10th February 2009
Wyoming legislators reject changing state constitution to ban gay marriage 1
3:00 PM — The state legislature in the US state of Wyoming has rejected a bill that would have cleared the way for a statewide ballot to ban recognition of any out of state gay marriage.
Trans group concerned about government’s proposed ID cards 12
2:36 PM — The government's plans for voluntary identity cards could pose problems for trans people, an activist group has said. Gender Spectrum UK has launched an online petition.
Gay activists target Russia’s President in European lawsuit 2
2:08 PM — Organisers of Moscow’s Pride event are taking their case to the European Court of Human Rights after the repeated bans on the event. Their latest action includes the President of Russia.
Ireland’s human rights body backs civil partnerships for gay and lesbian couples 6
1:48 PM — The Irish Human Rights Commission has welcomed the proposed introduction of civil partnerships.
Gays who face persecution should be given asylum says EU 7
1:04 PM — The European Commission has affirmed that persecution on grounds of sexual orientation is a legitimate justification for an asylum claim.
9th February 2009
Iraq veteran dismissed from National Guard for being a lesbian 6
6:16 PM — A woman who served for nine years in the Kansas Army National Guard has been discharged after a co-worker told authorities she is a lesbian.
Deputy Commons leader to speak at gay networking event
1:10 PM — The newest gay member of the goverment will be answering questions at the next Village Politics event. Chris Bryant was promoted by Gordon Brown last year.
Gay marriage in New York delayed by rebel Democrats 2
12:54 PM — The New York state Senate Majority leader has said he does not have enough support to win a vote on same-sex marriage.
6th February 2009
Obama’s choice of gay rights foe for Cabinet slammed by activist 12
7:03 PM — President of the United States Barack Obama's Cabinet choices are dividing the gay community. Some activists have questioned the nomination of Republican Senator Judd Gregg for Commerce Secretary.
Tony Blair talks of his religious experiences at prayer breakfast 5
5:21 PM — When Alastair Campbell, Director of Communications at Number 10, was asked about Tony Blair's religious faith, he famously replied, "We don't do God."
Comment: Tony Blair’s call to restore religious faith “to its rightful place” 15
5:08 PM — It is an honour to be here. A particular honour to be with you Mr. President. The world participated in the celebration of your election.
Obama criticised for creating office for “faith-based” partnerships 7
4:39 PM — American civil rights groups have expressed concern at the formation of a new White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighbourhood Partnerships.
Russian activists call for end to restrictions on HIV+ visitors
3:33 PM — A 1995 law that bans people living with HIV or AIDS from staying in Russia for more than three months should be overturned, gay rights activists in the country have said.
Children say Welsh schools are not safe for out gay people 4
2:28 PM — A new LGBT rights charity will be launched today at the Welsh Senedd. The LGBT Excellence Centre Wales is a social enterprise and a charity building on an existing community group.
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
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.
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.