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.
20th June 2013
US Supreme Court equal marriage decision expected on Monday, as no decision today 4
3:24 PM — The US Supreme Court failed to announce its opinion on two key equal marriage cases today, and is now expected to do so on Monday, which is the last expected date to make a decision.
14th June 2013
US: Anti-gay congressman accidentally takes wrong door and attends pro-LGBT event 8
4:24 PM — A Republican congressman, who is an adamant defender of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denies equal benefits to married same-sex couples, accidentally attended a pro-gay event when he took the wrong door at Capitol Hill.
Video: Married binational gay couple kept apart by DOMA urges US Supreme Court strike-down 23
1:50 AM — A viral video telling the story of a binational married gay couple urges the US Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which has prevented them from being together permanently.
13th June 2013
US Supreme Court not to decide on DOMA or Prop 8 cases today
4:28 PM — Despite an expectation that the US Supreme Court was to issue a decision on two cases around equal marriage today, the four decisions they are making have been announced, and do not include the same-sex marriage cases.
12th June 2013
US: Senator Leahy again to attempt same-sex couples amendment to immigration bill
1:27 AM — Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy is again to attempt an amendment to the US immigration bill, which would include sponsorship for same-sex partners of US citizens, after withdrawing a similar measure earlier in the committee stage.
8th June 2013
US: Same-sex military partners to receive limited benefits from September 9
9:24 AM — The Pentagon has announced that benefits for the spouses of military personnel in same-sex relationships will begin from 1 September. However, they will not be able to receive housing or healthcare benefits, leading many to feel that the changes are inadequate.
7th June 2013
Poll: Large majority in US believe equal marriage should be decided on state level 18
2:47 PM — With the US Supreme Court expected to give a decision in two landmark cases this month, a large majority of US citizens believe that equal marriage laws should be decided on state level, rather than the federal government.
6th June 2013
US: Supreme Court ruling on equal marriage cases expected imminently 20
3:56 PM — The US Supreme Court is expected to rule on two cases surround equal marriage, in the next three weeks, potentially making a groundbreaking ruling for equal marriage in the state of California, and the whole of the US.
28th May 2013
US: Catholics told to fast and pray ahead of Supreme Court equal marriage rulings 18
3:59 PM — The US Conference of Catholic Bishops is calling on worshippers to fast and pray in the hope that it will help the US Supreme Court to rule against gay equality.
16th May 2013
US: ACLU pushes ‘Modern Family’ TV show creators to allow gay characters to get married 6
5:05 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union has begun pushing the producers of US television show Modern Family, to write an episode in which the gay couple featured on it, get married.
22nd April 2013
Bill Clinton: My daughter Chelsea helped me change to support gay rights 9
5:15 PM — In his acceptance speech at the GLAAD Media Awards last weekend, former US President Bill Clinton, noted his daughter's part in his change in stance on the issue of equal marriage.
21st April 2013
GLAAD Awards feature DiCaprio, Theron, and Bill Clinton heckler 6
8:53 PM — The 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards took place in Los Angeles on Saturday, with awards for LGBT advocacy presented by Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlize Theron and Drew Barrymore, among others.
13th April 2013
US: Republican Party votes to reaffirm opposition to equal marriage and support for Prop 8 28
12:19 AM — The US Republican Party's national committee voted unanimously on Friday to reaffirm its opposition to equal marriage, and to urge the Supreme Court to uphold Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage, and the Defense of Marriage Act.
8th April 2013
US: Electronic Arts notes anti-gay campaign as reason for ‘Worst Company in America’ award 12
3:21 PM — Video games company Electronic Arts (EA) is a highly likely contender to win the award for the Worst Company in America, for the second year running, and the company's COO said he thought an anti-gay campaign was partly to blame, but said he was "proud" of the company for supporting issues such as equal marriage.
Video: David Letterman says opposition to equal marriage is ‘beyond embarrassing’ 2
11:56 AM — US television host David Letterman has voiced his annoyance at the equal marriage debate in America, saying it is "beyond embarrassing" that opposition to it remains, and says that it is "absolute stupidity" to oppose it.
4th April 2013
Bill Clinton to be honoured with a GLAAD Media Award 21
12:09 AM — GLAAD, the LGBT media advocacy organisation, has announced that former US President Bill Clinton will be honoured with an award at its 24th annual Media Awards in May.
3rd April 2013
US: Conservative group slams Pennsylvania Senator for supporting equal marriage 3
12:32 AM — A day after he announced that he had changed his stance to support equal marriage, US Senator Bob Casey has come under attack from a conservative group who accuse him of going "too far" in a quest to "redefine marriage".
2nd April 2013
US talk show host condemns ‘fraud’ Bill O’Reilly for supporting equal marriage 44
1:41 PM — A conservative US talk show host has come down heavily on Fox News presenter Bill O'Reilly who last week announced that he had changed his stance to support equal marriage.
Poll: US state of Virginia still marginally opposes equal marriage 5
12:58 AM — A new poll has revealed that, despite rising support for equal marriage overall across the US, voters in the state of Virginia still marginally oppose it.