3rd December 2009
US suffers another setback for gay marriage in New York’s Senate 46
10:49 AM — The New York Senate yesterday voted to reject a bill which would allow gay marriage in the state. It needed 32 votes to pass but gay rights advocates were dismayed that it fell eight votes short in a 24-38 decision.
2nd December 2009
California groups ‘committed’ to 2010 gay marriage vote 6
6:22 PM — A coalition of Californian gay rights groups have said they are determined to get gay marriage back on the ballot next year. City gay rights activist Harvey Milk, they said he did not wait for research while campaigning for equality.
US actress Meredith Baxter comes out as a lesbian 6
5:22 PM — Meredith Baxter, best known for her role in 80s sitcom Family Ties, has revealed she has been in a relationship with a woman for four years. The 62-year-old said she had not been "living a lie".
California man campaigns to ban divorce to protect marriage 10
2:51 PM — A California man is leading a campaign to ban divorce in the state. John Marcotte, of Sacramento, believes that if state voters think gay marriage should be illegal, divorce should also be outlawed.
Washington DC gay marriage bill passes first reading 5
12:34 PM — A bill to allow gay marriage in Washington DC has passed its first reading by 11-2 votes. It was introduced in October by David Catania, one of two out gay council members.
1st December 2009
California’s biggest gay group withdraws support for 2010 gay marriage battle 2
6:26 PM — California's largest grassroots gay advocacy group has withdrawn its support for the campaign to get gay marriage on the 2010 ballot. Courage Campaign, based in Los Angeles, said it does not believe the movement currently has enough leadership or financial support to be successful in the next 12 months.
Last-minute ruling halts first Latin American gay wedding 11
12:15 PM — A gay couple in Buenos Aires, Argentina, have had their wedding halted after a judge intervened at the last minute. Jose Maria Di Bello and partner Alex Freyre planned to marry today on World AIDS Day after Judge Gabriela Seijas ruled last month that the ban on gay marriage violated Argentina's constitution.
30th November 2009
US trans sportswriter found dead 7
11:24 AM — A sports journalist who worked on the Los Angeles Times has been found dead in an apparent suicide. Mike Penner, 52, who worked for the newspaper for 25 years, had struggled with his sexual identity.
27th November 2009
California town’s mayor calls gays ‘sinful’ 42
11:08 AM — Gay rights activists are calling for the mayor of Vallejo, California, to be censured after he called gay people "sinful". Mayor Osby Davis has since apologised for the remarks and said they were taken out of context.
25th November 2009
Poll finds New Jersey voters opposed to gay marriage 3
7:09 PM — A survey of New Jersey voters has found that a slim majority are opposed to legalising gay marriage. The research, carried out by Quinnipiac University, found that 49 per cent of 1,615 voters were opposed, with 46 per cent in favour. The remainder were unsure.
Judge bars trans prisoner from hair removal 14
6:39 PM — A US trans woman who is serving life in prison for murdering her wife has had her request for hair removal therapy blocked again. Michelle Kosilek was denied the request by US District Judge Mark Wolf.
Lawsuit filed over Atlanta gay bar raid 4
4:47 PM — A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of 19 patrons who were detained in a police raid on a gay bar in Atlanta, US. The claimants say they were subjected to excessive force and allege police made homophobic remarks.
24th November 2009
Homophobic hate crime reports rise in US 3
6:00 PM — Statistics from the FBI have shown an 11 per cent rise in reports of homophobic hate crime across America in the last year. Most of those targeted were gay men.
1,500 Americans complain over Adam Lambert’s gay kiss 35
1:53 PM — More than 1,500 US viewers have complained over a gay kiss and simulated oral sex in American Idol star Adam Lambert's performance at the American Music Awards on Sunday.
Lesbian deserter to have asylum claim reviewed in Canada 1
10:45 AM — A lesbian soldier who deserted the US Army after claiming she had been physically abused and threatened has won the right to have her asylum case reviewed in Canada.
23rd November 2009
Staff relaunch Washington’s oldest gay newspaper 2
8:05 PM — The Washington Blade has been relaunched as the DC Agenda by its staff. It was distributed as an eight-page newsletter on Friday and former employees of the Blade hope to print a 16-page edition this week.
Thousands attend vigils for gay Puerto Rico teen 1
5:03 PM — Thousands of people attended a vigil in New York last night for Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado, the gay Puerto Rico teenager who was murdered earlier this month.
20th November 2009
New York court grants married gay couples some government benefits 3
4:27 PM — Gay couples who married in states where gay marriage is legal should be able to claim some government benefits, a New York court ruled yesterday.
Suspect in Puerto Rico teen’s murder ‘may use gay panic defence’ 41
11:35 AM — The man arrested in connection with the murder of gay Puerto Rico teenage Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado will reportedly use the 'gay panic' defence.
19th November 2009
Texas ‘accidentally banned all marriages’ 17
4:31 PM — A Texas candidate for attorney general has argued that an amendment made to the state's constitution to ban gay marriages has actually made all marriages illegal.