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 […]

U.S. gay rights group gets UN accreditation

Posted on 21 Jul 2010 at 9:05am

EDITH M. LEDERER  |  Associated Press Writer UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. Economic and Social Council voted Monday, July 19 to accredit the U.S.-based International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission after strong lobbying by the Obama administration. Obama, in a statement issued by the White House, welcomed the vote as an “important step forward […]

8,000 march in Poland’s gay Pride parade

Posted on 19 Jul 2010 at 11:40am

VANESSA GERA  |  Associated Press Writer WARSAW, Poland — Thousands of gays and lesbians from around Europe marched through Poland’s capital Saturday, July 17 to demand equal rights and more tolerance in this heavily Roman Catholic nation. The parade, part of the EuroPride gay rights festival, is meant to give a boost to the fledgling […]

Argentina legalizes gay marriage

Posted on 15 Jul 2010 at 9:16pm

Argentinian president supports bill that passed the Senate Rex Wockner  |  Wockner News Service PROTESTING THE INEVITABLE | Members of Catholic groups protest outside Argentina’s Congress against a same-sex marriage bill in Buenos Aires on Tuesday, July 13. On Thursday, July 15, senators voted to pass the measure, making Argentina the first Latin American […]

Mormon church now fighting gay marriage abroad

Posted on 14 Jul 2010 at 9:41am

Letter sent to LDS members in Argentina, where senate is debating issue Jennifer Dobner  |  Associated Press Writer SALT LAKE CITY — Mormon church leaders have restated the faith’s unequivocal position against gay marriage in a letter to members in Argentina, where the government is debating whether to legalize gay unions. “The doctrine of The […]

NEWS ANALYSIS: One battle won in México City, but fight continues

Posted on 18 Mar 2010 at 11:07am

By Jesús Chaíréz | Contributing Writer Same-sex marriages began this month in the Mexican capital city, but the Catholic Church and the country’s most conservative political party have not given up the fight CATCHING THE PUBLIC’S ATTENTION | A protest through the streets of México City in support of same-sex marriage stopped traffic with […]

Amid Jewish revival, Poland gets openly gay rabbi

Posted on 25 Jun 2009 at 7:44pm

By Vanessa Gera Associated Press Katz is son of Jewish couple who fled Poland to escape the Holocaust WARSAW, Poland — When Rabbi Aaron Katz walks the streets of Warsaw’s former Jewish quarter, scenes of that lost world fill his imagination: Families headed to synagogue, women in their kitchens cooking Sabbath meals, his father as […]

Cayman Islands votes on constitution, legislature

Posted on 21 May 2009 at 6:38pm

By Associated Press Human rights activists say new constitution would discriminate against gays GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands — Voters in the Cayman Islands on Wednesday, May 20 were electing a new parliament and deciding whether the British Caribbean territory should have a new constitution. The 43 candidates vying a total of 15 seats in the […]

Uruguay to lift ban on gays in the military

Posted on 14 May 2009 at 4:03pm

By Associated Press Ban was initiated by dictatorship that ruled country from 1973 to 1985 MONTEVIDEO — Uruguay is moving to lift a ban on gays and lesbians joining the armed forces. The defense ministry confirms that Minister Jose Bayardi has signed a decree lifting the ban imposed by the 1973-85 military dictatorship. The army […]

Officials refuse 2 Russian women same sex marriage

Posted on 14 May 2009 at 4:01pm

By Associated Press Women say they will wed in Canada instead MOSCOW — Two women have been denied a marriage license in what they say is the first effort in Russia by two lesbians to wed. Irina Fedotova and Irina Shipitko were handed a written rejection from a registry office in central Moscow Tuesday, May […]