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.
15th May 2012
Will Smith comes out for marriage for gay couples to support Obama 51
8:15 PM — Men in Black 3 star Will Smith has said that the debate about wether gay couples can marry is all about “about semantics."
Video: US rapper and producer Jay-Z supports gay couples marrying 22
5:21 PM — Rapper Jay-Z has backed US President Barack Obama's announcement last week that he supported equal marriage rights between gay and straight couples.
Family Research Institute head: Equal marriage view suggests Obama may be gay 135
4:39 PM — Paul Cameron, founder of the Family Research Institute has said US President Barack Obama's support of equal marriage rights for gay couples lends 'credence' to claims that he had gay relationships and that the 'the long term goal of the homosexual movement' is to ensure children can 'try' or 'maybe be forced' to experience gay sex acts.
Obama: Extending marriage to gay couples will ‘strengthen families’ 48
12:19 AM — President Barack Obama has continued to speak out in favour of equal marriage while attending a celebrity laden fund-raiser in New York. After being introduced by openly gay star Ricky Martin, President Obama said: that all people are "equal in terms of dignity and in terms of respect."
13th May 2012
Newsweek names Obama as the first ‘gay’ president 76
9:07 PM — Within days of President Obama formally declaring his support for equal marriage, the American magazine Newsweek has named him the first 'gay' president in its front cover.
11th May 2012
Poll: 51% of Americans agree with Obama’s support of equal marriage 13
9:46 PM — More than half of Americans have said that they approve of President Obama's support for equal marriage, though 60% of the respondents also said that this announcement would have no bearing on their voting decisions, according to a Gallup/USA Today poll released this evening.
Comment: Barack Obama joins an unstoppable global trend towards equality 13
5:13 PM — President Obama has, at last, moved with the flow of history and an unstoppable global trend towards equality, writes Peter Tatchell.