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  • 8th December 2010

    Jesse Jackson calls for gay marriage equality 22

    Rev Jackson said gays and lesbians were "America's newest second-class citizens".

    11:51 AM — The Rev Jesse Jackson has called for California's ban on gay marriage to be struck down. The Baptist minister and civil rights activist spoke at a gathering outside the San Francisco appeals court where the latest hearings on the ban are taking place.

  • Speech: Jesse Jackson says gays are ‘America’s newest second-class citizens’ 8

    Gay couples should be allowed to marry, Rev Jackson said.

    11:48 AM — The Rev Jesse Jackson's speech to gay rights supporters outside the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals courthouse in San Francisco.

  • 7th December 2010

    US appeals court ‘could rule to lift California gay marriage ban’ 9

    The appeals court is considering the gay marriage ban

    3:35 PM — The US federal appeals court considering the ban on gay marriage in California could issue a narrow ruling on lifting the ban, reports say.

  • 6th December 2010

    Appeals court hears California gay marriage case 2

    The gay marriage case entered the next round today (Photo: Tim Schapker)

    3:57 PM — A federal appeals court was due to begin hearing a case on California's gay marriage ban today. The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco will hear arguments around a federal judge's ruling that the ban on gay marriage in the state is unconstitutional.

  • 24th November 2010

    Lesbian flight nurse returns to duty as White House appeals 1

    Major Margaret Witt is to return to duty

    3:39 PM — A lesbian flight nurse sacked under Don't Ask, Don't Tell is to re-join the Air Force but the Obama administration has filed an appeal against the decision. Major Margaret Witt was sacked in 2007 after 19 years of service in the Air Force and Air Force Reserves when her affair with a woman came to light.

  • 10th November 2010

    Documentary on out gay baseball player Glenn Burke 3

    No other baseball player has come out

    7:00 PM — A documentary has been produced about Glenn Burke, the only Major League baseball player to have come out as gay. Burke came out in 1982 in a magazine article after his playing career had ended. During his time in the game, he said his teammates were aware of his sexuality.

  • 8th November 2010

    Travel companies ‘need to do more to be gay-friendly’ 16

    Travel companies should do more to prove they are gay-friendly, the survey says

    7:12 PM — Although plenty of travel companies now advertise themselves as being gay-friendly, a survey shows that many need to do more to justify the claim.

  • Gay arts festival GFEST begins today 1

    GFEST director Niranjan Kamatkar with Lynne Featherstone and David Lammy

    6:35 PM — London's only LGBT arts festival begins today. GFEST will run for two weeks and features dozens of short films, exhibitions and performances by a range of artists.

  • 29th October 2010

    David Cameron supports gay arts event GFEST 18

    David Cameron sent a message of support to GFEST

    12:02 PM — Prime minister David Cameron has released a message of support for GFEST, London's annual gay arts and culture festival. The two-week festival starts on November 8th and will be held at venues across London.

  • 21st October 2010

    Penguins ‘are flirty, not gay’ 26

    Gay penguins have been well-documented

    5:20 PM — A new study says that penguins who engage in same-sex mating displays are flirty, rather than gay. Incidences of homosexuality in the species have been well-documented and one male penguin couple at San Francisco Zoo were together for six years before splitting up in 2009.

  • 20th October 2010

    Obama administration asks appeals court to suspend DADT ruling 3

    The Obama administration has asked for the ruling to be stayed

    5:42 PM — The Obama administration has filed an emergency request asking the federal appeals court to suspend a court order lifting the ban on out gay military personnel.

  • 28th June 2010

    One dead and two injured at San Francisco Pride 9

    San Francisco's 40th pride celebrations were marred by gun crime

    10:08 AM — San Francisco's 40th annual pride celebrations were marred late on Saturday night by a shooting incident in the Castro district which left a 19-year old man dead. Two other people, a man and a woman, were also hit by gunfire but are expected to make a full recovery.

  • 9th February 2010

    Judge overseeing Prop 8 trial ‘outed’ by US media 9

    Judge Vaughn Walker's sexuality was described as “the biggest open secret in the landmark trial"

    12:19 PM — Vaughn Walker, the Chief US District Judge overseeing the Proposition 8 trial, has been outed by a leading American newspaper.

  • 27th January 2010

    Trial witness for Prop 8 supporters says gay marriage will benefit children 2

    Marriage will benefit children of gay parents, David Blankenhorn testified.

    6:32 PM — A witness appearing on behalf of supporters of California's gay marriage ban told a court yesterday that allowing same-sex couples to wed would improve the well-being of their children.

  • 15th January 2010

    California trial hears gay marriage would increase health and revenue 7

    Experts argued gay marriage would increase health

    12:08 PM — Experts speaking before a trial on California's gay marriage ban have said that lifting it would make people healthier and generate more money for the state's economy.

  • 11th January 2010

    Temporary block on broadcasting Prop 8 trial 10

    Broadcasting on the trial has been blocked

    5:34 PM — The Supreme Court has temporarily blocked recording of the Proposition 8 trial in California, which begins today. Gay marriage opponents, who conducted a vocal public campaign, said they could be harassed if the trial was broadcast.

  • 7th January 2010

    California gay marriage trial will be on YouTube 5

    The proceedings will be broadcast, a judge ruled.

    11:45 AM — A judge has ruled that next week's trial on California's gay marriage ban will be shown on YouTube. Defenders of Proposition 8, which restricts marriage to a man and a woman, had claimed that broadcasting proceedings could lead to intimidation of witnesses.

  • 5th January 2010

    Court case on California marriage ban to be heard next week 8

    The court will examine whether the ban is unconstitutional (Photo: Flickr user albany_tim)

    1:11 PM — Next Monday, a federal court will examine for the first time whether the US constitution allows states to ban gay marriage. The case, brought by two gay couples who argue that California's ban violates their constitutional rights, will be heard on January 11th and is expected to last two to three weeks.

  • 4th January 2010

    Bisexual penguin fights serious illness 7

    Harry is suffering from a 'serious' illness

    1:17 PM — The bisexual penguin at the centre of a much-reported love triangle is gravely ill. Harry, a Magellan penguin at San Francisco Zoo, is suffering from a respiratory illness.

  • 31st December 2009

    Activist Harvey Milk birthday to be honoured 5

    Harvey Milk was portrayed in an Oscar-winning performance by Sean Penn

    6:30 PM — California makes 22 May 'Harvey Milk Day', in honour of the gay rights activist after profile posthumously boosted by biopic and Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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