French same-sex marriage law signed by François Hollande | World news | guardian.co.uk.
The French president, François Hollande, has signed a law authorising same-sex couples to marry and adopt children, after months of street protests, political slanging matches and a rise in homophobic attacks.
The move makes France the ninth country in Europe and the [...]
Two Toronto Catholic school trustees move to get rid of gay-straight alliances – The Globe and Mail.
Two Toronto Catholic District School Board trustees are looking to eliminate Gay Straight Alliances from the city’s Catholic Schools.
Trustee Garry Tanuan, who represents Ward 8 Scarborough, will introduce a motion at a May 23 board meeting that [...]
New Zealand Gay Marriage: Lawmakers Approve Marriage Equality Bill.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Hundreds of jubilant gay-rights advocates celebrated at New Zealand’s Parliament on Wednesday as the country became the 13th in the world and the first in the Asia-Pacific region to legalize same-sex marriage.
Lawmakers voted 77 to 44 in favor of the gay-marriage [...]
Humanist NewsWire: Pastor withdraws from Obama inauguration over anti-gay remarks – thestar.com. [quite interesting that they revoked the invitation after the posting online of his antigay sermon- ]
WASHINGTON—The evangelical pastor chosen to give the benediction at President Barack Obama’s inauguration withdrew from the ceremony Thursday after remarks he made two decades ago condemning the [...]
French Catholic church makes fresh swipe at same sex marriage | . (culture wars from France)
LOURDES, France — The Catholic church in France took a fresh swing Sunday at the Socialist government’s plan to authorise gay marriage and adoption, which is to be presented as a draft law this week.
Paris Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, [...]
Moscow outlaws LGBT pride parades for next 100 years.
Moscow’s most powerful court has ruled to uphold a ban on LGBT pride parades in the Russian capital for 100 years, according to the BBC. The ruling places a major Russian city athwart the directives of the European Court of Human Rights for a second time [...]
Ontario tightens Bill 13 so school boards can’t reject GSAs.
Ontario Education minister Laurel Broten called a news conference May 25 to announce that she is removing the ambiguity by tightening up the language in the Liberals’ Accepting Schools Act to ensure Catholic school boards can not refuse students who want to form a gay-straight [...]
GSA Rally Brings out the Kids | politics | Torontoist
At Saturday’s rally, high school GSA founders took their message of support and solidarity to Queen’s Park:
“I want to say to the religious right: ‘You’re not right. You’re the religious wrong.’”
This declaration, made by human rights lawyer and Salaam Canada co-founder El-Farouk [...]
Canada News: Cohn: How Tories walked into a wedge on gay-straight alliances – thestar.com.
It was supposed to be the issue that brought MPPs together, like bringing students together in the classroom.
Instead, anti-bullying legislation has become the biggest single flashpoint at Queen’s Park. A bitter debate over gay-straight alliances in schools has driven MPPs [...]
UPDATE: Duelling Queen’s Park protests planned over GSAs.
Just got this notice, so the protest was March 29 – Ryerson students now joining. group of religious parents will protest the Accepting Schools Act, Bill 13, at Queen’s Park March 29. Across the lawn, a group of queer activists will also protest, calling on the government to [...]
Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon Condemns Anti-LGBT Violence at Historic UN Hearing as Muslim, African Leaders Walk Out.
“To those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, let me say, you are not alone. Your struggle for an end to violence and discrimination is a shared struggle. Any attack on you, is an attack on the [...]
UK Catholics intensify campaign against same sex marriage. [this controversy is heating up again across the pond..] LONDON — The Roman Catholic Church stepped up its campaign against civil gay marriage, with a letter from two senior archbishops being read out at services in 2,500 churches on Sunday.
The letter from Archbishop Vincent Nichols, the [...]
Homophobic group to help award Diamond Jubilee Medals.
A Canadian group whose homepage currently states that one of the biggest threats to families is the “homosexual lobby” and “the media” has been appointed to help government decide how to award Diamond Jubilee Medals to honour Queen Elizabeth’s 60 years of service to Canada.
REAL Women [...]
The Board of the Ontario Humanist Society, and the Ethical Action Committee have issued a statement reaffirming our commitment to equal treatment for all Canadians regarding rights to marriage and divorce in Canada. This statement OHS SameSexMarriagePolicy may also be downloaded from our Ethical Action and Policies section
The Ontario Humanist Society (OHS) , a [...]
Ottawa affirms legality of same-sex marriages performed in Canada – The Globe and Mail.
The federal government has quelled a growing controversy with a declaration that all same-sex marriages performed in Canada are legal.
Justice Minister Rob Nicholson issued a statement on Friday that reversed his department’s earlier position that same-sex marriages performed in Canada [...]
Sec. Clinton To UN: ‘Gay Rights Are Human Rights, And Human Rights Are Gay Rights’.
sky and Zack Ford on Dec 6, 2011 at 1:22 pm
Recognizing that America’s own record on LGBT equality is “far from perfect,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on nations around the world to recognize that “gay rights are [...]
Iran called to account on LGBT repression at UN.
For the first time, Iran has been called to account for its repression of LGBT people at the United Nations
In the Concluding Observations [PDF] on November 3 from its 3rd periodic review of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) [...]
Uganda sexual rights group wins Norway prize – TrustLaw. (expect to see the IHEU weigh in on this… MB) and Trustlaw is a great portal for international Human Rights info…
OSLO, Sept 29 (Reuters) – An annual Norwegian human rights award that sometimes presages the Nobel Peace Prize was given to Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMUG), [...]
New York’s First Legally Wed Gays Will Be Grannies: Gothamist
and they are lighting the falls in rainbow hues! wonder if they will light up the Canadian Side?
The first legal gay wedding in New York State will be between…two gay grannies. Buffalo residents Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd, who have been fighting vocally for [...]