Michael Rogers at BlogActive reports on the case of Kevin-Douglas Olive, who was in a committed, loving relationship for 6 years with Russell Groff. "Sadly, Russell became sick as a result of HIV; Kevin-Douglas was by his partner’s side during every minute of this painful illness. These two men made some very important decisions before Russell’s death in 2004, [including] preparing a will to ensure that Russell’s wishes would be followed at the time of his death. Kevin-Douglas and Russell purchased the grave site near their childhood homes, and Russell’s body was buried there after his death."
Unfortunately, Russell’s parents "never accepted their son as he was" and is fighting to exhume his remains, wanting the body moved to a family plot. More on the legal battle, and how you can help, at BlogActive.
· Colombia's highest court has granted property rights to gay couples.
The Constitutional Court granted gay couples living together the same inheritance rights as heterosexual couples. This is considered the most significant advance ever in this conservative Roman Catholic nation. A bill granting social security guarantees to gay couples is pending in Congress.
· Iran Gomes, star of Big Brother 6 Brasil, shows it all and proves that he really is a "big" brother.
· Report: Rampant police abuse of gays continues in Chile.
· The Italian cabinet approves rights for gay couples. Despite strong opposition from the Vatican, the coalition government made good on campaign promises to extend basic guarantees to gay and unwed couples. The bill is more restrictive than other laws in Europe, but guarantees registered couples property, inheritance and pension rights. The bill faces debate in Parliament, which must approve it.