6th December 2010
Appeals court hears California gay marriage case 2
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.
3rd December 2010
Gay Missouri trooper’s partner sues for survivor benefits 6
10:59 AM — The longterm gay partner of a Missouri trooper is suing to access survivor benefits. Dennis Engelhard, 49, was a state trooper killed in the line of duty while responding to an accident on Christmas Day of last year but his partner is not entitled to part of his salary because he is gay.
20th October 2010
Video: Hillary Clinton adds voice to ‘It Gets Better’ campaign for gay teens 8
12:41 AM — Arguably the most powerful woman in the world, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has added a moving voice to the 'It Gets Better' YouTube campaign to show solidarity with gay youth. In her message, Mrs Clinton told young gay people that they are not alone and to “hang in there.”
24th February 2010
Second gay couple in Argentina permitted to marry 5
6:18 PM — An Argentinian judge has given a second gay couple permission to get married. Judge Elena Liberatori ruled that the unnamed men in Buenos Aires were exercising their rights.
19th February 2010
US politician apologises for remarks on anal sex 43
5:17 PM — A New Hampshire politician has apologised for graphic remarks she made about anal sex. State representative Nancy Elliott made her comments during a judiciary committee hearing last week on proposals to repeal the state's gay marriage law.
18th February 2010
Gay marriage opponents defeated in New Hampshire 10
12:50 PM — Efforts to roll back the US state of New Hampshire's recent gay marriage law have been defeated. Gay marriage became legal in the state on January 1st but conservative Republicans quickly announced plans to seek repeal.
28th January 2010
Obama promises to end military gay ban 15
10:47 AM — US President Barack Obama promised to end the ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military last night. He said he would work with Congree and the military "this year".
26th January 2010
Obama expected to mention military gay ban in State of the Union address 12
6:24 PM — US President Barack Obama will mention the country's ban on gays serving openly in the military in his State of the Union address tomorrow, a senior lawmaker said.
20th January 2010
Opponents begin campaign to repeal gay marriage in New Hampshire 5
4:46 PM — Three weeks after New Hampshire gay marriage law came into force, opponents are fighting to get it repealed. The House Judiciary committee is holding hearings on two Republican-sponsored measures today.
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.
8th January 2010
Gay marriage bill fails in New Jersey Senate 15
12:35 PM — A bill which would legalise gay marriage in New Jersey failed in the state Senate yesterday. It was defeated by 20-14 votes.
7th January 2010
New South Wales government upholds gay adoption ban 7
4:13 PM — The Australian state of New South Wales has opted to continue a ban on gay couples adopting. Although a parliamentary inquiry had recommended that changing the law would be in the best interests of children, the state government said there was not enough evidence of support for it.
6th January 2010
Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon to fight gay adoption ban 5
5:46 PM — Lesbian actress Cynthia Nixon will be kicking off a campaign to repeal Florida's ban on gays and lesbians adopting. The Sex and the City star will kick off the American Civil Liberties Union's three-year campaign to end the ban this weekend at South Beach’s Shore Club.
Rhode Island approves funeral rights for gays 6
11:43 AM — Lawmakers in the US state of Rhode Island have approved a law to allow people in gay relationships to make funeral arrangements for their partners. They overrode a veto from Governor Don Carcieri.
31st December 2009
Senator succeeds in validating gay marriages before Proposition 8 14
6:54 PM — New legislation penned by openly gay California senator ensures pre-Proposition 8 marriages between same-sex couples remain valid.
Stages set for midnight weddings as fifth US state legalises gay marriage 5
4:20 PM — Legislation in New Hampshire which will eliminate differences between civil unions and straight marriages comes into force on New Year's Day.
29th December 2009
Gay couple become first in Latin America to marry 13
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.
15th December 2009
Lesbian couple win UK appeal over Gibraltar’s housing policy 2
4:11 PM — A lesbian couple who were refused a joint tenancy in government housing in Gibraltar have won their UK appeal. Three years ago, the Housing Allocation Committee refused to grant the unnamed couple a joint tenancy on the basis that they were unmarried.
10th October 2005
Michigan To Offer Gay Partner Benefits
12:00 AM — A Michigan judge ruled this week that public universities and governments can provide health insurance to the partners of gay employees without violating the state constitution.The ruling sets aside a legal opinion issued this year by Republican Attorney General Mike Cox saying that the city of Kalamazoo could not provide benefits to gay partners.
Connecticut Gets Gay Marriages
12:00 AM — In the state of Connecticut this week, a law allowing civil unions for same-sex couples took effect.The law is unique; it allows civil unions for same-sex couples with full benefits of a regular marriage, while at the same time defining marriage as between a man and a woman.Heterosexual couples are not allowed to receive civil unions. The license application will be identical to one for a regular marriage, except "bride" and "groom" are replaced with "party 1" and "party 2."