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.
23rd June 2011
Obama holds New York gala fundraiser for gay supporters 19
11:07 AM — President Obama is to hold a fundraiser for gay supporters in New York tonight - as the state Senate is expected to vote on a gay marriage bill. The gala was booked far ahead of the vote, making the timing a coincidence, albeit a happy one for gay rights campaigners.
21st June 2011
New York gay marriage vote delayed 67
10:35 AM — New York's Republican-controlled Senate delayed a crucial vote on gay marriage last night, citing concerns over exemptions for religious groups. Last week, the Assembly passed the bill by 80-63 votes.
20th June 2011
Rush to to pass New York gay marriage bill 23
2:55 PM — Gay rights advocates in New York are hoping that a gay marriage bill can be passed by the Senate before a legislative session ends this evening. Last week, the Assembly passed the bill by 80-63 votes.
17th June 2011
Australian PM Julia Gillard faces gay marriage grilling 47
11:07 AM — Australian prime minister Julia Gillard is to be pressed on her views on gay marriage when she hosts a dinner for three gay couples. As part of a charity auction, the prime minister offered to host a dinner for six guests at her official residence in Canberra.
16th June 2011
New Jersey lawmaker wants push for gay marriage 4
5:26 PM — A New Jersey politician says he hopes the state will return to a push for gay marriage as New York teeters on the brink of legalisation. Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, who is gay, said: "They’re talking about it in New York. Why aren’t we talking about it in New Jersey?"
Video: Super Bowl legend David Tyree says gay marriage will lead to ‘anarchy’ 219
12:18 PM — Former New York Giants star David Tyree has claimed that allowing gay marriage will lead to "anarchy". The player, famous for making a 'helmet catch' in Super Bowl XLII, gave an interview to the anti-gay National Organization for marriage, in which he condemned gay parenting.
New York Assembly passes gay marriage bill 26
10:30 AM — The New York Assembly has approved a gay marriage bill, setting the stage for a crucial Senate vote on Friday. The Democrat-controlled Assembly passed the bill by 80-63 votes yesterday.
15th June 2011
New York ‘close to legalising gay marriage’ 26
12:07 PM — New York is reportedly on the brink of marriage equality after another Republican senator said yesterday he would support the move. Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced the legislation in both houses yesterday.
Federal court upholds gay judge’s ruling on California gay marriage ban 42
11:21 AM — A US federal court has upheld a ruling by a gay judge that California's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. This is the latest round in a long legal battle over the issue.