25th October 2012
Romney rejected birth certificates of children from gay parents 25
9:40 PM — Mitt Romney is being accused of deliberately trying to make it harder for same-sex couples to register the birth details of their children during his time as governor of Massachusetts.
8th October 2012
US: Openly gay NBA basketball player to give lecture about equality 1
11:25 PM — Former NBA basketball player, and the first to ever come out, John Amaechi, will speak at a university in Massachusetts about the need for equality in professional sport.
26th September 2012
US: State to appeal against gender reassignment ruling for trans prisoner 21
11:12 PM — The Department of Correction is to appeal against a judge's ruling that a trans woman incarcerated in a male-only prison should be given gender-reassignment surgery as the only way to treat her condition.
11th September 2012
US: Couple to sue Catholic diocese over refused mansion sale 10
12:41 AM — A gay couple are suing a Catholic diocese which allegedly refused to sell them a plot of land and a mansion over priests' fears that they would host same-sex wedding ceremonies on the property.
30th July 2012
US: Catholic diocese backs out of mansion sale on gay wedding fear 54
12:36 PM — An estate agent acting for a Catholic diocese in the US state of Massachusetts accidentally revealed to a gay couple that their purchase of a 44-room estate had fallen through on the anti-gay concerns of the priests.
9th April 2012
Senator John Kerry seeks to prevent lesbian being deported to Pakistan 8
3:37 PM — John Kerry is aiming to help prevent one half of a married lesbian couple in Massachusetts from deported back to Pakistan.
4th April 2012
Boston Court hears anti-DOMA appeal 3
9:42 PM — A federal appeals court in Boston, Massachusetts, has begun hearing arguments today about the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denies federal benefits to married same-sex couples.
30th March 2012
Romney faces criticism for clandestine donation to anti-gay group 18
9:41 PM — It has been revealed that Mitt Romney’s political action committee (PAC) made a $10,000 donation in 2008 to the National Organization of Marriage in its fight to repeal the granting of marriage licences for same-sex couples in California through the infamous Proposition 8.
28th February 2012
Harvard asked to overturn gay expulsions of 1920 9
5:29 PM — Harvard University is being called on to overturn the findings of a secret investigation which saw nine gay students expelled in 1920.
27th January 2012
US trans prisoner sues over hair treatments
5:21 PM — A trans woman in Massachusetts, USA, has filed a claim against her prison over allegations that she has not been provided with medically required hair treatments.
10th November 2010
Two lawsuits filed against US Defence of Marriage Act 9
3:27 PM — Two lawsuits have been filed against the US Defence of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of gay marriage. Couples and bereaved spouses in New York, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire will challenge the law.
9th November 2010
Gay married couple may be split up after US deportation order 6
6:33 PM — A Brazillian man and his American husband may be split up after the US attorney-general refused to reverse an immigration order. Genesio Oliveira, 31, is married to Tim Coco, 49, of Massachusetts, but Mr Oliveira believes he may be sent back to Brazil within six months.
3rd November 2010
US mid-term elections: Four out gay representatives 4
3:45 PM — There are now four out gay men and women in the US House of Representatives after David Cicilline, a Democrat, won the Rhode Island congressional seat being vacated by retiring Representative Patrick Kennedy.
29th October 2010
Study says one in ten sexually-active teens has same-sex partners 4
5:32 PM — A study of sexually-active American teenagers says that almost one in ten has same-sex partners. In 2002, a similar study of teenagers in Vermont and Massachusetts found that only five to six per cent had same-sex partners.
19th October 2010
Wear purple on Wednesday in memory of gay teen suicides 14
5:24 PM — After a spate of suicides among gay US teenagers, people across the world will wear purple tomorrow to honour their memory. More than 1.3 million people have pledged on Facebook to mark 'Spirit Day', which was created by Canadian teenager Brittany McMillan.
27th May 2010
Massachusetts Attorney General challenges federal ban on gay marriage 4
3:09 PM — The Massachusetts attorney general, Martha Coakley, requested that a federal court in Boston yesterday strike down the federal ban on gay marriage, arguing that it interfered with the rights of individual states to define marriage and have those unions recognised by the federal government.
18th February 2010
Gay marriage opponents defeated in New Hampshire 10
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.
28th January 2010
John McCain says no on repealing ‘successful’ military gay ban 23
11:59 AM — Republican Senator John McCain issued a statement last night disagreeing with President Barack Obama's pledge to repeal the military gay ban.
15th January 2010
Gay marriage opponents denied referendum in DC 4
5:16 PM — Gay equality opponents in Washington DC were barred by a judge from holding a referendum on gay marriage yesterday. Judge Judith N Macaluso said allowing voters to strike down the law would "authorise discrimination".
6th January 2010
New Jersey in last-ditch vote on gay marriage 3
12:47 PM — New Jersey's Senate will vote tomorrow on gay marriage in a final attempt to pass the bill before a new governor takes office. A vote was cancelled in early December after Democrats were reportedly concerned the bill did not have enough votes to pass.