3rd June 2011
Human Rights Watch urge residents of Liechtenstein to vote ‘yes’ in referendum over gay partnerships 32
4:01 PM — Human Rights Watch have said that the people of Liechtenstein should vote "yes" in this month's referendum on whether their parliament should proceed to legalise same-sex partnerships.
Comedian Wanda Sykes says she ‘shocked herself’ by publicly coming out 8
11:11 AM — Lesbian comedian Wanda Sykes has said she had "no intention" of publicly coming out at a gay rights rally back in 2008 and was shocked by her own frankness about her sexuality.
27th May 2011
Sarkozy ally compares gay marriage to bestiality in French parliament 79
10:24 AM — Brigitte Barèges, an MP in French president Nicolas Sarkozy's ruling UMP party, has sparked an angry reaction in the French parliament by comparing gay marriage to bestiality.
New York Mayor Bloomberg: ‘Gay marriage is a fundamental civil right’ 19
9:14 AM — Michael Bloomberg, the independent mayor of New York City, has described marriage equality as a "fundamental civil right". In a speech last night, he urged state politicians to legislate on introducing gay marriage immediately.
26th May 2011
Texas judge expected to void marriage of trans widow 19
2:35 PM — A judge in Texas is expected to declare a trans widow's marriage void after her husband's family launched a legal challenge. The ruling will mean that widow Nikki Araguz, who lost her firefighter husband in a blaze, will not be entitled to survivor benefits.
25th May 2011
White House condemns Minnesota’s proposed gay marriage ban 22
10:14 AM — The White House has issued a statement condemning proposals to ban gay marriage in Minnesota, although it stops short of backing marriage equality. The statement did not explicitly mention the move but called such efforts "divisive" and "discriminatory".
24th May 2011
US anti-gay campaigner: ‘We’re losing on gay marriage’ 58
11:31 AM — One of America's most prominent anti-gay campaigners has conceded that the battle against gay marriage is being lost. Jim Daly, the chief executive of Focus on the Family, told an evangelical magazine that the majority of those under 30 now support gay marriage.
23rd May 2011
Minnesota voters to decide on gay marriage ban 79
10:50 AM — Voters in the US state of Minnesota will decide next year whether to place a constitutional ban on gay marriage. Late on Saturday night, the state House voted to allow voters to decide the issue.
20th May 2011
Another US poll finds majority support for gay marriage 23
5:41 PM — A Gallup poll has found that 53 per cent of American respondents support giving gay couples the right to marry. This is the first time a Gallup poll has found a majority in favour of marriage equality.
Rhode Island House approves civil unions 17
11:22 AM — The Rhode Island House approved a civil unions bill yesterday. The measure will now go to the Senate, where it is expected to receive broad support. However, some gay rights activists are furious that a gay marriage bill was scrapped in favour of what they see as watered-down legislation.
19th May 2011
Ted Nugent ‘repulsed’ by gay sex but ‘not homophobic’ 72
4:42 PM — Rocker Ted Nugent says he is "repulsed" by gay sex but has nothing against gay people. Speaking on Piers Morgan Tonight, the gun rights activist said he thinks gay sex is "against nature". He said: "If you're gay, have a nice day. I couldn't give a rats ass."
17th May 2011
Wisconsin governor wants to stop defending gay domestic partnerships 26
3:37 PM — The governor of Wisconsin has said he wants to stop defending the state's domestic partnership registry for gay couples. Scott Walker, a Republican, told a judge he believes the law is unconstitutional because it mimics marriage.
Poll says most Minnesota voters don’t want gay marriage ban 2
2:18 PM — A poll suggests that just over half of Minnesota voters do not want a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The state may hold a referendum on the issue next year if the House follows the Senate in approving a bill.
12th May 2011
Minnesota Senate approves referendum on gay marriage ban 5
4:05 PM — The Minnesota Senate has given the go-ahead to a 2012 voter referendum on whether the state should have a constitutional ban on gay marriage. The bill, introduced by Republican senator Warren Limmer, passed by 30-27 votes. One Democrat senator, Leory Stumpf, joined Republicans in voting for it.
Delaware governor signs civil unions into law 8
3:12 PM — The governor of the US state of Delaware has signed a civil unions bill into law. As he signed the bill yesterday, Governor Jack Markell told gay couples in a 500-strong audience: "Your family is now equal under the law."
6th May 2011
Activists call for gay marriage progress after SNP win 53
5:28 PM — The SNP are to form Scotland's first ever majority government after their victory in yesterday's election. The party, which has promised a consultation on marriage equality, won a surprise majority with 65 seats in the 129-seat parliament.
Brazil’s Supreme Court approves civil unions for gay couples 51
10:37 AM — Brazil's Supreme Court has voted overwhelmingly to give gay couples the right to civil unions. The panel backed the measure 10-0, with one abstention.
4th May 2011
New York governor promises ‘urgency’ on gay marriage 6
1:30 PM — Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, says he's optimistic that gay marriage will soon be legal in the state. He said yesterday: “I know it’s failed before, but I think this is a different day. I’ll bring more urgency in the next few weeks.“
28th April 2011
Gay US politician abandons plan for gay marriage this year 22
2:19 PM — The House Speaker for Rhode Island has abandoned efforts to bring marriage equality to the state this year. Gordon Fox, who is gay, says he will instead push for civil unions because a gay marriage bill does not have enough support to pass.
25th April 2011
Giant card and demonstration call on Prince William and Kate Middleton to support gay marriage 89
6:45 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and the Equal Love campaign have presented Prince William and Kate Middleton a wedding card that calls for their support for gay marriage. The giant card, which was handed into Buckingham Palace by scores of supporters read: "We wish you a happy life together. You can get married, gay people can't."