6th May 2011
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."
21st April 2011
Gay marriage rally at Buckingham Palace 119
1:10 PM — Gay rights campaigners are to hold a rally outside Buckingham Palace on Monday to call for the right to marry. The midday event, organised by Peter Tatchell, will see activists attempt to deliver a wedding card to Kate Middleton and Prince William to ask them to support marriage equality.
20th April 2011
Another US poll finds majority support for gay marriage 23
2:28 PM — Another American poll suggests that just over half of voters support marriage equality. The CNN poll found that 51 per cent of the 824 adults surveyed said gay couples should be allowed to wed.
Delaware approves civil unions for gay couples 3
1:51 PM — The US state of Delaware has become the eighth to give gay couples the right to civil unions. The measure was approved this month by 13-6 votes in the Senate and 25-16 votes in the House.
Four of five main Scottish parties promise action on gay marriage 31
11:09 AM — Four of Scotland's five main political parties say they will take action on gay marriage ahead of next month's elections. The two largest parties, the SNP and Labour, say they will consult on the issue. The Lib Dems and Greens promise full equality.
19th April 2011
Prince William and Kate Middleton urged to support gay marriage 164
5:28 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell wants Prince William and fiancée Kate Middleton to support gay marriage. The pair, who are to wed next Friday, "have the option to get married", Mr Tatchell said.
7th April 2011
Prop 8 judge speaks for the first time about being gay 14
9:05 AM — The judge who struck down California's ban on gay marriage has spoken publicly for the first time about the fact he is gay. US District Judge Vaughn Walker, now retired, was outed during the course of last year's trial by a newspaper which said his sexuality was an open secret.
29th March 2011
Indiana Senate approves gay marriage ban bill 26
9:51 PM — The Indiana Senate has approved a constitutional amendment banning gay marriages and civil unions by 40 votes to 10. The public gallery had to be cleared after gay rights protesters shouted at politicians.
20th March 2011
Speech: British Home secretary promises progress on full gay marriage equality 65
2:53 PM — In her first major speech on LGBT rights, the home secretary and minister for equality, Theresa May, has promised action on full gay marriage equality. Mrs May was speaking at an event hosted by the gay lobby group Stonewall.
14th March 2011
US celebrities and entrepreneurs call on Obama to support gay marriage equality 20
10:39 PM — American gay and straight celebrities and entrepreneurs have written to US president Barack Obama to call for full federal marriage equality. The letter has been signed by gay celebrities including Rufus Wainwright, Ellen & Portia DeGeneres, Glee star Jane Lynch together with straight celebrity Martin Sheen and Marc Pincus, the chief executive of Zynga, the home of FarmVille and CityVille.
5th March 2011
Sydney explodes in Mardi Gras of celebration and protest at Australia’s ban on gay marriage 15
5:13 PM — Tens of thousands of people have marched through the streets at Sydney's 34th gay Mardi Gras parade. The event was dubbed "Say Something" to protest at Australia's federal ban on gay marriage.
House of Representatives speaker seeks to defend anti-gay marriage law 22
1:02 AM — The speaker of the House of Representatives has said that he will seek to defend cases brought against the government over the Defense of Marriage Act*, a law that president Barack Obama has said his administration will no longer defend.
4th March 2011
Support for gay marriage now ‘evenly divided’ in the US 8
12:14 PM — Support for gay marriage is on the rise, with the American public now "evenly divided" on the issue, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center.
Chinese news website sparks fierce debate over gay marriage 11
11:37 AM — A debate between one of China's leading pro-gay advocates and the editor of an influential national newspaper has erupted on the one of the country's most popular and comprehensive news websites.
3rd March 2011
New Hampshire delays anti-gay marriage laws until 2012 3
10:54 PM — New Hampshire politicians have postponed debate on two bills that sought to ban repeal gay marriage in the state until next year.
Video: Hip-hop star producer Russel Simmons joins fight for gay marriage 4
12:31 PM — Russel Simmons, the co-founder of hip-hop label Def Jam Recordings, has become one of the first major black music figures to join the fight for full marriage equality for lesbian and gay couples.
Californian Supreme Court denies request to speed up gay marriage decision 8
12:42 AM — The Californian supreme court has denied an application to speed up its decision on the fate of gay marriage in the state. Campaigners had argued that the Californian legal code requires courts to reach speedy decisions when they impact on individuals over the age of 70.