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About Barry Duke

Veteran journalist Barry Duke, born in South Africa in 1947, settled in the UK in 1973, where he became actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement and gay rights organisations. A militant atheist, he joined the National Secular Society (NSS) and was a co-founder in 1979 of the Gay Humanist Group which changed its name to the Gay & Lesbian Humanist Association in 1987. In 2017 he was handed a Lifetime Achievement award by the NSS for his "spirited opposition to religious intolerance and irrationality" in his roles as a free speech advocate and his work as editor of the Freethinker and The Pink Humanist magazines. In 2017 he was married to his partner of 22 years, Marcus Robinson, in Gibraltar. The couple live in Benidorm, Spain.
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Bigot of the Year prize won by Cardinal Keith O’Brien
7 years ago

Bigot of the Year prize won by Cardinal Keith O’Brien

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THE leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland was last night named Bigot of the Year by gay rights charity Stonewall because of his opposition to gay marriage.

 

In the run-up to the award ceremony, sponsors Barclays and Coutts banks warned they would axe their funding if the category is not dropped next year.

 

Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson won Politician of the Year, but was booed for also criticising the bigot award.

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Another crazy cleric blames gays for deadly US storm
7 years ago

Another crazy cleric blames gays for deadly US storm

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A RABBI has joined an extremist Christian preacher in blaming Hurricane Sandy on gays, calling devastation of New York “divine justice” for the city’s same-sex marriage laws.

According to this report, Rabbi Noson Leiter of Torah Jews for Decency compared the superstorm which swept across the US eastern coast this week to a biblical disaster.

We believe that the great flood at the time of Noah…[was] triggered by the recognition of same-gender marriages.

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The Pope’s gonna have a cow!
7 years ago

The Pope’s gonna have a cow!

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MORE than 1,000 Catholics in Washington state have joined together to support same-sex marriage equality, and are urging voters to approve Referendum 74, which will make marriage equality legal in the Evergreen State.

The Washington State Catholics approving Ref. 74 signed a full-page ad in the Seattle Times, Yakima Herald and Everett Herald. The ad says:

Jesus and Catholic School Teachings urge us to love all our neighbors as ourselves.

To marry is to make a lifetime promise to one another in front of family, friends, and the law. Everyone in Washington State should have the right to marry the person they love.

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Thousands push for marriage equality in Taiwan
7 years ago

Thousands push for marriage equality in Taiwan

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HOUSANDS of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) revellers touched down in Taiwan over the weekend for Taipei’s 10th annual Gay Pride event.

According to this report, despite all the colourful festivities (which included a spectacular parade), many of the over 65,000 people in attendance said the event had a more serious aim: marriage equality.

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If you’re gay, steer well clear of Clarendon, Texas
7 years ago

If you’re gay, steer well clear of Clarendon, Texas

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THANKS to the generosity of the gay community, a Texas couple has been rehoused following abuse they suffered in their home town of Clarendon, a hotbed of homophobia.

When the pair, Jeremy Jeffers and Joshua Harrison, became the target of homophobic abuse – the words “leave of die” were daubed on their home – they contacted the media because they felt that the death threat and vandalism they’d suffered were being ignored by local police.

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Iranian politician laments having to engage with ‘faggots’
7 years ago

Iranian politician laments having to engage with ‘faggots’

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ALI Larijani, the Iranian speaker of parliament, equated gays with barbarism this week and wondered whethet the UN was seeking the legalisation of homosexuality in his country.

The Islamic imbecile made his comments on October 24 at the opening of the parliamentary session and in response to a new report by UN Special Rapporteur on Iran, who criticised Iran for its poor human rights record.

ALI Larijani, the Iranian speaker of parliament, equated gays with barbarism this week and wondered whethet the UN was seeking the legalisation of homosexuality in his country.

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PTT pays tribute to Allan Horsfall
7 years ago

PTT pays tribute to Allan Horsfall

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The UK gay Humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) is saddened to learn of the death of one of the great pioneers of LGBT rights, Allan Horsfall.

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Tributes pour in for celebrated gay atheist Gore Vidal
7 years ago

Tributes pour in for celebrated gay atheist Gore Vidal

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When heroes pass, especially ones that kept the light of conscience and reason so bright for our collective paths; sadness seems inadequate to express the loss we all now recognize. Gore Vidal RIP – Thomas Hampson.

THIS one of thousands of tributes posted on the internet over the past couple of days following the news that celebrated gay atheist Gore Vidal had died of pneumonia at his home in Hollywood Hills.

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Gay marriage: bad news for Catholic bigot
7 years ago

Gay marriage: bad news for Catholic bigot

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YESTERDAY bishop Philip Tartaglia – a thoroughly nasty article if ever there was one – was preening himself over the news that he is to become the new Archbishop of Glasgow. But today he awoke to discover that the Scottish Government had rudely pissed on his parade by announcing the introduction of gay marriage by 2015.

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Lib-Dem leader promises gay marriage by 2015
7 years ago

Lib-Dem leader promises gay marriage by 2015

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BRITAIN’S Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has pledged to introduce marriage equality and has confirmed that the UK’s coalition government will legislate for it by 2015.

Confirmation came in a letter to British Quakers. In it Clegg said:

Marriage is an important institution based on love and commitment and I believe that it is a twenty first century human right for that choice to be available to all – gay or straight. So I am proud that this Coalition Government has now committed to introduce equal marriage.

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