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Massachusetts

  • 27th January 2012

    US trans prisoner sues over hair treatments

    Christine Alexander has alleged that she has not been allowed proper medical 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

    Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer's marriage was not recognised by the federal government

    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

    The couple fear they will be split up

    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

    The House now has four out gay representatives

    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

    The survey found that almost one in ten teens has same-sex partners (Photo: Katie Tegtmeyer)

    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

    The day calls for people to wear purple in memory of the gay teenagers

    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

    Massachusetts legalised same-sex unions in 2004

    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

    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.

  • 28th January 2010

    John McCain says no on repealing ‘successful’ military gay ban 23

    John McCain opposes lifting the gay ban

    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

    Opponents were denied a referendum

    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

    New Jersey senators will vote on the bill tomorrow

    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

    Gay couples will gather at the New Hampshire State House at midnight to celebrate

    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

    The poll suggested many Americans thought being gay was a choice

    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

    DC mayor Adrian Fenty supported the bill

    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

    The DC council has approved gay marriage

    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."

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