14th August 2012
Thousands join campaign to oppose American Scouts’ anti-gay policy 14
1:02 PM — A campaign has begun on Change.org to urge California’s Golden Empire Council to reinstate 22-year-old Eagle Scout Tim Griffin and to reject the Boy Scouts of America’s policy barring LGBT scouts and leaders.
8th August 2012
Obama opposes Scouts anti-gay discrimination 8
11:37 PM — President Obama is opposed to the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay members, volunteers and staff, his spokesman said today. He is the honorary president of the Scouts group.
7th August 2012
Obama signs military funeral protest ban bill 40
11:53 AM — US President Obama has signed a bill into law which while make protests within 300 feet of military funerals, of the kind favoured by the God Hates Fags Westboro Baptist Church, illegal.
3rd August 2012
Obama nominates gay man as US Air Force Under Secretary 8
3:46 PM — President Obama intends to appoint a gay man for the role of Under Secretary of the US Air Force.
30th July 2012
US: Democrats move to adopt same-sex marriage as official party platform 9
11:32 PM — The US Democrats are expected to back same-sex marriage part of their official party platform. The move comes little more than three months after President Barack Obama confirmed his own personal support for gay couples being granted the right to marry.
17th July 2012
US: George W Bush and Hillary Clinton to attend HIV conference 3
11:17 PM — US secretary of state Hillary Clinton and former president George W Bush are expected to attend an HIV conference in Washington this week.
15th July 2012
US: Lesbian Super-PAC aims to support pro-LGBT and women candidates 4
10:14 PM — A pro-lesbian Super-PAC (political action committee) has been launched to support political candidates in the US who back LGBT and women's rights. L-PAC has already secured high-profile backing from figures such as Billie-Jean King and actress Jane Lynch.
6th July 2012
Brad Pitt’s mother writes anti-gay letter to local newspaper 37
8:30 PM — Brad Pitt's mother has written a letter to a Missouri newspaper attacking Barack Obama on his support for marriage equality. Jane Pitt wrote to the Springfield News-Leader to say Christians should back Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who is against abortion and same-sex marriage.
4th July 2012
Obama administration asks Supreme Court to hear Defence of Marriage cases 10
7:35 PM — The Obama administration's Department of Justice has asked the Supreme Court to hear two cases against the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA). AP reports that the earliest the cases are likely to be heard is September, with a decision made in June 2013.
3rd July 2012
Illinois county clerks’ bid to defend gay marriage ban 9
9:36 PM — Two Illinois county clerks have been granted permission to defend the state's equal marriage ban. The clerks, named as Effingham County Clerk Kerry Hirtzel and Tazewell County Clerk Christie Webb, are being backed by Catholic group The Thomas More Society, which filed a request on their behalf.
22nd June 2012
Poll: Obama’s equal marriage support not moving divided public 5
5:33 PM — US President Barack Obama's recent declaration in favour of marriage equality for gay couples has not tipped public opinion towards or against the move or his handling of the issues, a recent poll shows.
19th June 2012
Video: White House unveils Pride month video challenge finalists
5:14 PM — The White House Office of Public Engagement has unveiled six finalists for its LGBT Pride Month Video Challenge to honour local community leaders in the US.
16th June 2012
Video: President Obama’s speech for LGBT Pride Reception 9
10:11 PM — During a reception to mark LGBT pride month, President Obama tells gay and trans supporters that he will have a 'friend' and 'fellow advocate' in him as long as he remains at the White House.
11th June 2012
Video: Southern Baptist pastor defends Obama’s equal marriage endorsement 44
11:49 AM — In a video watched tens of thousands of times over the weekend, a Southern Baptist pastor in Dallas, Texas has criticised negative reactions to President Obama's personal endorsement of marriage rights for gay couples.
7th June 2012
Video: Internet radio host, 14, hacked after saying Obama was ‘making kids gay’ 165
1:23 PM — A 14-year-old American boy has drawn international ire for his conservative radio show, in which he said President Obama was encouraging children to turn gay.
6th June 2012
Obama heads to the West Coast to lobby the LGBT community 33
9:32 PM — President Obama is headed on a two-day trip to the West Coast, aimed at lobbying the LGBT community, especially with an eye to fundraising for the forthcoming presidential elections, US media organisations report.
4th June 2012
Video: Michelle Obama proud to support marriage equality 18
9:26 PM — Nearly a month after US President Barack Obama came out in support of equal marriage, the First Lady, Michelle Obama, has spoken of her support for the right of gay couples to marry, while answering questions from her Twitter follows.
24th May 2012
Poll: Opposition to equal marriage, especially black voters, hits record low after Obama’s support 31
7:38 PM — Opposition to equal marriage has fallen to a record low, and that this change is connected to President Obama's endorsement of the measure, a new poll by Washington Post and ABC News finds.
Video: Obama campaign releases LGBT manifesto 18
11:39 AM — In a sign that, having come out for equal marriage, President Obama is making LGBT rights one of the pillars of his campaign for re-election, a new video has been released that touts his gay rights record for the past for years, and a manifesto for the next term.
19th May 2012
50 Cent is 100% for gay marriage but not gay men that touch ‘your little buns’ in elevators 101
4:03 PM — The rapper 50 Cent has told a magazine that he is backing President Barack Obama's personal support of equal marriage for same sex couples, but argues that organisations should be created to protect the rights of heterosexual men, who might be at risk of gay men touching them up in an elevator.