25th May 2009
Church of Scotland to establish commission to examine gay clergy issue 11
8:49 PM — Just days after the Church of Scotland's General Assembly voted to approve the ordination of an openly gay minister, it has decided to avoid a potentially damaging debate on the issue of gay clergy. The assembly is meeting in Edinburgh decided that a commission should be establish to examine the issue and report back in 2011.
24th May 2009
Church of Scotland approves appointment of openly gay minister 27
11:56 AM — The Church of Scotland General Assembly last night voted to approve the ordination of openly gay minister Scott Rennie.
22nd May 2009
Charities launch guide on prosecutions for HIV transmission 1
5:23 PM — Two leading HIV charities have launched a guide for people living with HIV in England and Wales explaining criminal prosecutions for HIV transmission.
Green Party calls for EU-wide gay marriage 10
4:59 PM — The Green Party is backing calls for an end to the ban on same-sex marriage in the UK and in other EU member states.
Illinois tipped to allow civil unions next week 4
4:34 PM — The Illinois General Assembly is expected to pass a measure next week allowing civil unions for gay couples. Rick Garcia, political director for Equality Illinois, told the Washington Blade that he “absolutely” expects the House and Senate to pass a civil union measure next Tuesday or Thursday.
Texas mayor resigns for gay partner 8
1:47 PM — The mayor of San Angelo, Texas, has resigned just ten days after a landslide re-election victory to pursue his relationship with his gay partner, an illegal immigrant.
Evangelical groups call on Church of Scotland to back gay minister 52
11:43 AM — Ten Evangelical groups have urged the Church of Scotland to back the ordination of openly gay Reverend Scott Rennie. Rennie, who lives openly with his partner, was appointed as minister of Queen's Cross Church in Aberdeen by his congregation.
Clinton to give equal benefits to gay US diplomats 6
10:41 AM — Gay partners of US diplomats stationed overseas are to receive equal benefits in plans unveiled by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
21st May 2009
Student banned from making presentation on gay rights leader Harvey Milk 8
6:12 PM — A California school which illegally censored a sixth-grade student's presentation of gay rights activist Harvey Milk may face a lawsuit.
Trevor Phillips acknowledges ‘intense hurt’ caused by Evangelical appointment 33
2:38 PM — Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has acknowledged the anger felt by LGBT groups at the appointment of Evangelical leader and gay rights critic Joel Edwards to the organisation.
BNP leader Nick Griffin to attend Queen’s summer garden party 9
2:25 PM — BNP member Richard Barnbrook and party leader Nick Griffin are among the guests at a summer garden party to be hosted by the Queen.
Prop 8 decision draws closer
1:25 PM — The California Supreme Court's decision on whether to strike down Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in the state, could come as soon as Tuesday.
Churches to be banned from turning down gay staff 206
12:11 PM — Religious groups are to be forced to accept gay youth workers, secretaries and other staff under new anti-discrimination laws.
Ruth Kelly claimed thousands of pounds for flood damage despite having home insurance 12
11:42 AM — Former Equality Minister Ruth Kelly claimed thousands of pounds for water damage caused by a burst pipe, despite having home insurance at the time.
New Hampshire gay marriage bill stalls
10:44 AM — New Hampshire has voted against an amended bill to allow gay marriage in the state. The Senate yesterday approved the bill 14-10 but the House of Representatives voted it down by 188 votes to 186.
20th May 2009
Lesbian student wins $25,000 payout over homophobic harassment 1
5:55 PM — A lesbian student who claimed she was the victim of anti-gay harassment and discrimination at a California school has received $25,000 (£15,950) in a settlement.
Maine drafts ballot question for possible gay marriage referendum 1
5:39 PM — Election officials in Maine have drafted the question which will appear on ballot papers if opponents gather enough signatures to call a referendum on the state's recent decision to legalise gay marriage.
Pentagon: ‘No plans to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ 4
5:23 PM — The Pentagon said yesterday there are no plans to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the directive that bans gays from serving openly in the military.
Gay domestic violence campaign to be launched at Birmingham Pride 3
4:57 PM — A new campaign is urging gay and lesbian victims of domestic violence to report it to the police. 'Unzip the Silence' is to be launched at Birmingham Pride this weekend.
Obama nominates lesbian for US Attorney role
4:53 PM — President Barack Obama has nominated an out lesbian, Jenny Durkan, for the position of US Attorney for the Western District of Washington.