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  • 26th May 2011

    Texas judge expected to void marriage of trans widow 19

    Nikki Araguz's husband's family say her marriage is void

    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

    President Obama said last year his views on gay marriage were "evolving"

    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

    Anti-gay campaigners including Jim Daly concede they are losing the fight

    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

    Minnesota voters will be asked whether gay marriage should be banned in the consitution (Photo: Ludovic Bertron)

    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

    A majority want marriage equality, the poll said

    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

    Rhode Island is expected to approve civil unions

    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

    Ted Nugent says he couldn't give a "rats ass" whether people are gay

    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

    Wisconsin allows domestic partnerships

    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

    Minnesota may hold a referendum on banning gay marriage (Photo: Firemedic58)

    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

    Voters are likely to support a constitutional ban

    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

    Gay couples in Delaware will soon be able to have civil unions

    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

    SNP leader Alex Salmond supports gay marriage

    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

    Brazil will allow civil unions

    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

    Andrew Cuomo supports gay marriage

    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

    Speaker Gordon Fox said he would support civil unions

    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

    Peter Tatchell and supporters of the Equal Love Campaign (photo credit: Peter Tatchell Foundation)

    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

    Kate and William are being asked to support marriage equality (Photo: Mario Testino 2010)

    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

    Polls are finding more support for gay marriage

    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

    Gay couples in Delaware will have the right to civil unions (Photo: Ludovic Bertron)

    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

    Most Scottish parties promise some action on the issue

    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.

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