30th January 2014
Transgender Senate-hopeful to take on only openly-gay Maryland senator
7:12 PM — A trans woman could become the first in the state of Maryland to hold a seat in the Senate, if she wins a battle with the Senate's only openly gay member.
15th December 2013
US: New Jersey Senate approves bill allowing trans people to obtain new birth certificates 1
1:14 PM — A New Jersey Senate panel has approved a bill which would allow the state's health department to re-issue birth certificates to trans or intersex people who have not undergone gender reassignment surgery.
8th November 2013
Obama praises Senate for passing bill against LGBT discrimination 1
12:00 PM — A bill banning workplace discrimination against LGBT Americans passed the US Senate last night with President Barack Obama describing it as an "important step" to "help end injustice".
5th November 2013
Video: Illinois Republican makes first Senate speech in two years, to endorse gay rights
6:08 PM — Illinois Republican Senator Mark Kirk took to the Senate floor this week for the first time in almost two years, to speak in favour of gay rights, in promoting his co-sponsored Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA).
US Senate passes bill protecting LGBT people from employment discrimination 7
10:55 AM — A bill banning workplace discrimination against LGBT Americans has passed the US Senate – but it faces immense hurdles in the House of Representatives where the Republican Party holds the balance of power.
31st October 2013
US: Hawaii Senate approves equal marriage 5
12:26 PM — The Senate in the US state of Hawaii has overwhelmingly approved a measure to repeal the state's ban on same-sex marriage.
30th October 2013
US: Hawaii equal marriage bill passes second Senate reading 1
2:05 PM — The equal marriage bill in the US state of Hawaii has passed its second reading, and will now advance to a final reading on Wednesday.
3rd October 2013
US: Top officials urge the Pentagon to force National Guards to process same-sex benefits 1
7:39 PM — Top officials in the US are pushing the Pentagon to insist that state National Guards process benefits for same-sex couples in line with the a recent directive from the Defense Department to treat married same-sex service members equally.
24th September 2013
US Senate confirms highest-ranking gay judge 3
5:33 PM — Todd Michael Hughes has become the most senior openly gay judge in America.
9th September 2013
Fox TV presenter sacked for saying people who ‘choose to be gay will have to answer to the lord for their actions’ 25
2:13 PM — A Fox television sports commentator has been sacked after appearing just once, after footage surfaced of him saying that being gay "is a choice", and that gay people "will have to answer to the lord for their actions";
28th August 2013
US: New Jersey Senate nominee: It’s funny when people question if I’m gay and I say ‘so what if I am?’ 25
7:41 PM — The mayor of Newark, New Jersey Cory Booker, who is the Democratic nominee in the state's US Senate special election has surprised some this week amid speculation about his sexuality.
24th July 2013
Colombia: First ever civil union legally recognised 2
10:51 PM — For the first time in Colombia, a judge has recognised the civil union of a gay couple.
27th June 2013
US: Legislation to fully repeal federal ban on same-sex marriage reintroduced 7
4:50 PM — A Senator and a Representative in the US, have reintroduced legislation to fully repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), in the wake of it being deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court yesterday.
24th June 2013
US: New Jersey Assembly passes bill to ban ‘gay cure’ therapy 7
10:55 PM — The Assembly in the US State of New Jersey has passed a bill which would make it illegal to perform 'gay cure' therapy on minors.
22nd June 2013
Poll: Majority of Americans support discrimination protections for gay and lesbian people 1
6:10 PM — A new poll has found that a majority of Americans support laws banning workplace discrimination against gay and lesbian people.
13th June 2013
US: GOP Senator says he thinks businesses should be able to sack people for being gay 38
11:31 PM — A US Senator has said during an interview that he thinks gay people should not have any "special protections" against being fired from their jobs based on their sexual orientation.
12th June 2013
US: Senator Leahy again to attempt same-sex couples amendment to immigration bill
1:27 AM — Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy is again to attempt an amendment to the US immigration bill, which would include sponsorship for same-sex partners of US citizens, after withdrawing a similar measure earlier in the committee stage.
7th June 2013
US: Illinois delayed vote on equal marriage a ‘stunning victory’, say opponents 11
9:39 PM — Opponents to equal marriage in the US state of Illinois have celebrated the fact that the bill to legalise same-sex unions never went to a vote a week ago.
3rd June 2013
US: Illinois lawmakers apologise to equal marriage advocates for no vote on bill 2
11:36 PM — Lawmakers in the US state of Illinois have written an open letter apologising to advocates of equal marriage in the state because on Friday, the last day in the legislative session, a bill to legalise marriage equality failed to be called for a vote, despite passing in the Senate in February.
1st June 2013
Video: Illinois equal marriage bill sponsor breaks down in tears during vote delay announcement 9
3:48 AM — Upon announcing that the equal marriage bill for the US state of Illinois would not be called for vote on Friday, the bill's sponsor Representative Greg Harris broke down in tears during his impassioned speech.