3rd March 2009
Gay couples launch suit for US federal benefits 2
10:47 AM — Gay married couples in the US state of Massachusetts are suing the federal government for benefits received by straight married couples.
2nd March 2009
Obama moves to end “moral” opt-out for health care providers 12
5:35 PM — The President of the United States has moved to overturn regulations that allow doctors, nurses and others to refuse to treat people who they disapprove of on "moral" grounds.
Congresswoman introduces bill to allow gays to serve openly in US military 1
3:01 PM — A bill to repeal the ban on gay men and women serving in the US military is to be introduced today.
Sean Penn wants to take Milk to the White House 4
11:28 AM — Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn has said that his film Milk is "one of the steps forward" in the battle for gay marriage. Mr Penn won the Academy Award for his portrayal of Harvey Milk.
27th February 2009
Gay marriage vigils planned ahead of Prop 8 appeal to Supreme Court 2
5:53 PM — Lesbian, gay and bisexual Californians and their supporters will take to the streets of more than a dozen cities next month to protest against a ban on gay marriage in the state.
Catholic bishops ‘helped defeat’ domestic partnerships bill in New Mexico 5
5:26 PM — Lesiglation to provide gay and straight unmarried couples with the right to enter into domestic partnerships under state law has been rejected by the New Mexico state Senate.
Republican politician partially apologises for comparing gays to murderers 18
4:32 PM — A state Senator in Colorado has admitted he has caused insult by comparing gay and lesbian people to murderers and adulterers.
Homophobia is “rampant” on XBox claims gay media group 10
2:46 PM — A cyber-row has broken out after a woman was banned from playing XBox Live online because her open lesbianism "offended" other players.
26th February 2009
Hawaii Senate’s 3am vote on civil unions ends in tie 1
12:24 PM — New legislation that would allow gay and lesbian couples in Hawaii to form a civil union has been given a 3-3 vote in a state Senate committee.
25th February 2009
Gay Republicans condemn party chair’s comments on “crazy” civil unions 3
3:40 PM — A group representing lesbian and gay Republicans has condemned the chairman of the party's national committee for dismissing gay civil unions.
Asian TV network censored gay references from Oscar speeches 7
3:28 PM — One of the world's largest broadcasters has been criticised for editing out mentions of gay and lesbian people in acceptance speeches made by Oscar winners.
24th February 2009
Video: BBC’s camp comedy Beautiful People sold to US gay network Logo 4
6:41 PM — A hit BBC series about the adventures of a gay teenager in suburban Reading will be shown in America. Beautiful People is based on the best-selling wild childhood memoirs of Simon Doonan.
Republican party chair rejects civil unions as going “loosey-goosey on marriage” 3
3:43 PM — Hopes that the Republicans may become more accepting of the rights of gay and lesbian Americans suffered a setback yesterday when a party leader attacked civil unions.
Civil rights group backs challenge to California gay marriage ban 1
2:57 PM — The national president of America's leading civil rights group has said banning gay marriage interferes with a "fundamental freedom."
Obama urged to appoint gay man as Commerce Secretary 2
1:56 PM — A grassroots LGBT organisation has called on the US President to appoint the country's first openly gay Cabinet minister.
Colorado politician compares homosexuality to murder 19
12:59 PM — A Republican state Senator in Colorado has compared gay and lesbian people to murderers and adulterers. Scott Renfroe was speaking during a debate on new legislation.
23rd February 2009
Video: Gay kids – you are beautiful, wonderful creatures of value 8
4:32 PM — The winner of the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay spoke directly to gay kids when he accepted his award in Los Angeles last night.
Victory for lesbian mother after Michigan court refused to hear custody case 2
3:59 PM — A family court cannot refuse to hear a child custody case simply because it involves children whose parents are lesbians, the Michigan State Court of Appeals has ruled.
Video: Thank you, you commie, homo-loving sons of guns 1
3:40 PM — Sean Penn directly challenged homophobia in his acceptance speech at the Academy Awards last night.
Elton John raises millions for AIDS foundation at Oscars party 1
2:28 PM — Singer Sir Elton John and has partner David Furnish hosted their annual fundraiser for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in Los Angeles last night.