5th November 2008
Out gay man wins election to US Congress for Colorado
7:33 PM — Jared Polis has become the first out gay man elected to the US Congress as a non-incumbent.
Gay marriage supporters refuse to concede defeat in California ballot 8
7:00 PM — A ballot measure that would amend the constitution of California to define marriage as between a man and a woman appears to have passed.
Irish Catholic leaders ready for court challenge to civil partnerships 21
5:57 PM — The Roman Cahtolic Church in Ireland may support a legal challenge to new legislation that aims to give gay and lesbian couples the right to civil partnerships.
Gay equality rebuked as same-sex marriage bans pass in Florida and Arizona
4:31 PM — The election of Barack Obama may signal a brighter future for gay and lesbian Americans, but it seems marriage will still not be an option in at least two major states.
US TV show Grey’s Anatomy drops lesbian character 1
3:41 PM — Actress Brooke Smith has said she is "surprised and disappointed" at the decision of ABC TV executives to axe her character from hit show Grey's Anatomy.
Analysis: The story of Proposition 8 and the fight for gay marriage 1
6:52 AM — The ballot amendment that aimed to change the California Constitution came about after a landmark decision by the state's Supreme Court.
Early results indicate California’s Prop 8 gay marriage ban could pass 6
5:57 AM — Early results from America's most populous state indicate that a ballot measure to ban gay marriage may pass.
President-elect Obama mentions gays in his first speech to the nation 6
5:06 AM — Change has come to America - that was the message from the next President of the United States.
Barack Obama elected President of the United States 6
4:00 AM — History was made today when an African-American clinched the most important job on earth. Barack Obama will be the 44th President of the United States.
The Barack Obama story – from Hawaii to the White House
3:05 AM — Barack Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4th, 1961. His father, Barack Obama Sr., was born and raised in a small village in Kenya.
4th November 2008
Gay candidates up for election across America 1
7:05 PM — American voters will be choosing US Representatives, Senators, state Governors and other elected officials at all levels of government today.
Senate election in Kentucky marred by homophobic campaign
2:21 PM — A gay rights activist has accused conservatives in the US of giving national coverage to allegations a senior Republican was kicked out of the Army for homosexuality.
Death of Obama’s grandmother brings campaigning to a solemn end
1:28 PM — The woman who raised Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama from the age of ten has died. Her grandson is on the cusp of becoming the first African-American to win the highest office in America.
Minister and leading MPs turn out for gay festival launch 3
12:46 PM — All three major political parties were represented at the launch of G-Fest at the House of Commons yesterday.
Lesbians face “double-glazed glass ceiling” in the workplace
11:09 AM — A new study into the experiences of lesbian and bisexual women in the workplace has revealed that many of them were more concerned about their gender than their sexuality.
Leading doctor suspended for sending gay hate letter 10
10:41 AM — The President of the Islamic Medical Association has been suspended from medical practice for 12 months by the General Medical Council.
3rd November 2008
Obama and McCain campaign in last few hours before election day
2:17 PM — Senator John McCain is fighting right down to the wire in the US Presidential election. More than 130 million Americans are expected to cast their votes tomorrow.
Borat’s gay alter-ego Bruno crashes vote Prop 8 rally 2
1:10 PM — British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has taken part in a rally opposing gay marriage, in the guise of his character Bruno, an camp Austrian fashionista.
1st November 2008
Obama had “no knowledge” his aunt was in US illegally 3
7:30 PM — The Democratic party candidate for President of the United States has moved to distance himself from a relative who has been living in the country illegally.
Gay marriage compared to Nazi Germany as California gets ready to vote 9
3:45 PM — Proposition 8 is already the most expensive social issue ballot in US history, with more than $65m donated to both sides of the gay marriage debate.