US Election 2012
7 May 2012
US education secretary Arne Duncan endorses equal marriage
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.
6 May 2012
Video: US Vice President Joe Biden supports marriage for gay couples
US Vice President Joe Biden has told 'Meet the Press' that he "absolutely comfortable" with gay couples marrying.
4 May 2012
Mitt Romney says he wanted gay spokesperson to remain
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.
1 May 2012
Romney’s openly gay spokesperson resigns due to anti-gay backlash
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.
29 April 2012
Video: President Obama and Jimmy Kimmel make gay-friendly jokes at reception
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.'
28 April 2012
Ricky Martin to host Obama fundraiser
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.
25 April 2012
Fred Karger’s video pulled (briefly) from YouTube
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.'
25 April 2012
US: Poll finds majority support for equal marriage
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.
24 April 2012
Gay presidential candidacy hopeful Fred Karger unveils ‘Sexy Frisbee’ campaign video
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.
23 April 2012
Romney appoints a gay man as foreign policy spokesperson
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.
19 April 2012
Marriage equality ‘not a priority’ for US voters
Equal marriage is not top among the concerns of voters for the 2012 presidential elections in the United States, a new survey has found.
11 April 2012
Anti-gay group endorses Mitt Romney for President
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.
11 April 2012
Gay equality in presidential race policies ’6 percent higher’ after Rick Santorum exit
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.
10 April 2012
Rick Santorum who pledged to invalidate marriages of gay couples bows out of Republican race
Rick Santorum has pulled out of the race to become the Republican party candidate for US president.
9 April 2012
Obama opposes Minnesota’s proposed anti-marriage equality measure
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.
30 March 2012
Romney faces criticism for clandestine donation to anti-gay group
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.
29 March 2012
Rick Santorum angers gay rights campaigners with pink bowling ball ‘joke’
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.
22 March 2012
Dan Savage: If Rick Santorum wants to pray for me, I’ll gay for him
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.
22 February 2012
Rick Santorum portrait made entirely from gay porn
When many voters see Rick Santorum, they may not see a pioneer for gay equality, but a politically-minded artist has ensured that as a next-best thing, they can see the US presidential nomination hopeful and a lot of gay pornography.
20 February 2012
Mitt Romney campaign co-chair resigns on claim he ‘threatened to deport gay lover’
A co-chairman of Mitt Romney's Arizona presidential campaign and elected official Paul Babeu has been forced to resign amid claims he had threatened to have a gay lover deported.