26th June 2014
US: Republican Senator announces support for equal marriage after HRC endorsement
12:09 PM — A Republican senator in Maine has become the fourth sitting Republican to indicate support for same-sex marriage, following an endorsement for her re-election from a major gay rights group.
23rd June 2014
US: Attorney claims gay people are ‘absolute thugs’ for wanting discrimination protections 16
4:45 PM — An attorney from the anti-gay Christian legal group Liberty Counsel has said legislation to protect LGBT people against discrimination is "a tragedy", and that gay people are "absolute thugs" for trying to gain equality.
2nd April 2014
Family Research Council: Allowing gays in the military has caused its ‘absolute destruction’ 22
8:30 PM — The vice-president of the Family Research Council has said that the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell in 2011 has caused the 'absolute destruction' of the US military.
7th January 2014
This gay Marine waited 57 years to not be remembered as dishonourable. He got his dying wish 13
7:58 PM — A US Marine who was dishonourably discharged from the military for being gay almost 60 years ago has been given his dying wish to have an honourable discharge.
1st November 2013
Former US Defence Secretary Robert Gates appointed to lead Boy Scouts of America
1:27 PM — Former US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates has been chosen to lead the Boy Scouts of America – an organisation which continues to find it difficult to accept gay people.
30th October 2013
US: Ban on LGBT discrimination gains key Senate vote
6:37 PM — West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin's support for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) means all 54 Democrats in the US senate are backing a pivotal piece of LGBT legislation.
17th September 2013
Tony Perkins: ‘Allowing gay military couples leave to travel to where they can marry is discriminatory’ 36
7:18 PM — Tony Perkins of the anti-gay Family Research Council, has voiced his disapproval at the Pentagon's announcement that gay couples will be allowed leave to marry, if they live a certain distance from a state which legally recognises same-sex marriage.
31st August 2013
US: Gay sergeant who criticised ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ policy dies in car accident 11
11:04 AM — Darren Manzella, a gay combat medic who was discharged from the US Army after criticising the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy, has died in a traffic accident.
26th June 2013
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel pays tribute to gay troops in Pride speech
3:26 PM — Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has paid tribute to gay members of America’s armed forces in a speech to mark Pride month.
24th June 2013
US: Acting Air Force Secretary becomes highest ranking openly-gay member of Defense Department
9:24 PM — The new acting Air Force Secretary, Under Secretary Eric Fanning, has become the highest-ranking openly-gay person at the US Defense Department.
25th April 2013
US: Connecticut Senate votes to restore benefits to veterans denied them under ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ 3
12:19 AM — The Senate in the US state of Connecticut on Wednesday voted to approve a bill which would restore state benefits to gay and lesbian veterans who were previously refused them under the US military's former Don't Ask Don't Tell policy.
15th April 2013
US: Gay soldier files appeal over $100 White House protest fine 13
6:41 PM — Dan Choi – who was fined $100 for chaining himself to the White House fence in protest over America’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law – is refusing to pay the fine.
29th March 2013
Peter Tatchell: ‘Dan Choi’s $100 fine is a victory for him but he’s been left exhausted’ 11
5:31 PM — The decision of a judge to fine a gay former solider $100 for chaining himself to the White House fence is a “victory” for the “exhausted” defendant, says Peter Tatchell.
US: Gay former solider fined $100 for White House protest 10
2:54 PM — Former US Army lieutenant Dan Choi, who chained himself to the White House fence in protest over America’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law, has avoided a prison sentence.
28th March 2013
US: Trial of gay former soldier who chained himself to the White House fence resumes 18
2:14 PM — The trial of a gay soldier who chained himself to the White House fence in protest over America’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law has resumed.
15th March 2013
Gay former US Air Force Major settles ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ lawsuit 6
6:54 PM — A former airman who was discharged from the US Air Force under ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ has settled his lawsuit against the Defense Department.
23rd February 2013
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.
6th February 2013
US: Pentagon set to extend benefits to gay service members 1
1:23 AM — Reports suggest that that the Pentagon is to extend some benefits to same-sex partners of gay service members.
31st January 2013
Tony Perkins blames military suicides on the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell 20
1:59 PM — The President of the Family Research Council, Tony Perkins, has blamed the repeal of don't ask don't tell for suicides in the US military.
28th January 2013
US: Lesbian wife of Fort Bragg officer gets membership offer and ‘Spouse of the Year’ award 2
4:37 PM — The lesbian wife of an officer at Fort Bragg has won the Spouse of the Year award and been invited to join the military spouses' club that originally rebuffed her.