9th May 2012
Breaking News: President Obama confirms support for equal marriage 117
8:12 PM — Barack Obama, the president of the United States, has announced in an interview with ABC News that he thinks gay couples should have the same legal right to marry as heterosexual couples.
North Carolina voters pass Amendment One to ban gay marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships 211
2:40 AM — Voters in North Carolina have approved Amendment One, which introduces a constitutional ban on gay marriages and outlaws even civil unions. The amendment reads: “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State.”
7th May 2012
US education secretary Arne Duncan endorses equal marriage 9
7:15 PM — Following US vice-president Joe Biden's announcement that he supports equal marriage, the US education secretary, Arne Duncan, has followed suit by saying he supports the move in a live interview with MSNBC.
6th May 2012
Video: US Vice President Joe Biden supports marriage for gay couples 35
3:37 PM — US Vice President Joe Biden has told 'Meet the Press' that he "absolutely comfortable" with gay couples marrying. He credits the television programme Will and Grace on evolving many American's attitudes to homosexuality.
4th May 2012
Mitt Romney says he wanted gay spokesperson to remain 21
7:44 PM — The presumptive Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, has said that he wanted Richard Grenell, who is openly gay and supports marriage equality, to stay on in his capacity as foreign policy spokesperson.
1st May 2012
Romney’s openly gay spokesperson resigns due to anti-gay backlash 44
9:23 PM — Richard Grenell, the openly gay man who was appointed as foreign policy spokesperson by Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, has resigned from his position, due to fierce opposition from anti-gay conservatives, the Washington Post reports.
29th April 2012
Video: President Obama and Jimmy Kimmel make gay-friendly jokes at reception 12
7:13 PM — During the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner yesterday, President Obama said that if his first term saw the repeal of the infamous 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy, the second term would introduce a policy called 'It's Raining Men.'
28th April 2012
Ricky Martin to host Obama fundraiser 5
6:55 PM — The pop singer Ricky Martin, who came out as gay two years ago, has said that he will host a fundraising event for US President Barack Obama over his support for LGBT rights.
25th April 2012
Fred Karger’s video pulled (briefly) from YouTube 18
10:22 PM — Fred Karger, who hopes to be the party's first openly gay, Jewish, Republican nominee for the US presidential elections this year, has had his recent campaign video pulled by YouTube, before being reinstated with a warning of 'explicit content.'
US: Poll finds majority support for equal marriage 21
9:49 PM — A US poll has found that 47 percent of people are in favour of allowing gay and lesbian couples to marry legally, with 43 percent opposed, adding to a growing body of evidence that the country is increasingly moving towards the direction of equality.
24th April 2012
Gay presidential candidacy hopeful Fred Karger unveils ‘Sexy Frisbee’ campaign video 26
3:13 PM — Fred Karger, the Republican presidential candidate who has hopes to become the party's first openly gay, Jewish nominee has unveiled his new campaign video.
23rd April 2012
Romney appoints a gay man as foreign policy spokesperson 35
11:00 PM — Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican contender to fight incumbent Barack Obama at the 2012 elections, has appointed Richard Grenell, an openly gay man as the national security and foreign policy spokesperson, which has proved doubly controversial, partly due to outrage from social conservatives, and partly because of apparently sexist tweets he had sent prior the appointment.
19th April 2012
Marriage equality ‘not a priority’ for US voters 74
10:36 PM — Equal marriage is not top among the concerns of voters for the 2012 presidential elections in the United States, a new survey has found.
11th April 2012
Anti-gay group endorses Mitt Romney for President 19
8:32 PM — The National Organisation for Marriage (NOM), an anti-gay group which opposes equal marriage across the US, has officially endorsed Mitt Romney for President this morning.
Gay equality in presidential race policies ’6 percent higher’ after Rick Santorum exit 15
10:29 AM — Rick Santorum's decision to end his campaign seeking the Republican party's nomination to run for presidential race later this year has boosted the proportion of gay-friendly policies in race by 6 percent, according to an analysis released today.
10th April 2012
Rick Santorum who pledged to invalidate marriages of gay couples bows out of Republican race 40
9:40 PM — Rick Santorum has pulled out of the race to become the Republican party candidate for US president. Mr Santorum is an outspoken critic of LGBT rights and had pledged to invalidate the marriages of gay couples if he won the presidential election.
9th April 2012
Obama opposes Minnesota’s proposed anti-marriage equality measure 5
11:09 PM — President Obama's campaign group in Minnesota has issued a statement today, saying they will oppose the state's proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage as strictly that between one man and one woman.
30th March 2012
Romney faces criticism for clandestine donation to anti-gay group 18
9:41 PM — It has been revealed that Mitt Romney’s political action committee (PAC) made a $10,000 donation in 2008 to the National Organization of Marriage in its fight to repeal the granting of marriage licences for same-sex couples in California through the infamous Proposition 8.
29th March 2012
Rick Santorum angers gay rights campaigners with pink bowling ball ‘joke’ 35
12:39 AM — Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has angered gay rights activists in the United States after he told a boy not use a pink bowling ball during a campaign photo opportunity at a Wisconsin bowling alley.
22nd March 2012
Dan Savage: If Rick Santorum wants to pray for me, I’ll gay for him 12
5:21 PM — The creator of the It Gets Better campaign, Dan Savage, has hit back at the Republican candidate Rick Santorum after the later offered to "pray for" the gay rights hero in an interview.