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  • 3rd April 2009

    Iowa Supreme Court allows gay marriage 7

    Iowa has passed gay marriage

    3:06 PM — The Iowa Supreme Court has voted to allow gay marriage in the state. In a summary of the unanimous decision, the judges said: “The Iowa statute limiting civil marriage to a union between a man and a woman violates the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution."

  • Vermont gay marriage bill passes through House 4

    Gay marriage may soon be legal in Vermont

    11:09 AM — A bill allowing same-sex couples to marry in Vermont has passed through the House of Representatives. However, it failed to gain enough votes to avoid a veto from Vermont governor Jim Douglas. Lawmakers voted 95-52 in favour of the measure, but 100 votes are needed for a two-thirds majority to override the threat of a veto.

  • 2nd April 2009

    Gay marriage advocacy group shuts down 4

    Love Makes a Family will close at the end of 2009

    5:21 PM — Love Makes a Family, a group dedicated to campaigning for gay marriage, is to close at the end of this year. The group, which has been running for almost a decade, now considers its work complete.

  • Iowa likely to release gay marriage ruling tomorrow

    Iowa could soon legalise gay marriage

    5:12 PM — The Iowa Supreme Court is likely to release its decision on gay marriage tomorrow (Friday), according to reports. The lawsuit, Varnum vs. Brien, involves six same-sex Iowa couples who sued Polk County Recorder Timothy Brien in 2005 after they were denied marriage licences by his office.

  • Clementine Ford comes out 4

    Clementine Ford has officially come out

    11:12 AM — Cybil Shepherd's daughter, Clementine Ford, has come out. The L Word guest star was pressed by Advocate.com to clear up the "confusion" that had been sparked when Diva magazine implied that Ford had officially come out and had an affair with co-star Katherine Moennig.

  • 1st April 2009

    Conservatives attempt to derail plans to lift US military gay ban 11

    Conservatives have said the gay ban is a matter of national security

    12:13 PM — A conservative group has said that allowing gays to serve openly in the US military could threaten national security. A letter urging President Barack Obama to preserve the gay ban was leaked to the Palm Center, a research institute at the University of California.

  • God Hates Fags church raises money for LGBT support group 13

    The Westboro Baptist Church is unwittingly raising money for gay causes

    11:13 AM — Members of Westboro Baptist Church, who chant slogans such as "fags burn in hell", have unintentionally raised money for a gay rights group.

  • 31st March 2009

    Lesbian mother to be deported 7

    Shirley Tan's partner could sponsor her for immigration if they were straight and married

    6:00 PM — A lesbian is likely to be deported from her California home on Friday, despite living with her life partner, two twin sons and mother-in-law. Shirley Tan will soon learn if she is to be sent back to the Philippines after applying asylum in the US due to facing violence from a family member in her native country.

  • US gay bishop: ‘Church should bless marriage, not legalise it’ 6

    Gene Robinson spoke out for gay rights

    4:11 PM — Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the US, has called for a separation between state and religion in the signing of marriage licences. He argued that despite religious officials frequently signing marriage licences, the state should handle the legal aspect of the ceremony, leaving churches to provide blessings.

  • Ellen and Portia honoured at Humane Society event 1

    Ellen and Portia have come out as vegan

    2:57 PM — TV host Ellen Degeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi have been honoured at a Humane Society event for their dedication to animal rights. Ellen came out as a vegan last October and the couple had a animal product-free wedding in August.

  • 30th March 2009

    Tyra scores at the 20th GLAAD Media Awards 2

    Tyra Banks receiving her award

    11:22 AM — The New York leg of the 20th annual GLAAD Media Awards saw Tyra Banks pick up one of the top honours of the night. Presented the Excellence in Media Award by gay singer-songwriter Clay Aiken, Tyra received official recognition of her efforts to advance the gay community.

  • Obama administration delays changes to military gay ban 19

    The 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy bans openly gay men and women from serving in the US military

    11:06 AM — US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has said that the military's 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy regarding gay and lesbian service members is unlikely to be changed any time soon.

  • 27th March 2009

    ‘Sex predator’ fears block trans rights bill in New Hampshire 2

    The bill to protect trans people from discrimination has failed

    4:37 PM — The New Hampshire House yesterday rejected a measure aimed to extend discrimination provisions to trans residents after opponents dubbed it 'the bathroom bill'.

  • 26th March 2009

    New Hampshire House votes to approve gay marriage

    New Hampshire may soon legalise gay marriage

    6:49 PM — The New Hampshire State House today voted to approve gay marriage. The bill, if passed, would make it the third US state to allow gay couples to marry.

  • Mayor Bloomberg shows support for gay marriage in New York 2

    Michael Bloomberg called for lawmakers to allow gay marriage

    1:17 PM — New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has urged the state to pass a bill legalising gay marriage. Speaking last night at the annual dinner of the Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in Manhattan, he said lawmakers must "do the right thing".

  • Vermont governor to veto gay marriage 12

    Jim Douglas has signalled his intent to veto the bill

    10:13 AM — Governor Jim Douglas has announced his intention to veto the gay marriage bill if it passes the Legislature. At a news conference yesterday, the Republican governor said that the state's current civil partnership provision gave gay couples adequate rights and added that marriage should "remain between a man and a woman".

  • 25th March 2009

    New York Senator’s U-turn on gay marriage 1

    Sen Charles Schumer has come out in support of gay marriage

    5:02 PM — New York Senator Charles Schumer has revealed that after years of opposing gay marriage, he now supports it. The Democrat made his announcement at a meeting in a Manhattan restaurant but did not release news of his change of opinion until after it was reported by Empire State Pride Agenda this week.

  • Gainesville keeps LGBT discrimination protections 5

    Gainesville has voted to keep its anti-discrimination provisions

    4:15 PM — LGBT campaigners in Gainesville, Florida, are celebrating after voters opted against stripping the city's anti-discrimination provisions. Fifty-eight per cent of residents voted against cancelling the anti-discrimination protections Gainesville extends to gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people in order to conform to the Florida Civil Rights Act.

  • New York newsreader killed in ‘gay slaying’ 2

    Police believe George Weber was killed on Friday

    12:19 PM — The death of a New York radio newsreader has been described by authorities as a "gay slaying", according to reports. George Weber, 47, who worked for ABC, was found stabbed to death in his Brooklyn apartment on Sunday.

  • 24th March 2009

    Dolly Parton brushes off lesbian rumours 9

    Dolly Parton has denied being a lesbian

    5:12 PM — Country legend Dolly Parton has shaken off rumours she may be gay. The star has been romantically linked with friend Judy Ogle before but told AARP magazine: "We're absolutely, totally honest, open, and comfortable with each other.

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