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.
18th November 2010
US Senate to vote again on gay military ban 6
4:02 PM — The US Senate is expected to vote again next month on the ban on out gay soldiers. Senate majority leader Harry Reid said the vote would be scheduled after Thanksgiving.
15th November 2010
US Supreme Court denies request to lift gay military ban 6
6:01 PM — The US Supreme Court declined a request to lift the ban on out gay troops serving in the military on Friday. In the latest round of the fight to have the law repealed, Republican gay group Log Cabin Republicans asked the court to overturn a lower court's ruling that the ban should remain in place indefinitely.
10th November 2010
Repeal of military gay ban looks doubtful this year 4
4:58 PM — Repealing the US ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military by the end of 2010 now looks less likely. Congress will begin a lame-duck session on Monday and the White House is pushing to repeal the law.
3rd November 2010
US mid-term results pose challenges and opportunities for gay rights 13
2:50 PM — The US mid-term elections have seen the Republicans gain control of the lower house, while the Democrats held on to the Senate. According to commentators, the result presents both challenges and opportunities for gay rights.
23rd February 2010
US Army will not accept temporary ban on gay firings 7
5:52 PM — US Army chiefs told a Senate hearing today that they would oppose attempts to implement a temporary ban on firings of out gay servicemembers.
18th January 2010
Hawaii to consider civil unions bill 10
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.
6th January 2010
New Jersey in last-ditch vote on gay marriage 3
12:47 PM — New Jersey's Senate will vote tomorrow on gay marriage in a final attempt to pass the bill before a new governor takes office. A vote was cancelled in early December after Democrats were reportedly concerned the bill did not have enough votes to pass.