Croatian lawmakers voted on Friday to hold a referendum on December 1 that would rule out same-sex marriage in the Roman Catholic country, despite strong objections from gay rights activists.The referendum on whether to amend the country’s constitution to define marriage as a “union between a woman and a man” was called after 700,000 people signed a petition launched by a conservative group seeking such a nation-wide vote.A total of 104 MPs in the 151-seat assembly backed holding of the referendum compared with 13 who voted against. The others were absent or abstained. Copyright (2013) AFP.
From the days of the Stonewall Riots to the current battle for marriage equality across the United States, the struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights has a rich history — and is far from over.
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This trio embodies the contradictory state of the Boy Scouts of America
18-year-old gay Peruvian Joel Molero Sanchez was murdered and his body dismembered and burned but his killer claims it was an act of self defense.
More than two decades ago, the conservative public policy group American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) released anti-gay propaganda decrying the influence of the gay community in the United States, according to documents recently uncovered by People For the American Way and the Center For Media and Democracy. ALEC, whose corporate backers include Exxon and the Koch brothers, distributed a policy memo in 1985 —
The GOP faces the possibility of having a handful of openly gay candidates for the House in the next cycle, and that’s causing problems.
A Colorado school board member who found herself in hot water when she said that transgender students would need to be castrated before the student could use the school bathrooms that fit their gender identity is not backing down from that statement. According to The Denver Post, Delta County School Board member Kathy Svenson said that she has no regrets and went further to say she doesn’t believe in homosexuality or people that are transgender; rather, she believes they are simply confused.
Gay rights groups in Turkey voiced dismay Friday that proposed legislation fails to make it a hate crime to target people because of their sexual orientation.”The definition of hate crime must immediately be broadened. The government has to guarantee our right to live,” Ebru Kiranci, an official from Istanbul’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) association, told AFP.
A former minister has launched a campaign urging politicians to learn from the ‘heroic actions’ of Ghana, Nigeria and Russia and ‘protect Ugandan citizens’
A Minnesota lawmaker is considering a bill that would ban dangerous and discredited “ex-gay” therapy like the kind practiced at Marcus Bachmann’s clinic.
On his show Monday, O’Reilly praised the antigay Alliance Defending Freedom for helping him fight back in the supposed war on Christmas.
Amnesty International Australia has called on authorities in Belarus to properly investigate the beating of gay activist Ihar Tsikhanyuk by police in response to his trying to register an LGBTI rights group…
Both the majority of Jamaica’s population and its government seem determined to terrorize gay persons.
Online shopping website eBay has banned a Christmas t-shirt depicting Rudolph the Reindeer wearing a rainbow scarf from being advertised to gays and lesbians – saying it’s like fetish wear.
The lesbian couple who sells the tops were also told they couldn’t market t-shirts and sweatshirts depicting a snowman wearing a rainbow scarf.
But the problem is not the items themselves – but the fact they were advertised as ‘gay and lesbian interest’ items.
It may not succeed at challenging California’s law protecting transgender students, but the Pacific Justice Institute will continue to demonize trans kids either way.