ARTICLES RELATING TO GAY RIGHTS

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A Ugandan judge has dismissed the case of two men accused of having homosexual sex, the first since tough laws were repealed, their lawyer says.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

Anti-gay law: Uganda leader warns of economic impact

2014-10-03 14:23

Uganda's president has signalled he is having second thoughts over tough anti-homosexuality legislation, arguing the impoverished east African nation needs to consider the impact of trade and economic growth.

Former British PM Tony Blair named "gay icon"

2014-09-26 09:35

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has been named one of the top "gay icons" of the last thirty years in recognition of his work for gay rights.

Gambia urged to drop life sentences for gays

2014-09-10 21:09

Rights campaigners have called for Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to reject proposals by lawmakers to introduce a punishment of life in prison for aggravated homosexuality.

Gambia allowed to jail gays for life

2014-09-09 08:36
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Gambia's National Assembly has passed a bill imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts, worsening the climate for sexual minorities in a country with one of Africa's most vocal anti-gay leaders.

Ugandan MPs working to reintroduce anti-gay law

2014-09-03 14:35

Ugandan MPs have begun work on reintroducing tough anti-gay legislation, a month after the east African nation’s constitutional court declared a previous law “null and void”, a report says.

Chile navy officer makes history, saying he is gay

2014-08-28 12:47

A navy officer has became the first member of the Chilean military to reveal he is gay, a groundbreaking admission in this conservative Catholic country.

Govt condemns spate of women killings

2014-08-18 18:57

Government has expressed sadness at the recent spate of killings and abuse of women and children in the country.

Ugandan gays who fled to Kenya still feel danger

2014-08-18 05:59

Ugandan gays who have fled to Kenya still feel in danger, despite court striking down anti-gay laws.

Uganda president not keen on rushing anti-gay law

2014-08-12 18:05

A lawmaker with Uganda's ruling party says President Yoweri Museveni is urging parliamentarians not to rush to reintroduce a controversial anti-gay law.

Nepal gay community parades for same-sex marriage

2014-08-11 16:40

Hundreds of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transvestites, tooting horns and ringing chimes, have taken to the streets of Nepal's capital for a colourful parade celebrating Gaijatra, a Hindu festival to remember the dead.

 

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.

We are here, we are queer – get over it!

2014-10-14 08:23

In some ways, SA is way ahead of the region when it comes to the rights of same sex couples. So why then do people still oppose gay marriage? asks Oliver Meth.

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.

Tourist jailed in Morocco for being gay

2014-10-06 05:00

A 70-year-old British tourist has been sent to jail in Morocco for being gay after he was arrested with a local man at a bus stop.

Appeals court rules against fired gay minister

2014-10-01 10:00
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The Supreme Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by a lesbian minister who was fired from the Methodist Church of South Africa after announcing her same-sex marriage from the pulpit.

Serbian church blasts gays over parade plan

2014-09-23 18:30

The Serbian Orthodox Church has blasted what they called 'shameless' plans in Belgrade for a gay Pride Parade, which the church says was 'imposed' on Serbia from the West.

Gambian leader set to sign anti-gay law

2014-09-10 11:40

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh is yet to sign into law an anti-gay bill which was recently passed in the national assembly, worsening the climate for sexual minorities in that country.

Egypt prosecutor orders 7 held for 'debauchery'

2014-09-06 22:31

Egypt's top prosecutor has ordered seven men detained and physically examined over accusations of "debauchery", a charge often levelled at gays, after a video emerged of a same-sex wedding party.

Gay minister free to marry partner, SCA hears

2014-08-26 18:41

A Methodist Church minister is free to exercise her constitutional right to marry her same-sex partner, given the absence of a clear doctrine on the matter, the SCA has heard.

Woman killed for being a lesbian - report

2014-08-18 09:44

The brutal rape and murder of an 18-year-old woman in Ventersdorp, North West, appears to have been yet another incident of “corrective rape”.

Gauteng tolerant of gays - survey

2014-08-14 20:37

Gauteng residents are becoming increasingly tolerant of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, asexual, queer and other sexual orientations, a survey has revealed.

Museveni wants to water down anti-gay law

2014-08-12 16:04

Uganda's President Museveni wants to issue a watered-down version of a divisive anti-gay law, stripping out tough penalties for consenting adults, a ruling party lawmaker says.

Uganda gays holding pride parade

2014-08-09 15:01

Ugandan homosexuals are holding a pride parade on a beach after a court nullified the harsh anti-gay law.

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