A Brazilian general’s comment that gay soldiers should not be allowed to command troops sparked fierce criticism today from gay rights groups and a national lawyers’ organisation that champions human rights
Sarah Jessica Parker has given away her tickets to the Sex and the City 2 premier in a bid to raise money for equal LGBT rights.
Kenya police on Friday arrested five suspected homosexuals in a coastal resort town after hundreds of residents protested over a planned gay wedding, a local official said.
Seeking to overcome a broadcast blackout imposed by the US Supreme Court, a pair of Los Angeles filmmakers have undertaken the task of faithfully recreating the federal trial on California’s same-sex marriage ban for the internet – all 60-plus hours of it; every “um,” “yes, your honour” and “objection!”
Three out of four Australians believe the law will eventually be changed to allow same-sex marriage, a poll showed Wednesday, prompting activists to renew their call for gay weddings.
The Galaxy poll, commissioned by lobby group Australian Marriage Equality and Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, questioned 1,052 adults on whether gay marriage was just a matter of time.
"Three in four of Australians say that it is inevitable that eventually the law will change in Australia to allow same-sex couples to marry," it found.
Australian Marriage Equality national convener Alex Greenwich said most Australians already supported gay marriage, and the latest survey confirmed the public's growing acceptance of reform.
"Australians have had the discussion, they have had the conversation, and they are either supportive of it or have accepted that it will happen," he told AFP.
Greenwich said support for gay marriage had soared over the past decade, reaching about 62 percent according to a 2010 Galaxy poll, compared with a 30 percent support level six years earlier.
Gay marriage is currently banned under Australian law and opposed by both major political parties, but in November lawmakers agreed to canvass public opinion on the issue, which was repeatedly raised during the 2010 election.
The left-wing Greens, a key partner in Prime Minister Julia Gillard's minority coalition government, want a conscience vote on the issue, arguing there is widespread public support for a change to marriage laws.
Gillard, who is herself unmarried, has repeatedly said that she believes marriage should be between a man and a woman.
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