United States, North America

Owing to the United States' federal system and the diversity in attitudes toward LGBT rights, the status of LGBT civil rights in the U.S. is at present a patchwork. At the federal level, there is no recognition of same-sex unions and no laws forbidding employment discrimination against LGBT persons. Some states have enacted such laws, however. State legislatures in Connecticut (2005), California (1999), Hawaii (1996), Maine (2004), New Jersey (2006), Washington (2007), New Hampshire (2007), Oregon (2007) Vermont (1999) and the District of Columbia (2001) have enacted either civil unions or more limited domestic partnership options for same-sex couples. Since 2004 marriage is open to gays in Massachusetts; Connecticut made it available in 2008. More states are debating it currently. For more, click here.

 

 

Gay USA News & Reports 2006 Jan-Jul

Important October 2006 documentary film about sexual abuse by priests in USA: Deliver Us From Evil Gay Games 2006 souvenir store: http://gallery.gaygameschicago.org/ 1 Gay soldier discharged after homophobic attack on him 1/06 2 Smith College Gay professor forced out in 1960, then exonerated, dies at 87 2/06    (See documentary film on the ‘scandal’ at… Read more »

Gay USA News & Reports 2005 Jan-Dec

1 Maine Governor signs legislation that protects gays and lesbians 3/05 2 Oregon Supreme Court nullifies 3,000 gay marriage licenses 4/05 3 Connecticut Approves Civil Unions for Gays 4/05 4 Navajo Council outlaws same-sex marriage4/05 5 Gay and not so proud 5/05 6 Surrogate Mothers’ New Niche: Bearing Babies for Gay Couples 5/05 7 Native… Read more »

Gay USA News & Reports 2004 Jul-Dec

1 Ex-Cop Charged in Missouri Student Slaying 7/04 2 Senate Vote Blocks Effort to Ban Gay 7/04 3 American Psychologists to endorse gay marriage 7/04 4 Randy Is Just Dandy – or Is He? ‘Cured’ of homosexuality… 7/04 5 The Honorable Barney Frank’s Speech Before the DNC 7/04 6 New Jersey Governor plans to leave… Read more »

Gay USA News & Reports 2004 Jan-Jun

1 Same Sex Marriages Win Major Victory In Massachusetts 2/04 2 Reaction varies to Mass. Supreme Court gay marriage decision 2/04 3 State by state, barrier against gay unions grows 2/04 4 Gay Couples Marry in Massachusetts 5/04 5 Gay marriage story drew headlines worldwide 5/04 Associated Press http://www.ktvu.com/news/2817433/detail.html February 4, 2004 1 Same Sex… Read more »

Gay USA News & Reports 2003 Jul-Dec

1 U.S. Gays Who Marry in Canada Face Hurdles 6/03 2 Niche Market Gay tourists fly and drop coin like there’s no tomorrow 6/03 3 Supreme Court’s overturns Texas sodomy law 6/03 4 First recorded sodomy prosecution in American history 7/03 5 Opposition to Gay Marriage Is Declining 7/03 6 Episcopalians OK first openly gay… Read more »

Gay USA News & Reports 2003 Jan-Jun

1 Obituary: Photographer Herb Ritts–‘A psychologist, a playmate, a persuader’ 1/03 2 Pointing Gay Immigrants To Grounds for Asylum1/02 3 Call for help from gay US troops surge 3/07 4 Obituary: C.A. Tripp, who wrote influential book on homosexuality, dies at 83 5/22 5 A Nomadic Visionary: Marsden Hartley 6/08 6 Supreme Court Strikes Down… Read more »

Gay USA News & Reports 2002 Jul-Dec

1 Interview: Stereotypes of homosexuals 8/22 2 Passionately Jewish and gay 8/26 3 Law grants inheritance to domestic partners 9/12 4 Psychiatrist’s Group Supports Gay Adoption Rights 5 Olympian Greg Louganis Shares His ‘Coming Out’ Story 10/11 6 ‘Why not love and marriage?’ 10/10 7 Beyond Appearances: The Ambiguities of Sexuality10/30 8 PrideFest goes international;… Read more »

Gay USA News & Reports 2002 Jan-Jun

1 Winter Olympics First To Welcome Gays 1/02 2 Latino gays are finding life a little easier (in Southern California) 2/02 3 Rabbis in the Middle On Homosexual Issues – Debate Ordination of Gays 2/02 4 Wedding bells for Adam & Steve-what is "created equal" ? 5 Mormon Family Values Include Gay Son 2/02 6… Read more »