23rd October 2012
US: Bill Gates donates $500,000 towards legalising equal marriage in Washington 6
10:24 PM — Microsoft owner, Bill Gates, and his wife Melinda, have personally given $500,000 (£313,000) towards efforts to legalise equal marriage in the state of Washington, pushing the total raised by equal rights advocates to $10.8 million (£6.7 million).
US: New York Mayor donates $500,000 towards equal marriage efforts 7
1:16 AM — The Mayor of New York City has offered $500,000 (£312,000) from his personal fortune towards the push for marriage equality in Maine, Minnesota and Washington.
19th October 2012
President Obama vows to protect LGBT rights in Daily Show appearance 22
9:28 PM — Taking aim at his Republican rival Mitt Romney, President Obama has said in a TV interview that he will not allow the US Constitution to be used to restrict the rights of LGBT Americans.
US: Poll shows Maryland voters likely to approve equal marriage 12
1:34 AM — A poll released on Thursday suggests that voters in the state of Maryland could be the first to approve equal marriage by a popular vote.
18th October 2012
Born to Run (again) Bruce Springsteen backs Obama 1
7:40 PM — After vowing not to participate in this year's US presidential election, Bruce Springsteen says the candidates' differences on LGBT rights and other issues has driven him to publicly endorse Barack Obama.
Anne Hathaway to donate wedding picture profits to equal marriage charities 15
12:43 AM — Anne Hathaway has pledged a portion of the money made from the sale of her wedding pictures towards supporting equal marriage.
17th October 2012
US: Suspended university diversity officer demands reinstatement and compensation 20
1:06 AM — The chief diversity officer at Gallaudet University has spoken out, saying she should be reinstated, as well as receiving fair compensation for the embarrassment her suspension caused.
16th October 2012
Video: LGBT celebrities rally around Obama ahead of TV debate 8
5:19 PM — Ahead of tonight’s second presidential debate in New York several of America’s biggest LGBT celebrities have come together to endorse Barack Obama’s re-election bid in a new campaign video.
15th October 2012
US: Diversity officer wanted to give voters the chance to decide on equal marriage 19
11:51 PM — The chief diversity officer of a university in Washington who was put on leave after signing a petition to send the decision on equal marriage to a vote in Maryland, has said through her lawyer that all she wanted was for voters to decide.
14th October 2012
US: Companies confirm support for equal marriage in Washington, in full page newspaper advert 2
11:36 PM — A large number of Washington-based companies have confirmed their support for Referendum 74, the equal marriage bill, which will be voted on next month in the state, by signing up to a newspaper advert.
13th October 2012
Update: Diversity officer put on leave for signing petition hires lawyer, hopes to be reinstated 35
2:31 AM — A senior administrator at a Washington university who was put on paid leave, after she signed a petition to send equal marriage to referendum in Maryland, has hired an attorney to represent her, and will address the media next week.
US: Petition started to reinstate diversity officer put on leave for signing marriage ballot 2
2:04 AM — A petition has been started to reinstate a senior administrator at a Washington-based university who was put on paid leave, after she signed a petition to send equal marriage to referendum in Maryland.
12th October 2012
Florida Republican gay group uses image of dead US ambassador in campaign ad 33
6:08 PM — A Florida chapter of the pro-gay Log Cabin Republicans has been roundly condemned for reportedly using an image of a dead US ambassador in a pitch to LGBT voters to support the Republican Party.
11th October 2012
Video: Anti-equal marriage advert ‘Not about Equality’ airs in Washington 10
11:15 PM — With the vote on equal marriage growing ever closer, anti-equal marriage groups have begun to show TV adverts in the state of Washington.
US: Seattle based department store backs equal marriage referendum in Washington
10:46 PM — A large fashion retailer based in the US state of Washington, has joined other large employers in publicly voicing their support for equal marriage, which will be voted on by Washington residents next month.
New African American anti-equal marriage group vows to damage Obama’s re-election chances 44
1:15 PM — A new anti-equal marriage campaign group of conservative African American faith leaders says it will spend $1 million (£623,100) in an attempt to strip away 25% of President Obama’s support among black voters.
US: University diversity officer placed on leave for signing anti-equal marriage petition 51
2:37 AM — A university in Washington DC, has placed its Chief Diversity Officer on leave, after she reportedly signed a petition opposing equal marriage law in the state of Maryland.
10th October 2012
US: 63 ex-Catholic priests in Washington to announce support for equal marriage 6
12:04 AM — A group of 63 ex-Catholic priests in the US state of Washington are due to announce their support for Referendum 74, the vote on equal marriage in the state, which will take place next month.
9th October 2012
US: NAACP to launch pro marriage equality radio adverts ahead of Maryland referendum 3
12:48 AM — The National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People in Maryland will launch a series of radio adverts on Tuesday, urging voters to support equal marriage for same-sex couples in the state referendum on 6 November.
24th September 2012
Paul Ryan: Re-banning gay troops would be ‘a step in the wrong direction’ 15
9:42 PM — Republican Vice Presidential nominee, Paul Ryan, has said that he thinks reinstating the ban on LGBT troops would be wrong, that the issue is "done" and that the US should "move on".