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15 January 2014

UN Secretary General expresses deep concern over Nigerian anti-gay law.

The Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon on Wednesday expressed deep concern at a new law in Nigeria which further criminalises same-sex relationships. Read the full story > HERE

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22 November 2013

Legislation to introduce same-sex marriage in Scotland has been approved in principle by parliament, after MSPs voted on it for the first time. The Scottish government passed the first of three parliamentary hurdles by 98 votes to 15 with five abstentions. Ministers said the move was the right thing to do, but the Church of Scotland and Catholic Church are opposed. Religious and belief bodies would "opt in" to perform same-sex marriages. Same-sex couples in Scotland currently have the option to enter into civil partnerships, and there has been an indication that the earliest gay marriage ceremonies could take place by the start of 2015, if the legislation is passed.

Ministers have insisted no part of the religious community would be forced to hold ceremonies for homosexual couples in churches. Full Story http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-25003083

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20th August 2013.

Essex gay dads say local church supports them in gay wedding legal fight.

A gay couple in Essex have launched a legal challenge to the Church of England’s ban on same-sex marriage and say they have the support of their local parish in the village of Danbury. Speaking to the Chelmsford Weekly News, Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, who has been in a civil partnership with Tony Drewitt-Barlow since 2006, said: “We’ve launched a challenge to the government’s decision to allow some religious groups to opt out of marrying same-sex couples. “We feel we have the right as parishioners in our village to utilise the church we attend to get married.”
“It is no reflection on our local church, who have been nothing but supportive towards us.
“We understand their hands are tied by a higher group of people within the church.”
Tony and Barrie Drewitt-Barlow first announced they would challenge laws restricting same-sex couples from being able to marry in churches belonging to the Church of England in December last year. As part of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act, which was signed into law for England and Wales in July, the Church of England can only marry same-sex couples if it decides to “opt in” to the legislation and change Canon law – a move which the Church categorically refuses to do.
Last month, Barry Drewitt-Barlow told the Essex Chronicle: “The only way forward for us now is to make a challenge in the courts against the church. “It is a shame that we are forced to take Christians into a court to get them to recognise us.” He added: “It upsets me because I want it so much – a big lavish ceremony, the whole works, I just don’t think it is going to happen straight away. “As much as people are saying this is a good thing I am still not getting what I want.”

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20th August 2013.

Russian athletes ‘insulted’ by the idea that same-sex kiss was meant in protest against anti-gay laws.

Two female Russian athletes have expanded on their assertion that a kiss between the pair after winning gold at the Moscow World Athletics Championships, was not meant as a protest against anti-gay laws in the country, and that they are “insulted” by the suggestion.
Kseniya Ryzhova and Yulia Gushchina won gold in the 4×400 metres relay at the Championships in Moscow at the weekend, along with teammates Tatyana Firova and Antonina Krivoshapka.
Ryzhova and Gushchina then kissed each other on the lips while on the winner’s podium, which was interpreted as a protest against anti-gay laws passed in Russia in June, which have caused an international outcry as they ban the “promotion” of homosexuality.
Speaking to the Guardian on Monday, Ryzhova strongly refuted reports that the two kissed in protest against the anti-gay laws. She said: ”It was just happiness for our team.”
The 26-year-old has gone further to say that she feels their victory was damaged by the suggestion, and that they were “insulted” to read news reports linking their kiss to protests by other athletes against the laws.
Speaking to the ITAR-TASS news agency, she said: “Yesterday, I was telephoned 20 times by various publications and instead of congratulating me they decided to insult me with these questions, “Myself and Yulia are both married and we are not having any kind of relationship,” she continued, saying they had trained together for years.
“It was a storm of emotions, and if at that moment we touched lips… I don’t know in whose fantasy this all gets thought up… This insults not just us but our trainers,” she added. Gushchina also commented, saying she “could not understand how such a thing could come into people’s heads.”
“When Kseniya sent me the link to the photograph and the news reports I could not believe my eyes. These victories are hard to come by and we were happy. I don’t understand how everything could be tarnished in such a way.” She said she had not known of the controversy surrounding the law. “I simply did not hear or read about it because I was totally focused on my performance at the championships.”
Swedish high jumper Emma Green-Tregaro, 28, made a show of support for Russia’s LGBT community on Thursday by painting her nails in the rainbow colours for the qualifying round of the event. She was later told by the International Association of Athletics Federations that she may be in violation of their code, and changed her nails to red “for love”.
On Friday, Russia’s pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva said comments she made about Ms Green-Tregaro, whom she said was being “disrespectful to our country”, were misunderstood. Ms Isinbayeva, an ambassador for next year’s Winter Olympics to be staged in Sochi, said: ”It’s disrespectful to our country, disrespectful to our citizens because we are Russians. “Maybe we are different than European people and people from different lands. We have our law which everyone has to respect. When we go to different countries, we try to follow their rules. We are not trying to set our rules over there. We are just trying to be respectful. “We consider ourselves, like normal, standard people, we just live boys with women, girls with boys… it comes from the history.”
After calls were made for her to be stripped of her ambassadorship she claimed she had been misunderstood, but did not apologise for the comments.
Also at Moscow,  US track and field star Nick Symmonds, who earlier last week dedicated a silver medal to gay and lesbian people, spoke out against Russian anti-gay laws, saying they have started the “defining civil rights movement of our time”.
President Vladimir Putin signed the law in June banning the promotion of “non-traditional relationships” toward minors, a move that has been criticised as part of a broader crackdown on Russia’s gay community. Other laws passed in June banned the adoption of Russian children by foreign same-sex couples, and enabled the government to fine organisations as “foreign agents”, if receiving foreign funding.
Last Monday, the Russian Interior Ministry confirmed that recently introduced anti-gay legislation will remain in force during the Sochi games.
In the UK, Stephen Fry met with David Cameron and Evgeny Lebedev on Monday to discuss views on boycotting the Sochi games in protest.