2nd February 2013
US: Illinois Senate to vote on equal marriage on Valentine’s Day 5
1:27 AM — The Illinois Senate may pass a bill which would legalise equal marriage in the state, and will vote on it on 14 February.
16th January 2013
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.
11th January 2013
US: Newark Mayor Cory Booker: I once ‘hated gays’ 11
2:46 PM — The mayor of the New Jersey city of Newark, Cory Booker, previously “hated gays” as a young man, according to a 1992 opinion piece republished by the Stanford Daily newspaper this week.
US: Illinois Senate could ‘fast track’ and approve equal marriage ‘very soon’ 2
3:11 AM — After the new General Assembly was sworn in in Illinois this week, the House Sponsor of a bill to legalise marriage equality in the state said the measure could come to a vote "very soon".
4th January 2013
Video: Vice President Joe Biden swears in first openly LGBT senator Tammy Baldwin 3
1:25 AM — Democrat Tammy Baldwin has become the first openly gay politician to be sworn into the US Senate. On Thursday, the junior senator for Wisconsin swore the oath of office to US Vice-President Joe Biden.
3rd January 2013
US: Tammy Baldwin becomes first openly gay member sworn into US Senate 5
7:08 PM — Democrat Tammy Baldwin has become the first openly gay politician to be sworn into the US Senate. Earlier today, the junior senator for Wisconsin swore the oath of office to US Vice-President Joe Biden.
24th December 2012
US: Retiring gay Congressman Barry Frank says he’ll consider role of temporary Senator 3
10:58 PM — The retiring Democrat Congressman Barney Frank has indicated that he would be willing to serve as a temporary senator should John Kerry be appointed the next Secretary of State.
22nd December 2012
Possible US Defence Secretary nominee: Comments about gays “do not reflect my views” 17
1:45 AM — A former US Senator, and Barack Obama's likely choice for Defence Secretary, apologised on Friday for "insensitive" remarks he made about an openly gay nominee for an ambassadorship.
7th November 2012
US 2012: Tammy Baldwin elected as first openly gay US senator 14
2:57 AM — Democrat Tammy Baldwin has become the first openly gay member of the US Senate, beating Republican Tommy Thompson in the senate race for Wisconsin.
13th September 2012
US: Democrats call on Republican aide to quit after he sent a video of a Senate hopeful at gay pride 18
7:45 PM — Calls for a Republican political aide to resign have come after he sent links to a video of an openly gay Democratic Sentate hopeful dancing at a gay pride event, along with a message questioning her "heartland values".
26th August 2012
Pride event hopes to raise support ahead of Democrats’ gay marriage decision
12:27 AM — A gay pride event, which is being held in the same US city as is set to host the 2012 Democratic National Convention, hopes to raise enough awareness to influence the party's decision on gay marriage.
22nd August 2012
Minnesota representative urged to step down following gay-sex scandal 23
8:58 PM — A member of the of the Minnesota House of Representatives has been urged to step down by his party leaders after admitting to having a gay-sex liaison with a 17-year old he met on the internet.
4th May 2012
Hillary Clinton and ILGA to receive World Pride awards 32
3:46 PM — Pride London will give US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton the 'World LGBT Award' in recognition of her contribution to protecting the rights of LGBT people worldwide ahead of World Pride in London this July.
19th January 2012
Gay marriage rifts appear in several US states 11
2:32 PM — Politicians and campaigners in Minnesota, New Jersey and North Carolina on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate are gearing up for battle ahead of legislative sessions later this month.
24th November 2011
Comment: Tom Brake MP on securing and defending religious civil partnerships 34
2:39 PM — Tom Brake MP, Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party Committee on Home Affairs, Justice and Equality, talks about protecting new rules on civil partnerships on their passage through Parliament.
9th November 2011
Video: All gay members of US Congress tell teens ‘It Gets Better’ 11
12:55 PM — The four gay members of the 112th US Congress tell LGBT youth that life gets better.
7th November 2011
Video: Michigan state senator slams anti-bullying law 38
4:11 PM — Gretchen Whitmer described it as the "saddest and sickest irony" that the law is named after a student who committed suicide.
13th October 2011
Head of Scottish Episcopal Church backs gay marriage consultation 33
2:12 PM — The head of the Episcopal Church in Scotland has given his support to the consultation on marriage equality. The Most Rev David Chillingworth wrote that it is the government's right to legislate for the change.
19th September 2011
Lib Dem president Tim Farron ‘victim of false gay rumours’ 56
10:19 AM — Liberal Democrat party president Tim Farron has hit out at "wicked" rumours that he was blackmailed over a "secret gay life".
7th September 2011
California governor signs equal benefits law 13
10:37 AM — California's governor, Jerry Brown. has signed into law a measure to encourage companies to give equal benefits to the spouses of gay employees.