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  • 27th July 2010

    New Jersey court refuses to hear gay marriage case 2

    New Jersey gay groups want gay marriage (Photo: Katie Tegtmeyer)

    10:49 AM — New Jersey's Supreme Court has refused to hear a case on gay marriage, telling supporters to pursue it through the lower courts. The state currently has civil unions but gay campaigners are pushing for full marriage equality.

  • 26th July 2010

    Christian student sues college for trying to make her change anti-gay views 325

    Jennifer Keeton said the university violated her rights (Image: ADF)

    5:28 PM — A counselling student has filed a lawsuit against her college claiming that it tried to make her change her anti-gay beliefs. Jennifer Keeton, a 24-year-old graduate student of Augusta State University, is a Christian and believes homosexuality is immoral and a "lifestyle choice".

  • US gay man wins $600,000 after being denied access to dying partner 8

    Mr Greene won a $600,000 settlement

    3:51 PM — An elderly gay man from California has won a $600,000 (£388,144) settlement after claiming he was barred from seeing his dying partner in hospital.

  • 23rd July 2010

    MTV ‘excellent’ for gay representation 1

    All-LGBT team Vogue Evolution starred on America's Best Dance Crew

    5:37 PM — MTV has been given the first 'excellent' rating in GLAAD's annual index of the most gay-friendly US TV networks. It was praised for shows such as The Real World and America’s Best Dance Crew.

  • Study finds gay men don’t have riskier sex on HIV pills 1

    The trial tested the side effects of PrEP medication

    5:35 PM — A trial study of gay men taking medication to prevent HIV infection suggests that it does not encourage them to have riskier sex.

  • Dan Choi fired under military gay ban 22

    LT Dan Choi received his discharge papers this week

    4:40 PM — One of America's most outspoken critics of the ban on out gay soldiers has been discharged under the law. Lt Dan Choi, an Iraq veteran, was honourably discharged from the Army National Guard.

  • Gay porn star claims relationship with Christopher Reeve 6

    Christopher Reeve as Superman

    2:40 PM — A gay porn star has claimed that he had a sexual relationship with Superman actor Christopher Reeve. Cal Culver told an interviewer before his death in 1987 that the pair had a relationship, but the claim has only just been unearthed.

  • Seven gay couples sue Montana for domestic partnerships 5

    Montana gay couples are not recognised by the law

    2:11 PM — Seven gay couples in Montana, US, are suing the state for failing to legalise domestic partnerships. The suit was brought on behalf of the couples by the American Civil Liberties Union.

  • 22nd July 2010

    Argentina’s president signs gay marriage into law 3

    President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner signed the bill into law

    3:19 PM — Argentina's president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner signed the country's gay marriage bill into law yesterday. The legislative change makes Argentina the first Latin American country to legalise marriage for gay couples and the first ceremony is expected to take place on August 13th in Buenos Aires.

  • Poll finds Californians becoming more supportive of gay marriage 2

    California bans gay marriage

    2:17 PM — A survey of more than 3,000 California residents has found that one in four has become more supportive of gay marriage and 51 per cent would vote in favour of full marriage equality.

  • Elton John postpones Arizona gig due to food poisoning 7

    Elton John is recovering from food poisoning

    1:23 PM — Elton John has postponed a gig in Arizona, US, after falling ill with food poisoning. The gay singer was due to perform for 8,800 fans at Arizona's Tuscon Arena last night but organisers say he will be well enough to play the gig tonight instead.

  • 21st July 2010

    Lindsay Lohan begins jail sentence 1

    Lindsay Lohan entered jail today

    6:19 PM — Lindsay Lohan began a prison term in Lynwood, California, today for violating the terms of a 2007 probation for a drink-driving offence. The bisexual actress was sentenced to 90 days in the Century Regional Detention Facility, although reports say she could be freed in just 14 days due to overcrowding and good behaviour.

  • Judge who legalised gay marriage in Massachusetts retires 2

    Massachusetts was the first US state to allow gay couples marriage equality

    5:45 PM — Massachusetts Chief Justice Margaret Marshall, who wrote the ruling which made the state the first to legalise gay marriage, is retiring. Ms Marshall, 66, announced her retirement today, saying she was stepping down to care for her husband Anthony Lewis, a former New York Times columnist who has Parkinson's disease.

  • Protests in New Jersey over gay marriage 4

    New Jersey's state house, where gay marriage protests were held today

    2:10 PM — Gay marriage supporters and opponents protested outside New Jersey's statehouse yesterday as they prepared to battle the issue in the Supreme Court. The US state allows civil unions but gay rights groups have appealed to the Supreme Court to allow full marriage equality.

  • 20th July 2010

    Lesbian teenager banned from prom wins $35,000 damages in settlement 10

    Constance McMillen settled her case

    6:07 PM — A lesbian teenager who was barred from attending her Mississippi school's prom with her girlfriend has settled her case with the school district. Constance McMillen, 18, won $35,000 in damages, plus an agreement from Itawamba County School District to implement anti-discrimination policies.

  • Uruguay and Paraguay could be next to debate gay marriage 13

    More Latin American countries could consider same-sex marriage

    4:39 PM — Argentina voted to legalise gay marriage last week and it now looks like two of its neighbours could be on course to consider the same step.

  • 19th July 2010

    Lady Gaga hits out at ‘God Hates Fags’ church 50

    Lady Gaga urged fans to ignore the protesters

    3:06 PM — Lady Gaga hit out at members of Westboro Baptist Church, calling them "hate criminals". The singer played a concert in St Louis, Missouri on Saturday night, which was picketed by the controversial church.

  • Mickey Rourke planning biopic of gay rugby star Gareth Thomas 11

    Mickey Rourke is in talks over a possible film of Gareth Thomas' life

    10:45 AM — Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke is hoping to make a film of the life of gay Welsh rugby star Gareth Thomas. The rugby fan reportedly wants to play Thomas in the film and got the idea after reading about the player coming out late last year.

  • 16th July 2010

    US judge rejects delay over trial of boy who ‘killed gay classmate’

    Larry King, who was shot dead at school in 2008

    5:55 PM — A US judge has ordered that defence lawyers for a teenager accused of shooting dead a gay classmate be ready for the trial.

  • Republican gay group challenges military gay ban in court 5

    The ban is being challenged in court (Photo: US Army)

    5:10 PM — The Log Cabin Republicans, the party's gay group, is challenging the US ban on out gay soldiers in court. They are seeking a federal injunction to immediately halt the policy, which requires lesbian and gay soldiers to keep their sexuality secret or be fired.

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