Stables is Guilty

Ethan Stables | Greater Manchester Police | r

Neo-Nazi Ethan Stables has been convicted of planning a terror attack at a gay pride event after posting violent homophobic rants online.

Police were tipped off by a member of a far-right Facebook group who saw the unemployed 20-year-old post a message saying he was “going to war” and planned to “slaughter every single one of the gay bastards”.

Leeds Crown Court was shown footage of Stables saying “gays look nicer on fire” and burning a rainbow flag before his arrest on 23 June.

Stables was expelled from his school when he put another pupil in a headlock.


Indonesia bans us

VOA reports that Indonesia’s parliament is to pass a sweeping set of revisions to the nation’s criminal code that would criminalize gay sex. One legislator has told reporters that all 25 members of a working committee have agreed to all the proposed revisions.

There are concerns that the bylaws will increase raids and vigilantism, overcrowd prisons, and further persecute Indonesia’s LGBT community.

Article 484 and Article 496 suggest five years in prison for extramarital sex and imprisonment for same-sex relations with a minor. Article 496 also criminalizes same-sex relations between adults if there is “violence or threat of violence, breaching public morality, publications containing pornography.”

Priest appeals

Canon Jeremy Pemberton, who was prevented from working as a hospital chaplain in Nottinghamshire after marrying his partner Laurence Cunnington in April 2014, has urged senior judges to find he suffered discrimination.

He was a Church of England priest for more than 30 years but had his permission to officiate revoked after he married. He was also denied a licence which left him unable to take up a job offer at the King’s Mill Hospital in Nottinghamshire.

He renewed his fight at London’s Court of Appeal on Wednesday, where his lawyers argued the earlier rulings should be overturned. The hearing continues today.

Loophole closed!

Gay Russian couple Eugene Wojciechowski and Paul Stotzko have been charged with a criminal offence, ‘intentional damage to passports or negligence’, after using an apparent legal loophole to have their Danish marriage recognised.

Interfax reported that ‘Article 19.16 of the Administrative Code on ‘deliberate damage to documents’ entails a warning or an administrative fine in the amount of 100 to 300 rubles’.

MP wants to stop Bermuda downgrading gay marriages

MP Chris Bryant says Bermuda’s move to ban same-sex marriage will damage Britain’s international reputation if it is allowed to go ahead. He will lead a debate on the controversy in the House of Commons next week. He told the Royal Gazette newspaper that the British Government should block the Bermudian bill designed to downgrade same-sex marriages to civil partnerships.

Bermuda’s Domestic Partnership Act aims to reverse the Supreme Court ruling that opened the way for gay marriages in Bermuda, but it has yet to be signed into law by Bermuda’s Governor John Rankin.

Mummies arrested

Egypt Independent | r

Egypt independent reports that a number of men were arrested in an apartment in Alexandria, Egypt, about ten days ago, for homosexuality.

Police at Dekheila Police Station received information claiming that “weird” young men had frequently visited an apartment on Gameeya Street, Hanoville, in western Alexandria.

Subsequent investigations indicated that a real estate agent rented the apartment months ago, and used it to host group-sex parties.

The men had security measures in place.

…the men – perhaps fearing police repercussions – imposed a wall of secrecy on their activity, and did not allow strangers to approach the apartment or see their personalities, customers were received after using special codes known to members of the community.

Homosexuality is not illegal in Egypt. Since the 1990s, police have been employing a 1950 anti-prostitution law and a 1961 law against “debauchery” to arrest and imprison homosexuals.

Alleged anti-gay terrorist in court

Ethan Stables, described in court as a white supremacist with “a deep-seated hatred of black, Jewish, Muslim and especially gay people” was planning a “murderous attack”.

Stables, 20, was planning acts of terrorism, prosecutors told Leeds Crown Court.

In June 2017 he obtained a machete, knives, axe, air rifle and a ball bearing gun when he became “enraged” about a planned LGBT Pride event at the New Empire pub in his home town of Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

Jonathan Sandiford, prosecuting, said Stables was arrested as he was on his way to what the prosecution believe was a final reconnaissance visit to the pub before returning to his home for the machete, axe and other weapons. Stables spent seven months researching firearms and explosives and had begun to acquire material to build an improvised explosive device.

The case continues.