18th July 2014
US: Utah governor says he will follow the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage benefits 2
9:00 PM — Utah governor Gary Herbert said Friday that Utah will recognize same-sex marriages if the US Supreme Court rules against extending an order preventing same-sex couples married in the state from receiving state benefits.
Georgia: Opera singer to hold LGBT charity concert to apologise for ‘faecal masses’ rant 21
4:48 PM — An opera singer fired for a homophobic Facebook rant has announced she is organising a benefit concert, the proceeds of which are to go to local LGBT charities.
12th July 2014
US: Appeals court orders Utah to grant benefits to same-sex couples
4:35 PM — An appeals court has ruled that Utah must begin to recognise the marriages of the hundreds of same-sex couples who married in the state.
4th July 2014
United Nations to recognise same-sex marriage everywhere 3
1:06 PM — The United Nations has announced that it will globally extend its employee benefits to workers in same-sex marriages .
21st June 2014
US: White House says Congress needs to pass laws for further same-sex benefits changes 1
4:56 PM — The White House has confirmed that it has extended benefits to same-sex couples as far as possible following the repeal of DOMA, with further changes requiring legislation from Congress.
23rd February 2014
UK: Government benefits cuts leave thousands of HIV patients struggling to afford basic nutrition 9
12:17 PM — According to HIV experts, recent welfare reforms by the UK's Coalition government have left thousands of HIV patients unable to afford the basic food they need to cope with their condition.
5th December 2013
US: Large railroad conference to offer health coverage to same-sex spouses
7:28 PM — Members of a conference of some of the largest railroad operators in the US are to begin offering health benefits to same-sex spouses as of January.
27th November 2013
US: Texas National Guard to accept same-sex couples’ benefit applications 1
6:28 PM — The National Guard in the US state of Texas has said it will immediately begin to let same-sex couples register for benefits.
26th September 2013
Video: Pentagon highlights extension of benefits to same-sex military couples 1
7:23 PM — The US Department of Defense has released a video which highlights a case study of a same-sex military couple receiving equal benefits, following a change in policy earlier this month.
4th September 2013
Texas and Mississippi National Guard refuse to process gay couples’ benefits despite Pentagon directive 6
12:25 PM — The National Guard in the US states of Texas and Mississippi have refused to process benefits requests from Tuesday from same-sex couples, despite a directive from the Pentagon to do so.
3rd September 2013
US: Surge of weddings expected as new leave for same-sex military couples to marry kicks in 1
6:30 PM — Beginning on Tuesday, gay members of the US Military are expected to begin emptying their savings, and taking up newly available leave put in place to allow same-sex couples to travel to a state which allows equal marriage.
2nd September 2013
US: Judge rules that Veterans Affairs agency must pay benefits to same-sex spouse 1
6:44 PM — A federal judge in the US has ruled that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) must pay equal benefits to a California veteran in a same-sex marriage.
8th June 2013
US: Same-sex military partners to receive limited benefits from September 9
9:24 AM — The Pentagon has announced that benefits for the spouses of military personnel in same-sex relationships will begin from 1 September. However, they will not be able to receive housing or healthcare benefits, leading many to feel that the changes are inadequate.
14th May 2013
Italy: Benefits approved for same-sex partners of MPs 6
5:54 PM — Italy's Parliament on Tuesday approved a rule which will allow gay MPs to extend their healthcare benefits to their partners.
26th April 2013
US: Philadelphia City Council passes landmark bill for LGBT benefits 2
2:26 AM — The City Council in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has approved a bill which has been hailed as landmark legislation for strengthening LGBT rights in the city.
25th April 2013
US: Connecticut Senate votes to restore benefits to veterans denied them under ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ 3
12:19 AM — The Senate in the US state of Connecticut on Wednesday voted to approve a bill which would restore state benefits to gay and lesbian veterans who were previously refused them under the US military's former Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.
3rd April 2013
US: Florida Senate committee approves bill for same-sex domestic partnership registry 5
1:39 AM — A Florida Senate committee has approved the state's first bill to allow domestic partner registration, including specific rights for same-sex couples.
13th February 2013
US Christian Group: ‘Allowing same-sex military benefits will reduce morale’ 16
12:50 PM — A fundamentalist Christian organisation in the US has heavily criticised the Pentagon's recent announcement that it will extend some benefits to same-sex military couples.
5th December 2012
US: University faculty votes unanimously ‘yes’ on equal benefits for same-sex partners 4
10:51 PM — The Faculty Senate at the University of Memphis, voted on Tuesday to unanimously support, without much discussion, equal benefits for couples in same-sex partnerships.
12th September 2012
US: Pueblo council postpones bill giving equal insurance rights to same-sex couples 1
1:19 AM — A council in the US voted to indefinitely postpone a bill which would have allowed gay city employees to add their partners to their insurance benefits.