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.
14th June 2011
French parliament rejects gay marriage bill 62
6:10 PM — The French parliament has rejected a bill designed to give gay couples the right to marry. Today, lawmakers voted by 293 votes to 222 to block the bill, which was not expected to pass.
8th June 2011
Three out of four Australians believe gay marriage will soon be a reality 18
12:07 PM — Three out of four Australians believe same-sex marriage will be made legal in their country, a poll showed Wednesday, prompting gay activists to renew their fight to be able to marry.
Republican congresswoman Vicky Hartzler compares gay marriage to incest and paedophilia 194
10:57 AM — A secret recording has emerged on YouTube in which Missouri congresswoman Vicky Hartzler is seen comparing gay marriage to incest, paedophilia and allowing three-year-olds to drive.
6th June 2011
Scottish government pledge to begin ‘process of consultation’ on gay marriage 41
11:39 AM — The newly elected Scottish Government, led by Alex Salmond's Scottish National Party, have said they will begin a consultation on same-sex marriage.
3rd June 2011
Married gay couples in Nova Scotia can now obtain a blessing from Anglican church 6
5:49 PM — Legally partnered same-sex couples in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, Canada, can now obtain a blessing from the country's Anglican Church.
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.