16th May 2013
US: ACLU pushes ‘Modern Family’ TV show creators to allow gay characters to get married 6
5:05 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union has begun pushing the producers of US television show Modern Family, to write an episode in which the gay couple featured on it, get married.
14th May 2013
US: After allowing gay-straight alliance, school board may once again move to ban it 8
1:14 AM — The School Board at a middle school in Florida which temporarily allowed a gay-straight alliance club after it was threatened with legal action, may be attempting to make moves to ban the club once more.
2nd May 2013
US: Human rights group to take on case of bisexual girl barred from starting gay-straight alliance 3
2:02 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has said it will take on the case of a 14-year-old student in the US, who was banned from starting a Gay-Straight Alliance club at her middle school.
20th April 2013
US: Second lawsuit filed against florist which refused to serve same-sex wedding couple 34
1:30 AM — A second lawsuit has been filed against a florist in the US state of Washington which refused to provide its services to a same-sex wedding, citing religious objections.
13th March 2013
US: Human rights group threatens legal action over school which banned gay-straight alliance 4
3:22 PM — US human rights group the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has threatened to sue a Pennsylvania school board which banned students from forming a gay-straight alliance.
7th March 2013
US: Florist refused to provide flowers for gay couple’s wedding because of her ‘relationship with Jesus Christ’ 25
5:32 PM — A florist in Washington State has refused to provide flowers to a gay couple for their wedding because of her religious beliefs.
27th February 2013
US: School district backs down in fight to stop student wearing anti-gay t-shirt 26
1:00 AM — Connecticut school district officials have allowed a student to wear a t-shirt bearing an anti-gay message, following a fight to attempt to stop him.
8th January 2013
US: Military service members discharged for being gay receive severance settlement 5
11:46 AM — Dozens of gay and lesbian former military service members who were discharged for being gay will receive the rest of their severance pay under a ruling made by federal court on Monday.
23rd August 2012
Gay-Straight Alliance sue California school over sex abstinence drive 5
12:00 PM — A united group of parents, doctors and the Gay-Straight Alliance Network are suing the Clovis Unified School District in California over a sex education drive championing abstinence until marriage.
13th January 2012
Legal groups: Canada’s overseas gay marriages are safe 9
11:44 AM — Gay advocacy groups have responded to a statement by a government lawyer yesterday which called into question the validity of thousands of gay marriages between foreign nationals on Canadian soil.
23rd September 2011
Obama administration opposes full severance pay for sacked gay troops 21
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.