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#Gay Rights

# gay-rights - Monday 8 November, 2010

From The Daily Edge Barcelona welcomes pope with gay 'kiss-in' Hola Benedict

Barcelona welcomes pope with gay 'kiss-in'

Gay rights protesters staged a ‘kiss-in’ to coincide with the pope’s visit to the city, during which he attacked “aggressive secularism”.

# gay-rights - Wednesday 20 October, 2010

US military now accepting gay soldiers USA

US military now accepting gay soldiers

Pentagon appeals decision to reverse “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy banning openly gay recruits.

# gay-rights - Friday 10 September, 2010

Military ban on gays ruled 'unconstitutional'

‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ law violates First Amendments, says Californian District Judge.

# gay-rights - Sunday 22 August, 2010

SAME SEX COUPLES and their supporters who feel that the Civil Partnership Bill does not go far enough towards giving equal rights to all Irish citizens will march through Dublin today.

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender campaign group, Noise, have organised the march, which will leave from Dublin City Hall and continue to the Department of Justice in the city centre.

The March for Marriage protest will kick off at 2pm.

Although the Civil Partnership Bill, which was signed into law last month, is the first legal recognition of civil right within same-sex partnerships many feel that it still discriminates between Irish citizens on the basis of their sexuality.

The bill legal provides benefits in the areas of property, social welfare, and tax to same-sex couples; however Noise calls on LGBT people “not to settle for half-measures” and push for full marriage rights.

Saying on its website that the Civil Partnership Bill “makes us second class citizens”, the group outlines their objections to the legislation, focusing on the rights of children with same-sex parents. Noise says that the bill:

  • Offers no way for parents to create protected legal bonds with each other as parents or with their children
  • Denies parents the right to make educational and medical decisions regarding their children
  • Denies children of LGBT parents the right to inherit from their parents

# gay-rights - Sunday 18 July, 2010

THE MANAGEMENT of Dundrum Town Centre have denied they asked a couple who were kissing in public to leave the premises because they were gay.

Two volunteers with the non-profit radio station OpenFM were kissing on Friday when they were approached by security and asked to leave the centre.

The station said that when one of the couple asked if they would have been approached if they were straight, they were told: “It’s policy.”

The incident sparked a storm on the station’s Facebook page with many complaining that the couple had been discriminated against based on their sexuality.

The centre later tweeted that…

Couples being overly intimate in public areas at @DundrumTC are treated equally regardless of sexuality, nationality or creed.

…and later issued a longer statement in which it said that the security officer approached the couple and asked them to tone down their behaviour, before noticing that the couple were both male.

In the past Dundrum Town Centre has on occasions received complaints from parents where they believed couples were being intimate in view of their children.

In this particular instance the couple were asked to refrain from being intimate in the public area but were advised that they would be welcome to avail of the open public spaces but were respectfully requested to be mindful of any children in the vicinity.

Following discussion with the security officer the couple approached the Customer Service Desk, once the Duty Manager explained to the couple the centre’s concerns the couple acknowledged Dundrum Town Centre’s position.

Dundrum Town Centre welcomes all visitors to its facility, nationality, creed or any other factor do not influence Dundrum Town Centre whatsoever and we continue to welcome all visitors to the Centre.

The station has since deleted the original post from its Facebook wall, and said that one of the couple wanted “to apologise for letting this personal issue upset the community.”

# gay-rights - Saturday 17 July, 2010

AN ONLINE STORM is brewing after two gay men were asked to leave Dundrum Town Centre by security staff who said it was “policy” not to allow gay kisses on the premises.

Two volunteers with the non-profit radio station OpenFM, which has just finished a month-long broadcast, were kissing when they were approached by security and asked to leave the centre.

The staff told the couple there were “young kids walking around” and asked them to leave the premises. When one asked whether they would have been asked to leave if they were straight, he was told it was “policy”.

The station shared the news on its Facebook page and prompted a torrent of angry replies from its fans. A group has since been set up in solidarity with the couple.

“That can’t be let go. I’m actually livid”, said one, while another commented:  ”This country turns a blind eye to priests abusing children hidden behind closed doors, yet a man kisses another in public and all hell breaks loose…”

Many users said they had contacted the Centre to complain, while others suggested contacting the Equality Authority to seek redress.

Other users suggested holding a scheduled gay kissing ‘flashmob’ to highlight the issue.

Ironically, the centre’s own Facebook page currently celebrates the engagement of a staff member in the MAO cafe, whose boyfriend proposed to her on the premises yesterday – the same day the gay couple were asked to leave.

# gay-rights - Thursday 15 July, 2010

DESPITE PROTESTS and lobbying from the Catholic church, Argentina has become the first Latin American country to allow gay couples to get married.

The Senate passed the proposal at 33-27 votes after 14 hours of debate. It was passed in the lower chamber in May.

Thousands of people took to the streets in Buenos Aires, both in support for and protest against the law.

Senator Miguel Pichetto, head of the ruling party, called it an “historic day” and added, “This is a very significant step on the way to equality.”

However, InfoBae.com quotes Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio saying, earlier this month, that the opposition saw the proposal not as “a political fight but an intention to destroy God’s plan.”

President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who supports gay marriage, will now need to ratify the law.

Buenos Aires has allowed gay couples to enter into civil unions since 2003, which allowed couples to enjoy many benefits of partnership. However, civil unions did not give couples the right to adopt or inheritance rights.

This new law will give couples full marriage rights, which will include the rights of children of gay parents. Gustavo Lopez, of the Argentine Anti-Discrimination office, says that the law “recognizes families that already exist and protects them,” adding, “The state has an obligation to protect all families.”

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