ARTICLES RELATING TO GAY RIGHTS

Botswana govt to appeal homosexuality case

2015-01-19 12:45

The Botswana government is appealing a high court case which gave Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana the right to register as an organisation, court records show.

Gay marriage issue could miss crucial deadline in US

2015-01-16 11:02

Time is running out for the US Supreme Court to get same-sex marriage on its calendar if the justices want to tackle the issue before their current term ends.

New LA law requires gender-neutral restrooms

2015-01-14 11:14

West Hollywood plans to enforce a new law requiring gender-neutral restrooms to, among other reasons, accommodate new ideas of gender identity.

Same-sex couples wed in Florida as gay marriage ban ends

2015-01-06 12:41

Scores of same-sex Florida couples have tied the know after the state’s ban on gay marriage ended.

Egyptian gays living in fear under Sisi regime

2015-01-02 16:24

Since the night police stormed into a Cairo bathhouse and dragged out a group of near-naked men, gays in Egypt fear a widening police crackdown on homosexuals.

Egypt cuts jail terms in gay wedding case

2014-12-27 15:50

An Egyptian appeals court has reduced jail sentences given to eight men over a gay wedding video that went viral on the internet from three years to one year each.

Elton John weds partner of 21 years as stars look on

2014-12-21 18:45

British pop superstar Elton John has married long-time partner David Furnish in Windsor, with David Beckham and actor Hugh Grant among the guests.

US marine in court for transgender murder case

2014-12-19 11:07

A US marine accused of killing a transgender Filipino has appeared in a Philippine court for the first time, as his lawyers sought the suspension of the trial.

ISIS jihadists say gay thrown off rooftop

2014-12-09 22:22

The ISIS group in Iraq and Syria have posted photographs appearing to show jihadists throw a gay off a rooftop and then stoning him to death.

Uganda MPs ready new anti-gay bill as 'Christmas gift'

2014-12-05 12:45

Ugandan lawmakers drafting new anti-gay legislation say they will submit it to parliament as a "Christmas gift" to the people.

First openly gay mayor elected in Poland

2014-12-01 16:17

Voters in Poland have elected the country's first openly gay mayor, a sign of growing tolerance for gays and lesbians in a country that has long been defined by a deep Roman Catholic conservatism.

Arkansas, Mississippi gay marriage bans overturned

2014-11-26 14:10

Arkansas and Mississippi have become the latest two US states to have their gay marriage bans overturned by federal judges.

Man gets 30 years for lesbian killing

2014-11-26 07:50

A 23-year-old man accused of killing a lesbian woman has been sentenced to 30 years in prison, with the judge telling him "you can't interfere with how someone chooses to live".

Proof of same-sex love in the Bible

2014-11-23 09:31

People who condemn homosexuality based on the Bible don’t know the original meaning of the words in Hebrew or Greek and they do not understand the context it was written in, says Cameron Modisane.

Gay dad challenges maternity leave law

2014-11-20 10:35

Durban man in same-sex marriage denied maternity leave heads to the labour court.

Botswana mulls gay ruling

2014-11-18 17:05

Botswana‘s labour and home affairs minister is still considering whether to appeal against a high court ruling that Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana (Legabibo) can register as an organisation.

Sodom and Gomorrah was not about homosexuality

2014-11-16 08:58

Some people argue that God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because the people of these cities were homosexuals. This is so wrong, says Cameron Modisane.

Uganda draws up new anti-gay law - activists

2014-11-08 16:06
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Uganda's ruling party has drawn up a new anti-gay law and could push it through parliament before the end of the year, rights activists say.

Judge orders Kansas to let gay couples marry

2014-11-05 10:17

A federal judge has ordered Kansas to allow same-sex couples to marry pending the outcome of a lawsuit challenging the state’s ban.

Egypt jails eight gay men for three years

2014-11-01 20:06

An Egyptian court has jailed eight men for three years over a video prosecutors claimed was of a gay wedding.

Uganda 'gay' trial dimissed for lack of evidence

2014-10-22 16:04

A Ugandan judge has dismissed the case of two men accused of having homosexual sex, the first since tough laws were repealed, their lawyer says.

Catholic bishops take distance from gay document

2014-10-14 21:04

Conservative Catholic bishops have distanced themselves from a document showing an unprecedented opening toward gays and divorced people, saying it doesn't reflect their views.

Gay tourist jailed in Morocco returns to UK

2014-10-08 08:48

A British tourist jailed in Morocco for “homosexual acts” has returned to Britain to a tearful reunion with his family.

US top court hands big win to gay marriage backers

2014-10-07 08:08
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The Supreme Court has unexpectedly cleared the way for a dramatic expansion of gay marriage in the US and may have signalled that it's only a matter of time before same-sex couples can marry in all 50 states.

 

Belgian bishop refuses gay award

2015-01-19 09:20

A Belgian bishop has distanced himself from an award given by a gay rights group after he called on the Catholic Church to 'respect' divorced people and homosexuals.

Austria's ban on gay adoption overturned

2015-01-14 17:58

Austria's highest court has overturned a law that prevents same-sex couples from adopting children, bringing it into line with many European countries.

UN chief slams 'intolerant' India over gay sex ban

2015-01-13 11:45

The UN chief Ban Ki-moon has accused India of fomenting intolerance with its ban on gay sex amid uproar over a ruling party minister’s plans to make homosexuals "normal".

Defence lawyers criticise Egypt bathhouse trial

2015-01-05 08:45

Defence lawyers for 26 men on trial in Egypt after being arrested in a televised raid by police officers looking for gays at a public bathhouse, have criticised the prosecution’s case, saying it is based on a faulty investigation.

Judge allows gay marriages to begin across Florida

2015-01-02 12:00

A federal judge in north Florida has ruled that county clerks must issue marriage licences to all same-sex couples who request them starting 6 January.

US moves toward dropping ban on gay blood donations

2014-12-24 07:19

US health officials are recommending an end to America's lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, 31-year-old policy that activists say is no longer justified.

Victory for plaintiff in China gay conversion case

2014-12-19 12:17

A Chinese psychological clinic has been ordered to pay compensation to a gay man who sued it for administering electric shocks intended to make him heterosexual.

Egypt refers 26 suspected homosexuals to trial

2014-12-17 20:51

An Egyptian official says prosecutors have referred 26 men arrested in a raid on a bath house to trial on charges connected to their suspected homosexuality.

Egypt arrests 33 for debauchery

2014-12-08 18:59

Thirty-three men have been arrested in a night-time police raid on a Cairo bathhouse for alleged debauchery.

US fails to lift ban on gay blood donors

2014-12-04 13:56

A panel of experts convened by US health regulators have failed to recommend whether a lifetime ban should be lifted on gay men donating blood.

Botswana: Gays, lesbians re-apply for registration

2014-11-26 08:40

Advocacy group, Lesbians, Gays and Bisexuals of Botswana will re-apply to register as an organisation, it says.

US condemns anti-gay laws in Gambia

2014-11-25 08:21

The US says it is 'deeply concerned' about a new law making homosexuality punishable by life in prison in Gambia, where gays already have endured years of intolerance and harassment.

Ugandan anti-gay bill may be ready by Christmas

2014-11-21 08:47

Ugandan lawmakers say they have drawn up new anti-gay legislation with cross-bench support, and hope to present it before parliament by the end of the year.

Gay dad challenges maternity leave law

2014-11-20 10:44

Durban man in same-sex marriage denied maternity leave heads to the labour court.

Court lets gay marriage go ahead in South Carolina

2014-11-19 08:44

Same-sex weddings could happen in South Carolina after the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals declined to block a district court ruling that struck down South Carolina's gay marriage ban.

1 000s of Brazilians march in gay rights parade

2014-11-17 07:38

Thousands of Brazilians have taken part in Rio de Janeiro's 19th gay pride parade, speaking out against homophobia in a country that has seen years of violence targeting the gay community.

Botswana ordered to register country's 1st gay group

2014-11-14 19:59

A Botswana High Court has ordered the government to register and recognise the country’s first gay and lesbian lobby group, in a case testing the country’s strict anti-homosexuality laws.

Latvia's foreign minister tweets he's gay

2014-11-07 13:56

Latvia's foreign minister has announced on Twitter that he is gay, becoming the first openly homosexual cabinet member in the Baltic country.

Social inclusion for homosexuals in SA

2014-11-03 13:20

The legacy of discrimination and lost opportunities over the last 20 years continue to leave many homosexuals excluded from society, says Cameron Modisane.

Singapore court upholds ban on gay sex

2014-10-29 16:37

Singapore's top court has ruled that a law criminalising sex between men is constitutional.

US, Philippine ties above transgender murder

2014-10-20 16:39

Philippine President Benigno Aquino says the murder of a Filipino transgender prostitute allegedly by a US Marine should not sour ties with the United States.

Gay rights groups hail new Catholic tone

2014-10-10 12:36

Gay rights groups are cautiously cheering a shift in tone from the Catholic Church, encouraged by Pope Francis' 'Who am I to judge?' position.

Gay Briton jailed in Morocco released

2014-10-07 22:12

A British tourist jailed in Morocco for 'homosexual acts' has been released, his family says.

UK family urges Morocco to free gay pensioner

2014-10-06 21:09

A British man has urged Morocco to release his 70-year-old father, claiming he is being held in "appalling" conditions in a Marrakesh prison after being convicted of homosexuality.

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