22nd January 2013
US: Petition calls on White House to include LGBT questions in school survey 1
3:01 PM — Activists are petitioning the White House to include LGBT-specific questions in a proposed school climate survey.
Pro-gay pastor delivers Obama benediction and says gay people created in God’s image 7
12:54 PM — The pro-gay priest who delivered President Barack Obama's benediction as part of the official inauguration ceremony on Monday said that all people, were "created in God's image", whether "gay or straight".
Video: Gay poet performs reading at official Obama inauguration ceremony 5
12:29 PM — An openly gay Cuban-American poet delivered a moving poem at the official public inauguration of President Barack Obama yesterday.
21st January 2013
Obama: ‘Our journey is not complete until gay people are given equal rights’ 25
5:46 PM — Speaking at his inauguration, President Barack Obama made a speech which said "our journey is not complete" until equal rights for gay people is reached, and referred to the importance of the Stonewall riots in terms of moves towards equality.
Video: President Barack Obama officially sworn into office for second term 5
1:05 PM — President Barack Obama was sworn into office for his second term as US president on Sunday.
16th January 2013
US: Pro-gay pastor to give blessing at President Obama’s inauguration 2
5:50 PM — The pro-gay pastor of the Episcopal parish closest to the White House will give the benediction at President Barack Obama's inauguration next week.
Chuck Hagel supports equal benefits for same-sex military couples
12:37 AM — The all but appointed defence secretary, Chuck Hagel, has said that he supports equal benefits for same-sex military couples in a letter to Senator Barbara Boxer who questioned his previous stance on LGBT rights, before she would endorse him for the post.
15th January 2013
US Radio Host compares homosexuality to Sandy Hook shooting and alcoholism 18
6:29 PM — The host of a Christian information radio station, and the president of an anti-gay organisation in the US, likened homosexuality to alcoholism before comparing homosexual "behaviour" to that of the shooter in the Sandy Hook shooting.
11th January 2013
Survey: Big drop in Americans who say being gay is a sin 17
10:33 AM — Americans who believe being gay is a sin are now a minority, according to new research, which links the trend to President Obama’s decision to support equal marriage.
10th January 2013
US: Gay former ambassador forgives Chuck Hagel for anti-gay remarks 2
6:21 PM — Former US ambassador James Hormel has forgiven Chuck Hagel for previously describing him as “aggressively gay” and is now supporting his defence secretary nomination.
US: Anti-gay pastor pulls out of Obama inauguration 10
5:21 PM — Reverend Louie Giglio, who had been announced as the pastor to give the benediction at President Obama’s second inauguration, has now pulled out of the ceremony, after criticism of his previous anti-gay comments.
9th January 2013
Gay Cuban American poet chosen for Obama inauguration 5
6:42 PM — President Barack Obama has chosen an openly gay Cuban American poet, whose work focusses on his homosexual awakening, to deliver a poem at his inauguration this month.
7th January 2013
President Obama appoints Chuck Hagel — but gay rights groups express reservations 8
7:11 PM — US President Barack Obama has named Chuck Hagel as defence secretary, despite a backlash over his previous comments on gay rights.
US Supreme Court schedules two day hearing for same-sex marriage cases 4
6:28 PM — The US Supreme Court has announced that it will hear two days of arguments relating to same-sex marriage at the end of March.
4th January 2013
Kelly Clarkson: I’m not a lesbian but I get hit on by the hottest girls ever!
2:49 PM — Kelly Clarkson has said that while she gets hit on by “the hottest girls ever", she is not a lesbian.
3rd January 2013
Illinois Democrats delay vote on making same-sex marriage legal 3
9:36 PM — Democrats in the state of Illinois have delayed a vote that was planned for today to make same-sex marriage legal. Senator Heather Steans, Democrat State Senator for Mr Obama's home city of Chicago hoped to answer Governor Pat Quinn’s wish that he can sign into law equal marriage as early as this month.
Republican Chairman: It is time for people to support marriage equality 12
4:48 AM — A Republican Party chairman has urged lawmakers to get behind a proposal to legalise marriage equality in Illinois.
31st December 2012
Archbishop of Chicago: Same-sex marriage ‘violates natural law’ 59
5:35 PM — The Catholic Archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal Francis George, has warned against introducing marriage equality in the state of Illinois because he claims gay couples cannot consummate their unions.
President Obama gives Chuck Hagel his backing — despite gay rights row 12
2:14 PM — Despite facing renewed criticism for his previous anti-gay remarks, Chuck Hagel, who is tipped to become the next US defence secretary, has President Obama’s support.
30th December 2012
Obama calls on home-state of Illinois to make same-sex marriage legal 11
12:32 PM — A spokesman for Barack Obama says that the president has encouraged politicians in his home state to change the law to make marriage equal.