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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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Spain finally sees off opposition to gay marriage
7 years ago

Spain finally sees off opposition to gay marriage

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ALTHOUGH Spain legalised marriage equality in 2005, homophobic forces in the country ­– the Catholic Church in particular – never accepted the law, and mounted a series of legal challeges, claiming first that marriage equality was “unconstitutional” and later that gays deserved legal rights but shouldn’t call it “marriage.” 

But today gay marriage opponents were finally seen off when the Spanish Constitutional Court ruled that the seven year old law is fully legal.

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Barack Obama deserves to be re-elected
7 years ago

Barack Obama deserves to be re-elected

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IN THE midst of his fight to become re-elected, President Barack Obama took time off to respond positively to a touching letter he received last week from a 10-year-old girl, who wrote about her “two dads”.

Sophia Bailey Klugh told the President how happy she is that he agrees with her on the topic of marriage equality. She went on to ask the president an important question:

I am so glad that you agree two men can love each other because I have two dads and they love each other, but at school kids think that it’s gross and weird, but it really hurts my heart and feelings … If you were me and you had two dads that loved each other and kids at school teased you about it, what would you do?

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Catholics told not to impose their vision of society on France
7 years ago

Catholics told not to impose their vision of society on France

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A SPOKESMAN for France’s governing Socialist Party, David Assouline, said at the weekend that was not the Church’s role:

To oppose the will of the legislature, especially concerning civil marriage in a secular republic.

According to this report, the party hit back hard at the Roman Catholic Church for campaigning against its plan to legalise same-sex marriage.

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Muslim leader’s lackeys ‘arrest’ human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell
7 years ago

Muslim leader’s lackeys ‘arrest’ human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell

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A STATE Visit last week to the UK of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who reportedly planned in September to push for an international UN protocol against “blasphemy”, was marked by the outrageous arrest of gay humanist Peter Tatchell who had the temerity to unfurl a West Papuan flag.

Writing for the Huffington Post, Tatchell said:

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Stonewall was right to label O’Brien a bigot
7 years ago

Stonewall was right to label O’Brien a bigot

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TERRY SANDERSON, President of the National Secular Society, yesterday issued a statement in support of the LGBT rights group Stonewall for naming Cardinal Keith O’Brien Bigot of Year.

Sanderson pointed out that Stonewall is under mounting attack for bestowing the award on O’Brien, and that:

Politicians – such as Alec Salmond – who are petrified of upsetting the church lest it ends up costing votes, are rushing to his defence.

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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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THOUSANDS 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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