12th August 2010
Judge rules gay marriage in California to resume next week 25
9:18 PM — Same-sex marriages are to resume next week in California after a federal judge lifted the ban. Judge Vaughn Walker ruled last week that banning gay marriage in the state is unconstitutional but ruled on Thursday that his verdict should apply now, rather than staying the order while gay marriage opponents appeal.
Gay US Air Force officer sues over dismissal 2
11:25 AM — A gay US Air Force officer who lost his job last year after a false rape allegation forced him to reveal his sexuality has sued to block his dismissal from the military and to overturn the US army's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.
Judge Walker to rule on whether gay marriages in California can resume immediately 8
10:51 AM — Chief US District Judge Vaughn Walker, who last week invalidated Proposition 8 which banned same-sex marriage in the state of California, is to rule today on whether marriages can resume.
Father of Mel Gibson brands Pope ‘gay’ 24
9:57 AM — The 91-year-old father of actor Mel Gibson has outed himself as a homophobe during a live phone-in on a US Christian radio station.
11th August 2010
Costa Rica court says no to referendum on civil unions 4
4:41 PM — Costa Rica's Supreme Court has ruled against allowing a referendum on whether gay couples should be permitted to have civil unions. The referendum was supported by Catholic groups but the court said that the majority should not decide the rights of a minority.
Mexico must recognise gay marriages, court rules 8
11:40 AM — Mexico's Supreme Court has ruled that gay marriages must be recognised throughout the country. The country's capital, Mexico City, legalised marriage for gay couples seven months ago.
10th August 2010
Flight attendant quits his job by sliding down escape chute 22
4:40 PM — A flight attendant who became fed-up with rude passengers quit his job yesterday in a way that most disgruntled employees can only dream of.
Portia de Rossi to become Portia DeGeneres 9
2:06 PM — Actress Portia de Rossi is to take her wife Ellen DeGeneres' surname. The couple married in California in 2008 and remained known by their own surnames.
6th August 2010
Opponents file appeal over ruling on California’s gay marriage ban 15
11:51 AM — As expected, anti-gay groups have filed an appeal against a federal court ruling that California's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional. Today, Chief US District Judge Vaughn Walker will decide whether his ruling should apply immediately, making gay marriage legal once more in the state.
Mexico City’s gay marriage law upheld by court 2
11:10 AM — Mexico's Supreme Court has upheld a gay marriage law in the country's capital, Mexico City. The city passed the law seven months ago and more than 300 gay couples have since tied the knot.
5th August 2010
Chile’s gay marriage bill ‘unlikely to succeed’ 10
2:26 PM — Two Chilean senators introduced a bill to allow gay marriage this week but commentators say the measure is unlikely to succeed.
Gay groups welcome Prop 8 ruling but warn of more legal battles 3
1:46 PM — Gay rights groups have welcomed a judge's ruling that California's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional but warned that more work had to be done to ensure equality.
California gay couples rejoice but can’t marry yet 7
10:45 AM — Across California, gay couples are celebrating a federal court's ruling that banning gay marriage is unconstitutional. However, those who rushed to registry offices yesterday were dismayed to be turned away by clerks.
4th August 2010
Prop 8 ban on gay marriages in California ruled unconstitutional 33
10:00 PM — Following a lengthy public trial, Judge Vaughn Walker has ruled that the voter-initiated Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage in California, is unconstitutional. Judge Walker ruled that Prop 8, as it has become known, violates the equal protection clause in the United States constitution by denying gays and lesbians the right to marry a member of the same sex.
Comment: ‘Newlygays’ – the ex-straight lesbians 12
5:17 PM — As more famous women reveal their sexuality has shifted from straight to gay, what does that reveal about the rest of society and why have the newspapers only just noticed?
Gay couples sue Alaska over unequal tax laws 1
5:02 PM — Three gay couples are suing the state of Alaska for denying them equality in tax laws. They claim that the state's tax assessment laws discriminate against same-sex couples by denying them equal access to a property tax exemption for senior citizens and disabled veterans.
Lady Gaga’s record-breaking 13 MTV nominations 9
11:21 AM — Lady Gaga has been nominated for 13 MTV award nominations - the highest number for any artist yet. The gay-friendly singer was shortlisted twice for video of the year for singles Telephone and Bad Romance.
Judge in California gay marriage trial to issue ruling today 5
10:39 AM — The judge presiding over the trial on the constitutionality of California's gay marriage ban will announce his ruling today. Chief US District Judge Vaughn Walker's spokeswoman confirmed that he had reached his decision.
3rd August 2010
Trans man Thomas Beatie gives birth to third child 65
10:28 AM — Thomas Beatie has given birth to his third child, reports say. Mr Beatie, who was born female, had his first child in 2008 because his wife Nancy was unable to conceive.
2nd August 2010
Banning same-sex marriage ‘will save money’, anti-gay activist claims 24
6:13 PM — A supporter of the anti-gay US group National Organisation for Marriage has claimed that banning gay marriage will save states money. The claim, which goes against most credible research, was made by Tamara Scott, Iowa's director of Concerned Women of America, at a rally in Des Moines this weekend.