7th January 2015
US: Democrats launch new push to finally repeal DOMA
7:46 PM — Democrats in the US Congress have launched a renewed push to repeal the remainder of the defunct anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act.
23rd November 2014
Matthew Shepard’s mother: Bill Clinton got ‘bad advice’ when he signed anti-gay law DOMA 3
2:01 PM — The mother of murdered gay man Matthew Shepard has spoken in defence of former President Bill Clinton for signing anti-gay law DOMA.
26th September 2014
US: Pro-gay Attorney General Eric Holder steps down 2
11:40 AM — The US Attorney General Eric Holder, a prominent gay rights advocate in the Obama administration, is to step down.
17th September 2014
Justice Ginsburg: 6th Circuit will dictate marriage equality timeline for Supreme Court 2
8:24 PM — On Monday, Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that people should look to the US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals' decision for answers to win the US Supreme Court will weigh in on same-sex marriage.
20th August 2014
US: Lambda Legal sues Veterans Affairs to give unmarried gay couples benefits 1
6:58 PM — Lambda Legal has filed suit against the US Department of Veterans Affairs for not extending benefits to partners of veterans who live in states where same-sex marriage isn't recognised.
10th July 2014
US: Colorado judge rules in favour of gay marriage, immediately issues stay
1:15 PM — A judge in Colorado has overturned the state’s ban on gay marriage, only to put his own judgement on hold until it is backed-up by a court with greater authority.
1st July 2014
US: University System of Georgia to recognise same-sex spouses in retirement plans
5:35 PM — The University System of Georgia has extended the tax benefits in its retirement plan to same-sex spouses of employees, despite the state’s continued ban on same-sex marriage.
27th June 2014
US: House Speaker announces intention to sue Obama over abuse of executive powers 5
3:20 PM — Republican House Speaker John Boehner has announced that he intends to sue President Barack Obama for an abuse of executive powers.
23rd June 2014
US: Bill Clinton to pay tribute to gay rights heroes in televised message 4
5:56 PM — Bill Clinton is to back gay rights in a televised message this week, to mark the first anniversary of the repeal of DOMA.
6th June 2014
DOMA plaintiff Edith Windsor hopes that same-sex marriage will be legal across the US by 2024 8
7:26 PM — Edith Windsor, a plaintiff in the Supreme Court lawsuit which struck down the Defense of Marriage Act last year, has said she thinks same-sex marriage will be legal across the US by 2024.
3rd June 2014
US: Pharmaceutical company Bayer sued after denying benefits to gay widower 1
3:04 PM — Pharmaceutical corporation Bayer is facing a lawsuit after refusing to pay out survivor benefits to a gay widower.
26th May 2014
US: Equality lawyer says same-sex marriage will be in 50 states ‘within a year’ 43
9:30 PM — A leading marriage equality lawyer has said that same-sex marriage in all 50 states is likely to be a reality within 12 months.
25th May 2014
Last unchallenged marriage ban in the US to face lawsuit in North Dakota 3
12:25 PM — Every US state which does not recognise same-sex marriage is now facing legal challenges, following plans for filing in North Dakota.
3rd April 2014
US: Obama opens Medicare to same-sex married couples 4
8:14 PM — Married same-sex couples are now able to apply for Medicare benefits regardless of in which state they live, it was announced today.
7th March 2014
US: Indiana couples sue to overturn same-sex marriage ban 1
10:15 PM — Four couples in Indiana are attempting to overturn a state ban on same-sex marriage in a federal court case.
10th February 2014
US Attorney General says Justice Department will aggressively defend equal marriage 2
2:41 PM — US Attorney General Eric Holder says the US Government will recognise equal marriage regardless of individual states' position.
31st December 2013
US: Gay couples sue Kansas to be allowed to file joint tax returns 1
6:57 PM — Two gay couples in the US state of Kansas are suing the state which does not allow them to take advantage of the benefits of filing a joint tax return.
17th December 2013
US: Pennsylvania judge in equal marriage challenge case rejects state appeal 4
8:45 PM — A federal judge in the US state of Pennsylvania has refused a state appeal to cease a case challenging the state's ban on equal marriage.
13th December 2013
US: Pentagon announces that all states are now in compliance with equal benefits regulations 1
7:09 PM — The Pentagon has now confirmed that all 50 US states are in compliance with a directive to allow benefits to same-sex military couples, despite some states initially refusing to do so.
US: Federal college loan applications to be equalised for gay couples
4:09 PM — Students in the US who are in same-sex marriages will soon be treated equally to straight married couples in applying for federal college loans.