Gay cure pastor doesn’t get one

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Colin Robert Houston, a pastor and baggage handler, who offered to “cure” a homosexual colleague and complained about a pink tin of deodorant left on his work locker, lost his claim for unfair dismissal and religious belief discrimination.

The behaviour of the former UUP council candidate and preacher was revealed at an industrial tribunal he took against his employer at Belfast International Airport.

A bumper sticker bearing the slogan “I’m so gay I can’t even drive straight”, was stuck to his car. He told an openly gay colleague that there was a cure for gayness.

All of his claims were dismissed. The tribunal ruled that in view of all the complaints against him the temptation to end his contract “must have been overwhelming”.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/gay-cure-pastor-loses-unfair-dismissal-claim-over-belfast-airport-job-35998657.html

Nigerian gays arrested at an HIV awareness event

More than 40 men were arrested at an HIV awareness event in Lagos, Nigeria over the weekend “for performing homosexual acts”, according to local police.
The arrested people are due to appear in court.

Homosexual acts are punishable by up to 14 years in jail in Nigeria, while gay marriage and displays of same-sex affection are also banned.

Some parts of Nigeria are under Sharia law where gay people face the death penalty.

Nigeria is a Commonwealth country with a population of around 170 million people.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-40774930

Transitioning to be reviewed

The government proposes that trans people should be able to choose their legal sex more easily.

Reforms making it easier for transgender people to legally choose their sex by removing the need for a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria and speeding up the bureaucratic process of changing sex will go out to consultation this autumn.

Trans people currently have to provide evidence that they have been in transition for at least two years before they can apply to legally change their gender. They also have to convince an intrusive interview panel. This is now widely viewed as demeaning and discriminatory.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/23/gay-men-blood-donation-three-months-after-sex

Malta said Yes

As predicted a week ago, last night Malta’s parliament legalised gay marriage.

Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat praised the passage of bill, which his Labour Party had vowed would be the first legislation it would bring forward after winning a second term in a snap parliamentary election in June.

“I think it is a historic vote,” said Muscat. “It shows that our democracy and our society is maturing, has reached an unprecedented level of maturity and it is a society where we can all say we are equal.”

http://www.politico.eu/article/malta-legalizes-gay-marriage/

Pensions equality suddenly comes nearer. At last

John Walker has won a landmark ruling which if implemented will give his husband the same pension rights as a wife would receive.

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that if John Walker dies, his husband is entitled to a spouse’s pension, provided that they remain married. The ex-chemical company worker said it would “drag” the government “into the 21st Century”, while human rights group Liberty said “thousands” could benefit.

A government spokesman said it would review the implications of the ruling.

The decision will effect the entitlement of thousands of civil partners and spouses in same sex marriages, who will now enjoy the same pension rights and entitlements as people in a heterosexual marriage.

For example, Mr Walker’s husband would be entitled to a spousal pension of about £45,000 a year in the event of Mr Walker’s death, rather than around £1,000 a year he would currently expect.

Your Activist first campaigned for pensions equality more than fifteen years ago.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40580596

Kiwis say sorry

New Zealand’s MPs unanimously apologized today for the “tremendous hurt and suffering” of hundreds of New Zealand men who were convicted of homosexuality during the years it was treated as a crime.

The NZ Parliament issued a formal apology to all those unfairly convicted under the old laws, and approved the first stage of a bill that will allow the men to have their criminal records wiped clean.

“Today we are putting on the record that this House deeply regrets the hurt and stigma suffered by the many hundreds of New Zealand men who were turned into criminals by a law that was profoundly wrong, and for that we are sorry,” said Justice Minister Amy Adams.

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/zealand-lawmakers-apologize-gay-convictions-48464737

Singapore turned pink

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CNN | 17131

Thousands of Singaporeans on Saturday rallied for gay rights at the annual Pink Dot celebration, despite a new government policy banning foreigners from participating.

Pink Dot, which plays on Singapore’s “Little Red Dot” nickname, is a non-profit organisation set up to promote LGBT equality in Singapore which has held an annual celebration for the last eight years.

Pink was chosen because it is the mix of the colors of Singapore’s national flag – red and white. Pink Dot stands for an open, inclusive society.

Under Singapore law, sex between men is punishable by up to two years in jail.

http://edition.cnn.com/2017/07/01/asia/singapore-gay-pride-rally/index.html

Belfast marches for gay marriage

July 1, 2017 | Belfast | Clodagh Kilcoyn/Reuters | 17130

Thousands of people marched in Belfast on Saturday to demand Northern Ireland join the rest of the United Kingdom in legalising same-sex marriage.

It is understood that resistance to gay marriage by the Democratic Unionist Party is one of the reasons why a power sharing administration for Northern Ireland has not so far been formed.

Opinion polls taken in Northern Ireland for some time show a majority are in favour of equal marriage.

Thousands of demonstrators marched through central Belfast waving rainbow flags and banners saying “Love is a Human Right.”

The Republic of Ireland voted in favour of gay marriage in a referendum in 2015.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-nireland-gaymarriage-idUKKBN19M3LO

Germany said Yes

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The Bundestag | Bundestag | 17126

The German Bundestag voted by 393 to 226 to legalise same-sex marriage, days after Chancellor Angela Merkel dropped her opposition to a vote.

The reform grants couples full marital rights and allows them to adopt children.

The German legal code will now read: “Marriage is entered into for life by two people of different or the same sex”, AFP news agency reported.

Well done Bundestag.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-40441712

Hopes rise for gay marriage in Germany

Angela Merkel told an event organised by a magazine that her party’s opposition to gay marriage may be over and that German MPs should be allowed a free vote in the Bundestag.

The German chancellor said she felt aggrieved that debate was mainly carried out along party lines and that she hoped it would be “headed towards a conscience vote”.

It is widely believed the Bundestag would legalise gay marriage in a free vote on the issue.

Until recently, there have been no significant advances in Germany for gay and lesbians for some time.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/27/angela-merkel-signals-u-turn-on-gay-marriage-in-germany