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posted Friday, September 10, 2010 - Volume 38 Issue 37
International News - Rex Wockner
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by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer Conservative British MP comes out Foreign Minister denies being Gay
Conservative British Member of Parliament Crispin Blunt, the government's minister for prisons and probation, announced August 28 that he has separated from his wife of 20 years so he can embrace being Gay.

A statement issued by his office said: 'Crispin Blunt wishes to make it known that he has separated from his wife Victoria. He decided to come to terms with his homosexuality and explained the position to his family. The consequence is this separation. There is no third party involvement, but this is difficult for his immediate and wider family and he hopes for understanding and support for them. The family do not wish to make any further public comment and hope that their privacy will be respected as they deal with these difficult private issues.'

Blunt, 50, is a former Army officer. He has been an MP since 1997.

Meanwhile, British Foreign Minister William Hague released a statement September 1 denying that he's been having an affair with a 25-year-old male assistant, who nonetheless resigned because of what Hague called 'untrue and malicious allegations' that the two are involved.

Hague, 49, acknowledged that he and the adviser, Christopher Myers, had "occasionally" shared a hotel room during the election campaign.

"In hindsight I should have given greater consideration to what might have been made of that, but this is in itself no justification for allegations of this kind, which are untrue and deeply distressing to me, to [my wife] Ffion and to Christopher," Hague said.

"Any suggestion that his appointment was due to an improper relationship between us is utterly false, as is any suggestion that I have ever been involved in a relationship with any man," he said.

Tasmanian Parliament moves to recognize foreign Gay unions
The Australian state of Tasmania's lower house of Parliament, the House of Assembly, voted September 1 to recognize official same-sex unions and marriages that take place elsewhere in the nation or world.

The measure now moves to the upper house, the Legislative Council.

Australia does not allow same-sex marriage but three states and the Australian Capital Territory have same-sex partner registration schemes. Those partnerships also are recognized by the federal government for purposes of all spousal entitlements associated with marriage.

The Tasmanian bill will recognize overseas same-sex marriages only as state civil partnerships, not marriages, because Australian federal law explicitly bans recognition of foreign same-sex marriages.

New South Wales passes Gay adoption bill
The Legislative Assembly of the Australian state of New South Wales, where Sydney is located, passed a bill to legalize adoption by same-sex couples September 2. The vote was 46-42, following two days of debate.

The measure permits church-affiliated adoption agencies to continue to discriminate against Gay couples without fear of prosecution.

One other state, Western Australia, and the Australian Capital Territory allow Gay couples to adopt together. The bill now moves to the upper house, the Legislative Council.

Derry sees first pride parade
Some 5,000 people took part in the first Gay pride parade in Derry, Northern Ireland, on August 28. The procession traveled from Waterside Railway Station to Guildhall Square. About 20 people gathered around Duke Street to protest the march.

With assistance from Bill Kelley

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