30th June 2011
Rhode Island governor set to sign controversial civil unions bill 13
10:16 AM — Rhode Island's Senate has approved a civil unions bill for gay couples and state governor Lincoln Chafee is set to sign it. The bill was approved last night by 21-16, after it was voted out of committee stage.
Obama still won’t endorse gay marriage 38
9:49 AM — President Obama has said that New York's move to legalise gay marriage is a "good thing" but still won't endorse the right of gay couples to wed. Yesterday, he held a news conference and a reception for gay rights campaigners. At both events, he refused to give his personal view on the issue.
29th June 2011
Gay campaigners oppose Rhode Island civil unions bill 7
3:20 PM — Gay rights campaigners in Rhode Island are urging the state's governor to veto a civil unions bill because they say it contains “dangerous” and “discriminatory” language. The bill is expected to be passed by the Senate this week but campaigners are deeply concerned about some of the religious provisions within it.
US presidential hopeful Rick Santorum hits out at gay marriage 52
2:12 PM — Repblican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum used an appearance in Iowa on Monday night to rail against gay marriage. The politician, who has a track record of anti-gay remarks, said at the Lyon County Republican dinner that gay rights campaigners were deliberately trying to undermine religion.
New Jersey gay couples sue for the right to marry 33
12:21 PM — Seven gay couples in the US state of New Jersey are to sue for the right to marry. The couples, along with some of their children, say they will file a suit in the state Supreme Court today to demand that their partnerships are recognised as marriages rather than civil unions.
28th June 2011
New York governor Andrew Cuomo tipped for 2016 presidential run 7
2:47 PM — New York governor Andrew Cuomo's gay marriage victory may give him a boost for the 2016 presidential election. Five years is a long time in politics and Mr Cuomo has refused to publicly discuss his intentions, calling suggestions of a presidential run "silly".
Anna Paquin: ‘We should talk about bisexual prejudice’ 77
1:47 PM — True Blood star Anna Paquin says there is a lot of prejudice against bisexual people. The 28-year-old actress, who is married to her co-star Stephen Moyer, came out as bisexual last April when she filmed an advert for an LGBT charity.
Brazil judge approves gay marriage 11
11:30 AM — A judge in Brazil has approved the country's first gay marriage. The country legalised civil unions in May but stopped short of granting same-sex couples the right to marry.
27th June 2011
Perez Hilton: Gay men were embarrassed by me but I’ve changed 39
3:54 PM — Exclusive interview: Like him or loathe him, it’s hard to deny that Perez Hilton is anything less than a media phenomenon. Though highly controversial in the past, he’s been better behaved of late. Laurence Watts caught up with the world’s most famous blogger to find out more.
Hundreds of thousands celebrate gay marriage at New York Pride 3
11:57 AM — Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in New York on Sunday for the city's annual Pride festival. The celebrations were held just two days after the state legalised gay marriage.
New Jersey governor says he won’t sign gay marriage bill 67
10:45 AM — The governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, has said he won't follow New York in legalising gay marriage. Mr Christie, a Republican, said he was "not a fan" of allowing gay couples to marry and would be pursuing civil unions instead.
25th June 2011
Governor Andrew Cuomo: Gay marriage equality makes New York a ‘beacon for social justice’ 88
3:30 PM — After signing the long awaited legislation to allow gay marriage in New York state into law, Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed reporters and said that New York has regained its reputation as a "beacon for social justice."
New York state approves gay marriage law 113
9:13 AM — Late on Friday evening, New York became the sixth US state to legalise gay marriage. After days of negotiation over protections for religious groups, senators voted 33-29 to pass the bill.
24th June 2011
Women’s gaydar ‘better during ovulation’ 22
4:27 PM — A small-scale study suggests that women's ability to tell whether men are gay improves during the most fertile phase of their menstrual cycle. According to researchers at the University of Toronto, women who are ovulating are better at deciding which men are gay than women who are not.
US pilot escapes sacking over homophobic rant 25
3:14 PM — A pilot for Southwest Airlines was briefly suspended, then reinstated, over an anti-gay rant accidentally broadcast to air traffic control. He was heard complaining about "f**king homosexuals" and calling other staff members old, overweight and ugly.
Anti-gay singer Buju Banton jailed for drug offences 52
2:07 PM — Homophobic reggae singer Buju Banton has been sentenced to ten years in jail for drug offences. The Jamaican star, real name Mark Myrie, was found guilty in February after a previous mistrial.
Barack Obama supports ‘equal rights’ but stops short of backing gay marriage 88
11:25 AM — Addressing LGBT Democrat supporters at a New York fundraiser last night, Barack Obama spoke carefully, aware of the current gay marriage debate in the state Senate.
New York gay marriage vote delayed again 37
10:37 AM — The New York Senate's vote on gay marriage has been delayed again. The bill has already been approved by the Assembly but amendments to give religious groups more protection are being discussed.
23rd June 2011
Chris Brown defends homophobic comment to photographer 57
1:37 PM — US singer Chris Brown has defended himself after calling a paparazzi photographer 'gay'. The star made the remark after almost receiving a parking ticket in Los Angeles.
New Jersey man charged over murder of transgender model
11:43 AM — A New Jersey man has been charged with murder and bias intimidation over the death of a transgender woman last September. Victoria Carmen White, 28, was shot dead after an altercation on September 12th 2010 at a house in Maplewood.