26th May 2012
California: Anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act ruled unconstitutional 47
2:54 PM — A district court judge in California has become the third federal judge to declare the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denies federal benefits to same-sex couples, as unconstitutional.
9th May 2012
California set to pass a bill to ban ‘conversion therapies’ 37
11:13 PM — In a bill that is the first of its kind, California looks set to partially ban so-called 'conversion' or 'reparative' therapy that claims to 'wean people off' their homosexuality.
Video: Half a million watch bereaved gay man’s tribute to partner and plea for equality 60
11:13 AM — A film by a gay man whose partner died before they could legally marry and his plea for marriage equality on the anniversary of the accident which took his life has been viewed half a million times in three days.
27th April 2012
Gay marine accepts navy veteran’s marriage proposal at base homecoming 28
3:59 PM — A gay US marine returning from a ten month tour of duty in Afghanistan was greeted with a marriage proposal in San Diego, California this week.
24th April 2012
California pushes for a partial ban on ‘gay conversion therapies’ 27
11:49 PM — A bill passing through Californian Senate seeks to ban so-called 'reparative therapy' for gay men and women below the age of 18, and would force psychiatrists to inform older patients of the many mental and physical harms such 'therapies' might cause.
5th April 2012
Apology after student disqualified from pageant for equal marriage hope 14
2:10 PM — A school district in the US has apologised to a student was was pulled off stage and disqualified from a competition for saying he would like to marry another man.
4th April 2012
30th March 2012
Students in California may be asked to declare sexuality when enrolling 24
4:26 PM — Prospective students at the University of California and California State University campuses may be asked to volunteer information when applying or enrolling next year on whether they are LGBT.
9th March 2012
Catholic Diocese drops homeless funding over director’s gay marriage views 56
12:27 PM — A Catholic Diocese in California has dropped the funding it gives a homelessness charity citing the new director's views on abortion and equal marriage rights for gays.
1st March 2012
YouTube to broadcast Proposition 8 play live 11
5:15 PM — YouTube has announced it will broadcast the star-studded LA reading of Duston Lance Black's Proposition 8 play this weekend.
29th February 2012
Poll: Gay marriage support rises to 59% in California 9
5:17 PM — Results of a poll issued today indicate support for allowing gay marriages again in California has risen to 59%.
16th February 2012
Chris Colfer and Kevin Bacon join Proposition 8 play 10
2:56 PM — Actors Kevin Bacon, Chris Colfer and John C Reilly join a swelling number of celebrities signing up to star in Dustin Lance Black's Proposition 8 play next month.
7th February 2012
Appeals court rules California’s gay marriage ban breaks US constitution 18
11:02 PM — California's voter initiated ban on gay marriage has been ruled unconstitutional by a US federal court, upholding a decision by a judge to lift the ban in 2010.
6th February 2012
Court to rule tomorrow if California’s gay marriage ban is constitutionally valid 22
6:47 PM — A federal appeals court will rule tomorrow on whether California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage is constitutionally valid. Prop 8, the 2008 voter initiative that banned gay and lesbian marriages has been the subject of constant legal battles.
18th July 2011
‘Family’ group wants referendum on California gay education 51
10:39 AM — A California 'family' group is seeking a voter referendum on a new state law requiring schools to teach pupils about gay history. The Capitol Resource Institute, a socially conservative group, has long campaigned against the legislation, which was signed into law last week.
15th July 2011
California governor signs bill for gay history in schools 37
10:16 AM — California governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill requiring all schools to teach about the contributions of LGBT people through history. The move makes the state the first in the US to ensure that all children learn about figures such as San Francisco gay rights campaigner Harvey Milk.
3rd June 2011
Comedian Wanda Sykes says she ‘shocked herself’ by publicly coming out 8
11:11 AM — Lesbian comedian Wanda Sykes has said she had "no intention" of publicly coming out at a gay rights rally back in 2008 and was shocked by her own frankness about her sexuality.
26th May 2011
California first-graders learn about marriage equality 56
12:06 PM — First-graders at a California school celebrated Harvey Milk Day last week by learning about marriage equality. Eric Ross, the author of new children's book My Uncle's Wedding, spoke to 40 six and seven-year-olds at a San Francisco elementary school.
19th May 2011
California’s transgender protection bill makes progress 4
5:27 PM — A California bill to improve legal protections for trans people has been approved by the state assembly. The Gender Nondiscrimination Act (AB 887) passed with bipartisan support on a 54-24 vote on Monday. It will now go to the state Senate.
10th May 2011
California Senate approves equal benefits bill 3
3:41 PM — The California Senate has narrowly approved a bill to encourage companies to give equal benefits to the spouses of gay employees. Democrat Senator Christine Kehoe's bill says that state agency contracts will only be awarded to companies who offer the equal benefits.