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!”
The US Supreme Court has rejected appeals against gay marriage in five states - Indiana, Utah, Oklahoma, Virginia and Wisconsin.
The move increases the number of states where same-sex marriage is legal to 30, plus the District of Columbia.
By declining to hear the appeals, the court left intact lower court rulings that had struck down those state bans.
Support for gay marriage in the US has gained momentum since the Supreme Court delivered two landmark rulings in 2013.
Monday's ruling means that the nine justices of the court have stopped short from resolving the question of same-sex marriage nationwide.
But it was received rapturously by gay marriage campaigners.
"Today is a joyous day for thousands of couples across America who will immediately feel the impact of today's Supreme Court action," said Chad Griffin, president of Human Rights Campaign.
But he urged the court to tackle "a complex and discriminatory patchwork of marriage laws" that remain in place.
"The only acceptable solution is nationwide marriage equality and we recommit to ourselves to securing that ultimate victory as soon as possible," he said.
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