10th August 2011
Chile’s president backs civil unions 7
12:26 PM — The president of Chile has proposed legalising civil unions for gay and straight couples. Sebastian Pinera said that all couples deserve "respect, dignity and support of the state" in a speech this week.
29th June 2011
Gay campaigners oppose Rhode Island civil unions bill 7
3:20 PM — Gay rights campaigners in Rhode Island are urging the state's governor to veto a civil unions bill because they say it contains “dangerous” and “discriminatory” language. The bill is expected to be passed by the Senate this week but campaigners are deeply concerned about some of the religious provisions within it.
2nd June 2011
Rhode Island senate to consider gay civil unions bill 7
3:10 PM — A Rhode Island Senate panel are today considering a bill that would allow gay and lesbian couples to be joined in civil unions.
1st June 2011
Gay couples in Chicago queue up for civil union licences 9
12:21 PM — In Chicago, gay and straight couples are flocking to the Cook County Clerk's downtown office of records to acquire the state's first civil union licenses.
20th May 2011
Another US poll finds majority support for gay marriage 23
5:41 PM — A Gallup poll has found that 53 per cent of American respondents support giving gay couples the right to marry. This is the first time a Gallup poll has found a majority in favour of marriage equality.
Rhode Island House approves civil unions 17
11:22 AM — The Rhode Island House approved a civil unions bill yesterday. The measure will now go to the Senate, where it is expected to receive broad support. However, some gay rights activists are furious that a gay marriage bill was scrapped in favour of what they see as watered-down legislation.
12th May 2011
Delaware governor signs civil unions into law 8
3:12 PM — The governor of the US state of Delaware has signed a civil unions bill into law. As he signed the bill yesterday, Governor Jack Markell told gay couples in a 500-strong audience: "Your family is now equal under the law."
6th May 2011
Brazil’s Supreme Court approves civil unions for gay couples 51
10:37 AM — Brazil's Supreme Court has voted overwhelmingly to give gay couples the right to civil unions. The panel backed the measure 10-0, with one abstention.
20th April 2011
Another US poll finds majority support for gay marriage 23
2:28 PM — Another American poll suggests that just over half of voters support marriage equality. The CNN poll found that 51 per cent of the 824 adults surveyed said gay couples should be allowed to wed.
Delaware approves civil unions for gay couples 3
1:51 PM — The US state of Delaware has become the eighth to give gay couples the right to civil unions. The measure was approved this month by 13-6 votes in the Senate and 25-16 votes in the House.
29th March 2011
Indiana Senate approves gay marriage ban bill 26
9:51 PM — The Indiana Senate has approved a constitutional amendment banning gay marriages and civil unions by 40 votes to 10. The public gallery had to be cleared after gay rights protesters shouted at politicians.
25th February 2011
Maryland Senate passes gay marriage bill on third reading 4
12:04 AM — A bill to introduce gay marriage in Maryland has passed its third and final reading in the Senate on Thursday evening by 25 votes to 21. Although the bill must pass in house of delegates, the state's governor Martin O’Malley has pledged to sign it.
24th February 2011
Maryland gay marriage bill gains preliminary Senate approval 1
5:48 PM — The Maryland Senate last night gave preliminary approval for a gay marriage bill in the state, 25 votes to 22. The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act will remove gender references in the US state’s marriage laws and give churches the right not to conduct ceremonies.
17th February 2011
Hawaii Senate votes for gay civil unions, governor to sign bill 2
12:56 AM — Politicians in the state of Hawaii have passed bill legalising civil unions for same-sex couples late last night, with the Senate voting 18-5 in favour. The bill has been passed to Democratic Governor Neil Abercrombie to sign into law, he has already signaled that he supports the measure.
4th February 2011
Elton John says he wants Rush Limbaugh to support civil unions 20
4:54 PM — Elton John says he wants unlikely friend Rush Limbaugh to say he supports civil partnerships for gay couples. The singer sang at the controversial radio host's wedding last year and was reportedly paid $1 million for the gig.
17th January 2011
Gay couple are first to be recognised as civil partners in Ireland 26
4:07 PM — A gay couple are celebrating after becoming the first recognised civil partners in Ireland. Glenn Cunningham and Adriano Vilar had a civil partnership in Northern Ireland last year but are now recognised as a couple in Ireland due to new laws.
23rd August 2010
Proposed film may test Greek attitudes to gay marriage 5
6:10 PM — A new screenplay about gay marriage by a Greek-based British author is expected to be shot next summer by a consortium of UK production companies.
New US poll report finds changing attitudes to homosexuality 7
12:54 PM — According to new national research, Americans have become more accepting of homosexuality of the past 16 years, with over half of those polled saying they support civil unions.
1st February 2010
Hawaii’s House shelves civil unions bill 4
12:50 PM — Hawaii's House has shelved a bill which would have allowed gay couples the right to have civil unions. Although the Senate approved the bill last week, the House voted on Friday to indefinitely postpone it.
13th January 2010
China’s state press covers gay wedding 8
7:20 PM — A state-run Chinese newspaper gave its front page to a gay wedding today. China Daily, an English-language newspaper, featured the wedding of Zeng Anquan and Pan Wenjie, which took place on January 3rd.