Portal:LGBT/Current events/Archive

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This is an archive of all news items that have been included in the LGBT portal.


  • 14 March 2010 - LGBT rights in Mexico - Judith Vazquez and Lol Kin Castaneda become the first same-sex couple to legally marry in Mexico City after legislation allowing for same-sex marriage passes.[3]

  • 15 February 2010 - France becomes the first country in the world to declassify transgenderism as a mental illness.[5]

  • 7 January 2010 - A bill which would have allowed same-sex marriage in the U.S state of New Jersey fails. 14 voted for the bill, and 20 voted against it.[8]


  • 04 November 2009 - Voters of Maine repeal a law that would allow couples gay marriage. The result comes in at a close for-against result of 47.2 and 52.9 respectively. In state Washington voters say yes to allow couples civil unions.

  • 22 October 2009 - LGBT rights in Sweden - The assembly of the Church of Sweden, which is dominated by Protestants, voted strongly in favour with 70% of the votes, of giving its blessing to homosexual couples,.[19], including the use of the term marriage. The new law will be introduced on November 1, 2009. This happened after the Parliament of Sweden in 2009 introduced anti-discrimination laws on transgender identity or expression and voted to make same-sex marriages fully legal from May 1, 2009, with the votes 261 to 22. The assembly's verdict in the Church of Sweden is the first case in the world where a recognized church is willing to support same sex marriages.

  • 20 October 2009 - Former Miss California Carrie Prejean (who publicly spoke out against same-sex marriage at a beauty contest and then numerous times on mainstream media} is sued for the price of her breast implants which were part of a contract Prejan signed when she took up the role - the costs estimated at $5,200 USD. [21]

  • 07 October 2009 - Microsoft Corporation makes a $100,000 (£62,976) donation to gay rights campaigners in Washington. The donation is in support of a referendum on whether gay couples should be given expanded rights under domestic partnerships law.

  • 1 October 2009 - LGBT rights in the United States - Civil partnerships come into effect in Nevada. With over 700 gay couples who registered their relationship beforehand, the passed law coming into effect allows them to be legally recognised.

  • 18 September 2009 - The European Union votes to adopt a resolution criticising a recent law passed by Lithuania which prohibits any mention of homosexuality in schools or in media accessible by young people. [33] [34]

  • 17 September 2009 — LGBT rights in Lithuania — Lithuania passes a law which bans the mention of homosexuality in schools or media, which is generally considered similar to Section 28 [35]

  • 10 September 2009 - A bill allowing gay couples in Uruguay to adopt has been approved by the country's Senate as expected.[38]

  • 08 September 2009 - The city of Springfield, in the US state of Missouri, removes a law which discriminates gays and lesbians from its ordinances. The 1976 law made it illegal to solicit sex from someone of the same gender.[39]

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  • 08 August 2009 - LGBT rights in Israel - Fifty thousand demonstrators or more gathered in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square Saturday night in a rally to show solidarity with Israel's gay community, including the victims shot at a TA center for gay and lesbian youth a week ago, which left two dead and a dozen wounded. [50]

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  • 08 August 2009 - LGBT rights in Israel - Fifty thousand demonstrators or more gathered in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square Saturday night in a rally to show solidarity with Israel's gay community, including the victims shot at a TA center for gay and lesbian youth a week ago, which left two dead and a dozen wounded. [54]

  • 02 July 2009 - India decriminalizes homosexual intercourse in a historic movement. The ban on homosexual sex is ruled unconstitutional by Delhi High Court and the law read down.

  • 22 April 2009 — LGBT rights in Burundi — Homosexuality recriminalized in African country of Burundi (pictured). Though Burundi's senate had rejected the proposed amendment,[56] the country's lower house overrode the senate, restoring the amendment which was then signed into law by president Pierre Nkurunziza.[57]

  • 07 April 2009 — Same-sex marriage in Vermont — The Vermont state legislature overrode the veto of Gov. Jim Douglas to legalize same-sex marriage.[58] Vermont is now the fourth U.S. state in which same-sex couples can legally marry.

  • 01 April 2009 — Same-sex marriage in Sweden — Sweden pass the law on making marriage gender neutral. Up to this day, there has been different laws on homo- and hetero couples. From now on, same-sex marriage has the same legal status as opposite-sex marriages.

Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir
  • 1 February 2009 — Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir (pictured) became first female prime minister of Iceland, and first openly gay head of government in the modern era.

  • 22 January 2009 — LGBT rights in Turkey — Turkey's supreme court overturned the previous shutdown of an LGBT rights group

  • 9 January 2009 — LGBT rights in Senegal — Nine men sentenced to eight years imprisonment in Senegal for "unnatural acts" and "criminal conspiracy".[60]


  • 22 November 2008 — LGBT rights in Burundi — Lower house of Burundi's (pictured) parliament passes law to criminalize homosexuality. (more at Pink News)

  • 15 July 2008: U.S. state of Massachusetts' senate voted Tuesday to repeal a law used to bar out-of-state gay couples from marrying in the state. The 1913 law was originally intended to prevent out-of-state interracial couples from marrying in the state, if doing so would be illegal in their home state. (more at MSNBC)

  • 10 January 2008: Despite a mandate from the British government to strengthen school policies protecting LGBT students, a student committed suicide in reaction to homophobic taunts from classmates.

  • 3 January 2008: The Australian federal government has stated it will not attempt to block legislation providing for civil unions in its territories. It is anticipated that the first civil unions will take place in June of 2008.


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  • 1 January 2008: The Pope attacks same-sex marriage for the second time in 3 days, calling it a "threat to the very foundation of peace". See the full article.


March 2007[edit]

Marine Gen. Peter Pace

13 March[edit]

According to senior aides, the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Gen. Peter Pace, will not apologize for declaring in a newspaper interview that he consider homosexuality to immoral and that the US military should not condone immoral conduct by allowing gay men and women to serve openly.

11 March[edit]

Thousands of protesters gathered in central Rome to show their support for government proposals to grant rights to gay couples. The bill was approved by Italy's cabinet last week but faces a tough battle through the Italian Parliament.

5 March[edit]

The first US soldier to be injured in the present Iraq conflict, Marine Staff Sgt. Eric Alva, has come out and announced his opposition to the US armed forces' "Don't ask don't tell" policy on homosexuality.

Anne Coulter

2 March[edit]

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter uses the slur faggot to refer to Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards. Since that time she has been publicly denounced by three leading Republican candidates and her column has been dropped by at least three newspapers.[65]

February 2007[edit]

27 February[edit]

Google have defended their removal of the homophobic blog "killbattyman" from their blogger.com service for breach of their terms and conditions. The blog contained many offensive images and comments and called for the executions of all LGBT people.

16 February[edit]

According to a recent poll, 80% of Italians support proposed legislation that will grant property and inheritance rights to registered same-sex cohabitees despite Vatican opposition to the laws.

8 February[edit]

The Highest Court in Colombia decided that those who have been in same-sex partnerships for at least two years have the right to inherit property.

January 2007[edit]

30 January[edit]

United Kingdom Prime Minister Tony Blair announced that the Sexual Orientation Regulations, which will protect LGBT people against discrimination when accessing goods and services, will apply to Catholic adoption agencies despite threats from the Catholic church that such agencies would close rather than have to place children with gay couples.

25 January[edit]

A member of French President Jacques Chirac's party has been fined almost $4,000 under a French hate speech laws that make it illegal to publicly disparage gays.

19 January[edit]

New laws expected to be passed shortly in Nigeria are being described as the worst crackdown on gay and lesbian rights since the Iranian revolution. The laws will prohibit all affirmation and celebration of gay identity, including providing advice and welfare support to gays and lesbians.

14 January[edit]

A court in Rutland, Vermont has ordered that a woman pay child support to her former lesbian lover, who has since renounced her homosexuality, as part of the dissolution of their civil union.

9 January[edit]

The United Kingdom House of Lords votes 199 to 68 in favour of the Sexual Orientation Regulations, which will protect LGBT people against discrimination when accessing goods and services.

7 January[edit]

Archbishop Rowan Williams admits he fears he is losing control of the Anglican Church in its battle over gay clergy.

Alan Cumming gets married/civilly partnered to his boyfriend of two years Grant Shaffer.

3 January[edit]

In Ticino, Switzerland first gay couple gets civil union.

Former Steps member and current Celebrity Big Brother housemate Ian Watkins comes out as gay in The Sun.


November 2006[edit]

24 November[edit]

Northern Ireland is to implement Sexual Orientation Regulations early in the New Year, banning inequality in the provision of goods and services to LGBT people.

22 November[edit]

Israel's Supreme Court recognizes foreign same-sex marriages.

15 November[edit]

South Africa is to legalize same-sex marriage in 2007.

3 November[edit]

How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris comes out as a "content gay man"[66].

October 2006[edit]

25 October[edit]

New Jersey's State Supreme Court says gay couples have same rights as heterosexual couples.


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  2. ^ Honolulu Advertiser
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  9. ^ Standard:First homosexual partners married (german)
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  14. ^ []http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/10812
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  16. ^ Sweden to end ban on gay blood donors
  17. ^ (New York Times)
  18. ^ {{cite news - | last = Jackson - | first = David - | title = Obama signs hate-crimes law rooted in crimes of 1998 - | work = USA Today - | date = 28 October 2009 - | url = http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2009/10/620000629/1 - | accessdate = 31 October 2009}}
  19. ^ http://www.dn.se/nyheter/sverige/kyrkomotet-oppnade-for-homovigslar-1.979744
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  24. ^ Chris Tryhorn, Mercedes Bunz and Mark Sweney (2009-10-16). "Marks & Spencer pulls ads from Daily Mail article on Stephen Gately's death". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  25. ^ "Anger over Mail column on Gately". BBC. 2009-10-16. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  26. ^ Charlie Brooker (2009-10-16). "Why there was nothing 'human' about Jan Moir's column on the death of Stephen Gately". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
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  33. ^ Pink News
  34. ^ EU Observer
  35. ^ Pink News
  36. ^ Telegraph
  37. ^ Pink News
  38. ^ Pink News
  39. ^ Pink News
  40. ^ Gay marriage now legal in Vermont
  41. ^ Same-sex marriages begin in Vermont
  42. ^ (BBC)
  43. ^ (The Daily Telegraph)
  44. ^ (The Guardian)
  45. ^ [22]
  46. ^ Equality Commission takes BNP to court over "racist" membership policy
  47. ^ Greens defend plan for same-sex civil unions
  48. ^ New Zealand moves to abolish gay panic defense
  49. ^ Vandals deface Harvey Milk Streetcar
  50. ^ Haaretz Daily News
  51. ^ Greens defend plan for same-sex civil unions
  52. ^ New Zealand moves to abolish gay panic defense
  53. ^ Vandals deface Harvey Milk Streetcar
  54. ^ Haaretz Daily News
  55. ^ http://www.tagesschau.de/ausland/kabinettfrankreich100.html Tagesschau
  56. ^ Burundi senate rejects gay bill
  57. ^ Burundi law makers secretly criminalize being gay
  58. ^ MSNBC
  59. ^ Pinknews:Denmark parliament approves equal adoption rights
  60. ^ Associated Press via Google News
  61. ^ Episcopalchurch: Gay priests' civil partnership blessed in London church
  62. ^ California Court Affirms Right to Gay Marriage
  63. ^ [23]
  64. ^ Spiegel: Es wäre eine Revolution.
  65. ^ Staff Writer. "Coulter Under Fire For Anti-Gay Slur." CBS News. March 4, 2007. Retrieved on March 6, 2007.
  66. ^ News: Neil Patrick Harris comes out