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The Guardian reports that the government legislation to implement marriage equality will receive its second reading in the House of Commons on Monday 5th February. The Conservative Party remains deeply divided on the issue, and nearly half of Tory MPs are likely to abstain or vote against the proposals. However, with the support of the Labour, Liberal Democract, SNP and Plaid Cymru MPs, the proposals will easily pass the Commons.
There's a new gay magazine on the block, proving that the gay press is not dead! Jonathan magazine is a journal featuring what it calls original fiction by queer male writers. The magazine is named for Jonathan in the Old Testament, whom many people believe to have been the lover of King David. The journal has now launched its premier issue, and you can find it in all LGBT friendly bookstores including Gay's The Word London, Male Image and News from Nowhere Liverpool. The journal is the brainchold of independent publishing house Sibling Rivalry.
Several anniversaries in gay broadcasting are coming up this year. In Australia, the country's only all LGBT station JOY-FM marks its twentieth birthday this year. To mark the event, they have produced a charity calendar of presenters and volunteers. JOY is a charity and holds a community license to serve Melbourne on 94.9 FM. Over here, you can hear it online.
The Guardian reports that what it described as “tens of thousands” of people rallied in Paris over the weekend, in support of the French government’s proposals to implement marriage equality and adoption rights for same-sex couples. It follows a major mobilisation of anti-gay campaigners in the country, where trying to stop LGBT equality has become a new rallying cry for its usually warring right wing factions.
The Left wing weekly paper Socialist Worker reports that around 50 pro-choice activists protested at the launch of a new anti-abortion group, the Alliance of Pro-Life Students on Wednesday of last week. Little is known about this new group at this stage, but feminist and pro-choice groups are watching with interest.