6th May 2009
Breaking: Maine’s governor passes gay marriage bill 7
5:56 PM — Gay marriage is now legal in Maine after Governor John Baldacci signed it into law. The Governor had previously opposed gay marriage but said in a statement he believed a civil union was not equal to marriage.
Gay group lobbies Obama for lesbian Supreme Court nominee
5:32 PM — A new grassroots group called Equal Rep is lobbying US president Barack Obama to appoint a lesbian to the Supreme Court.
Survey on gay marriage shows split between old and young 3
2:49 PM — A poll of Americans suggest that 54 per cent believe gay marriage should not be legal, compared to 44 per cent who support it.
Controversial pastor Rick Warren ‘one of the world’s most influential people’ 17
1:56 PM — Rick Warren, the US evangelist pastor who spoke out against gay marriage, has been included in Time magazine's latest list of the world's most influential people.
Miss California forced to defend topless photos 23
10:30 AM — Carrie Prejean, the Miss World contestant who criticised gay marriage, has defended topless photos of her taken as a teenager. The beauty queen, who was crowned Miss California, said she did not believe in gay marriage when asked by celebrity blogger Perez Hilton at the final of the competition.
5th May 2009
Breaking: Maine House of Representatives votes in favour of gay marriage 6
9:33 PM — The lower house of Maine's legislature has voted in favour of the state allowing gay marriages. If enacted, Maine would be the fifth state to allow same-sex marriages.
Washington DC to recognise gay marriage if Congress lets it 1
9:20 PM — Washington DC has voted to recognise gay marriages that are conducted in other US states. But because Washington DC is a city and not a state it requires the approval of Congress before the new law can be implemented,
Pink denies coming out as bisexual 4
10:12 AM — American singer Pink has denied being bisexual after a tabloid reported she had come out. The star, whose real name is Alecia Moore, was quoted by the News of the World as saying: "I'm not embarrassed about being bisexual. This is who I am."
1st May 2009
Gay lawyer sues Miami firm for discrimination 1
12:16 PM — A gay man is suing a law firm for discrimination, claiming he had been passed over for promotion and denied holiday requests.
30th April 2009
US House votes to extend protection to victims of homophobic hate crimes 1
4:44 PM — The Local Law Enforcement Hate Crimes Prevention Act, also known as the Matthew Shepard Act, has been passed by the US House of Representatives.
California Supreme Court rules school can expel students for being gay 10
4:23 PM — A lower-court ruling that said a private religious high school could expel gay students was confirmed by the California's Supreme Court yesterday.
Americans ‘want military gay ban to end’ 3
3:30 PM — A survey has suggested that the majority of Americans want to see Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the law which bans gays from serving openly in the military, repealed.
New Hampshire Senate passes gay marriage bill 4
11:14 AM — New Hampshire's Senate passed a bill yesterday to allow gay marriage. The bill looked set for defeat until an amendment was added to allow clergy to refuse to marry same-sex couples.
Transgender former Army Special Forces commander wins almost $500,000 in discrimination lawsuit 2
10:40 AM — A former Army Special Forces commander who was rejected from a job because she was undergoing gender reassigment has won her case for sexual discrimination.
Top Gun star Kelly McGillis comes out 6
10:06 AM — Actress Kelly McGillis, famous for playing Tom's Cruise's love interest in the film Top Gun, has come out as a lesbian. She revealed her sexual orientation in an interview with Shewired.com.
29th April 2009
French National Assembly approves recognising foreign civil partnerships 8
6:29 PM — France's National Assembly finally approved of the measure to have foreign legal same-sex marriages recognised in France as PACS in the early hours of this morning.
New York’s lesbian finance commissioner forced to resign after allegations of nepotism 2
4:56 PM — Martha Stark, New York's finance commissioner, was forced to resign on Tuesday amidst charges of nepotism and allegations that she was having a romantic relationship with a female subordinate.
US Christian groups demand British ambassador be sent home over Miss California gay marriage row 38
4:21 PM — Christian groups in the US have demanded that the British ambassador to the country should be sent home after gay Tory MP Alan Duncan failed to apologise over a joke about murdering Miss California Carrie Prejean.
California to consider gay and trans prisoners’ housing needs 1
10:42 AM — A bill which would allow sexual orientation and trans status to be taken into account when housing prisoners is to be considered by California's state assembly tomorrow.
28th April 2009
First gay couples tie the knot in Iowa 1
5:51 PM — Yesterday saw the first batch of gay weddings in Iowa, just over three weeks after the state's Supreme Court made them legal.