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January 20, 2014

Mario Pescante has accused Barack Obama of 'political terrorism' after including three gay athletes as part of the delegation to the Sochi Olympics

An Olympics official has offered a half apology for his slam on the US including gay athletes in its delegation to the Sochi Olympics next month.

Mario Pescante, former vice president of the International Olympics Committee, said the US should not be ‘promoting’ gay rights while in Sochi.

‘It’s absurd that a country like that sends four lesbians to Russia just to demonstrate that in their country gay rights have [been established],’ he said.

Facing calls to resign, he has now admitted he used the wrong ‘terms’ to criticize President Barack Obama.

January 16, 2014

Italian member of the IOC says it is 'absurd' the US is sending gay athletes and should not be 'promoting' LGBTI rights

A senior IOC member has slammed the US for including gay athletes in its official delegation to the Olympics next month.

Mario Pescante, former vice president of the International Olympics Committee, is reported to have said the US should not be ‘promoting’ gay rights while in Sochi.

‘It’s absurd that a country like that sends four lesbians to Russia just to demonstrate that in their country gay rights have [been established],’ he said.

‘The games should not be an occasion and a stage to promote rights that sports supports daily.’

January 6, 2014

Liz Cheney cites 'family health issues' for ending sinking campaign in Wyoming

The daughter of former US Vice President Dick Cheney has dropped her bid for the Republican nomination for a Senate seat in Wyoming.

Liz Cheney, 47, said in a statement that 'serious health issues have recently arisen in our family, and under the circumstances, I have decided to discontinue my campaign.'

Cheney did not specify what health issues are that forced her to abandon her floundering campaign to oust incumbent Mike Enzi.

January 4, 2014

Former punter alleges he was fired for gay activism and accuses assistant coach of homophobic rants

The Minnesota Vikings have hired two-profile attorney's to lead their investigation into former punter Chris Kluwe's explosive allegations this week about why he was fired and the anti-gay behavior of an assistant coach.

The team said Friday (3 January) that it has retained the services of former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson and former US Department of Justice trial attorney Chris Madel.

December 4, 2013

Former US vice president says it's his 'preference' that such conflicts stay within the family

Former US Vice President is making clear he is not pleased with the public feud that has erupted between his two daughters.

Mary Cheney, a lesbian who is married with children, slammed sister Liz Cheney on Facebook last month for not supporting gay marriage.

The two have not spoken since August.

November 27, 2013

Next month Mary Cheney will host a reception to support efforts to fight an anti-gay marriage amendment in Indiana

Mary Cheney is battling the anti-gay marriage amendment proposal the US state Indiana.

The daughter, and out lesbian, of former Vice President Dick Cheney is sponsoring a Freedom Indiana reception on 11 December.

'Freedom means freedom for everyone,' Cheney wrote in an email to the group's supporters. 'For me, that’s not just another saying. It’s who I am — the core of what I believe. No one should be denied the fundamental liberties we all deserve.'

November 21, 2013

Daughters of former US VP Dick Cheney were already not on speaking terms before their battle became public last week

The once-close daughters of former US Vice President Dick Cheney had already not been speaking to each other for months before their family feud over gay marriage became public last week.

Engaged in an uphill battle for a US senate seat in Wyoming, Liz Cheney publicly announced she was against same-sex marriage despite having a lesbian sister who was in one.

Mary Cheney decided to go public and blasted her sister in a series of Facebook posts.

November 18, 2013

'This is an issue we have dealt with privately for many years, and we are pained to see it become public'

A day after their daughters had a public war of words over gay marriage, former US Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife issued a statement trying to calm the situation.

The couple said they are 'pained' over the spat between Liz Cheney and and her lesbian sister Mary Cheney. Liz Cheney is challenging fellow Republican Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi in 2014 and opposes same-sex marriage.

November 17, 2013

While Liz Cheney does not support same-sex marriage, she thinks the issue is best settled at the state level as opposed to a constitutional amendment

US Senate candidate Liz Cheney stands by her opposition to marriage equality.

The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and sister to Mary, an out lesbian, is challenging fellow Republican Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi in 2014.

November 17, 2013

Luxembourg is set to become the world’s first country with both an openly gay leader and deputy leader after Prime Minister Xavier Bettel named Socialist leader Etienne Schneider as his Deputy Prime Minister

The constitutional monarchy of Luxembourg is set to become the first ever country to have both a gay leader and deputy leader.

Incoming Democratic Party Prime Minister Xavier Bettel has announced that openly gay Socialist Workers Party leader Etienne Schneider will be his Deputy Prime Minister.

Schneider was Minister for the Economy and Foreign Trade in the previous government in a previous coalition with Luxembourg’s Christian Social People’s Party.

November 17, 2013

Heather Poe, Mary Cheney's wife, wonders how her sister-in-law can offer congratulations on her marriage but still be against it

Mary Cheney and her wife, Heather Poe, are offering harsh words for US Senate candidate Liz Cheney's opposition to marriage equality.

'Liz – this isn’t just an issue on which we disagree, you’re just wrong – and on the wrong side of history,' Mary Cheney wrote to her sister on her Facebook page, according to the New York Times.

November 3, 2013

New book Double Down says President Obama was a gay marriage supporter since 2004

According to a new book about the 2012 US presidential campaign, Vice President Joe Biden was in hot water after he announced he was for gay marriage.

October 22, 2013

Top 50 in business list hopes to inspire LGBT employees to reach further and do more

A list claiming to reveal the 50 most powerful LGBT people in business has been revealed today, backed by former BP chief executive Lord John Browne.

Antonio Simoes, head of HSBC UK, tops the list, with Beth Brooke, global vice chair for public policy at EY second and Paul Reed, chief exec of BP IST ranked third.

Lord Browne hopes the list will help all LGBT employees to ‘dream bigger and aim higher’.

It was compiled by OUTstanding in Business, a professional network for gay and lesbian executives founded this year.

October 9, 2013

Europe will discuss the rise of homophobia and xenophobia in Russia in Strasbourg

The International Olympics Committee has chosen Russia’s side in the crackdown of the LGBT community, according to a leading member of the European Parliament.

The European Parliament discuss the rise of homophobia and xenophobia in Russia in Strasbourg tomorrow (10 October).

Sophie in ‘t Velt MEP, vice president of the LGBT Intergroup, has said: ’The recent decree by president Putin banning demonstrations and rallies for two and a half months in Sochi around the 2014 Winter Olympics should be a wake-up call to the International Olympic Committee.

October 4, 2013

US Vice President Joe Biden has told the organizers of the annual Human Rights Campaign dinner that he will no longer be able to be its keynote speaker as a result of Republicans in Congress defunding the US Government

US Vice President Joe Biden has cancelled an appearance at the annual Human Rights Campaign dinner where he was due to give the keynote speech to 3,400 guests on Saturday, saying Congressional Republicans’ defunding of the US Government makes it impossible.

Biden has also cancelled an appearance at a fundraiser for the Democratic Campaign Committee on Monday which raises funds for Democratic House of Representatives candidates.

September 22, 2013

Religious groups in Taiwan start signature campaign to prevent parliament from amending civil code

Close on the heels of LGBT rights groups stepping up their campaign to press for a civil code amendment that will legalize same-sex weddings in Taiwan, now religious organizations have jumped into the fray, seeking public support to block the amendment.

The Taiwan Religious Groups Caring Family Alliance, an umbrella of religious bodies, is opposing same-sex marriages on the ground that they will lead to the legalization of adultery and incest and promote promiscuity.

September 16, 2013

'I could not remain silent any more. It's time we stopped talking. It’s the civil rights of our day'

As pressure mounted last year on US President Barack Obama to take a stand on an issue - gay marriage - on which he was still famously 'evolving,' it was his vice president who gave him the nudge he needed.

Joe Biden went on NBC's Meet the Press and expressed his personal support for same-sex marriage. Just days later, Obama did the same in an interview with ABC News.

'A lot of people criticized me for speaking out, not long ago, about gay marriage. I could not remain silent any more,' Biden said on Sunday (15 September) at a political fundraiser in Iowa.

September 1, 2013

Out, and married, lesbian Mary Cheney asks her Facebook friends to share her pro-gay marriage comment

Mary Cheney, the out lesbian daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, went on Facebook to disagree with her older sister's gay marriage position.

'For the record, I love my sister, but she is dead wrong on the issue of marriage,' Cheney wrote, according to the New York Times.

Mary Cheney, who is married and a mother, repeated a line her father used in the past (Dick Cheney is pro-gay marriage).

August 31, 2013

Republican Liz Cheney calls on opponent to reject poll that says she is for marriage equality

Liz Cheney, a candidate to be senator from the US western state Wyoming, is pushing back against clams she supports gay marriage.

The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney and sister to Mary, an out lesbian, put her position on her website.

'I am strongly pro-life and I am not pro-gay marriage,' the candidate wrote.

July 27, 2013

HRC's Chad Griffin says 'verbal assurances from the Russian government ... are not enough'

The International Olympic Committee is saying gay athletes and visitors apparently have nothing to fear come the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

The IOC says it has received ‘assurances from the highest level’ from Russia’s government that athletes and visitors would be exempt from the country’s anti-gay laws.

But not everyone is so sure.

Fred Sainz, vice president for communications of leading US organization Human Rights Campaign, says: ‘Unfortunately platitudes won’t do away with these heinous laws that are an abomination to LGBT people.

July 24, 2013

Exodus International vice president Randy Thomas has issued his own apology after its president Alan Chambers apologized and closed the organization

The Vice President of the world’s largest ‘ex-gay’ therapy group has apologized for his role in the organization following its being shut down by Exodus International president Alan Chambers.

‘I apologize to the gay community for idealizing and reinforcing the institutional groupthink of Exodus,’ Exodus vice president Randy Thomas said in a public statement.

July 19, 2013

Anti-gay conservative Bryan Fiischer warns voters to be wary of US Senate candidate Liz Cheney

Bryan Fischer, the spokesperson for the conservative organization American Family Association, has come out against Liz Cheney's bid to join the US Senate.

The conservative commentator is worried the candidate, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, lacks his anti-gay fervor.

Fischer acknowledged Cheney has all the right positions when it comes to foreign policy but 'she will fight for the team wearing lavender instead of the team wearing red, white and blue.'

June 14, 2013

President continues to resist pressure to sign executive order on non-discrimination act

President Barack Obama wants to see the long-stalled Employment Non-Discrimination Act enacted but he remains unwilling to go around congress and sign it into law by Executive Order.

Obama, appearing with Vice President Joe Biden at the LGBT Pride Month Reception at The White House Thursday (13 June), said of ENDA: 'We need to get that passed. I want to sign that bill, we need to get it done now.'

He added: 'I think we can make that happen because after the last four-and-a-half years, you can't tell me things can't happen.'

June 4, 2013

Cites the personal experiences of a transgender friend in his call for action

Delaware's Attorney General Beau Biden is taking a lead role in trying to secure legal protections for the transgender people in his state where gay marriage recently became legal.

The son of US Vice President Joe Biden says in a new video that he has a transgender friend who 'has spoken to me about her fear of living without basic legal protections.'