21st June 2014
John Kerry: We must push back against violence and anti-gay laws globally 1
11:39 AM — US Secretary of State John Kerry has said the West needs to push back against the "global trend of rising violence and discrimination against LGBT persons."
1st May 2014
Vice President Joe Biden: ‘No downside’ to an executive order banning anti-gay discrimination 1
10:12 PM — Vice President Biden has said there would be 'no downside' to an executive order banning anti-gay workplace discrimination, despite Obama's spokesman labelling it 'redundant'.
30th December 2013
US: Florida Democrats hope to push forward with LGBT rights bills in 2014 2
12:39 PM — Democrats in the US state of Florida have expressed an interest in pushing forward with bills to extend civil rights to LGBT people in 2014.
5th November 2013
US Senate passes bill protecting LGBT people from employment discrimination 7
10:55 AM — A bill banning workplace discrimination against LGBT Americans has passed the US Senate – but it faces immense hurdles in the House of Representatives where the Republican Party holds the balance of power.
4th November 2013
Speaker John Boehner says LGBT discrimination law would ‘cost US jobs’ 10
5:37 PM — Republican US House Speaker John Boehner has described proposals to outlaw LGBT discrimination as an attack on small businesses, ahead of a Senate vote.
3rd October 2013
US Vice President cancels speech at LGBT event due to government shutdown 3
5:21 PM — US Vice President Joe Biden has cancelled a planned appearance with gay rights group the Human Rights Campaign, because of issues surrounding the current government shutdown in the country.
2nd October 2013
Comment: Does the US Congress represent LGBT Americans? 17
1:22 PM — Having undertaken an internship on Capitol Hill, British student Cai Wilshaw writes for PinkNews.co.uk on how America still has a long way to go when it comes to LGBT political representation and equality.
19th July 2013
US: Democratic West Virginia Representative backs anti-equal marriage federal ban 32
7:08 PM — A Democratic lawmaker is joining dozens of Republicans who want to ban same-sex marriages in the US Constitution.
18th April 2013
Governor of Montana to sign away obsolete gay sex ban 3
6:48 PM — Governor of Montana, Steve Bullock, will sign into law a bill that decriminalises gay sex, 16 years after the state’s Supreme Court ruled it to be unconstitutional.
17th April 2013
Texas: El Paso Senator Jose Rodriguez urges repeal of sodomy law 2
4:34 PM — A Democratic lawmaker is proposing that Texas repeals an anti-gay law overturned by the US Supreme Court a decade ago.
9th April 2013
White House press secretary says America’s growing support for equal marriage is a ‘remarkable evolution’ 1
4:45 PM — White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has praised America’s growing support for equal marriage, calling it a "remarkable evolution".
14th March 2013
Minnesota: Same-sex marriage bill survives Republican attempts to halt it 8
12:41 PM — A proposed equal marriage bill in the US state of Minnesota has survived several moves by Senate Republicans to block its progress.
13th March 2013
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan: We are currently 12 votes short of passing equal marriage 3
7:03 PM — Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan says passing a same-sex marriage bill out of the Illinois House will be "very difficult."
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.
US: Bill backed by Obama proposes to give immigration rights to same-sex partners 4
4:08 PM — The Uniting American Families Bill proposes to "grant same-sex, bi-national couples the same immigration benefits heterosexual couples have long enjoyed."
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.
28th December 2012
Poll: 52% of Americans say Boy Scouts should not allow openly gay Scout leaders 19
11:56 AM — A majority of Americans say the Boy Scouts of America should not allow openly gay Scout leaders, according to a Gallup poll released earlier this month.
21st December 2012
US: Minnesota group to push for marriage equality 1
12:48 AM — The head of the group which led the campaign to vote 'no' on a bill which would have banned equal marriage, has said it will now push to legalise it, starting in the legislative session next month.
6th December 2012
US Democrats’ LGBT campaign group faces possible closure due to funding crisis 4
11:15 AM — The National Stonewall Democrats, the main political LGBT lobbying organisation that’s affiliated with the Democratic Party, may close its doors unless it raises $30,000 (£18,600) before the end of the year.