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  • 6th August 2010

    Opponents file appeal over ruling on California’s gay marriage ban 15

    California's gay marriage ban was ruled unconstitutional (Photo: Tim Schapner)

    11:51 AM — As expected, anti-gay groups have filed an appeal against a federal court ruling that California's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. Today, Chief US District Judge Vaughn Walker will decide whether his ruling should apply immediately, making gay marriage legal once more in the state.

  • Mexico City’s gay marriage law upheld by court 2

    Mexico's Supreme Court upheld the gay marriage law

    11:10 AM — Mexico's Supreme Court has upheld a gay marriage law in the country's capital, Mexico City. The city passed the law seven months ago and more than 300 gay couples have since tied the knot.

  • 5th August 2010

    Chile’s gay marriage bill ‘unlikely to succeed’ 10

    Chile does not currently offer civil unions or gay marriage

    2:26 PM — Two Chilean senators introduced a bill to allow gay marriage this week but commentators say the measure is unlikely to succeed.

  • Gay groups welcome Prop 8 ruling but warn of more legal battles 3

    Gay couples can't marry yet (Photo: Tim Schapker)

    1:46 PM — Gay rights groups have welcomed a judge's ruling that California's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional but warned that more work had to be done to ensure equality.

  • Man admits sleeping with trans prostitute before her murder

    Destiny Lauren was found dead in November

    1:26 PM — A man accused of the murder of trans woman Destiny Lauren has admitted he had sex with her but denies killing her. Ms Lauren, 29, who was born male, was found dead at her Kentish Town flat on November 5th 2009.

  • California gay couples rejoice but can’t marry yet 7

    Campaigners will have to wait to marry (Photo: Tim Schapker)

    10:45 AM — Across California, gay couples are celebrating a federal court's ruling that banning gay marriage is unconstitutional. However, those who rushed to registry offices yesterday were dismayed to be turned away by clerks.

  • 4th August 2010

    Prop 8 ban on gay marriages in California ruled unconstitutional 33

    Prop 8 was passed in 2008

    10:00 PM — Following a lengthy public trial, Judge Vaughn Walker has ruled that the voter-initiated Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage in California, is unconstitutional. Judge Walker ruled that Prop 8, as it has become known, violates the equal protection clause in the United States constitution by denying gays and lesbians the right to marry a member of the same sex.

  • Gay couples sue Alaska over unequal tax laws 1

    Gay couples are suing the state for equal tax benefits (Photo: Photo8.com)

    5:02 PM — Three gay couples are suing the state of Alaska for denying them equality in tax laws. They claim that the state's tax assessment laws discriminate against same-sex couples by denying them equal access to a property tax exemption for senior citizens and disabled veterans.

  • Trans woman given suspended sentence after judge says she would be vulnerable in jail 25

    Jan Krause received a suspended sentence because a judge said she was vulnerable

    2:37 PM — A trans woman convicted of harassing her neighbour for years will not be sent to prison because a judge said she would have to be kept in solitary confinement for her own safety.

  • Police release descriptions of homophobic attack suspects 1

    Police released descriptions of the suspects

    1:30 PM — West Yorkshire police have released the descriptions of two suspects wanted in connection with a homophobic attack on a gay barman.

  • Iranian teenager faces execution for ‘false’ gay assault charges 19

    Ebrahim Hamidi was sentenced to death (Photo: Bryan Davidson)

    11:57 AM — An 18-year-old Iranian man is facing execution over a false sodomy charge, campaigners say. Ebrahim Hamidi was sentenced to death two years ago at the age of 16 for an unspecified assault on another man which was later withdrawn.

  • Judge in California gay marriage trial to issue ruling today 5

    Prop 8 barred gay couples from marrying in California (Photo: Joeand)

    10:39 AM — The judge presiding over the trial on the constitutionality of California's gay marriage ban will announce his ruling today. Chief US District Judge Vaughn Walker's spokeswoman confirmed that he had reached his decision.

  • 3rd August 2010

    Police warn gay cruisers of danger on Clapham Common 21

    Clapham Common is a popular cruising spot

    12:05 PM — Police have been visiting Clapham Common after dark to warn gay men meeting for sex that they may be attacked or robbed. There have been increased reports of robberies and assaults on gay cruisers in the area.

  • Gay Leeds man knocked unconscious in homophobic attack 9

    Police are investigating the attack on Dane Holdsworth

    10:23 AM — A gay barman was knocked unconscious in a homophobic attack the day before Leeds' fifth Pride festival. Dane Holdsworth, 21, from Leeds, said he was attacked by two men as he walked home from work early on Saturday morning on York Road.

  • 2nd August 2010

    Banning same-sex marriage ‘will save money’, anti-gay activist claims 24

    Most research says gay marriage benefits states and families

    6:13 PM — A supporter of the anti-gay US group National Organisation for Marriage has claimed that banning gay marriage will save states money. The claim, which goes against most credible research, was made by Tamara Scott, Iowa's director of Concerned Women of America, at a rally in Des Moines this weekend.

  • Chile senator says he will sponsor gay marriage bill 9

    Chile could consider allowing gay couples to marry

    4:23 PM — A Chilean senator who is the head of the country's Socialist party has announced he will sponsor a bill to introduce same-sex marriage. Fulvio Rossi's bill will not give gay couples the right to adopt children but he said he hoped this issue could be debated at a later stage.

  • West Yorkshire police launch campaign to tackle gay domestic violence 1

    West Yorkshire police are concerned about same-sex domestic violence

    3:31 PM — West Yorkshire police are launching a campaign to encourage victims of same-sex domestic violence to come forward. The force says that there have been more than 400 reported incidents of same-sex domestic violence in West Yorkshire in the last year, including three murders.

  • Lindsay Lohan released from jail after 13 days 4

    Lindsay Lohan was released from jail today

    2:06 PM — Lindsay Lohan was released from jail in the early hours of this morning and is expected to begin a 90-day rehabilitation programme. The bisexual actress served just 13 days of her 90-day sentence for violating a 2007 probation for a drink-driving offence.

  • Argentinian gay couples begin marrying 4

    Gay couples can now marry in Argentina

    1:39 PM — Argentina held its first weddings for gay couples last week. The country became the first in Latin America to legalise gay marriage last month and the first couples to take the advantage of the new legislation did so on Friday.

  • 30th July 2010

    Best of PinkNews: BBC accused of homophobia over Lindsay Lohan slurs

    Lindsay Lohan was denigrated on a BBC programme

    10:56 PM — As PinkNews.co.uk celebrates its fifth birthday, we take a look back at some of the most important exclusive stories we've broken. In January 2009, the BBC was accused of homophobia over comments about bisexual actress Lindsay Lohan it broadcast by the BBC Radio 5 Live presenter DJ Spooney. He described lesbians as "munters and mingers" and said that Hollywood superstars like Ms Lohan "should be saved for guys." It led to scores of complains to media regulator Ofcom and the BBC Trust.

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