Francis willing to “evaluate” civil unions
Time Magazine, March 6, 2014
The latest fuss about the Holy Father’s views of gays came after
the Italian daily Corriere della Sera published an interview with him
on Wednesday. When asked about civil unions, Pope Francis said that states
seek “to regularize different situations of living together”
in order to ensure health care and other economic benefits, according
to the translation by Vatican Insider. And, he added, “We have to
look at the different cases and evaluate them in their variety.”
homophobes launch global antigay coalition
Advocate.com, February 26, 2014
Some of the nation’s most virulently antigay activists have come
together to create a new organization in an effort to stop progress on
LGBT rights worldwide.
tabloid prints list of 'top' homosexuals, outing many
ABC15.com, February 25, 2014
A Ugandan newspaper published a list Tuesday of what it called the country's
"200 top" homosexuals, outing some Ugandans who previously had
not identified themselves as gay one day after the president enacted a
harsh anti-gay law.
Tutu joins intellectuals criticizing homophobia in Africa
Star Observer, February 25, 2014
NOBEL Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu has joined several African authors
in criticising the growing homophobia on their continent in light of nations
like Uganda and Nigeria passing homophobic laws.
president signs anti-gay bill, defying donors, Obama
ABC.net.au, February 24, 2014
Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni has signed a new law imposing harsh
penalties on gay people, defying protests from rights groups, Western
donors and a warning that it would complicate links with major ally Washington.
hating: It’s not just a Russian thing
TOL.org, February 20, 2014
A couple of recent reports remind us that it’s dangerous to be gay
in a wide swath of the post-communist world.
activist detained at Olympic Park
Associated Press, February 18, 2014
An Italian activist shouting "It's OK to be gay" and dressed
in a rainbow-colored outfit and large headdress was detained Monday as
she entered an arena to watch an Olympic hockey game.
Uganda ties may limit what U.S. does on anti-gay law
McClatchy DC, February 18, 2014
The Obama administration faces a crucial diplomatic test in Central Africa,
where its strategic ally Uganda is drawing criticism for its military
presence in South Sudan and its official hostility toward gays and lesbians.
gays face life in jail
DailyMail.co.uk, February 17, 2014
Country's president says he intends to sign bill after 'medical experts'
tell him homosexuality 'is a social behaviour'
of England rules priests cannot bless gay and lesbian weddings
CharismaNews.co.uk, February 17, 2014
Church of England priests will not be allowed to bless gay and lesbian
weddings, or marry someone of the same sex themselves, according to new
guidelines issued by the church, which is struggling to heal divides over
all eyes on Russia, Kremlin expands ban on same-sex adoptions
TheGlobeAndMail.com, February 13, 2012
In the middle of a Winter Games already tainted by criticism of the Russian
government’s treatment of gay and lesbians, the Kremlin has tightened
a ban on same-sex couples from adopting Russian children, expanding it
to also preclude single would-be parents from countries – such as
Canada – that allow gay marriage.
press Uganda to reject strict antigay bill
San Francisco Chronicle, February 11, 2014
Dressed in rainbow wigs and masks, gays and lesbians in Kenya on Monday
joined a global effort to protest against an antihomosexuality bill passed
by Uganda's parliament that is now in the hands of the country's president.
queen's speech fuels Irish gay rights debate
KTUL.com, February 11, 2014
Ireland's top drag queen, Miss Panti Bliss, has driven a stiletto heel
through this nation's long-running debate on gay rights. Panti has riled
up conservative Catholics and won global admirers in a social media tour
de force that is dominating Irish water-cooler talk.
tries to 'sanitize' itself of gays
New York Times, February 8, 2014
Since Nigeria’s president signed a harsh law criminalizing homosexuality
throughout the country last month, arrests of gay people have multiplied,
advocates have been forced to go underground, some people fearful of the
law have sought asylum overseas and news media demands for a crackdown
groups prepare to toe the line of protest at Sochi Olympics
US News & World Report, February 6, 2014
Human rights groups could not have foreseen when Sochi was chosen in 2007
that the 2014 Olympics, which open Friday, would also be a crucial stage
for them to draw attention to a dire political situation they consider
a human rights crisis.
Russia enforces its ban on gay 'propaganda'
Associated Press, February 6, 2014
When the Sochi Winter Olympics begin Friday, many will be watching to
see whether Russia will enforce its law banning gay "propaganda"
to minors if athletes, fans or activists wave rainbow flags or speak out
Catholic bishops defy Vatican on human rights
Ekklesia.co.uk, February 6, 2014
Nigerian bishops have abandoned Catholic social teaching by backing a
new law which severely violates human rights. By supporting the misleadingly-named
Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, they have also distanced themselves
from Pope Francis, who has called for a more pastoral approach to gays.
legalizes marriage equality
PinkNews.co.uk, February 5, 2014
A bill to legalize equal marriage has passed the Scottish Parliament in
an historic final Stage Three vote. Members of the Scottish Parliament
voted earlier against several amendments tabled by the anti-equal marriage
MSP, John Mason.
of alleged anti-LGBT attacks spark outrage in Chile
Washington Blade, February 3, 2014
Two fatal anti-gay attacks in less than a month in Chile have sparked
outrage among LGBT rights advocates in the South American country.
church officials express 'deep concern' over same-sex marriage bill
BBC.co.uk, February 3, 2014
More than 50 church ministers and officials have written to the Scottish
government to express "deep concern" over a planned law allowing
same-sex marriage. The church figures want safeguards for workers in the
public sector who oppose changes to the existing marriage laws.