The Gay marriage Bill for England and Wales was passed by 366 to 161, a majority of 205 on Tuesday night. Twelve senior ministers including David Jones and Owen Paterson were among the 133 Conservative MPs who voted against the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. The Bill will now pass to the House of Lords, where some peers are planning further attempts to prevent it passing into law.
British Conservative MP David Davies addresses a group of anti-gay marriage demonstrators in London May 21, 2013. Photo: Adrian Dennis/Agence France Press
Three more gay men have been attacked in Manhattan just hours after thousands of demonstrators held a rally to protest against the killing of a young man who was murdered over the weekend because he was gay.
Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said that a gay couple, Steven Dixon and Michael Coleman, were walking in SoHo at around 5am Tuesday when two men started hurling anti-gay slurs at them in both English and Spanish as they made their way down Broadway between Prince and Houston streets. The suspects punched 42-year-old Dixon, causing injuries to his right eye. His 41-year-old boyfriend was also beaten.
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A Moroccan court convicted two men of homosexuality and public indecency, and sentenced each to four months in prison. Prosecutors at the Temara court near Rabat, the capital, said at Monday’s trial that the men, aged 28 and 19, were caught having sex in a car and arrested. The men denied the charges. “If we thought our clients were homosexuals, we would refuse to defend them,” one of the lawyers said to the judge in court. He refused to identify himself to reporters.
Moroccan law outlaws homosexuality and gives a penalty of six months to three years in prison and a fine. According to the latest figures available from the Ministry of Justice, in 2011 81 trials involving accusations of homosexuality were held. The daily newspaper al-Akhbar reported on May 9 that three Moroccans from the northern town of Souq al-Arbaa recently received three-year sentences for homosexuality.