20th March 2009
Vermont senate committee approves gay marriage bill 3
4:10 PM — A Vermont senate committee has unanimously approved a bill to allow gay marriage in the state. The news comes after a week of hearings on the issue, including a public debate on Wednesday.
Federal judge orders gay men’s names to appear on birth certificate 2
2:44 PM — A district judge has ordered the names of a gay couple who adopted a child born in Louisiana to be added to the birth certificate. Oren Adar and Mickey Ray Smith, who now live in San Diego, adopted the boy in New York, a state which allows gay couples to list both their names on the birth certificate.
Orange County school sued over homophobic and sexist threats 1
1:56 PM — Corona del Mar high school has been accused of failing to protect a female student who was targeted with gay slurs and threatened with rape and murder.
19th March 2009
Father of teen accused of killing gay classmate found dead 9
8:08 PM — The father of a teenager accused of killing his gay fellow student was found dead on Wednesday, the same day the teenager was due to appear in court.
Dictionary redefines marriage to include gays 2
4:15 PM — US dictionary-maker Merriam-Webster has redefined the word 'marriage' to include gays and lesbians. It added that the term also applies to "the state of being united to a person of the same sex in a relationship like that of a traditional marriage".
Hundreds gather to debate gay marriage in Vermont 1
2:45 PM — More than 500 people flocked to the house chamber in Montpelier, Vermont, last night to testify on same-sex marriage in the state. Amidst a week of hearings, the public debate last three hours and saw 115 people testify in favour of gay marriage and 85 against it.
Lesbian continues fight to be Presbyterian minister 7
1:55 PM — A lesbian in San Francisco who has been a candidate for the Presbyterian ministry for 22 years is to have her case heard in church court this week. Lisa Larges' candidacy for ordination has twice been approved by her regional church authorities.
18th March 2009
Former baseball star Lenny Dykstra refutes homophobia claims 3
5:26 PM — Former Mets player Lenny Dykstra has been accused of using homophobic, racist and sexist language in a GQ interview. Written by Kevin Coughlin, who used to work on one of Dykstra's publications, The Players Club, the article alleges offensive comments made by Dykstra.
New York senior official in bid to become first openly gay senator 1
4:55 PM — Jon Cooper, the majority leader of the Suffolk County legislature in New York, has announced he is considering whether to challenge US senator Kirsten Gillibrand in the Democratic primary in 2010. Cooper, who is openly gay and has five adopted children, would be the first out senator if successful.
Orange County gay event shut down amid claims of discrimination 1
4:09 PM — A weekly gay bowling event in Orange County, Los Angeles, has been closed down. Police said it was due to venue Lucky Strike allowing live entertainment and outside promotions without a permit.
Minnesota gay marriage ban ‘will prevent world from ending’ 38
3:07 PM — The Minnesota Family Council has introduced an amendment to ban gay marriage, which it claims will stop the world from ending.
Obama to sign worldwide gay rights declaration 12
10:44 AM — The Obama administration is to endorse a UN declaration calling for the worldwide decriminalisation of homosexuality. President George W Bush had refused to sign the declaration during his office, making the US the only western state not to offer its support.
17th March 2009
Gays and lesbians banned from marching openly in New York St Patick’s Day Parade 67
5:31 PM — Gays and lesbians have once again been barred from marching openly in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York. The annual parade attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators to the streets.
HIV/AIDS ‘epidemic’ in Washington DC 1
3:00 PM — Three per cent of Washington DC residents suffer from HIV or AIDS - a rate higher than in some African countries such as Uganda. According to a report from the city's health department, there has been a 22 per cent increase in rates of the disease since 2006.
Vermont deliberates over gay marriage 9
12:04 PM — A week of hearings began yesterday on a bill to allow same-sex couples in Vermont, US, to marry. If approved, the state would join Massachusetts and Connecticut as the only US states that allow gay marriage.
Oklahoma teacher resigns over gay film 9
10:36 AM — A teacher in Oklahoma, US, has lost her job after showing students The Laramie Project, a film about murdered gay teenager Matthew Shepard. Debra Taylor resigned from Grandfield High School after showing the film and allowing students to film their own short clips about it.
Lesbian student permitted to wear prom tux
10:09 AM — A lesbian student in Indiana, US, has been allowed to wear a tuxedo to her school prom. The anonymous student sued Lebanon Schools last week, complaining that the school's special dress code for prom required her to wear a formal gown, discriminating against her and violating her rights to expression.
16th March 2009
Mexican politician hopes to be first gay mayor
5:58 PM — An openly gay Social Democrat Party (PSD) politician is to stand for mayor of Guadalajara in Mexico. Miguel Galán, 31, will discover whether his party will put him forward as the official candidate at the end of this month, reports The Argentimes.
Opponents seek to repeal gay and trans protection provisions in Florida 6
3:18 PM — Voting has begun today on whether to repeal a Gainesville, Florida, ordinance that gives protection to LGBT citizens. If passed, the Charter Amendment 1 will make the ordinance conform to the Florida Civil Rights Act, cancelling the anti-discrimination protections Gainesville extends to gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people.
Homophobic hate crimes ‘linked to Prop 8′ 5
2:25 PM — A surge in anti-gay hate crimes has been linked to Proposition 8, the initiative that banned same-sex marriage in California. Homophobic incidents accounted for more than half of hate crime cases last year - 56 per cent up frpm 15 per cent in 2007.