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  • 23rd September 2011

    Obama administration opposes full severance pay for sacked gay troops 21

    Former Air Force Staff Sgt Richard Collins started the case

    3:39 PM — Although the ban on openly gay troops was lifted on Tuesday, the Obama administration was arguing in court yesterday against a lawsuit which seeks full severance pay for those sacked under the law.

  • 18th January 2011

    Virginia judge U-turns on lesbian couple’s name change 8

    The couple were permitted to change their names (Photo: Katie Tegtmeyer)

    5:52 PM — A judge in the US state of Virginia has allowed a lesbian couple to change their names - shortly after ruling that they couldn't.

  • 3rd December 2010

    Gay Missouri trooper’s partner sues for survivor benefits 6

    Kelly Glossip and Dennis Engelhard

    10:59 AM — The longterm gay partner of a Missouri trooper is suing to access survivor benefits. Dennis Engelhard, 49, was a state trooper killed in the line of duty while responding to an accident on Christmas Day of last year but his partner is not entitled to part of his salary because he is gay.

  • 24th November 2010

    Lesbian flight nurse returns to duty as White House appeals 1

    Major Margaret Witt is to return to duty

    3:39 PM — A lesbian flight nurse sacked under Don't Ask, Don't Tell is to re-join the Air Force but the Obama administration has filed an appeal against the decision. Major Margaret Witt was sacked in 2007 after 19 years of service in the Air Force and Air Force Reserves when her affair with a woman came to light.

  • 12th November 2010

    New lawsuit over severance pay to outed gay US troops 6

    The ACLU is challenging the policy

    4:53 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union has launched a lawsuit over the US Defence Department's policy of paying just half the usual severance pay to individuals sacked under Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

  • 10th November 2010

    Two lawsuits filed against US Defence of Marriage Act 9

    Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer's marriage was not recognised by the federal government

    3:27 PM — Two lawsuits have been filed against the US Defence of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of gay marriage. Couples and bereaved spouses in New York, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire will challenge the law.

  • 19th February 2010

    Ex-gay mother avoids charges in custody battle 6

    Janet Jenkins (left) and Lisa Miller before they split up

    3:11 PM — An American woman who refused to give her ex-partner access to their child is not facing criminal charges. Lisa Miller disappeared with seven-year-old Isabella nearly two months ago after a judge ruled she had to hand the child over to her former civil partner Janet Jenkins.

  • 10th February 2010

    US science professor ‘told students homosexuality is a mental illness’ 28

    The ACLU has asked for a response from Fresno City College

    3:45 PM — A health science professor at an American college allegedly used the Bible to teach his students 'facts' about homosexuality. The American Civil Liberties Union says that at least two students at Fresno City College in California have complained over Professor Bradley Lopez' methods.

  • 6th January 2010

    Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon to fight gay adoption ban 5

    Cynthia Nixon is kicking off the gay adoption campaign

    5:46 PM — Lesbian actress Cynthia Nixon will be kicking off a campaign to repeal Florida's ban on gays and lesbians adopting. The Sex and the City star will kick off the American Civil Liberties Union's three-year campaign to end the ban this weekend at South Beach’s Shore Club.

  • 10th October 2005

    Michigan To Offer Gay Partner Benefits

    12:00 AM — A Michigan judge ruled this week that public universities and governments can provide health insurance to the partners of gay employees without violating the state constitution.The ruling sets aside a legal opinion issued this year by Republican Attorney General Mike Cox saying that the city of Kalamazoo could not provide benefits to gay partners.

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