5th January 2012
Washington state Governor says it is “time for marriage equality” 20
3:53 PM — The Governor of the state of Washington, has given her support to legislation which would introduce marriage equality for gay couples in the state, saying it is "the right thing to do".
Michele Bachmann bows out of presidential candidacy race 34
11:24 AM — Michele Bachmann has confirmed she will not be the Republican party's candidate in the US presidential elections this year. Bachmann pulled out of the race after receiving just 5% of the vote in the Republican voter caucuses in her home state of Iowa this week.
4th January 2012
Justin Timberlake considering Elton John biopic role “very seriously” 5
5:04 PM — Justin Timberlake is said to be taking the suggestion that he reprise his role as Elton John in the latter's planned biopic "very seriously". A source told E!Online the singer turned actor was "working with his people to figure out exactly how to respond".
Governor of Washington state “to support marriage equality” today 11
3:54 PM — The Governor of the state of Washington, Christine Gregoire, is set to announce her support today for legislation which would introduce marriage equality for gay couples in the state, according to reports.
3rd January 2012
New Hungarian constitution comes into effect with same-sex marriage ban 53
5:13 PM — Hungary's new constitution, which bans gay marriage and does not explicitly protect gay people from discrimination, has come into force amid public unrest.
Ricky Martin “has no set plans to marry” despite reports 14
2:02 PM — A spokesman for Ricky Martin has denied the musician will marry his partner Carlos Gonzalez Abella in New York on 28 January. The El Nuevo Dia in Puerto Rico reported that the singer would tie the knot in the north-eastern US state, but the claim has been unequivocally denied.
Elton John confirms plans for “surreal” biopic 6
10:56 AM — Elton John has said a film telling the story of his life is "very much in the works", and Justin Timberlake would be his top choice for leading man. The singer told the LA Times he would co-produce a "surreal look at my life [...] in the manner of a Moulin Rouge".
30th December 2011
US study highlights DOMA tax problems for married gays 12
11:35 AM — A study has said gay couples in the US can pay thousands of dollars more in tax each year than similar straight couples, because the federal government does not allow married gay couples to file tax returns together.
26th December 2011
The top USA LGBT stories of 2011 28
11:01 AM — We've already brought you the weirdest and most unexpected stories of 2011 as well as the most important UK stories of 2011, now we bring you the most important stories from the USA.
23rd December 2011
Gays “sorry for cheapening marriage” after US politician’s “affair” 47
9:56 AM — A gay man in Minnesota has apologised on behalf of his community for "degrading traditional marriage" after a married state senator who opposed equal marriage rights had an "illicit affair" with a male member of her staff.
22nd December 2011
Gay Republicans say Newt Gingrich’s “vote Obama” comment was “mischaracterised” 33
10:42 AM — Newt Gingrich's suggestion that a gay Iowan voter support US President Barack Obama in next year's elections if he values marriage equality above other issues has been "mischaracterised" according to gay Republican groups.
21st December 2011
Sixth anniversary of the first civil partnerships celebrated today 123
9:59 AM — Today marks the sixth anniversary of the official introduction of civil partnerships in England and Wales. More than 46,000 civil partnerships have been held since the December 2005, with 18,049 of those taking place in the first year.
19th December 2011
Religious charity backs Tesco boycott over gay employee’s “evil Christians” remark 264
2:32 PM — The Christian Institute is backing a boycott of the supermarket Tesco after one of its employees wrote on his Flickr page that he would campaign against "evil" Christians who oppose marriage equality. Tesco has been criticised by the organisation in recent months for reducing its sizeable financial support for Cancer Research UK, while giving Pride London £30,000 to fund its family area.
Danish MP’s gay Hans Christian Andersen festival dubbed a ‘silly suggestion’ 9
12:12 PM — An MP in Denmark has prompted debate after suggesting the country organise a week-long festival aimed at gay couples in honour of the writer Hans Christian Andersen.
15th December 2011
Students lobby MSPs as accuracy of marriage opponents’ petition is questioned 11
12:34 PM — Students from around Scotland have delivered letters to their MSPs today in support of extending marriage rights, while others are questioning how their signatures appeared on the opponents' petition.
Rick Santorum blames lower US wedding rates on marriage equality 46
10:39 AM — Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum has blamed the fall in numbers of married Americans on gay marriage, referencing a survey which did not draw that conclusion itself.
13th December 2011
Sister of former Australian PM leaves Labor over marriage equality “nonsense” 64
12:38 PM — The sister of Australia's former Prime Minister and current Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd has officially left the party over what she termed the "utter nonsense" of gay marriage. Loree Rudd said: "I couldn't work for a party that had endorsed homosexuals marrying."
9th December 2011
Comment: Peter Tatchell is wrong to criticise Lynne Featherstone by Evan Harris 77
3:49 PM — Former Liberal Democrat MP, Evan Harris, defends Lib Dem equality minister, Lynne Featherstone, after her stance on marriage equality was questioned by the human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.
Comment: Why does the equality minister oppose marriage equality? by Peter Tatchell 26
3:22 PM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell claims that the Liberal Democrat equality minister, Lynne Featherstone, does not support equality because she hasn't backed religious gay marriages or straight civil partnerships.
22nd November 2011
Video: Gay kiss interrupts Al-Jazeera report on Spain’s centre-right victory 19
2:56 PM — Amid concerns about the future of gay marriage in Spain, a couple manoeuvres into view on a report on the election and engages in a passionate embrace.