Tag Archives: Scotland

SCOTLAND: Hundreds Mourn Young Gay Murder Victim Stuart Walker

Hundreds of mourners turned out yesterday for the funeral of Stuart Walker, the young gay man found burned and tied to a lamppost in his Scotland village last month. Many of the town’s 9000 inhabitants attended the service. Mr Walker’s sister, Julie called her brother the “life and soul of our family”. She said: “You were our ray of sunshine …

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SCOTLAND: Dead Gay Man Found Tied To Lamppost In Possible Hate Crime

A 28 year-old gay man was found tied to lamppost and may have been burned alive in what Scottish police are describing as a possible hate crime. Detectives today launched a murder inquiry following the grim discovery, with streets in a nearby industrial estate sealed off as part of the ongoing investigation. Strathclyde Police confirmed the body had scorch marks …

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SCOTLAND: Archbishop Of Glasgow Denounces Marriage Equality

“In a proposed consultation regarding the redefinition of civil partnerships, we are talking not of human rights or of civil liberties, nor of legal or fiscal equalities, but of redefining a particular relationship to give it a meaning it doesn’t possess. We would use a word which carries huge significance, and render it meaningless in respect of one of its …

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

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SCOTLAND: Gay Clergy Allowed

The Church of Scotland has voted 351-294 to allow openly gay clergy. Scotland’s largest protestant church has swept away centuries of tradition and voted to allow gay men and lesbians to become ministers, opening up the prospect of the church allowing civil partnerships for same-sex couples. The Church of Scotland imposed a temporary moratorium in 2009 on admitting gay and …

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Explaining UK, Great Britain, England, Etc

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Gerry Rafferty Dead At 63

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Susan Boyle Covers Lou Reed

After making her cry because he wouldn’t let her perform it on America’s Got Talent, Lou Reed made amends and personally directed the video of Susan Boyle’s cover of his classic, Perfect Day. (Apparently it wasn’t such a perfect day at the shoot, with violent Scottish weather blowing the wig off of Boyle’s stand-in.) And in the same way that …

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SCOTLAND: Top Anti-Gay Activist Confesses To Child Porn Charges

The Scottish school board administrator who was a leader in the campaign against repealing the UK’s anti-gay Section 28 law has confessed to possessing and distributing child pornography. Enacted in 1986 during the Thatcher administration, Section 28 made it illegal to “promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship.” Alan Smith …

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UK Activist Peter Tatchell: Don’t Charge Preachers With Anti-Gay Hate Speech

Arguably the world’s most famed gay activist, the UK’s Peter Tatchell has come out against the recent hate speech fine imposed on an American preacher in Scotland, saying that only speech that incites to violence should be illegal. New York resident Shawn Holes was arrested in Glascow two weeks ago after telling customers at a shopping mall that gay people …

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Dying Mom Denied Blood From Gay Son

A 21 year-old gay man in Scotland was prevented from donating blood to his dying mother. Dij Bentley’s mother Christine, 47, died from acute myeloid leukaemia in August last year. Prior to her death, she had developed an infection and needed a blood transfusion. Friends and family members were asked to give blood to see if they were a match …

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Ex-Husband Of Little Britain Star Commits Suicide

The ex-husband of Little Britain star Matt Lucas, committed suicide in Edinburgh yesterday. Kevin McGee, 32, who divorced the Little Britain star ten months ago at the High Court, was found at his home after writing a suicide note on the social networking site Facebook. McGee, a TV producer, posted the message: ‘Kevin McGee thinks that death is much better …

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Susan Boyle Loses Britain’s Got Talent

Susan Boyle, the frumpy Scottish (possibly autistic) woman whose Britain’s Got Talent audition went on to became the most viewed video clip in the history of the world, lost in that show’s finals last night. The winner was hip-hop dance team Diversity.

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Scotland To Consider Same-Sex Marriage

All of the UK enjoys “civil partnership” rights, but Scotland may take the next step. The Scottish Parliament has accepted a petition to review the current marriage law. The petition, brought by Nick Henderson of the LGBT Network, calls for an amendment to the Marriage (Scotland) Act 1977 to allow gay and lesbian couples to legally marry. It also calls …

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Scotland May Outlaw Oral Sex Between Consenting Youths

Capitalizing on their success at outlawing intercourse for teens 13-15 years old, Christian activists in Scotland are now trying to criminalize oral sex between consenting teenagers under 16. Kenny MacAskill has indicated that more forms of sexual activity between children may be banned, following pressure from religious groups. The justice secretary has told MSPs that he will reconsider plans to …

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PhoboQuotable – Peter Hitchens

“We cringe to the new Thought Police, like the subjects of some insane, sex-obsessed Stalinist state, compelled to wave our little rainbow flags as the ‘Gay Pride’ parade passes by. And that’s another thing. We can’t even call homosexuals ‘homosexuals’ any more. This neutral word is not considered enthusiastic enough. We have to say ‘gay’. Which is exactly why I …

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Scottish Catholics: Gays Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Adopt Because They Die Early

Here’s another lovely message from the Catholic Church, this one from Scotland. “There is an overwhelming body of evidence showing that same-sex relationships are inherently unstable and reduce the life expectancy of those involved,” claimed church spokesman Peter Kearney. He was commenting on the case of two children who have been adopted by a gay couple. Their grandparents wanted to …

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Scotland: Firefighter Wins Damages Over Gay Pride Event

In a case similar to the one in San Diego, a Scottish firefighter has won damages after being disciplined for refusing to work a gay pride event in Glascow. A Roman Catholic firefighter has received damages and an apology from his employers after he was disciplined for refusing to work at a gay Pride event. Nine firefighers refused to work …

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Scottish Lesbian Cleared Of Assisted Suicide

In Scotland, a lesbian was found not guilty of assisted suicide after a judge ruled that her partner would have committed suicide on her own anyway. A woman prison officer who watched her lesbian lover commit suicide was spared jail Monday after a judge ruled it was ‘an act of love.’ Patricia Mulpeter, 48, comforted her dying friend as she …

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