18th March 2010
New Jersey campaigners will return to court for gay marriage 2
5:57 PM — Gay marriage campaigners in the US state of New Jersey have announced they will go back to court to fight for the right. A bill failed 20-14 votes in the Senate in January.
Florida debates gay adoption ban 2
5:25 PM — Lawmakers in the US state of Florida debated the ban on gay couples adopting for the first time in 33 years. Amendments were introduced in both the House and the Senate on Tuesday although both were withdrawn before a vote.
Gay protection loophole allowed Catholic adoption appeal 12
3:01 PM — The Catholic adoption agency which won a legal victory over gay couples won its case through a loophole designed to protect gay organisations.
17th March 2010
London protest will call for release of gay Malawi couple 5
5:31 PM — A protest will be held in central London next week to call for the release of two gay men arrested for having gay sex in Malawi.
Thief jailed for five years for preying on gay community 4
4:28 PM — A Sussex man who targeted gay people has been jailed for five years for burglary. Nicholas Rowell, 44, was already serving a five-year jail term for burglary when he escaped from an open prison in June last year.
Kathy Griffin to lead rally against Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell 3
3:49 PM — Comedian and gay rights advocate Kathy Griffin is to lead a rally tomorrow in Washington DC to protest about the US military's ban on out gay soldiers.
Gay man beaten by chatroom robbers 2
2:55 PM — A Leicestershire gay man was beaten by robbers who tricked him into meeting them in a park. The 50-year-old victim had gone to a park in Colts Close, Burbage, at about 8pm on Sunday March 14th, after agreeing to meet someone on an internet forum.
Catholic adoption agency wins right to appeal gay parents case 85
12:44 PM — Updated The last Catholic adoption agency to refuse to serve gay couples has won its High Court appeal. Terry Sanderson, president of the National Secular Society, warned that the decision could reverse other gay rights rulings.
General Petraeus supports review of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell 2
12:20 PM — General David Petraeus, the Commander of the United States Central Command, has said that he supports a review of the US ban on out gay soldiers.
16th March 2010
Lesbian student sues over cancelled prom 9
6:53 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit over a prom which was cancelled because of a lesbian student. Constance McMillen, an 18-year-old student at Itawamba Agricultural High School, was barred from attending the event in a tuxedo and with her girlfriend.
Top family law expert says gays could successfully challenge UK marriage ban 18
5:34 PM — One of Britain's leading experts in family law has said that gay couples may soon be able to successfully use human rights laws to challenge the gay marriage ban.
Trial resumes over 2006 murder of South African lesbian 1
12:36 PM — The trial of nine men accused of murdering a lesbian in Khayelitsha, South Africa, has resumed. Football player Zoliswa Nkonyana, 19, was stoned, beaten and stabbed to death on February 4th 2006 in the township on the outskirts of Cape Town.
15th March 2010
Defendants in Atlanta bar raid found not guilty 2
5:42 PM — Three men who were arrested when police raided an Atlanta gay bar have been found not guilty of breaking licensing laws.
Lesbian air force sergeant discharged after police tell of her sexuality 9
3:58 PM — A lesbian sergeant in the US air force was discharged after police told her superiors about her sexual orientation.
12th March 2010
First gay marriages for Mexico City 12
11:45 AM — The first gay couples to marry in Latin America held their ceremonies yesterday in Mexico City. A lesbian couple were the first to tie the knot. Judith Vazquez and Lol Kin Castaneda wore matching white gowns for their ceremony at city hall, attended by Mexico City mayor Marcelo Ebrard.
11th March 2010
Australia is first to recognise ‘non-specified’ gender 48
6:29 PM — Australia may have made gender history this week, as the New South Wales government lays claim to being the first in the world to recognise an individual’s sex as officially “not specified”.
Northern Ireland pair guilty of homophobic murder 18
5:33 PM — Two men have been found guilty of the homophobic murder of a gay Northern Ireland shop worker. Lithuanians Andrius Dunauskas, 23, and Raminas Balseris, 26, were found guilty today of the murder of openly gay Shaun Fitzpatrick, 32.
Complaint over charity’s gay-only job advert 40
3:38 PM — A Devon gay charity has defended its decision to bar straight people from applying for jobs. The Intercom Trust, which serves people across the south-west, said that it needed staff who had experience of being gay, lesbian or bisexual.
US school cancels prom over lesbian student’s date 36
12:09 PM — A Mississippi school has cancelled its prom rather than allow a lesbian student to wear a tuxedo and arrive with her date.
10th March 2010
Gay activists shouted ‘you’re one of us’ at Roy Ashburn in 2005 15
7:03 PM — California senator Roy Ashburn was heckled in 2005 at an anti-gay marriage rally by gay campaigners who knew he was in the closet. They shouted: "We know you're one of us, Roy!"