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.
31st December 2009
Stages set for midnight weddings as fifth US state legalises gay marriage 5
4:20 PM — Legislation in New Hampshire which will eliminate differences between civil unions and straight marriages comes into force on New Year's Day.
18th December 2009
Poll suggests almost half of Americans believe being gay is a choice 58
7:18 PM — A poll of 1,001 American voters has found that almost half believe being gay is something people choose. The research found that 47 per cent of respondents thought homosexuality was a choice, while 46 per cent opposed gay marriage.
Washington DC mayor signs gay marriage bill 12
7:15 PM — Washington DC's mayor Adrian Fenty has signed a bill allowing gay marriage in the district. He signed it at a public ceremony at All Souls Church, which has a gay-friendly Unitarian congregation.
15th December 2009
Washington DC council votes to legalise gay marriage 10
9:45 PM — As predicted, the Washington DC council has voted 11-2 to legalise gay marriage in the district. Mayor Adrian Fenty has promised to sign the bill when it reaches his desk, which is the next stage.
10th October 2005
Schwarzenegger Rejects California Same-Sex Marriage Bill
12:00 AM — As was expected, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed California's same-sex marriage bill late Thursday afternoon. The action came came on a day in which he rejected 51 other bills as well.In explaining his decision, Schwarzenegger wrote that he believed gay couples were entitled to "full protection under the law and should not be discriminated against," but that he felt the bill would have reversed a 2000 ballot measure that declared only a marriage between a man and a woman is legal in California.
Connecticut Gets Gay Marriages
12:00 AM — In the state of Connecticut this week, a law allowing civil unions for same-sex couples took effect.The law is unique; it allows civil unions for same-sex couples with full benefits of a regular marriage, while at the same time defining marriage as between a man and a woman.Heterosexual couples are not allowed to receive civil unions. The license application will be identical to one for a regular marriage, except "bride" and "groom" are replaced with "party 1" and "party 2."