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  • 23rd March 2009

    Video: Portia de Rossi says sorry for ‘selfish’ gay marriage 8

    Portia and Ellen were married in August 2008

    3:20 PM — Lesbian actress Portia de Rossi has appeared in a short clip to send up opponents of gay marriage. When she appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel show last Friday, the star, who married Ellen Degeneres last August, offered up a tongue-in-cheek public service announcement.

  • 20th March 2009

    Vermont senate committee approves gay marriage bill 3

    Vermont could soon legalise gay marriage

    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

    A judge ruled the couple must be allowed to list both their names on the baby's birth certificate

    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

    The school is being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union

    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

    Brandon McInerney is pleading not guilty

    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

    Gay marriage is now in the dictionary (Flickr: Greeblie)

    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

    Vermont is holding a week of hearings on same-sex marriage

    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

    Lisa Larges has been fighting to be ordained since 1986.

    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

    Former Mets and Phillies player Lenny Dykstra refuted the allegations

    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

    Jon Cooper may run for senator

    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

    Spin Tuesdays was shut down (Flickr: Todd Baker)

    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

    The world will end if gays marry, religious groups have said

    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

    Sources claim Obama will sign the declaration

    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

    Gays cannot march openly in the St Patrick's Day Parade (Flickr: Seamus Murray)

    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

    Three per cent of the city's residents are suffering from HIV/AIDS

    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

    Vermont State House (Flickr: Joe Shlabotnik)

    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

    The Laramie Project focuses on the death of gay teenager Matthew Shepard

    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

    The student has been permitted to wear a tux (Photo: Flickr sweetashvegas)

    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

    Miguel Galán hopes to be the first openly gay mayor of Guadalajara

    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

    Opponents say the provision may encourage sex offenders

    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.

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