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  • 18th January 2010

    Hawaii to consider civil unions bill 10

    Hawaii's Senate will vote this week

    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

    The bill failed yesterday

    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

    The adoption ban will remain (Photo: D Sharon Pruitt)

    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

    Cynthia Nixon is kicking off the gay adoption campaign

    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

    Gays will gain the right to plan their partners' funerals

    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

    The bill was authored by Senator Mark Leno

    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

    Gay couples will gather at the New Hampshire State House at midnight to celebrate

    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

    The couple married on Monday

    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

    The couple won their case in the UK

    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."

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