in Penang has appointed a transgender political secretary, considered the first of its kind in the Malaysian state or perhaps the entire country.

Democratic Action Party assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu has enlisted the help of Hezreen Shaik Daud, 33, to push for the transgender community’s welfare, after the proposal to set up a committee was approved last week.

June 27, 2013

The Scottish Parliament’s only guide dog, Mr Q, pricked up his ears when he heard about the gay marriage bill

A canine champion of equality, Mr Q, is wagging his tail in joy now gay marriage in Scotland is no longer a shaggy dog story.

The only guide dog in the Scottish Parliament showed his support for the equal marriage bill unveiled there today (27 June) by wearing a ‘Woof for equality’ bandana.

June 25, 2013

Openly gay Eric Fanning has been made acting Secretary of the US Air Force – making him the highest ranking LGBT person at the US Defense Department

Eric Fanning has become the highest ranking LGBT person in the US Defense Department after he became acting-Secretary of the US Air Force.

Fanning had previously been the Undersecretary of the Air Force but two months into the job Air Force Secretary Michael Donley retired and Fanning was asked to take over the role until President Barack Obama nominates an official replacement.

That nominee would then have to be confirmed by the US Senate.

June 24, 2013

Australian marriage equality advocates have welcomed US President Barack Obama’s pick of John Berry to be his next ambassador to Australia in the hope that his appointment will move the debate forward there

Marriage equality advocates in Australia have welcomed the nomination of John Berry to be the next US ambassador to Australia

Berry, formerly the Director of the US Government Office of Personnel Management, is openly gay and was picked for the role by US President Barack Obama.

Australian Marriage Equality national secretary Jay Allen told GSN he had met Berry on a recent visit to the United States and said he was a strong supporter of marriage equality.

June 18, 2013

'What I said was correct,' says Liberal senator Cory Bernardi about comment that gay marriage will lead to polygamy and bestiality 

Controversial former Liberal frontbencher Senator Cory Bernardi said in an interview this morning that he does not regret linking gay marriage to bestiality.

Bernardi said during a debate in the Australian federal parliament last September that legalizing same-sex marriage would lead to polygamy and bestiality. His comments prompted opposition leader Tony Abbott to ask him to resign as shadow parliamentary secretary.