6th February 2009
Gay marriage battle in California was most expensive in US history
2:14 PM — The campaigns opposing and supporting gay marriage in California raised more than $82m (£56.3m) between them, making it the most costly social issue campaign in American history.
Gay bishop gives evidence in favour of same-sex marriage
1:51 PM — The only openly gay bishop in the Anglican communion has spoken in favour of same-sex marriage. Gene Robinson, the Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire, was giving evidence before the state's legislature.
5th February 2009
UK set to deport gay man back to Iraq 13
7:57 PM — A gay asylum seeker from Iraq is to be returned to his homeland this week. The United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) said the man cannot be trusted as he has already been prosecuted.
Source claims gay Mayor Sam Adams had illegal sex with teenager
5:43 PM — The Mayor of Portland had sex with a minor, a US TV station has claimed. KATU News says that a friend of the teenager at the centre of the controversy has spoken to them on condition of anonymity.
Gay equality rally to be held at birthplace of American independence 1
5:27 PM — The United States National Park Service (NPS) has issued a permit to Equality Forum for a National Equality Rally at Independence Hall in Philadelphia on Sunday May 3rd.
US “family” group tries to block health benefits for same-sex partners 4
5:11 PM — A state Senate committee in Colorado is facing opposition to a new plan to give health insurance benefits to the gay and lesbian partners of state employees.
Witness tells murder trial that gay teenager was kicked in head 2
4:38 PM — A gay teenager who was allegedly beaten to death in Merseyside was called a "queer faggot" during the attack, a witness has testified. Michael Causer died from serious head injuries on August 2nd.
Video: Learn your gay ABCs with new tongue-in-cheek animation 7
2:45 PM — A is for Ass, B is for Brokeback Mountain, C is for Closet. A new cartoon that lampoons both gay life and homophobic Christians has been viewed by nearly 70,000 people on website YouTube.
Vatican diplomat stresses the principles of “natural law” ahead of Spain visit 19
2:07 PM — The Roman Catholic Church's most senior diplomat has set the tone for his visit to Spain today with some oblique criticisms of the country's government.
Honduras trans killings “must be properly investigated” 2
12:41 PM — Amnesty International has put out an urgent appeal on behalf of a Honduran transgender woman who was arrested by the police, beaten up and threatened with death if she reported what happened to her.
4th February 2009
Chronicler of New York’s gay liberation movement dies aged 76 1
4:33 PM — One of the founders of one of the first gay rights groups in America who later chronicled the movement has died. G Donn Teal was 76 years old.
Mormon accused of polygamy to use gay marriage as defence 11
3:45 PM — A man in Canada charged with polygamy is to argue that the legalisation of gay marriage should lead the way for multiple wives.
London borough police chief claims he sought advice on gay flag 7
3:05 PM — A senior Metropolitan police officer has said he was advised that it was up to him whether or not to fly a rainbow flag outside a station in east London.
Peer convicted of gay sex offences could be expelled from Lords under new rules 4
2:42 PM — An hereditary peer who was prosecuted for gay sex offences in a trial that scandalised 1950s Britain could lose his seat in the House of Lords under new proposals.
Al-Qaeda accused of using male rape to ‘create’ suicide bombers 31
1:56 PM — Islamic terrorists are raping young men in order to drive them into suicide bombings claims Algerian militant Abu Baçir El Assimi.
Mayor explains why he decided not to resign over teen sex story 4
1:29 PM — The Mayor of the US city of Portland has apologised for embarassing the gay community after it emerged he had a sexual relationship with a teenager.
Wyoming legislators protecting “traditional” marriage with gay ban 7
12:23 PM — Politicians in America's least populous state have said that a proposed ban on same-sex marriage recognition is not homophobic.
California Supreme Court will hear Prop 8 challenges in March
11:48 AM — Legal challenges to a ballot measure that denied gays the right to marry in California will begin oral arguments on March 5th, the state Supreme Court has announced.
3rd February 2009
Obama moves to fill last Cabinet posts as gays appointed to lower ranks 1
6:10 PM — The appointments of more openly gay people to posts in the Obama administration have been announced. LGBT rights activists were disappointed that no out people were appointed to the new President's Cabinet.
Gay Republicans welcome election of first black party chairman 8
5:36 PM — A group representing lesbian and gay Republicans has said that the election of Michael Steele as chairman of the party's national committee will mark a change of direction after two successive election defeats.