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    Little Support by African Churches for Gay Rights

    By Eric Segueda, DW - November 27, 2012

    In many African countries church organizations show little understanding for calls for greater rights for homosexuals, a stance which also influences political decisions. Malawi is a case in point.

    "We have organized protests against homosexual rights", Father Raphael Adebayo from the Catholic church of Saint Agnes in the Nigerian city Lagos told DW. Together with other Christian denominations the Catholic community in Nigeria has actively demonstrated against homosexuality. [Read Full Story]

    Photo by Katrin Gansler


    Uruguay Congress Considers Same-Sex Marriage Law; Roman Catholic Church Opposed

    By Pablo Fernandez, Associated Press - November 14, 2012

    Uruguay's congress is considering a gay marriage law that would give same-sex couples all the same rights and responsibilities of heterosexual married couples.

    The country already has a civil unions law and has stood out in Latin America lately for legalizing abortion and planning to sell government-grown marijuana to any citizen who wants it.

    The proposed "marriage equality" law would change Uruguay's nearly-century-old civil code and give married gays and lesbians all the rights and responsibilities of heterosexual married couples, including the possibility of adopting children. [Read Full Story]


    New Archbishop Justin Welby Pledges Re-think on Gay Relationships

    By John Bingham, The Telegraph - November 9, 2012

    The Bishop of Durham, Justin Welby, who was formally announced as successor to Dr Rowan Williams yesterday, insisted that he supported the Church of England’s opposition to same-sex marriage.

    But he promised to reassess his own traditional line on the issue “prayerfully and carefully” and pointedly emphasised his support for civil partnerships. [Read Full Story]


    Being Gay in the Muslim World

    By Monica Tan, Daily Life - November 9, 2012

    "I'm not drinking tonight," says Shabura. The 24-year-old Indonesian make-up artist takes a seductive drag of his cigarette. He is svelte and cute, with floppy hair like Leonardo DiCaprio during his teen heartthrob days.

    Like 88% of his fellow 240 million countrymen, Shabura is Muslim. And today is Friday, the traditional day of rest and prayer for Muslims. But Shabura's reason for taking a break is a little more prosaic. "I've been partying for six nights in a row and I'm exhausted!" he grins. [Read Full Story]


    Amnesty: Malawi suspends anti-gay laws

    By CNN - November 6, 2012

    (CNN) -- Malawi is shelving its laws against homosexuality pending a vote on whether to repeal them, a rights group said, a bold move in a continent that mostly criminalizes such relationships.

    The justice minister said the laws are suspended and police cannot arrest or prosecute homosexuals until parliament votes, Amnesty International said in a statement Monday.

    Same-sex relationships are illegal in the southern Africa nation and carry a penalty of up to 14 years in prison. [Read Full Story]