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  • 8th March 2010

    Anti-gay senator arrested after visiting gay club 34

    Roy Ashburn had been in a gay bar

    2:55 PM — An anti-gay California senator was arrested last week on suspicion of drunk driving after visiting a gay bar. Roy Ashburn, who has a history of opposing gay rights, had been at a gay bar called Faces and had a man in his car when he was stopped.

  • 5th March 2010

    US senators call to end gay blood ban 29

    The letter called for end to the blood ban

    5:29 PM — Seventeen Democrat senators and one independent have called to end America's ban on gay men donating blood. The 1983 rule is "outdated, medically and scientifically unsound", they argued in a letter to the Food and Drug Administration yesterday.

  • Anti-gay group wants killer whale stoned to death 47

    Dawn Brancheau was drowned by a killer whale

    12:07 PM — An anti-gay religious group is calling for a killer whale which drowned its trainer to be stoned to death. According to the American Family Association, the Bible says that captive killer whale Tillikum should have been put to death in 1991 after the first time he killed a trainer.

  • US senators introduce bill to overturn gay military ban earlier than Obama planned 12

    Joe Liberman wants the law to change quicker than Obama

    1:28 AM — Following President Barack Obama's call for the end of the United States' 'don't ask don't tell' policy, banning gays in the military, senators are introducing legislation to repeal the current law or halt discharges of gays continuing to take place.

  • Mexico City’s new gay marriage prompts throngs of licences being granted 9

    Mexico City becomes the first place in Latin America to allow gay marriage

    1:11 AM — Scores of lesbian and gay couples have registered for marriage licences in Mexico City, the first place in Latin America to legalise gay marriage with the first ceremonies taking place in ten days.

  • 3rd March 2010

    Gay couples in DC begin applying to marry 8

    Gay marriage is legal in DC

    4:21 PM — Gay couples in Washington DC were expected to descend on the city hall today to apply for marriage licences after a same-sex marriage law came into power.

  • Lesbian love scenes for Desperate Housewives 13

    Katherine and Robin embracing

    3:33 PM — US comedy Desperate Housewives is to get its first lesbian relationship. Highly-strung Katherine Mayfair will be seduced by her new flatmate after dreaming about sleeping with her.

  • 2nd March 2010

    John Perez sworn in as California Speaker 2

    John Perez is the new California Speaker

    6:26 PM — Openly gay California Assembleyman John Perez was sworn in as Speaker yesterday. He was unanimously elected as Speaker by a caucus of his Democratic colleagues in December and takes over from incumbent Karen Bass to hold one of the most powerful political positions in the state.

  • Last-ditch attempt to block gay marriage in DC 10

    Gay marriage will become legal in DC tomorrow

    6:23 PM — Gay marriage opponents have filed an appeal in the Supreme Court in an 11th hour attempt to block the district's gay marriage law.

  • 26th February 2010

    Marines chief says US military gay ban ‘is working’ 30

    General James Conway advised leaving the ban in place

    12:02 PM — The commandant of the Marine Corps said yesterday he did not agree with lifting the ban on gay US soldiers being open about their sexuality. General James Conway told a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing that he believed that the "current policy works".

  • 25th February 2010

    Beverly Hills denounces anti-gay beauty queen 26

    Lauren Ashley was rejected by Beverly Hills city. (Photo: YouTube)

    11:25 AM — The city of Beverly Hills has rejected Lauren Ashley, the beauty queen who said that God wanted gay people dead. Ms Ashley, a contestant in the Miss California pageant, claimed to hold the title of Miss Beverly Hills, but a statement from the city says there is no such role.

  • 24th February 2010

    Second gay couple in Argentina permitted to marry 5

    The couple have been given permission to marry

    6:18 PM — An Argentinian judge has given a second gay couple permission to get married. Judge Elena Liberatori ruled that the unnamed men in Buenos Aires were exercising their rights.

  • Judge orders arrest of missing ex-gay mother 12

    Janet Jenkins (left) and Lisa Miller are battling for custody of their daughter

    2:43 PM — A US judge has ordered the arrest of a woman who disappeared with her seven-year-old daughter after failing to hand her over to her other mother.

  • Would-be Miss California says God wants gays dead 64

    Lauren Ashley gave her views on gay marriage (Photo: YouTube)

    11:56 AM — A contestant for the 2010 Miss California pageant has given her views on same-sex marriage, saying that the Bible is "pretty black and white" on what should happen to gays.

  • 23rd February 2010

    US Army will not accept temporary ban on gay firings 7

    Army chiefs said they would not accept a temporary ban

    5:52 PM — US Army chiefs told a Senate hearing today that they would oppose attempts to implement a temporary ban on firings of out gay servicemembers.

  • Figure skater shrugs off ‘homophobic’ remarks 29

    Johnny Weir in 2008 (Photo: David W Carmichael)

    4:01 PM — A flamboyant American figure skater has shrugged off 'homophobic' remarks made about him by sports commentators. Johnny Weir has been the butt of jokes made by a number of commentators in the past week.

  • 22nd February 2010

    Bill to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell to be introduced next week 13

    Joe Lieberman is introducing a bill for repeal

    5:15 PM — US Senator Joe Lieberman is to introduce a bill next week to repeal the ban on out gays and lesbians serving in the US military. Mr Lieberman is independent but conservative and is a key member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

  • Openly gay soldiers ‘won’t cause disruption’ 4

    Lifting the ban 'will not cause disruption' (Photo: US Army)

    3:24 PM — A new study of militaries around the world has found that changing policy to allow gay soldiers to serve does not cause disruption. Opponents to lifting the US ban argue that it will affect recruitment and morale.

  • 19th February 2010

    US politician apologises for remarks on anal sex 43

    Nancy Elliot (centre) at last week's hearing

    5:17 PM — A New Hampshire politician has apologised for graphic remarks she made about anal sex. State representative Nancy Elliott made her comments during a judiciary committee hearing last week on proposals to repeal the state's gay marriage law.

  • Ex-gay mother avoids charges in custody battle 6

    Janet Jenkins (left) and Lisa Miller before they split up

    3:11 PM — An American woman who refused to give her ex-partner access to their child is not facing criminal charges. Lisa Miller disappeared with seven-year-old Isabella nearly two months ago after a judge ruled she had to hand the child over to her former civil partner Janet Jenkins.

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