9th March 2011
Maryland House begins debate on gay marriage bill 3
5:21 PM — The US state of Maryland's House of Delegates began debate on a gay marriage bill today. The bill, to give gay couples marriage equality, has already been passed by the Senate.
Lady Gaga confirms end of Target deal 6
5:10 PM — Lady Gaga's publicist has confirmed that she and US retailer Target have ended an exclusivity deal. Yesterday, it was reported that the star had pulled out after the company allegedly continued its policy of donating to political causes linked to anti-gay views.
US war veteran sacked for gay slur while defending gay soldiers 39
10:28 AM — A US war veteran has been sacked for using the word 'faggot' while standing up for the rights of lesbian and gay soldiers. Freddy Schmitt, 82, from New York, had worked for American Airlines for 54 years but was fired after he used the word in a training session.
Reports: Lady Gaga ends Target deal after alleged donations to anti-gay groups 31
1:05 AM — Just weeks after she launched a partnership with US retailer Target, Lady Gaga has reportedly pulled out after the company allegedly continued its policy of donating to political causes linked to anti-gay views.
8th March 2011
California gay marriage opponents say ban should be upheld 41
5:39 PM — President Obama's refusal to defend the Defence of Marriage Act should have no bearing on a case around Calfornia's gay marriage ban, gay marriage opponents say.
Judiciary committee approves Colorado civil unions 2
1:36 PM — A judiciary committee of the Colorado Senate has approved a bill to give gay couples the right to civil unions. Senate Bill 172, if passed, will give gay couples the right to visit each other in hospitals or prisons, make medical decisions, claim some benefits and inherit property.
6th March 2011
Exclusive: Grindr to launch Android app version “imminently” 33
11:10 PM — The iconic iPhone gay social networking app Grindr is to launch on the Android platform imminently, PinkNews.co.uk can reveal after obtaining a leaked final test version of Grindr for Android. It is understood that the the app is intended to go live within the Google Android Market in next few days.
5th March 2011
House of Representatives speaker seeks to defend anti-gay marriage law 22
1:02 AM — The speaker of the House of Representatives has said that he will seek to defend cases brought against the government over the Defense of Marriage Act*, a law that president Barack Obama has said his administration will no longer defend.
4th March 2011
Lion King animator says only a matter of time before ‘gay families’ appear in Disney films 12
4:25 PM — Andreas Deja, a veteran animator for Disney, has suggested the company would be open to featuring both openly gay character and gay families in future projects.
Support for gay marriage now ‘evenly divided’ in the US 8
12:14 PM — Support for gay marriage is on the rise, with the American public now "evenly divided" on the issue, according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center.
‘Someone will get shot’ warns father whose son’s funeral was picketed by God Hates Fags church 80
1:24 AM — The father who fought the God Hates Fags church all the way to the US supreme court after his son's funeral was picketed has said that someone will get shot if the church resumes its action.
3rd March 2011
New Hampshire delays anti-gay marriage laws until 2012 3
10:54 PM — New Hampshire politicians have postponed debate on two bills that sought to ban repeal gay marriage in the state until next year.
Sarah Palin slams US Supreme Court decision on ‘God Hates Fags’ church 37
5:00 PM — Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has slammed the US Supreme Court's decision to allow members of the Westboro Baptist Church to protest against homosexuality by picketing military funerals.
Gay Republican mayor plans to run for congress 10
4:38 PM — Mike Gin, the mayor of Redondo Beach, California is planning to run for a seat in US Congress, which would make him the first openly gay Republican in the House.
Video: Hip-hop star producer Russel Simmons joins fight for gay marriage 4
12:31 PM — Russel Simmons, the co-founder of hip-hop label Def Jam Recordings, has become one of the first major black music figures to join the fight for full marriage equality for lesbian and gay couples.
Wyoming Senate votes down bill preventing recognition of out-of-state gay marriages 3
12:12 PM — Legislation that banned the recognition of same-sex marriages outside of the state of Wyoming was narrowly voted down yesterday afternoon by a 16-14 vote.
Texas school bans all clubs to prevent gay-straight alliance being formed 29
12:02 PM — A school in Texas has banned all extra-curricular clubs in a move to deny a student's request to form a Gay-Straight Alliance that would bring together lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight students. The group was to provide support and promote understanding between students.
Gay and lesbian advocacy group claims Wal-Mart has ‘shameful’ record on LGBT employee rights 6
11:22 AM — An American gay rights group has claimed that retail giant Wal-Mart has a poor history on protecting the rights of its LGBT employees.
Californian Supreme Court denies request to speed up gay marriage decision 8
12:42 AM — The Californian supreme court has denied an application to speed up its decision on the fate of gay marriage in the state. Campaigners had argued that the Californian legal code requires courts to reach speedy decisions when they impact on individuals over the age of 70.
2nd March 2011
US Supreme Court allows ‘God Hates Fags’ funeral protests 70
4:01 PM — A ruling in favour of the church upholds their First Amendment right to picket funerals, claiming God is punishing America by killing soldiers.