28th January 2011
French court says no to gay marriage 30
1:24 PM — France's constitutional court upheld the ban on gay marriage today after a challenge from a lesbian couple. Corinne Cestino and Sophie Hasslauer, who have lived together for 15 years and have four children, asked for the right to marry but were turned down by the Constitutional Council.
21st January 2011
Man jailed for raping lesbian at wedding reception 26
1:14 PM — A man was jailed for six years after he was found guilty of raping a lesbian at a wedding reception. Michael Hughes, 23, invited the victim to see how luxurious his hotel room was but attacked her, the Gloucestershire Echo reports.
20th January 2011
Man jailed for sexually assaulting lesbian 13
3:54 PM — A Cardiff man has been jailed for two years for climbing into bed next to a sleeping woman and sexually assaulting her. Darren Hogan, 25, said he was unaware that the woman was a lesbian and Cardiff crown court heard that his unwanted attention had been particularly distressing for her.
19th January 2011
Federal court to decide whether gay fathers’ names will appear on birth certificate 2
4:13 PM — Louisiana state officials are asking the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn previous ruling forcing them to accept another state’s rules.
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.
Gay couple win case over hotel ban 549
10:34 AM — A gay couple have won their case against the owners of a hotel after being refused a double room. Martin Hall and Steven Preddy, who are civil partners, sued devout Christians Peter and Hazelmary Bull for sexual orientation discrimination.
13th January 2011
Transgender drug dealer spared prison 17
10:53 AM — A transgender drug dealer was spared prison after a judge said placing her in a men's facility would prolong her "sexual nightmare". Jean Morris, 41, was convicted of possessing Class C drug ketamine with intent to supply.
5th January 2011
Teen attacked man he thought was ‘gay flasher’ 12
4:21 PM — A teenager from Plymouth faces jail after he attacked a man he thought was coming on to him. Liam O'Brien, 18, punched and kicked the victim on the floor because he believed he was exposing himself deliberately, Plymouth magistrates' court heard.
7th December 2010
US appeals court ‘could rule to lift California gay marriage ban’ 9
3:35 PM — The US federal appeals court considering the ban on gay marriage in California could issue a narrow ruling on lifting the ban, reports say.
6th December 2010
Appeals court hears California gay marriage case 2
3:57 PM — A federal appeals court was due to begin hearing a case on California's gay marriage ban today. The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco will hear arguments around a federal judge's ruling that the ban on gay marriage in the state is unconstitutional.
2nd December 2010
Gay father wins joint custody of children 22
11:28 AM — A gay man has won joint custody of the two children he had through artficial insemination with a lesbian couple. The company director, of Sussex, had been battling the children's lesbian mother and her civil partner over where they should live.
25th November 2010
Russian gay activists hold first legal demonstration 3
3:27 PM — Gay rights activists in St Petersburg held Russia's first legal pro-gay demonstration last Saturday. Around a dozen people gathered in the city centre with placards calling for gay rights, following a European Court of Human Rights ruling last month.
23rd November 2010
Teenage girls ‘kicked gay man as he lay unconscious’
3:05 PM — Two teenage girls taunted a gay man and then kicked him as he lay unconscious, a court has heard. Ruby Thomas and Rachel Burke are accusing of stamping and kicking Ian Baynham, a 63-year-old civil servant who died 18 days after he was knocked to the floor last September in Trafalgar Square.
17th November 2010
US county elects first transgender judge 10
3:11 PM — Victoria Kolakowski has become the first trans person to be elected as a trial judge in the US. She was elected as a superior court judge in Alameda County, California, beating deputy district attorney John Creighton with 51 to 48 per cent of the vote.
15th November 2010
US Supreme Court denies request to lift gay military ban 6
6:01 PM — The US Supreme Court declined a request to lift the ban on out gay troops serving in the military on Friday. In the latest round of the fight to have the law repealed, Republican gay group Log Cabin Republicans asked the court to overturn a lower court's ruling that the ban should remain in place indefinitely.
Christian doctor begins legal fight over gay adoptions 75
11:54 AM — A Christian doctor who was removed from an adoption panel after she refused to endorse applications by same-sex couples hopes to go to the European Court of Justice. Dr Sheila Matthews, of Kettering, will ask the court to establish whether medical opinion should be permitted to override equality laws.
3rd November 2010
Iowa voters oust gay marriage ruling judges 23
12:53 PM — Three Iowa Supreme Court judges who ruled that the state's ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional have been ousted by voters after a campaign by anti-gay groups.
2nd November 2010
Federal appeals court rules DADT will remain in place indefinitely 13
11:56 AM — A US federal appeals court has ruled that Don't Ask, Don't Tell should stay in place indefinitely. The decision by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals means that the ban on out gay soldiers is expected to be retained throughout a legal battle over whether it is constitutional.
1st November 2010
Bishops say gay rights laws damage Christian freedoms 60
12:20 PM — Leading Church of England bishops have claimed that equality laws mean gay rights are being "privileged" over the rights of Christians. The figures, including former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey and Bishop of Winchester Michael Scott-Joynt, said that gay rights supporters are able to "suppress all disagreement or disapproval and 'coerce silence'."
Anti-gay Christian couple to challenge fostering ban at High Court 120
11:08 AM — A Christian couple who were barred from fostering children after they admitted that they believe homosexuality is unacceptable are to challenge the ban at the High Court.