18th March 2013
US: Same-sex health benefits bill passes initial vote in Vermont House
4:09 PM — The House in the US state of Vermont has voted in favour of a bill which requires out-of-state companies to offer equal healthcare benefits to same-sex couples as they offer to opposite-sex couples.
8th September 2012
Connecticut, New York and Vermont to challenge anti-equality law 5
7:59 PM — Vermont is the latest US state to sign a legal bid requesting an appeals court to rule that the legal definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman, is unconstitutional.
24th August 2012
Vermont resort settles lawsuit brought after refusing to host lesbian wedding reception 5
12:50 AM — A settlement, including no longer being allowed to host wedding receptions, has been reached by a venue which refused to host a wedding party for a lesbian couples' wedding because of the owners' Catholic beliefs.
15th August 2012
Mennonite pastor charged with aiding kidnapping in same-sex child custody dispute 25
11:01 AM — A Mennonite pastor in Vermont has been charged with aiding in international kidnapping after he helped a woman flee the US with her child - because she did not want to share custody with her former lesbian partner.
28th March 2012
American military academies celebrate first gay pride events 6
4:56 PM — This week saw the first gay pride events being celebrated at military academies in the USA, six months after the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.
30th May 2011
Fence-sitting senators could decide fate of New York state’s same-sex marriage vote 18
10:04 AM — A group of undecided senators could determine whether same-sex marriage will become legal in New York state, according to a survey by Gannett's Albany Bureau.
10th November 2010
Two lawsuits filed against US Defence of Marriage Act 9
3:27 PM — Two lawsuits have been filed against the US Defence of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of gay marriage. Couples and bereaved spouses in New York, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire will challenge the law.
29th October 2010
Study says one in ten sexually-active teens has same-sex partners 4
5:32 PM — A study of sexually-active American teenagers says that almost one in ten has same-sex partners. In 2002, a similar study of teenagers in Vermont and Massachusetts found that only five to six per cent had same-sex partners.
24th February 2010
Judge orders arrest of missing ex-gay mother 12
2:43 PM — A US judge has ordered the arrest of a woman who disappeared with her seven-year-old daughter after failing to hand her over to her other mother.
19th February 2010
Ex-gay mother avoids charges in custody battle 6
3:11 PM — An American woman who refused to give her ex-partner access to their child is not facing criminal charges. Lisa Miller disappeared with seven-year-old Isabella nearly two months ago after a judge ruled she had to hand the child over to her former civil partner Janet Jenkins.
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.
26th January 2010
Ex-gay mother given 30 days to appear before court
2:42 PM — An American woman who refused her former lesbian partner access to their child has been ordered to appear before court within 30 days.
15th January 2010
Gay marriage opponents denied referendum in DC 4
5:16 PM — Gay equality opponents in Washington DC were barred by a judge from holding a referendum on gay marriage yesterday. Judge Judith N Macaluso said allowing voters to strike down the law would "authorise discrimination".
7th January 2010
Lesbian in custody dispute issues appeal for missing daughter 7
5:47 PM — The non-biological mother of a seven-year-old girl has issued an appeal to the US public to find her after the child's biological mother defied a court order to hand over custody.
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.
4th January 2010
Woman fails to hand child to lesbian ex-partner 6
12:27 PM — A US woman who was ordered to hand over custody of her child to her lesbian ex-partner could be charged with parental abduction for failing to comply with a court order.
31st December 2009
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.
30th December 2009
The gay highs and lows of 2009 13
7:07 PM — A look back at the best and worst moments for LGBT causes in 2009. While sports stars came out and politicians rushed to stand up for gay rights, the year was marred by the death of a much-loved pop star and a string of violent homophobic attacks.
Birth mother ordered to hand over child to lesbian ex-partner 72
11:52 AM — The biological mother of a seven-year-old Vermont girl has been ordered by a court to hand her over to her former partner.
18th December 2009
Poll suggests almost half of Americans believe being gay is a choice 58
7:18 PM — A poll of 1,001 American voters has found that almost half believe being gay is something people choose. The research found that 47 per cent of respondents thought homosexuality was a choice, while 46 per cent opposed gay marriage.