31st May 2013
President Obama: Legalising equal marriage in Illinois is ‘the right thing to do’ 1
12:58 PM — With only one day left before the current Illinois legislative session ends, President Barack Obama has said that legalising equal marriage in the state is something he "deeply supports" and the "right thing to do".
US: Illinois House to vote on equal marriage bill on Friday before end of session 7
3:11 AM — Advocates of equal marriage in the US state of Illinois were disappointed as the House adjourned on Thursday, until 09:30 on Friday, leaving only one day for a vote on a bill to legalise equal marriage, before the current session ends.
US: Pressure mounts on Illinois House to vote on equal marriage bill before end of session 1
1:13 AM — Equal marriage advocates in the US state of Illinois are pushing for the House to vote on equal marriage, before this session, on Friday.
US: New Jersey Senate delays vote on gay ‘cure therapy’ ban 1
12:22 AM — The Senate in the US state of New Jersey has delayed a vote on whether or not to ban the controversial practice of gay "conversion therapy" on minors.
30th May 2013
US: Michigan bill would repeal state ban on equal marriage 8
2:22 PM — Senators in Michigan are to attempt to repeal the state's constitutional amendment which bans same-sex marriage.
14th May 2013
Italy: Benefits approved for same-sex partners of MPs 6
5:54 PM — Italy's Parliament on Tuesday approved a rule which will allow gay MPs to extend their healthcare benefits to their partners.
US: Minnesotan Governor to sign equal marriage bill into law 3
5:02 PM — Minnesota will officially become the twelfth US state to allow equal marriage, as Governor Mark Dayton will on Tuesday sign a bill into law, which will allow same-sex unions.
13th May 2013
US: State of Minnesota legalises equal marriage as bill passes in Senate 25
10:19 PM — Minnesota is to become the twelfth US state to legalise equal marriage, as its Senate today voted in favour of a measure to make same-sex marriage legal.
US: Rainbow flags flown on Minnesota ‘Freedom to Marry Bridge’ ahead of Senate vote on equal marriage 4
4:02 PM — Rainbow flags are being flown in St Paul, Minnesota ahead of today's Senate vote on equal marriage, and the city's mayor has renamed a bridge Freedom to Marry Bridge, in support of the measure.
12th May 2013
US: Minnesota Senate vote on equal marriage bill imminent 9
3:13 PM — The US state of Minnesota could soon become the twelfth to legalise equal marriage, as on Monday its Senate will vote on a measure to legalise it.
9th May 2013
US: Following two-hour debate, Minnesota House passes equal marriage bill 11
9:36 PM — The House in the US state of Minnesota passed a bill to legalise equal marriage on Thursday, with a clear majority in favour.
US: Equal marriage supporters and opponents descend on Minnesota ahead of House vote 6
5:16 PM — Groups of supporters and opponents of equal marriage began to head for the House in Minnesota, as it gears up for today's vote on a measure to legalise it.
8th May 2013
Puerto Rico: Amnesty urges lawmakers to take ‘historic’ steps to protect LGBT people
3:02 PM — Amnesty International is urging lawmakers in Puerto Rico to end discrimination against LGBT people, as two bills are due for debate this week.
7th May 2013
US: Minnesota House appears likely to pass equal marriage bill 3
3:56 PM — A bill to legalise equal marriage in the US state of Minnesota, will go to the State House floor on Thursday, possibly suggesting that its advocates have gathered enough votes for it to pass.
3rd May 2013
Rhode Island becomes the 10th US state to allow equal marriage 14
12:38 AM — The US state of Rhode Island on Thursday became the tenth state to allow equal marriage, as its Governor signed the bill into law, after it passed a second vote in the House by a very wide margin.
8th April 2013
US: Second Illinois GOP lawmaker announces support for equal marriage bill 1
3:58 PM — A second Republican in the Illinois House has announced his support for a bill to legalise equal marriage, and has said that he thinks others will follow.
3rd April 2013
US: Florida Senate committee approves bill for same-sex domestic partnership registry 5
1:39 AM — A Florida Senate committee has approved the state's first bill to allow domestic partner registration, including specific rights for same-sex couples.
12th March 2013
US: Colorado House gives final approval to civil unions bill 5
5:14 PM — In its third reading, the Colorado House of Representatives has approved legislation to introduce civil unions for same-sex couples.
3rd July 2012
Gay-only room adverts ‘may be illegal’ 116
6:14 PM — Landlords' adverts which specify that only gay people, or people from a particular racial group or gender, should apply to rent a room in their home may be illegal, a BBC investigation suggests.
20th December 2011
New York couple receive wedding congratulations from Barack Obama 22
3:27 PM — A New York gay couple have spoken of their surprise after receiving a letter of congratulation from President Barack Obama following their wedding.