21st July 2010
Judge who legalised gay marriage in Massachusetts retires 2
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
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
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
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
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
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’
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
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.
Mexico City offers free honeymoon to first gay couple to wed in Argentina 2
2:33 PM — The first gay couple to take advantage of same-sex marriage in Argentina have been offered a free honeymoon by Mexico City.
Charges dropped against gay US soldier Dan Choi 3
1:10 PM — Two gay US soldiers who chained themselves to the White House fence in protest over the military's gay ban have had the charges against them dropped.
15th July 2010
Washington DC’s highest court rejects challenge to gay marriage 13
5:55 PM — Washington DC's highest court has rejected a challenge against the district's equal marriage law. Same-sex marriage was legalised in the district in March but opponents wanted to put an initiative on the ballot asking voters to define marriage as between one man and one woman.
Cristiano Ronaldo parties with gay singer Lance Bass 14
3:14 PM — Real Madrid footballer and gay icon Cristiano Ronaldo has been spotted partying with gay former *NSYNC star Lance Bass. The pair were photographed dining out together in Tribeca, New York’s gay district, last Friday night.
Argentina becomes first country in Latin America to legalise gay marriage 58
10:35 AM — Argentina's Senate has voted 33-27 to support a bill to legalise gay marriage. As President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner supports the legislation, she is expected to sign it into law, making Argentina the first Latin American country to allow same-sex marriage.
14th July 2010
Protests as Argentina votes on gay marriage 7
11:06 AM — Thousands of people demonstrated in the streets today while Argentina's Senate debated the merits of a bill allowing same-sex marriage.
13th July 2010
Catholic cardinal says gay marriage in Argentina is the work of the devil 25
6:24 PM — Argentina's highest-ranking Catholic prelate has warned that the country's gay marriage bill is a "machination" of the devil. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio has called on priests in Buenos Aires, where he is archbishop, to protest against the bill.
Lesbians and gay men more likely to read blogs and use online networks 3
6:07 PM — A US survey has found that lesbians and gay men are among nation's heaviest users of internet blogs and social networking sites.
Hawaii governor who vetoed civil unions compares them to incest 28
5:11 PM — Linda Lingle, the Hawaii governor who vetoed a civil unions bill last week, has compared them to condoning incest. The bill had passed both houses and would have given both straight and gay couples the right to have their partnerships recognised with all the rights of marriage.
One million gay teens’ data could be at risk after US magazine goes bankrupt 2
2:44 PM — The creditors of a US magazine for gay teenagers and its accompanying website have been warned not to sell off any of their young subscribers' personal information after going bankrupt.
12th July 2010
US Presbyterian Church leaders approve non-celibate gay clergy 1
1:55 PM — Presbyterian Church leaders in the US have approved a policy change which would allow non-celibate gay church members in committed relationships to become clergy.
9th July 2010
Lesbian star Jane Lynch feared coming out 4
4:28 PM — Glee actress Jane Lynch says she used to worry about becoming famous and coming out. The star, who recently married her longterm girlfriend Lara Embry, joined this year's Outfest in Los Angeles.