15th July 2011
Obama administration asks court to keep military gay ban for now 59
3:30 PM — The Obama administration has asked an appeals court to reconsider a verdict ruling that the ban on openly gay troops should end immediately. Last week, the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the Pentagon to cease enforcing the ban.
14th July 2011
Larry King joins NOH8 campaign for gay marriage 11
1:39 PM — Former CNN host Larry King has posed for a NOH8 photograph to raise awareness for marriage equality. He also filmed a soon to be released advertisement calling on president Barack Obama to support the calls for gay marriage.
30th June 2011
Obama still won’t endorse gay marriage 38
9:49 AM — President Obama has said that New York's move to legalise gay marriage is a "good thing" but still won't endorse the right of gay couples to wed. Yesterday, he held a news conference and a reception for gay rights campaigners. At both events, he refused to give his personal view on the issue.
24th June 2011
Barack Obama supports ‘equal rights’ but stops short of backing gay marriage 88
11:25 AM — Addressing LGBT Democrat supporters at a New York fundraiser last night, Barack Obama spoke carefully, aware of the current gay marriage debate in the state Senate.
23rd June 2011
Obama holds New York gala fundraiser for gay supporters 19
11:07 AM — President Obama is to hold a fundraiser for gay supporters in New York tonight - as the state Senate is expected to vote on a gay marriage bill. The gala was booked far ahead of the vote, making the timing a coincidence, albeit a happy one for gay rights campaigners.
17th June 2011
Hillary Clinton: UN resolution on LGBT people is a ‘historic moment’ 97
11:25 PM — US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has hailed the passing of a UN resolution calling for the recognition of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) people as a "historic moment."
7th June 2011
Natalie Portman joins gay marriage equality campaign 7
12:20 PM — Natalie Portman and her fiancé, Benjamin Millepied, have joined Freedom to Marry’s "I Do" campaign, which was launched in March and urges President Barack Obama to support full gay marriage equality.
3rd June 2011
White House launches LGBT website 61
3:03 PM — The White House has launched a website aimed specifically at LGBT people and highlighting President Obama’s ongoing support of and commitment to the LGBT community.
1st June 2011
Harvey Milk’s nephew to kick off this weekend’s Pittsburgh gay pride rally
2:29 PM — Stuart Milk, nephew of Harvey Milk, will speak on Friday at the Pride Advocacy Rally which kicks off this year's Pittsburgh Pride festival in Pennsylvania.
27th May 2011
Human Rights Campaign backs Obama for re-election 11
2:36 PM — America's largest gay rights organisation, Human Rights Campaign, is backing President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012. HRC leader Joe Solmonese said that Obama was the only clear choice for the LGBT vote next year.
26th May 2011
Three men arrested for gay hate attack in Minnesota 49
11:18 PM — Police in St Cloud, Minnesota have arrested three men accused of severely beating a gay man because of his sexuality. The three men, named as Matthew Warren Thomas, 24; Chad Vincent Hands, 21 and Ryan Andrew Frane, 23, were arrested and transported to a county prison.
25th May 2011
White House condemns Minnesota’s proposed gay marriage ban 22
10:14 AM — The White House has issued a statement condemning proposals to ban gay marriage in Minnesota, although it stops short of backing marriage equality. The statement did not explicitly mention the move but called such efforts "divisive" and "discriminatory".
13th May 2011
US condemns ‘odious’ Ugandan anti-homosexuality bill 72
10:58 AM — The US State Department has strongly condemned Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill. Addressing journalists yesterday, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said: "No amendments, no changes, would justify the passage of this odious bill."
12th May 2011
US House panel attempts to delay lifting of military gay ban 18
2:00 PM — A US House panel has approved a defence bill which contains a clause to delay the lifting of the ban on openly gay soldiers. The House Armed Services Committee voted 33-27 to approve an amendment requiring the chiefs of all four military services to certify that the change won't hurt military readiness, AP reports.
4th May 2011
Video:Google uses TV advertisement during Glee to showcase ‘It Gets Better’ campaign 44
11:05 PM — Google has aired a television advertisement for its Google Chrome browser that showcases the 'It Gets Better' YouTube campaign to support gay teens.
27th April 2011
Lesbian cadet Katherine Miller refused readmission to West Point 7
5:45 PM — Katherine Miller, the lesbian cadet who resigned from West Point military academy last year over the don't ask don't tell policy, has had her bid for readmission refused.
14th March 2011
US celebrities and entrepreneurs call on Obama to support gay marriage equality 20
10:39 PM — American gay and straight celebrities and entrepreneurs have written to US president Barack Obama to call for full federal marriage equality. The letter has been signed by gay celebrities including Rufus Wainwright, Ellen & Portia DeGeneres, Glee star Jane Lynch together with straight celebrity Martin Sheen and Marc Pincus, the chief executive of Zynga, the home of FarmVille and CityVille.
5th March 2011
House of Representatives speaker seeks to defend anti-gay marriage law 22
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
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
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.