Bermuda: "Pray the gay away" sessions generate controversy

SOUTHAMPTON, Bermuda -- Gay rights advocates in Bermuda are criticizing a local church for hosting a weekend conference that promotes the discredited "ex-gay" movement.

Sessions will be held at 7 tonight and 11 am and 4 pm Saturday at the Southampton Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

An article published on Friday in the Royal Gazette has generated a slew of comments both pro and con.

Chile: Civil unions now legalized

SANTIAGO, Chile -- The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) today applauded the Chilean legislature’s vote to allow civil unions for all people, including same-sex couples.

The historic decision grants legal status to stable and permanent cohabitation by two people, without regard to either person’s sex or gender. The bill does not legalize same-sex marriage.

France: High court allows gay marriage between Frenchman, Moroccan

PARIS, France -- A Frenchman and his Moroccan boyfriend will be allowed to get married despite a 1981 agreement between France and Morocco that would prohibit a same-sex wedding in the North Africa nation.

France's high court ruled Wednesday in favor of the couple, according to the Associated Press.

Philippines: Rejects U.S. Marine's request to drop transgender murder case

MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines on Tuesday rejected an appeal by a U.S. Marine that it drop a murder case against him in the death of a transgender Filipino woman last year.

A department of justice panel said evidence from prosecutors against Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton of Bristol, Massachusetts showed that he killed Jennifer Laude after picking her up in a bar in Olongapo city in October.

Police said Laude was found dead with her head inside a toilet bowl in a hotel minutes after Pemberton left the room.

First Circuit urged to reverse ruling dismissing Puerto Rico marriage case

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Lambda Legal on Monday filed a brief urging the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit to overturn a lower court ruling dismissing Conde-Vidal v. Garcia-Padilla, the lawsuit seeking to end the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico’s discriminatory ban on marriage for LGBT couples.

UK: British Army general on verge of making historic coming out

LONDON, England -- A married British Army general is on the verge of coming out as gay – an announcement which would send shockwaves through the Armed Forces.

He has kept his ­homosexuality secret since joining 25 years ago. When he signed up it was illegal to be gay in the forces.

The officer – who holds the highest rank achievable for a professional soldier – has served on tours in Iraq, ­Afghanistan and Northern Ireland.

The father, who has an open relationship with his wife, said he wants to speak out despite being told it could be “career suicide.”

Russia: Founder of support group for LGBT youth fined for "gay propaganda"

MOSCOW, Russia -- Yelena Klimova, the founder of an online support group for LGBT teenagers, has been fined 50,000 rubles ($780) for violating Russia's controversial law against the "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors," she announced Friday.

France: Court convicts three over homophobic tweets

PARIS, France -- A French court has handed out convictions for anti-gay hate crimes on Twitter for the first time, after three people used the hashtag “let’s burn the gays.”

In what a major French LGBT rights group called a “significant victory,” three people were convicted in a Paris court this week after they accompanied tweets with hashtags including “let’s burn the gays on..." or "#brûlonslesgayssurdu).”

During the same period in August 2013, “#Lesgaysdoiventdisparaîtrecar,” or “gays must die because...” was also trending.

Five same-sex couples denied marriage certificates in Tijuana

TIJUANA, Baja California, Mexico -- The same-sex marriage dance has now begun in Tijuana, San Diego's sister city south of the border.

Five same-sex couples this week have applied for marriage licenses and have been denied, according to local media. This action was fully expected, since Baja California's Article 143 of the Civil Code prohibits gay marriage.

Mexicali finally allows gay couple to marry, and Tijuana may be next

MEXICALI, Baja California, Mexico -- Victor Fernando Urias Amparo, 37, and Victor Manuel Aguirre Espinoza, 43, came to Mexicali City Hall on Saturday to join hundreds of protesters against ongoing city efforts to prevent them from marrying.

But in an unexpected twist, they ended up in the middle of a hastily planned wedding ceremony in front of jubilant supporters and a crush of media from Mexico and the United States.