18th March 2013
US: Same-sex health benefits bill passes initial vote in Vermont House
4:09 PM — The House in the US state of Vermont has voted in favour of a bill which requires out-of-state companies to offer equal healthcare benefits to same-sex couples as they offer to opposite-sex couples.
16th March 2013
US Christians: A Republican supporting his gay son is like a parent supporting a child who drink drives 106
12:26 PM — A Christian group has mocked a Republican senator who changed his views on same-sex marriage after his son came out, comparing homosexuality to drink driving.
Video: US House Speaker says he ‘can’t imagine’ his position on equal marriage will ‘ever change’ 21
2:43 AM — In an interview, the United States House Speaker John Boehner has said that he "can't imagine" he would "ever" change from his current stance in opposition to equal marriage.
Supreme Court grants Obama administration the right to argue same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional 13
12:02 AM — President Obama's administration has been granted the opportunity to argue to the US Supreme Court that California's Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.
15th March 2013
US: Anti-gay leader calls Senator who now supports equal marriage ‘A very troubled man’ 12
6:00 PM — The leader of an anti-equal marriage group in the US has spoken out against Senator Rob Portman, who changed his stance in support of equal marriage, following his son coming out as gay.
US: Hardline anti-equal marriage Senator reverses position over son’s coming out 23
11:52 AM — A Republican Senator previously known for his staunch opposition of marriage equality has done a complete u-turn on his position, saying his son's coming out as gay made him change his mind.
9th March 2013
US Supreme Court Justice tells 11-year-old opposed to Defense of Marriage Act to ‘keep dreaming big’ 10
10:38 PM — A Supreme Court Justice in the US has responded to a letter from a young girl which requested that the Supreme Court strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to help her lesbian parents.
8th March 2013
Bill Clinton: I signed it, but now the Defense of Marriage Act must be overturned 35
2:49 AM — Former US President Bill Clinton, has urged the Supreme Court to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, writing an article which states that, despite signing it himself in 1996, we live in a "different time" and it must be repealed.
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.
21st February 2013
UK: News giant Reuters announces support for same-sex marriage bill 7
11:06 AM — International news and media giant Thomson Reuters, which runs the Reuters news agency, is throwing its weight behind the same-sex marriage bill for England and Wales.
20th February 2013
Poll: 59% of Americans oppose the Defense of Marriage Act 4
3:44 PM — A new poll has found that almost two thirds of Americans registered to vote oppose the Defense of Marriage Act, and that just over half support equal marriage for same-sex couples.
16th February 2013
US Government allows first burial of same-sex military spouse in national cemetery 8
8:33 PM — The US government has permitted the first burial of a same-sex spouse of a military veteran in a nation cemetery, however whether or not this will affect other gay military couples is unknown.
13th February 2013
US Christian Group: ‘Allowing same-sex military benefits will reduce morale’ 16
12:50 PM — A fundamentalist Christian organisation in the US has heavily criticised the Pentagon's recent announcement that it will extend some benefits to same-sex military couples.
29th January 2013
US: Business coalition formed to push for repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act 5
4:41 PM — A coalition of businesses has formed in support of the Respect for Marriage Act, which would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act, to allow equal marriage rights to same-sex couples federally.
18th January 2013
US: Boeing will now allow pension survivor benefits for same-sex couples 2
3:54 PM — Boeing, one of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers, has reversed a previous decision to deny pension survivor benefits for married same-sex couples.
22nd December 2012
Barack Obama: America’s attitudes to gay rights has been transformed over the past four years 4
12:27 AM — Speaking to Time Magazine reporters after he was named 'Time Magazine Person of the Year', US President Barack Obama has reflected on the transformation made to attitudes towards homosexuality in America.
17th December 2012
US Marine Corps captain proposes to his boyfriend in the White House 15
9:52 PM — Over the weekend, a US Marine Corp captain proposed to his partner at the White House. The photos posted to Facebook have been liked hundreds of times.
29th October 2012
US: Barack Obama endorsed by the New York Times for his support of equal marriage 7
1:09 AM — The New York Times has endorsed Barack Obama for the November presidential election in the US, citing his support of same-sex marriage as one of its main reasons.
27th September 2012
New York: Same-sex marriage case heard in appeals court 3
9:47 PM — A New York lawyer for the Justice Department was made, by a federal appeals panel to explain the US government's decision behind ceasing to defend the Defense of Marriage Act.
12th September 2012
US: New bill would ban equal marriage on military bases 16
7:45 PM — The resistance against equal marriage on military bases from a US Senator, has not wavered, as a new bill was introduced yesterday with a view to banning same-sex weddings on military bases.