5th March 2011
House of Representatives speaker seeks to defend anti-gay marriage law 22
1:02 AM — The speaker of the House of Representatives has said that he will seek to defend cases brought against the government over the Defense of Marriage Act*, a law that president Barack Obama has said his administration will no longer defend.
4th March 2011
Homophobia ‘growing’ in Lutfur Rahman’s East London council chambers 298
12:52 PM — Councillors in the East London borough of Tower Hamlets say that the public gallery in the council chamber is becoming increasingly filled with supporters of Mayor Lutfur Rahman, who are shouting homophobic abuse.
Support for gay marriage now ‘evenly divided’ in the US 8
12:14 PM — Support for gay marriage is on the rise, with the American public now "evenly divided" on the issue, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center.
Chinese news website sparks fierce debate over gay marriage 11
11:37 AM — A debate between one of China's leading pro-gay advocates and the editor of an influential national newspaper has erupted on the one of the country's most popular and comprehensive news websites.
Poland to speed ahead of Australia on same-sex marriage equality 17
10:28 AM — There are signs that Poland, which currently has a ban on same-sex marriage and a poor recent track record on LGBT rights, may finally be on the first step to marriage equality by providing gay men and lesbians with the documentation required to marry overseas.
‘Someone will get shot’ warns father whose son’s funeral was picketed by God Hates Fags church 80
1:24 AM — The father who fought the God Hates Fags church all the way to the US supreme court after his son's funeral was picketed has said that someone will get shot if the church resumes its action.
3rd March 2011
New Hampshire delays anti-gay marriage laws until 2012 3
10:54 PM — New Hampshire politicians have postponed debate on two bills that sought to ban repeal gay marriage in the state until next year.
Homophobia reportedly widespread in UK African communities 9
5:39 PM — According to Mambo, the African healthier lifestyle magazine published by Terrence Higgins Trust, hostile attitudes towards gay men and lesbians within UK African communities is on the rise.
Sarah Palin slams US Supreme Court decision on ‘God Hates Fags’ church 37
5:00 PM — Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has slammed the US Supreme Court's decision to allow members of the Westboro Baptist Church to protest against homosexuality by picketing military funerals.
Gay Republican mayor plans to run for congress 10
4:38 PM — Mike Gin, the mayor of Redondo Beach, California is planning to run for a seat in US Congress, which would make him the first openly gay Republican in the House.
Julia Gillard faces potential backbench rebellion over gay marriage 29
3:21 PM — Australian prime minister Julia Gillard is reportedly playing down a revolt by backbench Labour MPs who support a Greens bill that would enable gay marriages to take place in the territories.
Wyoming Senate votes down bill preventing recognition of out-of-state gay marriages 3
12:12 PM — Legislation that banned the recognition of same-sex marriages outside of the state of Wyoming was narrowly voted down yesterday afternoon by a 16-14 vote.
Gay and lesbian advocacy group claims Wal-Mart has ‘shameful’ record on LGBT employee rights 6
11:22 AM — An American gay rights group has claimed that retail giant Wal-Mart has a poor history on protecting the rights of its LGBT employees.
2nd March 2011
Australian Greens unlikely to move on gay marriage 4
5:11 PM — Gay marriage legislation is unlikely to be put forward by authorities in the Australia's smallest territory, despite similar moves by larger states.
1st March 2011
Trans woman runs for mayor in Texas 29
3:36 PM — A transgender woman is challenging an anti-gay pastor in the mayoral race in Amarillo, Texas. Sandra Dunn, 53, said her friends encouraged her to go for the job after pastor David Grisham announced his candidacy last week.
Silvio Berlusconi tells Catholics: ‘We’ll never allow gays to marry or adopt’ 73
2:20 PM — Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has said gay couples will never be permitted to marry. Speaking at a Catholic conference in Milan, he said: "Gays will never have marriages equal to traditional family values because there is only one family."
Tennessee proposes bill to ban gay awareness in schools 9
2:47 AM — Republicans in Tennessee are proposing a bill that would prevent students from learning about homosexuality in public elementary and middle schools.
28th February 2011
Survey suggests North Carolina supports gay unions despite Republican efforts to ban gay marriage 2
11:17 PM — Republicans are expecting to introduce a Defense of Marriage Act in North Carolina in 2011, but a survey released on Monday by Elon University reveals that more than half of North Carolina residents actually support at least some form of legal recognition for gay couples.
LA Times opposes Prop 8, supports gay marriage 2
8:25 PM — The Los Angeles Times signalled its support for gay marriage by running an editorial today calling Proposition 8 a “deplorable situation”.
Ireland elects first openly gay TD 15
1:59 PM — Ireland has elected its first openly gay Teachta Dála, the Irish equivalent of an MP. Dominic Hannigan, a Labour politician, was elected to the seat of Meath East this weekend.