The following news stories of LGBT interest happened around the world in the weeks leading up to our July issue.

Church of England Opposed Same-Sex Marriage Initiative

In a statement to the government regarding a proposal to legalize gay marriage, the Church of England warned that introducing same-sex marriage could lead to the church being forced out of its role of conducting weddings on behalf of the state, reports The Guardian. Ben Summerskill, chief executive of Stonewall, an advocacy organization that campaigns for gay rights, accused the church of “carrying out a masterclass in melodramatic scaremongering.”

No Pride Parade for Russians

In Russia, gay rights activists were arrested in Moscow during an unsanctioned Pride celebration last month. LGBTQ Nation reports that The Moscow City Court upheld a district court’s decision to ban gay parades in Moscow for the next 100 years.

LGBT-Friendly Nominee Confirmed as Ambassador to El Salvador

After failing to get enough votes from members of Congress in December, Mari Carmen Aponte has now been approved to become the United States ambassador to El Salvador. On June 14, the Senate voted 62-37 to end debate on the nomination, and within an hour of that vote, she was confirmed by voice vote. According to Roll Call, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) led the charge in opposing Aponte, accusing her of being “pro-gay and anti-family.”

US Catholic Leader Addresses World Pride Conference

The head of a national Catholic ministry—New Ways Ministry, which promotes equality and justice for LGBT people—traveled to London to take part in meetings and conferences as part of the 2012 World Pride celebration. New Ways Ministry’s Executive Director, Francis DeBernardo, was a panelist at the Mind the Gap Conference and conducted a daylong workshop called Next Steps: Developing LGBT Ministry and Spirituality.

Croatian Authorities Called Out for Inadequate Response to Hate Crimes

Amnesty International recently called on the Croatian government to take further steps to combat homophobic and transphobic hate crimes in the country. Just days before the June 9 Split Pride event, Amnesty International launched Inadequate Protection, a briefing that documents cases where alleged homophobic or transphobic motives were not appropriately taken into account in the investigation and prosecution of physical violence. Additionally, Amnesty International reports that victims of hate crimes have not been duly informed on the progress of their case, faced discriminatory treatment by the police, and were inadequately protected from violence during Pride marches.

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