28th March 2012
US government demands fast-track of gay rights case 14
9:40 AM — This week, the US government requested that a federal appeals court hasten its review of a San Francisco gay rights case and consider harsher scrutiny for discriminatory laws around sexual orientation, including a standard that could legalise same-sex marriage.
1st March 2012
YouTube to broadcast Proposition 8 play live 11
5:15 PM — YouTube has announced it will broadcast the star-studded LA reading of Duston Lance Black's Proposition 8 play this weekend.
29th February 2012
Poll: Gay marriage support rises to 59% in California 9
5:17 PM — Results of a poll issued today indicate support for allowing gay marriages again in California has risen to 59%.
16th February 2012
Chris Colfer and Kevin Bacon join Proposition 8 play 10
2:56 PM — Actors Kevin Bacon, Chris Colfer and John C Reilly join a swelling number of celebrities signing up to star in Dustin Lance Black's Proposition 8 play next month.
7th February 2012
Appeals court rules California’s gay marriage ban breaks US constitution 18
11:02 PM — California's voter initiated ban on gay marriage has been ruled unconstitutional by a US federal court, upholding a decision by a judge to lift the ban in 2010.
3rd June 2011
Comedian Wanda Sykes says she ‘shocked herself’ by publicly coming out 8
11:11 AM — Lesbian comedian Wanda Sykes has said she had "no intention" of publicly coming out at a gay rights rally back in 2008 and was shocked by her own frankness about her sexuality.
1st March 2011
California’s attorney general calls for gay marriages to resume 13
11:51 PM — California's attorney general has asked a federal appeals court to allow gay marriages to take place while the state's supreme court decides on the validity of the ban on same sex marriage.
28th February 2011
LA Times opposes Prop 8, supports gay marriage 2
8:25 PM — The Los Angeles Times signalled its support for gay marriage by running an editorial today calling Proposition 8 a “deplorable situation”.
17th February 2011
Californian Supreme Court to hear Prop 8 case, delaying decision on gay marriage until 2012 8
2:56 AM — The legal saga over gay marriage in California looks set to drag on for another year. Last night, the Californian Supreme Court agreed to decide whether the backer of Proposition 8, the 2008 voter initiative that banned gay and lesbian marriages has the right to appeal a lower court decision that the ban was unconstitutional.
7th September 2010
Vatican dignitary says gay marriage is ‘like decaffinated coffee’ 46
4:38 PM — A Vatican official travelling in Mexico has condemned the country's capital for legalising same-sex marriages, saying that such unions are only an imitation of heterosexual marriages.
26th August 2010
Former Republican party chairman comes out as gay 19
10:10 AM — Ken Mehlman, the former Republican party chairman and aide to George Bush, has revealed he is gay.
24th August 2010
Lesbian minister to go before Presbyterian court for performing same-sex marriages 10
1:54 PM — A lesbian minister who officiated at a number of same-sex weddings during the period in which they were legal in California, is to go before a Presbyterian court this Thursday charged with going against her denomination's constitution.
23rd August 2010
New US poll report finds changing attitudes to homosexuality 7
12:54 PM — According to new national research, Americans have become more accepting of homosexuality of the past 16 years, with over half of those polled saying they support civil unions.
12th August 2010
Judge Walker to rule on whether gay marriages in California can resume immediately 8
10:51 AM — Chief US District Judge Vaughn Walker, who last week invalidated Proposition 8 which banned same-sex marriage in the state of California, is to rule today on whether marriages can resume.
25th June 2010
Signers of ballots against gay marriage may no longer remain anonymous, US Supreme Court rules 6
11:15 AM — The US Supreme Court ruled yesterday that those who sign referendum petitions may no longer be able to do so anonymously. In doing this, the Court rejected the claims of an anti-gay rights group, who argued the ruling went against their First Amendment protection of political expression.