27th February 2013
Chuck Hagel confirmed as US Defence Secretary despite past anti-gay remarks 2
11:11 AM — Having faced criticism over his previous homophobic views, the US Senate has confirmed Chuck Hagel as the new US Defence Secretary.
26th February 2013
US radio host praises African countries for refusing to decriminalise homosexuality 24
4:27 PM — Linda Harvey, a host of the Ohio based Christian radio station WRFD has praised countries which refuse to decriminalise homosexuality and said that the "radical" effort of the White House to achieve equal human rights
23rd February 2013
US: Obama Administration puts pressure on Supreme Court to strike down DOMA 12
1:44 AM — In a filing made on Friday, the Obama Administration urged the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act, saying courts considering laws targeting gay people should do so with extra scrutiny, and calling it unconstitutional.
US: Gay soldier booed at GOP presidential debate joins Ohio equal marriage effort 5
12:35 AM — An openly gay US soldier who was booed during a Republican presidential debate in 2011 for asking if potential candidates would undo moves towards gay equality, has joined efforts to lift the state of Ohio's ban on equal marriage.
22nd February 2013
Anti-gay evangelist Scott Lively claims to have found proof that Obama is gay 53
3:00 PM — US Christian Evangelical Scott Lively, has posted an article claiming that President Barack Obama is gay, claiming to have proof, because he went on a weekend trip with an aide, but without Michelle.
21st February 2013
Laura Bush asks to be removed from same-sex marriage advert 10
4:07 PM — Former first lady Laura Bush has asked an organisation to remove a video clip of her from an advert promoting same-sex marriage – with the group having failed to ask for her permission.
Obama considers intervening on Supreme Court equal marriage decision 10
12:07 PM — President Obama is considering intervening on the Supreme Court's decision on Proposition 8, the controversial ruling that banned same-sex marriage in California in 2008.
20th February 2013
US: Former first lady Laura Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney to star in equal marriage ads 4
12:14 PM — A media campaign in support of same-sex marriage will feature President Barack Obama, ex-first lady Laura Bush and ex-Vice President Dick Cheney.
15th February 2013
US: Kansas Representative claims that 70% of Americans oppose equal marriage 18
1:23 AM — The Representative for Kansas's first congressional district has voiced his opposition to equal marriage, claiming that 70% of Americans also oppose it, and saying that Obama wants to "destroy the family."
14th February 2013
37 US Senators urge President Obama to outlaw homophobic discrimination by federal contractors
10:19 PM — President Obama is under pressure to issue an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees.
13th February 2013
US: Obama State of the Union speech calls out to gay service members 3
4:03 PM — President Obama referred to gay soldiers in his State of the Union address last night and said that Americans should be able to get ahead "no matter who they love".
US: Senate renews Violence Against Women Act with new protections for gay people 7
1:48 PM — The US Senate has renewed the Violence Against Women Act while expanding it to cover gay, immigrant, and Native American victims - something it failed to do when it went up for a vote in 2011.
11th February 2013
Update: Cincinnati teacher sacked for refusing to recant statement supporting equal marriage 10
5:06 PM — The Assistant Principal at a Catholic school in Cincinnati has been sacked, for refusing to recant statements he made in support of equal marriage for gay people.
8th February 2013
Obama criticised for attending prayer breakfast with group linked with anti-gay Ugandan lawmakers 20
8:13 PM — Barack Obama has been criticised for attending the National Prayer Breakfast, a conservative-hosted event with alleged links to Ugandan anti-gay lawmakers, without addressing gay rights.
6th February 2013
Update: The Boy Scouts of America delays vote on gay ban until May 9
4:17 PM — The Boy Scouts of American has delayed a vote on whether or not to lift a ban on gay scouts, volunteers and staff, until May "due to the complexity of the issue".
Video: Christian TV host says Scouts lifting gay ban will allow ‘predators and paedophiles’ 13
1:06 PM — A Christian television host has questioned whether "predators and paedophiles" would be allowed to be Scout Masters if the Boy Scouts were to lift its ban on openly gay scouts, volunteers and staff.
5th February 2013
Yvette Cooper: Parliament has the chance today to support loving gay couples 7
2:10 PM — Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has given a robust defence of the government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill – ahead of this evening’s vote.
4th February 2013
US: University unveils memorial centre plan for gay student suicide victim Tyler Clementi 1
2:47 PM — A university in New Jersey plans to create a centre named after Tyler Clementi, the gay student who killed himself after his roommate used a webcam to spy on him kissing another man.
Obama says Boy Scouts ban on gays must end 7
2:10 AM — President Barack Obama said on Sunday that gay people should be allowed in the Boy Scouts of America, and that "nobody should be barred" from the experience of being a scout.
30th January 2013
Senator John McCain: Same-sex family immigration protections are a ‘red herring’ 10
5:29 PM — Senator John McCain has attacked President Obama's plans for immigration reform, described the issue of same-sex binational families as "a red herring", and compared same-sex families to abortions.