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Watch: Third Couple Challenges Ban on Gay Marriage in the UK


Activist Peter Tatchell, who is spearheading the Equal Love campaign in the UK, discusses the bid to overturn civil partnership laws, and follows Scott Maloney and Matthew Toreson, a couple of 18 years, as they apply for a marriage license.


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Watch: Lesbian Couple Challenge's UK's Ban on Gay Marriage


Yesterday, a lesbian couple challenged the UK law by applying for a marriage license in England:

Rev Sharon Ferguson and her partner Franka Strietzel were turned away on the grounds that UK law stipulates that marriage partners have to be male and female.

The couple now plan to challenge this restriction in the courts, arguing that the ban on same-sex marriage violates Articles 14 (protection against discrimination), 12 (the right to marry) and 8 (the right to respect for family life) of the Human Rights Act.

Rev. Ferguson is an ordained minister of religion and chief executive of the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement.  Franka Strietzel is a corporate trainer.

Today’s application for a civil by the couple was the first of four that form part of the new ‘Equal Love’ campaign coordinated by human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and sponsored by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender human rights organisation OutRage!

There will also be four application by opposite-sex couple for a civil partnership licence.

The Equal Love campaign seeks to end the prohibition on same-sex marriages and opposite-sex civil partnerships.

Watch an interview with the couple and a film of their attempt, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #768

EQUAL LOVE: Activist Peter Tatchell launches campaign for marriage equality in the UK. 

MESSAGE TO OBAMA: Constance McMillen, Ceara Sturgis, Will Phillips, and Robin McGehee record a message for the President.

SCOTT SPARK: His new video for "Fail Like You Mean It".

BEAR CITY: Erin Brown walks the red carpet at the premiere of the new film.

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Watch: Thousands Protest Pope Benedict in London


Thousands turned out in London over the weekend to protest Pope Benedict's visit to the UK.

Watch an excellent video diary on the march, AFTER THE JUMP...

The Press Association reports:

Jesus "Organisers said as many as 20,000 humanists, secularists and human rights campaigners took part in the central London march - ten times the number expected. They gathered to air their opposition to the Pope's teachings on a range of issues from gay rights and women priests to the use of condoms and clerical sex abuse. The demonstration ended with a series of speeches from humanist luminaries, during which eminent scientist Richard Dawkins rounded on the Pontiff as 'an enemy of humanity'. Protesters gathered near Hyde Park Corner for the Protest the Pope rally. Some held aloft banners stating: "The Pope is wrong - put a condom on" and 'Pope protects paedophile priests'. Among those in attendance was human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who hit out at the use of taxpayers' money being used to fund the visit. He said: 'The Vatican isn't a state, it is not recognised as a country by the UN. To give the Pope head of state status is wrong and to give him immunity against prosecution is wrong - no-one should be above the law.'"

Pink News also has a write-up.

Watch clips of Tatchell and the march, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Kookaburra, Ottawa, Sarah Palin, China, Calvin Klein

Road Bozeman, Montana considers LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance.

RoadMichael Joseph Gross enters Sarah Palin's world in the new Vanity Fair.

Lcr RoadTop GOP strategists attending Log Cabin fundraiser.

RoadJared Leto ditches the mohawk.

RoadMan having sex change to look like Lady Gaga: "I really admire the way she has created herself, so when I've had my operations I won't be quite a man or quite a woman. I've already contacted her management and told them what I am doing and how I'd like to record a duet with her."

RoadVampire in a china shop?

RoadBrain-damaged son continually comes out to his mom.

RoadPower Rangers producer says David Yost quit the show for financial reasons, not because of homophobia on the set: “I don’t know why he’s saying this, but he was the only one no one got along with ... he was a pain in the ass.”

RoadIn shock win, Tea Party candidate Joe Miller ousts GOP Senator Lisa Murkowski in Alaska.

Ottawa RoadOttawa, Canada's gay village to get specialized signage?

RoadResearching racism on Grindr.

RoadGay activist Peter Tatchell to speak at London debate on Pope's visit: "Speaking in advance of the debate, Peter Tatchell said: "As democrats, we believe the Pope has every right to visit Britain and express his opinions. But we also have a right to protest against his often harsh, extreme views. We have a right to say that he is not welcome."

 road Lady Gaga getting ordained so she can marry gay fans on stage?

RoadCalvin Klein's alleged boyfriend wasn't just an underwear model.

RoadOhio Tea Party survey to candidates: Reject gay rights.

RoadScandinavian airline SAS wants to host first in-flight gay wedding: "SAS is accepting entries from gay couples who wanted to celebrate their nuptials mid-flight from Stockholm to New York on December 6, with the winning entry will be chosen by an online vote. The airline said it would pay for the winners' tickets, hotels and honeymoon in Los Angeles, and cater the on-board banquet, albeit with a special wedding menu instead of normal passenger fare."

RoadKurt Hummel wants to kiss the star quarterback.

Kookaburra RoadSchool bans the word "gay" from classic Australian folk song Kookaburra in the Old Gum Tree. "Mr Hillis said banning words because they had multiple meanings was wrong. 'I don't think that's a very good message for kids to have, particularly when they've been working really hard to bring in respect and diversity into schools,' he said. 'They're drawing attention to it and being a bit stupid.'"

RoadWorldNet Daily amps up the anti-gay hate during war with Ann Coulter.

RoadTony Blair gives George W. Bush high marks for integrity.

RoadGay people growing in visibility in China, particularly lesbian couples: "Returning to Shanghai each summer since then has sharpened my awareness of incremental social change. Last year, I noticed apparently lesbian couples for the first time, in any substantial number. I have vivid memories, in particular, of dinner one night in a favorite restaurant, where two nearby women in their late 20s and dressed as professionals engaged in ever more passionate embraces."

Iranian Teen Faces Imminent Execution on False Charge of Sodomy

In mid-July I posted about Ebrahim Hamidi, who is facing execution after his arrest two years ago for being involved in a fight with a family with whom his own had been feuding. Hamidi and three of his friends were later accused of sexual assault on another man. 

Mostafaei Hamidi confessed to the crime, allegedly after being tortured. Hamidi's three friends were cleared of the charges in an agreement that they would testify against Hamidi. The accuser in the crime, the man who was allegedly sexually assaulted, has since said, in recorded testimony, that he lied.

Yet Hamidi is still apparently facing imminent execution and has no legal representation, the Guardian reports:

"Ebrahim Hamidi, who is not gay, was sentenced to death for lavat, or sodomy, on the basis of 'judge's knowledge', a legal loophole that allows for subjective judicial rulings where there is no conclusive evidence. Hamidi had been represented by human rights lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei, who has since been forced to flee Iran after bringing to international attention the case of another of his clients, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43-year-old Iranian mother of two who has been sentenced to death by stoning for adultery. Mostafaei was due to arrive in Norway yesterday to begin a life in exile while continuing his campaigns on behalf of his clients, including Hamidi. At the same time, human rights activist Peter Tatchell has written to the foreign secretary, William Hague, urging him to contact the chief justice of Iran and ask that the execution be halted."


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