18th September 2012
US: First government trans awareness ad campaign launched 7
7:52 PM — A new campaign of adverts has launched in Washington DC, with a view to increasing awareness and understanding of the "non gender-conforming" community of the city.
Terrence Higgins Trust launches new transgender online resource 7
2:04 PM — HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has launched two new support guides for the UK’s transgender community.
30th August 2012
Warning made to US churches that collecting money for anti-equality causes is not allowed 8
9:12 PM — Churches in Washington have been reminded that they are not to act as intermediaries by taking donations for political causes, including a group attempting to overturn the legalisation of equal marriage in the state.
6th August 2012
US: Gay rights group donates $1m to marriage equality efforts
10:06 PM — US gay rights group Human Rights Campaign has donated $1m to marriage equality efforts in four states. Campaign groups in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington will each receive $250,000.
27th July 2012
Amazon founders give $2.5m to equal marriage in Washington 42
1:17 PM — The billionaire founders of e-commerce company Amazon have pledged $2.5 million to the fight for equal marriage rights for gay couples in the US state of Washington.
10th July 2012
US: Washington state marriage equality supporters raise $1m in June
2:57 PM — The Washington United for Marriage raised nearly $1 million last month in its bid to keep Washington's recently-passed marriage equality laws on the statute books following news that a public ballot will be held on the issue later this year.
9th July 2012
US: Washington priest who denied communion to lesbian leaves diocese 14
10:07 PM — A priest who told a lesbian she could not receive communion at her mother's funeral has left the Archdiocese of Washington. Rev Marcel Guarnizo officiated at the February funeral of Barbara Johnson's mother at St John Neumann parish in Gaithersburg.
6th June 2012
US: Equal marriage in Washington delayed, set to be decided by referendum 26
7:45 PM — Equal marriage in the state of Washington, which was passed through the legislation earlier this year, has been delayed from becoming law, as opponents submit more than 200,000 signatures to force the measure through a referendum this November.
19th April 2012
Catholic priests applauded by parishes for not backing anti-equality referendum 49
12:27 AM — At least six Catholic parishes in Washington have opted out of the petition drive for Referendum 74, which calls for a public vote with the intention to ban equal marriage.
23rd March 2012
37,000 sign petition to thank Starbucks for equal marriage support 19
4:32 PM — More than 37,000 people have signed a petition to thank coffee giant Starbucks for its equal marriage support after marriage opponents called for an international boycott.
22nd March 2012
Equal marriage opponents call for Starbucks boycott 31
4:38 PM — A US organisation opposed to marriage equality is calling on people around the world to boycott Starbucks over its support of equal marriage rights for gays.
13th February 2012
Washington Governor: Signing gay marriage law is my proudest moment 24
11:52 PM — Governor Chris Gregoire, a Democrat and a Roman Catholic, signed into law Washington State's gay marriage legislation. The North Western state becomes the seventh in the United States to offer gay marriage equality.
10th February 2012
Westboro to picket boys’ funeral over gay marriage law 69
9:26 AM — The homophobic Westboro Baptist Church has said it will picket the funeral of two young boys who were killed by their father at the weekend after the Washington state legislature voted in favour of gay marriage.
8th February 2012
Washington House of Representatives votes for gay marriage 19
11:48 PM — Washington state's House of Representatives has passed a bill to introduce gay marriage by 55 votes to 43. The state's senate has already approved the measure which is also supported by the state governor.
2nd February 2012
Video: Washington state governor: ‘States can’t be in the business of discrimination’ 11
10:58 PM — The governor of the north-western US state of Washington has recorded a video for the Human Rights Campaign where she affirms her support for gay marriage, likely to be introduced in the state.
24th January 2012
Washington Senate has votes for marriage equality 10
10:55 AM — State senator Mary Margaret Haugen became the crucial 25th supporter of proposed legislation, saying "none of us holds a monopoly on what it means to be an American".
8th June 2011
Republican congresswoman Vicky Hartzler compares gay marriage to incest and paedophilia 194
10:57 AM — A secret recording has emerged on YouTube in which Missouri congresswoman Vicky Hartzler is seen comparing gay marriage to incest, paedophilia and allowing three-year-olds to drive.
1st June 2011
United Methodist Church votes in favour of same-sex resolution 9
3:16 PM — At the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church last weekend, a groundbreaking same-sex marriage resolution was narrowly approved.
31st March 2011
Washington state to recognise out-of-state gay marriages 3
1:29 PM — The US state of Washington is to recognise gay marriages performed in other states as domestic partnerships. A bill has already passed in the state Senate 28-19 and by 58-39 in the House.
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.