Gay Saudi diplomat in Los Angeles fears execution after being fired, ordered home

Posted on 17 Sep 2010 at 8:39am

Man seeks asylum, goes into hiding Associated Press LOS ANGELES — A gay Saudi diplomat seeking political asylum said his position was terminated and he was ordered to return to his home country where he fears he will be killed. In an e-mail to news organizations, including the Los Angeles Times, Saudi consulate official Ali [...]

A good week for gay rights in Australia

Posted on 03 Sep 2010 at 3:32pm

Sydney, New South Wales On Thursday, the lower house of the Tasmanian assembly voted to recognize same-sex marriages and civil unions performed elsewhere. The vote was by a wide margin and the only dissenting votes came from three not-so-liberal members of the Liberal Party. On Friday, the New South Wales Legislative Assembly voted to allow [...]

Tasmania’s lower house votes to recognize gay marriages, civil unions performed elsewhere

Posted on 02 Sep 2010 at 6:44pm

According to ABC News (that’s the Australian Broadcasting Co.), Tasmania’s lower house voted to recognize same-sex marriages and civil unions performed elsewhere. All members of the House of Assembly, with the exception of three Liberals, voted for the measure. The Liberals who voted against the bill said it was just a way to get same-sex [...]

German court finds HIV-positive singer guilty for having unprotected sex; no jail time

Posted on 27 Aug 2010 at 11:27am

CHRISTOPH NOELTING  |  Associated Press DARMSTADT, Germany — A German girl band singer broke down in tears Thursday, Aug. 26 as a court found her guilty of causing bodily harm to her ex-boyfriend by having unprotected sex with him despite knowing she was infected with HIV. She was not sentenced to jail time. Nadja Benaissa, [...]

1st foreign gay couple marries in Nepal — a new destination

Posted on 19 Aug 2010 at 9:30am

BINAJ GURUBACHARYA  |  Associated Press KATMANDU, Nepal — A Hindu priest performed the first wedding ceremony in Nepal for a foreign gay couple, a rights group said Wednesday, Aug. 18, as activists and tourist agencies increasingly promote the Himalayan nation as a gay-friendly destination. The ceremony was held Tuesday night in Katmandu for Sanjay Shah, [...]

German court: Gay couples get inheritance equality

Posted on 18 Aug 2010 at 10:25am

Associated Press BERLIN — Germany’s highest court ruled Tuesday, Aug. 17 that gay couples in civil partnerships are entitled to benefit from the same favorable inheritance tax rules as married heterosexual couples. The Federal Constitutional Court decided in favor of two homosexual plaintiffs who had each lost their partner and contested rules under which they [...]

Mexico supreme court upholds gay adoptions

Posted on 17 Aug 2010 at 5:31pm

Associated Press MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s Supreme Court voted Monday, Aug. 16 to uphold a Mexico City law allowing adoptions by same-sex couples. The justices voted 9-2 against challenges presented by federal prosecutors and others who had argued the law fails to protect adoptive children against possible ill effects or discrimination, or to guarantee their [...]

First gay couples marry in Argentina

Posted on 31 Jul 2010 at 4:27pm

VICENTE PANETTA  |  Associated Press BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — After a 27-year courtship, two men on Friday, July 30 became the first gay couple to wed under Argentina’s historic same-sex marriage law — the first of its kind for a Latin American nation. Jose Luis Navarro, 54, and Miguel Angel Calefato, 65, tied the knot [...]

Church blasts gay priests leading ‘double life’

Posted on 24 Jul 2010 at 5:21pm

NICOLE WINFIELD  |  Associated Press Writer ROME — The Catholic Church in Italy, still reeling from the clerical sex abuse scandal, lashed out Friday, July 23 at gay priests who are leading a double life, urging them to come out of the closet and leave the priesthood. The Diocese of Rome issued the strongly worded [...]

AIDS breakthrough: Gel helps prevent infection

Posted on 22 Jul 2010 at 1:27pm

MARILYNN MARCHIONE  |  AP Medical Writer MILWAUKEE — For the first time, a vaginal gel has proved capable of blocking the AIDS virus: It cut in half a woman’s chances of getting HIV from an infected partner in a study in South Africa. Scientists called it a breakthrough in the long quest for a tool [...]