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United Kingdom in his New Year's homily for
enacting the new Civil Partnership Act, which
grants registered same-sex couples the rights and
obligations of marriage.
Speaking at St. Mary's Cathedral in
Edinburgh, O'Brien said the government had
"promoted alternative lifestyles while undermin-
ing values which for generations have been treas-
ured," London's The Times reported.
"Human societies throughout history and
across cultures have flourished only when they
have built their human relationships on the rock
of marriage," he said.
A spokesman for the Gay and Lesbian
Humanist Association said O'Brien's remarks
"could lead to an escalation of violence against
Muslim leader says U.K. partnership
law is a bad omen for society
Sir Iqbal Sacranie, the head of the Muslim
Council of Britain, has denounced the United
Kingdom's new Civil Partnership Act that took
effect in December. It grants registered same-sex
couples the rights and obligations of marriage.
Speaking to the BBC Jan. 3, Sacranie said,
"This is harmful. It does not augur well in build-
ing the very foundations of society — stability,
family relationships. And it is something we
would certainly not... encourage the communi-
ty to be involved in."
Sacranie called homosexuality "not acceptable
... in terms of health, in terms of the moral issues
that come along in a society."
Gay activist Peter Tatchell of OutRage! told
the BBC that since both the
Muslim and gay communities suffer prejudice
and discrimination, they "should stand together
to fight Islamophobia and homophobia."
Polish court refuses to begin criminal
trials against 75 arrested in gay march
Courts in Poznan, Poland, in late December
and early January refused to begin criminal pro-
ceedings against 75 people who were arrested at
a Nov. 29 gay Pride march that had been banned
by Mayor Ryszard Grobelny, the Campaign
Against Homophobia reported on Jan. 5.
The marchers were charged with taking part in
an illegal gathering. A few hundred people joined
the demonstration. They were harassed by mem-
bers of the group All Polish Youth, who shouted
"Let's gas the fags" and "We'll do to you what
Hitler did with Jews."
Warsaw's gay Pride parade was also banned
by local officials last year and the year before.
Then-Mayor Lech Kaczynski, who is now
Poland's president, called last year's planned
march "sexually obscene." An improvised parade
took place on June 10 anyhow, with more than
Spain to offer asylum to gays facing
death because of sexual orientation
Spain is planning to alter its asylum laws to
take in gays who face the death penalty or serious
punishment in their home countries based on
their sexual orientation, according to a draft law
obtained by the newspaper El Pais.
A report in Britain's Telegraph newspaper said
the changes also would apply to women facing
The draft reportedly requires immigration offi-
cials to base decisions on an objective examina-
tion of the facts rather than subjective concerns,
such as a hunch that an applicant might be lying.
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