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  • 5th August 2010

    Gay groups welcome Prop 8 ruling but warn of more legal battles 3

    Gay couples can't marry yet (Photo: Tim Schapker)

    1:46 PM — Gay rights groups have welcomed a judge's ruling that California's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional but warned that more work had to be done to ensure equality.

  • California gay couples rejoice but can’t marry yet 7

    Campaigners will have to wait to marry (Photo: Tim Schapker)

    10:45 AM — Across California, gay couples are celebrating a federal court's ruling that banning gay marriage is unconstitutional. However, those who rushed to registry offices yesterday were dismayed to be turned away by clerks.

  • 4th August 2010

    Prop 8 ban on gay marriages in California ruled unconstitutional 33

    Prop 8 was passed in 2008

    10:00 PM — Following a lengthy public trial, Judge Vaughn Walker has ruled that the voter-initiated Proposition 8, which bans gay marriage in California, is unconstitutional. Judge Walker ruled that Prop 8, as it has become known, violates the equal protection clause in the United States constitution by denying gays and lesbians the right to marry a member of the same sex.

  • Comment: ‘Newlygays’ – the ex-straight lesbians 12

    Portia De Rossi is now married to Ellen DeGeneres

    5:17 PM — As more famous women reveal their sexuality has shifted from straight to gay, what does that reveal about the rest of society and why have the newspapers only just noticed?

  • Gay couples sue Alaska over unequal tax laws 1

    Gay couples are suing the state for equal tax benefits (Photo: Photo8.com)

    5:02 PM — Three gay couples are suing the state of Alaska for denying them equality in tax laws. They claim that the state's tax assessment laws discriminate against same-sex couples by denying them equal access to a property tax exemption for senior citizens and disabled veterans.

  • Iranian teenager faces execution for ‘false’ gay assault charges 19

    Ebrahim Hamidi was sentenced to death (Photo: Bryan Davidson)

    11:57 AM — An 18-year-old Iranian man is facing execution over a false sodomy charge, campaigners say. Ebrahim Hamidi was sentenced to death two years ago at the age of 16 for an unspecified assault on another man which was later withdrawn.

  • Lady Gaga’s record-breaking 13 MTV nominations 9

    Lady Gaga has been nominated for 13 MTV awards

    11:21 AM — Lady Gaga has been nominated for 13 MTV award nominations - the highest number for any artist yet. The gay-friendly singer was shortlisted twice for video of the year for singles Telephone and Bad Romance.

  • Judge in California gay marriage trial to issue ruling today 5

    Prop 8 barred gay couples from marrying in California (Photo: Joeand)

    10:39 AM — The judge presiding over the trial on the constitutionality of California's gay marriage ban will announce his ruling today. Chief US District Judge Vaughn Walker's spokeswoman confirmed that he had reached his decision.

  • 3rd August 2010

    BBC Trust rejects complaints about ‘should gays be executed?’ online debate 25

    The original BBC World Service debate title

    6:49 PM — The BBC Trust's editorial standards committee has rejected complaints made significant numbers of people about a BBC Online debate entitled 'Should homosexuals face execution?' saying that while the language was "stark", the apologies made by the BBC resolved the issue.

  • Trans man Thomas Beatie gives birth to third child 65

    Thomas Beatie posed naked while pregnant with his first child

    10:28 AM — Thomas Beatie has given birth to his third child, reports say. Mr Beatie, who was born female, had his first child in 2008 because his wife Nancy was unable to conceive.

  • 2nd August 2010

    First gay condom for India 1

    Indian men could soon get special condoms for anal sex

    6:15 PM — One of India's leading condom manufacturers is to manufacture a condom for gay men. The country legalised homosexuality last year and society is making gradual steps towards acceptance.

  • Banning same-sex marriage ‘will save money’, anti-gay activist claims 24

    Most research says gay marriage benefits states and families

    6:13 PM — A supporter of the anti-gay US group National Organisation for Marriage has claimed that banning gay marriage will save states money. The claim, which goes against most credible research, was made by Tamara Scott, Iowa's director of Concerned Women of America, at a rally in Des Moines this weekend.

  • Chile senator says he will sponsor gay marriage bill 9

    Chile could consider allowing gay couples to marry

    4:23 PM — A Chilean senator who is the head of the country's Socialist party has announced he will sponsor a bill to introduce same-sex marriage. Fulvio Rossi's bill will not give gay couples the right to adopt children but he said he hoped this issue could be debated at a later stage.

  • Lindsay Lohan released from jail after 13 days 4

    Lindsay Lohan was released from jail today

    2:06 PM — Lindsay Lohan was released from jail in the early hours of this morning and is expected to begin a 90-day rehabilitation programme. The bisexual actress served just 13 days of her 90-day sentence for violating a 2007 probation for a drink-driving offence.

  • Argentinian gay couples begin marrying 4

    Gay couples can now marry in Argentina

    1:39 PM — Argentina held its first weddings for gay couples last week. The country became the first in Latin America to legalise gay marriage last month and the first couples to take the advantage of the new legislation did so on Friday.

  • 30th July 2010

    Two thousand marchers join ‘subdued’ Jerusalem Pride 2

    The march was 'subdued'

    5:03 PM — Two thousand people marched in Jerusalem Pride's parade yesterday despite anti-gay protests. The march was described by onlookers as "subdued", as it lacked the usual colour, noise and vibrant costumes associated with Pride.

  • Irish trans woman applies for refugee status in Canada 16

    Tanya Bloomfield hopes to be granted refugee status in Canada

    4:25 PM — An Northern Ireland-born trans woman is fighting to get refugee status in Canada because she says she could be at risk of attack if returned to her native country.

  • Roseanne star Sara Gilbert talks about being a lesbian for the first time 2

    Sara Gilbert has not discussed being a lesbian before

    3:41 PM — Roseanne actress Sara Gilbert has announced she is a lesbian. The star, who played Darlene Conner-Healy in the 1990s, was not exactly in the closet, as she has two children with TV producer Allison Adler.

  • Lesbian presenter Ellen DeGeneres leaves American Idol 2

    Ellen DeGeneres will not return to American Idol

    2:46 PM — Ellen DeGeneres has announced she is leaving American Idol after being a judge for just one season. The lesbian presenter said the show was "not the right fit" for her, despite signing a five-year contract.

  • Rush Limbaugh says he and Elton John agree on gay marriage 25

    Elton John with civil partner David Furnish

    11:08 AM — US radio host Rush Limbaugh said this week that he and Elton John share the same anti-gay marriage views. Limbaugh, known as a controversial shock jock, said on Wednesday that he and the singer support civil unions but not marriage for gay couples.

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