The state of Hawaii has passed the bill legalising civil unions for gay couples, with votes coming in at 18-5 in favour of the proposal. It has also just appointed its first gay Supreme Court Judge.
A lesbian mother in Australia has been forbidden from moving her daughter to New South Wales after the Family Court ruled that the woman’s ex-partner has equal rights to the child.
The government today announced that same-sex couples now have the right to become civil partners on religious premises. The ruling is in an opt-in basis and will not force any religious group to conduct ceremonies.
Handing Rihanna her award at last night’s BRITs, presenter Cheryl declared: “And the winner of the Best International Female solo artist is, my girl crush, what’s her name? Rihanna.”
A soldier from Edmonton, Canada has been jailed for ‘Superman-punching’ a gay man in a nightclub.
The Halton Catholic School Board (HCSB) in Canada forbids the formulation of any student group containing the word ‘gay’ in its title, despite passing a new equity and inclusive education policy on 15 February.
A 36-year-old man was stabbed in the chest and leg after leaving The Black Cap, a gay pub in Camden in north London.
Stickers recently posted around Tower Hamlets in east London read: ‘Arise and warn. Gay free zone. Verily Allah is severe in punishment’.
The US state of Arizona is pushing to cut health benefits for gay and lesbian domestic partners.
Four women and six men were arrested yesterday in Chicago after they held a five-hour demonstration at the Cook County marriage licence office. The protest was sparked when two of the women were refused a marriage licence.