Gay Luxembourg PM to marry partner: Sources

Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel is to wed his partner Gauthier Destenay next week, sources said Thursday, just a few months after the tiny duchy legalised same-sex marriage.

German Catholic Church opens labour law more to divorced and gays

 Germany`s Roman Catholic Church, an influential voice for reforms prompted by Pope Francis, has decided lay Catholic employees who divorce and remarry or form gay civil unions should no longer automatically lose their jobs. 

Disappointed with India for voting against gay rights: US

The US has voiced its disappointment with India for voting against the benefits of same-sex partners at the UN.

California acts against poll measure to execute gays

California announced legal action Wednesday to suppress a "reprehensible" ballot initiative to outlaw homosexuality -- on pain of execution -- in the famously liberal US state.

Colombia court puts restrictions on adoption by gays

Colombia`s Constitutional Court has put stringent limits on adoption by gay couples, saying it would be allowed only if one partner is already the child`s biological parent.

Madrid metro memo tells staff to keep an eye on gays

Madrid`s metro has opened an investigation into a memo circulated to employees that listed gays, beggars and musicians as problem groups that needed extra vigilance, it said Thursday.

Goa's reputation unaffected by controversies: Minister

Controversies triggered by local politicians over banning bikinis, Hindu nation conspiracies, anti-gay sentiments etc have failed to affect Goa`s reputation as a prime tourist destination, state Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said here on Saturday.

Gays wish for freedom from 'myopic mindset'

The setting Sunday sun in the heart of the capital was accompanied by a rainbow of a different kind. As the assertive and confident members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community took part in the Delhi gay parade, they all wished for freedom from the myopic mindset of society and acceptance of their existence.

Setback for Pope Francis as synod fails to agree on gays, divorcees
Setback for Pope Francis as synod fails to agree on gays, divorcees

Roman Catholic bishops Saturday failed to reach consensus on opening the Church's doors to remarried divorcees and gays after a special synod on the family, in a blow to Pope Francis.

Pope Francis faces key test with vote on divorcees, gays
Pope Francis faces key test with vote on divorcees, gays

Pope Francis was set to sort his allies from his enemies Saturday with a Vatican vote on a document drafted at the end of a fierce two-week debate over opening the Catholic Church`s doors to remarried divorcees and gays.

Russian President Putin links gays to pedophiles

Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered new assurances to gay athletes and fans attending the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics next month.

Uganda Parliament passes life in jail anti-gay law

The controversial anti-gay law, which punishes certain homosexual acts with life imprisonment, was passed by the Ugandan lawmakers on Friday.

UN chief calls for equality for lesbians, gays and bisexuals

In his message on the occasion of Human Rights Day, observed on December 10, Ban said the global body denounces all attacks on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) or intersex people.

Church too much obsessed with gays, abortion: Pope Francis

Setting the tone for his papacy, Pope Francis has warned that the Catholic Church’s moral edifice “will fall like a pack of cards” if care is not taken to balance its divisive rules on gays, abortion and contraception with the need to emerge as merciful and more welcoming place for all.

Vladimir Putin admits love for Tchaikovsky to rubbish homophobic reports

Russian President Vladimir Putin has hit back at reports claiming that he is homophobic, saying that he works with gay people.

Nothing against gays in Russia, affirms Putin

Gay people in Russia experience no discrimination at the official level, says President Vladimir Putin.

Fear shadows Nepal gays, lesbians: Rights body

Nepal should allow lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) groups to operate freely and end arbitrary arrests of LGBT people, Human Rights Watch said Monday.

Clashes at French anti-gay marriage protest

Paris riot police fought back crowds who pushed their way onto Paris` landmark Champs-Elysees avenue as part of a huge protest against a draft law allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children.

Portray gays with dignity, says Pooja Bhatt

Actress-turned-director Pooja Bhatt says she is tired of watching caricature of gay people in Hindi movies.

Don`t be a gay or lesbian: Former Malaysian PM

Don`t be a gay or lesbian as the whole human race can be wiped out. This is what former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad has to say about what he calls "not natural".