8th May 2009
Opponents file challenge to gay marriage in Maine 14
11:03 AM — Gay couples in Maine hoping to take advantage of this week's legalisation of gay marriage may be forced to wait months or even a year to hold their ceremonies after opponents filed a 'people's veto' challenge to the new law.
Fired gay soldier to fight dismissal ‘tooth and nail’ 7
10:25 AM — Dan Choi, the US Army lieutenant who was fired after revealing he was gay, has said he will fight his dismissal "tooth and nail". Choi, a West Point graduate and Arabic linguist, came out live on the Rachel Maddow show in March, knowing it could cost him his job.
7th May 2009
Moscow authorities promise to stop gay pride marches 8
3:59 PM — Moscow is preparing to break up any gay pride marches on May 16th. Mayor Yury Luzhkov's press secretary said today the city has once again turned down an application to hold a march next week.
British minister condemns Burundi over law criminalising gay sex 3
3:43 PM — International Development minister Ivan Lewis has attacked the recent decision by the government of Burundi to criminalise gay sex.
‘Joe the Plumber’ refuses to let gays near his children 26
3:05 PM — Samuel Wurzelbacher, the American plumber who became a celebrity when described by presidential hopeful John McCain as the 'average man' has said he will not let gays near his children.
Openly gay soldier Dan Choi dismissed from National Guard under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell 18
2:02 PM — Lieutenant Dan Choi, the National Guard soldier who publicly came out live on national television, has been dismissed from duty. He was dismissed for "homosexual conduct".
California Senate committee gives green light for Harvey Milk Day 4
11:39 AM — The California Senate Education Committee voted 7-2 yesterday to designate a day to honour murdered gay rights activist Harvey Milk. If passed by the Senate, it would designate May 22nd, Milk's birthday, as a special commemorative day.
Poll finds zero tolerance for homosexuality among UK Muslims 225
11:20 AM — A survey published today shows that UK Muslims have significantly less tolerance for homosexuality than their French and German counterparts.
Former M*A*S*H star comes out 15
10:52 AM — David Ogden Stiers, who played Major Charles Winchester in “M*A*S*H,” has revealed he is gay. In an interview with the blog Gossip-Boy.com, he said: "I am [gay]. Very proud to be so."
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.
Lesbian couple attempt to marry in Russia 3
3:29 PM — A lesbian couple are planning to apply for a marriage licence in Moscow later this month, it has been reported.
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.
Lesbian couple to appeal in the UK over Gibraltar’s housing policy
1:25 PM — A lesbian couple who were refused a joint tenancy in government housing in Gibraltar are to appeal in the UK. Three years ago, the Housing Allocation Committee refused to grant them a joint tenancy on the basis that they were unmarried.
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.
Greek court annuls first gay marriages 10
9:55 AM — A Greek court has ruled that two gay marriages performed on the island of Tilos are invalid. Tilos mayor Tassos Aliferis had allowed the marriages to take place in July last year, saying that civil marriage law did not specify gender.
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,
Russian activists plan gay Pride march ahead of Eurovision 2
5:39 PM — Gay rights activists in Russia have said they plan to hold a gay Pride march in Moscow hours before the city hosts the Eurovision Song Contest final.