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Scotland Votes to Stay With the UK

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The United Kingdom will for now stay intact as voters in Scotland rejected a referendum last night that would have granted it independence. With all 32 councils declared, the final results stand at 55.3% no on independence votes, 44.7% yes. 

The Guardian reports that the yes campaign scored a handful of notable successes - succeeding in the largest city of Glasgow by 53% to 47%, winning 54% in West Dunbartonshire and a 57% win in Dundee.  

All throughout the campaign, celebrities voiced their opinion on whether or not Scotland should leave the UK and become an independent country.

Those in favor of independence included Sean Connery, Alan Cumming, Franz Ferdinand, Bjork, Russell Brand, Gerard Butler, Rhys Ifans, and Morrissey.

Those opposed included Simon Cowell, Patrick Stewart, Sting, Mick Jagger, Tom Daley, David Beckham, Hugh Grant, Susan Boyle, J.K. Rowling, Eddie Izzard, John Barrowman, Helena Bonham Carter, David Tennant, Dame Judi Dench, Simon Cowell, Ewan McGregor, and Emma Thompson.

Others, such as James McAvoy, Billy Connolly, Annie Lennox, Pierce Brosnan, and Hugh Laurie remained largely neutral. 

And for American audiences that were tuned-in to the results last night, Brett Belding helped put things into context:


England: Man Sentenced For Near-Fatal Homophobic Attack On Flatmate - VIDEO

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A UK man who battered his gay flatmate on the head with a claw hammer has been found guilty of attempted murder, reports The Huffington Post.

In May of last year, 21-year-old Joseph Williams inflicted “life-changing” head injuries on Connor Huntley while he slept in their shared flat in Margate, Kent.

Williams called emergency services after the attack and told an operator that his mental health had “deteriorated.”

The court heard that Williams came from a Catholic background and had recently made disparaging remarks about gay men. A week before the attack, Williams told his neighbour that he did not know if he could live with Huntley because he would end up hitting him.

6a00d8341c730253ef01a73e1316a0970d-320wiDuring sentencing, Judge Jeremy Donne QC told Williams:

"On May 28, 2013 you picked up a hammer, went into the bedroom of your sleeping flat mate and brought it down two times on his head. Not only did it fracture his skull but it was embedded in his brain.

"The injuries suffered by Connor Huntley were little short of catastrophic. They were life-changing. It is fortunate in the extreme for both him as for you that he did not die. That was only down to the skill of the medical personnel treating him but he will never be able to live an ordinary life. He will be never be able to enjoy all the things that young people enjoy doing. You have taken away a good part of his life."

In a statement, Huntley’s family said:

"Whilst Connor is making slow but steady progress from this horrific ordeal, we feel he has been handed his own life sentence by this hideous act. No one deserves to be so viciously attacked in such an evil manner, regardless of race, age, gender or sexuality.

"Whilst we are grateful for all your kind and meaningful get-well wishes, as a family we would ask that you respect ours and Connor's privacy at this horrendous point in our lives and allow us the time and space to concentrate on Connor's physical and mental rehabilitation."

Williams has been sentenced to 14 years in prison, which he will serve in a high security hospital until he is deemed fit to leave.

Watch a report on the case, AFTER THE JUMP...

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UK Football Hunks Lace Up With Rainbows to Help Kick Homophobia Out of Sports: VIDEO

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Gay rights group Stonewall is teaming up with football stars from across the UK for another year of Rainbow Laces - a campaign to show support for LGB players and fans.

Said Stonewall [via video description]:

We've teamed up with Paddy Power, Arsenal, The Gay Football Supporters Network and loads more to send Rainbow Laces to every professional football player and club in Britain. We're asking players to wear the laces during the weekend of 13/14 September to show their support for kicking homophobia out of the beautiful game. 

Check out the campaign's video featuring a few of the UK's hunky athletes, AFTER THE JUMP...

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UK Town Of Glastonbury Celebrates First Same-Sex Marriage


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David and Colin Kreps are the first same-sex couple to be married in the town of Glastonbury since the Marriage Act was enacted in England this March. Engaged last April after several years of dating, the happy couple first met each other while singing in a gay men's chorus.

6a00d8341c730253ef01b8d06285f8970c-250wiPink News reports:

Colin said: “Everything went really well. At midday we had a pagan hand-fastening ceremony in the garden behind the Glastonbury Tribunal, before having the actual ceremony at 2:30.”

Talking about the progress that the LGBT community has made through the years David added “Back in the Eighties, I was one of the only openly gay men in Glastonbury.”

“With all of the unpleasant things that used to be said about gay people, I feel that the only place I could really be open was in Glastonbury, which has always been a welcoming place.”

Over 1,400 same-sex marriage ceremonies have occurred thus far in England and Wales. Congrats to Colin and David for adding to that number!


Mr. Gay World Crowns First-Ever Winner From UK: VIDEO

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The Mr. Gay World pageant has crowned its first winner from the United Kingdom. Stuart Hatton (a dance teacher from South Shields, UK) was crowned in Rome over the weekend. Before flying out, Stuart said it would be hugely important to him to take the title. Now, he leaves Italy a winner.
 
Before leaving for the pageant, Hatton spoke to ITV, noting that if he won his achievement would be historic for his home region of Northeast England. As he put it, "[the] North East is at the forefront of LGBTI rights in the UK and we are so open minded up here that it would be a nice accolade to add to our already diverse and respectful region."
 
Upon his win and return to the UK, Hatton said he looks forward to using his title to become an activist, specifically for "those in countries around the world who have no voice or equality rights." He he points specifically to people in countries such as Malaysia and Iran. Said Hatton:
 
My plans are to show the world that it doesn't matter if you are gay or if you are straight, if you have brown eyes or if you have green eyes, we are all the same. We are all human and all gay people around the world deserve the same human rights as each other. This is just the beginning.

For a more intimate look at Stuart, watch a video of him talking with Davey Wavey about, what else, thongs vs. jock straps, AFTER THE JUMP...

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UK Man Arrested After Facebook Post Calling for Gays to be Slaughtered

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For as much as the far right-wingers whine about the oppression of freedom of speech when a baker receives public backlash for their outspoken homophobia, the U.S. has extremely permissive freedoms in regards to speech when compared to places like the U.K. For the latest example of hate speech that would be allowed stateside but gets you canned across the pond, we turn to Paul Gair of Kilburn Green, Gateshead.

Gair does not like homosexuals. A lot. So when Chronicle Live posted about the Northern Pride festival in Newcastle on their Facebook page, Gair felt the compulsion to express his displeasure. Specifically, he called for the execution of gays:

If your parents were faggots, you horrible gay c***s wouldn’t of been born! Should be lined up and machine gunned, vile disgusting c***s!

A later post called for gays to be "slaughtered." Fearing for the safety of festival-goers, organizers reported to the police and Gair was arrested. Laughably, Gair claimed during his arrest that he wasn't a homophobe. He was fined £280 plus a £28 victim surcharge and £85 costs by the magistrates, Chair of the bench Eileen Burt saying, "You have lost your good name forever."


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