Brunei's new law permits stoning gay people to death

United Nations condemns the new penal code

Posted by Rhuaridh Marr
April 15, 2014 1:29 PM |
"Under international law, stoning people to death constitutes torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and is thus clearly prohibited." -- Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Comissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). He continued, "Application of the death penalty for such a broad range of offenses contravenes international law." The statement was made ... [Read]

"When I say equality, I mean equality for everybody. Why are you telling people who they can and cannot marry? This is 2014." -- Pharrell Williams, speaking with Ellen Degeneres on her daytime talk show. Pharrell, who earned an Oscar nomination for his song "Happy," also opined on the issues facing women in society. "At the same time there is ... [Read]

"This is a unique precedent for our country. It is the first time that a gay marriage has been recognized in Italy." -- Sergio Lo Giudice, Italian Senator and former president of Arcigay, Italy's largest national gay organization, speaking with Reuters. Sen. Guidice's statement refers to Stefano Bucci and Stefano Chigiotti, an Italian couple who married in New York in ... [Read]

"The amendment serves no purpose but to institutionalise discrimination against LGBTI people. As equality is the defining element of a civilised and inclusive society, I call on the Georgian Parliament to vote against this homophobic amendment and continue on the road to equality." -- Ulrike Lunacek MEP, Co-President of the European Parliament's LGBT Intergroup, in a statement. Georgian Prime Minister Irakli ... [Read]

"This is just the most open and blatant example of the new fascism, which says if you don’t agree with us 100%, we have the right to punish you" -- Newt Gingrich, former Republican Presidential candidate and contributor to CNN's Crossfire, speaking on ABC's This Week With George Stephanopoulos. Gingrich was commenting on Brendan Eich, who stepped down as CEO ... [Read]

"For the second time Judge Black has affirmed that the marriages of committed and loving same-sex couples must be recognized by the state of Ohio." -- Chad Griffin, President of the Human Rights Campaign, in a press release. Judge Timothy Black will strike down a constitutional amendement preventing the state from recognizing same-sex marriages performed in states where they are ... [Read]

"Congress has not passed ENDA because including accommodations for gender-confused adults in these types of laws and regulations violates privacy, degrades morality, and censors free speech." -- Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel, "an international nonprofit litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family," in a press release. ENDA, the Employment ... [Read]

"By the end of this decade I believe we will have reached a defining moment in the history of HIV vaccination research." -- Professor Jonathan Weber, of Imperial College London, in an interview with ITV News. Professor Weber predicts that the next six years will prove the most illuminating over whether current research could eventually lead to an HIV vaccine. ... [Read]

"She questioned my integrity. She said she was glad I came out, but that I should be more gay. I’m more offended that she questioned my integrity." -- Arizona state Sen. Steve Gallardo, speaking with Arizona Capitol Times, regarding a closed-door caucus meeting in which Sen. Olivia Cajero Bedford questioned Gallardo's honesty with regards his sexual orientation. Gallardo came out ... [Read]

“I personally think that condom-free porn is hotter, yes. Yes, you can make hot porn with condoms, and we have made a lot of it. But porn is a fantasy, and no one fantasizes about condoms." -- Gay porn producer Michael Lucas, owner of Lucas Entertainment, in an interview with Queerty. Lucas was vocally opposed to condom-free porn initially, stating ... [Read]

"Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure." -- Part of a statement issued by the free online dating website OkCupid. The statement pops up whenever someone uses the web browser Firefox to reach the site. Controversy emerged when the Mozilla Foundation appointed Brendan Eich, ... [Read]

"If you think about it, it’s outrageous we’re even debating this subject. I really mean it. I mean it’s almost beyond belief that today, in 2014, I could say to you, as your employee in so many states, you’re fired, because of who you love." -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, in a speech at a Human Rights Campaign gala ... [Read]

As news today came that U.S. District Court Judge Bernard Friedman had found Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional, it brought with it the end of a two-year legal battle for Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer. The ruling was the culmination of a lawsuit that originally began as an attempt to overturn Michigan's ban on joint adoptions ... [Read]

"I was told I couldn't come back unless I petitioned to the president or I wrote a statement that I would adhere to the moral guidelines and basically not be gay anymore." -- Chase Martinson, who was refused reentry to Hannibal-LaGrange University (HGLU) after withdrawing due to illness in October of last year. The 20-year-old came out to friends on ... [Read]

Westboro Baptist's Fred Phelps dead

Posted by Will O'Bryan
March 20, 2014 1:22 PM |
“When Americans were faced with the choice of accepting their LGBT neighbors or endorsing Phelps’s unfiltered hate, they chose the former. He showed anti-gay bigotry for what it really is: profoundly un-American. Phelps lived to see a nation that more and more decisively rejected his vile message. That’s his legacy.” –Michael Keegan, president of People for the American Way, ... [Read]

"America is a place where the freedom to be who you are shouldn’t be a barrier to your ability to get a job and provide for your family." -- Paul Singer, billionaire hedge fund founder and Republican donor, regarding his $375,000 donation to help push the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) which would help stop discrimination against LGBT ... [Read]

"I’ve found that a lot of girls have no issue with me being gay… They still want to marry me. And I love that." -- Actor Neil Patrick Harris, speaking with OUT magazine. The How I Met Your Mother star stated that, despite being happily married to partner David Burtka -- with whom he has three-year-old twins -- the star ... [Read]

"I stand before you humbled. I stand you before standing on the shoulders of people like [outgoing Mayor] Coss and my father and so many who have been before in this position to say that I am ready to accept the responsibility and the honour of being your mayor." -- Javier Gonzales, the first openly gay mayor of Santa Fe, ... [Read]

"I’m gay, I’m a Latino, and I’m a senator. And it’s okay.” -- Arizona state Senator Steve Gallardo (D.), coming out to reporters in the Senate Caucus in Arizona. Gallardo felt compelled to come out publicly after Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed Senate Bill 1062, which provided legal cover to business owners who discriminated against LGBT people. "After I stood ... [Read]

"I have a message for the presidents of Nigeria and Uganda: You are on the wrong side of history." -- Actress and comedian Whoopi Goldberg in a video for the Human Rights Campaign in which she presented a call to action for the LGBT community in countries where LGBT rights are being oppressed. Uganda and Nigeria both have laws ... [Read]

"In a Post-ABC poll in March 2004, 38 percent said same-sex marriage should be legal, while 59 percent said it should not, the same percentage now in favor of allowing gays to marry." -- The Washignton Post, reporting on a poll conducted with ABC News which has found that 59% of Americans support the right of same-sex couples to marry. ... [Read]

"Religious liberties and the protection of our religious liberties is right. Right now, there’s a terrible intolerance afoot in the United States, and it’s against people who hold sincerely held religious beliefs" -- Minnesota congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R.), in an interview with Yahoo's "The Fine Print", discussing Arizona Senate Bill 1062. The bill granted businesses and individuals the ability to ... [Read]

"This has been a complete surprise. Honestly, we were doing this for a fundraiser to raise money for our organization. We didn't think there was much of a desire for an activity like this on the island, but it has actually blown up. We were hoping to sell 75 tickets to get some lesson-learned activities for different shows in ... [Read]

“By controlling for variables that might otherwise impact child outcomes, this study provides further evidence that raising children in families headed by same-sex couples is not a significant predictor of adolescent-parent relationships or of a child’s psychological adjustment.” -- Henny Bos, Ph.D., principal investigator of a study that compared 51 Dutch children born to lesbian couples with 51 demographically similar ... [Read]

"President Museveni has signed the Ugandan anti-homosexuality law, quoting Ugandan medical authorities in explanation. This Pontius Pilate defence will not wash in the light of history." -- British Member of Parliament Crispin Blunt, openly gay Conservative Party member and part of its LGBT representation group LGBTory, in a statement regarding President Museveni's signing of Uganda's controversial anti-homosexuality law. The law ... [Read]

“It is exceedingly difficult for us to sell Arizona as a destination against a backdrop of negative attention suggesting certain travelers or conference attendees would not be welcome here -- as a matter of law." -- Steve Hart, Marriott’s Arizona area vice president, in a letter to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. Marriott International, American Airlines, Apple, AT&T and Delta Airlines ... [Read]

Wall Street stocks rose quite a bit higher today, perhaps aided by an extra set of high heels. Drag superstar RuPaul Charles rang the closing bell at the NASDAQ exchange today. His reality competion show, RuPaul's Drag Race, is about to begin its 6th Season on the Logo TV network. The NASDAQ closed up 30 points, reportedly at a 14-year high of ... [Read]

"The decision to sign Jason was a basketball decision. We needed to increase our depth inside, and with his experience and size, we felt he was the right choice for a 10-day contract." -- Brooklyn Nets general manager Billy King on the signing of Jason Collins to a 10-day contract, making Collins the first openly gay athlete in the NBA. ... [Read]