27th September 2014
Departing US Attorney General: Government will still back same-sex marriage to Supreme Court
11:41 AM — Departing US Attorney General Eric Holder has confirmed the Obama administration will continue to support same-sex marriage in court after he leaves.
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.
13th July 2014
Eric Holder: Justice department will fight against same-sex marriage bans in Supreme Court 10
4:41 PM — US Attorney General Eric Holder has confirmed that the Department of Justice will argue in favour of striking down bans on same-sex marriage if the Supreme Court takes up a case.
11th July 2014
US: ACLU asks federal government to recognise Indiana same-sex marriages
10:43 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union has asked US Attorney General Eric Holder to issue a statement saying the federal government will recognise Indiana same-sex marriages done before a federal appeals court stayed the striking down of the state's same-sex marriage ban.
21st June 2014
US: White House says Congress needs to pass laws for further same-sex benefits changes 1
4:56 PM — The White House has confirmed that it has extended benefits to same-sex couples as far as possible following the repeal of DOMA, with further changes requiring legislation from Congress.
11th June 2014
US Attorney General: Boy Scouts’ ban on gay members is a ‘relic of prejudice’ 1
11:00 AM — The US Attorney General has attacked the Boy Scouts of America for their ban on gay adult members, describing it as a "relic of prejudice".
30th May 2014
US: Human rights group seeks recognition of gay marriages in Michigan
1:29 AM — The American Civil Liberties Union in the state of Michigan has filed asking a judge to recognise marriages performed before an injunction was issued.
24th March 2014
US Justice Department ‘closely monitoring’ Michigan gay marriage situation
5:06 PM — The US Justice Department has responded to calls for Attorney General Eric Holder to recognise the 300+ same-sex marriages which took place in Michigan before a stay, to say it is "closely monitoring" the situation.
25th February 2014
US Attorney General: States should be ‘suspicious’ of gay marriage bans
5:53 PM — The US Attorney General Eric Holder has spoken out to say that any state Attorney General should be "suspicious" of any bill which specifically bans gay couples from marrying.
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.
18th January 2014
Civil liberties group to sue Utah over decision not to recognise same-sex marriages
5:50 PM — The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), based in Utah is to file a lawsuit against the state because it refused to recognise same-sex marriages.
14th January 2014
Poll: Utah residents evenly split on same-sex marriage but strongly support civil unions 4
7:41 PM — Residents of the US state of Utah are evenly split on whether same-sex marriage should be legal or not, according to a new poll.
10th January 2014
US Attorney General says Utah gay married couples will be treated as married 4
5:35 PM — The US Attorney General has responded to calls to say Utah married same-sex couples would be treated as married by the federal government, despite a directive from the state Governor that they would not.
9th January 2014
Human rights group asks US Attorney General to recognise Utah gay couples’ marriages
7:43 PM — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has written to the US Attorney General to ask him to ensure that same-sex couples married in the state of Utah are recognised as married for benefits.
5th September 2013
Obama gives go ahead for military veterans to receive federal benefits
2:42 PM — Same-sex spouses of military veterans will be allowed to receive federal benefits currently only available to married straight couples, the Obama administration has announced.
25th August 2013
Video: Gay and lesbian people included in Martin Luther King’s ‘unfinished dream’ at 50th Anniversary 4
3:45 PM — Thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr Memorial in Washington on Saturday, commemorating the 50th anniversary of his 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech and pledging that his vision also included equality for gay and lesbian people.
9th November 2010
Gay married couple may be split up after US deportation order 6
6:33 PM — A Brazillian man and his American husband may be split up after the US attorney-general refused to reverse an immigration order. Genesio Oliveira, 31, is married to Tim Coco, 49, of Massachusetts, but Mr Oliveira believes he may be sent back to Brazil within six months.