3rd August 2011
American Indian tribe approves gay marriage 26
1:32 PM — An American Indian tribe in Washington has become the second in the US to approve gay marriage. On Monday, the Suquamish Tribal Council voted to give marriage rights to gay couples on its Seattle reservation.
2nd August 2011
Dolly Parton apologises to lesbian couple after Dollywood banned pro-gay marriage T-shirt 23
1:08 PM — Dolly Parton has apologised to a lesbian couple after one of them was ordered to reverse a t-shirt with a gay slogan when visiting her theme park.
Scottish youth parliament calls for gay marriage 55
10:57 AM — Scotland's youth parliament has launched a campaign to urge the government to give gay couples the right to wed. The Love Equally campaign is seeking full marriage equality and also calls for straight people to be given the right to have civil partnerships.
27th July 2011
Dolly Parton’s Dollywood bans ‘gay marriage’ t-shirt 34
11:30 AM — A lesbian couple have complained after one of them was ordered to reverse a t-shirt with a gay slogan at country legend Dolly Parton's theme park. Olivier Odom and Jennifer Tipton were told the shirt could offend other visitors.
25th July 2011
Anti-gay group files lawsuit against New York gay marriage 28
6:07 PM — An anti-gay group in New York has filed a lawsuit against the city's new marriage laws. The group, called New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, claims the state Senate acted illegally when it voted to approve a gay marriage bill earlier this year.
24th July 2011
Gay couples celebrate first gay marriages in New York 49
4:28 PM — Gay couples have begun to marry in ceremonies all over New York state during the first day that same-sex weddings are legal in the state.
20th July 2011
New York holds lottery for first gay marriages 12
10:34 AM — New York City is to hold a lottery to determine which gay couples can be the first to tie the knot when a gay marriage law comes into power on Sunday. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that demand to wed on the first day gay marriage is legal far outstrips supply and 764 couples, including straight couples, will be permitted to wed on the day.
19th July 2011
Obama ‘proud to support’ the repeal of gay marriage ban 30
11:44 PM — The White House has revealed that president Barack Obama is "proud to support" the Respect for Marriage Act, which aims to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act [sic], the federal ban on same sex marriage.
Gay conservatives GOProud want to meet Michele Bachmann 22
2:40 PM — US gay conservative group GOProud says it wants to meet Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann to discuss her anti-gay views. Mrs Bachmann, has said in the past that homosexuality is "slavery" and that gays are recruiting children. But since she began her presidential campaign, she has refused to talk about homosexuality.
14th July 2011
Sign the petition for UK marriage equality 41
11:26 AM — Gay rights campaigners have launched a petition to call for gay marriages and straight civil partnerships in the UK. The Equal Love campaign, led by Peter Tatchell, has already filed a case at the European Court of Human Rights.
11th July 2011
Australian MP challenges overseas gay marriage ban 19
3:57 PM — A South Australian gay MP says he will challenge the country's ban on gay marriages abroad. Upper house MP Ian Hunter and his partner of 22 years, artist Leith Semmens, intend to tie the knot in New York, following that state's legalisation of gay marriage.
7th July 2011
New York register offices to open on a Sunday for gay weddings 12
2:04 PM — Some register officers in New York are to open on a Sunday to give gay couples a chance to marry as soon as they can.
5th July 2011
Peter Tatchell: ‘David Cameron should come out in support of gay marriage’ 30
1:48 PM — Peter Tatchell says same-sex marriage "reeks of assimilationism" - but prime minister David Cameron should support it.
30th June 2011
Rhode Island governor set to sign controversial civil unions bill 13
10:16 AM — Rhode Island's Senate has approved a civil unions bill for gay couples and state governor Lincoln Chafee is set to sign it. The bill was approved last night by 21-16, after it was voted out of committee stage.
Obama still won’t endorse gay marriage 38
9:49 AM — President Obama has said that New York's move to legalise gay marriage is a "good thing" but still won't endorse the right of gay couples to wed. Yesterday, he held a news conference and a reception for gay rights campaigners. At both events, he refused to give his personal view on the issue.
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.
25th June 2011
Governor Andrew Cuomo: Gay marriage equality makes New York a ‘beacon for social justice’ 88
3:30 PM — After signing the long awaited legislation to allow gay marriage in New York state into law, Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed reporters and said that New York has regained its reputation as a "beacon for social justice."
New York state approves gay marriage law 113
9:13 AM — Late on Friday evening, New York became the sixth US state to legalise gay marriage. After days of negotiation over protections for religious groups, senators voted 33-29 to pass the bill.
New York Senate due to vote on gay marriage bill 30
2:11 AM — Republicans in the New York Senate agreed late last night (Friday) to allow a full vote to make gay marriage legal. A vote is expected in the early hours of Saturday morning (UK time).
24th June 2011
Barack Obama supports ‘equal rights’ but stops short of backing gay marriage 88
11:25 AM — Addressing LGBT Democrat supporters at a New York fundraiser last night, Barack Obama spoke carefully, aware of the current gay marriage debate in the state Senate.