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SLOVAKIA: Skinheads Attack, Force Cancellation Of First Gay Pride Parade

Slovakia’s first ever gay pride parade was canceled today after skinheads attacked the participants with rocks, eggs and a tear gas grenade. Organizers are blaming police for not providing adequate protection. Eight neo-Nazis were arrested and there were no serious injuries. Members of the neo-Nazi group Slovenská Pospolitosť attacked the participants at a pre-parade rally for LGBT rights. A tear …

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ITALY: Gay Marriage Ruling Due

Italy’s Constitutional Court is expected to rule this week on an appeal from two gay couples who were denied the right to marry. The decision may come as soon as tomorrow. The Vatican has pressured politicians to keep the issue from coming to a vote, but a positive ruling from the nation’s highest court could side-step legislative approval. RELATED: Portugal’s …

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Green Light For Gay Marriage In Portugal

Portugal’s Constitutional Court has approved a marriage equality bill recently passed by the nation’s legislature. The bill only needs the signature of the president to become law. Portugal’s Socialist-controlled Parliament, led by Prime Minister Jose Socrates, approved the gay marriage bill on February 11. The president still has the option of vetoing the legislation, but Socrates has said he is …

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Where Europe’s Denominations Dominate

Here’s the European version of the map I posted earlier in the week. Green dots mean more Catholics, blue dots mean more Protestants. UPDATE: I’m not really getting this map either. Maybe someone can suss out the methodology at the source.

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EU Warns Applicants: Support For LGBT Rights Is Mandatory For Membership

The European Parliament has reaffirmed its policy that EU member states must support LGBT rights. Turkey, Macedonia, and Croatia are moving closer to admission, but all three continue to violate the EU’s requirements. The three candidate countries were reminded that the protection of all minorities is a non-negotiable condition to access the European Union. “I am happy that our amendments …

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Portugal To Approve Marriage Equality

Sources in the administration of Portuguese Prime Minister José Sócrates say that one of the first plans for his new government will be to approve marriage equality. Via Bay Windows: “The measure is part of the official program of the party and according to government sources, the move will be done as soon as [formation of] the government is complete,” …

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Albania Goes For Gay Marriage

Perhaps to bolster its campaign to join the European Union, the government of Albania has proposed legalizing same-sex marriage. Prime minister Sali Berisha told a cabinet meeting yesterday that the law was an important move against discrimination. Albania is deeply secular but is also one of only two countries in Europe which is predominantly Muslim. Religion was banned during the …

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Europe 2020?

An interesting entry at Coming Anarchy speculates about the various autonomy movements around Europe and what may happen should some of them achieve independence. Even if only a few of these microstates were to be born, it could have serious consequences regionally, transatlantically and globally. In Europe, it would suddenly create a host of rich and poor states, which their …

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The Blonde Map Of Europe

Go to StrangeMaps for some historical speculation on why blondes are where they are in such numbers.

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It’s An Obama World

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European Court: Siblings Don’t Get Same Tax Breaks As Civil Partners

Interesting: Two elderly British sisters have lost their case in the European Court of Human Rights to allow them to avoid inheritance tax when one of them dies. They argued that British law treats them less favourably than a lesbian couple in a civil partnership. The siblings have been living together in Wiltshire since they were born, but Joyce, 88, …

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HomoQuotable – Bruce Bawer

“Not very long ago, Oslo was an icy Shangri-la of Scandinavian self-discipline, governability, and respect for the law. But in recent years, there have been grim changes, including a rise in gay-bashings. The summer of 2006 saw an unprecedented wave of them. The culprits, very disproportionately, are young Muslim men. “It’s not just Oslo, of course. The problem afflicts most …

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Adoption Rights For Euro Gays

Good news from Europe: (Strasbourg, France) In a ruling that could have far-reaching consequences the European Court of Human Rights said Tuesday that the exclusion of individuals to adopt children simply because of their sexual orientation is discriminatory and in breach of the European Convention of Human Rights. [snip] “Henceforth, France will no longer be able to refuse approval to …

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Itt Van A Gummimaci

I think I’ll send y’all off for the weekend with the worstest most earwormish song since the Crazy Frog. Itt Van A Gummimaci is the original version (in Hungarian), but there’s others: Jag Är En Gummibjörn (in Swedish), and Osito Gominola (in Spanish). You can also hear it in French, English, and German. Crazy Euros and their pop music. You. …

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