The Boy Scouts of America has ended its ban on gay adult leaders in a move to ease a controversy that has embroiled the movement for years.
US president Barack Obama has called for an end to procedures aimed at changing the sexual orientation or gender identity of gay, lesbian and transgender youth.
The Cabinet is expected to publish a Bill allowing same-sex couples to adopt early next week.
US health officials are recommending an end to the nation’s lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men.
A new cardinal chosen by Pope Francis has described homosexuality as a 'defect' that can be corrected with treatment.
Nigeria’s president has signed a law banning same-sex marriage as well as homosexual associations, societies and meetings, with penalties of up to 14 years in jail.
Barack Obama has sent Russia a clear message about its treatment of gays and lesbians with his choices to represent the United States at the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Thousands of people are set to march through Dublin this afternoon in the Gay Pride parade.
A gay couple is pursuing a discrimination complaint against a US bakery, saying the business refused them a wedding cake to honour their ceremony and alleging that the owners have a history of turning away same-sex couples.
A conference highlighting discrimination and exclusion towards the gay community will take place in Dublin today.
France has moved a step closer to legalising gay marriage with the lower house of parliament approving a sweeping bill which also allows same-sex couples to adopt children.
US President Barack Obama says the Boy Scouts of America should open its membership to gays and lesbians when its national executive board discusses the issue this week.
France’s National Assembly has approved a key article of a controversial bill that would legalise gay marriage.
The writers of legendary lawman Judge Dredd have caused a stir among fans by suggesting he might be gay.
The Washington National Cathedral, where the US gathers to mourn tragedies and celebrate new presidents, will soon begin performing same-sex marriages.
The Pope took his opposition to gay marriage to new heights today, denouncing what he described as people manipulating their God-given gender to suit their sexual choices.
Anyone who wants to support civil marriages for same-sex couples is being invited to attend a march in Dublin today.
US Democrats are moving to include support for gay marriage in its official policy statement for the first time, a party official said, marking a key milestone for advocates of same-sex unions.
Cork made history last night after the city council became the first local authority in the Republic of Ireland to vote for gay marriage.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been called on to declare his support for marriage for lesbian and gay couples.
Justice Minister Alan Shatter has indicated his support for gay marriage, saying it is in the public interest to address the issue in the forthcoming Constitutional Convention.
A new legal challenge is to be launched against the laws that prohibit marriage for same-sex couples.
Almost three quarters of people in Ireland back the idea of same-sex marriage.
Two rival bills that would lift a ban on gay marriage in Australia have been introduced into Parliament weeks after the ruling Labour Party lifted its opposition to same-sex unions.
Uganda's government does not support a politician's decision to reintroduce a Bill that originally proposed the death penalty for some homosexual acts, the government said in responding to renewed criticism by rights activists who oppose the Bill.
The US Presbyterian Church has officially ordained a 56-year-old Wisconsin man as its first openly gay minister.
Russian police detained dozens of anti-gay protesters and gay rights activists during a gay pride rally in central Moscow.
Thousands of people have taken to the streets of Dublin this afternoon to march for civil marriage equality.
Thousands of people are expected to take to the streets of Dublin today to march for civil marriage equality.
A Brazilian state judge has approved what the court said is the nation’s first gay marriage.
After days of contentious negotiations and last-minute reversals by two Republican senators, New York has become the sixth and largest state in the US to legalise gay marriage, breathing life into the US gay rights movement that had stalled over a nearly identical bill in the state two years ago.
President Barack Obama has praised New York politicians debating historic legislation to legalise gay marriage, saying that was what democracies were supposed to do, and marriage has traditionally been decided by the states.
Brazil's high court has ruled that same-sex civil partnerships must be recognised, a decision welcomed as a watershed by gay activists who also hope it will cool rising violence against homosexuals in Latin America's most populous nation.
The country's first public civil partnerships for same-sex couples are taking place today.
The US Supreme Court has ruled that an anti-gay church has the right to picket military funerals as part of the US constitution's guarantee of freedom of speech.
An anti-gay protester created a commotion at the funeral for a prominent activist slain in Uganda, yelling out homophobic phrases that led to a scuffle with mourners attending the burial.
France’s top constitutional watchdog has upheld laws banning gay marriage.
The US military is accepting openly gay recruits for the first time in history, even as it tries in the courts to slow the movement to abolish its “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.
A federal judge ordered the US military to stop enforcing its ban on openly gay troops immediately, bringing the 17-year “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy closer than it has ever been to being abolished.
A US judge today moved to end the military’s 17-year-old ban on openly gay troops.
Serbian riot police fought running battles with hundreds of far-right supporters who tried to disrupt a gay pride march in central Belgrade today.
A federal judge in Southern California declared the US military's ban on openly gay service members to be unconstitutional.
California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and attorney general Jerry Brown have filed legal motions calling for same-sex weddings to resume in the state.
Opponents of gay marriage are appealing a federal judge’s decision to overturn a ban in California.
The Green Party leader has asked Catholic Bishops not to interfere with the passage of civil partnership legislation through the Oireachtas.
Portugal’s conservative president said he is reluctantly ratifying a law allowing gay marriage, making the predominantly Roman Catholic country the sixth in Europe to let same-sex couples wed.
Mexico City has enacted Latin America’s first law recognising gay marriage and said it hopes to attract same-sex couples from around the world to wed.
New York Governor David Paterson said he expects to sign a same-sex marriage bill into law in the coming weeks.
The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) has said that there is a now democratic consensus for civil partnership in this country.
Thousands are expected to march through Dublin's streets today calling for the introduction of same-sex marriage
A Christian denomination that supports same-sex unions is expected to decide today whether to perform marriage ceremonies for gay couples.
An estimated 12,000 people marched through Dublin's city centre today as part of the annual Pride parade.
Thousands of people are expected to attend today's annual Dublin Pride Parade, which is now in its 26th year.
A "love carnival" is being held in Dublin today to highlight the inequality facing gay and lesbian couples in Ireland.
The California attorney general has changed his position on the state’s new same-sex marriage ban and is now urging the Supreme Court to void “Proposition 8”.
A Paraguayan couple jailed on suspicion of having a same-sex wedding was freed after a doctor determined that the groom is a hermaphrodite.
The first gay marriage has been carried out in an Anglican church between two priests, it was reported today.