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  • 7th September 2011

    California governor signs equal benefits law 13

    The law will encourage companies to give gay workers equal rights

    10:37 AM — California's governor, Jerry Brown. has signed into law a measure to encourage companies to give equal benefits to the spouses of gay employees.

  • 9th February 2011

    Wisconsin lesbian minister could be removed from clergy 7

    Rev DeLong (right) and her partner Val (Photo: Reconciling Ministries Network)

    1:34 PM — A lesbian minister in the US state of Wisconsin is to appear before a church trial. Rev Amy DeLong will face charges after she presided over a 2009 ceremony for a lesbian couple and registered her own relationship as a domestic partnership.

  • 8th February 2011

    Nebraska lesbians not allowed to divorce 7

    Nebraska says that no gay marriage means no gay divorce

    5:02 PM — A lesbian couple in the US state of Nebraska have been barred from divorcing by a judge. Brenda Mueller and Deborah Pry were told that as Nebraska doesn't recognise gay marriage, it doesn't recognise gay divorce.

  • 31st January 2011

    UK gay marriage challenge goes to European Court 27

    Rev Sharon Ferguson and Franka Strietzel are challenging the ban (Photo: Chris Houston)

    1:54 PM — A challenge against the UK's bans on gay marriage and straight civil partnerships will be filed at the European Court of Human Rights this week.

  • 18th January 2011

    Virginia judge U-turns on lesbian couple’s name change 8

    The couple were permitted to change their names (Photo: Katie Tegtmeyer)

    5:52 PM — A judge in the US state of Virginia has allowed a lesbian couple to change their names - shortly after ruling that they couldn't.

  • 13th January 2011

    Ireland recognises foreign gay marriage and partnerships 25

    Ireland now recognises foreign gay marriages and civil partnerships (Photo: Mattias Homberg)

    11:56 AM — Gay couples living in Ireland who have married or had a civil partnership abroad will be recognised as civil partners from today. The change is part of Ireland's new civil partnership laws, which give gay couples almost all the rights of marriage.

  • 29th November 2010

    Australian gay MPs call for gay marriage 14

    Penny Wong is now in favour of gay marriaghe

    4:34 PM — Two openly gay MPs in Australia have backed calls for gay marriage. Senator Penny Wong and Greens leader Bob Brown spoke about why gay people should be given full marriage equality.

  • 17th November 2010

    Christian doctor loses gay adoption case 34

    Dr Sheila Matthews was told there was no evidence for her case

    2:15 PM — A Christian doctor who claimed she was a victim of religious discrimination has lost her case against Northamptonshire County Council. Dr Sheila Matthews said homosexuality was "not God's will" and that children do better with heterosexual parents.

  • 15th November 2010

    Christian doctor begins legal fight over gay adoptions 75

    Dr Matthews will ask whether medical opinion should override equality laws

    11:54 AM — A Christian doctor who was removed from an adoption panel after she refused to endorse applications by same-sex couples hopes to go to the European Court of Justice. Dr Sheila Matthews, of Kettering, will ask the court to establish whether medical opinion should be permitted to override equality laws.

  • 9th November 2010

    Australian lesbian couple banned from school ball 13

    The girls complained that they been been discriminated against

    3:09 PM — A teenage lesbian couple in Australia are changing schools after they were barred from attending a ball together. Hannah Williams, 16, wanted to take her girlfriend Savannah Supski, also 16, to the event at Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar in Melbourne but the Year 11 student was told she could only attend the ball with a boy.

  • 22nd October 2010

    Australian poll calls for conscience vote on gay marriage 9

    79 per cent supported a conscience vote on gay marriage

    5:35 PM — An Australian opinion poll shows increased support for gay marriage and for prime minister Julia Gillard to allow a conscience vote on the issue.

  • 1st February 2010

    Hawaii’s House shelves civil unions bill 4

    Hawaii lawmakers voted to postpone the civil unions bill

    12:50 PM — Hawaii's House has shelved a bill which would have allowed gay couples the right to have civil unions. Although the Senate approved the bill last week, the House voted on Friday to indefinitely postpone it.

  • 27th January 2010

    David Cameron says children should be taught about gay relationships 71

    David Cameron said he believed children should be taught about homosexuality

    12:04 PM — Tory leader David Cameron told a recent meeting on education that schoolchildren should be taught about gay relationships and equality.

  • 18th January 2010

    Hawaii to consider civil unions bill 10

    Hawaii's Senate will vote this week

    6:56 PM — Hawaii's Senate is to vote this Wednesday on a civil unions bill. If passed, it will provide same-sex couples in the US state all of the rights and benefits of marriage.

  • 8th January 2010

    Portugal votes to legalise gay marriage 30

    Portugal's parliament approved the law

    3:09 PM — Portugal's parliament today voted to legalise marriage for gays and lesbians. The Catholic country will be the sixth in Europe to grant same-sex couples the right to wed, although this will not include adoption rights.

  • 31st December 2009

    Senator succeeds in validating gay marriages before Proposition 8 14

    The bill was authored by Senator Mark Leno

    6:54 PM — New legislation penned by openly gay California senator ensures pre-Proposition 8 marriages between same-sex couples remain valid.

  • Hong Kong strengthens same-sex domestic violence laws 1

    Hong Kong has extended domestic violence laws to same-sex couples, but does not otherwise recognise these relationships legally

    5:19 PM — An ordinance passed by the Hong Kong Legislative Council will allow cohabiting gay couples to seek injunctions in cases of domestic violence, but does not give them legal recognition.

  • 30th December 2009

    Mexico City hopes to attract gay marriage tourism 14

    Mexico City hopes to attract gay tourists who want to marry

    2:01 PM — Tourism officials in Mexico say they hope to attract gay couples who want to marry in the capital city. The city became the first capital city to legalise gay marriage in South America last week.

  • 29th December 2009

    Gay couple become first in Latin America to marry 13

    The couple married on Monday

    2:36 PM — A gay couple who have been fighting for the right to marry in Argentina have tied the knot in Latin America's southernmost state.

  • 22nd December 2009

    Mexico City becomes first Latin American capital to legalise gay marriage 22

    The decision to allow full marriage for gay couples prompted jubilation in the streets from Mexico City's LGBT community and gay rights groups

    12:47 PM — Mexico City has become the first capital city to legalise gay marriage in South America. Same sex couples have been allowed to enter civil partnerships since 2006 but the new legislation will give gay couple equal rights when it comes to family social security benefits and loans.

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