20th January 2010
San Diego mayor tells gay marriage trial he was ‘prejudiced’ 6
11:44 AM — The mayor of San Diego, Jerry Sanders, testified yesterday before a federal trial on gay marriage how he came to change his mind on the issue. Sanders, a Republican, was opposed to gay marriage but changed his mind after his daughter Lisa revealed she was a lesbian.
14th January 2010
Man on trial over murder of gay pensioner
5:57 PM — A 20-year old Polish man is on trial for the murder of gay pensioner Edward Highwood last July. Marcin Orlowski, of no fixed address, is appearing at the Old Bailey.
Supreme Court bans broadcasting of California gay marriage trial 13
12:05 PM — The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that a trial on the constitutionality of California's gay marriage ban cannot be broadcast on the internet. It said that supporters of the ban could face harassment and "irreparable harm".
13th January 2010
Gay man avoids jail for trying to poison lesbian couple 5
7:22 PM — A gay man who tried to poison his neighbours in a row over a cat avoided jail yesterday. Gareth Stewart, of Denton, Manchester, gave Marie Walton and Beverley Sales a curry laced with slug pellets after a feud which started years ago.
Man convicted for homophobic attack on gay teenagers 10
2:02 PM — A 19-year-old man was found guilty yesterday of a homophobic attack on two gay teenagers. Michael Lee Hannan shouted that he hated gays before punching and headbutting the pair, aged 17 and 18, Blackburn magistrates' court heard.
11th January 2010
Temporary block on broadcasting Prop 8 trial 10
5:34 PM — The Supreme Court has temporarily blocked recording of the Proposition 8 trial in California, which begins today. Gay marriage opponents, who conducted a vocal public campaign, said they could be harassed if the trial was broadcast.
8th January 2010
Equalities minister Harriet Harman fined for careless driving 7
2:46 PM — Harriet Harman, the minister for women and equality, has been fined £350 for driving without due care and attention. She was also ordered to pay £70 costs and a £15 victim surcharge, along with receiving three penalty points on her driving licence.
7th January 2010
Lesbian in custody dispute issues appeal for missing daughter 7
5:47 PM — The non-biological mother of a seven-year-old girl has issued an appeal to the US public to find her after the child's biological mother defied a court order to hand over custody.
California gay marriage trial will be on YouTube 5
11:45 AM — A judge has ruled that next week's trial on California's gay marriage ban will be shown on YouTube. Defenders of Proposition 8, which restricts marriage to a man and a woman, had claimed that broadcasting proceedings could lead to intimidation of witnesses.
5th January 2010
Court case on California marriage ban to be heard next week 8
1:11 PM — Next Monday, a federal court will examine for the first time whether the US constitution allows states to ban gay marriage. The case, brought by two gay couples who argue that California's ban violates their constitutional rights, will be heard on January 11th and is expected to last two to three weeks.
30th December 2009
New rights for trans people in Pakistan 2
3:40 PM — The Pakistan Supreme Court has ordered the government to allow trans people the right to a distinct gender. The court said that trans people, known as hijras, should be able to get national identity cards showing their gender as hijras.
Birth mother ordered to hand over child to lesbian ex-partner 72
11:52 AM — The biological mother of a seven-year-old Vermont girl has been ordered by a court to hand her over to her former partner.
22nd December 2009
Filmstar Tom Cruise sued by alleged gay lover 27
12:04 PM — Hollywood film star Tom Cruise is being sued over allegations of wiretapping. Magazine editor, Michael Davis Sapir, claims that the actor hired private detective, Anthony Pellicano, to wiretap his phone. In 2001 Sapir claimed to have a video in his possession that proved he was having a "homosexual relationship" with the star.
16th December 2009
Groups welcome Ladele ruling over civil partnerships 10
4:48 PM — Secular and libertarian groups have welcomed the Court of Appeal ruling yesterday that a council did not discriminate against a Christian registrar who refused to perform civil partnerships.
15th December 2009
Lesbian couple win UK appeal over Gibraltar’s housing policy 2
4:11 PM — A lesbian couple who were refused a joint tenancy in government housing in Gibraltar have won their UK appeal. Three years ago, the Housing Allocation Committee refused to grant the unnamed couple a joint tenancy on the basis that they were unmarried.
Christian registrar Lillian Ladele loses civil partnerships appeal 3
3:42 PM — An Islington registrar who refused to carry out civil partnerships for gay couples has lost her appeal. The Court of Appeal ruled today that Lillian Ladele had not been discriminated against.
Video: Man guilty of homophobic murder and assault on gay couple 11
3:15 PM — A man has been found guilty of murdering one man and attempting to murder his partner in a homophobic attack. David Kilcullen, 46, had pleaded not guilty to the attack in March in south London.
Updated: Christian registrar Lillian Ladele loses appeal 254
10:47 AM — An Islington registrar who refused to carry out civil partnerships for gay couples has lost her appeal. The Court of Appeal ruled today that Lillian Ladele had not been discriminated against.
14th December 2009
Man evicted for homophobic hate campaign 6
7:11 PM — A man who made his neighbours' lives hell has been served with a 56-day eviction notice. Richard Leonard, 57, of Baldmoor Lake Road, Erdington, had been accused of waging a homophobic and anti-social hate campaign against his neighbours since May.
10th October 2005
US Court Makes Landmark Decision Over Gay Parental Rights
12:00 AM — The Supereme Court of Pennsylvania has affirmed a lower court ruling awarding custody of twins to Patricia Jones, a lesbian mother, ruling that Jones would provide a better home than her ex-partner, Ellen Boring (the children's biological parent).