26th March 2013
US: Two Democrats add to count of Senators in favour of equal marriage 3
2:43 PM — The number of Democratic Senators who announced their support for marriage equality this week has risen to three, with Mark Begich and Mark Warner both making statements to that effect.
6th March 2013
US: Senate confirms first lesbian Asian American to the federal bench 2
7:15 PM — The US Senate has confirmed the first lesbian Asian American for a seat on the federal bench.
US: Kentucky Senate committee to hear ‘legalised discrimination’ anti-gay bill 9
7:04 PM — A bill purporting to uphold religious freedoms has been criticised by human rights groups, who say it amounts to legalising discrimination if it is in the name of religion.
20th February 2013
US: Poll shows that half of Illinois residents support equal marriage
4:59 PM — A poll of Illinois residents has found that half of people living in the state supported a bill to legalise equal marriage, with the percentage in opposition to it much lower.
13th February 2013
US: Senate renews Violence Against Women Act with new protections for gay people 7
1:48 PM — The US Senate has renewed the Violence Against Women Act while expanding it to cover gay, immigrant, and Native American victims - something it failed to do when it went up for a vote in 2011.
12th February 2013
France: National Assembly expected to pass equal marriage bill 2
3:03 PM — France could take another step closer to legalising marriage equality, as its National Assembly is set to vote on a measure to legalise it this afternoon.
11th February 2013
Australian suspended anti-gay politician: Equal marriage is making my party ‘collapse’ 7
3:09 PM — A suspended anti-gay member of an Australian political party has spoken out to suggest that the party was on the verge of collapse over equal marriage rifts.
11th January 2013
US: Illinois Senate could ‘fast track’ and approve equal marriage ‘very soon’ 2
3:11 AM — After the new General Assembly was sworn in in Illinois this week, the House Sponsor of a bill to legalise marriage equality in the state said the measure could come to a vote "very soon".
4th January 2013
Video: Vice President Joe Biden swears in first openly LGBT senator Tammy Baldwin 3
1:25 AM — Democrat Tammy Baldwin has become the first openly gay politician to be sworn into the US Senate. On Thursday, the junior senator for Wisconsin swore the oath of office to US Vice-President Joe Biden.
24th December 2012
US: Retiring gay Congressman Barry Frank says he’ll consider role of temporary Senator 3
10:58 PM — The retiring Democrat Congressman Barney Frank has indicated that he would be willing to serve as a temporary senator should John Kerry be appointed the next Secretary of State.
13th December 2012
US: GOP Senator who cast deciding vote for New York marriage equality concedes 11
11:26 PM — A Republican Senator who cast the key vote to legalise marriage equality in the state of New York has conceded that he has lost his re-election bid, and will not be returning to the Senate.
5th December 2012
US: University faculty votes unanimously ‘yes’ on equal benefits for same-sex partners 4
10:51 PM — The Faculty Senate at the University of Memphis, voted on Tuesday to unanimously support, without much discussion, equal benefits for couples in same-sex partnerships.
19th July 2012
France: Concern as senate approves protections for ‘sexual’ not ‘gender’ identity 12
1:09 PM — Hopes that the election of a Socialist President and Assembly might usher in a new era of inclusivity in France took a blow last week, as Socialist Senators faced up to a first opportunity to legislate protections for the country’s trans minority but declined to do so.
25th June 2012
Australia: Senate committee backs marriage equality in ‘watershed’ report 5
2:09 PM — A cross-party senate committee in Australia has published recommendations for a free vote on marriage equality legislation in the country's federal parliament and called on senators to support the move.
31st May 2012
California senate approves ban on ‘gay cure’ therapy for minors 10
11:09 AM — The Californian state senate last night approved a bill to ban the use of so-called conversion therapies on minors which attempt to alter their sexual orientation.
30th May 2012
Californian ban on ‘gay cures’ for minors may see senate vote today 17
11:36 AM — A bill at California's state legislature which would ban attempts to turn gay minors straight through therapy and require adults to be informed of the unproven effectiveness of such treatments is expected to be voted on at the senate later today.
14th October 2011
Lesbian confirmed as US federal judge 4
3:10 PM — The US senate has confirmed a lesbian to serve as a US federal judge in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Alison Nathan is the second of four openly gay people appointed by President Obama to be confirmed.
7th December 2010
US defence secretary says gay military ban unlikely to be lifted this year 4
5:43 PM — US defence secretary Robert Gates says he doubts that the ban on out gay troops will be lifted before the end of the year. He said he thought it was unlikely that the Senate would vote on the matter this month.
2nd December 2010
Illinois senate approves civil unions 7
10:16 AM — The Illinois senate has given a green light to civil marriage legislation by 32-24 votes. Democratic Governor Pat Quinn is expected to sign the bill into law shortly, making Illinois the fifth US state to allow civil unions.
29th November 2010
Marines said to be most opposed to lifting military gay ban 10
11:03 AM — The Marines are the faction of the US military most opposed to lifting the ban on out gay troops, reports say.