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Equality

  • 15th January 2010

    Lady Gaga to host gay marriage gala 7

    Lady Gaga said she was "honoured". (Photo: Stephen Carlile)

    6:01 PM — Lady Gaga will host a benefit gala for gay marriage tomorrow evening. The singer, who has just been nominated for a GLAAD award, said she was "honoured" to be chosen to help the cause.

  • Gay marriage opponents denied referendum in DC 4

    Opponents were denied a referendum

    5:16 PM — Gay equality opponents in Washington DC were barred by a judge from holding a referendum on gay marriage yesterday. Judge Judith N Macaluso said allowing voters to strike down the law would "authorise discrimination".

  • 11th January 2010

    Religious civil partnerships amendment tabled in Lords 68

    The amendment would allow churches to hold civil partnerships

    4:59 PM — An amendment to the Equality Bill which would allow civil partnerships to be held in church was tabled in the House of Lords today.

  • 8th January 2010

    Gay marriage bill fails in New Jersey Senate 15

    The bill failed yesterday

    12:35 PM — A bill which would legalise gay marriage in New Jersey failed in the state Senate yesterday. It was defeated by 20-14 votes.

  • 6th January 2010

    Rhode Island approves funeral rights for gays 6

    Gays will gain the right to plan their partners' funerals

    11:43 AM — Lawmakers in the US state of Rhode Island have approved a law to allow people in gay relationships to make funeral arrangements for their partners. They overrode a veto from Governor Don Carcieri.

  • 30th December 2009

    The gay highs and lows of 2009 13

    Will 2010 see a prime minister marching with the Pride parade?

    7:07 PM — A look back at the best and worst moments for LGBT causes in 2009. While sports stars came out and politicians rushed to stand up for gay rights, the year was marred by the death of a much-loved pop star and a string of violent homophobic attacks.

  • 21st December 2009

    Happy fourth anniversary for civil partnerships 40

    Today is the fourth anniversary of civil partnerships

    10:35 AM — Today marks the fourth anniversary of civil partnerships in England and Wales. Although Scotland celebrated its first civil partnership on December 20th 2005 due to a misunderstanding over the date, today marks the fourth anniversary for gay couples in England and Wales.

  • 20th December 2009

    BBC ‘may face sanctions’ after gay execution debate 34

    Trevor Phillips suggested the BBC could face legal action over the comments

    3:32 PM — Trevor Phillips, the chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, has said the BBC may face sanctions over last week's online debate on whether gays should be executed.

  • 15th December 2009

    Lesbian couple win UK appeal over Gibraltar’s housing policy 2

    The couple won their case in the UK

    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.

  • 14th December 2009

    Coalition calls on Lords to reject religious exemptions in Equality Bill 12

    The bill will have its second reading in the Lords tomorrow

    12:36 PM — A coalition of liberal religious and social justice groups is calling on the House of Lords to reject religious opt-outs from the Equality Bill. The bill is scheduled for its second reading in the Lords tomorrow.

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