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  • 20th October 2010

    Pentagon tells military to start accepting gays and lesbians 3

    The Pentagon has told military recruiters to accept gay applicants

    10:52 AM — The Pentagon has told US military recruiters to begin accepting out gays and lesbians. Last week, California-based US District Judge Virginia Phillips ruled that the gay ban must end immediately. Yesterday, she issued a final ruling refusing to stay her order while the government appeals.

  • 22nd February 2010

    Bill to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell to be introduced next week 13

    Joe Lieberman is introducing a bill for repeal

    5:15 PM — US Senator Joe Lieberman is to introduce a bill next week to repeal the ban on out gays and lesbians serving in the US military. Mr Lieberman is independent but conservative and is a key member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

  • 18th February 2010

    Gay marriage opponents defeated in New Hampshire 10

    Gay marriage was legalised in New Hampshire last month

    12:50 PM — Efforts to roll back the US state of New Hampshire's recent gay marriage law have been defeated. Gay marriage became legal in the state on January 1st but conservative Republicans quickly announced plans to seek repeal.

  • 12th February 2010

    Survey finds three quarters of Americans support out gay soldiers 3

    Support is rising for out gay soldiers

    3:07 PM — A poll has found that nearly 75 per cent of Americans support allowing gay soldiers to be open about their sexual orientation.

  • 5th February 2010

    No gay marriage for Albania 11

    The law protects against discrimination but does not legalise gay marriage

    4:52 PM — A gay rights law passed in Albania yesterday will outlaw homophobic discrimination but will not allow same-sex marriage, despite support for it from the prime minister.

  • 4th February 2010

    Obama denounces Ugandan anti-gay law at prayer breakfast 21

    Barack Obama called the bill "odious"

    5:11 PM — US President Barack Obama described a proposed Ugandan law against homosexuality as "odious" at the National Prayer Breakfast today.

  • Benefits victory for British gay couples in France 17

    British civil partners in France now have equal tax and inheritance rights

    1:25 PM — British civil partners living in France are now entitled to the same tax and inheritance benefits as their French counterparts. A legal anomaly previously meant they were treated like any other unmarried couple.

  • 3rd February 2010

    Harriet Harman will not continue fight over gay church staff 117

    Harriet Harman will not force the amendment through

    11:58 AM — Equality minister Harriet Harman has backed down over an amendment on who churches can employ. She is thought to have made the climbdown to avoid a continuing dispute with church leaders in the face of the Pope's visit in September.

  • 2nd February 2010

    Top US military commander says gay ban must be lifted 3

    The law means gays and lesbians must hide their sexual orientation

    7:08 PM — The highest-ranking uniformed officer in the US military has said he believes the ban on gays serving openly must be lifted. Admiral Mike Mullen, who is chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing earlier today that repealing the 1993 law was "the right thing to do".

  • Pentagon to begin year-long review to repeal military gay ban 10

    The Pentagon is to look at repealing the ban

    6:00 PM — US defence secretary Robert Gates is expected to confirm today (Tuesday) Pentagon plans to begin rolling back the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military.

  • 1st February 2010

    Pope Benedict XVI criticises gay rights in Equality Bill 76

    Pope Benedict XVI said gay equality measures violated "natural law"

    6:37 PM — Pope Benedict XVI criticised the Equality Bill on Monday for violating "natural law". He was thought to be referring to provisions in the bill which would have forced churches to employ gay staff. These were defeated by the House of Lords last week.

  • Trans woman told it was ‘illegal’ for her to use women’s toilets 22

    Katrina Harte was told she could not use the ladies' toilets

    3:45 PM — A trans woman has spoken of her humiliation at being wrongly told it was illegal for her to use the female toilet in her local pub. Katrina Harte, 46, began her transition several years ago and is awaiting her final surgery.

  • Repealing military gay ban a priority for Obama in 2010 6

    Obama said he would work to end the ban this year

    12:06 PM — US president Barack Obama will treat repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell as a priority this year, it has been reported. According to the New York Times, the White House has been holding meetings on the issue for the past year with defence secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

  • 28th January 2010

    Mexico City prosecutors will try to overturn gay marriage law 6

    Mexico's gay marriage law will come into effect in March

    4:09 PM — Federal prosecutors in Mexico City announced yesterday they would seek to overturn the city's new gay marriage law on the grounds that it is unconstitutional.

  • Obama promises to end military gay ban 15

    Obama said he would work to lift the ban this year

    10:47 AM — US President Barack Obama promised to end the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military last night. He said he would work with Congree and the military "this year".

  • 26th January 2010

    Government will consider religious civil partnerships 19

    The government said it would consider allowing religious civil partnerships

    1:27 PM — The government has agreed to consider allowing civil partnerships to be held in religious premises after a debate in the House of Lords last night.

  • 21st January 2010

    Video: India awaits final ruling on gay sex 4

    India's capital overturned the gay sex ban last year

    4:25 PM — The Indian Supreme Court is expected to give a final ruling on repealing the ban on gay sex next month. A news report has suggested that along with legislative change, attitudes to homosexuality in the capital are slowly becoming more positive, with gay Bollywood storylines and even a gay pride shop.

  • 20th January 2010

    Opponents begin campaign to repeal gay marriage in New Hampshire 5

    New Hampshire legalised gay marriage on January 1st

    4:46 PM — Three weeks after New Hampshire gay marriage law came into force, opponents are fighting to get it repealed. The House Judiciary committee is holding hearings on two Republican-sponsored measures today.

  • 18th January 2010

    Hawaii to consider civil unions bill 10

    Hawaii's Senate will vote this week

    6:56 PM — Hawaii's Senate is to vote this Wednesday on a civil unions bill. If passed, it will provide same-sex couples in the US state all of the rights and benefits of marriage.

  • 15th January 2010

    UN human rights chief calls on Uganda to shelve anti-gay bill 8

    The UN urged Uganda to drop the anti-gay bill

    4:46 PM — The United Nations called on Uganda to scrap a bill which could execute and imprison gay people. Navi Pillay, the UN high commissioner for human rights, said today that the proposed legislation was "draconian" and "blatantly discriminatory".

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