9th March 2009
Illinois same-sex civil unions bill moves forward
5:52 PM — A bill to grant gay and lesbian couples in Illinois, US, the right to civil unions will proceed to the House floor for a vote. House bill 2234 was approved by the House Youth and Family Committee by a vote of 5-4 Wednesday.
6th March 2009
Hilary Clinton shows support for gay rights 2
6:28 PM — The US secretary of state stressed the need to end discrimination against lesbians and gay men.
California Supreme Court judges hear Prop 8 arguments 1
4:16 PM — Supreme Court judges sat to hear arguments last night in favour of abolishing Proposition 8 in California.
Human rights organisations call for end to ‘police abuse’ of trans people in Guyana
11:23 AM — Human rights organisations in Guyana have spoken out over the arrest and abuse of trans people for not conforming to gender-typical dress codes.
5th March 2009
Exclusive: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown declares Prop 8 gay marriage ban “unacceptable” 45
11:55 PM — The first-ever reception at No10 Downing St for the LGBT community was hosted by the Prime Minister and his wife this evening.
California Supreme Court to hear gay marriage arguments 3
12:49 PM — The 18,000 gay and lesbian couples who legally married in California last year may find out today if they are valid. The state's Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments about the validity of Proposition 8.
US Christians accused of exporting anti-gay message to Africa 7
10:56 AM — A conference in Uganda which begins today has been condemned by human rights groups.
4th March 2009
Prime Minister renews special relationship in address to US Congress 4
7:59 PM — Gordon Brown addressed a joint session of the United States Congress earlier today, only the fifth British Prime Minister to do so.
US adoption websites accused of gay discrimination cease trading in New York 1
6:51 PM — New York's Attorney General has announced that an American adoption service provider has ceased trading in the state.
Gay man chosen for key post in Obama administration 2
5:49 PM — The President of the United States has confirmed that he intends to nominate John Berry as Director of the Office of Personnel Management.
German MP to speak at gay equality rally in Philadelphia
4:50 PM — A programme of events has been announced for America's National Equality Rally at Independence Hall in Philadelphia on Sunday May 3rd.
Pelosi cites hate crimes and employment protection as priorities 2
12:16 PM — The Speaker of the US House of Representatives has said that three gay equality issues will be tackled. The Democrats control both Houses of Congress as well as the White House.
California Attorney General: ‘Prop 8 comparable to 1960s racism’ 4
10:41 AM — The Attorney General of California, Jerry Brown, has called for Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage in the US state, to be deemed unconstitutional and stricken down.
Barack Obama ‘consulting advisers on lifting military gay ban’
9:57 AM — Barack Obama is discussing how to lift the ban on gay men and women serving in the US military, according to reports.
3rd March 2009
Increased rights for Colombian same-sex partners “not automatic”
1:17 PM — Gay and lesbian couples in Colombia still face challenges after a ruling granting them increased rights.
Legislators propose Harvey Milk Day in California 5
11:40 AM — Politicians in California have announced they are to introduce a bill to mark the life of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected in the state.
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.