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  • 5th March 2011

    House of Representatives speaker seeks to defend anti-gay marriage law 22

    John Boehner disagrees with president Obama's decription of the act as unconstitutional

    1:02 AM — The speaker of the House of Representatives has said that he will seek to defend cases brought against the government over the Defense of Marriage Act*, a law that president Barack Obama has said his administration will no longer defend.

  • 24th February 2011

    Maryland gay marriage bill gains preliminary Senate approval 1

    Maryland may be the sixth state to make gay marriage legal

    5:48 PM — The Maryland Senate last night gave preliminary approval for a gay marriage bill in the state, 25 votes to 22. The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act will remove gender references in the US state’s marriage laws and give churches the right not to conduct ceremonies.

  • 23rd February 2011

    Video: Barack Obama rules US will not defend the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act 13

    President Obama says that the Defense of Marriage Act is unfair

    9:10 PM — In what could be a historic advance for gay rights in the United States, Barack Obama's administration has announced that it will not defend the Defense of Marriage Act in two specific cases because it defines a marriage as only being between a man and a woman.

  • 16th February 2011

    Donald Trump hints at presidential run as he comes out against gay marriage 32

    Donald Trump may run for US president (photo: Gage Skidmore)

    12:06 AM — US billionaire, star of 'The Apprentice' and Miss USA owner Donald Trump said on Tuesday he is not in favour of gay marriage, and is "incredibly tempted" to run for US president in 2012.

  • 28th January 2011

    David Kato buried as pastor condemns homosexuality 22

    David Kato was buried today

    4:55 PM — Ugandan gay rights campaigner David Kato was buried today but scuffles broke out at his funeral as the pastor urged gays to repent. Mr Kato, who was murdered in his home on Wednesday, was laid to rest in his village near Kampala.

  • 26th January 2011

    Obama: Gays will serve openly in the military this year 3

    Barack Obama said gay troops would serve openly this year

    2:25 PM — US President Barack Obama mentioned the military gay ban in his State of the Union address yesterday. In the annual address, he called for more support for troops, veterans and their families and acknowledged that some are gay.

  • 24th November 2010

    Video: Pixar employees say ‘it gets better’ 3

    Pixar employees say it gets better

    9:16 AM — The "it gets better" campaign that aims to tell LGBT bullied youth not to despair has been joined by the employees of Disney's computer generated animation company Pixar.

  • 16th November 2010

    Thirteen gay activists arrested after White House DADT protest 7

    Protesters chained themselves to the White House fence

    3:10 PM — Thirteen gay rights campaigners have been arrested after handcuffing themselves to the White House fence in protest at the ban on out gay troops.

  • 10th November 2010

    Repeal of military gay ban looks doubtful this year 4

    A survey of troops will be published in three weeks (Photo: US Army)

    4:58 PM — Repealing the US ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military by the end of 2010 now looks less likely. Congress will begin a lame-duck session on Monday and the White House is pushing to repeal the law.

  • Two lawsuits filed against US Defence of Marriage Act 9

    Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer's marriage was not recognised by the federal government

    3:27 PM — Two lawsuits have been filed against the US Defence of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of gay marriage. Couples and bereaved spouses in New York, Connecticut, Vermont and New Hampshire will challenge the law.

  • 3rd November 2010

    US mid-term results pose challenges and opportunities for gay rights 13

    Gay groups say pro-gay candidates fared well

    2:50 PM — The US mid-term elections have seen the Republicans gain control of the lower house, while the Democrats held on to the Senate. According to commentators, the result presents both challenges and opportunities for gay rights.

  • 29th October 2010

    Stonewall launches own message for gay teenagers 33

    Stonewall launched the It Gets Better Today campaign

    2:01 PM — Gay rights charity Stonewall has launched its own version of the US It Gets Better YouTube campaign for bullied gay teenagers. 'It Gets Better Today' tells young people that they do not have to wait for their lives to improve because the UK already has civil partnerships, out gay soldiers and parental rights for gay people.

  • ‘Most US troops’ okay with openly gay colleagues 9

    Most troops were said to be okay with out gay colleagues (Photo: US Army)

    10:56 AM — The majority of US troops and their families are okay about serving alongside openly gay colleagues, according to Pentagon sources familiar with the findings of an internal survey.

  • 27th October 2010

    Obama discusses DADT with gay groups 2

    Gay rights groups met the president yesterday

    6:00 PM — US president Barack Obama had a brief meeting with gay rights groups yesterday over the ban on out gay soldiers. According to the Washington Post, the groups met the president and senior officials yesterday to discuss the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

  • 26th October 2010

    Record number of out gay officials in Obama administration 3

    Barack Obama has appointed a record number of out gay employees

    6:41 PM — US president Barack Obama has appointed a "record" number of out gay officials since taking office. According to estimates by gay rights campaigners and the White House, he has appointed more than 150 out gay people to posts in his administration.

  • Obama administration launches campaign against anti-gay bullying 12

    Barack Obama is expected to promote the new guidance

    12:10 PM — The US Obama administration has launched a campaign against homophobic bullying. The new advice for schools and colleges comes shortly after President Obama recorded a video for the It Gets Better project, which aims to encouraged bullied gay teenagers

  • 25th October 2010

    Alan Cumming: ‘Obama’s done diddly-squat for us’ 14

    Alan Cumming said Obama's actions were sending messages about gay people

    12:58 PM — Bisexual Scottish actor Alan Cumming has attacked Barack Obama for not doing enough for gay rights. President Obama has promised to end the ban on out gay soldiers but gay rights campaigners are becoming impatient with a perceived lack of action.

  • 22nd October 2010

    Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell under tighter controls 3

    Gay soldiers have been warned not to come out

    3:00 PM — The US military's ban on out gay soldiers has come back into force with some changes. Defence secretary Robert Gates announced yesterday that the power to fire individuals who have been outed will lie in the hands of just a handful of high-ranking officials.

  • Video: Barack Obama tells gay kids ‘It will get better’ 31

    Barack Obama joined the It Gets Better campaign

    10:42 AM — US president Barack Obama has become the most high-profile figure to join a campaign to stop gay teen suicides. He recorded a short video for the It Gets Better YouTube project, which aims to encourage bullied gay teenagers that their lives will improve.

  • 20th October 2010

    Obama administration asks appeals court to suspend DADT ruling 3

    The Obama administration has asked for the ruling to be stayed

    5:42 PM — The Obama administration has filed an emergency request asking the federal appeals court to suspend a court order lifting the ban on out gay military personnel.

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