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(via Malta passes civil unions for gay couples, celebrations start | Gay Star News)

"The island nation of Malta has finally passed civil unions for gay couples tonight (14 April).

Traditionally conservative, the small European Catholic nation has given gay couples the right to have their union recognized.

With the opposition choosing to abstain from the vote, the Labour-led government passed the bill Monday evening.

President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, who said she had ‘no problems’ giving gay couples civil unions, is expected to sign the bill as early as tomorrow.”

Read more at the source link.

(via Malta passes civil unions for gay couples, celebrations start | Gay Star News)

"The island nation of Malta has finally passed civil unions for gay couples tonight (14 April).

Traditionally conservative, the small European Catholic nation has given gay couples the right to have their union recognized.

With the opposition choosing to abstain from the vote, the Labour-led government passed the bill Monday evening.

President Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, who said she had ‘no problems’ giving gay couples civil unions, is expected to sign the bill as early as tomorrow.”

Read more at the source link.

Adoption victory for gay mothers in Netherlands
Over 20 same-sex female couples rejoiced as a court formally recognized they could be named as parents to a child
Adoption victory for gay mothers in the Netherlands.

Gay women across the Netherlands are celebrating after a major victory in adoption rights.

After a recent court ruling, it means gay women but not men can be legally parents of a child without going through a lengthy legal process.

The same rules do not apply to male couples because legal parentship rests with the mother and she cannot simply transfer it.

This victory comes after 13 years the Netherlands originally permitted adoption by same-sex couples.

According to the Dutch LGBT organization, COC Nederland, over 20 couples took advantage of the new rules on its first day. 

A court in Egypt has used a law banning “debauchery” to sentence for gay men to jail sentences of up to eight years.

The court on Monday handed down the sentences to the four men. They were accused of holding “deviant parties”, and for wearing women’s clothes.

Three men were given prison sentences of eight years, and the fourth was sentenced to three years in jail.

Read more at the source link.

The U.S. Supreme Court announced on Monday it won’t take up a case in which a New Mexico photography business alleges its rights were violated when it landed in hot water for refusing to shoot a same-sex wedding ceremony.

In orders published Monday morning, the court listed the case, Elane Photography v. Willock, without comment among as the cases it won’t consider.

Read more at the source link.

April 04, 2014 12:28 GMT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan government spokesman says police have raided the offices of a United States-funded project known to offer AIDS services to homosexuals.

Ofwono Opondo said on Twitter Friday the Makerere University Walter Reed Project building in Kampala was targeted for “training youths in homosexuality.”

Frank Mugisha, a gay leader in Uganda, said one person was arrested in Thursday’s raid. He said the project —a nonprofit partnership between a Ugandan university and the U.S. Military HIV Research Program — was known to offer services to gays who felt comfortable going there for anti-retroviral treatment.

Police spokesman Patrick Onyango denied the raid, saying a man pretending to represent the police threatened workers at the project, which has since been closed by administrators.

A U.S. Embassy spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

(via Queen Elizabeth II Signs Scotland Same-Sex Marriage Bill Into Law | The New Civil Rights Movement)

"Queen Elizabeth II has signed Scotland’s same-sex marriage bill into law. The process, known as Royal Assent, means couples will be able to marry before the end of the year. There are still details of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill to be worked out."

(via Queen Elizabeth II Signs Scotland Same-Sex Marriage Bill Into Law | The New Civil Rights Movement)

"Queen Elizabeth II has signed Scotland’s same-sex marriage bill into law. The process, known as Royal Assent, means couples will be able to marry before the end of the year. There are still details of the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill to be worked out."

"The petitioners believe by regulating the behavior of gay and lesbian Ugandans while not regulating the behavior of heterosexuals, the Act violates article 21 of the constitution."

- See more at: http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/uganda-anti-gay-law-challenged-court110314#sthash.CCUaueJC.dpuf

The passage of six regulations paves the way for the first same-sex marriages to commence as planned on Saturday 29 March.

"Pope Francis has signalled that he could see the Catholic church tolerating some forms of same-sex civil unions — though not marriage — when it comes to situations such as medical care and property for gay couples."

Talk is cheap. Until his cardinals and bishops walk his talk, he is offering little more than platitudes.

Gay couple risk mob violence by holding public wedding in Myanmar
In a country that punishes gay sex with a life sentence in prison, several are hailing the bravery it took to hold Myanmar’s first public gay wedding
Tin Ko Ko and Myo Min Htet were the grooms in a public, lavish gay wedding in Myanmar.
Photo via Twitter.

A gay couple have risked violence and imprisonment by getting married in a country where gay sex is illegal.

Tin Ko Ko and Myo Min Htet exchanged rings in Myanmar – also known as Burma - yesterday, in what is being described as the country’s first ‘public gay wedding’.

In an upmarket Yangon hotel, the two dressed in traditional clothes in a lavish public ceremony attended by over 200 guests.

While the couple had discussed the wedding, they ensured the venue was a secret in fear it could attract violent mobs.

‘We both tried hard to make this a reality. I am almost speechless, I am so happy,’ said 28-year-old Myo Min Htet to the AFP, adding the wedding marked the couples’ 10th anniversary.

Tin Ko Ko, 38, said: My family accepted me. I am so glad that my parents were understanding… but he had to overcome many difficulties from his family.’

Wai Phyo Myint, a journalist and LGBTI rights activist, said: ‘[This couple] doesn’t just stand up for themselves, their union is such an encouragement for other gay and lesbian couples across the country to come out strong and hold their head high by following their hearts.’

Gay sex illegal is the Southeast Asian nation, punishable with up to ten years in prison. While prosecutions may be unusual, violence against the LGBTI community is not and the authorities often disregard discrimination.

Taboos around homosexuality have begun to relax after a quasi-civilian government replaced military rule three years ago. The first gay pride celebrates were held in May 2012.

(via Where in the world is the worst place to be gay? - World Politics - World - The Independent)

Odd that Russia isn’t noted on here too.
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Homophobia is a first step toward dictatorship! Putin is a dictator who condemned to death thousands of orphaned children by banning foreign adoptions. Putin is a corrupted thief who invents scapegoats and deflects attention from his crimes. His latest invention is the anti-gay law, so gays in modern Russia feel like jews back in the USSR. Declaring support for Putin means denying the democracy and demanding racial segregation. This is what Putin doing in Russia now in regards to gays and migrant workers from Central Asia.

Sounds to me like he is looking for wiggle room.
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"I have now received their [the scientists] signed document, which says there is no single gene that has been traced to cause homosexuality. What I want them to clarify is whether a combination of genes can cause anybody to be homosexual. Then my task will be finished and I will sign the Bill.

After my statement to that effect which was quoted widely around the World, I got reactions from some friends from outside Africa. Statements like: “it is a matter of choice” or “whom they love” which President Obama repeated in his statement would be most furiously rejected by almost the entirety of our people.

It cannot be a matter of choice for a man to behave like a woman or vice-versa. The argument I had pushed was that there could be people who are born like that or “who they are”, according to President Obama’s statement.

I, therefore, encourage the US government to help us by working with our Scientists to study whether, indeed, there are people who are born homosexual. When that is proved, we can review this legislation.

I would be among those who will spearhead that effort. That is why I had refused to sign the Bill until my premise was knocked down by the position of our Scientists.”

"On Sunday afternoon, Ramsey County District Judge John Van de North confirmed that Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt, one of the nation’s most vocal and vociferous Catholic anti-LGBT voices, must testify about covering up child abuse within the church in Minnesota. Sunday’s ruling, which mirrored his decision early last week, came in response to the Twin Cities archdiocese’s appeal to stay the testimony.

Vladimir Luxuria Detained Again in Sochi Wearing Rainbow Outfit, Dumped in Rural Area: VIDEO
Unsurprisingly, it is a trans activist who puts themselves front and centre in an attempt to bring attention to egregious policies and propaganda that affect not only themselves, but many other LGBQ identified individuals.
A very brave woman. Give her a gold medal.
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Vladimir Luxuria, a transgender former Italian MP who was detained for several hours on Sunday by Russian police, appeared at the Olympic Village in Sochi on Monday wearing a rainbow-colored outfit and headdress and was being detained again. Luxuria was driven away by authorities in a car with Olympic markings (photo here), according to the AP.

Luxuria was hustled away from the hockey arena by four men not wearing identification who abandoned her in a rural area:

"I was very, very afraid this time because the first time they said, ‘It’s OK for the first time, don’t do it again for the second time.’ So, this time I was a little bit afraid," Luxuria said. "But they just left me outside, in the country, there, outside and that’s it."

Luxuria had been walking around the Olympic Park in Sochi for about two hours. She was shouting “Gay is OK” and “It’s OK to be gay” in both English and Russian.

As she was being led away from Shayba Arena, she was shouting “I have a ticket.”

She spoke to RT about her detention on Sunday before the incident on Monday:

"I was kept to take information for a couple of hours and then at last a person talking English came and said I shouldn’t show Russian writings about LGBT rights."

She also had a message for Putin:

"I would say to Mr. Putin that he should show modernity not only with these beautiful buildings. You have to be modern and open in your mind."

Luxuria arrived in Sochi with Pio and Amedeo, a comedy duo who star in the Italian television program called Reservoir Dogs and call themselves the Hyenas. The Hyenas were also taken by authorities and abandoned in the countryside.

According to Italian media reports, Luxuria and the two men have been asked to leave the country and will be escorted to the airport tomorrow morning at 11:30 am by the Russia Foreign Ministry.

Video: http://youtu.be/uK2tylNeeyw