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  • 20th January 2012

    Virginia gay adoption battle kicks off 1

    The General Assembly will decide on legislation stopping discrimination based on sexual orientation

    5:35 PM — At the General Assembly in Richmond, Virginia, a battle is heating up over whether adoption agencies should be allowed to discriminate against prospective parents based on their sexual orientation.

  • 19th January 2012

    Seventy mayors to press Obama on gay marriage 19

    Both sides are gearing up for the ongoing debate on marriage equality

    11:03 AM — A number of large-city mayors in the US have formed a coalition with the hope to achieve same-sex marriage equality.

  • 31st March 2011

    Washington state to recognise out-of-state gay marriages 3

    Washington will recognises gay marriages as domestic partnerships

    1:29 PM — The US state of Washington is to recognise gay marriages performed in other states as domestic partnerships. A bill has already passed in the state Senate 28-19 and by 58-39 in the House.

  • 30th March 2011

    US immigration officials put hold on gay spouse cases 5

    1:04 PM — The US is apparently no longer automatically rejecting green card applications from the foreign spouses of gay and lesbian citizens.

  • 8th December 2010

    Jesse Jackson calls for gay marriage equality 22

    Rev Jackson said gays and lesbians were "America's newest second-class citizens".

    11:51 AM — The Rev Jesse Jackson has called for California's ban on gay marriage to be struck down. The Baptist minister and civil rights activist spoke at a gathering outside the San Francisco appeals court where the latest hearings on the ban are taking place.

  • Speech: Jesse Jackson says gays are ‘America’s newest second-class citizens’ 8

    Gay couples should be allowed to marry, Rev Jackson said.

    11:48 AM — The Rev Jesse Jackson's speech to gay rights supporters outside the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals courthouse in San Francisco.

  • 1st December 2010

    Elton John turns newspaper editor for World AIDS Day 2

    Elton John guest-edited the Independent

    11:46 AM — Elton John marked his World AIDS Day edition of the Independent with a cover by one of his favourite artists. The cover, of a rose, is a specially-commissioned piece of art by British painter Gary Hume.

  • 18th November 2010

    Australian MPs to canvass voters on gay marriage 4

    Australian MPs voted to canvass the public on gay marriage

    12:02 PM — Australian politicians will ask voters whether gay marriage should be legalised after the Green Party won a motion on the issue. A recent poll commissioned by gay groups found 62 per cent of respondents in favour of the change.

  • 16th November 2010

    Thirteen gay activists arrested after White House DADT protest 7

    Protesters chained themselves to the White House fence

    3:10 PM — Thirteen gay rights campaigners have been arrested after handcuffing themselves to the White House fence in protest at the ban on out gay troops.

  • 15th November 2010

    US Supreme Court denies request to lift gay military ban 6

    The ban on out gay soldiers was upheld

    6:01 PM — The US Supreme Court declined a request to lift the ban on out gay troops serving in the military on Friday. In the latest round of the fight to have the law repealed, Republican gay group Log Cabin Republicans asked the court to overturn a lower court's ruling that the ban should remain in place indefinitely.

  • 11th November 2010

    Ricky Martin says he’ll get married when Puerto Rico allows it 12

    Ricky Martin said he didn't want to be a "second class citizen"

    3:17 PM — Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin says he will marry his partner when his home country legalises gay marriage. The star has not revealed the name of his long-term boyfriend, but says they would get married if they could.

  • 10th November 2010

    Repeal of military gay ban looks doubtful this year 4

    A survey of troops will be published in three weeks (Photo: US Army)

    4:58 PM — Repealing the US ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military by the end of 2010 now looks less likely. Congress will begin a lame-duck session on Monday and the White House is pushing to repeal the law.

  • Video: Madonna tells Ellen ‘We’re torturing gay teenagers’ 9

    Madonna said she could relate to isolated gay teenagers

    12:06 PM — Madonna has spoken out against homophobic bullying, calling it "torture". The superstar, referring to an apparent spate of suicides among gay teenagers, said: “The concept that we are torturing teenagers because they are gay – it's unfathomable."

  • 25th October 2010

    Alan Cumming: ‘Obama’s done diddly-squat for us’ 14

    Alan Cumming said Obama's actions were sending messages about gay people

    12:58 PM — Bisexual Scottish actor Alan Cumming has attacked Barack Obama for not doing enough for gay rights. President Obama has promised to end the ban on out gay soldiers but gay rights campaigners are becoming impatient with a perceived lack of action.

  • 21st October 2010

    Gay dad ‘forced out’ by US Scouts 29

    The Boy Scouts of America bar gay people from leader roles

    4:50 PM — The father of a nine-year-old says he was forced to give up a leadership role in the Scouts because he is gay. Jon Langbert of Dallas, Texas, is openly gay and says he was given a 'leader' t-shirt by the Scouts group last year which he wore with pride.

  • 20th October 2010

    Video: Hillary Clinton adds voice to ‘It Gets Better’ campaign for gay teens 8

    Hillary Clinton made the speech on YouTube

    12:41 AM — Arguably the most powerful woman in the world, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has added a moving voice to the 'It Gets Better' YouTube campaign to show solidarity with gay youth. In her message, Mrs Clinton told young gay people that they are not alone and to “hang in there.”

  • 12th August 2010

    Father of Mel Gibson brands Pope ‘gay’ 24

    Homophobic Pope is 'gay' according to Hutton Gibson

    9:57 AM — The 91-year-old father of actor Mel Gibson has outed himself as a homophobe during a live phone-in on a US Christian radio station.

  • 22nd February 2010

    Openly gay soldiers ‘won’t cause disruption’ 4

    Lifting the ban 'will not cause disruption' (Photo: US Army)

    3:24 PM — A new study of militaries around the world has found that changing policy to allow gay soldiers to serve does not cause disruption. Opponents to lifting the US ban argue that it will affect recruitment and morale.

  • 16th February 2010

    Comment: So much military trash 16

    Lewis Breland is waiting to be discharged

    1:03 PM — Petty Officer Second Class Lewis Breland is waiting to be discharged from the US military after an investigation into his sexuality forced him to come out last year. He confessed his sexual orientation to civilian investigators after rumours began flying around his unit about an alleged sexual partner.

  • 12th February 2010

    Comment: Homophobia hurts young straight men too 20

    John Amaechi argues that homophobia's damage reaches beyond the LGBT community

    3:43 PM — Following the postponement of the FA's efforts to tackle anti-gay abuse, former NBA player John Amaechi argues that homophobia on and off the pitch damages straight men as well as gays.

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