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  • 27th May 2011

    Human Rights Campaign backs Obama for re-election 11

    President Obama has won the backing of Human Rights Campaign

    2:36 PM — America's largest gay rights organisation, Human Rights Campaign, is backing President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012. HRC leader Joe Solmonese said that Obama was the only clear choice for the LGBT vote next year.

  • 24th May 2011

    Tennessee governor signs bill to wipe out gay legal protection 70

    Governor Bill Haslam has signed a law that makes anti-discrimination protections void (Photo: Brian Stansberry)

    6:09 PM — The governor of Tennessee has signed a bill which gay rights campaigners say will wipe out all any laws which protect LGBT people from discrimination. Governor Bill Haslam signed the law yesterday. It bans cities and municipalities from making their own anti-discrimination ordinances and bans any area from having stronger protections than are available at state level.

  • 3rd May 2011

    Law firm loses clients over refusal to defend anti-gay marriage law 29

    The Obama administration will not defend the Defense of Marriage Act

    5:12 PM — A US law firm has lost two high-profile clients over its refusal to defend the anti-gay Defense of Marriage Act. King & Spalding was seemingly lobbied by gay rights campaigners not to defend the law but has now lost the National Rifle Association and Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli as clients.

  • 14th April 2011

    Basketball star Kobe Bryant fined $100,000 for anti-gay slur 35

    Kobe Bryant called a ref a "faggot". (Photo: David Allison)

    10:08 AM — US basketball star Kobe Bryant has been handed a $100,000 fine for using a homophobic slur against a referee. During Tuesday's game, the Lakers player called Bennie Adams a "faggot" when the referee judged he had committed a foul.

  • 3rd March 2011

    Video: Hip-hop star producer Russel Simmons joins fight for gay marriage 4

    Russel Simmons is campaigning for gay marriage equality  (Image: Brett Weinstein)

    12:31 PM — Russel Simmons, the co-founder of hip-hop label Def Jam Recordings, has become one of the first major black music figures to join the fight for full marriage equality for lesbian and gay couples.

  • 16th November 2010

    Thirteen gay activists arrested after White House DADT protest 7

    Protesters chained themselves to the White House fence

    3:10 PM — Thirteen gay rights campaigners have been arrested after handcuffing themselves to the White House fence in protest at the ban on out gay troops.

  • 15th November 2010

    US Supreme Court denies request to lift gay military ban 6

    The ban on out gay soldiers was upheld

    6:01 PM — The US Supreme Court declined a request to lift the ban on out gay troops serving in the military on Friday. In the latest round of the fight to have the law repealed, Republican gay group Log Cabin Republicans asked the court to overturn a lower court's ruling that the ban should remain in place indefinitely.

  • 10th November 2010

    Repeal of military gay ban looks doubtful this year 4

    A survey of troops will be published in three weeks (Photo: US Army)

    4:58 PM — Repealing the US ban on gays and lesbians serving openly in the military by the end of 2010 now looks less likely. Congress will begin a lame-duck session on Monday and the White House is pushing to repeal the law.

  • 3rd November 2010

    Iowa voters oust gay marriage ruling judges 23

    Three Supreme Court judges were ousted in Iowa

    12:53 PM — Three Iowa Supreme Court judges who ruled that the state's ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional have been ousted by voters after a campaign by anti-gay groups.

  • 27th October 2010

    Obama discusses DADT with gay groups 2

    Gay rights groups met the president yesterday

    6:00 PM — US president Barack Obama had a brief meeting with gay rights groups yesterday over the ban on out gay soldiers. According to the Washington Post, the groups met the president and senior officials yesterday to discuss the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.

  • 26th October 2010

    Record number of out gay officials in Obama administration 3

    Barack Obama has appointed a record number of out gay employees

    6:41 PM — US president Barack Obama has appointed a "record" number of out gay officials since taking office. According to estimates by gay rights campaigners and the White House, he has appointed more than 150 out gay people to posts in his administration.

  • 20th October 2010

    Pentagon tells military to start accepting gays and lesbians 3

    The Pentagon has told military recruiters to accept gay applicants

    10:52 AM — The Pentagon has told US military recruiters to begin accepting out gays and lesbians. Last week, California-based US District Judge Virginia Phillips ruled that the gay ban must end immediately. Yesterday, she issued a final ruling refusing to stay her order while the government appeals.

  • 27th August 2010

    Ken Mehlman’s coming out provokes mixed reaction from gay community 13

    Ken Mehlman this week announced he was gay

    10:23 AM — Ken Mehlman, former aide to President George W. Bush and onetime chairman of the Republican National Committee, who came out publicly this week in an interview with the Atlantic, has provoked a mixed reaction from LGBT people worldwide over his confession.

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