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  • 4th May 2012

    Colorado a step closer towards civil partnerships for gay couples 13

    The proponents of the bill want to push the bill to the governor before the legislative season ends on Wednesday

    10:24 PM — A bill calling for civil partnerships for gay couples, granting rights similar to that granted by marriages, has passed through a Republican-led judiciary committee, even though it was rejected by the same committee last year.

  • 25th April 2012

    Colorado bill to introduce gay civil unions expected to move forward 7

    Colorado may one day be more colourful with rainbow unions

    5:42 PM — A bill to allow same-sex couples to form civil unions in Colorado is expected to move forward following months of stalling in the Colorado legislature. The bill to give gay couples almost identical rights to straight married couples is expected to pass in the Democratic controlled Senate because a similar bill passed comfortably there last year by 23 to 12 votes.

  • 10th October 2011

    Transgender woman set to become Polish MP 16

    Anna Grodzka will be Poland's first transgender MP

    1:29 PM — A transgender woman is expected to become the first trans person in Poland to be elected as an MP. Anna Grodzka, 57, of Krakow, believes she will be the world's only sitting transgender MP if elected for the Palikot Movement party.

  • 10th August 2011

    Chile’s president backs civil unions 7

    Chilean gay couples could get the right to civil unions

    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

    Gay activists want the civil unions bill to be vetoed

    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

    Rhode Island may be next to allow civil unions

    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

    The first civil union licences in Illinois will be issued today

    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

    A majority want marriage equality, the poll said

    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

    Rhode Island is expected to approve civil unions

    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

    Gay couples in Delaware will soon be able to have civil unions

    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

    Brazil will allow civil unions

    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

    Polls are finding more support for gay marriage

    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

    Gay couples in Delaware will have the right to civil unions (Photo: Ludovic Bertron)

    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

    The ban will only become law if approved by the public

    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

    Maryland may be the sixth state to make gay marriage legal

    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

    Maryland may be the sixth state to make gay marriage legal

    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

    Hawaii joins other states with civil unions

    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

    Elton John said Lady Gaga was 'pure genius'

    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

    Glenn Cunningham and Adriano Vilar are Ireland's first civil partners

    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

    There is support for civil unions in Greece, but the country has not yet legalised them.

    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.

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