US: Struggling anti-gay NOM launches boycott against JPMorgan Chase

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The anti-gay National Organization for Marriage is urging supporters to boycott international mega-bank JPMorgan Chase, following claims that the bank asked employees if they were

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Anti-gay former French National Front candidate jailed for racist remarks against minister

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A former candidate of the homophobic French Front National (FN) has been sentenced to nine months in jail for comparing a black Justice Minister to a chimpanzee.

France’s Justice Minister Christiane Taubira last year faced legal action from the FN for saying the group is racist and homophobic.

She made the remarks in response to Anne-Sophie Leclere, an FN candidate who was then standing in a small town in the north-eastern Ardennes region, and who posted images on her Facebook page of a baby chimpanzee, with the caption:

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US: Retired United Methodist minister sets himself on fire to protest against racism, homophobia

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Family and colleagues of a retired United Methodist minister who set himself on fire to protest against racism and homophobia have spoken about his life-long fight for equal rights.

The Rev. Charles Moore, 79, committed suicide on 23 June, having driven across Texas to his childhood home of Grand Saline, before dousing himself with gasoline and lighting himself on fire.

Moore chose Grand Saline for the negative memories it held of racism and prejudice, and particular of lynching, which he witnessed as a boy.

Although he spent much of his early life fighting racial segregation, in later life he directed his attention first against the death penalty and then to combating prejudice within the Methodist church against gays and lesbians.

In the 1990s, he took an active role in encouraging gay Christians to join his own congregation, and in challenging the prejudices of an aging church-going population for whom religious condemnation of homosexuality was the norm. He promoted gay members to leadership positions within his church.

A colleague, the Rev. Sid Hall, described Moore as having

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Eric Holder: Justice department will fight against same-sex marriage bans in Supreme Court

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US Attorney General Eric Holder has confirmed that the Department of Justice will argue in favour of striking down bans on same-sex marriage if the Supreme Court takes up a case.

Appearing on ABC’s This Week, Holder – the country’s top law official – confirmed he would throw his weight behind same-sex marriage if the Supreme Court takes one up.

Utah is currently seeking permission to appeal a ruling striking down the state’s marriage ban, with the case likely to head to the Supreme Court later this year if justices agree to hear it when the court resumes in October.

Holder confirmed that the Department of Justice’s brief in any Supreme Court case “will be in support of same-sex marriage”, and that he believes marriage to be a constitutional right for gay couples.

He noted that the brief would be “consistent with the actions that we have taken over the past couple of years”, after backing the repeal of the federal Defence of Marriage Act in the Supreme Court last year.

He added: “I think a lot of these measures that ultimately will come before the court will not survive a heightened scrutiny examination.”

Holder previously said in Februar: “In every courthouse, in every proceeding and in every place where a member of the Department of Justice stands on behalf of the United States, they will strive to ensure that same-sex marriages receive the same privileges, protections and rights as opposite-sex marriages under federal law.”

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Chris Christie: Republicans should continue to fight against same-sex marriage

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Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has urged his party to continue to fight against same-sex marriage, despite admitting defeat himself last year.

Christie had stringently opposed same-sex marriage in New Jersey, but abandoned his court challenge in October after a ruling from the state’s Supreme Court struck down its same-sex marriage ban.

He conceded at the time: “Chief Justice Rabner left no ambiguity about the unanimous court’s view on the ultimate decision in this matter when he wrote,

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Human Rights Watch: Ugandan ruling against gay rights activists ‘deeply flawed’

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The Human Rights Watch (HRW) has strongly criticised a ruling against gay activists who sued a Ugandan official for violating their rights.

A group of four Uganda gay rights activists sued Ethics Minister Simon Lokodo after he took action to close a workshop back in 2012.

Participants and organisers of the workshop were threatened with arrest.

The HRW criticised the judge’s ruling in favour of Lokodo as “deeply flawed”. The judge ruled in the minister’s favour, saying those involved in the workshop had promoted homosexuality.

Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act, a law further criminalising same-sex sexual activity, allowing repeat offenders to be sentenced to 14 years in prison, was given presidential approval by President Yoweri Museveni in February.

Minister for Ethics and Integrity Simon Lokodo, defended the law, nicknamed the

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