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!”
Gay marriage has popped up as the surprise question in the Australian election campaign, with Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her right-leaning opponent Tony Abbott repeatedly challenged on the issue.
Gillard, an unmarried atheist who lives with her partner, and staunch Catholic family man Abbott both say that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.
On Friday, Labor leader Gillard told The Australian newspaper she rejected same-sex weddings because "the marriage act has a special status in our culture", adding that she appreciated "our heritage as a Christian country".
Abbott also faced questioning, with one voter asking him when he would "overcome your fear and ignorance of gay people and give them the dignity and respect that you'd happily give to all other Australians".
The former trainee priest said that while he did not support same-sex marriage, he hoped he would "always find it in my heart to treat people the way everyone should be treated -- with dignity and respect".
Civil unions, which provide the same legal rights as marriage, are available in some parts of Australia but the country which boasts one of the largest gay and lesbian Mardi Gras parades in the world does not allow same-sex marriage.
"For those couples who wish to marry, they are not a substitute," campaigner Rodney Croome said of the civil partnerships.
Croome said Australians who supported gay marriage were becoming increasingly frustrated by politicians' attitudes, particularly as other countries, such as Spain and Portugal, had made them legal.
"There's no inconsistency between the Mardi Gras and public attitudes, where the inconsistency lies is between public attitudes and the attitudes of our political leaders," he told AFP.
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